Great Way to Manage Several iOS Devices using a Mac

This is a GREAT utility for managing several iOS devices under the same iTunes account.  Perfect for classroom sets. 

Only for Mac computers however. 

Apple Configurator

By Apple


Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution.

Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users. Quickly update your devices simultaneously to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons.

Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator. It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users.

Prepare devices
• Configure multiple devices simultaneously
• Update devices to the latest version of iOS
• Create and restore a backup of settings and app data from one device to other devices
• Import apps into Apple Configurator and sync them to new devices*
• Use the built-in editor to create and install iOS configuration profiles
• Enroll devices with your Mobile Device Management solution for remote management

Supervise devices
• Organize supervised devices into custom groups
• Automatically apply common configurations to supervised devices
• Quickly reapply a configuration to a supervised device and remove the previous user’s data
• Import apps into Apple Configurator and sync them to supervised devices*
• Define and apply common or sequential names to all devices
• Restrict supervised devices from syncing with other computers

Assign devices
•Add users and groups manually or autopopulate via Open Directory or Active Directory
• Check out a device to a user and restore the user’s settings and data on that device
•Check in a device from a user and and back up the data for later use, possibly on a different device
• Apply custom text, wallpaper, or the user’s picture to a device’s Lock screen
• Import and export documents between your Mac and Apple Configurator
• Sync documents between assigned devices and Apple Configurator


How to Transfer Everything From Your iPhone to iTunes on a New Computer


How to Transfer Everything From Your iPhone to iTunes on a New ComputerIf you’ve gotten a new computer or reinstalled iTunes, migrating your iTunes library is easy—unless you’ve somehow lost it. Luckily, you can get everything off your iPhone without too much of a hassle. Here’s how to do it.

Recently, I had an issue with iTunes and ended up deleting my entire library. I still had all my music and apps on my iPhone, but iTunes has no method for syncing back in the other direction. After a bit of searching, I found it was pretty easy to restore everything back to the way it was—I just needed to do a little extra work. Here’s what the process entails.

Transfer Your Music and Videos with Sharepod

It’s pretty easy to restore songs you’ve bought from iTunes, but anything you’ve ripped or downloaded yourself is stuck on your iPhone. So, you’ll need a little help to get those other music and videos back into your library. Windows users should check out SharePod, which will transfer music, videos, playlists, voice memos, and even ringtones back to iTunes. Mac users will need Senuti, which is $18.99 if you want to transfer more than 1,000 songs (though the old, free version may still work). For more information on how to use these programs check out our detailed guide to copying music from iOS to your computer

Once all your music, videos, and playlists are back on your computer, you can re-sync everything to your iPhone like so:

  1. Plug your iPhone into your computer. Click on it in the iTunes sidebar and go to the “Music” tab. Check the “Sync Music” box and it’ll re-sync all or your music and playlists.
  2. Repeat this process with your videos, if you have any.

When you’re done, your iPhone will be linked to your new computer, but you’ll have all your music back in sync between both.

Transfer Your Apps with iTunes

Now that you’ve got your music back, the other main thing iTunes is missing is your apps. The problem is, if you try to sync it, iTunes tells you that “All existing apps and their data on the iPhone will be replaced with apps from this iTunes library.” Here’s how to sync your iPhone with the new computer, while making sure you keep all your apps and their data intact.

How to Transfer Everything From Your iPhone to iTunes on a New Computer

  1. Plug your iPhone into your computer. Right-click on it in the left sidebar and choose “Transfer Purchases” from the dropdown menu. This will not only transfer purchased music, but any and all apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store as well.
  2. Let the apps sync from your iPhone back to iTunes.
  3. When it’s done, click on your iPhone in the sidebar, go to the “Apps” tab in the main pane, and check the “Sync Apps” box. It’ll warn you that it’s going to replace the apps on your iPhone, but don’t worry—it actually won’t change much. All your documents and data will stay intact.

The one downside is that, when it’s done syncing, all of your apps will have been rearranged on the home screen. But, after putting them back in the correct order and folders, your iPhone should be exactly the same as it was before, with all your apps and their data in the right place, and it should sync normally with your new copy of iTunes.

That’s it! The process can seem a little confusing at first, and it would be really nice if iTunes did this all for you, but sadly it’s still ignoring this very important feature. Hopefully, with these instructions, you should be able to get all your information back into iTunes without losing any data off your phone. Next time, make sure you have a good backup of your computer—that way, you can just restore your old iTunes library in its entirety so everything syncs back smoothly!

Syncing iOS to the Cloud

This is really a must do for any iOS device running 3.0 and higher.  Enabling this will allow you to back up to the cloud and reset all your settings if anything should go wrong with your device.  This will also make it seemless if you buy a new device or receive a replacement. 


