As schools move to new technology platforms, many teachers have asked us for advice on how to make the most cost effective use of probeware with iPad. Each school is a bit different, and this guide is intended to help teachers navigate some of the most common questions.

If you are starting from scratch, the answer is easy: Purchase Go Direct sensors; these will connect directly to iPad by Bluetooth.

If your school is like most, you probably already have at least some Vernier probeware. The equipment and how to update it fits into the categories listed here:

Sensors

The biggest part of a school’s investment is usually in the sensors themselves. Good news: most sensors manufactured after the year 2002 are iPad-compatible, as long as you have a LabQuest Stream (LQ-STREAM), LabQuest 2 (LABQ2), or LabQuest® 3 (LABQ3) interface.

Connector Type iPad Compatible? Notes
2871-gdx.png Yes Go Direct sensors have both USB and Bluetooth built in. You will connect to the iPad using Bluetooth as the iPad does not have a USB port.

BTA sensors
Yes The sensor needs to connect to the iPad though an interface. See the interface options below.


BTD sensors
Yes The sensor needs to connect to the iPad though an interface. See the interface options below.


DIN sensors
No Sorry, but even with an adapter, these older sensors cannot work with iPad directly.

Note: You can use these sensors when Data Sharing. See below for more information on Data Sharing.


Go!Temp
No Go!Temp has a USB connector. Since iPad does not have a USB port, the sensor is not compatible.

Note: You can use this sensor when Data Sharing. See below for more information on Data Sharing.

Go!Motion No Go!Motion comes with a USB connector. Since iPad does not have a USB port, the sensor is not compatible.

Note: you can use the sensor with a Motion Detector Cable (sold separately) thus turning it into a BTD sensor. (See BTD Sensors above.) You can also use this sensor when Data Sharing. See below for more information on Data Sharing.


Go Wireless Temp and pH Sensors
Yes Note: “Go Wireless” sensors are the older cousins of the “Go Direct” sensors.

Go Wireless Temp, Go Wireless pH, and Go Wireless Electrode Amplifier can be used with iPad. These older sensors require the Graphical Analysis GW app and cannot be used with Graphical Analysis 4.

Note: Go Wireless Heart Rate and Go Wireless Exercise Heart Rate are the only Go Wireless products that are fully compatible with Graphical Analysis 4.

Interfaces

For many years, an interface was typically the “big ticket” item when outfitting a science classroom. Only the newer model interfaces that have wireless capability can connect to iPad.

Interface iPad Compatible? Notes
Go!Link No Since iPad does not have a USB port, Go!Link is not compatible. The only way to get the signal from a BTA sensor through a Go!Link to an iPad is through Data Sharing. See below for more info about Data Sharing.
LabPro No Since iPad does not have a USB port, LabPro is not compatible. The only way to get the signal from a BTA sensor through a LabPro to an iPad is through Data Sharing. See below for more info about Data Sharing.
Go Wireless Link Yes The Go Wireless Link is compatible with iPad. Go Wireless Link requires the app Graphical Analysis GW and is not compatible with Graphical Analysis 4.
Original LabQuest No Since iPad does not have a USB port, the original LabQuest is not compatible. The only way to get the signal from a sensor to an iPad is through Data Sharing. See below for more info about Data Sharing.

Many schools have breathed new life into their original LabQuests by using them as a USB interface with computers and Chromebooks. If the battery is depleted, connect it to AC power and you are all set. You can also get a replacement battery (LabQuest Replacement Battery (LQ-BAT))

LabQuest Stream Yes LabQuest Stream lets you connect any BTA or BTD sensor via Bluetooth. If you have multiple BTA or BTD sensors, the LabQuest Stream is the most cost-effective option for iPad compatibility.
LabQuest Mini No Since iPad does not have a USB port, the LabQuest Mini is not compatible. The only way to get the signal from a sensor through LabQuest Mini to an iPad is through Data Sharing. See below for more info about Data Sharing.
LabQuest 2 Yes This is the most versatile way to use any Vernier sensor listed in the table above. It connects to the iPad by WiFi and can broadcast data to multiple student iPad devices at the same time via Data Sharing. See below for more information about Data Sharing.

LabQuest 3
Yes This is the most versatile way to use any Vernier sensor listed in the table above. It connects to the iPad by WiFi and can broadcast data to multiple student iPad devices at the same time via Data Sharing. See below for more information about Data Sharing.
Others No We made several other interfaces over the years, including ULIs, Serial Boxes, MPLIs and more. These older interfaces are not compatible with iPad.

Data Sharing

One of the most popular ways to use an iPad with older, wired sensors is to couple the iPad with either a computer running Logger Pro 3, LabQuest 2, or LabQuest 3. The data are collected on one source device, then shared with multiple student iPad via WiFi. This is best explained in our short video at: https://www.vernier.com/video/data-sharing-with-labquest-2-overview/

Software

A lot of people ask us if we have “Logger Pro for iPad”. Since there is no way to convert Mac or Windows software to iOS, we spent the last few years building (and vastly improving) an all-new program: Graphical Analysis 4. If you saw an early version of this, now is a good time to take a fresh look. We have made many improvements since the first release, and can now perform all of the activities from our core lab books on an iPad. Some of the more advanced / specialized features that teachers grew to love in Logger Pro are not yet possible in Graphical Analysis, but that list grows shorter with each new version.

Graphical Analysis for iOS is a free app and is available for free in the app web store at:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vernier-graphical-analysis-4/id1385963326?mt=8

Additional apps that can be used with iPad are:

Lab Books

We updated our most popular lab books to include instructions that work with Graphical Analysis and our other “Analysis” apps. Teachers do not need to re-write the labs; we have already done that. In fact, if you purchased a copy of any lab book that includes “… with Vernier” in the title, you can get the updated version for free by logging into your Vernier web site account at:
https://www.vernier.com/account

Conclusion

We are here to help! We can help you find the best solution for your classroom and budget, including reviewing your school’s purchase records from 1997 to now and figure out how to update your technology without spending a lot of money. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice.

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