I’ve finally conceded defeat that 6 iPads per class isn’t working. 6 iPad is just not useful in your average classroom as it’s difficult to use as a whole class and involves careful planning to make use of them in small groups. Compared to the daily use in Foundation Stage, the KS2 iPads were just sitting in cupboards. Which isn’t great!
So, we’ve decided to turn those 30 iPads into two class sets, one for upper KS2 and one for KS1. Ideally, I’d love to have a proper sync/charge box, but there isn’t the budget for that at this time of year. So instead it’s a case of wiping (which is easy, thanks to Apple Configurator) and then an old-school iTunes sync. We’re going to charge them in some IKEA lockable cabinets and then sync them with iTunes over wi-fi. We’ll then have a plastic box which teachers can transport the 15 charged iPads to their classes.
Let’s hope that increases their usage!