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Updated iCab Mobile Web Browser Lets You Open Apps Using Predefined Gestures -- AppAdvice

Updated iCab Mobile Web Browser Lets You Open Apps Using Predefined Gestures -- AppAdvice | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Version 7.1 of iCab Mobile brings several improvements for the apps drawing gestures feature.
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iCab has been my fave iOS browser for some time, (though I have been sorely tempted by Chrome), but these latest updates look to have taken things to another level again. I look forward to trying these 'new' features out real soon.

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Banning mobile phones is cargo cult science

Banning mobile phones is cargo cult science | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Making waves this week on twitter and blogs is this stu…
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How propitious it is to find this analysis of a recent UK study on the effect of "banning mobile phones:. Just in this last week the university group which I am tutoring have been speaking about what makes a spurious argument. One of the oft used but disingenuous argument types is that of the nexus between correlation and causation. Now where was this article then. 

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Find out more about iPhone apps with Clueful.

Find out more about iPhone apps with Clueful. | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Some iPhone apps are not playing fair with your private life. Learn how they can get their hands on with Clueful. You'd be surprised how many things an app can learn about you without you ever knowing it. Get the clues now!
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Whilst a number of are aware that our computer browsers use tracking cookies and other mechanisms to look back at us as we surf the internet, how many of us are as aware of what the apps that we have on our iDevices know about us. Clueful is a site where you can check on some of the things that you have allowed your phone to know about you.

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App Smashing

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App Smashing is a concept that should be front and centre for any teachers who are working with smartphones and tablets in any classroom. Gone are the days when teachers can say

"Use "Application A" to create a Presentation/Document/Video to explain/explore a particular concept etc." 

Nowadays the expectation should be that students will choose from a range of apps building on the capability of each in any number of different arrangements or configurations to do these tasks. One such manifestation of this is "App Smashing" In this interactive free iBook Mark Anderson draws on the work of other practitioners to provide a framework including examples of what App Smashing can look like in the classroom. 

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Tickle - Learn to Program Air Drones, Robots, Smart Homes, and more!

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This app looks really interesting especially if you have one, (or more), of the devices that the app can be paired with. The Scratch like interface is easy to work with and the courses available in app look interesting too. This is another great Kickstarter generated project.  

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Does Research Support Letting Students Use Cell Phones for Learning?

Does Research Support Letting Students Use Cell Phones for Learning? | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Teens today.Always on their phones. Lightening fast thumbs sharing content on Snapchat, Vine, Instagram, Twitter and more. While teens, teachers, and parents are familiar with cell phone's use as a social tool, more and more are discovering they are a great learning resource as well. There's even evidence and research
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This is an interesting collection of links to a number of studies across a number of areas. Worth a peruse at least.

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Tablets and smartphones may affect social and emotional development, scientists speculate

Tablets and smartphones may affect social and emotional development, scientists speculate | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Journal findings warn that using a tablet or smartphone to divert a child’s attention could be detrimental to ‘social-emotional development’
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Whilst it is easy to be dismissive or hyper-concerned by the content of articles of this ilk, (check the comment stream), it is nonetheless a reminder that when we uncritically introduce new modes of "dealing with the world" we by necessity change the way we deal with the world. The possible downsides of technological adoption should always be considered along with the benefits. 

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Google Apps for iPad Users - Summit Resources

Google Apps for iPad Users - Summit Resources | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Lots of people were turning up at Google Summit workshops with an iPad, only to be disappointed that many things that work on a computer either don't work at all on an iPad, or work very differently.  

Although they have many advantages, its useful to remember that an iPad is not the same as a conventional computer. Many of the things that one can do on a laptop are definitely not the same experience on an iPad. It can be a little frustrating!

Google tools have typically been designed to run in a web browser and aim to be device-agnostic, but that ideal does not always translate well into an iPad experience.  The best experience on an iPad is when you use purpose built apps, and with the right apps it is quite possible to live comfortably in a Google world on an iPad.
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My friend and colleague Chris Betcher is an inveterate sharer. He's also a regular presenter at Google Summits and other events around the country and beyond. At his school the students use iPads within the classroom. This heady mix means that Chris writes from authentic personal knowledge and experience. In this post, (part of a much more extensive site focussed on things Google. If you're looking for tips on how to best use Google tools on your iPad then this post is a great summary.

