Congratulations! You finally have iPads in your school! Now what? Well, perhaps KET can help. Here is the rundown on KET resources and the iPad:
This is such an exciting time! KET, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the University of Kentucky have partnered to create a Kentucky page in iTunes U, which has loads of KET content that can be streamed or downloaded to the iPad. The best part about this is the option to subscribe. Shows like News Quiz or Kentucky Life can be automatically downloaded without much effort on your part. You will need to use your primary computer (the one you sync with) to take advantage of the subscription service, because iTunes U on the iPad does not offer the option to subscribe.
Here is how you get to the Kentucky page:
1. Launch iTunes on your computer or mobile device
2. Click on the iTunes Store on the left sidebar
3. Click on iTunes U a the top of the page
4. Click K-12 in the Quick Links section on the right sidebar
5. Then click Kentucky
6. To see just KET content, click KET under Partnership Content on the right sidebar.
On Discovery Education’s main site, the videos won’t stream on the iPad due to software issues. However, Discovery has a mobile site at mobile.discoveryeducation.com with about 6000 videos that are streamable on the iPad. Some of the teaching materials are available as well, but none of the audio, images, and other content are available yet. They are continuing to add more content as they can, so perhaps soon!
Another option is to use a desktop or laptop computer, download Quicktime videos from Discovery’s regular site, and then use iTunes to convert them to an iPad format. When you sync your iPad(s) to your computer, you’ll be able to view the videos.
The Discovery Education Channel on YouTube has a 45 minute archived webinar that includes directions on how to do this.
*My next blog will be about setting up student accounts in Discovery, so you can let your students log into the mobile site and enjoy access to these videos!
At this point, the only videos I have found in Teacher’s Domain that stream on the iPad are KET’s recent contributions, such as Arts in the Renaissance, Tunneling for Water, Water Solutions, and the Native American Culture collection. There are many more KET videos in TD, including professional development videos!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the new and improved KET EncycloMedia, it now includes KET Ed on Demand, Discovery Education, and Teacher’s Domain! Click on the image to check out all of these fabulous resources!!! Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.
It is important to note that Flash, which is the software used to create and play most, if not all, of the interactives available through our media repositories, still isn’t compatible with the iPad browser. This means that the fabulous interactives in TD, Mission U.S., the Physics Lab, and Scale City will not work. Hopefully, Apple and Adobe will work that out soon!
I hope this is helpful to those of you searching for high quality educational content to use with your iPads. When you have a chance, please let me know what wonderful things you are doing!