"I am in the process of collating all my notes together to put onto this blog as well as a Multi-Touch book for iBooks. Whilst that that is a working process take a read of my top 5 key notes for a successful 1:1 roll out.
I’ve done a number different roll outs now both small and large scale, primary and secondary and each time I have been taking notes on the implementations, reflecting on how I would do things differently if I were to do it again. Below are my key notes (no Apple pun intended there) on what I believe makes a successful roll out."
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.
"The App Store is full of QR code readers – most of which are free. My go-to QR code scanner is i-nigma. One reason I recommend this app at workshops and conferences is because it can be used on lots of different devices. If you visittheir homepage you can see links for the Apple App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry App World and WindowsPhone Marketplace.
This means that i-nigma is perfect for schools rolling out a BYOD (bring your own device) program. It’s also great for teachers recommending a QR reader app to parents so that they’ll be able to read the information posted on a QR code attached to a newsletter or homework assignment."
"Have you ever had someone pass you their headphones to hear a song, and had your ears blasted by an outrageously loud volume level? Well, by default, anyone can crank the volume up on music played from an iOS device to 100%. That may sound like no big deal, but there are situations where listening to music that loud could potentially be problematic, leading to inattentiveness to the outside world or even theoretical hearing issues. This is particularly important for kids, who may not realize that the volume level is harmful. Thus, if you or your kids listen to a lot of music with headphones on from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you may want to consider setting a maximum volume limit for the Music app."
"Pixel Press Floors is a promising new iPad app (currently free) that kids can use to turn drawings into pictures. This is the simple explanation of the service. Students draw on specially designed paper (printable) or draw in the app (designs printable). Students then use their iPads to see their drawings become games. Games can be shared with others through the Pixel Press arcade. Watch the video below to learn more about Pixel Press Floors."
"CommonSenseMedia.org has created a free program to help parents navigate and discuss the impact of digital media on kids’ social, emotional and intellectual development. Using resources based on their K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, educators and parents, together, can empower young people to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning and life -- both in the classroom and at home."
"PicCollage is one of my favorite Android and iPad apps. It is a free that allows you to quickly arrange pictures, video, text, and stickers into collages. From the app you can share your collage to Google Drive, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, and many other file sharing services. In the video below I demonstrate how to use it without creating a PicCollage account. Below the video I have five ideas for using in your classroom."
This week’s blog features a fun, engaging, and intellectually stimulating (free) iPad app: The Cootie Participatory Simulation. In participating in the simulation of the spread of an infectious disease – the Cuddle germ – children learn how diseases are spread. Usable from 1st to 12th grade.
"Whether you are looking for a simple dictionary or a sophisticated thesaurus app, there are plenty of options available for you in the App Store. If you are looking for an app that visualizes word connections and can help you expand your vocabulary, these 3 visual dictionary apps have you covered:"
"Teachers interested in trying the flipped classroom model often ask me for recommendations for video creation tools. They also often ask me for ideas on sharing videos without using YouTube. One answer to both of these questions is to useeduClipper.
On the free eduClipper iPad app you can create instructional videos on a whiteboard in the Khan Academy style. You can also use the app to create a video in which you annotate an image or document while talking about it. After creating your video you can save it to an eduClipper board that you have shared with your students through the eduClipper classroom setting. Your students can view the videos on their iPads or in the web browsers on their laptops."
If you frequently purchase apps and games on your iPhone or iPad, you may find yourself running out of space or cluttering up your Home screen with icons you barely launch anymore. Most people say they don't delete apps and games in fear of not being able to get them back. Luckily, thanks to iTunes in the Cloud, part of iCloud, you can easily re-download any apps or games you previously...
"UPDATE 12 July 2014: Thanks to Kiwi teacher Allanah King (@Allanahk) for sharing the FREE iOS and Android app “Flick” (@get_flick) which supports cross-platform sharing of photos & videos between devices. Transferring to DropBox is another solution suggested by several others which would have been (most likely) faster than the multi-step workaround described in this post."
"Padlet is a great platform for bookmarking and sharing digital content. Since in its launch a few years ago, Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) has undergone several great updates that make it an ideal tool to use with students in class. Before we see some of the ways to use this platform with students, let us have a look at some of its features ."
"It's crucial to expose a wide variety of words to kids ages zero to five. Unfortunately, kids from lower income families hear and see far fewer words than their more affluent peers. Over time this gap widens and has a severe impact on literacy. Close this gap with these hand-picked apps that'll fill kids' brains with words and jumpstart reading and spelling."
"The Math Learning Center has some fantastic free apps (Geoboard and Number Line) including the newly releasedMath Vocabulary Cards. This app includes card sets for grades K-2 and 3-5. Users can select which cards they want to study by category or individually. The cards are automatically sorted in random order and users can hide and reveal one or more sections of each card. This means that they can practice quizzing themselves using the math term, example or definition."
"There are a number of means that you can utilize AirPlay. You can stream music from iTunes on a Mac to an Apple TV, Flight terminal Express or third-party system. Or you can play music from the Music app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the very same devices. Some third-party apps likewise support streaming audio and/or video utilizing AirPlay.
Apple’s proprietary innovation can even be utilized as a way of streaming music from your Mac wirelessly to different rooms around your house. Then there’s mirroring, which allows you to send the audio and video output of an iOS gadget or Mac running Mountain Lion to an Apple TV.
AirPlay mirroring can be used for a whole array of activities, from playing Keynote presentations on a large-screen TELEVISION, to sharing creations in iMovie, as well as as a method of playing, say, a YouTube guitar tutorial or culinary videos on a tv instead of a smaller sized display.
One of our favored usages, nevertheless, is for video gaming. Developers have been quick to discover the possibilities of AirPlay mirroring in video games, most commonly permitting you to use your iPhone or iPad as a controller while displaying the game itself on TV. AirPlay is both simple to use and versatile."
"Mojang has released a fairly substantial update for the Pocket Edition of Minecraft, available for iOS and Android. This release focuses on adding more mobs, features and extended functionality, while also addressing the size of worlds and squashing any known bugs affecting the immersive experience.
Version 0.9.0 contains quite the feature list, so be sure to check out the list below for a full run through."
"The camera is one of those apps on the iPad that we sometimes take for granted. We forget it is there or don’t always use it to its full potential in the classroom. This week I am presenting at iPadU: Slide to Unlock Learning, and I wanted to highlight some of the many ways that you could use the iPad camera, so I put some ideas together and added some I had seen on the web or learned from others. The result? iPadography: Photo Projects for the iPad Classroom.
So, if you are looking for ideas for using the iPad camera in the classroom, take a look at some of the slides below, and feel free to share it with others who might be interested!"
32 million people watched the Season 3 World Championships for the video game League of Legends this year. 8.5 million of those people watched at the same time. To put that in perspective, 13 million people watch a typical NFL game on Sunday. Last years’ World Series drew 18 million viewers. 8.5 million viewers at …