This issue covers the use of several Google applications to gather information. These tools include Google Keep to collect web resources. It is useful at collecting web sources and organizing those resources. There are extensions we will use to add functionality to Google Chrome. These extensions include Nimbus and Reader View. Google Docs uses add-ons to add features. We will use the EasyBib add-on to help build our citations page. We will use Google Drawings to construct a basic bubble map graphic organizer. With Google Docs comment option we will provide feedback to students on their work. There are various ways to publish our finished document and we will explore three of those options.
Google Team Drive is relatively new to the G-Suite of applications. Team Drive is developed to help teams organize and keep track of important documents. Team Drive has many similarities to shared folders. And, It has some important differences. Knowing the differences is useful for deciding when to use Shared folders or Team Drive. I will review how shared folders work so we can compare them to Team Drive.
In this issue we connect our devices and prepare them for distribution. The process of preparing devices takes time at first. There is a lot to learn. There is a process to managing devices with Apple Configurator. Frustration creeps in if you don’t understand the process and how Apple Configurator works.
Profiles and Blueprints are powerful tools in Apple Configurator. They greatly increase what we can do to manage devices. They can also cause some frustration. The profile we created in the last issue prevents the installation of apps by users of the device. This option also prevents the installation of Apps with Apple Configurator. Teachers don't always understand how this works. So I will review this step in the configuration.
Apple Configurator is an application used to set up and configure iOS devices. It is typically used to set up iPads. Apple Configurator works best when configuring and managing devices in small organizations. I have used and trained others to use Apple Configurator. We use it to configure, assign, and manage devices at the classroom and campus level. It is much better to use a cloud management service for large sets of devices. These are Mobile Device Management services.