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iOS 8 is a bit of a bummer.

September 20, 2014 — 6 Comments

iOS 8: A total bummer, but not for the reasons you might expect.  (This blog post was updated 10 minutes after posting thanks to Greg Garner and John Shoemaker. Thanks guys).

Short/TLDR version of this blog post.

Girl buys new iPad and expensive case.

Girl realizes that new iPad doesn’t have enough space for iOS8.

Girl feels old when she realizes that 16G used to be massive, but is now tiny.

Girl thinks she should refer to herself as lady or woman, now that she knows she is old.

Woman decides to refer to self as womyn.

Womyn spends hours getting new iPad 36G from Apple Store, updating 16G iPhone to iOS8 and. then. it. happens.

Womyn realizes that she is going to have to update 50 iPads at school on bad wifi.

Womyn realizes she may only have one more good year with her current set of iPad devices.

Panic. Heartache. Frustration. Fear. Sadness. Realization-of-first-world-problems. Dinner. Hope.

Womyn writes blog post.

I am not going to write here about new features. I did that this morning on Twitter.  Read Tony Vincent and TechChef4U for her blog post and Listly on features and articles.

The day 16 G became teeny tiny.

On September 8, twelve days ago at the time of this writing, I purchased a new iPad Air. I spent the extra money to go for the Air and not the Retina display. But, I couldn’t bring myself to spend another $100 for the 32G, so I settled for 16G. Plenty, yes, plenty of space. I splurged on a gorgeous case from Grovemade instead of getting a 32G. Life’s all about choices.

I only partially regret that decision.

Today, Saturday, September 20 rolls along and I go to update my new iPad to the biggest iOS release ever and I see:

ios-8-installation-requirement

 

When did 16 G get to be so small? Realizing 16G is small is about the same thing as realizing that I may need reading glasses or longer arms. This is not a happy moment.

And. It. Gets. Worse.

This is the complaining part of the post, you’ve been warned. It took me bits and pieces of a perfectly good Saturday to update my devices. After pleading with the Apple store people to let me exchange for a 32G, I had to figure out how to update my 16G phone.

How to Install iOS8 on your teeny-tiny-eensie-weensie 16G iOS device OTA.

OTA = Over the air.

Step 1: Backup your iDevice Settings>iCloud>Backup to iCloud

Step 2: Reset your device to factory settings Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings

Step 3: Set up your iPad as if new (do not back up from iCloud) and Install iOS8 Settings>General>Software Update>Download (let it download for 30 mins – 1hour)> Install

Step 4: Reset your device to factory settings *Again* Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings

Step 5: Set up your iPad as if new and restore from iCloud backup

Why the tedious process?

Well, iOS8, if you haven’t heard is a *big* update. It takes over 5G to install, but once installed only requires about 1G. It’s like an incredible-shrinking-iOS. It’s acting a bit like Alice might.

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What this means for my classroom.

This is my third year of running a one to one iPad program. Each student in my class has an iPad assigned to them for the year. They do not take them home, but they access the device throughout the day. I speculated that I would get 5 good years out of the devices before I would no longer be 1:1. I expected that some would be damaged so I wouldn’t have the ratio. Or, I expected that after 5 years I would no longer be able to update to the new operating system. Like a hole in your favourite sweater, I expected things would unravel from there. Old technology doesn’t feel cozy like ripped jeans. Old tech feels heavy and cumbersome like storing a friend’s furniture or pet sitting for your parents. Old tech isn’t terrible, it’s just that it starts getting in the way instead of enabling. Five years. I thought I would have 5 years to deploy and innovate. But, I feel like for two I have deployed and wrestled with the devices and now at the beginning of year 3 it’s going to take a massive amount of work to update 23 devices and the new 23 I just purchased. And what happens next year when iOS9 comes out? I suspect that I will not be able to update the 23 iPad (iPad 3, 30 pin). And then, how long after that will the devices still be powerful? How long after that will they feel like an enhancement instead of a burden? Will future version of Apps I love be backwards compatible?

Update:  Maybe it’s not all that bad.  Greg Garner suggests:

“Plug one into an Apple computer and back up to computer choosing “download only” for the update. Once backed up, update the iOS. For each subsequent device: plug in, back up, click update. It won’t need to re-download the OS, since it is already on your computer.”

Am I telling you not to buy iPad tablets? No, that is not the point.

I still think iPad is the best tablet. This is not an Apple problem, this is a problem for every tablet. Actually, I suspect iPad and Apple devices will have the longest life of any of the tablets out there. I do know that Apple products are the most eco-friendly and environmentally conscious technology products available. I promise the same will happen with other tablets too, even less expensive tablets that have an operating system that largely based online.

The solution

The solution is not to stop buying iPad devices, or to stop buying tablets altogether. That would be like Alice leaving Wonderland before she had an adventure and learned the true meaning of her life and place in the world. No, we who have jumped down the rabbit hole don’t get to jump right out. And, AND, we must continue to encourage others to jump down into edtech with us to make sense of this mess. Teachers especially have to be engaged. If not, powerful companies and uninformed district personnel will decide our tech fate for us.

