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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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How to Use iOS 8’s Photos Extensions - The Mac Observer

How to Use iOS 8’s Photos Extensions - The Mac Observer | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
iOS 8 Extensions open the door for iPhone and iPad apps to share data and features, and that creates new potential for Apple's own Photos app and image editing. Third party image editing apps can now share their filters with the Photos app, but you need to know how to enable them first - which is fairly easy to do.
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When you look at it, this capability does make sense though again every time we enable this interconnectivity we also enable another opportunity for breakage, and breakins.

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Your Devices Broadcast Unique Numbers, and They’re Being Used to Track You

Your Devices Broadcast Unique Numbers, and They’re Being Used to Track You | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Your smartphone — and other devices that use Wi-Fi — broadcast a unique number when they search for nearby Wi-Fi networks. A device’s unique MAC address is sent along with “probe requests” that search for nearby Wi-Fi networks.

This tracking problem isn’t just theoretical. Advertisers in London used Wi-Fi-enabled garbage cans to track people’s movements around the city. The Wi-Fi specification wasn’t designed for a world where people carried Wi-Fi-scanning devices in their pockets all day long.
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This is a really interesting development and one which no doubt other smartphone and tablet makers will emulate. Whilst it does offer something of a kickback against location tracking many of us are giving up similar information through the choices we make regarding location services and app selection.

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5 Tools for Helping Students Find Creative Commons Images - FRACTUS LEARNING

5 Tools for Helping Students Find Creative Commons Images - FRACTUS LEARNING | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
To help navigate the often confusing space that is digital copyright, here are five tools that we recommend to help students find Creative Commons images.

Via John Evans
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Though I already used 3 out of five of these, this post brings things together quite nicely.

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Provides great tools/sites to recommend and show to staff and students.

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, September 24, 7:04 PM

Great resource -- this list will help out our students. We need to keep encouraging our students to use material with the Creative Commons license. 

 

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App Pencil

App Pencil | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
App Pencil educational styluses. Kids primary school iPad grip. Primary
school iPad accessories. Handwriting on iPads.
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This stylus takes the notion of the triangular pencil grip and incorporates it into the stylus design, simple but neat.

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5 Lessons Drawn from the LAUSD iPad Fiasco

5 Lessons Drawn from the LAUSD iPad Fiasco | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
It’s becoming difficult to read the news in Los Angeles these days without running across yet another article about the problems faced by the sputtering LAUS…
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Sam Gliksman offers a clear and rational reflection on an event that is fast becoming a cause celebre around iPads but for which you could just as easily substitute the word iPad with Chromebook, Surface or almost any other device. Though it should be apparent from the plethora of internet connected devices available today, mass adoption of any one technology, especially when connected so intimately with an education conglomerate, is bound to be fraught. Gliksman makes some important suggestions on principles which should guide such decision making.

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How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, allow you to set what your children can and can't access on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. With Parental Controls, you can lock out Safari, Camera, FaceTime, Siri, AirDrop, CarPlay, the iTunes, iBooks, Podcasts, or App Stores (including in-app purchases), as well as content by age rating, and the ability to make changes to accounts and...
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This iMore Guide brings together lots of tips around the parental control options in the iDevice. Check out the link to even more guides at the end of the post.

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Talkitt - A Life Changer for the Speech Impaired

Talkitt - A Life Changer for the Speech Impaired | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Talkitt Makes it Possible for People With Speech Disabilities to Communicate Using Their Own Voice.
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This crowdfunding initiative seeking money via indiegogo looks really exciting and hopefully will be oversubscribed. Particularly exciting is that it utilizes the user's voice and is capable of working across any language.

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How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about setting up and using Siri on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad! Siri is the name of Apple's personal digital assistant. It's basically voice control that talks back to you, that understands relationships and context, and with a personality straight out of Pixar. Ask Siri questions, or ask Siri to do things for you, just like you would ask a real...
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Like lots of manuals or Ultimate Lists, there's arguably way too much information in this guide which means that there is a lot of redundancy in this post. Nonetheless it does have a useful lists of contents so if you get the time to check through it this article could be a useful reference, (at least until the next iOS update).

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21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Be an iPhone ninja with these 21 awesome tricks
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Unlike most lists, this one contains quite a few tips that I didn't know about though the challenge again is to see which ones I remember and which become embedded into my normal practice.

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Loopy, the live looper app for iPhone and iPad

Loopy, the live looper app for iPhone and iPad | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Loopy, the sophisticated, tactile live looper app that reinvents iPhone and iPad music making. Layer up to 12 loops with overdub, stereo, count-in, variable tempo, import/export, and full MIDI clock and control support.
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Having heard the Melbourne based developer of the Loopy app interviewed on local 774 radio https://soundcloud.com/774-abc-melbourne/loopy-the-tonight-show-performance  and checking the YouTube link from the Jimmy Fallon Show featuring Billy Joel and the Loopy App, ( and especially as the HD iPad app is on sale for half price), I just had to grab a copy. After a quick play I can see that I am going to be "wasting" a lot of time "going loopy". This is a must have app for anyone musically inclined and I can see it really taking off in classrooms. 

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Printeer - a 3D printer for kids & schools

Printeer - a 3D printer for kids & schools | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Design and 3D print your own creations using an iPad. A delightful 3D printing experience for children and K-12 education.
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There are a steadily increasing number of 3D printers coming onto the market and it is really hard to keep up with the way they are developing. The Printeer stands out for a couple of reasons, one because of the student centred design, two because of the integration with iPads and thirdly because according to the developers users don't need to know or use CAD design programs or the like. Exciting stuff. 

