Students can use AirDrop like SnapChat on their iPad

Most people are convinced that iPad technology enhances teaching. Anyone that isn't underestimates the significance technology plays in improving learning outcomes. Mastery of iPad technology will never be harnessed because agile technology evolves and improvements are made with each and every update. Schools will forever be challenged to keep abreast of all that is happening. New applications are released hourly and students and teachers alike need to adapt. iOS7 introduced new collaborative techniques and students have discovered they can use the AirDrop feature like SnapChat. Students can now share content anonymously within lessons using AirDrop.

Every iPad has a name. The device name can be changed in Settings> General> About> Name. Often people use their own name to identify their personal device. The information is used for Personal Hotspot Identification, synchronisation and also AirDrop. The device name can be changed to anything and at anytime. In result students can use someone else's name. The name will appear to others in various situations including the use of AirDrop. The name will appear on the screen of a recipients iPad when they receive content being shared via AirDrop.

Unfortunately students can share inappropriate material or harmful words and distribute it to others using someone else's name. As one can image the misuse of AirDrop can be harmful and have dia consequences. The person receiving the material can either 'Decline' or 'Accept' the content being shared. The problem is that the displayed thumbnail can itself be damaging.

SnapChat is a popular application and is suitable for 17+. Parents who have not enabled iPad Restrictions provide freedom for their children to install applications like SnapChat. From my observations many High School, Middle School and Primary School students have installed the application. SnapChat is defined by Wikipedia accordingly;

"Snapchat is a photo messaging application developed by Stanford University students.Using the app, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as 'Snaps'. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of October 2012, the range is from 1 to 10 seconds), after which they will be hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from the Snapchat server".

Despite parents being vigilant in enabling Restrictions, AirDrop can replace SnapChat and in many respects it can be more harmful.

AirDrop can behave like a photo messaging application that enables users to share photos, videos, text and drawings and send them anonymously to recipients. The content can either be declined or accepted. The difference is that the material can be saved within related applications for later reference. The danger is that the recipient is truly unaware of who originally shared the content because the author may in fact be someone else.

AirDrop has many advantages and has improved collaborative techniques within the classroom. The applications has allowed iOS devices to seamlessly share content without having to use iMessage, Mail or 'Bump'. The danger is that messages can be sent anonymously.


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