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CESS iPad/iOS User Group

Updated: iTransfer- A Handy/Free Secure File Transfer app for Zoo Storage and Retrieval

Posted: September 30th, 2013 by Adam Deyo

iTransfer is a free app that can be used to safely transfer your data from an iOS device to UVM’s servers with a WiFi connection. It was recently updated,  please see the workflow and design changes below.

As always, be careful when using “free” WiFi networks in coffee shops, etc. Connect to UVM resources via the AnyConnect VPN anytime you are off campus. There is always the potential for theft of your netid and password, along with your data.

Otherwise, if you can deal with ads and other on-screen pitches to make in-app purchases, iTransfer is worth the download.  Here is how to use it:

  • Download the app from the App Store on an iOS device or click the link here to download it to a computer. Install it.
  • Tap the iTransfer icon after installation.
  • Under “Remote Files” in the left-hand side bar, tap “FTP/FTPS/SFTP”.

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  • Next tap “Add Server ” toward the bottom of the section.

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  • In the following screen, check the SFTP box (this is crucial, the Secure File Transfer Protocol, or SFTP, offers the safest way to transfer files via iTransfer).
  • Server name: Zoo
  • Host Name or IP Address: zoo.uvm.edu
  • Path: /users/first letter of user’s netid/second letter of user’s netid/netid (In this case, Adam Deyo is the example here)
  • Port: 22
  • Username: Your netid
  • Password: Your netid password

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  • Tap “Save”.
  • You will see the name your created for the space and by tapping on it, a list of all files and folders in your Zoo home folder will appear!

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  • To upload a file(s) to your Zoo server space, tap “Upload” below the list of files.

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  • Tap the Location (In this case I am uploading a photo from “Local Files” If you are uploading Pages documents or other files, you must chose the “Open In” iTransfer option in the app.  A copy of the file will be placed in the “Local Files” folder in iTransfer)

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  • Tap in the circle next to the image or images you wish to upload.  A Preview of the image will appear to the right of the list.

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  • Tap “Upload” at the bottom of the sectionafter selecting your files.

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  •  The message below will appear.

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  • After tapping OK, you can view the status of the file by tapping on the “Progress View” button to the left of your file list (circled here).

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  • If the file(s) uploaded successfully, they will be in the “Upload” list in the “Finished” section of the “Progress View”!


  • The process is similar for Downloading files. Tap the icon circled in the image below.

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  • Tap the circle next to the file you would like to download.

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  • Tap “Download” in the bottom of the section.

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  • You will receive this message, tap OK.


  • Tap on the home icon and you will find the file in “Local Files”. Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 10.51.05 AM
  • Tap on the name of the file you wish to open.
  • A Preview will appear in the right hand pane.  Under it you have the option to “Open In” (circled below).

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  •  Tap the app you would like to use to open the file and it will appear in that app!

Group Meeting Notes: September 20, 2013

Posted: September 20th, 2013 by Adam Deyo


  1. Augmented Reality and Aurasma: Audrey Homan and Susan Hennessey -30 minutes
  2. Your app or workflow recommendations: Group  -30 minutes
  3. Next Gathering?  October 18th at 9 a.m.? Agenda-
  • Technical nitty gritty for creating Auras with Aurasma.  How can Augmented Reality and Aurasma be utilized in your classroom? More apps and workflows from the group.

Augmented Reality and Aurasma- A few notes

  •  http://tinyurl.com/tiie-aurasma –  Lots of great information and tutorials posted by Audrey here.
  • What does Augment mean?  Augmented Reality allows you to layer content over static images to provide more context.
  • Students and schools are using AR . Its predecessor was QR codes or other barcodes that could be linked to more information. Now AR allows for deeper construction of knowledge about a subject by creating augmented content to add to an image.
  • Great examples from schools linked from the TIIE site above.
  • How could you see this working in your context?- Graduate Research Poster sessions, differentiated instruction for unpacking texts, adding video to two dimensional documents posted in public spaces are some examples


The group worked through some account creation challenges to try some of the examples that Audrey and Susan created.

