I have blogged about using time-lapse before and it appears in our iPad Teacher Guide App (www.ipadteachers.com), notably to capture shadows moving across a playground. We use the time-lapse feature in I Can Animate a lot and even more recently where I have supported a number of schools who are capturing mini-beasts and even chicks hatching. The good thing about it is that it can be used with all year groups across a range of subjects but predominantly in Science.
The image above shows a typical workflow that we use combining I Can Animate, iMovie and Book Creator with Showbie used as the resource and assessment tool. The rule that we follow is that if the process takes less than a day (e.g Shadows across the playground, dough rising etc) then we use time-lapse. If it is longer than a day (e.g seeds growing) then we take the photos in I Can Animate manually because we want to use the iPads inbetween time.
Below is a selection of some of the best iPad apps we have reviewed in the last couple of years. These apps are particularly curated for student researchers and academics. They provide a wide variety of features geared towards helping you with your research papers and enhancing your academic productivity. Check them out below and share with your colleagues.
STEM challenges are a great way to explore engineering when you lack the time to devote to a rigorous engineering design challenge. These three challenges can be set up with very little prep time and with materials you either have on hand or can easily obtain.
"This week’s pick is 2Do, by Guided Ways Technologies. Normally priced at $15, 2Do is currently on sale for, FREE until June 12th! In addition, the Mac version of 2Do is on sale for 50% off.
…2Do lets you take a completely different approach to managing your tasks. With its extremely simple-to-use interface and a comprehensive and flexible set of powerful features, it lets you focus on what’s most important to you: your life. There is no wrong way of using 2Do, and unlike other to-do apps, it won’t force you in adhering to a particular task management methodology…"
Skitch is a fantastic tool for annotating images. It enables the user to precisely point to features of interest and add text. There are many ways this could be used. One instance is like the image above where I have added key questions to an image. This provides more focus than merely presenting a blank image and prompts discussion. Following on from this, I have given learners the blank background image and asked them to annotate theirs by answering the questions. Alternatively, a teacher could present a blank image and ask students to identify the key features and annotate it live, based on students feedback. Although this could have traditionally been done by projecting an image and annotating it using a whiteboard marker, the great thing about Skitch is that all of that great feedback is not lost: it’s stored in a clear way which can then be distributed to students as a point of reference.
I’m a huge fan of Tiggly Shapes and Tiggly Math an interactive toy that can be used with special iPad apps to build foundational skills. The folks behind this awesome product have just released Tiggly Words to help children master foundational literacy skills.
Tiggly Words includes five colorful smart vowel toys that students can place on their iPad screen. It interacts with three very cool new apps to help students learn phonics and word skills while they problem solve.
Bloomz makes it easy for Teachers to safely share photos, classroom updates and reach parents instantly through real-time messaging. Parents love it.
Bradley Dutchcot's insight:
I am inviting you to try the new Bloomz app. Since I started using Bloomz for parent communications, I've saved so much time. I can send class photos and updates, schedule parent-teacher conferences, request volunteers, message with parents and more.
You can sign up for an account very quickly; just enter your name, email address and select your school to create a class, you will be up and running in no time. Did I mention it's free? And parents love it too!
Every year Key Stage 2 pupils and teachers work their socks off to perform a musical. This year’s was called All the fun of the Pharoah! Unfortunately, during the Christmas holidays the Sony HD Video camera went missing from staff room, presumed stolen. I purchased the new iPad last month and thought I would test out its video recording capabilities. I mounted the iPad on a K&m iPad mic stand (see image below) and filmed the wide shots from the balcony on the first night and close ups on an iPhone 4 from the band pit on the second. Then using iMovie on the MacBook Pro, patched them together to create a nice film. I must say, I was very impressed with the iPads video skills and particularly the quality of the microphone.
I’ve been wanting to build my daughter an engineering wall for a long time. A place for her to learn and play about some of the basics of engineering like pulleys and lights and pumps. She loves designing and building, but all of the walls I had seen seemed either too complicated to build or not sturdy enough to be worth the time. Then we went swimming and I had a burst of inspiration. Pool noodles! Light enough to hang on a wall, and sturdy enough to last a while. And enter in my favorite wall hanging supply, Command™ products to get the job done. Here’s how we made an Awesome Pool Noodle Engineering Wall for Kids.
Here is a very easy to use app called Green Screen by Doink. The process of green screening is to have the ability to change the backgrounds of your videos. Combine images and/or video to create one single video. I have been doing it for a few years now. Before the iPad, doing green screen effects were quite challenging and required expensive software on PCs. Now, using this app ($2.99 USD, iTunes link), you and your students will easily create fun, informative and educational videos for parents and classmates alike. By reading ahead, you will have a chance at winning a free promo code for this great app.
A FREE summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring
Join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. Maker Camp inspires kids ages 13-18* to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it."
I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the iPad (here’s 23) and one fantastic free app I love is Number Pieces. This app simulates base ten blocks and lets students manipulate the pieces and annotate their screen. Students can take screenshots of their work and import the pictures into apps like Explain Everything or ShowMe. Then they can discuss what the steps they took to solve a problem and you can hear their explanation.
I have been making printed versions of books made with Book Creator on an iPad for many years. The app produces a really decent file for hard copy printing.
First thing to realise is that your video and sound files won’t work on paper. I know that sounds silly but people sometimes get upset when they first realise this. What you do get is a paper book which looks like it was purchased from a bookstore – it looks so professional.
"My social media bios declare “I like kids. I like books. I like tech. What else could I be but a school librarian?” That pretty much sums it up right there.
Now, I do want to make one thing clear. I do not believe every book needs a “project.” READ MORE BOOKS. That’s what will encourage a love of reading (and the literacy skills will come). That said there are times when added tech IS fun and helpful to instruction. We had 6 iPads last year but this December were lucky enough to get a cart of 25! Of course we wanted to use them."
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