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2015 Prep-8 iPad App Lists | iPads 4 Learning @ MLP12C

2015 Prep-8 iPad App Lists | iPads 4 Learning @ MLP12C | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Below you will find our 2015 Prep – Yr 8 iPad Application Lists.

These applications lists have been created to best support and compliment the iPad and it’s use towards achieving greater learning outcomes for our students. The lists below have been developed with the assistance of staff and students and the feedback received via talking to students about their learning.
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The ever generous Corrie Barclay continues to share the iPad experiences that he and his staff and students are having at Manor Lakes College. This time he shares the CORE apps that the students at the college will be using in 2015.

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Apple Education - Books on iBooks

Apple Education - Books on iBooks | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

The Apps in the Classroom series was created by Apple to provide teachers with a few ideas on how to integrate apps into daily classroom instruction. Inspired by Apple Distinguished Educators..

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It's great to see Apple assembling this collection of iBooks containing lesson ideas related to some of the more popular apps. Included in the series so far are Explain Everything, SketchBook Express, Stop Motion Studio, Hopscotch, Puppet Pals and this one on Discovering iTunes U Collections,

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Three Siri Tricks for iOS 8 - The Mac Observer

Three Siri Tricks for iOS 8 - The Mac Observer | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
In iOS 8, Apple has greatly enhanced the abilities of Siri. Nancy Carroll Gravley covers three of her favorites, including Reminders, nicknames, and song recognition.
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Voice enabled options are the quiet achievers of mobile technology which many users aren't yet utilising to the full. Though the content of this article are probably not all that relevant to education they do nonetheless point to how things are progressing.

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You Comprehensive Guide to applications for Computing in the Classroom on iPad

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Coding in Class is the website of Joe Moretti an Apple Distinguished Educator which styles itself as the comprehensive guide to applications for Computing in the Classroom on iPad. It contains a quite comprehensive guide to programming apps for the iPad as well as a link to a more extensive free iBook.


The free iBook “reviews every application available  for programming on iPad in detail in over 30 chapters”. The reviews also contain age suggestions, pros and cons as well as alignments against the UK Computing Curriculum.


Check out Joe's blog too.

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Middle Years iPad Perception Data 2014

Middle Years iPad Perception Data 2014 | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Recently I asked our Middle Years students in years 6, 7 and 8 to complete an 'older' survey that I had created to gauge their feedback regarding their iPad use here at the College. This is a surve...
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Corrie Barclay at Manor Lakes College in Victoria has been working with iPads and a range of other initiatives for a number of years. Alongside the implementation Corrie has also undertaken to collect a range of data around the effectiveness or otherwise of the programs. To add further value to these endeavours Corrie generously shares this information with this Perception Data report being the latest insight. In this blog post Corrie shares the survey results in a Google Presentation alongside his own top 5 takeaways.

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How to reclaim storage space on your iPad

How to reclaim storage space on your iPad | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
If you’re running low on storage space on your iPhone or iPad, you may think you just have too many apps installed, or that your music collection is getting out of hand. But that may not be the case entirely. Instead, there might be a heap of hidden files that are taking up space on your iOS device. They’re not as easy to get rid of like apps are, but there are ways to free up this space.

When you plug in your iOS device to your computer and open up iTunes you can see what exactly is taking up space on your iPhone or iPad. You can also see the different categories the used memory is under, such as Apps, Games, Music, Movies, TV Shows and a mysterious category known as “Other.”
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Michelle Berner is a great Australian educator who has developed a on-going range of excellent resources specifically for users of iPhones and/or iPads. Whilst her primary audience are students of U3A, (University of the Third Age), her resources are just as useful for all users. In this case Michelle demystifies and shows how to remove content from the "Other" category on your device.

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How A 6-Year-Old Learned Coding Skills With These Adorable Robot Toys

How A 6-Year-Old Learned Coding Skills With These Adorable Robot Toys | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
If coding really is the new literacy, you're going to want to start your kid early.
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I've purchased Dash and Dot and am impressed with the range of options that are available using the three iPad apps associated with them. Unfortunately I don't have any youngsters around me who I can "trial" my robots with. It's great then to read an article which records in some detail how some "real" children have reacted to them.

