mind maps

I have been using the iPad  with my year 7s. They have been using the mind map and also thestory teller that makes their own book.

 

Pupils have enjoyed the use and have made so me lovely books, it is a shame we couldnot save them though.

 

Jac MCDonald

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Thinking about using the iPads in September

One of the real issues we have in OM is that we can’t store all of the work produced by students and because students work in different groups for each new unit, students do not have a complete set of their own work.

I have decide to use either noteshelf or notes plus so that for each unit, students can produce an eportfolio of work. Both of these apps will let them keep record of everything they do as work done on paper etc can be photographed and added to their notes.

I was concerned that students would always have to use the same iPad as they had used previously so that they have access to their notes. However, over the weekend, I had a bit of a play and if each student has their own dropbox account, they will be able to access their work from any ipad or computer as both apps export notes as pdf files.

The only problem I can see now, is that students will need access to their school emails straight away at the start of September so that they can use these to set up their Dropbox account in the first couple of lessons the first week back. Last year they didn’t get their email addresses for quite a while.

Just used ipads in my lesson!

My yr 7 classes are producing a new smoothie brand and today they have been drawing the storyboards for their smoothie adverts. 2 groups finished and so I let them use my own ipad and the ipad that school have loaned me to start making their adverts using imovie. They loved it! I’m hoping that over the next few lessons some of the other groups wil lalso be able to have a go too.

Printopia

Printing from your iPhone or iPad is easier than you’ve ever imagined. Run Printopia on your Mac to share its printers to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Add unlimited virtual printers to save print-outs to your Mac as PDF files.

http://www.ecamm.com/mac/printopia/

Vanja Milovanovic
eLearning Coordinator
 Apple Distinguished Educator

Chiswick School
Burlington Lane
London
W4 3UN
Telephone: 020 8747 0031 ext:182
Fax: 020 8747 6620
 Regional Training Centre
http://www.chiswickschool.org

Blogsy

Blogsy is a very cool app for iPad if you are a blogger and want to post pictures and videos easily to your blog(s).

Check it out: http://blogsyapp.com/

Vanja Milovanovic
eLearning Coordinator
 Apple Distinguished Educator

Chiswick School
Burlington Lane
London
W4 3UN
Telephone: 020 8747 0031 ext:182
Fax: 020 8747 6620
 Regional Training Centre
http://www.chiswickschool.org

Thinking about how to use different apps in lessons

Because we are going to have the iPads to use in class from September, I am starting to look at schemes of work now to see how we can adapt things and incorporate the iPads into most lessons.

One of the things that became very apparent straight away was that if students are going to use apps such as iannotate PDF then they need access to the pdf files etc. Having thought about using a blog to store the documents etc, I finally decided on a wiki as the layout seemed to be better suited to what I need.

As I am going through the schemes I am adding things to the wiki so that staff and students can use it in lessons. As well as using it to store documents, I am also adding QR codes to it, so that students do not have to type in long site addresses.

To make things even easier for staff and students, I am going to make some posters with a QR code with the wiki’s website address within it, so students only have to scan that to get straight to the wiki. I think QR codes are genius!!

It’s early days yet, but if you go here omresources.pbworks.com and then click on introduction to OM, you will see the things we need to use in the first couple of lessons. (sorry, for some reason, I can’t get the hyper links to work on this blog, so you will either have to type the address in, or use the QR code below).

Beg, borrow, steal.

I’ve been having fun messing with the Educreations App which basically lets you do a lesson using your iPad as a whiteboard and record it for public use. This could be really helpful in conjunction with Chiswick Cloud. It would be a great way to fill gaps for students who miss lessons or to show students how to do a homework activity, for instance. What’s even better is that anyone who uses it worldwide can leave their lessons for public download so there’s lots of stuff to steal too – their ideas about formatting, embedding multimedia etc. I’m all about the stealing 🙂

It’ll take me about ten years to go through all of Jackie’s websites; I’ve spent a good 30 minutes on the first one and I haven’t even made an impression – should we break them up between us?

Jenny.