In this article I would like to explore a new coding app called Robot School from Next is Great (@nextisgreat). What hooked me immediately was how this app teachings kids to block code, but then shows them the syntax written in Swift. If you are unfamiliar, Swift is a new programming language for iOS. I love the concept of block code and syntax. It’s a perfect next step for avid coders.
Science Today is a terrific free app for iPads that brings quality informational text to the fingertips of your students. Kids can read about a variety of high interest topics. They’ll interact with a wide range of content while building their skills as nonfiction readers. This app could be used to enhance a science lesson, provide background knowledge, or just give students a space to read about animals, ecosystems, or any topic that grabs their attention.
The iPad really shines as a powerful media consumption device. It’s also a great tool for finding and interacting with information on the internet as well as a repository for offline browsing of articles and links saved to your Reading List. But how well are you really acquainted with all the benefits Safari for the iPad has to offer? In no particular order, here are the (5) most useful features that make interacting with Safari on the iPad an enjoyable and productive experience.
Evernote users are about to have more reasons to make the service a central hub for their digital lives. Today, the company is announcing Scannable, an app that will scan any document you have and upload it to their service. Better yet, your scanned documents are also searchable via Evernote, so you can find them alter on. You’ll also be able to send the documents along via just about any digital means you like. Images are automatically rotated, cropped and adjusted , too.
It still happens, and it still surprises. Schools creating walled environments for their pupils to do their online learning in a ‘safe’ environment. A controlled space where nothing unapproved can intrude. In many ways it makes sense, and gives the institution charged with the child’s welfare, a measure of control. The problem is that where there’s a slightest chance, someone will dive through a loophole to escape those controls. Content and information, like water, will always break through.
"We have reviewed and shared over 200 educational apps during this year. Based on your interactions with these posts together with the popularity of these apps among teachers and educators from around the world, we decided to compile a series of lists featuring the best iPad apps to use for doing a variety of digital tasks with students. We will start with the video apps category and share with what we think are the top iPad apps that you can use to create educational videos and instructional tutorials for your class."
Below are some great iPad apps that students can use to take notes on their iPads. I know the app store is teeming with all kinds of note taking apps and I have already featured several of them in previous posts several of these apps. However, today's list is very short and only contains the ones I personally believe students should definitely be aware of. I did not include Evernote because it is a taken for granted app in this category. If you are looking for audio note taking apps, this collection embeds some interesting titles to start with. Enjoy
Firstly, despite its name, Apple TV is not a television. Instead it is a device which allows you to wirelessly stream content from your iOS devices or Mac on your TV or projector using AirPlay. AirPlay is Apple’s technology that will stream whatever is on an iOS or Macs screen and is built into all iPads with the exception the first generation iPad, and all newer iPhones and iPod touches. This means you or your students can easily display Keynote presentations, images, videos or content within apps on a large screen at the touch of a button.
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.
Technology is changing not only the instructional methods we use to teach our students, but it is changing the classroom and learning experience. Digital learning communities – virtual spaces where students can collaborate, assist in each other’s learning, and build relationships – are integral to 21st century learning. With it being January and a time for New Year’s Resolution, we thought these apps might be something to try out in the new year! To support teachers, this month’s Roundup is a compilation of App Ed Review’s favorite learning communities apps that support students asking and answering questions, collaborating on work in real time, and creating their own lessons.
Explain Everything is a whiteboard and screencasting app that makes creating interactive lessons a simple proposition. Its full-featured editing options and its import/export functions allow it to stand apart from the other competitors I tested. Read on to find out why the Explain Everything app’s educational focus, adaptability, and user engagement make it the best its kind.
This month I have been supporting the PE department with using the iPads to enhance their lessons and pupils to analyse skills. Last year Apple updated iMovie app to include features such as Split Screen, Freeze Frame, Video Speed etc. This year the update has made some of these features a little easier to find.
Split Screen: We have used this to compare videos of the same skill taken from two different angles. For example, a cricket bowling action.
Video Speed: We have used this by splitting part of a clip where the skill is most demonstrated and slowing it down.
Freeze Frame: We can stop a clip at any point and create a freeze frame. This freeze frame can be split at either end to create a separate clip and textual analysis added.
I would also like to say a big thank you for all the great feedback to the iPad Teachers App. We are only at the start of the content we can add to this so look out for the first update in mid December with even more ideas. Details of the app can be found at www.ipadteachers.co.uk
Creating narrated slideshows is one of the easiest ways to introduce students to digital storytelling practices. Students can create narrated slideshows to illustrate and explain their research findings, to tell a personal story, or to outline the framework for a story that will written down later. The following three iPad apps all provide an easy way to create narrated slideshows.
In this creative process, one of the greatest challenges that we encountered was not being able to have multiple screens open to easily go back and forth between web pages, media and other files. When collaborating, we used a variety of methods from Google Docs to annotation apps with shared folders, but could never really find anything spectacular that would redefine the creative process experience for us. I craved a tool that would allow us to go back and forth as well as allow one of us to write ideas and have others be able to see and interact with those ideas. A tool that would allow me to connect with my group, share my thoughts, gather feedback when the idea struck, and not just what I thought of during the 45 minute period. A few days ago my wish became a reality with the release of ViewChat.
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