Updated 01/23/2013 – Read the updated version of this blog entry! Even easier!!

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Earlier today, the following tweet found its way into my twitter feed:

 34  kayjohnranch@mguhlin i am wanting to transfer videos, imovie projects etc from stdt iPads set up on a school acct to my ipad, ideas on how to do it?

This kind of request is becoming a clarion call for making it easy to get student work–or anything–of the iPad (read Tim Holt’s Petition to App Developers)

Ok, the conditions for resolving Kay’s question are pretty straightforward. Let’s review them:

  1. No computer in sight or available…just iPads, the teacher’s and students’.
  2. No “cloud-based” storage location (e.g. eBackpack, Edmodo, WebDav Server running OwnCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)

Simply, how does the teacher get students’ Camera Roll projects onto teacher’s iPad without a computer or cloud storage? It’s like a riddle, isn’t it?

Here’s one possible solution–turn your teacher iPad into a server! My response in 140 characters or less:

Setup your iPad up as a server. Use Readdle’s Documents to turn ur iPad into a server. Students use WebDavNavigator

Read the rest of this blog entry to get the step by step approach!

Step 1 – Get the apps you need.

On the teacher iPad, install Readdle’s Documents (previously known as ReaddleDocs but they changed their name today (01/16/2013)). The Readdle Documents app will cost you nothing…it’s FREE. Since I paid money for this app, I’m not sure how long the app will remain free…maybe it’s just free for today. (Special thanks to +Marguerite Lowak for encouraging me to invest in ReaddleDocs!)

Why are we getting Readdle Documents? For the simple reason that it can turn your iPad into a WebDav server! That means, student iPads can connect to your iPad and use it as a storage location for their work. Since apps like Keynote, Pages, etc. have WebDav support, you can easily collect their work if other storage solutions are unavailable.

On the student iPad(s), install WebDav Navigator app (FREE). This is what will allow student iPads to connect to your teacher iPad.

Step 2 – Turn on Your Teacher iPad WebDav Server. 
To accomplish this, start up your Documents app you just obtained and go to NETWORK button. That will reveal a screen like the one below:

Notice that Documents is incredibly versatile (click Add Storage to see what I mean). For now, all we care about is that you can access the iPad via your web browser OR, and here’s the important part, WebDav app.

Tip: Before turning this on, I would create a folder you want students to drop their work into or it will all get mixed in together.

Step 3 – Connect from a Student iPad to the Teacher iPad App.
Students will need to run the WebDav Navigator app (free) that was obtained in Step 1. They will have to add the following information, which is essentially the IP address or name of the teacher’s iPad. This is the Teacher iPad’s “address” on the network.

Here’s what setting up the Teacher’s iPad as a WebDav server looks like in WebDav Navigator app (on the student’s iPad):

Now that the Teacher’s iPad is setup–and WebDav Navigator will remember this address unless you tell it to forget it, which may come in handy since the Teacher’s ipad IP address may change in the future–your students can tap on the entry shown above and it will connect them.

Note: Anyone connecting via WebDAV will have full rights to add, remove content, so grant these rights judiciously to your students.

Here’s what it looks like on a Student’s iPad connecting to the Teacher’s iPad via WebDav Navigator:

In the bottom left-hand corner, there are several icons. The third one from either the right or left side–looks like a small iPad–allows you to access your Camera Roll. That means any projects–such as iMovie projects exported as videos to Camera Roll, images, etc.–in the Camera Roll can be sent by the student to the teacher’s iPad…

When your students first tap on the iPad icon in WebDav Navigator, they will see a message that says, “WebDAV Nav” would like to access your photos. They should tap OK.

in the screenshot below, you can see the Camera Roll on the student iPad (some images are pixellized to protect the innocent):

When you select a picture, you will see that WebDAV Nav gives your picture/video a LONG filename. Feel free to rename this to something more meaningful and brief.

That’s pretty much all there is to getting students to “save” their work on the Teacher’s iPad.

Ok, so what happens if you’re the teacher (or someone else), have a computer and want to quickly download a student project? All that person has to do is turn on Readdle Documents WiFi, then connect via the IP address or iPad name. When s/he connects, they will see a window like the following:

(by the way, I set my Readdle Documents to have a password but you don’t have to)

Once you are connected, you will see all the files on your ipad online in Readdle Documents. You can then download those files to your computer.

That’s all, folks! And, thank YOU for a great question, Kay!

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