Mr. Kamrowski

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." –Sitting Bull

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Coffee and iPads

In an attempt to help teachers and support staff in my school district adjust to changes brought to the iPad with iOS 11, I have created a weekly newsletter titled Coffee and iPads.  I will cross post them to the blog to potentially  benefit others and to keep a digital record.  The following is the introductory email.

Coffee and iPads

September 19th, 2017

I LOVE coffee! Coffee and I are like Michael Jordan and Gatorade. We just belong together. So you can imagine my frustration this summer when my trusty coffee maker went caput. I was coffee-less and not ready for a change in my daily routine.


Like my coffee maker experience this summer, Apple has today changed your daily routine by releasing iOS11 for the iPad. This could be an inconvenience, to you and students, until you learn what it can do. It is a major upgrade that will change the way your iPad looks and functions. It has a learning curve. To help you navigate the changes to iOS and share some tips and tricks too, I would like to introduce you to a weekly email newsletter I am calling Coffee and iPads.

What it is

  • One email a week. It should arrive in your inbox early Tuesday morning, in time for your coffee.
  • Brief emails that focus on one topic related to the iPad operating system. Think bullet points and pictures rather than paragraphs.
  • Ideas to help you be efficient and effective with iPads.
  • One email sent to you to decide if you want to participate, opt in for further emails after that. I don’t want to fill anybody’s inbox without their consent. However, if you already know you want to receive this weekly email just reply yes to this email or go to this form and add your email.
  • Perhaps an opportunity to fulfill a P.P.G.
  • Periodic Coffee and iPad “tours” to answer questions and do face to face PD

What it is not

  • Lesson ideas
  • A focus on specific apps
  • Complicated


  • Major iOS Changes
  • Do Not Disturb and Other Handy Control Center Tricks
  • iPad Time Savers
  • Accessibility
  • All about the Keyboard, Keyboard, Keyboard
  • Helping Parents Parent with the iPad
  • Tools You Don’t Know You Have

Below are a few explainer videos made by Apple to showcase some changes coming with iOS 11



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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.