iPads in Education

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Simple Sharing of iPad Images and Videos

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


2. AirDrop

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:

  • Open your device at the Home screen and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center. Note that you'll need to be using an iPad 4th generation or later along with iOS 7.
  • Tap on the AirDrop option and set it to "Everyone" as shown on the left of the image below.
  • Open your Photos app and select the photos and videos you want to share.
  • Tap the Share button. Anyone with an AirDrop enabled device will appear in the AirDrop section
  • Tap the recipient's icon to send the files to them



** 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:

  • Download the Photosync app on each iPad (or iPhone) (currently
  • If you plan on moving the files to a computer, install the Photosync software on your computer. It's a free download from www.photosync-app.com
  • Open Photosync on your device. Tap and select the images and videos you want to transfer.
  • Tap the red icon with the circular arrows in the top right corner of the screen to select your transfer destination
  • Tap and select whether you want to send all images or just the selected images
  • Select your destination. Select Computer, iPhone-iPod-iPad or any of the cloud service options listed.
  • If you're transferring to your computer, ensure that you have the Photosync software open on your computer. If you select a cloud service such as Dropbox then you'll be required to log into it when selecting it for the first time.
  • If you've selected Computer or an iOS device, a list will pop up with all the available devices. Select your destination and off they go...the transfer will work in the background while you continue on with your work (OK, I know some of you are playing Angry Birds...).

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


Sam Gliksman


Twitter: @samgliksman

Author of iPads in Education for Dummies ... now shipping


Contact Sam for workshops and professional development at samgliksman@gmail.com

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