I am going to start this month's blog post by thanking everyone for the great feedback to iPad Teacher Guide (2nd Edition) and for making it the Number 1 Education book on the iBook Store in the UK, Australia, USA and Canada. For more information, visit www.ipadteacherguide.co.uk
I know many of you are using Book Creator in your lessons and there has been countless blogs about it, including quite a few posts within this blog. One idea that did not make it into the latest version of the book is adding questions with audio feedback into Book Creator. I find I am using Book Creator more and more to create resources for my pupils and I am now putting questions at the end of each section. I write a multiple choice question, place 3-4 possible answers in as either text, photos or both then add an audio response to each one. For example, saying it is right or giving clues when it is wrong. Book Creator allows you to hide a audio clip so that pupils can tap the answer and hear the response. The audio icon completely disappears when you open the book in IBooks. This has worked the other way with pupils writing their questions at the end of their topic books and sharing with their peers.
In Key Stage 2 we use the Garageband app considerably and the pupils have mastered it well, often using it in conjunction with other apps such as iMovie. However, in Reception/Year 1 there seems to be a gap between the overly simple music apps created for that age group and the complexity of Garageband. Year 1 are able to create recordings in Garageband but layering instruments can sometimes be a skill too far. Year 2 were able to do this but only with a lot of support.
This term I have been using the 'Toc and Roll' app with Reception/Year 1/2 as an introduction into Garageband. It allows pupils to choose their instrument and then uses a drag and drop method for them to place a range of different musical phrases into each track. The volume of each track can be changed and effects such as reverb can be added.
It is effectively a simplified version of Garageband but the pupils do not play any virtual instruments. However they can use this app to learn about the process of mixing music before jumping into Garageband. I particularly like the voice recorder which divides each recording into smaller phrases.
The only negative I can see at present is the sharing features are quite limited. The user can upload to Youtube or save within the app itself but it is missing an ‘Open-in’ tool to save to an external storage app for assessment.
If you are working with younger pupils then 'Toca Band' makes a good intro to Toc and Roll as pupils can add band members playing different instruments to a stage where they all play simultaneously.
However, the pupils in Year 1 have enjoyed using it and I feel more confident they will hit the ground running with Garageband.
I have mentioned in previous blog posts that my favourite education app is the Camera app. Any app that then talks to the camera app makes it a more powerful and widely used app. One of my favourite examples of this is I Can Animate. It allows pupils or teachers to take a series of photos and then the app plays the photos as a video.
Firstly this can be used to inspire creativity as pupils can make inanimate objects move, such as Lego and plasticine by making subtle movements for each photo. What's nice about this app is it keeps an 'Onion skin' image each time so pupils can see where the previous photo was when lining the camera up.
At school we have used I Can Animate more for science than any other subject as we are able to capture processes. Here are a few ideas: Take a photo each day of a seed growing and then watch the seed grow as a video. Videos of seeds growing in different conditions can be played side by side using the Split screen feature in iMovie app. 2. Take a photo every 5 minutes of different materials absorbing water. I Can Animate also includes a time lapse feature where it will automatically take photos at intervals predetermined by the user. 3. Using the the time lapse feature, capture a shadow moving across the playground. 4. Put a bird feeder outside the classroom window and record animals visiting. This video can then be used for data handling. 5. Record the weather outside the window. I can animate include a speed tool so you can condense longer videos.
Most of the time we only have one iPad in the classroom so the teacher can share the videos with pupils as a shared resource in Dropbox or Showbie.
Happy New Year to all. In my first blog post of 2014 I thought I would focus on game creation and programming as that seems to be the hot topic at the moment. At school I have introduced a number of programming elements across all year groups over the last few years. This has included Scratch but also newer apps such Hopscotch and Kodable. I think the skills these apps and software introduce are important but I also think it would be good if the lessons can be applied to other curriculum areas. Mostly this is not possible but some apps do allow this.
I have been working with Year 4 at the end of last term and beginning of this. Their topic has been the Romans so we have tied in many different aspects across literacy, art and history. Firstly we looking at story settings in Roman times, this include looking at images and making notes. The pupils described their own setting and then drew it. We then looked at characters such as soldiers and Celts. We then described and drew a character (note the characters were drawn on a white background with a dark outline). Using the Sketch Nation app the pupils worked through the processes to create a platform game using their illustrations. I was really impressed with their work and how well they worked together on this task. Their finished games were excellent and very engaging. The final task was to show the games to other pupils who would review them.
