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
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!
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:
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:
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!