 

If you're not yet familiar with Dash and Dot then you might also like to check out the Dash and Dot YouTube Channel at https://goo.gl/Qqvelr where another pair of youngsters, Wally and Mimi share how to get started and more with Dash and Dot.

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Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro

Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.
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One again the redoubtable Matthew Wells turns his mind to how to best integrate current trends into a classroom context, in this case in the area of coding. Not only does Matthew provide a simple framework looking at some of the apps that can be used in the classroom ranging from Beginner to Pro but he also engages in a discussion around each of these stages. Pleasingly he also points out that much of the leadership in learning the mechanics of these apps can be ceded to students allowing the teacher to focus on how to maximise learning outcomes.

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The next in-thing for schools. 

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Rube Goldberg : Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game

Rube Goldberg : Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Do you have what it takes to turn Rube Goldberg’s humorous comics and cartoons into elaborate and incredible machines?

Developed by Electric Eggplant in partnership with Kalani Games and the Heirs of Rube Goldberg, Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game is the first officially licensed Rube Goldberg game.

Rube Works features Rube’s cartoons, contraptions, and irreverent humor and animates the iconic invention cartoons in a way never seen before. The game combines the puzzle genre with slapstick humor and creative problem solving. Imagine the goal is to carve a turkey—and you have a penguin, a bucket, a rooster, a box of sand, a sea sponge, a seesaw and an ice cream maker to complete the task. Then imagine connecting these objects together with string and pulleys along with the laws of gravity and cartoon physics to create a Rube Goldberg machine and proceed to the next level.
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The revolution that is the Maker Movement is generating quite a bit of discussion at present. One of the names/concepts that often comes up in conversation is the often humorous and often challenging work of Rube Goldberg. Check out YouTube and you will find movies ranging from 7 year old Audri's at https://youtu.be/0uDDEEHDf1Y to Red Bull's amazing human powered options at https://youtu.be/M0jmSsQ5ptw.

 

Now comes another option for playing with the conceptual notions behind Rube Goldberg machines in the form of this app. With appealing graphics, lots of great help and myriad options to get lost in this app would be a great adjunct to any makerspace.

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Learn how to use Explain Everything with these resources

Learn how to use Explain Everything with these resources | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Explain Everything continues to be the #1 App for mobile devices. Of this, for me, there is no doubt.

With that in mind, I thought I’d make some long overdue screencasts showing how to work with the various aspects of the App.

From organising files to animating elements to importing documents – I think I’ve got it covered. If there’s a screencast missing, please let me know so that I can add it to the list.

In the mean time, here they are… happy learning
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Mark Anderson has created this excellent series of videos looking at how to use the great Explain Everything app, (sort of explaining everything about Explain Everything.

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iPad Tips, Tricks and Tutorials on Vimeo

iPad Tips, Tricks and Tutorials on Vimeo | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
A channel to share my knowledge of how to use the iPad and iPhone. Your iPad can be used for information, entertainment, productivity, education and just plain fun.…
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Michele Berner has been sharing her knowledge of the iPad across a number of spaces, (most notably via her Technology Fueled site at http://technologyfueled.com/ and her work with the University of the Third Age). This is her new Vimeo Channel which is filled with a range of tips, tricks and tutorials all of which are easily accessible. This is a must follow channel for all iPad users whether beginners or those who are regular users.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 14 Resources for AppSmashing with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 14 Resources for AppSmashing with ThingLink | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
In November I launched the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge to encourage educators to share great ways to combine two or more apps together to create, publish and share content using ThingLink as a presentation tool. The goal of the challenge was to create resources to help educators discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad to better meet our teaching and learning needs.

Via John Evans
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Thinglink is one of my favorite apps. Susan Oxnevad is another fan who put out this challenge to other educators to share how they use Thinglink as part of an 'AppSmash'. Here's the results of these endeavours.