What I like about Sketch Nation is it talks to the iPad's camera roll which means it can be applied to any topic.
Overall, these activities have taken about six 40 minute lessons. I only work with this class once a week so it would be nice to do more on this idea. Please let me know if you have done anything similar. I would love to hear your ideas.
Book creator has probably been the app I have used most, in my teaching, with pupils and in my training. The blank canvas aspect means it can be used across the whole curriculum and the addition of the pen tool in the last few weeks has added to that.
We use Showbie at school for pupils to share their work, including books made with Book Creator from the iPads and home to the teachers for assessment. Recently, we have used both the Pen Tool and Record feature to give feedback on the pupils' eBooks. The pupils send their books using Showbie and the teacher opens them up on his/her iPad. They can then annotate with their voice, pen and text. The book can then be sent back to the pupils using Showbie. The pupil can either change the original book and delete the annotated one or change the annotated book and delete the original.
The screenshot shows a book of a Science experiment. The teacher can annotate with arrows but also add audio feedback. All elements of Book Creator can be deleted so the pupil can restore any annotated book to the original.
This is obviously not a new idea but the pen tool has certainly made this quicker in a widely used app such as Book Creator.
Augmented reality apps are a little hit and miss for me. Some allow for clear practical application in the classroom, whilst others can be gimmicky.
A teacher told me about Morfo https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/morfo/id418900007 back in summer term and I have been using it in my lessons and training ever since. The app allows you to add an image of a face and bring it to life with animation and a convincing voice-over tool. You can record your own voice into the app and the face will then speak it back. The finished animation can then be saved to the camera roll for use in other apps.
I first used it with Year 4 who were looking at History, Newspaper reporting and direct speech writing. We used the app to create the viewpoints of two historical figures: William of Normandy and Harold Godwinson. The pupils found images of both figures from the web (portrait style) and imported them into the app before adding their VoiceOver providing reasons why they should be King of England. I was really impressed with how this app improved the pupils' persuasive language skills. We then imported the finished videos into Book Creator as part of a historical research document.
A number of teachers have told me ways they are using the app, including using it to introduce a topic. For example, Queen Victoria introducing the Victorian topic to engage pupils from the beginning.
Let me know if you have used Morfo and if so, how? @iPadteachers.
The start of term has quickly come around and it has certainly been a busy one. I have been in 6 schools already and there is certainly a great deal of enthusiasm about using the iPad to support learning.
I blogged a few months ago about choosing the best apps for use in the classroom and finding ones that allow for wide use across the whole curriculum rather than closed content apps that have one specific purpose. In July I attended the ADE conference with Apple and there was lots of discussion about the SAMR model (pictured) which is a theory highlighting how technology can be used in education. It starts at the bottom with Substitution (my example of which would be a simple eBook with no interactive features or an app with a moveable clock face) and moves up to Redefinition. Redefinition is the goal for technology in education; to be able to create new tasks that are not possible without the use of technology. I have been discussing this with teachers on my training and thinking about it in terms of my own teaching.
When planning lessons and training I have been keeping in mind the SAMR model. What has struck me instantly in both cases is how streamlined everything becomes. The school iPads have been reduced to apps which cover just over one page with apps like Book Creator, Explain Everything and iMovie forming the core. Pupils creating a book that includes video, voice-overs and images is not possible without technology and the iPad has proved to be a master at this type of activity. It may be worth considering the SAMR model next time you are looking for education apps on the app store.
In line with the streamlined approach to using the iPad in Primary Education, my book: A Guide to the iPad in Primary Education has recently been updated to include less apps and more activity ideas. The September update will include over 40 minutes of video tutorials and will be updated for free every month from here on in. It is available for £3.99 on the iBook Store and the update will be available shortly. Please follow this link.
This term I have been using the iPads in school to develop the pupil's speaking and listening skills. Here are a few things we have done.
Gruffalo If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed a few weeks ago that I shared a video of the animation Year 3 have produced. We focussed on the Gruffalo story and they retold it using the Puppet Pals app. The children chose a character from the story, drew it and on a separate piece of paper, drew the background for it. They then added the characters and backgrounds to the Puppet Pal's library before scripting out their scenes with other children. You can see a few examples at these links here. https://www.box.com/s/b5ercugrc8z5uuwbilm4 https://www.box.com/s/qll9bm05xqdjx61xor9l
We exported the videos to iMovie and even added the Gruffalo soundtrack. However, there is no wifi in Year 3 so I had to film the iPads in order to share. We are now using QR codes in school and I uploaded the videos above to the box cloud app (www.box.com) where you can share a link. I attached the link to a QR Code Creator app and we then put these QR codes in our weekly newsletter for parents to view the videos on their devices. With children creating so much video and audio on the iPads, QR codes are being used more and more to share pupil work.
