As an ICT Advisor for Sunderland Learning Technologies Innovation Team I’m working with schools to promote innovative uses of technology in education. Also work for the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme as a trainer – its great because it allows me to work with schools from all over the country. Doing a lot of work in schools at the moment around e-safety and cyber bullying.
A big part of my current role involves supporting schools in deploying apple technologies in the classroom.
Also a member of the coaching team at Sunderland City Council.
I teach ages: 1 to 22+
This is the answer to the question “How to I give my students work to do on the iPads, collect the work and give feedback?” I was so excited when I saw this demonstrated and can’t wait to show the schools I work with.
Tool allowing your students to create apps. The academy feature allows you to monitor your pupil’s progress as they work their way through the app creation lessons. Your finished app works in most mobile devices as it uses HTML5
I got Magical Pad when it was free and it is a bit pricey now. I love the way that you can use it help your visual learners to organise their thoughts. I use it when reading reference books to make visual representations of the content.
We loved I Can Present on a desktop machine as it does green screen, autocue and video capture in one bit of software. We were really excited when we heard there was going to be an app. Front camera only so quality is not amazing but it does have a lovely autocue for when students are doing a piece to camera.
Out of all the camera apps I have tried this one is by far the best. It allows you to add captions to your images along with a host of other effects. The real killer feature of this is the “clarity” button which seems to really make your pictures pop.
You can also bring pictures into it to edit. We use it to do those vintage sepia shots when the children are dressed up to visit our local outdoor museum.
Be aware the iPad and iPhone versions are different so be sure to buy the right version for your device.
A few years ago you needed to spend a lot of money to make green screen videos. Now you can do it all in your IOS device without the need for extra kit. Keying is passable and depends a lot on the background and lighting. We have had some great results just using roll frieze paper
Animate it is our favourite iPad animation app. Inspired by Aardman animation you can make your own animations. This simple, easy to use animation app will have you creating your own stop-motion animations on the go in no time!
Prop your iPad on a music stand to hold it still while you capture your frames.
Amazingly clever – Install the iBrainstorm companion on up to five of your student ios devices. Install the main app on the teacher device connected to a screen.
Students fill out a post it on their devices and by flicking it upward their ideas appear on the screen. It is a limitation of the app that you can only use five devices but you can put an iPad in each group.
Ifiles exists as a hub between cloud based services allowing you to copy files between – Dropbox, iCloud, Skydrive, Googledrive and many others. It has the capacity to work with more than one account on the same cloud-based service. I find it invaluable for getting content onto and off the devices when delivering training.