iPad and WiFi ClipartDon’t have your iPad? Wifi not working? Don’t fret yet. You can still get most work/studying done!

Oh no! Your school iPad isn’t charged and you can’t find the charger? Did you leave your iPad at grandmas house? The WiFi at home stopped working? No reason to worry yet. You might still be able to get that work done!

Below are strategies and tips when you have limited or no access to your school iPad and/or a WiFi connection. At the end is a chart that shares a breakdown of what apps work on different devices and/or a WiFi connection.

Accessing Apps without the iPad

If you don’t have access to your school iPad many of our apps are in the cloud and can be accessed by almost any other device. This is especially true for the Google-based apps which are frequently used by teachers and students. Below are direct links to a few of the main Google-based tools. Jump on a laptop, desktop, Chromebook, or an Android/iOS based smartphone and log in with your student username and password! (Note: Apps will need to be installed on Android/iOS-based devices)

Google Classroom – https://classroom.google.com/
Google Drive – https://www.google.com/drive/
Google Gmail – https://www.google.com/gmail/

The apps called Notability, Explain Everything, and Book Creator are more difficult to find alternatives for. Refer to the chart to get an idea of what will and will not work. These apps may have a fee associated to gain access as well.

Internet Access (iPad Use Without or Finding Alternative WiFi)

Don’t forget the internet access stops on school iPads between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Some apps on the iPad will still work without WiFi access. Notability, Explain Everything, Book Creator, iMovie, Garageband and Strip Designer are some of the apps that live and store content directly on the iPad. Note that you will not be able to upload or submit the work until you connect online again.

Google based apps can work in the offline mode and any offline data/information will get updated in the cloud the next time the iPad connects.

How about finding WiFi access locally for a solution? Check out your local library as they provide free WiFi access 24/7 (From WPL – “You may access our wifi network from anywhere throughout the building and outside on the benches and in the parking lot.). Here is the Wellesley Public Libraries computers/internet information link. Here is information about access to the Boston Public Library’s WiFi. Finding your local Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Panera, or any other cafè/restaurant that provides free WiFi can help too.

In a pinch – WiFi internet access via a smartphone can also be used. Before using this review your cell phone carrier’s data plan as this can be an added cost in some plans or use up a lot of data.

I hope you find this information helpful in finding ways to adapt and still complete work. Please don’t hesitate to email 1to1coordinator@wellesleyps.org or call 781-446-6210 x5439 with any questions.

Tool / Process Needed (iOS) Chromebook

(Chrome OS)

Laptop / Desktop

(Windows, Mac, Linux)

Smartphone

(Android OS)

iOS

(iPad or iPhone)

Wifi Needed?
Google Classroom Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Yes
Google Drive Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) No
Google Docs Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) No
Google Chrome Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Yes
Safari No Available (Free) No Available (Free) Yes
Notability No Mac Only No Available (Cost) No
Explain Everything Available (Cost) Windows Only Available (Cost) Available (Cost) No
Book Creator Available Available via Chrome No no No
Gmail Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Yes
Google Slides Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) No
Axis 360 Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Yes (but must download)
Google Photos Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Yes
Google Sheets Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Yes
BrainPOP (Jr. too) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Yes
Google Calendar Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Available (Free) Yes
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