Advertising Years 5 and 6 have been creating journeys through time using iMovie, Garageband and the Green Screen Studio FX app to impart historical information in an entertaining way. However, amongst that we worked on their advertising skills. We used the Titan Player app to download adverts from youtube to the iPad's camera roll where we put them into iMovie, removed the sound and the pupils added the voiceovers. They also created products in Foldify app, took a screen grab and added that into iMovie to advertise. The last step was to create some background music in Garageband.
Using iPads in education is still new and teachers and schools are still coming to terms with implementing the devices, both from the technical level and for teaching and learning. Virtually every school I visit and training day I run, I am asked the same 3 questions:
Do we have to purchase the app for each iPad? The answer, yes using volume licensing or separate Apple IDs. Where do you find the best apps? Is there an app for...? (Usually a specific objective such as prime factors for Year 6)
The last 2 questions actually create another question: What makes a good App? The world has gone a little app crazy, they are all over the TV, adverts and now education. The common belief of schools is to litter iPads with hundreds of apps. In my opinion, that can detract from the good apps and from the other resources in the classroom. In the last 12 months, I have gone from having approximately 200 apps on my iPad to about 80. I did this by asking another question: (sorry, lots of questions in this post) Does the app do anything different to the other resources we have, whether that is on the existing computers or using physical tools like dice etc?
If the answer to this question is No then the app does not make the most of the iPad and schools are wasting their money buying the iPads to use these apps alone. An example of this came from someone who emailed me asking about apps for measuring angles and protractor skills. My answer, a protractor.
However, if the answer is YES then is usually means that the app is enhancing lessons. The iPad can make things easier for teachers because pupils can lead themselves through the technology rather than being led by the hand. But this is only one advantage. Pupils like using iPads and they are often more engaged when doing so. However, teachers are confined with the content of many apps and they do not always suit the specific objectives of a lesson. There is no point using the device just because the pupils like it and the school has spent a lot of money on them.
App developers are now creating apps that empower the teacher and learner to create their own content. The ever-present apps such as Book Creator and Explain Everything started this but now apps such as Tiny Tap, which allows teachers to create activities using photos, have continued this trend.
There is also the debate of App v Web-App but that's for another time...
The App market is quite saturated with Maths apps, particularly ones where pupils are just tapping on the right answer in an activity which is just a digital version of a worksheet with colour and sound. For me, the most useful feature of the iPad is the fact it has a camera which can be accessed from many apps.
This week I have been working with Year 5 pupils who have been learning about different types of angles. Once they understood the different types, they displayed their knowledge by finding angles in the classroom, taking a photo and importing into an apps such as Educreations or Explain Everything where it can be labelled and annotated. Simple idea I know but a good use of the iPad's features. Can anyone spot the mistake?
This week I have been using the foldify app for the first time with my pupils. Basically, the app allows pupils to design various 3D nets using brushes and objects. The key aspect is that pupils can see their net in its 3D form in real time by rotating it. Once the net is designed, it can be shared using email or uploaded to the foldify website and printed so that that the shape can be made physically. Year 3 pupils have been using it to create Cereal boxes and drinks carton linked to their packaging topic. Year 6 have also been using it to investigate nets and 3D shapes. More info can be found at www.foldifyapp.com
I have spent this academic year as a test bed for the new Computing Curriculum. This has involved reviewing various resources including apps. I have decided, as I often do, in a less is more approach. A few iPad apps, Espresso Coding and Scratch can cover much of objectives of the programming aspect of the new Computing Curriculum.
Espresso Coding www.espressocoding.co.uk is a series of online activities and video tutorials that has been free this past year. The sample activities are quite prescribed but they offer a nice progression.
Finally, Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/ http://scratch.mit.edu/ has been used well this term by Year 6 who have created games such as multi-player racing. I intend to do even more with it next term as I have planned more time.
I would love to hear what everyone has planned for September in terms of Computing. Enjoy the end of term and the holidays.
Recently I have been combining two of my favourite apps, I Can Animate and DoInk Green Screen. We have been recording stop motion animation using I Can Animate with small characters and animals onto a green background and then importing these videos into DoInk where they were combined with an image. The green can be removed and the image is they used as a background.
