Category Archives: Apple

Primary Source Materials for Your iPad

Primary sources are vital resources for educators. iTunes has collected various primary sources, including: historic film, documents, and oral histories. Many of their posted resources are free! Check it out here.

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 2.53.55 PM

iTunes Resources for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and here is a great repository of resources via iTunes. You will find iTunes U courses, podcasts, books, apps, and more.

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 11.04.51 PM

Google Makes TeleStory & Toontastic Free for Everyone

Jennifer Carey:

Great news about these creative tools!

Originally posted on Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant:

toontastic free telestory free

In surprising news today, Launchpad Toys announced that they had been acquired by Google. Ordinarily, this may not be of much interest to educators, but as of today, Toontastic and TeleStory are completely free for iOS devices and that includes all the in-app purchases that were previously a paid upgrade! Both apps are great storytelling apps for any classroom that uses iPads. Both apps are current favorites with educators, but their newly free features are about to earn them a whole lot of additional fans.

GOOGLE buys launchpad toysToontastic, if you have not previously tried it, is an amazing digital storytelling app for the iPad. Teachers everywhere love this app because it is simple to use and has a built-in story arc that actively encourage students to build a well-structured story. I have seen Toontastic used in Kindergarten all the way up to high school. Such is the versatility of this app…

View original 284 more words

Design Thinking with iPads

Jennifer Carey:

Some more great information from iPad Wells!

Originally posted on  IPAD 4 SCHOOLS:

Design thinking is a powerful tool to really get your students thinking about and tackling a problem or topic at a much deeper level. It is a structured task that focuses on giving considerable time to thinking about and empathising with the people within the situation (Target audience or client), designing and prototyping a possible solution that is immediately challenged in order to improve it. It is used much in business and the design industry but can be used as a general classroom task within any subject area. It also gets students to work quickly without much introduction.

Design thinking promotes creative thinking, team work, and student responsibility for learning.

Design-Thinking-iPadWells

It is a form of solution-based, or solution-focused thinking; starting with a goal (a better future situation) instead of solving a specific problem. This keeps minds open to multiple solutions.

The core rules behind Design Thinking:

  1. The Human Rule: All Design Activity Is…

View original 1,042 more words

The Top 10 iPad Features That Schools Forget

Jennifer Carey:

Good to have some reminders! I haven’t used some of these in a while; time to dust them off!

Originally posted on Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant:

top ten iPad features schools forget

With iPads, it’s all about the apps, and rightly so sometimes, but not everyone takes full advantage of the native features that Apple builds in to the iPad software for everyone to use. So, for this post I am rounding up ten of the most forgotten iPad features that are awesome for education. No additional apps are required to use any of these features because they work right out of the box.

1. Visual Timer – The Clock app often gets buried in a folder deep among some other apps that you don’t use very much, but if you are looking for a good visual timer, you should look for the Clock app. Just open the Clock app, and tap Timer. You can even choose from a variety of tones to mark the end of your timer. While you are here, take a look at the stopwatch with lap timers…

View original 927 more words

Featured Image -- 4187

From Facebook, through iPhones and Androids, to Macs – make the safest start to 2015!

Jennifer Carey:

Some great tips to stay safe online in 2015!

Originally posted on Naked Security:

Are you looking to turn over a new security leaf yourself in 2015, or trying to convince your friends and family to do so?

Here are three of our most popular – and, ironically in one case, also the most controversial! – articles of tips from 2014.

SECURING YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

Facebook is still the 200kg gorilla of social networking, and it’s still a place where people give away more than they need, and often more than they intended.

Whether you love or hate The Zuck, his company has been paying attention to privacy issues in the past year.

Facebook even introduced a cartoon “privacy dinosaur” to warn you when the company thinks you’re about to share personal information too widely.

We’re still not sure whether a dinosaur was quite the right metaphor, but it’s cute enough:

Learn more about the privacy and security settings we think you…

View original 295 more words

A Digital Worksheet is Still Just a Worksheet

Jennifer Carey:

So true!

Originally posted on Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant:

coffee-iphone-macbook-air

Recently, there have been a number of tech tools that have been created to help enhance teacher productivity and improve assignment workflows in the classroom. Take, for example, the excellent OneNote Class Notebook Creator. It is an ideal app for Office 365 schools who want to quickly distribute materials to a whole class, have students work in a paperless environment, while also providing a collaboration space for the whole class to work in.

Google Apps schools are flocking to Google Classroom – a management tool for teachers who are looking to consolidate and simplify the flow of electronic files. It lets you make a copy of an individual document and distribute it to students with permissions configured automatically so that only the student and the teacher can see the document. There is also a discussion feed for students to communicate inside your Google Classroom.

iPad classrooms are using workflow…

View original 602 more words