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Apple iOS 5.1.1 fixes a number of annoying bugs - Forbes

Apple iOS 5.1.1 fixes a number of annoying bugs - Forbes | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Apple has released iOS 5.1.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This update brings with is a number of much-needed bug fixes.
If you choose to download the update direct from your iDevice (Settings > General > Software Update) then the download is under 50MB, as opposed to several hundred if you download it via iTunes."

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fnd

fnd | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Experience the App Store and iTunes Anywhere
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We all know that searching the iTunes Store is often not as easy as it might be. Fnd is another way to search the iTunes Store. 

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IFTTT Comes To The iPad With Recipe Collections, iOS Notifications, & Photo Triggers

IFTTT Comes To The iPad With Recipe Collections, iOS Notifications, & Photo Triggers | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
If This Then That is already the best no-frills way to automate some part of your online life. Now, you can automate a few things on the iPad with the newly launched IFTTT iPad app. The iPad version joins the already existing IFTTT iPhone app launched last year, and brings some new features – new…
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IFTTT is a great way to aggregate and/or disseminate content which computer users have been using for some time. It's great therefore to have the capability to construct 'recipes' on your iPad. Even better this app leverages the unique features of your iPad.

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Ipad Educators

Ipad Educators | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Feature articles, app reviews, curriculum app guides and unique interviews with educators and app developers.
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This looks to be a pretty useful addition to the iPad Ed ecosystem. I particularly like that the reviews are rated and that the reviewers don't pull punches.

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Making Math Thinking Visible with iPads

Making Math Thinking Visible with iPads | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Making Math Thinking Visible with iPads

My students create many different artifacts, but the most meaningful are those in which my students show their learning and their thinking in ways that are far beyond what a worksheet could do.  When they make a video or screencast of what they have learned, I can hear and see their thinking. I can also hear confidence or hesitation, self-corrections or errors in perception. Consider these math examples produced by my students."

 

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Simple, clear examples of how iDevices can be used by students to demonstrate learning, (there's nothing better that giving students voice).

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Amazon.com: CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad: Baby

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One can only say OMG!!!

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iPad Teacher Guide

iPad Teacher Guide | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Available in over 50 countries, A Guide to the iPad in Primary Education is an illustrated reference book to guide teachers through using the iPad successfully within the Primary Curriculum. Written by Adam Foster, an experienced Primary School Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator"

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Though I haven't downloaded and read this iBook, it does come highly recommended. At $5.99 it does cost but the book is also available fro reading on a Mac if you have iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later installed.

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My Ipad Year - Thanks for the Memories.

My Ipad Year - Thanks for the Memories. | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
I wrote this post a couple of years back when I was a bit giggly over having an iPad. I tried to use lots of apps with classes - some seemed great, some less so - but found it frustrating having on...
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Kenny Pieper poses one of the real challenges of working in a classroom with limited hardware access. Whilst I'm not sure that I totally agree with all of Kenny's conclusions, his post is a powerful plea for all those on the lower slopes of the digital divide.

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Spritz

Spritz | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Reading is inherently time consuming because your eyes have to move from word to word and line to line. Traditional reading also consumes huge amounts of physical space on a page or screen, which limits reading effectiveness on small displays. Scrolling, pinching, and resizing a reading area doesn’t fix the problem and only frustrates people. Now, with compact text streaming from Spritz, content can be streamed one word at a time, without forcing your eyes to spend time moving around the page.

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Spritz aims to "revolutionize" the reading process, especially as it is conducted on mobile devices. At present they are working with developers to facilitate the creation of software and apps as well as content. This page contains a sample demo of how Spritz will work. Whilst the concept is attracting quite a bit of media attention not all of it is laudatory with NBC in particular making some important points see http://goo.gl/SD09ui

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educational ipad apps | free ipad tutorials

educational ipad apps | free ipad tutorials | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Educational iPad apps and ibooks for the education sector, schools, students and teachers. Ipad tutorials for teachers. Created by Paul Hamilton.
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The ever enthusiastic Paul Hamilton has been doing some investigations using Beacon technology in schools. Beacon technology uses small bluetooth beacons to deliver information to iOS devices using http://www.beaconsandwich.com/

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5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices - Edudemic

5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices - Edudemic | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Need to navigate the highway of classroom management along with technology into your classroom? Jennifer Carey helps get you there!
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The really interesting thing about this set of guidelines is the recommendation that deploying technology doesn't require that much new thinking, rather a slight modification of what is normally done.

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Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks

Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Get Tynker - .Solve fun puzzles and learn to code. Simply drag & drop visual code blocks and program your characters to beat the level. The first adventure includes 20 puzzles that are free to play. Additional adventures and puzzle levels are available as in-app purchases. 

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Tynker, the popular modular like coding language for students is now available in an iOS app. Tynker can be found online at http://www.tynker.com/

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There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - edapps, iPad, maker, maker fair, makerchat, makered

There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - edapps, iPad, maker, maker fair, makerchat, makered | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country.
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And the notion is still around in lots of circles that tablets in general and iPads in particular are only consumption devices. A great riposte collection of apps arranged according to "Maker Types".

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100+ Teaching With the iPad Hacks: A Curated Playlist of Quick Start Resources

100+ Teaching With the iPad Hacks: A Curated Playlist of Quick Start Resources | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
The Resources in This Playlist Contain Hundreds of Tips, Insights, and Suggestions for Getting up to Speed and off to a Good Start Teaching With the iPad. A
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This is quite a nice list created using LessonPaths to curate the links.