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Apps and Workflows

  • Check the Fleming museum offerings for more interactive collections.
  • iClick app– Official supported UVM app for polling, used with iClickers.
  • Socrative for Students– Another polling app frequently used by students in schools to participate in quizzes, formative assessment, and comprehension. I wonder if students create these assessments too? I wonder if Teachers take them too?
  • Socrative for Teachers-Another polling app frequently used by teachers to create quizzes, formative assessment, and comprehension. A helpful video from Richard Byrne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80psYr6T240
  • PollEverywhere– A web app for polling that is also used in schools.
  • Thinglink– An app to add content to still images (text, video, audio, and more) where the product can be emailed or posted online. A helpful video from Thinklink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsFeZcVrZtw
  • Touchcast– A dynamic app that allows for adding touch interactive Twitter feeds, webpages, and many other “Vapps” to augment a video recording.  A helpful primer from Touchcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyLK8N4ovdg
  • iTransfer– An app with a Secure File Transfer Protocol feature that allows for uploading and downloading files from an iPad to someone’s Zoo server space (each faculty, staff and student has server space to store important files while at UVM).  Tutorial is on its way.

A Few Resources

Posted: September 19th, 2013 by Adam Deyo

I will be blogging during tomorrow’s meeting, however, here are a few good resources just in case we run out of time:

There is a lot to take in on these sites.  Is anything applicable to your practice?

iPad/iOS User Group Reunion!

Posted: August 28th, 2013 by cesstech

Dear Colleagues,

The CESS and CTL iPad/iOS User Group began meeting last year to discuss, troubleshoot, and demonstrate new ways to use iOS devices at UVM and in other professional contexts.  This year we are hoping to reunite the group and invite new participants too. So, if you use an iPad/iPhone/iPod or are interested in learning more about the potential for these devices, please join us!

Date:  Friday, September 20, 2013

Time: 9-10 a.m.

Location: 426 Waterman

The first half of the meeting will be dedicated to the Aurasma app and Augmented Reality in general.  Audrey Homan and Susan Hennessey will be joining us to lead this portion of the gathering. We will revisit Aurasma and your strategies for integrating the technology during our meeting in October. For more information about Aurasma, please check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qRcIek4NY0&list=TLhhWZvF6yS68  and download it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aurasma/id432526396?mt=8 .

The second half will be dedicated to participant’s strategies for integrating iOS devices into their practice or observations of use from other contexts.  Please be prepared to discuss and demonstrate at least one app.

Questions? Please contact me with any questions and to RSVP.  More information will be forthcoming soon. For past gathering notes, please visit the blog: http://blog.uvm.edu/cesstech-ipadusers/ .


Adam Deyo and Hope Greenberg

iPad Summit

Posted: April 22nd, 2013 by cesstech

VT Educators!

Please join us for a day of iPad-focused sharing and learning. Educators who attended the iPad Summit in Atlanta will share their inspirations and takeaways as well as implications for iPad use in their practice and schools. We’ll be offering facilitated workshops in the morning, giving way to an unconference and maker-space afternoon session. Also on site: a gallery walk featuring apps and artifacts from the classroom. Detailed programming listing to follow.

Complementary lunch provided by SugarSnap. Certificate of attendance available for documentation of professional development hours.

9am – 4pm, May 11th
Edmunds Middle School, Burlington VT

Reserve your seat: http://tarrantipadsummit.eventbrite.com

Audrey’s Storify Recap of the Maps Session

Posted: April 13th, 2013 by cesstech



Posted: April 5th, 2013 by cesstech

These are my notes from today’s session, including information provided by Hope beforehand.  Please feel free to add to them in the comments section. Sincere thanks to Hope for preparing this information and presenting today. -Adam

I am always looking for apps that let you do something… list is split by consuming things and creating things.-Hope Greenberg

I am thinking of ways to interface with place and having that community based learning experience.- Alan Tinkler

See Walter Poleman’s placed based work.

Hope’s Dog Map, a map she made of dogs along a running route.

Considerations when selecting apps:

  • Check to see which map service the app is using: google, mapquest, etc.  Make sure that will fit your needs.
  • Also consider what you can do with the data after you have taken it.  Most can email, but how else can you the data be used? KML is a file format that will work with Google Maps.

