iPad Cases that Offer a High Level of Protection

Many iPad cases on the market now provide a reasonable level of protection while maintaining the  benefits and functionality of the slim design and light weight benefits of a tablet device.

There are also numerous cases that provide little or no protection but look great and only last a month or two.

Within a school environment most student owned iPads will take a battering and occasionally get dropped or have excess pressure applied.

I just wanted to share three reasonably priced brands of iPad cases that perform well within a school environment for children who are likely to experience rough use of their device.

Gumdrop cases, Griffin cases  and  Hardcandy cases.



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Recommended Student iPad Settings

1. General Settings –> Restrictions. In most cases best to Allow All except turn off In-App Purchases.


2. Set appropriate age ratings.


3. Setup and enable iCloud. Especially enable Documents and Data and Find my iPad. Probably best to turn photos off unless you are prepared to pay for more iCloud storage.



4. Ensure iCloud Backup is turned on.


5. Set a simple 4 digit passcode.


6. AppStore App. Scroll down to manage a single iTunes Account. Best to only use one account per device. Do not enter credit card details. Redeem iTunes Gift cards or Gift Apps to your children.


7. Safari App (Internet Browser). Do not turn on Private Browsing.


8. Leave Date & Time set to Automatic settings.



Prevent your child from downloading Kik, Instagram, Keek, Hatr, Snapchat, Tumblr……..

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Itunes Rating

Adjust your App Rating restrictions, for iPod, iPad and iPhone to stop your child downloading adult-oriented apps. Many of the Apps that can be purchased from the App Store have age restrictions on them.  Some are 12+ such as Instagram, and Keek others such as Kik and Tumblr are rated 17+.  In the iTunes Store Tumblr, a favourite of teens,  is rated 17+ because it has:  ‘Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity’   Learn how to restrict apps by rating.  Once set up your child will not be able to download apps over the allowed app rating. My tween daughter, for example, cannot download any app rated 12+.  If she tried the option would be greyed out.  Read more about Kik and App ratings at:

What is Kik? And is Kik okay for Kids? | Be Web Smart.


A Comprehensive Guide for Effective Use of iPad in Teaching

iPad, this mystic gadget that has been making the news since its launch a few years ago, has now secured a strong foothold inside different educational settings. Its sharp design, practical portability, and the sublime sense of mobile gadgetry it bestows upon its users and, above all, its widespread among learners , all of these factors combined made this tablet an indispensable tool in the learning toolkit of students.

With this huge presence inside our schools, several school districts have finally adopted it as a teaching and learning tool to be used inside the classroom. App developers, on their part, have also noticed this increasing potential of iPad in education and therefore started creating and developing apps targeting the educational audience. From apps for toddlers to advanced research apps, the app store now is teeming with all kinds of educational apps.

In this context, several teachers are planning to incorporate iPad for the first time in their classroom instruction. For these folks, I dedicate the following guide:

1- Get students to know their iPad
The first thing you should do with your students before they start using their iPad is to make sure they know their away around it. The graphic below is made for this. It will help students know iPad different specs.

2- Rules for iPad use
Now that students know how to handle the different iPad functions, get them to read and understand the iPad code of best practices. The graphic below will do the job

Click here to enlarge it. You can also check these similar posters on iPad proper usage in  class.

3- App evaluation rubrics
Now that your students are familiar with their iPad, you need to provide them with some educational apps to install. Here are some essential app checklists and rubrics for evaluating whether an app should be considered for classroom use or not. Check out the rubrics HERE.

4- Questions you should ask before using iPad with your students
Here is a concise list of some important questions teachers need to be able to answer before using iPad with their students. Check out the list HERE

5- iPad skills students should have
Make sure that your objectives behind integrating iPad in your class include teaching students and helping them master these fundamental iPad skills. Check it out the full list HERE.

6- 100+ ways to use iPad in class
If you are running short of ideas on how to employ iPad in your teaching, this post will provide you with a variety of creative ready-to-use tips. Check them out HERE.

