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ReadyMic

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"At long last, sound is no longer the lowest common denominator. When shooting video of any kind with ReadyMic, you can toggle between using your favorite Bluetooth headset or the built-in iPhone microphone as the audio input for your film. "

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This app looks really neat and the reviews are pretty positive given a couple of simple operational caveats. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

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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, 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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Green Screen Effects for an iPad Classroom by Jonathan Wylie

Green Screen Effects for an iPad Classroom by Jonathan Wylie | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

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This is a really neat slideshow from Jonathan Wylie, (http://jonathanwylie.com/) exploring green screen movie creation using the Do Ink Green Screen app, (http://goo.gl/lbH180). The slides also contain a number of links to demonstrations of green screening as well as some tips on how to do green screening.

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14 Hidden Tricks and Tools in iOS 8

14 Hidden Tricks and Tools in iOS 8 | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Some of the best new features on iOS 8 are the ones you probably haven't used yet.
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Most of these features will probably be used as "once off's' however the Battery Usage monitoring feature is one that is definitely worth a close look.

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How Advertisers Track You on Your Mobile Phone

How Advertisers Track You on Your Mobile Phone | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
If you've ever searched for something on Amazon, and then saw multiple online ads for that product over the next few days, you've seen how advertisers can use your personal data...
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Though this infographic is based on US information it is safe to assume that most, if not all the 'interactions' described here don't, or soon won't, happen here in Australia and beyond. More reasons to consider how much about ourselves we are sharing without really knowing how.

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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.

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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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Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, September 23, 11:01 AM

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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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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iPad Quick Start Guide

iPad Quick Start Guide | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"The iPad Quick Start Guide will help you feel comfortable with your iPad so you can hit the ground running in no time at all. It covers everything a new user needs to know to get started. It will introduce you to the key features of your new iPad and take you through the early stages of its use. With the help of this course you’ll soon get to grips with your iPad and the amazing software that lurks beneath the beautiful Retina screen."

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Michelle Berner has been conducting iPad classes for the University of the Third Age for some time. Her Technology Fueled website contains lots of great tips and information. Her Youtube channel is also very informative. In this new offering, Michelle has created this iPad Beginners course with Udemy. At $20 it is a real steal and a perfect option for any iPad newbie, especially those of an older vintage. 

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FireChat: The internet-free messaging app that's keeping the Hong Kong protests connected

FireChat: The internet-free messaging app that's keeping the Hong Kong protests connected | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
"FireChat" sounds like a phony location-based sex line.
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I must admit that though I have downloaded this one, it is one that I quickly consigned to the "Will Remove" option, the reviews combined with the lack of other Firechat users in my area suggested this one is not for me. The Hong Kong example shared in this relatively short article, (along with other developments in near field communication), suggests that there may be more to the ideas behind the app than suggested in the marketing of FireChat.

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Shadow Puppet App for iPhone & iPad

Shadow Puppet App for iPhone & iPad | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Shadow Puppet Edu is the simplest way to capture and share student work. Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain concepts, or record their progress. Common Core aligned activity ideas make it easy to get started with Shadow Puppet in your classroom!
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This looks really neat for a whole range of reasons not least of which includes digital storytelling. As always however it's the ideas that might flow from using the app which can make it really 'work' eg using the images and narration for creating a series of provocations. For more ideas check out http://get-puppet.co/education/

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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

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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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