Adding a background to the stop motion creates more focus to this type of work, not only with pupils learning the iPad skills but also linking stop-motion animation with other subjects such as topics on Romans, Wildlife etc. Along with using stop motion animation in Science (see this earlier blog http://sco.lt/8Yh77B) we are finding more and more ways to use it throughout the curriculum.
Last week during World Book Day, my school had a Dr Seuss themed week. As I teach each class ICT during the one day, I decided to develop pupils awareness of their audience during a short book review activity. I told the pupils that not only would their class teacher be reading their book reviews but the rest of the school and parents would be listening to them. After a few blank faces glared back at me, I explained that their reviews had to be recorded into their iPads and could not be longer than 30 seconds. We used Croak It app to record the reviews (it limits the recordings to 30 seconds) and then shares that recording as a web-link. These links were then put into the QR code creator app, printed and put with the front covers of the books. If you want to record longer than 30 seconds and have images displayed while you listen to them then you could use Shadow Puppets which also creates a web-link or AudioBoo which makes a QR code for you. If you want pupils to attach a GarageBand song to a QR code then you can save the song into something like box.com app using the open in tool and create a web link from there. We then displayed the finished front covers around the school, in the weekly newsletter and library.
I have been using Showbie for quite a while, both at my school and with the schools I support. It has certainly solved the problem of how students can quickly send their work to the teacher and the teacher share resources with the pupils. We have used it a lot and we like how it can be accessed online on devices other than the iPad. It also works well for assessment and archiving work. The class codes can be given to the headteacher so he/she can see all pupil portfolios, making it good to show parents and inspectors.
Each pupil has their own login in normal use. However, some of what we do at school is collaborative. For example, a group of Year 6 pupils can each be working on a short video which could then be stitched together in iMovie etc. It is not possible to for one pupil to send a file to another using Showbie so we have created group logins. This means that a group of pupils would all log in using the same username and password. Each student can then submit a file to an assignment and the other pupils see and download that file onto their iPads. Importantly the teacher can also see whole groups work and each part of it.
There are many collaborative tools on the iPad but as many schools are using Showbie then this may create another possibility.
In my opinion, though others may disagree, the iPad has been crying out for a simple and effective Green Screen app since it's introduction. I won't mention any specific apps but the ones I had tried were far too complicated for Primary pupils and the activities became very teacher led. I have recently been using Green Screen by DoInk. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8 with upper Key Stage 2.
What I like most is how quickly the pupils can create their videos using the app. They find the background video/image and add that into the time line. The video of the pupils standing in front of a green screen can then been filmed in real-time over the top. Videos can then be shared to the camera roll. I particularly like using the app in conjunction with apps such as I Can Present (as a teleprompt) and iMovie (to stitch videos together and add soundtrack for GarageBand)
I am looking forward to trying more Green Screen work with other age groups next term to see how they handle the app. I am also keen to try the Touchcast app as it includes many of the features of iMovie, Explain Everything and Green Screen in one app.
iMovie on the iPad has been one of the must have apps in both Primary and Secondary Education. With so many teachers and pupils using the devices to take photos and videos, iMovie has been employed to stitch videos together and add voice overs, soundtracks, themes and text.
Apple have not only made iMovie free for all new devices but is has also added a number of new tools which will enhance and extend the use of iMovie. This includes Split Screen with the ability to add to clips into one movie, Picture in Picture where you can add a small video into the corner of another and finally Theatre where the videos can be saved to the iMovie theatre and seen on other devices connected to the same Apple ID and on an Apple TV.
I have begun to use the new features with my pupils in various subjects and below are few activities we have tried.
Split Screen in Science- We have already used iMovie a number of times his term in key Stage 2 Science. We have taken the videos of Science experiments such as friction tests and put two videos into one so the pupils can see the difference between the two surfaces in real-time. Next term we will also use it to see the differences in growth of two plants growing under different conditions.
Picture in Picture in Literacy- Year 5 have been doing instructional writing and we have had two shots: 1 video of the camera pointing at the pupil giving the instructions and 1 video showing what the pupil is making (e.g Cookery). The Picture in Picture tool is then used to put the one video in the corner of the other.
Picture in Picture or Split Screen in Geography- Year 4 have been looking at the local area of the school. Using Google Images and Maps the pupils made a video trail around the village with the place on the map in one part of the screen and a photo in the other. Note, we had to make the photos into a video first and then save to the camera roll because iMovie does not allow you to do Split screen with photos in the timeline.
