Many of our teachers still use Safari as their browser of choice at our school. There's nothing wrong with this BUT, as a teacher who regularly uses Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep & Forms as well as Gmail, there's a lot of advantages for switching to Chrome. Over the next week or so I am going to try to show a number of ways in which Google Chrome consistently proves to be a better choice - for me anyway! - in the classroom.
1. Accessing Google Drive offline
I work in a school in the depths of Africa which is currently dealing with 'loadshedding', 8 hours a day of no electricity - which in many cases means no internet. Google Chrome allows you to access - and edit - files offline through Google Chrome - you just have to check a box in settings first... :)
For the past two years, this has been the challenge with our 1:1 program: no way of uploading to ManageBac using the student device.
This meant that they had to figure out the loooong work-around of emailing it to themselves and then accessing a desktop or laptop from school/home and uploading it from there.
Before Christmas, I discovered 'Doc Uploads' an affordable (it was $2 but now I see it is $6!) app that allows you to upload files and upload through its own browser... A life changer for a 1:1 iPad school that uses Managebac!
More recently a Grade 8 student showed me a new way too. It is now possible - through ManageBac itself, to upload direct from Google Drive - from the Google Chrome Browser App only. This is an awesome upgrade which is VERY useful for our 1:1 iPad school that uses ManageBac AND Google Apps for Education.
Good news all round!
A very brief overview of the steps taken since May:
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Can you think of any other advantages/benefits that I have forgotten?
For the past year I have been wrestling with the current 1:1 iPad set up at my school and have devised the following 'appflow' infographic - this is Version 2 (see Version 1 here). I tried to take the apps that the students currently use (removing a LOAD of the content based ones) and create the workflow of 'absorption', preparation/creation and presentation along with a few 'must-have' tools. I have tried to organise the student workflow to help both students and teachers organisation and planning.
Part of my inspiration came from an EdTech Conference in Jo'burg where Sabba Quidwai showed us the awesome work that Steve Bambury has done with the Chemistry of Combos.
I have used Thinglink to link each app icon to information about how it can be used - click here to see this Appflow on Thinglink.
Please PLEASE give me feedback - let me know what you think!
Hundreds of thousands of apps of varying quality - and no clue how to find the best... Does this sound like you? Here are several great places to start!
Hello, I am Tony Potts, Primary Assistant Principal at the American International School of Lusaka, Zambia. Please feel free to ask me ANY questions...
I was previously a tech integration specialist, ManageBac Coordinator, iPad Coach & ICT/MYP Design Teacher in the same school and before this I was the PK-12 Director of Digital Learning, ICT Coordinator, teacher and technology integration specialist at GEMS World Academy, Dubai.
Here are some of the sites that I have been involved in creating:
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