"Having worked closely all year with David Andrews in Year 6, particularly on the introduction of iPads to promote creative and effective teaching, we agreed several months ago that we wanted to apply some of the changes and developments to the traditional end of summer term Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly. This blog post describes the approach we took and explores the outcomes."
"With an iPad there’s not much you can’t do. You can take photos, write documents, and more so it makes sense that you might need to print something occasionally. Here are some of the best options available if you’re in the market for a printing app for your iPad"
"As an app developer (see TechChef4u app), I have the rare pleasure of previewing iOS 6 before it hits iDevices in schools, businesses, and homes everywhere. While iOS 6 is chocked full of new and hidden gems, I thought the following 10 were the most promising features for educators and the iClassroom!"
"Does your child have an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch) or access to your personal device? iOS devices have many security features that parents don’t know about. You can use these features to help protect your child from accessing inappropriate content; guard your personal data on a shared device; and safeguard you from unexpected credit card bills due to unapproved app and itunes purchases. The following video explains how!"
"Doctors, however, aren’t the only healthcare professionals to be embracing mobile technology. A new study shows that the vast majority of nurses have also embraced mobile devices, particularly the iPhone and other smartphones. It also highlights that differing needs of healthcare professionals when it comes to mobile technology."
"Apple’s iPad has an impressively long battery life. You can keep your iPad going for about 12 hours before it will need a recharge. Depending on how long you’ve had your device, you have probably already noticed some activities that drain battery more than others. If you are planning on spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, you may want to think about how to keep your iPad’s battery charged for as long as possible. Below are 10 simple tricks to help extend your battery’s life, aside from the obvious of not streaming HD movies while sitting in your car and using the 4G network."
"This was the perfect way for teachers to share skills and ideas, have professional conversations and extend their professional learning. During the session, teachers were given the challenge to “Create a digital story where you become the characters of a fairytale.” They completed this in small groups using Dropbox to share photos, Strip Designer to cut themselves out and place themselves onto backgrounds and finally Keynote to put the story together."
"There are thousands of apps out there that allow you to compose music, but I’m going to show you 10 of the greatest ways. These apps have all been of use to me at some point, and whether you’re a current producer or simply a production enthusiast, you’ll be able to get some use out of them too."
"If you have a family and more than one iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch floating around, iCloud can make it much easier to share everything from doctors appoints to game purchases, but it can be a challenge to set things up perfectly."
"Summer is a time for hiking, camping, exploring, and taking in the gorgeous outdoor surroundings. Your iPad can be used in so many ways outdoors, so you might want to bring it along the next time you go hiking, if only to capture some amazing memories that you might not be able to get otherwise."
"Both The Dark Knight Rises and the recent Spider-man reboot have provided inspiration for some stunning paintings by David Chong. Over on Deviantart David explains the challenges and rewards of painting with the iPad."
"From traditional games, such as Scrabble, which can be used as a vocabulary-building incentive, to Foldit, a game designed by scientists to use crowdsourcing to better understand proteins, to apps that help identify plants and wildlife that are useful on hikes and field trips, here are 10 apps that combine learning with fun, and give you one less reason to have to take that phone away when it’s time to learn."
"While Microsoft seemingly crawls toward the release of their first-party Office iPad app, it is being beaten to the punch. There are umpteen text editors for iOS, some full office suite alternatives, and of course, Apple’s own iWork set to compete with. But now, SlideShark has chosen to concentrate solely on presentations. So how does it fare? Read on to find out!"
"Marianapolis Prep Training Videos: Nearpod is a jaw-dropping presentation app that allows all your class to watch your presentation, answer multiple choice questions, draw, or answer open-ended questions."
"With ‘software in the cloud’ service ‘Dot ePub’ you can convert any web page into an eBook making research on the iPad a snap. After you setup a ‘magic bookmark’ using the directions on the Dot ePub web site you can automatically convert any web page into a format that you can open in iBooks or any other eReader. From there you can group sources together onto a bookshelf, annotate, underline, and highlight. Dot ePub also automatically copies source citation information into the back of the book."
"The folks at Macroplant LLC felt that folks may like to handle files on their iPads more like they do on their computers so they have released Awesome Files. The Universal App lets you create folders, add and view files to those folders as well share with others."
"The bookmarks bar is hidden by default in Safari on iPad, undoubtedly to save screen space and to keep the experience simple, but if you access some websites frequently or use bookmarklets like View Source often you may want to have the bookmarks bar always visible."
"I am writing a series of articles on my favorite iPad apps (starting here). In this one I am focusing on my favorite iPad apps for reading. I love reading on my iPad! I have lots of reasons for appreciating this tool for this purpose:"
"Just a little reminder, Blooms HOTS ( higher order thinking skills ) are : Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating. If you are not familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy I recommend that you read : Everything you Need to Know about Bloom's Taxonomy .
Here are the apps according to the HOTS mentioned above :"
"I’ll go ahead and say it – I think the discussion on the iPad and Pedagogy needs to go further. Too many posts (and I am guilty of this too) focus on, “check out this cool app”, or “did you know the iPad can do this”; you’ve all seen them. I really feel we are past the time where we should be looking at the functionality of the iPad as a device and be looking at it in a way which ensures we are looking more at how learning can be redefined and modified through the use of the iPad."
"SloPro (app link) is a fun iPhone and iPad video-making app that allows you to slow down your videos without losing any image quality. When you shoot a video within this app, it will shoot it in 60fps (frames per second), as opposed to the usual 30fps.* This will allow the resulting video to be smooth and not pixelated, like when you slow down video in various movie making software."
"As any parent who has helped a child shepherd a lowly bean seed from germination to fruition knows, kids love to grow things. In Green Up, a universal app from isy Games, kids grow a variety of seeds in different environments."