Monthly Archives: July 2013

Setting up your iPad – Your Timetable

There are lots of fancy apps available to use for your timetable, and if you are going to use an online planner like iTeacherbook or Idoceo (more on them later) then you can have your timetable set up within those apps, but sometimes there will be an occasion when you just want to be able to see your timetable at a glance. 


You know, when you’re in the staffroom having a cup of tea and you’re pretty sure you know what your next lesson is but you’d just better check because it might be Year 11 and Oh God you really can’t face Year 11 and if it’s Year 11 next you might just need something stronger than tea…that sort of occasion.


The easiest thing to do is have a picture of your timetable (and how you get the picture is up to you, perhaps draw it out by hand and snap a picture of it with the iPad camera or (as I did) do it in excel, take a screenshot and then email that to yourself and save it in your camera roll). The key thing is to have a border round the timetable, so that the edges aren’t obscured, and then set the picture as your lock screen.


So now, whenever my iPad is awakened, I see this…timetable at a glance.


Setting up your ipad – Wi-Fi, Emails and Google Drive

Getting online at school – the school iPads should already be set up for you but just in case…

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and choose Staff
  2. You will be prompted to sign in using your usual username and password, and then choose ‘Connect to the Secure Network’.
  3. Click ‘install’ when prompted.
  4. You should connect automatically after a minute or two, but if not go back to Wi-Fi and choose BSG_SC

Getting your outlook messages

  1. Go to Settings > Mail,Contacts,Calendars > Add Account… > Microsoft Exchange
  2. Enter your email address, and password. Description is your choice, but something like ‘School outlook’ would fit the bill!
  3. On the next page, under Server put, under Domain put incents, and under Username put the username you use to log on to the computer.
  4. Finally, choose what your would like to sync. Mail (obviously) and probably calendars, but contacts and reminders are up to you. This should mean you can access your outlook mails from the mail icon, plus it will sync any outlook calendar items into your ipad calendar and, if you have chosen, sync your contacts and reminders as well.
  5. If you’re not seeing any emails, it is only set up to sync the last 3 days of messages. You can amend this in Settings.

Getting your school Gmails

There is a way to have them in the same mail app as your outlook, but IT haven’t yet filled me in on this one. However, there is something you can do in the meantime.

  1. Download the Gmail App from the App Store.
  2. When you first open it you will be prompted to sign in. 
  3. Sign in using your email address and password.
  4. It will then ask you to sign in again – you don’t need to reenter your password, just click ‘sign in’ and it will then give you a screen similar to thelp – sign in as you normally would on thelp. 

Getting your Google Drive

  1. Download the Google Drive App from the App Store.
  2. The sign in process is just the same as for Gmail above.
  1. Download the Citrix Receiver from the App Store.
  2. Add account – type in
  3. Type in your username and password, and the domain “incents”
  4. On the left, you can add the desktop and isams to access them anytime.
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Summer plans

If I write it down, is it more likely to happen? Well, here goes anyway. Over the summer I would like to achieve the following.

1. Write one set of forgetting home works for Year 8 or 9.
2. Prepare resources to trial a flipped classroom for revision with my Year 11 prior to their mocks.
3. Reteach myself FP1 & FP2 because I’m teaching them next year and I’m a little rusty!
4. Find some great apps for the iPad to recommend to the department.

End of term videos

Now, I’m not advocating the watching of videos in class on a regular basis, but there are times (end of term, class decimated by a sports fixture etc) when you do want to show a video but you want it to be of VALUE to the students. Here is a list of videos I recommend:

Anyone have a suggestion to add to the list?