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A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric for Teachers

A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric for Teachers | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

Choosing an apporopriate app is important - but how do you evalute its effectiveness?

 

This short post provides a useful rubric to help you evaluate the effectiveness of the apps which you get your students to use. 

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Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors

Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
The diverse team of eLearning advisors provide elearning workshops, send out periodic newsletter, provide customised consultation, support the eScholar program and more.

 

Use the 'Filter' pull-down menu above to search for topics by keywords.

 

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A Collection of Some of The Best Educational Mac Apps to Use in Your Classroom

A Collection of Some of The Best Educational Mac Apps to Use in Your Classroom | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
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About $50,000 worth of school-issued iPads go missing

About $50,000 worth of school-issued iPads go missing | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
At least 100 iPads owned by Education Queensland are missing, but the department admits it has no idea how many iPads have been distributed through schools across the state.
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4 Excellent iPad Apps for Creating Educational Comic Strips

4 Excellent iPad Apps for Creating Educational Comic Strips | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Apple + Deloitte Alliance | EnterpriseNext

Apple + Deloitte Alliance | EnterpriseNext | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Apple and Deloitte are joining forces to help employees work the way they live in a mobile world. Sharing information. Accelerating ideas. Connecting people, inventory, supply chains and customers, using the iOS devices they know and love. The leader in mobile experiences and the leader in enterprise digital transformation—coming together to reimagine the way we work.
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Assessing iPad Work - December 2015

Assessing iPad Work - December 2015 | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

When I first started using the iPad with my students 5 years ago there was not the array of solutions we now have for assessing the work. The first few weeks of using iPads I was writing post-it-notes on the iPads to provide feedback. Schools just starting their iPad deployments certainly have the benefit of hindsight and also have many options for assessing iPad work. However, schools using too many tools can confuse both staff and students of where to put work and resources. Here's what we use:

 

For EYFS, digital profiling can certainly save teachers lots of time. It also allows teachers to quickly capture the children's learning and match with EYFS. iPad apps such as Tapestry http://tapestry.info/ or 2Simple Build a Profile https://www.2buildaprofile.com/ are good examples of this.

 

In Key Stage 1 and Year 3 (Ages 5-8) we have this term been using SeeSaw www.seesaw.me. It is a free app that allows the teacher to, in essence create a private class blog that the children post to. I really like the fact that the students log on by scanning a QR Code which certainly saves time. The app includes simple features that allow the children to reflect on learning by uploading images, videos and drawings then annotating them with text and audio. The teacher can then moderate the work, approve them and comment. Very simple and nice way into using tools such as www.showbie.com

We use Showbie with our children aged 8 and above. It is widely used as a way to provide individual feedback to pupils and capture their progress across a task/project. The assignment structure means teachers do not have to create folders for students. We use Showbie to provide resources for students, comment on their work and it is our main iPad assessment and evidence tool. Other features such as the built-in e-reader and annotation tools have also been popular.

 

A problem with iPad evidence is linking the digital media the students create to their exercise books. We have recently started using Aurasma app to embed videos into the books. For example, a science experience could be recorded, edited in iMovie and attached to the physical work in the student's Science books.

 

A similar thing is done using QR Codes where we put them on display with the children's work to link to the digital files. Apps such as My Story Maker and Hopscotch programming app allow the user to create a web-link which can then be attached to QR codes. For example, My Story will display eBooks the students have created on a web-page so parents can view them on any device.

 

We are also looking at Foldr, www.freeyourfiles.co.uk as a way to save iPad work and files from any device at home or school to our school network. iTunes U now has Showbie-esque assessment tools that have really enhanced that solution. Particularly with ability for students to submit in their own work and be graded/receive feedback. http://www.apple.com/uk/education/ipad/itunes-u/ 

 

There are now lots of options for assessment and storing iPad work and it is worth testing as many as you can because it is not as simple as one size fits all.

 

We have updated the Assessment and Evidence section of our iPad Teacher Guide app, more details at www.ipadteachers.com


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Assessing iPad Work - December 2015

Assessing iPad Work - December 2015 | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

When I first started using the iPad with my students 5 years ago there was not the array of solutions we now have for assessing the work. The first few weeks of using iPads I was writing post-it-notes on the iPads to provide feedback. Schools just starting their iPad deployments certainly have the benefit of hindsight and also have many options for assessing iPad work. However, schools using too many tools can confuse both staff and students of where to put work and resources. Here's what we use:

 

For EYFS, digital profiling can certainly save teachers lots of time. It also allows teachers to quickly capture the children's learning and match with EYFS. iPad apps such as Tapestry http://tapestry.info/ or 2Simple Build a Profile https://www.2buildaprofile.com/ are good examples of this.

 

In Key Stage 1 and Year 3 (Ages 5-8) we have this term been using SeeSaw www.seesaw.me. It is a free app that allows the teacher to, in essence create a private class blog that the children post to. I really like the fact that the students log on by scanning a QR Code which certainly saves time. The app includes simple features that allow the children to reflect on learning by uploading images, videos and drawings then annotating them with text and audio. The teacher can then moderate the work, approve them and comment. Very simple and nice way into using tools such as www.showbie.com

We use Showbie with our children aged 8 and above. It is widely used as a way to provide individual feedback to pupils and capture their progress across a task/project. The assignment structure means teachers do not have to create folders for students. We use Showbie to provide resources for students, comment on their work and it is our main iPad assessment and evidence tool. Other features such as the built-in e-reader and annotation tools have also been popular.

 

A problem with iPad evidence is linking the digital media the students create to their exercise books. We have recently started using Aurasma app to embed videos into the books. For example, a science experience could be recorded, edited in iMovie and attached to the physical work in the student's Science books.

