Gaggle launches iPad app
Today Gaggle released their new App for the Apple iPad which solves the problem of shared iPads in a classroom cart environment. With Gaggle’s iPad App each student using the iPad logs in to their own account, so sharing the tablet is easy.
The purpose of developing the App was to give students and teachers the ability to use the iPad as a collaborative learning tool. Gaggle App developer Ryan Peterson states, “What we have found when working with schools is that sharing an iPad among several students is common practice in the classroom. While applications that support document editing, file storage, and email are readily available, they fail to meet the shared device model. With our app, users can each have their own set of documents, files and emails all safe, secure and protected from other users who later access the same device.”
“This year, the Gaggle App will be used in iPad classrooms throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Students will be sharing devices, so having the ability to log in and out of email was a necessity,” Jenny Grabiec, Instructional Technology Specialist, explained. “Student-created photo slide shows and movies can be uploaded easily from the camera roll and synced to the students’ digital lockers for easy viewing at home or on any school computer. One of my favorite features of the Gaggle app is ‘Mark it up,’ which allows teachers to review, grade and return assignments to students, saving paper and time in the process. Any district involved in an iPad rollout should definitely look to Gaggle for their email, storage and workflow solutions. We are happy we did!”
In addition to security, the Gaggle App has put a focus on productivity both for students and teachers making them more efficient with tools like the Digital Locker and Mark it Up! “The Gaggle App gives students the ability to create and store files on the iPad but also allows those files to be accessible in the Gaggle digital locker from any other computer,” explains Heather Hammond, Gaggle Director of Account Management and Training. “The app will allow teachers to focus more on productivity with the use of file creation, storage, and immediate sharing which will allow them to put more course content on the iPad device.”
Digital Locker File Storage – Secure, virtual file storage accessible from home or school with preview capability for dozens of file types including: Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF, images, movies and more!
Mini Document Editor – Edit and create .doc and .docx files in the Digital Locker
Email – Full access to Gaggle email through the App
Gaggle Tube Video Access – YouTube access from the iPad with all content being filtered and monitored
Video and Image Insert – Insert images and videos from the iPad camera roll into the Digital Locker
Mark it Up! Digital Grading Tool – Digitally grade assignments and return them to students with editing tools including a virtual red pen, highlight, strikeout, text underline and comment tools