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The iPad & the Paperless
FETC 2014 - Session CS 4018
P. S. 10 Brooklyn - NYCDOE
P. S. 10
New York City Department of Education public school
Park Slope vicinity, Brooklyn
Pre K- 5th grade
38 classroom teachers, 8 clusters, 6 related service
providers, 2 coaches, 2 administrators fully connected
via iPads, laptops, desktops, Google Apps &
Think before you print…
Forget the iPad for a minute
Any device, any form factor
You created the printed page in digital form
ﬁrst, just keep it that way
Don’t use the PA system...
... get to everyone without
The old standby
Email & distribution lists
How very 90’s of us
Lists for every constituency
It may be “antiquated” but it still works
New media broadcast
School, teacher, administrator blogs & sites
disseminate quickly & succinctly
staff, students, parents can follow
over 30 staff members on Twitter
Skype, Google Hangouts/Voice, Remind101, etc
My mailbox is a scourge...
... my head (and heart) is in the clouds...
Don’t fear the cloud
You’ve been using it for decades, you
just haven’t realized it
Access ﬁles anywhere
no more ﬂash/thumb drives
no more bulky folders/binders of paperwork
Multiple app integration
Share ﬁles and folders for easy
Free online site for submitting ﬁles to Dropbox
Set up custom URL for Dropbox submission
Not an iPad app but a great way to extend the
collaborative capabilities of Dropbox
Web based - $Free
Options, we love options*
iCloud - if you’re 100% Apple it might be the way to go
SkyDrive/OneDrive (Microsoft’s cloud)
WebDAV - school hosted/controlled server
FTP - like the 70s it’s retro but works
*disclaimer - this slide intentionally crowded to prove a point… there are a lot of options in the cloud
The notion of
“one tool to rule them all”
is a fallacy
Huge DropBox fans but Google Drive is improving rapidly
We are transitioning to Drive
iOS 7 “Open In” ﬂexibility the best tech development of
You teach & observe
in real-time, why
shouldn’t your notes,
feedback be just as
Replace the pulp
Paperless observations, anecdotals,
plans & grades
save yourself time
save yourself time & money
save yourself time, money & confusion
But what if things delete?
What if you spill coﬀee on your grade
You can drop your iPad in the river and still access your
data. Can you do the same with your traditional
(an actual conversation I had with @mskertesz)
Don’t fear it, embrace it
Use the cloud to tie together your existing digital
Adjust your thinking
send the ﬁle to the iPad, not the printer
The printer is quaint and quaint isn’t
cutting it in 2014...
And in the end
The printer is a paperweight...
... the iPad is your public address system...
... and your printer...
... and your notebook...
... and your camera...
... and your audio recorder...
The iPad is your paperless notebook & the cloud
is your ﬁle cabinet. Connect face to face while
staying digitally connected…
Christopher M. Casal