Fileboard App

Hi All,

Has anybody checked this app out yet?
I was looking for a way to send attachments from an iPad, and apparently this may be a solution?

Cheers,
JWI

iPad blog by JWI

Dear All,

I think that all teachers on the iPad trial should download the above app.

This trial is to enhance teaching and learning across the board. As we increase the numbers of iPads in the school, the benefits for the students will unfold.
But what of the teachers?..
I am doing it ALL with iDoceo and it literally is changing my life as a teacher and practitioner, and giving me back hours of my life!

No, I’m not being dramatic or making it up.

Simply stated:
Converting files from Sims to this app takes a couple of minutes. So, within minutes you have data in your app – password protected of course! This enables you to not only get to know your students better and quicker, but to curb your lessons to meet their needs in a really effective way. No more piles of paper and backaches lugging huge diaries stuffed with numerous add-ins to school…

There is a two-week timetable. Touch on a particular cohort from your Class Lists and their data comes up – you create the pages you need – coursework, homework, sanctions, rewards, book scrutinies, full reports, accelerated reader notes… you name it. Creating them are simple and the format in which you would like your mark sheets are simple too.

Planning is a breeze, especially from a MTP – now I can plan a week of lessons in a matter of minutes… I keep my MTP in pages, it is now so much more logical.

Email all students at the touch of a tab – the same goes for parents if you see fit.

Seating plans are instant and easy. It even has a student selector at a roll of the dice for effective and fair questioning and gaining feedback and responses!

Saving takes a second, via Dropbox, but I haven’t used this facility yet till I get a little more reassurance as to the reliability of it as a safe place to store sensitive info.

This may sound like jargon to you, but if you see this in action you will be snapping at Tony’s heels for an iPad!

I would like to arrange an Inset on this particular app ASAP!

Best,
JWI.

Wordle type app

I really like Wordle and use it for lots of different things, so when I got my iPad I was disappointed that because the Wordle site uses flash, it wasn’t available to use on the ipads. However, I have now discovered Word Collage, which does pretty much the same thing. There are less shapes etc to select from, but it does the job. thought I would justmshare it with you.

Jackie

My first iPad Lesson!

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Paper-Free future?

Looking forward to a paper-free future with Apps like Teacher Assistant and Planbook.

Loving this iPad!

Jaye’s first blog.. Some things I want to share…

Thursday 12th July 2012

Pages: I have produced a CV on it and job application. It’s easier and more navigable than Word, but the cool thing is that you can save it as a word doc too.
I am also currently writing my UCAS refs on it.
I will be using Pages today for a year 7 lesson. Their assessment is to write a Newspaper article for a local paper describing the day celebrities (The Beckhams) came to teach at Chiswick School. I have made a template and students will be able to access it and create theirs over the template. The best will be displayed and will achieve 100 Vivo points.
Next term they will be able to save to Dropbox, once it is all set up, but for now they will email it to themselves and print it out.

I am really impressed with Teacher Assistant. I aim to be paper-free next year after being almost devoured by my ever-growing diary and mark sheet books. I have files for each class, and with Vanya’s help I will import Excel data into each cohort.
I think the person who creates the Sims app will make a LOT of money… Do we have the know how to do that in our school? Think of the money we could make!

I am using the diary more often, which is synced with my PC in B18. I envision that all staff dates will be centralised and appear on our work calendars automatically.

Sending and receiving emails are so much easier on my iPad. I think I have already refined a few hours of my week already. The only thing that is amiss is that it only allows a few days of emails and no more.

I have a large library of essential texts in iBooks. I am able to bookmark and annotate. I have just downloaded Book Creator, which allows me to make books and leaflets in a snap, and save them onto my iBooks shelf.

I have downloaded a wealth of English and literacy resources, from dictionaries to grammar tasks, poetry analysis apps, Study Guides and ‘Shakespeare in Bits’. Over the summer I will go rough my entire schemes of work and see how I can incorporate this technology for more active learning and critical and lateral thinking, but already, simple tasks like a ‘dictionary challenge’ will be so easy and time-saving – not having to run to the bookshelf and distribute tatty, defaced dictionaries will be bliss! I will probably use Morpho in a poetry lesson soon – if anything they will never forget the poem as long as they live!..

Older students will be able to appreciate being able to do some instant research during lessons. Tomorrow I will be setting a challenge for my year 13s to go to the 6th Form library and undertake some initial research on Feminism. For this task I specifically want them to source books and journals. In future I will be excited to also use the great apps available for research – something that will be invaluable for EPQ students.

Speaking of which; I have downloaded three research apps that I am trying out:
* Instapaper – enables you to save info obtained from the net for later reading – a great way to save references to later include in research papers

* iSource APA – enter the required info and it generates a bibliography! I hope they use the Harvard method. Jheeze, students today have it soooo easy!

* Readdledocs – A PDF viewer, which is supposed to be the crime de la crime of its ilk. It opens even password-protected PDFs. Very handy!

I’m so impressed with this iPad – it’s a must for every teacher at least. It is revolutionising the way I teach – my lessons are already so much more productive and enjoyable. I can send emails from my desk with the lesson open on SB and then circulate the room – so easy.

The way things are going, I think it will give back a minimum of about 20 hours a week to our lives OUTSIDE of the classroom! Bring on the iRevolution!

Jaye.

Need to know how to use imovie?

This is a link to a short video showing how to use imovie – given that my response to students asking me how to use it has, up until now, been “ummh, not really sure, you have a play and when you know how tell me”, I was pleased to find this and will keep an eye out for the promised Advanced features video

Jackie