Split Screen in History and Geography- I am also looking to use Split Screen as both a location study of two different places. E.g Town v Seaside etc. Also in History, looking at one street in two different periods of history, including an audio commentary. This also works good with transitions.
Have a look at some of the new tools in iMovie and I would love to hear how you are using them in school.
iPads are becoming an important part of education resources, whether as a learning tool for pupils or a teaching aid. The devices are being used in many subjects, often creating opportunities that were previously not possible.
ADE 2013 I would like to begin this month's blog post by mentioning the Apple Distinguished Educator conference in Cork, Ireland that I was fortunate enough to have attended last week. Apple provided presentations and workshops by some of the best in the business. This included Bill Frakes (www.billfrakes.com) who gave an insight into his career as Sport Illustrated's photographer. Nancy Duarte who discussed about the role of story within presentations and the brilliant Lennon Bus (www.lennonbus.org) mobile film/recording studio which I will suggest to many schools as a great resource for pupils to showcase their creativity.
However, as well as the great content, it was meeting other ADEs that proved most useful to me. As Apple's Maxx Judd said, if we had not put any workshops on it would still have been as successful just by inviting you all here. Education is wide and it was great to hear successes from teachers in all parts of education. I would particularly like to thank my PLN team for making last week so special. I look forward to collaborating with them over the next few months. The wordle above are words delegates used to define learning.
Developing Apps Last summer I co-founded a company with the objective of creating software for Primary and Secondary Schools using iPads. The aim is to provide teachers, parents and pupils with the tools to create their own educational content rather than be reliant on the content of others. This month sees the programming of the app, iLearn2, and the website. We are getting ready for an Autumn launch on iOS and the website coming very soon. In the meantime, please follow @ilearn2uk on twitter for updates.
I hope everyone who was on half-term last week had a relaxing break. I thought I would focus this month's blog post on an issue that faces every school using iPads: How to effectively gather the videos/documents that pupils are creating.
This is the one question I am always asked. With pupils using iPads to do everything from creating films, composing music and writing interactive ebooks, it is now no longer possible to always print off pupil work and staple it to a display board. With rumours that Apple will be announcing AirDrop for iPad next week at the WWDC conference, I thought it was a good time to round up the workflow solutions currently on offer for the iPad.
The Cloud If the iPads are all connected to one Apple ID then you can use iCloud to access pupil work. This only really works with Pages, Numbers and Keynote. When pupils create a document then with iCloud turned on, it will push the document to all the other iPads connected to that Apple ID. This works to limited degree. I like the fact that you can access the documents from the web using iCloud.com but the whole thing is designed for the personal user and it restricted by storage size etc for education use.
Personally I feel that services like DropBox and Box are also designed for the personal user and I am slightly concerned about putting photos/videos of children on there because their terms and conditions are not designed for education. At school we use DropBox to send resources to pupils, like maps for geography and old photos for history. Google Drive also is popular in secondary education.
iTunes When the iPad is plugged into iTunes, you can send documents from many apps, including GarageBand, Book Creator etc to iTunes using the sharing option. This works ok if you have a charge box that plugs all the iPads into the computer simultaneously but is quite time consuming compared to some of the other wireless options.
WebDav This works by setting up a Mac as a Server by using Mountain Lion Server. You then put the server settings into each iPad and it allows pupils to save their iWork documents to a folder on the mac server. It also works with Explain everything app. I like this method but it is limited to the iWork apps so all photos/video will have to be out into apps like Pages and Keynote. There is also the Kanex MeDrive which I reviewed in a previous blog post.
Showbie and Edmodo We began using Showbie in school in March and it works well. Teachers create an assignment name and and pupils use the Showbie app to drop documents/videos/photos etc to that assignment. Teachers can then use the app to view the file and give feedback to pupils. What I like about this is that firstly it works with the camera roll, iwork apps and apps such as Book Creator and Comic Life but it also works online too so pupils can add files from their computers at home to access at school or visa versa. Edmodo is similar but has a few more features designed for Secondary schools, such as quizzes.
QR Codes More and more apps are enabling the user to upload the file to the web, such as My Story which is an ebook creator app that creates a web link for each book. QR codes can then be made with that link attached. These can be placed in newsletters and on displays so that parents can view pupil work on their smartphones.
So there you go, there are many options for sending files from iPad to another, such as InstaShare. The key is that there is no one size fits all. It very much depends on the size of the school, iPad deployment and policies. Have a good term and look out for an update to my book in late June and iPad training mornings in early July. www.ipadteachers.co.uk
This is my first post as an Apple Disinguished Educator and is mirrored both in my blog and my first ADE journal. Being accepted to the ADE Class of 2013 was a honour and I am delighted to be part of the community. The ADE conference in Cork in July is going to be my first and I cannot wait to meet fellow educators.
