Apr 08

Questions you should ask – iPads at home

Hope you are enjoying the Easter break. A few more days before school goes back – yay!

Today, I’m asking you to think about how your kids are using iPads at home. How are they used and what are they actually doing with them at home?

So many schools have gone down the path of buying or suggesting that parents buy iPads for their kids at school, this means more and more kids are using iPads at home too.

There are lots of reasons to LOVE having iPads in the classroom: ease of use, personalised learning through different apps, easy to carry, easy to use outside the traditional classroom, more readily available information and access to online courses, classrooms and experts…

iPads (and other tablets too) have really changed what our kids can do online.

But as with anything new, we have to make sure that our kids are safe – that’s part of our jobs of course! When we give our kids an iPad, they have access to the Internet, and the world! That’s great and really exciting, but as parents we have to make sure we see the big picture and that includes safety and age-appropriate choices :0) .

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you hand over that computer to your kids!

  • How will I store and charge the iPad?
  • Who is in charge of that?
  • How will I balance online and offline time?
  • What amount of online time is right for our family?
  • Where will I allow the iPad to be used?
    • How will I make sure this happens/
  • How will I decide what apps they can buy/use?
  • Who will be allowed to install apps?
  • Who is in charge of the iPad?
  • Who can access the iPad?
  • What will I do when something goes wrong?
    • Where can I go for help? (Pro tip: try here)

If you are able to ask yourself these questions BEFORE the iPad is in your kids’ hands, then you have a better chance of the iPad being a useful tool and a fun toy, without it becoming a bit of obsession!

If you have iPads at home already, maybe these questions will help you in managing the way it’s used – or at least to think about what our kids are actually doing on the iPad and whether we need to rethink the how, where and when that they are using it :0)

It’s not hard to manage iPads at home – but it does take a bit of thinking! Good luck and let us know how you go :0)

How do you decide who accesses what at your house?
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Apr 06

Inspiring our kids with technology

Happy Easter! I hope you had a great day – with lots of chocolate and great company!

What inspires our kids? It seems to me that we need to expose our kids to lots of different options and see what floats their boats. There are so many options for out kids. I bet you’ve heard that statistic that the top 5 jobs today didn’t even exist ten years ago. The jobs our kids will work in will be so different to what was available to us….and if we can we should be giving our kids opportunities to play with all sorts of ideas and technologies.

Technology can open doors for our kids. Inspiring them to new fields of work or just finding a new hobby. The thing is, I don’t think it’s actually about the hardware, the iPad, the laptop or the PlayStation. The reason that technology is so powerful, I think, is that it allows ‘regular’ kids to program software, to create robots, to design and build things, to create from their imaginations.

Getting our kids excited about learning is important – but sometimes it takes a few tries to find something that inspires them.

Why not start with this story?

Kelvin Doe, a 15-year-old from Sierra Leone, has built FM transmitters, generators and batteries, all with spare parts he found in the trash. This incredibly talented young man recently spent time at MIT’s Media Lab working with engineers on some of his designs. It’s one of the most inspirational technology-related stories we have ever heard.

There’s a great video that’s really interesting on this website too, but not too long – why not show it to your kids? You never know where they might take it!

What jobs or careers are your kids interested in? What are their hobbies or interests? How might you inspire them to take risks and have a go – even if they fail?

 

 

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Apr 03

Tech-Tip Friday – How to wipe your iPad

Happy Good Friday :0)

Today here’s a quick tip to wipe your iPad and make sure your personal information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands!

Of course, you won’t want to wipe everything on a regular basis!

But there are times you might want to!

If you upgrade, or decide to sell your iPad, maybe online. Or you might decide to give an older model iPad to your kids, you’ll likely want to make sure that all the information on there is gone.

You can even remotely wipe an iPad using the Find My iPhone app – if it gets stolen or lost, you can be sure that no-one gets your data, even if your iPad is gone for all time. Read more about how that works here.

It’s a fairly easy process to wipe your iPad and reset it to Factory Settings –

  • Open up the ‘Settings’ app
  • Click on ‘General’
  • Then scroll down to ‘Reset’

There are a few options here – you can just reset the settings (which will leave the content like photos etc intact) or you can Erase All Content and Settings. This is the one you’ll want if you are giving your iPad to someone else (either selling or passing it on).

reset your ipad

 

  • Choose ‘Erase the Settings and Content’ and enter your passcode (you do have a passcode set up, right?).
  • It will ask you to confirm your choice.

That’s it! Now your iPad is ready for someone else to use – without all your emails, settings, notes, photos, videos…and whatever else you might have on there.

Do you give your kids your older electronics? Do you think that’s a good idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…