School 4 One Office hours with Felipe

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I’ll be hosting School 4 One office hours! If you have questions, observations, of need help with features join me Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00pm. The office hours will be hosted over Zoom. Zoom has pretty much a client for any platform and you don’t need to create an account to join our Zoom room. So it is really easy.

You may want to share your iPad screen with me. Zoom allow that but you need to install the “Zoom Client Plug-in for Sharing iPhone/iPad.” Look for it in the install page.

Why Zoom and not Skype/Hangouts/WhatsApp? I find Zoom to be very reliable and delivers a high quality video and audio. A lot less frustrating than other platforms.

If you are a School 4 One teacher you received an email with our Zoom room id. If you don’t have it, send me an email and I’ll send you code.

Mobile Learning: On the move

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“Ask a question that you don’t know the answer to, ask what is interesting to you.”


With technology use supported in 74% of classrooms, the time has come to expand use outside of the school walls.  Combining the age-old practice of students taking Field Trips with new age technology, the Cross County Class of the Weizman Institute located in Israel promotes Mobile Learning for participating students.  Using research from an educator’s PhD or Masters degree and the theory of constructivism, the science based class is centered on student inquiry. 

Students in the lab

When students enter Shira Liberty’s Earth Science based Cross Country Class, they are in for an innovative new wave of learning; but also a break from the traditional classroom to push them out of their comfort zone.  Shira believes in fully immersing students in all learning experiences.  “Ask a question that you don’t know the answer to, ask what is interesting to you.” this is a message that she gives to her students. Believing that there is no better way for her students to learn than using mobile technology in the field, sets Shira apart from other educators.  Different from E-Learning, Mobile Learning is designed for student learning anytime anywhere.  For the Cross Country Class, there are certainly no limits–including the Eliat Desert.  




Working with little instruction and being driven by inquiry, Shira led students for the next 3 days into the desert to learn about its geological features.  Students were given an iPad and asked to organize their findings in a program called School 4 One.  With a slight paranoia of having no means to charge the iPads, students used the mobile tool to collect their information in a way they felt comfortable.   Beginning to show willingness to do more and not feel as though they were completing work, students became more sophisticated with their use of of the app and found new innovative ways to organize their information all in real time, directly in the field.  



Rather than taking multiple steps to transfer field notes to an actual product, Shira found that empowering her students with tools that allowed them to inquire about their learning and record information in a real time manner was priceless.  Proven to be successful in high schools across Israel, the class works with at-risk students from public and private schools.  In addition to Israel, the Cross Country Class is expanding to countries such as: China, Japan, India, and Brazil.


School 4 One new amazing version (1.4.6): mark as absent, multiple choice, orchestrate task and more.

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Mark as Absent

Mark as Absent is a new feature in the teacher gradebook. Find the student that is absent and the assignment that they missed, select the box and choose Mark as Absent. This will then add a – mark to the assignment box of the absent student. The – mark can be viewed by the teacher and the student.


Orchestrate Task

From the teacher side of School 4 One, choose an assignment from a lesson that you would like you students to work on. Select the Export icon, blue square with arrow, then choose Orchestrate Task. Students that are logged in to School4One will have the assignment opened for them automatically. This is a great time-saver in the classroom!

Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice Assessments can be created from an existing Google Doc or Dropbox file. You can also create an assignment from scratch, great for exit tickets on the fly! Above you will see a multiple choice question created from scratch. Once the question is created, the teacher can then enter the correct answer choices. Students can answer the multiple choice questions by selecting the letters. Teachers will need to go to the gradebook, select the check, then choose Grade All. This will automatically grade the assignment. Students and teachers can view the answer choices through the gradebook by selecting the assignment and choosing the blue grade pop-up button.



Using the S4O Extension through other Apps

You can now use the S4O extension to add content links, PDF’s, and photos to an existing lesson. For example, in Safari select the export button in the top right and find the S4O extension. You will be prompted to type a message for the assignment, choose the class and the lesson you would like the content to be added to. Once complete, select the upload option in the irght hand corner, and the content will be automatically uploaded to the lesson.