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OPINION: Why We Are Misunderstanding the Chromebook iPad Debate (EdSurge News)

OPINION: Why We Are Misunderstanding the Chromebook iPad Debate (EdSurge News) | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Stop me if you have heard this argument before.We have decided to buy Chromebooks for our students because they do 90% of what students can do on a typical computer at 1/3 the cost."

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An interesting look at the iPad-Chromebook dichotomy. Though the article is very much focussed on the advantages of iPads, (maybe it should be tablet in general), it does have some useful suggestions on how iPads can be used. Perhaps a more rounded piece might lead to a conclusion that a classroom in which students can access a range of tools which best suit purpose is in the end the best situation of all.

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How to Control What Apps Can Use Cellular Data on iPhone

How to Control What Apps Can Use Cellular Data on iPhone | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
How to Control What Apps Can Use Cellular Data on iPhone
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Some more useful advice for managing your data.

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Use AirDrop to share files between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 | Cult of Mac

Use AirDrop to share files between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 | Cult of Mac | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
When you need to move files quickly between two Apple devices, AirDrop is an incredibly useful tool. It started out as a Mac-to-Mac thing, and then iPhone-to-iPhone, but with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, AirDrop becomes even more powerful: Now you can share files from Mac to iPhone (or iPad) and vice versa.
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Neat, now all I need to do is to do all the OS updates :)

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Don’t take that tone with me iPhone

Don’t take that tone with me iPhone | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Don’t take that tone with me, iPhone

How to make your iPhone less intrusive

Devices that make sounds have always annoy…
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Now that's one I didn't know about, but then again I don't know lots of things. My iPhone now touches me up in a whole new way.

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Lisgo - Listen to It Later App for Pocket

Lisgo - Listen to It Later App for Pocket | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Lisgo is a Pocket client app which reads your reading list to you with a natural-sounding voice. With Lisgo, You can enjoy interesting articles while you're cooking, exercising, or commuting.
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An interesting way to access articles that you have added to your Pocket archive.

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Developing Student Digital Portfolios

Developing Student Digital Portfolios | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Read a sample or download Developing Student Digital Portfolios by Corrie Barclay with iBooks.
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Corrie Barclay is a great Victorian educator who willingly shares his work which is always grounded in his experiences within the classroom and beyond. This is another great example. Anyone interested in digital portfolios should check this one out.

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Boost iPhone Volume with this DIY Speaker

Boost iPhone Volume with this DIY Speaker | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Take a look at this cool DIY speaker to boost the volume of the music or audio from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
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Just a reminder that sometimes the cheapest solutions can work just as well, (check out more ideas in the comments).

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ScratchJr

ScratchJr | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Get ScratchJr on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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It's great to see that Scratch, one of the more enduring and accessible coding application is no available for iOS, (and soon Android). ScratchJr is aimed at the 5-7 age group and like the online version is free. Though I haven't tried this particular iteration of Scratch, the pedigree suggests that this app should be on all school based iOS devices, especially in light of curriculum moves for the inclusion of coding and computational thinking.

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8 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

8 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Teachers really like the ability to display their iPad or their students'
iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for  demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are  several ways this can be done in the classroom. Read the post for more information and for a handy chart.

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Though the main players still work more than adequately for displaying your iPad, this article from Tony Vincent contains information about a couple of newer entrants. The comparison chart is a great aide for schools looking to begin using display technology.

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Do Teachers Need iPad Training? - Edudemic

Do Teachers Need iPad Training? - Edudemic | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
We have come to a point in the education technology journey where it seems rather dull to still be asking if the iPad is the right device for the classroom. The answer, in case you’ve missed the last few years of debate is that it is a great option, but this is not universally accepted …
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This article makes the oft acknowledged, (but too rarely acted upon), need for teacher professional development when looking to integrate technology in the classroom. Better still it makes the point that such PD needs to be personalised and enabled over an extended period of time rather than the one-off catch-all too often provided.

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iPads, Games and BYOD

iPads, Games and BYOD | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

After a successful iPad trial at school last year, the teachers all agreed it was working really well.  So this year we asked our year 5 and 6 students to bring an iPad to school and I've been work...

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Chris Betcher has written a great reflective post on how iPads have been introduced and used at his school. Unlike many other similar posts Chris focusses on the creative aspect of their implementation. It's also interesting to read about the place that games play in this and how the school deals with the issues around this. I particularly like the advice to parents “it’s your house, your child, your iPad, your rules” and that where app discovery goes, "the students are taking the lead here and discovering useful tools that we teachers may not. 

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Running Record Calculator | Stopwatch Recorder

Running Record Calculator | Stopwatch Recorder | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Get Running Record Calculator | Stopwatch Recorder on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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As a Reading Recovery teacher in a former life this app is more than a substitution for the pencil and paper iteration. On a quick tryout it seemed to do what it claims with a minimum of fuss. Of course it would be better if the multiple records could be stored and further codified. The developers have thought of this and actually offer this capability in another pay-for app in Levelbook | Running Record Stopwatch Calculator Grade Book, which contains the Stopwatch Recorder app. The latter can be found at http://bit.ly/1sxTgtT ; and costs $6.49 in the Australian app store.

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Apple just obsoleted the Mac and nobody noticed | Cult of Mac

Apple just obsoleted the Mac and nobody noticed | Cult of Mac | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple finally shows us how we'll compute in the future. Here's a look at our pristine computing destiny.
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You always have to treat any suggestion of future obsolescence with a degree of reserve however when it is Steve Jobs speaking of his own products then you tend to make more notice. This article from Cult of Mac fits the narrative however. It's another pointer to how "the cloud" is changing how we can operate.

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5 Phone Charging Myths, Debunked

5 Phone Charging Myths, Debunked | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Here's what you should actually know about charging your phone.
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I sort of knew pretty well all of this however it is good to have things confirmed.

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