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.
Apple has actually begun updating its own apps for iOS 8, with iMovie and Numbers getting the very first updates. While Numbers simply brings stability, iOS 8 support and iCloud Drive compatibility, iMovie goes a bit further with brand name brand-new features like video filters, an extension for the Photos app and more.
iOS 8 vs iOS 7: 5 Things iPad Owners Need to Know Gotta Be Mobile Very soon you'll be able to install iOS 8 on the iPad to deliver a large collection of new iOS 8 features that will supercharge your iPad.
edX recently commissioned a study of nearly 1,000 videos, segmenting them out by by video type and production style, and discovered this among their other findings:
Shorter videos are more engaging. Engagement drops after 6 minutes.Videos with a more personal feeling are more effective than high-fidelity studio recordings. Videos in which the instructor speaks quickly and with high enthusiasm are more engaging.Khan-style tablet drawings are more engaging than power point slides.
Via Dennis T OConnor
When Siri Dictation arrived on iOS, consumers were excited to finally have an alternative to typing text messages and emails. Since its initial release in October 2011, the feature has improved significantly in its ability to accurately interpret what you’re saying. With the release of Mountain Lion last year, Apple added Dictation to its desktop operating system to lessen the need for typing OS-wide. Most people don’t know about the feature, though, and those who do neglect to use it. In this tutorial I will list a few ways you can make Dictation a true “intelligent assistant”. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Quick; Tags: OS X, Dictation, Tips & Shortcuts
Take another step towards cutting your cable cord forever. AppleTV is a small, yet powerful device that gives you access to a world of movies, TV shows, sports, music, and more. The definitive guide to get your AppleTV up and running in no time. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Short; Tags: Apple TV, OS X, iOS
Andy Kenworthy's insight:
AppleTV's are becoming more popular in classrooms and for event presentations to mirror from iDevices and share content including students work.
In a previous article, Removing Duplicates in ‘Open With’ Using Terminal, I’ve covered how to clean up your options for opening files with different applications. In this Quick Tip I will show you how you can change the default application that opens your files.
I won't be using Terminal or any third party applications, so you won't need to dive into any code, nor download any applications. Read on to see why you might want to change the default application and how you can do so easily. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Quick; Tags: OS X
Andy Kenworthy's insight:
I've been needing this for a while, other suggested methods didn't seem to stick be this is so far.
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
"People who downloaded iOS8 this week were surprised to find something very familiar missing from their Photos app. Gone is the Camera Roll that we have been so accustomed to. Also gone is the Photo Stream folder that contained the last 1000 photos taken on all our devices. These have been replaced by a Recently Added folder. Looks pretty messy, in my opinion. I enjoyed having the distinction between the two."
My personal top 5 apps would be; Pages, Camera, Explain Everything, Google Drive, PDF Expert. With them I can create, save and share just about everything I need to however that list could go on and on.