7- iPad resources, tutorials, and guides for teachers
Here are more resources and guides on how teachers can effectively integrate iPad into teaching. These resources vary from educational app resources to video tutorials to graphics, all of which are ideal for classroom use. Check them outHERE

8- Educational Apps
If you don’t have time to look for apps to use with your students in the classroom , the lists below will be of great help to you. These are curated selections of the best apps you can find for each subject area.

1-Digital Storytelling Apps for iPad
2- Presentation Apps for iPad
3- iPad Apps to Create eBooks
4- Printing Apps for iPad
5- Science iPad Apps
6- Video Apps for your iPad
7- Educational Music Apps for iPad
8- iPad Apps for Reading Disability
9- Math iPad Apps 
10- Note Taking Apps for iPad
11- Whiteboard Apps for iPad
12- Multiple Intelligence Apps for iPad
13- iPad Apps for Blooms Taxonomy
14- Dictionary Apps for iPad
15- Audio Recording Apps for iPad
16- iPad Apps for Kids
17- Google Apps for iPad
18- Wiki Apps for iPad
19- Grading Apps for iPad
20- Screen Sharing Apps for iPad
21- Homework Apps for iPad
22- Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Apps for iPad
23- PDF Apps for iPad
24- Apps to Create Digital Portfolios
25- Textbook and Audio Books Apps for iPad
26- Learning Apps for iPad
27- Photo Collage Apps for iPad
28- iPad Apps for Professional Development
29- Writing Apps for iPad
30- iPad Creativity Apps
31- Reading Apps for iPad
32- iPad Apps for Research
23- iPad Apps to Help you Stay Organized
24- iPad Annotating Apps

Many2one year 5 and 6 2014 meetings for Carramar parents

We will be holding three iPad sessions for our Carramar parents on the following dates and times listed below:-

  • Morning Session on Tuesday 17 September 9:00am -10:00am
  • Afternoon Session on Wednesday 18 September 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Evening Session on Thursday 19 September 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue for all three sessions: Classroom 6A, Primary Building, Carramar

To accommodate discussion each session is restricted to 20 members.

Please book your session with Mrs Tracey Hazelden.

iPADS Year 5 and 6 2014 Parent Meetings

Information Evening for Parents of Year 5 and 6 2014

Dear Parents
At the beginning of 2014, iPads will be used in Year 5 and 6 classrooms across both campuses.
Information evening for parents of Year 5 and 6 2014 are to be held for parents of :
Carramar primary students in the Carramar Primary Forum on Wednesday August 21st at 7.00 pm ;
Duncraig primary students in Duncraig Primary Forum on Wednesday 4 September at 7.00pm.
There will be presentations from staff and members of the IT team and the opportunity to ask questions regarding the purchase and use of iPads.
Students at St Stephen’s School are already using technology in their everyday learning and we look forward to iPads being used as an everyday learning tool.
Yours sincerely
Darnelle Pretorius                                              Ronan Philpott
Head of Primary                                                 Deputy Head of Primary
Carramar                                                           Duncraig

Many2One – Year 6 2013

A Natural Expansion

The Many2One program will expand to year 9 from the beginning of 2013 with year 6 students coming on board at the beginning of term 3.

Years 6 to 9

For students in years 6 to 9 we are continuing to recommend the iPad 32 GB Wifi only model as the preferred choice of device. (iPad Retina Display). We would like to acknowledge that the iPad Mini is also an attractive option and a suitable choice. During 2013 we are expecting these students to bring either an iPad or a Macbook to class. For more information please see the FAQ section.

Years 10 to 12

The program remains optional for our senior students however they are part of a more flexible device model where they are permitted to bring to class a variety of mobile technologies. These include Apple, Android or Windows based tablets, laptops or smartphones.

Many2one Year 6 Program Parent Evenings


Many2one Yr6 2013 Carramar


Many2one Yr6 2013 Duncraig