It has now been nearly 2 years since I began using the iPad as a teaching aid and learning tool and over 12 months since I began providing iPad training for Primary Schools. The reason I began iPad training was that when my school were investigating the possibility of iPads in our school, we spoke to salesmen and I searched online but it would have been good to have spoken to a teacher, hence beginning my blog and website.
In September of last year I reduced my teaching to 4 days a week and used Fridays to continue the training. I have been surprised with the demand for training from schools and proves how many teachers are seeing the potential of iPads in the classroom. This month I have reduced my teaching still further to one day a week in order to support more schools and provide more training days across the UK. However, it has been important for me to continue to teach regularly. The training side of things does not make sense to me unless I am using the technology regularly in school. There has been so many occasions when I have found a resource or app that I thought would work in school but until I have used it with pupils then I do not feel I can share it with colleagues. Also, I have sat in a number of training sessions over my teaching career presented my people who have either finished teaching years ago or have never been a teacher. I do not want that to be my role and I am advising very much from the teacher's perspective, opposed to the consultant.
So this month has been both an exciting one (ADE success, planning training days and supporting schools) but also quite sad as I relinquished my role as form tutor to my Year 6 class but assured them that I would be continuing to teach them ICT next term. I have been ICT co-ordinator since 2007 and because my school is an indepedent school which uses subject specialists, I have taught ICT to all of the Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils. Next term my timetable will change so that I teach all of the ICT on one day. This has many advantages but it means I can concentrate on moving the technology forward but also support class teachers with using technology effectively in other subject areas. This first month the focus at school will be continue to test iPad workflow resources such as Showbie. I am also introducing Movie Making with Year 5 and 6 as well as the school's first iPad band. On the training front, I am booked up with in-school training around the UK but also have lots of training events planned through May, June and July. Please visit my website www.ipadteachers.co.uk for more information about these days.
I would like to thank lots of people who support me, both in school and with training and if they are reading this, they know who they are. Thank you!
One of the questions I am asked most is how do we as teachers quickly access pupils documents off the iPads? There are a few options for this but they mostly involve Cloud based services such as iCloud or DropBox or online environments such as Edmodo. What is the Kanex MeDrive?Basically the MeDrive is a little box that plugs into your wireless router. You can then plug a USB memory stick into it and access the content of that drive from an iOS device, PC or Mac wirelessly. On the iPad, you download the free app which allows you to browse that USB stick and download/upload content off/onto it. The app also appears in Pages, Numbers and Keynote App as an 'Open with another app' so documents can be saved directly to the USB stick. The Drive works with a number of file types, includes images, video and documents. The advantage over services such as DropBox is that its local (within school/classroom/home only) so data protection and security is less of an issue. Does it work?Yes, I was able to plug the MeDrive into my router at home, plug the attached USB lead into a USB charger to charge/power and insert a small USB stick. I opened the MeDrive app on my iPad and saw the MeDrive under devices. When I tapped on the MeDrive I saw the USB with all the files on it. I then opened the Pages app and moved one of my documents from my iPad to the USB stick with no problems. Will it work in Schools?I think so but there are a number of factors that will affect its success. Firstly, the device requires power so a plug will need to be close to the router. Also, many routers in schools are not easily accessible so plugging in a USB stick may not be as straitforward as it sounds. Finally, when saving files from apps such as Pages, the file goes into the download folder of the MeDrive and then needs to be moved from there onto the USB stick using the app. For younger pupils this may be a little technical but with a bit of training it should be possible. What I would like to see is the ability to save files directly from Pages to the USB stick without the download section in between. I am going to take this into school next week to try there but it looks promising. More details can be found at http://www.kanexlive.com/medrive
Update (March 2013) We tried the MeDrive at school but unfortunately it not work with all the iPads consistently. This obviously depends very much on your network configurations but we are looking at other options now. Next stop is www.showbie.com
I have been using Book Creator for a while now in my teaching. Pupils have created illustrated books and added video to record science experiments. This term Year 5 and 6 pupils have been using Book Creator in Design and Technology. The pupils have researched, designed and are now constructing their Animal Shelters. At each stage they have documented their progress in Book Creator, adding photos. It provides an excellent way of assessing work and for pupils to evaluate their own skills and development. At the end of the topic, pupils will not only have an animal shelter but also evidence of their journey.