A list of applications for your consideration from Hope Greenberg:

Create things:

  • Google Earth (the Mothership)- Free
  • My Places for Google Maps (Add pins, lines, and areas to The Mothership)
  • MyMaps (Add pins, lines, and areas to The Mothership)- $1.99  A mashup of google and google maps, with GPS. You can layer a Google map image over the map you are working on. Save maps in one’s google account, login to Google Earth or maps.google.com with the same google account and pull it into Google Earth or Google Maps, export as a KML file. Embed maps in blogs, blackboard, etc. Click the Collaborate button in maps.google.com to find a customized URL.
  • KMLMapHD (see all kinds of data details about your KMZ/KML maps – haven’t plumbed the depths on this one quite yet)-$3.99
  • KMZ Loader (doesn’t quite work as it should but it gives an easy way to see the guts of a KML file)-Free
  • iMaps+ (good for displaying routes for directions)- $1.99
  • Maps (the built-in iPad app that is not quite as good as iMaps+)-Free
  • GPS Toolbox (basic GPS program)- $2.99
  • Galileo (record, save, share your GPS track as you walk or drive it)-Free. It is possible to save the file as a KML file, which can be imported into Google Earth.
  • Field Notes– Free version let’s you take photos and notes. Upgrade for $10 allows you take audio and video along with photos and notes. Provides more visuals and cues for space, with geo reference for where you are.
  • Everywhere

Consume geography things:
HistoryMaps (a collection of maps of historical sites/events)-Free
National Geographic World Atlas– $1.99
WorldMap (a free map of the world but annoying in it’s determination to make you buy the pay version)- Free
TapQuizMap (timed game)- Free
There are plenty more kids/games types here:

Follow up questions:

Do you need cell and WiFi for these apps?

Apps/Resources shared by the group:

CCTA now is working with Google Maps for local bus service.  There is also the blirp it  web service for UVM buses.

iMotionHD– stop motion video- free

Aris– tool for making location based stories, games, and art.

iPad As website- lots of useful recommendations.


A link to more app recommendations

Posted: February 11th, 2013 by cesstech

From Ars Technica:  http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/02/from-mailbox-to-tweetbot-7-ios-apps-to-check-out-this-weekend/#p3n

The last app, MyScript Calculator, is a a nice bridge between unconventional and conventional mathematical print when using a calculator.  I have used it with my son at home and it is pretty slick (and free!).

Article: Why Tablets Are Important for Educating Our Children

Posted: December 5th, 2012 by cesstech

With thanks to Bonnie Birdsall from the Williston School District for the reference (via Twitter), this article was an interesting read:  http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/11/tablet-edtech/

Notes from November 16, 2012 Meeting

Posted: November 16th, 2012 by cesstech

Thanks to everyone for joining the group today.  Here are the notes:


  • Connect to the Smart Board and show 3 apps.
  • Group Troubleshooting
  • Follow-up

Apps (with links to App Store entry)-

Scribble Press– book authoring and sharing (Free)

Doceri– Screen casting and sharing (Free)

Notes Plus-Note taking ($7.99)

Penultimate-Note Taking ($.99)

Blackboard Mobile– mobile access to blackboard.uvm.edu ($1.99 a year or $4.99 for a lifetime)

KMLmapHD– GPS mapping with export feature for further use in Google Earth ($3.99)

WebDAV Navigator– Copying files from iOS device to Zoo Webspace, see tutorial in previous post (Free)

Atomic Web Browser Lite– Alternative to Safari web Browser (Free)

Atomic Web Browser Full…– Alternative to Safari, more fully featured than Lite version ($.99)

Tablet Scanner- Scan documents by taking a picture, with OCR functionality ($2.99)

Overdrive Media Console– Library eBooks and Audio Books (Free)  *EPUB format seems to work better in this app

Color Splash– convert photos to black while keeping other parts in color ($1.99)-

PDF Annotators- Good Reader ($4.99), iAnnotate ($9.99)- , PDF Notes (Free)- , Adobe Reader (Free)-, Evernote (Free)-, Zotero- http://www.zotero.org


Tap on the black bar (with time, battery life, wifi, etc.) to go back to the top of the of the page.

Press and hold on a letter in the keyboard for more options

Four finger gestures- swipe to the side to move from app to app, swipe up for most used apps

Moving files off the device to UVM servers- Use WebDAV Navigator


Have the next meeting in 303 Bailey Howe (Center for Teaching and Learning) and alternate

lunch time meetings?  Stick with Friday.

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