Using the S4O Extension to submit student work


Students can upload any PDF or photo to an S4O assignment. For example, the student above has saved a photo to the Camera roll. The student can choose the export button and select S4O as the extension. They will then be asked to select the class, lesson, and the assessment they would like to upload the photo or PDF to.

Student View:



Teacher View:

From the Gradebook, the teacher can view the file uploaded by the student and provide feedback.


You now receive Notifications in S4O. These notifications inform the teacher of when an assignment has been submitted but they also allow the Gradebook to be updated automatically.
The notifications can be overwhelming, however, you do not want to completely turn them off because that will prevent the gradebook from being automatically updated. You can prevent the notifications from constantly appearing on your screen. In your iPad settings, select Notifications, find S4O, and under ALERT STYLE WHEN UNLOCKED choose NONE.

Email Reports

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We are very exited to bring email weekly reports to select school districts. Each school principal and tech implementation personal will receive a weekly email with stats about usage.


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And individual value has the weeks score, and the change relative to the previous week.


We measure based on four criteria:

  • Activity: Actions that indicate usage or School 4 One at a basic level.
  • Assessment: Actions that indicate the usage of School 4 One for assessment.
  • Feedback: Actions that indicate teachers are providing feedback to students on work.
  • Mastery: Students achieving Mastery in assessments that are standard based.




The header contains an aggregated view for the School.

The header columns for the reports are:

  • Active Teachers: This is the number of teachers using School 4 One. It is the numbers of active teachers during the period. An active teacher is a teacher that posted a lesson or graded assessments.
  • Lessons Posted:  Numbers of lessons that were posted to the students in the period.
  • New Data Points:  A data point is a single standard base measurement on the work of a student. A New Data Point is the result of a teacher actively grading a student on a standard based scale. A single assessment may generate multiple data points. Data points are only generated from grading assessments.
  • Student Submissions: This measures the amount of student work that was send from a Student to the teacher. Answering an assessment generates one Student Submission. A student submission is usually a file.
  •  Graded Students: Number of students that submitted work and that work got graded by a teacher.
  • Recorded Feedback: Number of instances in which a teacher recorded feedback on a student assessment. Recorded Feedback is an advanced practice for students that need a deeper explanation on how could they improve their work.
  • Annotated Feedback: Number of instances in which a teacher annotated the student work as means to provide feedback. It is a more basic way of providing feedback than the Recorded feedback, and appropriate in most cases.


After the header, a detailed report per teachers follows with the following columns

  • Lessons posted: Numbers of lessons that were posted to the students in the period.
  • Assessments: Number of assessments posted to the students.
  • Answers: Number of student submissions  sent from a student to the teacher.
  • Mastery Points: Number of Data Points generated that had the maximum score (4).
  • Graded: Number of Data Points generated as a result of the teacher’s grading work.
  • Students: Number of students in all of the teacher’s classes.
  • Annotated Feedback: Number of instances in which a teacher annotated the student work as means to provide feedback. It is a more basic way of providing feedback than the Recorded feedback, and appropriate in most cases.


Please remember the reports are a new feature. So, provide feedback, we’ll improve it where necessary.


cheers, Felipe

The iPad Journey Infographic

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With the help of Dr. Michael Nagler, Superintendent at Mineola Union Free School, we created “The iPad Journey Infographic” to help educators visualize how far they can go implementing new educational practices at their schools. Click here to download for free the “iPad Journey Infografic” as pdf.

For the infographic’s full explanation, please read the following article published in EdSurge.

iPad Journey Infographic

4 key questions about iPad classroom management

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In the United States alone, more than 4 million iPads are deployed in schools each year. The stakes are high for schools that choose to build an iPad program. Resources need to be allocated and significant changes in instructional practices need to be implemented to make sure that the program becomes a success. This post covers 4 different aspects of iPad classroom management that every school should think about before they hand iPads to their students.

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Track Common Core Standards using iPads

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Dr. Michael Nagler, Superintendent of the Mineola Unified School District, spoke at the Long Island Technology Summit on October 20, 2014 about using digital portfolios to track Common Core Standards by student. His presentation outlined the district’s journey to implement the Common Core Standards and how iPads have become an essential tool for the district in this process.

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