Category Archives: Mobile Devices

Resetting Pupil iPads

It has come to our attention that schools are resetting iPads in preperation for the new Academic year. If this happens then a call needs to be logged asking for the devices to be re-enrolled into Meraki. This causes IT extra unneccessary work and the devices unusable until the issue has been resolved.

Therefore, please simply delete content and apps and do not reset the devices.


Curiosity, Inquiry and Creativity using Technology in the Early Years

This is an in-service day event aimed at Early Years practicioners.

The day will consist of Keynote Speakers and hands on workshops demonstrating how technology can be used in an Early Years enviroment.

Agenda for the day below,

Time Agenda Speaker Item
9:30 – 9:45 Opening TBC Introduction
9:45 – 10:45 Keynote Abdul Chohan Change belief, change behaviour
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Workshop 1
11:30 – 12:00 Workshop 2
12:00 – 12:30 Workshop 3
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Workshop 4
14:00 – 15:00 Keynote Joe Moretti
15:00 – 15:15 Digital Leaders James McLean
15:15 – 15:30 Closing Susan Sey Q & A


Workshop 1 Creating interactive lessons using Smart Notebook Susan Sey
Workshop 2 Embedding coding in Early Years Jim McLean
Workshop 3 Digital storytelling to promote Curiosity, Inquiry and Creativity PT
Workshop 4 Realising the potential Abdul Chohan
Workshop 5 Using animation to capture Pupil Voice PT
Workshop 6 Using OneNote to celebrate and reflect on learning Graeme Slapp
Workshop 7 Profiling in the Early Years PT

Please contact the Learning through Technology Team if you have any queries re the above event. We look forward to seeing you there ūüôā

iPad sets

Here at H2L2 we have renewed the sets of iPads we use for training with teachers and pupils.

We now have 3 x sets of 10 iPad Minis to give to schools, and it is very easy for your school to get one of these sets, just email me with a request.   STOP PRESS The iPad sets are now all gone.

The catch?

There isn’t one, but we would hope you would keep us informed on how the devices are being used, and maybe you would want to sign up for some of our iPad and iOS twilights that will shortly be available on our Online Technology Support Session Website

iTunesU Course

An iTunesU twilight has been arranged for the 19th April at The Gordon Schools.

This will be a ¬†‘Hands on’ , practical walkthrough through setting up a class in iTunesU, homework hand-in, integrated grade book and private discussions. See how simple it is to deliver lessons, grade assignments and stay connected using iPads in the classroom and at home. You already have everything you need. Just import your favourite teaching materials into iTunes U – documents, worksheets, web links, photos and videos – to quickly build your lessons and assignments.

Please click on the link below to register,

CALL Scotland Training Sessions

Please see below a list of upcoming training opportunities and webinars available through CALL Scotland.

Course – CALL Scotland//

Courses take place in their training centre within the University of Edinburgh.

Courses are open to:

  • Professionals working with people with additional support needs;
  • Parents and family members.
Prices from £60


Free Assistive Technology Webinars – CALL Scotland//

Webinars are convenient live presentations delivered to your computer or tablet over the web.

Prices from Free


Please contact the Learning through Technology Team if you have any queries re the above.



It has come to our attention that staff are signing into iCloud with a personal iTune account using a school device. In some instances personal photos have then been syncing onto the school devices. We would be grateful if you could not sign into iCloud to prevent any further issues.

Please get in touch with the Learning through Technology Team if you have any further queries re the above.


Computational Thinking and Coding Twilights

dashThe fantastic double act of Dash and Dot have now arrived . Those schools that have attended the CS twilights over the last few weeks keep a look out for them arriving in the school mail.

We will continue to issue a Dash and Dot and a Beebot mat to each school that can attend CS twilights now and in term 4

Using School iPads Dash and Dot can be programmed via a number of free apps including Tickle, Wonder Workshop and Tynker. These robots are perfectly at home in Nursery / Early Years but because of the innovative design can be equally at home and challenging  for older students to program.

If you haven’t already done so, then please check Aberdeenshire Events and book onto a CS Twilight in your Cluster


Updating Pupil iPads

Last term it came to our attention that the iOS update on Pupil iPads was blocked and therefore, schools were unable to update to the latest iOS.

IT have now resolved the issue so we always advise that schools update their iPads to the newest iOS compatible with the device.


Apple Volume Purchasing Programme for Education

For licencing purposes schools are required to buy a licence for every iPad that a paid app goes onto. If you have 20 iPad and you would like Book Creator then you have to buy 20 copies. This can only be done with an Apple Volume Purchasing Account for Education (VPP).

If you do not have a school VPP account then you request one from

Once your school has been enrolled then you can buy multiple copies of apps.                      The benefits are:

  • Apps¬†are all purchased through the correct Aberdeenshire procedure
  • If you buy 20 or more then you get them half price
  • Licences are all accountable and easy to access

The VPP account is linked to a school gmail account which doesn’t have any personal data or information. This account is only used on a computer (not and iPad).

Your school will now have to purchase credit for the account before you can buy any apps.

Credit can be purchased via Oracle and the information for this is below.


Once you have ordered the credit info will be sent to the above g-mail address.

**You only have 4 weeks to click on the redeemable link in the e-mail. If you click on the link after the 4 weeks the link will have expired**.

Guidance notes can be found to support you with this by clicking on the link below.

Guidance for Apple Volume Purchasing Programme

There are also short video tutorials which talk you through the process . You can access the video tutorials by clicking on the link below. There are 3 steps and they have been named appropriately.

Video Tutorials