Tired of getting unwanted AirDropped photos? Turn it off!

AirDrop is a great way to share files and  photos with other iPad users sitting close by.  One person “pushes” the photo to another iPad, and the other person simply clicks on the Accept button to get a copy of it. Simple!

From Apple’s web page “iOS: Use AirDrop to wirelessly share content”

But what happens when someone you don’t know drops a file that you don’t want? What should a student do if they are getting photos that are offensive? Whether you like it or not, you will see a preview of the photo someone is trying to send to you through AirDrop.  If that picture is inappropriate and you want to reject it, you are still going to see a small glimpse of the photo first.

So how do you deal with unwanted AirDropped photos? Turn off the AirDrop feature. You can turn AirDrop on and off very easily. Turn it on when your friend wants to send you something, and turn it off when you are not using it. AirDrop is not like email – it only works when  someone is close by.  You won’t miss a message because AirDrop is turned off.

Turn off AirDrop by clicking on AirDrop and choosing Off.

So how do you turn AirDrop on and off? Open the Control Center which is the hidden menu you can get to by swiping your finger upwards from the bottom of the home screen. Tap on AirDrop to open the menu, then tap Off (which prevents everyone from trying to share files with you) or Contacts Only (which lets anyone in your contact list to still share files with you.

Go to Apple’s support page “iOS: Use AirDrop to wirelessly share content” to read more about how to use AirDrop  to share files with people you know. Teachers and students can easily share files using AirDrop.

“8 for 8” leads to high impact professional development

Harvard University hosted a day-long Critical Conversations and Bold Ideas program last week which attracted over 1,000 people. Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education), Geoffrey Canada (founder of Harlem Children’s Zone and part of Fortune’s list of the 50 greatest leaders in the world in 2014), and Howard Gardner (senior director of Project Zero and author of the groundbreaking theory on multiple intelligences) were among many top educators and influential people who spoke at the event.

8for8In my opinion, the highlight of the event was their 8 For 8 session. What is 8 for 8? It is a presentation where 8 people discuss their big ideas for impact on education within a time limit of 8 minutes. In a little over one hour the audience heard eight well-known Harvard professors present eight diverse ideas for improving  teaching and learning. The topics covered a wide variety of topics, with titles such as, “Getting Unstuck,” “The End of Average,” and “Linking Family Engagement to Learning.”

I want to see the 8 For 8 format at a future teachers’ conference.  Most conferences have sessions that explain how to implement a program or how to use technology in the classroom or how to reach a certain student audience. What is often missing is the science behind WHY these things work in the classroom. I want to know the research behind what these teachers are doing. Another absence from most conferences is plain-old inspiration. The people I remember the most after leaving a conference are the ones who inspired me, who had that one story, one video, or one quote that makes me want to go back to school and do something – ANYTHING – that is going to make a difference. Inspiring people make me want to change everything I do and start over from scratch.

Forget just seeing the 8 For 8 format – I want to mimic it at the next conference. I want to make it happen. Maybe we can cut it down to a 5 For 5 session that lasts just 30 minutes. I want to poll all 200 teachers in my school and ask them who from our school they want to hear, and then ask those top five people to talk about something heartfelt and meaningful and personally important when it comes to teaching and learning. I want our five speakers to just pack those five minutes with as much data and research and quotes from students, but most importantly I want each five minute segment to be filled with heart and conviction and inspiration. I know we have five people who can do this. I bet we have ten or twenty people who could do this. I think a homegrown 8 For 8 is just what our school needs right now. So tomorrow I’m going to go to work on this. I’ll keep you updated as to where it goes…