Chrome VERSUS Safari on the ipad

There has been MUCH discussion on this topic over the past week since ipads have come to school in year 7’s bags.

I know where my opinion stands, and was asked to write a newsletter article stating pros/cons from an education point of view. Here is my two cents, feel free to disagree, you know where the comment box is- I may not reply 😉


Year 7’s are getting into the swing of things with ipads- and there has been MUCH debate over which browser is best to use. This debate is much like an “apple versus android” dispute (it goes round and round in circles, pros and cons of each). But let’s look at it from an EDUCATION and CYBER SAFETY point of view, and here is what matters to OUR KIDS:


  • Works with parental controls, allows for safer browsing, blocks explicit content if controls are set as such
  • Browsing history can be stored for reflection (and deleted too)
  • Slow processing speeds when loading webpages with lots of content
  • Works REALLY well with government initiative for cybersafety (reinforces our Pastoral and Integrated Learning program)
  • Downloads PDF files as necessary- does require an extra step than Chrome to do so
  • Easily collects bookmarks and offline reading
  • Default browser on ipad, all links automatically open in Safari, there is no changing this setting
  • Syncs favourites/bookmarks across mobile devices



  • Upon download, comes with a “age restricted warning” upon download to confirm you are over 17 (is this an attempt to say “there’s explicit content on the internet, not our fault if you access it??)
  • Can easily “incognito” browse so that history is not stored
  • DOES NOT enforce parental controls applied on the ipad
  • Happily plays flash content on sites
  • Quickly loads pages and downloads files/attachments

SO . . . they are SOME of the facts that are MOST relevant for our students, overall CHROME is a better performing browser. BUT, in my opinion SAFARI is a safer experience, this is also a school endorsed recommendation. Discuss this with your children, explain what and why we want to protect them on the internet.

Do you have the CYBER-SAFETY button installed on their ipad?? – – – ->

And in the true spirit of the internet, browsing and meme’s – I created one fitting:



Providing iPad training for staff OFF SITE using GOGGLE DOCS!!

Teachers are busy people, we work ourselves silly until the silly season and holidays are here, we usually have those final days at school reserved for professional development and learning but seriously  who’s really awake? listening? coherent? 

Gilroy had the first stage of the 1:1 2013 roll out during the last week of school- PERFECT TIMING for staff to receive an ipad  as they could spend the holidays playing and exploring- BUT the downside is that staff and myself were tired in the last week of term, and too busy winding up 2012 to even think of what’s going on in 2013.

The solution was to create a set of online tutorials – I thought about hosting these on a website, but that would mean they were static, stand alone tutorials without being dynamic and collaborative. I therefore chose to create a PUBLIC GOOGE DOC FOLDER, by changing a single folders accessibility I did not make all my Google Doc files public. I also decided that SOME TUTORIALS should be collaborative, and others should not, again, changing the share settings to suit.

tutorials sreen shot

Currently there are 15 files in the folder, some are numbered, this creates a flow of “lessons” – – – staff teaching year 7 next year have the expectation to complete the first 5 as they are detrimental to the ipads operation and work flow in our classrooms – but as I add more, it is up to them if they feel confident to go further!

The bonus of this is that staff can COMPLETE PD IN THEIR OWN TIME, WHEN THEY ARE REFRESHED AND READY, refer back to the tutorials when required either by saving them onto their computer or accessing them online.


The files that are open for collaboration are for people to help shape, please contribute and add your ideas. Thank you to those who have already contributed, but also a specific thank you to Denise Lombardo as her “twitter teacher directory” is in there and has been MOST helpful 🙂


I have enabled sharing on the files so that others may use them too! Let me know what is useful to you and your colleagues 🙂

Rolling out 1:1 iPads at Gilroy !!

Collection of files that were distributed to parents as part of the 2013 roll out:

FAQ’ s

APPS for first round purchase – year 7 2013



Stylus, case and keyboard recomendations

Post Purchase Instructions

iPAD preso for parent info night- with audio

Approved apps and games for holiday play



Link to – – -> SCOOP-it 

Link to staff – – -> TRAINING FOLDER (updated CONSTANTLY!!)

Hope these help others !!

BYOD workshop materials – apps, online tools and how you ACTUALLY DO BYOD in the classroom.

Excitably this year at the IIATE conference I ran a workshop on BYOD (bring your own device).

How can portable devices such as tablets, smart phones, laptops, iPads and iPods be integrated effectively into technology classes to enhance learning?
Online tools, apps, games and websites that are relevant to a wide variety of TAS subjects will be demonstrated. Bring your own device on the day (ALL platforms and device types are welcome).”

Here is my prezi introducing the concept/idea of BYOD- – – – > PREZI 

In the weeks prior to the workshop I employed the help of my PLN to gather additional resources, because other teachers in my PLN teach in differing subject areas AND different device types AND they are pretty clever!

Some of the responses looked like this:

I went through each app that was suggested compiling a list that worked with my workshop sections/audience (keeping in mind my workshop was for TAS teachers in a high school setting):

  1. APPS

THIS info I then put into these handouts to be used on the day.

I chose to use QR codes as they are a GREAT way of getting A LOT of info into a small space – each QR code on the handout contained WHAT the tools DOES and HOW it could be integrated into the classroom. I can also attribute the groovy layout to comic life, SO EASY!!


Apps for BYOD

Websites for students BYOD

Stuff for teachers