 

A similar thing is done using QR Codes where we put them on display with the children's work to link to the digital files. Apps such as My Story Maker and Hopscotch programming app allow the user to create a web-link which can then be attached to QR codes. For example, My Story will display eBooks the students have created on a web-page so parents can view them on any device.

 

We are also looking at Foldr, www.freeyourfiles.co.uk as a way to save iPad work and files from any device at home or school to our school network. iTunes U now has Showbie-esque assessment tools that have really enhanced that solution. Particularly with ability for students to submit in their own work and be graded/receive feedback. http://www.apple.com/uk/education/ipad/itunes-u/ ;

 

There are now lots of options for assessment and storing iPad work and it is worth testing as many as you can because it is not as simple as one size fits all.

 

We have updated the Assessment and Evidence section of our iPad Teacher Guide app, more details at www.ipadteachers.com


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5 Ways To Promote Positive iPad “Screen Time” At School 

5 Ways To Promote Positive iPad “Screen Time” At School  | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
With an increased prevalence of 1:1 iPads in classrooms, schools, and districts across North America, teachers are fielding a common parental concern: What about screen time? Aren’t our children on screens enough?
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This is how sports teams choose their tech gear

This is how sports teams choose their tech gear | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Gadgets can't just work, they have to help teams win.
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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
A group of tech-savvy librarians offer up a list of their favorite education apps this year.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Expeditions Will Soon Be Available to iPad Users

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Expeditions Will Soon Be Available to iPad Users | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Last week Google released another round of updates to their Expeditions program. Expeditions is the virtual reality program that lets students experience immersive views of more than 200 places including the International Space Station, coral reefs, the Taj Mahal, and the White House.

Currently, to experience Expeditions you must have a Google Cardboard viewer and a supported Android device. According to last week's Google for Education blog post, soon you will be able to experience Expeditions on iPads. On your iPad you will be able to use full screen mode to view the Expeditions virtual field trips.
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How the iPad can make you into a painting master – or almost

How the iPad can make you into a painting master – or almost | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
How creative are you? When the Apple iPad Pro was released last autumn, I interviewed several artists who had just started using the advanced tablet and its clever, super-precise Pencil. The results they came up with were phenomenal and used some of the inexpensive, or free, apps available for general use on the iPad.
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2016 pre-recorded talk for Southampton & Cambridge Med Schools

This 30 minute talk was delivered live in March & April 2016
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One Campus’s iPad Revolution Results in Education Evolution

One Campus’s iPad Revolution Results in Education Evolution | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University, in Missouri, describes some of the interesting changes it has recently made in the education it offers. Technology plays a key role.
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Why the iPad Won't Transform Education -- Yet

Why the iPad Won't Transform Education -- Yet | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Apple's announcement on Thursday that it would be introducing a new iPad textbook experience and iBooks authoring tool presents huge opportunities for technology in classrooms.

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4 Interesting Educational iPad Apps Free Today

4 Interesting Educational iPad Apps Free Today | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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News and Events - University of Hull

News and Events - University of Hull | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
The University of Hull has published its first ever iTunes U Course called: 'Researching and Evaluating iPad in Learning’, along with an accompanying interactive Multi-Touch book by the same title.

These were both commissioned by Apple UK and were written by Professor Kevin Burden and Dr Sarah-Louise Jones from the School of Education and Social Sciences (Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education). 

iTunes U is a completely free set of courses available through the Apple iTunes application on an iPad that enables universities and colleges to offer courses to anyone who wants to study them. Currently over 900 universities and colleges from around the world provide courses and content on the iTunes U platform, including many of the world’s leading academics from universities such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Cambridge.  
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Jonathan Wylie on HubPages Great iPad tips and tricks

Jonathan Wylie on HubPages Great iPad tips and tricks | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Technology Consultant for Grant Wood AEA. Educator, Writer, Blogger & Edtech Trainer. Father of two, husband of one, and an iPad guru!
 

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lovely post
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Teacher's Visual Library of 40+ iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Visual Library of 40+ iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

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Good for anybody who loves learning.
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Tinycards - Flashcards by Duolingo on the App Store

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Tinycards - Flashcards by Duolingo. Download Tinycards - Flashcards by Duolingo and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Everyone Can Code

Everyone Can Code | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Everyone Can Code is a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write and teach code.
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For kids, an iPad before surgery may be as effective as a sedative

For kids, an iPad before surgery may be as effective as a sedative | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

"Our study showed that child and parental anxiety before anaesthesia are equally blunted by midazolam or use of the iPad," Dr. Dominique Chassard said in a statement released in the run-up to the release of the group's research findings. 

"However, the quality of induction of anaesthesia, as well as parental satisfaction, were judged better in the iPad group. Use of iPads or other tablet devices is a non-pharmacologic tool which can reduce perioperative stress without any sedative effect in paediatric ambulatory surgery."

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It's Official: iPads Are Sedatives for Kids

It's Official: iPads Are Sedatives for Kids | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
A new study reports that iPads helped lessen a child's anxiety before surgery as much as sedatives.
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Apple is taking its first steps towards a more comprehensive post-PC world

Apple is taking its first steps towards a more comprehensive post-PC world | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
If you're creating an app for an iPad, then why not create it on an iPad too. Is Apple's Swift move to do this just another step towards the end of the personal computer?
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We Played Apple's New Game That Teaches Kids How To Code

We Played Apple's New Game That Teaches Kids How To Code | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Apple is helping kids learn to code through a new video game.
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This Is The Physics Lesson Of The Future, And It Looks Insanely Fun

This Is The Physics Lesson Of The Future, And It Looks Insanely Fun | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Local Projects teams up with the New York Hall of Science to build an app that reveals the physics of the playground.

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