Sharing via Your iPad Made Easy (DRAFT)

posted Mar 16, 2016, 6:48 PM by Miguel Guhlin   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 7:21 PM ]
Are you and your students creating exciting content on your iPad but encountering challenges to sharing it with others? Are you sick and tired of creating great video project on your iPad but then not being able to get it off the device? Read this blog entry to find several rock-solid, proven approaches to getting content off your iPad, collecting work, and easy ePublishing! But wait, there's more!
Approach #1 - Readdle Documents
You have to pay for almost every app on the iPad, but some of the best apps are free. Yes, you read that right...Free! One of those is Readdle Documents, a free, no cost file manager solution! This versatile, all-in-one solution provides ebook--so you can read GoogleDocs ePubs that your students create!--compatibility,  the ability to access cloud storage (e.g. OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Dropbox to name 3 popular choices), set your iOS device up as a server for easy access from your computer or other mobile devices, a music player and ebook reader! And, that's not all! You can also save web pages to PDF, get and save media files that Safari cannot handle, compress multiple files into one with zip compression algorithm, and edit text files! It is a must-have app for iOS users! 

Documents. . .It is a robust document reader, media player and file manager for iPad. Why should you install Documents on your iPad?The application is super useful. A child could use it, but is can do so much, that we have a 20-page guide to cover everything. With all this power, Documents is completely free (with no ads or in-app purchases).The ultimate goal was to create an app that everyone will use. It had to be elegant, easy to use and powerful. (read more)

Ok, so what happens if you're the teacher (or someone else), have a computer and want to quickly download a student project? All that person has to do is turn on Readdle Documents WiFi, then connect via the IP address or iPad name. Here are the settings you need to adjust:

General Tab: This tab covers security and protection. You can leave settings as is or enable Passkey lock or TouchID, as well as iOS Data Protection to encrypt your data. This is great if you're saving confidential data on your mobile device...I like to think of it as a safety deposit box on your iPad that only you have the key to!
Wi-Fi Drive: Switch the “Enable Drive” setting to ON. If in a public environment, turn ON “Ask for Password.”
Sync: If using iCloud, choose the appropriate Automatic Sync setting (e.g. WiFi) or disable it. Set “FastSync” for WebDAV to ON.
File Manager: Switch the “Show Photos” to ON. This will allow you to make copies of photos/videos you have in your Camera Roll/Photo Library. You may also want to turn on "Show Filename extensions," "Show Recents," "Show Photos," and "iTunes Files."

That’s all! Tap on “Close” to finish adjusting settings. When you or your student(s) connect, they will see a window like the following:
(by the way, I set my Readdle Documents to have a password but you don't have to)

Once you are connected, you will see all the files on your ipad online in Readdle Documents. You can then download those files to your computer.

Approach #2 - Sync products via WiFi to iTunes
This approach works for apps--iPen, ScribblePress--that don't allow you to easily copy their products off to a Camera Roll, cloud storage, or email. Here's how to do it:

  •  Attach each device once to the teacher’s computer and checking the “sync over wifi” option and “enable
  • Unplug each device without synching.
  • "Provided you are on the same network, you can then open and close files on the class set from your computer."
  • Thx to Julian Coultas (Digital RoadTrip)
    Approach #3 - Screen-capture or Print
    There are not a lot of low-cost options for printing from an iPad app and saving that product (e.g. PDF) somewhere you can get it. That's why apps like Readdle's Printer Pro--which is a must-have iPad app if you have to print--are raking in the dollars. This is a must-have app if you are printing. I've tried several apps, and this one just works.

    The only workaround is to take a screenshot on your iPad. To do that, simultaneously hold down the On/Off switch at the top of the iPad, then a half-second later, press the round Home button. You'll hear a "camera click" and the picture will be saved in your Camera Roll. At that point, you can take the image and use any of the other approaches shared above to get the image off your iPad. But wait--there's one more approach to consider:

    Approach #4 - AirDrop
    AirDrop allows you to "wirelessly send photos, videos, websites, locations, and more to a nearby iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac." Apple has a nice tutorial online available. While some may prefer AirDrop to the other approaches listed, my go-to remains Readdle Documents due to its ease of use and the ability to share with any device, including Windows computers, Chromebooks.

    "Mr. Guhlin," asked Ms. Rodriguez, a 2nd grade teacher, "how can I get those videos off my children's iPads?" Now, you know several ways to help out a peer.  Remember that there are many ways to get videos, photos, and files on and off your iPad. Find the approach that works best for you and your students!