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The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"I worked on the Genius Bar for almost two years, and the most difficult issue to solve was short battery life. It was extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why someone's battery was draining.

 

I made it my mission to discover the specific reasons for iOS battery drainage. This article is a product of my years of research and anecdotal evidence I gathered in the hundreds of Genius Bar appointments I took during my time as a Genius and iOS technician, as well as testing on my personal devices and the devices of my friends."

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This is a potentially really useful list of tips for managing your iOS battery.

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Quitting Apps in iOS Can Actually Worsen Battery Life

Quitting Apps in iOS Can Actually Worsen Battery Life | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
It's long been prescribed that when your iPhone's battery is running poorly that you close out all the running apps to help preserve battery life (we've mentioned it before). That makes sense if you're using a computer, but as writer (and former Genius Bar technician) Scotty Loveless points out, that's simply not the case in iOS.
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Interesting though I'm not all that sure that the difference in battery usage over a day would be all that critical, it's a bit like the discussion surrounding turning off or leaving on fluorescent lights.

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This Little-Known iOS Feature Will Change the Way We Connect | Gadget Lab | WIRED

This Little-Known iOS Feature Will Change the Way We Connect | Gadget Lab | WIRED | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
A new iOS app called FireChat is blowing up in the App Store. But it's not the app itself that's causing such a stir; it's the underlying networking technology it taps into.
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This is a fascinating story on so many levels. Once again it points out the problematic nature of working with highly disruptive technology in education, or for that matter business settings. It also suggest possible ways in which even the internet as we know it may become redundant morphing into "mesh networking". Exciting times.

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iDevice Search: A Look At Search on iOS

iDevice Search: A Look At Search on iOS | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
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Searching the internet on iOS can be quite different to searching on laptops and desktops, here's a short presentation with embedded movies looking at some of those differences.

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Kids must code on iPads

Kids must code on iPads | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
An important 21st Century skill This post is about a topic and app close to my heart. Computer programming is the engine of modern life and dream maker for tens of thousands. More and more countrie...
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Richard Wells provides some more compelling evidence for teaching coding in classrooms, this time using the Hopscotch app. The post contains a really neat pdf guide for making a Flappy Birds gams.

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Apple's education domination

Apple's education domination | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
We look at why the Apple iPad is the dominant tablet used in the education system.
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"It's always interesting to read what others, (who don't otherwise have a great axe to grind), think about what's happening in education. This article makes for interesting reading and it will be interesting to see what may flow in the post comment stream."

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Paula Jamieson's curator insight, March 18, 3:44 AM

This makes for very interesting reading!

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United's In-Flight Video Streaming: More Evidence That Apple Won the App Wars - TIME

United's In-Flight Video Streaming: More Evidence That Apple Won the App Wars - TIME | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Last month, I wrote that iOS was still the dominant mobile platform when it came to important apps."


Via Jon Samuelson
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Whilst this can hardly be said to be compelling evidence, nor can it be said that wars are ever truly won, this article does indicate that iOS is still in a dominant position. 

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All the New iOS 7.1 Features, Improvements and Refinements (Video)

All the New iOS 7.1 Features, Improvements and Refinements (Video) | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Find out all the new features, improvements, refinements and bug fixes in iOS 7.1 along with a detailed video walkthrough.
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This is a really comprehensive review of the changes in this release of iOS 7.1. I particularly like the side by side screenshots which demonstrate the changes. As is often the case, the Comment stream is worth a read as well.

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Announcing Our Free iBooks Textbooks!

Announcing Our Free iBooks Textbooks! | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
A Community for Common Sense Educators. The Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum you know and love now fits in the palm of your hand.
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Common Sense Media have a great record of advocacy and support in providing reviews and advice for parents and educators and this is just another great example.

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Any resource created by this company is guaranteed to be a goodie! I just spent literally days designing an ibook around the digital citizenship app that these guys designed - we use the app and ibook at Te Akau ki Papamoa as our Term 1 Digital Citizenship learning tool. So i am looking forward to exploring this iBook in more depth.

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Students urged to delete controversial social app

Students urged to delete controversial social app | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
The latest social media application to stir up controversy among teens has prompted one Lincoln Park school to ask students to delete Yik Yak and parents to make sure their child doesn’t reinstall it.
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This is just one of a number of reports  related to Yik Yak https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/yik-yak/id730992767?mt=8 another app that is offering challenges to not only education but society at large. It opens up the bigger debate about how we deal with the increased perception of the anonymity these apps seem to enable and whether this is in fact a reality. 

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Why Apple's new Device Enrollment Program is a game changer for IT

Why Apple's new Device Enrollment Program is a game changer for IT | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Apple's Device Enrollment Program is a major advance for iOS devices in enterprise and education. It gives IT the ability to thoroughly configure, deploy, and manage devices without needing to ever see or handle them. Here's all the details on why this is Apple's biggest play for the enterprise market to date.
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No longer being in a school I've not had to deal with the vagaries of mass iPad deployment but a quick read of this suggests that the DEP is important.

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How to manage multiple iOS devices within a single household

How to manage multiple iOS devices within a single household | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
As more and more families enter into the Apple lifestyle, managing multiple iTunes accounts can have its advantages and disadvantages. Knowing account boundaries and how to manage multiple accounts is becoming household task to master.
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Some quite useful tips here.

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