Monthly Archives: September 2019

i-Ready Data Now Available on Educator iPads

Update 3/18/20: Curriculum Associates has allowed access to reports for educators on iPadOS.

Update 10/10/19: Following the update to iPadOS, educators were able to access their students’ data directly through Safari browser on their iPads. Curriculum Associates, the company behind i-Ready, has decided to draw back this ability to use the iPad browser to access data. We will update here if there are any further changes.

In the past, accessing your student data on i-Ready required you to use a desktop or laptop computer. When Wood County Schools rolled out iPads for most of its educators, accessing this data on a mobile device seemed like a perfect match.

Then you discovered the iPad’s browser, Safari, did not meet the requirements for accessing the data.

Seriously?

Students were able to access i-Ready using the browser, but educators would have to wait for Curriculum Associates to update the i-Ready teacher portal.

Since Apple first introduced the iPad in April of 2010, it has shared the same operating system (OS) as the iPhone, known as iOS. Recently, Apple updated the iPad and gave it its own OS, named iPadOS. This new OS allows the browser to act in the same manner as a desktop browser.

Until now.

This change allows you to login to your i-Ready data on an iPad just as you would on a desktop. Oh happy day.


Apple IDs: What’s it all about?

Update: This article has been updated to reflect a change in the address for managed Apple IDs. The previous address was username@appleid.k12.wv.us. The updated address is username@wood.k12.wv.us.

From MacBooks to iPads and beyond, educators in Wood County Schools have accepted the challenge of integrating these tools to create instruction that is more engaging, creative, and relevant to their students’ lives.

Being able to take advantage of these tools requires the use of an Apple ID. This post aims to clarify the difference between a managed Apple ID and a professional Apple ID.

So, what is a managed or a professional Apple ID? Which is best for me?

Mangaged Apple ID

A managed Apple ID gives educators 200 gigabytes of storage space in Apple’s iCloud. It does not give access to the App Store or iTunes. Your managed Apple ID is similar to your k12 email address: username@wood.k12.wv.us. Notice the addition of the word ‘wood.’ Any Technology Systems Specialists (TSS) can reset this password for you, as can any Technology Integration Specialist.

Professional Apple ID

A professional Apple ID gives educators access to the App Store and iTunes and only 5 gigabytes of storage space.

Why would I use both?

Using both IDs on an iPad, for example, gives you 200 gigabytes of storage and access to the App Store and iTunes.

Where do I sign-in with each ID?

Mangaged Apple ID

  • To use your managed Apple ID for added storage on an iPad, go to “settings,” and choose your name.
  • Sign-in in the right-hand column. If you are already signed in with another ID, you may need to first sign-out.

Professional Apple ID

  • To use your professional Apple ID for App Store and iTunes purchases, also go to “settings.”
  • Scroll down the left-hand column and choose “iTunes & App Store.”
  • Sign-in in the right-hand column.

Creating a Professional Apple ID

(To obtain a managed Apple ID, see your school tech contact.)

  1. Visit https://appleid.apple.com
  2. Choose “Create Your Apple ID” from the top.
  3. Fill out the form.  For the e-mail address (Apple ID) use your k12 e-mail address (E.g. yourname@k12.wv.us).
  4. Create a secure password. It must have eight or more characters, upper and lowercase letters, and at least one number.
  5. Choose and answer security questions.
  6. Type characters in image prior to clicking “continue” at the bottom of the page.

To finish this process, check your k12 e-mail for a verification e-mail from Apple.

INNOVATE Provides Support for WCS Educators

Instructional Resources for Wood County Schools’ Educators.

The real power of interactive technologies is that they let us learn in ways that aren’t otherwise possible or practical.

— David Lassner.

Welcome to INNOVATE: Instructional Recourses for WCS Educators. Wood County Schools is the first school system in the Mid-Ohio Valley to launch a one-to-one student to device initiative to advance academic progress with more engaging and creative learning in classrooms. INNOVATE aims to provide Wood County Schools’ educators a place to find resources and support in integrating technology into their instruction and to provide relevant and timely information about issues related to use of technology in classrooms.