AirServer for Mac/PC compared to Apple TV. If you don't have AppleTV in your classroom, you may want to try AirServer for MAC/PC. Some of our teachers have starting using Airserver ($14.99) and feel it is an excellent alternative to AppleTV. Students can even jump on Airserver to mirror their iPads and share work with the class.
There is no end to the uses of the iPad in education. I’ve discussed that ad nauseum on this blog. As a learning tool, it has the potential to make a great positive change to learning. The only problem is Apple designed it for individual use. Schools are designed for ( or budgeted for) shared use. Conventional wisdom is for iPad use to occur in a 1:1 or BYOD Environment. In the best case scenario, I wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, financial realities will often dictate that sharing is the only viable option if we want our students to enjoy the benefits of the iPad. It can be done effectively – I’ve shared my thoughts early in the year about the pros and cons of shared iPads – but doesn’t happen without some time consuming workarounds. What follows is my take on the pains (and remedies) of sharing iPads in a rather large Primary (elementary) school.
Do you want to make a web link to that great book your students created with the Book Creator App (by Red Jumper Studio) on their iPads? Do you want them to scan a QR code to go directly to the link? Here are the instructions provided on the Book Creator blog site. The end user doesn't need a Dropbox account to see the book.
"What is a QR code? It's short for "Quick Response" and is usually a square. What do you do with a QR code? When you see one, you can use your smartphone or any mobile device with a camera, QR code reader app and internet access to scan the square. Once you scan it, the code will take your device to the web-based location set up by the code creator. You need to know though that they are two kinds of QR codes. Dynamic QR codes let you change or update the URL linked to it without creating a new QR code. Static QR codes are linked to a fixed URL that cannot be changed."
Here is a GREAT site that provides strategies to engage your students in the craft of creating excellent Book Trailers! Imagine if you had a QR code on the inside cover of each book in your class library (or on a chart, bookmark, or handout) for students to scan and watch the trailers before choosing their next books!
Doodlecast for Kids is an iPad app that allows kids to draw on a whiteboard and record their voice while drawing; a kid's version for creating animated videos. Doodlecast for Kids has also a gallery of more than 20 story prompts to help struggling students. Students can either pick out one from the prompts or start from scratch.
Got an iPad? Got a Droid? Got a Mac? A PC? Doesn't matter! Whatever you have, the free, multi-platform student response system, Socrative.com will use any of these. Did you spend $3000 on Activotes or other student "clicker" systems?
Many of the schools that have introduced iPads in the classroom also use the Google Apps for Education suite. Unfortunately these two do not always mix well together. Using Google Apps on the iPads has always been quite tedious, but today Google updated its Google Drive app that solves many of the problems.
"This post highlights the use in our school of Evernote as digital portfolios capturing; learning, observations and anecdotal evidence that can be used for feedback, assessment and sharing of student work among teachers, students and parents."
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