Review: Chromecast in the Classroom
Jul19

Review: Chromecast in the Classroom

The Chromecast is a small, portable streaming device that is backed by Google’s Chrome browser.  A winning combination right?  But how does it fit within the classroom environment and infrastructure? Strengths Small form factor – The Chromecast looks like an oversized thumbdrive that essentially plugs right into the HDMI port of a data projector or display. This makes for an easier installation as there is no need to stow...

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A multiple user solution for your classroom iPad? Try Google’s Passcode Lock
Jul18

A multiple user solution for your classroom iPad? Try Google’s Passcode Lock

iPads (as well as the iPad Mini and iPod Touch for that matter) can be compelling tools for learning but as teachers look to use an iPad or group of iPads among a group of students and across several classes, these iOS devices do not initially present themselves as a tool for multiple users.  Essentially, media files saved locally on the camera roll or photos application are accessible to all users.  Currently, iOS 7 does not have the...

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iPod Touch in the Classroom? Is it a good alternative to the iPad?
Jul02

iPod Touch in the Classroom? Is it a good alternative to the iPad?

I love the resources, tools and interactivity of the iPad within the learning environment but how does the smaller and cheaper iPod Touch fare in the classroom?  Educators looking to purchase an iOS device (or devices) for their school or classroom can currently select from 3 different sizes or form factors.  Although my preference has been the full size iPad (now the iPad Air) sporting the 9.7″ touch screen, there are...

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Top 5 New Features in iMovie for iOS
Nov12

Top 5 New Features in iMovie for iOS

Released in October 2013, the new iMovie application for iOS 7 brings with it a new look and many new features.  After having a chance to explore this application, I focus on 5 new features that substantially improve this video editor. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click...

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10 iOS Features Every Teacher Should Know About (Part 2)
Jan07

10 iOS Features Every Teacher Should Know About (Part 2)

6. Photo Stream Why? Photo Stream uploads your photos to the cloud so they are synced to other devices. iOS 6 also introduces Shared Photo Streams where users can select and share photos with others. This feature can serve as a fast and easy way for students to select photos from their classroom iOS devices and quickly share them with others. As students use the iOS camera to document learning, record observations and capture visuals...

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10 iOS Features Every Teacher Should Know About (Part 1)
Jan02

10 iOS Features Every Teacher Should Know About (Part 1)

1. Automatic Downloads Why? This feature allows you to simultaneously sync the purchase of apps (free or paid) if you have more than one iPad, iPad mini or iPod Touch attached to the same iTunes account. Downloading an app to one device will automatically initiate the download to other similar devices attached to the iTunes account. This is a huge timesaver and saves you from having to repeat the install process across several...

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