The solution is to, more than ever before, really honestly drink from the cup of pedagogy-before-technology. We must push ourselves to be more than our devices. We must push the technology to it’s edge, to the point where it will break and then go one step further. Then, we must write honestly and openly and publicly about our trials and tribulations.

Anyone who is writing about how Edtech is easy is lying. They are (or should I say “we are”) not lying in the sense of telling untruths, but the simplicity of the message is a lie by omission. And, it’s not helping anyone.

Womyn goes to bed. Decides to post without editing. Why bother checking my post over for spelling? (I hear your collective gasp you English teachers who actually read entire blog posts).  Predictive text should be better soon, editing is so iOS7.

Patrick Fogarty gives his advice for iPad deployment including the best ever profile tip for Apple Configurator.

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Thanks for reading my R&R, Recap and Reflection, on ETT iPad Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thursday, April 11th 2013

Keynote by Angela Maiers @AngelaMaiers 

Angela Maiers is passionate and passion is her word.  She believes in people and our ability to do great things. My favourite slide from her talk was the one below. It captures all the essential parts, the anatomy if you will, of the passionate heart.

A passion driven heart has these attributes.

A passion driven heart has these attributes.

Here are the key points from her talk:

  • After basic needs are met, the heart has one condition to fill: to find out if anyone cares.

“The heart has one requirement, does anyone know that I matter?” (She gave a Tedx talk on You Matter)

  • The ABCs of the 21st Century: Always Be Capturing

“It doesn’t matter what you consume if you don’t contribute what you saw, what you heard.” 

  • WOW: A Worthy of the World contribution

“What makes writing worthy of someone’s attention and time.  We are fighting to heart share.”

  • The importance of the iPad is to give every student a better chance to make a WOW contribution.
  • Instead of “To Do” lists, think of them as “Get To Do” lists.
  • Make your “Get To Do” and “To Be” lists public.
  • BHAG: Big Harry Audacious Goal

I am most impressed that she is setting up Choose2Matter which will help children make their dream projects and genius hour ideas come to life to help other people.  Putting words into action is deeply inspiring to me. I hope to do the same, in my own way.

 

Looking at Learning from Both Sides: Teacher and Student

Workshop presenters: Sue Tummarello @suetummarello and Reshan Richards @reshanrichards

Top Take Aways:

  • A great site for making books to capture student learning is www.blurb.ca
  • When kids are recording audio on iPads, have them put up a sign saying “Recording” so others don’t interrupt.
Recording in Progress.

Put up a sign like “On Air” so others in the class won’t interrupt live recordings on the iPad.
Photo Credit: curtis.kennington via Compfight cc

  • Have kids take screen shots every 15 mins (or any set time interval) to capture progress and for increased iPad accountability.

At the same time as this presentation was my new friend Lisa Johnson @techchef4U speaking on The 1 iPad Classroom and made a great Listly List.

Redesigning your learning spaces: How mobile technology demands a new classroom

Workshop presenter and ETTiPad featured speaker Don Orth @finddonorth and Tim Springer

Summary: Put everything on wheels! Modular classroom spaces that can be hacked and reworked for kids to work, prototype and learn is the way to go. This video says it all:

Courtney Pepe @iPadQueen2012 was also presenting at this time on iPad Technology Changing Outcomes for At-Risk High School Students

Keynote by Greg Kulowiec @gregkulowiec

After speaking about DJing for quite sometime (which I must say I enjoyed tremendously and remembered days of trying to match beats with my friends on their turn tables) we moved to talking about todays mashups.

I love this picture below of a jet engine on a horse drawn carriage. He was making the point that if we just drop iPads on top of education, the entire thing my just smash to smithereens!  Drawing on quotes by the highly quotable Seymour Papert.  I think the point he was trying to make is that we perceive the uses of technology by our current standpoints. We must push ourselves to situate technology in a changing and evolving context of schooling in order to reap it’s full potential and not just crash the system.

Greg and a Jet Engine on a horse drawn carriage. File under: things that won't work.

Greg and a Jet Engine on a horse drawn carriage. File under: things that won’t work.

Beyond Apps

Workshop presenter was Marsha Harris @marshamac74. Not only was she a great presenter, she is also Canadian!

Marsha also spoke about changing spaces for mobile learning. Once again, wheels and mobility are important for mobile learning. She described the learning lab as a “zen like” space for collaboration and tech enabled learning.

Most interesting was that they painted an entire wall with whiteboard paint to create a giant Idea Wall where everyone can participate at the same time and draw out ideas.

Idea Wall

Idea Wall

Her favourite apps:

My Story

Doodle Cast Pro

Croak it (iPod, iPhone only at this point)

PE Coaches Eye

ShowMe

She also spoke about using QR codes for students checking their work and scavenger hunts.

Bring on the Bling + Creative Apps = Excitement!

Workshop presenters Smita Kolhatkar an Carolyn Tuomy

This presentation was all about apps. The presenters found what I have also found in my class: when kids have free time, they don’t play games, they use sandbox apps where they can create.  Here are the apps they have found successful:

Whiteboard Apps:

ShowMe

EduCreations

Doodle Cast Pro

ExplainEverything

Story Telling Apps:

Story Wheel (I like this one because you can share to iBook shelf and it’s free!)

Sock Puppets

Narrate Slideshow App:

SonicPics

30Hands