Thursday, August 16, 2012

Syncing a Google Apps for Education Calendar to the iPad Calendar

At Bancroft School we use Google Apps for Education to provide e-mail and collaboration applications to our faculty and students. Google Apps e-mail and calendar gets set up as a Microsoft Exchange account. Detailed instructions for doing so can be found at this link:  http://support.google.com/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=138740

One of the questions I hear most often is, "I have synced my calendar to my iPad (or iPhone) but events that I add on the iPad are not appearing on my web-based account."  This problem most often happens when the user has added more than one e-mail account to their iPad.  To ensure that your calendar is syncing from iPad to web and web to iPad follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars 
  2. Under Mail ensure that the Default Account is set to your Google Apps Account. As shown in the example below.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to School with iPad 2012

It's time to start thinking about going back-to-school.  This fall at Bancroft is more exciting than ever because all of our students grades 6 - 12 will have iPads in the classroom.  The teachers have been working hard this summer to integrate the iPad into their lessons and have come up with many creative ways to use the iPad to enhance learning and make it fun.

Be sure to visit the Bancroft iPad Initiative web site for all of the most up to date information about the iPad at Bancroft, student and parent training opportunities, and lists of apps you will want to have to start the school year.

Just to get you started, one of the most exciting new apps released this summer is StudyBlue.  StudyBlue is a flashcard app that lets you create and edit your own flashcards, and search for ready made flashcards from their huge database of flashcard stacks.  StudyBlue lets you add images and audio to your flashcards.  It lets you quiz yourself from the front side or the back side of the card and lets you mark the cards you get right and wrong.  But the best feature of StudyBlue is that it lets you set reminders to study your flashcards.  And StudyBlue is available for your computer, iPad, iPhone. iPad and Android devices - you can bring StudyBlue along wherever you go.  Learn more about StudyBlue at:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/studyblue-flashcards/id323887414?mt=8

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

2012 Bancroft iPad Institute

This unique professional development opportunity is designed for teachers of Grades 5 - 12.  If you are new to the iPad and seek basic skill development or if you are familiar with the iPad and are looking for iPad-enhanced project ideas and best practices, this Institute is designed to meet your needs.

What:  2012 Bancroft iPad Summer Institute featuring keynote speaker Richard Byrne
When:  August 21 - 23, 2012
Where: Bancroft School, Worcester, MA

For more information visit:  http://www.bancroftschool.org/ipadsummer