A collection of articles, information and tutorials for all things technology, curriculum and pedagogy, currently being explored at Prendiville Catholic College, Australia.
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"Most users are satisfied with iOS 7 performance, but some iPhone and iPad owners have discovered the major update has impacted the speed of their devices. If you feel like iOS 7 has made your hardware slower than it was before the update, there are some changes you can make that will likely speed things up a bit. These tricks will make the biggest difference on older device hardware running iOS 7, so if your device feels a bit sluggish after updating take a moment to make a few settings adjustments. The first few tricks may also boost your battery life too…"
Evernote has to be one of my favourite organisational apps. I am scanning documents into Evernote and using it as a diary - the hope is to run a paperless office at home in the near future (or only file those things that absolutely need paper copies). Evernote stores my stuff securely everywhere - all the images are searchable and you can tag items for easy searching. It is also a great app for student note taking and organisation.
TouchCast is an iPad app that I downloaded recently and have been exploring a bit over the last couple of weeks. It's not often an app come along which really shakes up and existing genre like video, but I think TouchCast does and in a way that can be very beneficial for learners.
"We have seen plenty of word collage creators online in the past. Word collages help you get a better understanding about the words that show up more often in a piece of text. Word Collage for iPad is a pretty cool application that helps you create your own word collages fast. Just enter some text or a URL, and the app does the rest for you."
Prepare for iOS 7 the Right Way: What To Do Before Upgrading an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iOS 7
Melissa Marshall's insight:
With iOS7 around the corner, this article outlines some good tips to keep in mind before you decide to upgrade. In fact, some older Apple hardware models may not benefit from this software update at all.
Usefu glossary for using the big 5 networking sites - also gives you some handy hints. Worth looking through - especially if you plan on using Twitter for professional development - I think it is the most valuable tool I have for connecting! I'm at @prendielearning :D
Some great reminders and ideas to spruce up those Powerpoints. With so many web tools available for presentations, you might as well be getting the best possible out of the "original" presentation tool. It might save you reworking your trusty slides into another format (and you can always screencast them using something like Camtasia!)
Apple's new mobile operating system offers more than a bright and shiny exterior — it has powerful new features for education, too.
Melissa Marshall's insight:
Yess... this is great, I am thrilled Apple are starting to think about how their devices are used en masse in schools. Particularly happy about the new AirDrop so students can send quick snippets, reflections, photos and ideas to my iPad at the end of the lesson -- even when the wireless network is down!
Zaption is a new tech startup that promises to change video for education. You can mash together Youtube videos, add annotations, polls and a lot more. It might end up being easier than recording your screen in Camtasia - especially if you wish to use others' content.
The flipped classroom provides avenues for teachers to become facilitators of learning & move away from the sage on a stage approach to teaching. The goal is to extend learning time conversation outside of class through threaded discussion.