  1. Open Settings
  2. choose iCloud
  3. If you have not setup your iCloud yet, simply enter your username and password
  4. choose Storage and Backup
  5. toggle iCloud backup to the On position
  6. It will inform you that “Your iPad will no longer back up to the computer automatically when you sync with iTunes.” 
  7. Click OK
  8. Then select Back Up Now
  9. This may take up to 30 minutes to complete, depending on your storage size.

After you have backed up to iCloud, each time you are connected to a power source and wifi, your device will automatically do a backup!

Now you can easily update your software without worrying about losing your data and device setup.

Ten Marks

This is a new program recently added to my repertoire.  It is great in the fact that it is easy to set up, implement, and track student learning and progress. As a teacher, you simply add the students names, choose your question level bank, and assign the work to the students as they progress through.  There is a great Dashboard that gives you immediate colored graphs showing how the students are doing

Each question gives immediate feedback on how they did, and if they missed it, they can see a quick lesson and video on how to properly complete that type of problem.  I tell the kids they need to receive an 8/10 or better to move past the assignment. 

I have seen a lot of growth already from this program.  And its FREE!! 

Here is an excerpt from their website:

At TenMarks, we believe that students learn best when they’re engaged, nurtured, and motivated, and that teachers are key to improving math achievement. To help maximize teacher effectiveness in the classroom and to make their lives easier, we’ve created a web-based learning environment that simplifies assignments, automates grading, and drives student learning through engaging videos and interactive lessons.

The TenMarks curriculum is rigorous and engaging and is built on our research-based instructional philosophy – practice, instruction, assessment, and intervention – and helps students build conceptual understanding as well as develop computational and procedural fluency, resulting in strong math foundations.

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a classroom management system that gives immediate feedback for behaviors that take place. 

Each student receives a “Monster” avatar and everytime they are doing something right they receive a point, and everytime they make a bad choice they lose a point.

I have Peterson cash that students earn to buy things from my class store.  Every negative point they lose $1.  This management tool extinguishes most of the unwanted behaviors fairly quickly. 

Easy to setup and use.

This tool has an ios app for your devices.  I believe an Andriod one is coming soon!!

Edmodo is a wonderful classroom tool that can be easily compared to a Facebook type social site where only you and your class can gain access and post.

On this site you can give assignments, take polls, assign quizzes, send alerts, and just interact with your class through posts.

I have used this site for two years now and I absolutely love it.  The kids get a big kick out of it and love that they can communicate with one another and myself outside of school hours.

There are apps for this program as well.  Available on iOS and Android.

iPad apps for the classroom

Here is a list of apps that I use daily in my classroom with 4th graders.  Most are Free, or can be found free on occasion. 

More to come.


  1. Stechclub

Board Games

  1. Ludo
  2. Monopoly
  3. Scrabble
  4. Creationary


  1. Tea Party
  2. Stinky Socks
  3. Numberlys

Card Games

  1. Phase 10
  2. Spider Solitaire
  3. Solitaire
  4. Uno Free


  1. UpNext Maps
  2. 3D Cities
  3. Google Earth
  4. Maps+


  1. Beat the Computer
  2. Divisibility
  3. Top-It
  4. Division Free
  5. Sail Through Math
  6. Solids Elementary
  7. iMathGenius
  8. Math Quizzer
  9. MEasure Length
  10. TessellationHD
  11. tangram
  12. Fraction Basic
  13. iTooch Math Grade 5
  14. Numbers League
  15. Meteor Math
  16. Fractions
  17. Squeeze
  18. Geom-e-Tree
  19. Zoom
  20. Hungry Fish
  21. Rocket Math Free
  22. Motion Math
  23. Sushi Monster


  1. Skype
  2. BrainPOP
  3. PBS Kids
  4. TED
  5. PBS


  1. Fusion Read
  2. Words to Learn By
  3. Idioms


  1. National Geographic Explorer
  2. Science360
  3. Real Animals HD
  4. Animal Kingdom HD
  5. NASA Viz
  6. Encyclopedia Britannica Rainforests
  7. Exoplanet
  8. Planets
  9. 3D Brain

Social Studies

  1. Oregon Settler
  2. Oregon Trail
  3. History Maps
  4. Stack the States Lite
  5. Stack the Countries Lite


  1. Screenchomp
  2. Showme
  3. Mediaslate
  4. Educreations
  5. Easyboard


  1. Penultimate
  2. Poetry Magnets
  3. Mad Libs
  4. Wunderlist
  5. Notes
  6. Totes m’ Notes
  7. iA Writer
  8. iBrainstorm
  9. Evernote
  10. PAges
  11. Pad and Quill
  12. Simplenote
  13. Picturebook
  14. Story Lines
  15. Story Lines for Schools
  16. Write & Say
  17. Voice Thread