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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
In project based learning students are driven to learn content and skills for an authentic purpose. PBL involves students in explaining their answers to real-life questions, problems, or challenges. It starts with a driving question that leads to inquiry and investigation. Students work to create a product or presentation as their response to the driving question.

Technology can be helpful throughout a project, whether students use iPads, Chromebooks, Android tablets, laptops, or desktops. I've written a primer for each of the three major components of project based learning. I share useful websites and apps as I tell you about my take on project based learning.
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Tony Vincent is just an all round nice guy who really knows his stuff. When he prepares content you know that not only is it extensively researched but that it grounded in theory. In this series of three quite extensive posts Tony tackles Project Based Learning from three perspectives, Crafting Questions, Investigating Authentic Questions and Creating Products to Show and Share Learning. In this case he also goes beyond his mobile focus to include Chromebooks and other technologies. This series is a must read for anyone wanting to 'get into PBL'.

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Cheap Chromebooks teach Apple a lesson: Price matters | Cult of Android

Cheap Chromebooks teach Apple a lesson: Price matters | Cult of Android | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, Google has passed Apple in the U.S. education market, according to IDC data obtained by The Financial Times, which shows Google’s Chromebook laptops are more popular now in the K-12 classrooms than the iPad.
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These are interesting findings about which we shouldn't be surprised because once the "me first" factor is no longer in play then economics or "bang for your buck" is too often the driver of education based purchasing. Suffice to say I'm not attracted to either and would rather see a classroom with a mix of options preferably under a BYO structure whether it be device, technology or browser. 

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How To Shoot Close-Up and Macro Photography With Your iPhone

How To Shoot Close-Up and Macro Photography With Your iPhone | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Macro photos turn everyday objects into works of art. Professional iPhone photographer Jack Hollingsworth is here to show you all the tricks you need to get the macro photos you’ve always dreamed of!
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If you're a user of the Camera+ app, (http://goo.gl/q6l9KJ) then this article is just for you. The author explains how to get the best out of the app with and without other accessories such as the Olloclip 3 in 1 accessory.

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Resources from Miami Device

Resources from Miami Device | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School hosted Miami Device, a conference held  on their campus November 6 & 7, 2014. Many generous presenters have shared their session resources, notes, and handouts. Let's take a look!

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Tony Vincent is not only a great presenter who's sharing is legend, but he's also an astute curator who knows quality when he sees it. In this post he brings together not only his reflections on the recent Miami Device Conference but also a listing of the public resources, notes and handouts shared by other conference presenters. It's pleasing to see a number of quality Aussie presenters on the program. Check out the links to see what other educators are doing. 

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You Can Now Create Your Classroom Website on iPad for Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

You Can Now Create Your Classroom Website on iPad for Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Weebly, the popular website creation platform, has now a powerful app that works on iPad. Besides Google Sites, Weebly is one of the best free web tools I have been recommending for teachers to use for creating classroom websites and students portfolios. Weebly has a very simply and easy to use editor that allows you to create your website within a couple of minutes. You can simply drag and drop different elements into your template and add your content and share your website with the world. I have already written a couple of guides on Weebly which you can check from the links below:

Via John Evans
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This is really neat as Weebly is a really useful and appealing option for students to create websites.

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Julio Hinojo Lopez's curator insight, October 19, 2014 12:49 PM

La página de mi casa está hecha con Weebly... Es un servicio genial, super fácil y completo. Genial que ahora esté disponible para el iPad... Os la recomiendo!!! (y)

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SNAP! 6 - The Easiest Way To SNAP A SHOT With Your iPhone 6

SNAP! 6 - The Easiest Way To SNAP A SHOT With Your iPhone 6 | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
An iPhone 6 case with an actual shutter button & interchangeable lenses that make photo-taking easy, fun and professional.
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This case looks to be a real advance on some of the other offerings in the marketplace and with the strap, shutter button and an expanding range of lens. The shutter button alone should guarantee that users will take their shots in the right plane at least. At first glance $140 for the complete kit the Snap 6 is relatively expensive. However given that you are also purchasing a case and strap as well as an app interface, perhaps the price is not quite so bad. Now that the $80,000 stretch goal has been reached it would appear that the iPhone 6 Plus case will be added to the range.  

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