10 new iOS 8 features for the classroom
Sep18

10 new iOS 8 features for the classroom

At first sight, you might be tempted to say that iOS 8 is indistinguishable from iOS 7.  However, as you begin to dig deeper into the settings and features within the operating system, there are a number of changes and new tools that may be of great value to the learning environment.  Listed below are 10 features that I find particularly interesting as an educator and teacher… 1.  Add photos to notes – The Notes...

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Setting up “Find My iPad” and why you need this for the classroom
Sep12

Setting up “Find My iPad” and why you need this for the classroom

When you first activate your iPad, you are presented with the option to activate Find My iPad.  Whether or not you agreed to this invitation, you are going to need to revisit this setting if you want to set up this feature properly and securely.  For iPads in an active classroom setting, Find My iPad can be a critical tool in both locating, monitoring and recovering your iOS device. NOTE: This article will refer to both Find My iPad...

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Toontastic Review: Worth a closer look
Sep05

Toontastic Review: Worth a closer look

There is no shortage of iPad apps and games to help young learners practice their skills in literacy and numeracy.  However, the iPad presents the opportunity for young learners to create and apply new learning using the tablet’s cameras, microphone and touch screen. Toontastic allows students to manipulate characters as they provide voice and narration for the story.  Toontastic makes use of standard story templates that help...

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iPad vs Chromebook: Different Devices, Different Uses
Aug31

iPad vs Chromebook: Different Devices, Different Uses

Questions and comparisons around Chromebooks and iPads continue to grab the attention of educators as schools look to make decisions around the purchase of new classroom technology.  In this blog post, we take a closer look at the inherent strengths of both the iPad and the Chromebook in order to better appreciate how each can support learning in the classroom.  Each device also presents its own unique set of traits that may impact...

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Google Forms in the classroom – A great place to start
Aug28

Google Forms in the classroom – A great place to start

Google Drive connects to a large suite of Google productivity applications (Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, etc.) that may be a bit intimidating to educators who are looking to get started with Google in the classroom.   Before creating lavish presentations or setting up students with their own shared folders in Google Drive, perhaps the best way to bring Google into your classroom is to start with Google Forms. What is...

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