Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
Your students created a wonderful puppet show or movie and turned it into a stunning video that you want to collect, assess and share ... yet you're not exactly sure how. Sound like a familiar scenario? Simple workflow headaches like this can create serious speed bumps in your iPad program. Let's take a look at a few potential solutions.
1. Old Faithful: Email
It does seem strange to call the use of email "old", but that's what it has become in "technology years". However, sometimes getting older means that you're getting more experienced and reliable. Enough about me though - back to the use of email. Simply select the images or videos in your Photos app, tap the Share button and select the Email option.
If you're emailing images then you'll be prompted for the image size you want to use. Note that most email systems have a limit on the size of attachments so you may want to check the file size of the image.
** Pros: Simple, works on all versions of iOS, no additional apps required
** Cons: Requires an email setup on the iPad (not always available in schools, especially in lower grades), email is not a great system for receiving and organizing files, there's a limitation on file sizes, many videos may simply be too large for email
One of the nicest new features in iOS 7 is the ability to "AirDrop" images and videos from one iPad to another device with AirDrop. In fact, AirDrop lets you share photos, videos, contacts — or anything else from an app that has a Share button. Here's how:
** Pros: Fast, no need for email, no file size limitations
** Cons: Requires a fourth generation or higher iPad with iOS 7 - for both sender and recipient, can only transmit to an AirDrop enabled device
3. Transfer Apps: PhotoSync
Schools don't always have the latest devices in every classroom. The video you need may be on the student's iPad - yes, the iPad 2 that you've had in the classroom for the last two years. Swipe all you want but AirDrop won't be available. The truth is also that you often need to collect work from many students and may not want to receive all the files using AirDrop - arriving one by one, requiring you to tap and accept each one and then collecting in your Camera Roll where you may still need to sort and organize them. Now you know I wouldn't bring up the problem without offering a potential solution, right?
In steps an app such as Photosync. It's a file transfer app specifically for images and video. Photosync isn't the only transfer app out there but it does do an excellent job of moving images and video. Moreover, it can move them to any device, transfer directly to any laptop or desktop computer or even to many photo sharing and cloud services such as Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox and Google Drive.
Follow these steps:
One nifty additional feature is that you can also reverse the process, sending a set of images from your computer to the Camera Roll on your device.
Select your images/videos in Photosync and then select the destination
** Pros: Works on any device, works on any version of iOS, can transfer to laptops and desktops without AirDrop, no size limitations
** Cons: Costs a couple of dollars per device (less if you use VPP), works smoothest if you're on the same wifi network although that's not a requirement