Tellagami App – creating animated messages..

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Tellagami is an app which allows you to create a short 30 second animated movie called a ‘gami’ (It is free for a limited time from the iTunes store). It is very similar to creating a Voki for those of you who may have used Voki and is very simple. You start by creating and customizing a character and then selecting an appropriate background (you can if you wish take a picture of your classroom or another area and use this as the background). Finally you decide how you want your character to talk. You can type in text (choice of male / female and a few accents) or you can record your voice (limited to 30 secs). Here is a quick video (not surprisingly a ‘gami’ explaining the Tellagami:

IDEAS:

Great potential for creating little video clips of characters – these could be historical characters with extracts of speeches or characters putting across a point of view in a debate. These could also be little starters to lessons to set the scene. This could be useful in various areas of the curriculum. Students could also write 30 sec scripts and create their own Tellagami’s

A handful of useful ideas for using Tellagami in the classroomhttp://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/09/a-handful-of-ideas-for-using-tellagami.html

Create narrated animations on your iPad http://ipadapps4school.com/2013/07/30/tellagami-create-narrated-animations-on-your-ipad/

iPad Weekly Bulletin – Issue 4 (App focus – Maths)

This is the Fourth weekly bulletin with a review / discussion of Tellagami and Flipboard. There is a subject focus on Maths apps.

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iPad Weekly Bulletin – Issue 3 (App focus – PE)

This is the third weekly bulletin. Three apps – Stick Pick, Animoto and Lucidchart are discussed / reviewed. The subject focus of the week for apps is Physical Education.

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iPad Weekly Bulletin – Issue 2

This is the second weekly bulletin with a particular focus on Evernote as the featured app.

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iPad Weekly Bulletin – Issue 1

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In my role in supporting the integration of iPads in the classroom I am currently trying to write a weekly bulletin to support colleagues. Each bulletin has an Apps section in which one or two key apps are featured and reviewed / discussed each week as well as suggestions for subject-specific apps. I have also started to have a ‘featured’ department each week with a collection of subject specific apps. I will try and upload them on here to share with others for those colleagues in other schools who are just starting out on the ‘iPad path’ and might find some of the information useful. I will post the four bulletins which have already been published now and then update the blog each week with the most recent bulletin. I hope they are useful to some of you.

Click Here for the First Edition iPad Bulletin 1

New online KS3 Geography resource on the Coffee Trade – Costa for Schools

Costa for SchoolsTeaching about trade? A fantastic new interactive online physical and human geography resource aimed at 11-14 year olds has just been launched supporting the KS3 geography curriculum. The site provides a great set of free online resources from the Costa Foundation exploring the coffee trade around the world and how it affects the lives of coffee growing communities. There are a vast range of detailed case studies and lots of resources and teaching ideas. Although it is mainly aimed at KS3 there is a vast array of case study material here which could be adapted for use with older students.

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There is an Interactive Map providing an online journey of the coffee bean from crop to cup with detail on exports of different countries and a more detailed focus on ‘case study’ countries. The map links to case studies from the Costa Foundation and Rainforest Alliance’s work in the coffee belt countries, from Guatemala to Vietnam, and really brings Human & Physical Geography to life!

Tracking the journey of the coffee bean, students learn how the coffee trade helps these communities grow and protects ecosystems:

 

Students ask and understand:

•           where coffee comes from

•           how coffee can improve lives

•           and how it can make the world a better place.

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There some great free resources for teachers, including comprehensive lesson plans that cover core aspects of the KS 3 Geography curriculum including:   Space,  Interdependence, Cultural understanding and diversity, Graphicacy. (Curriculum links are detailed in accompanying teachers’ notes).

As well as an introductory PowerPoint which provides a history of coffee farming and the processes involved from crop to cup there are 3 key lesson plans..

Lesson 1 – Where does our coffee come from, and why does it matter?

Lesson 2 – How can coffee improve lives?

Lesson 3 – Can coffee make the world a better place?

Each lesson can be downloaded as a zipfile – they can be used in conjunction with the website for interactivity where internet access is available or they are also designed to be able to be used off line and there are a range of worksheets / information sheets and powerpoints.

Stick Pick – App for supporting questioning in the classroom

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This is an app that I am just start to play around with for my GCSE and VI form groups to help me look more at questioning. You can set up a class and each student has a named ‘virtual’ lollipop stick. When you create the students stick you can allocate this stick a question stem mode (Bloom’s, Bloom’s Revised or ELS) and level of difficulty (e.g. knowledge / comprehension/ analysis etc.). There is also an option to just create the stick with no question specifically attached if you just want to use it as a random way of selecting students. It is possible once a student has been selected once to set their stick as used so it wont be added back in the can and they wont be picked again that session.

If you have set the stick to have a question stem mode, each time the student’s stick is drawn you will be given over a dozen questions (e.g. related to Bloom’s Taxonomy) these will be tied to the learner’s individual ability level which you will have set when you allocated each student a stick.

This video gives a quick overview of some of the functionality.

As you can see on the video the app gives you the options to use Blooms or ESL (English as a second language), therefore Questions can be linked to cognitive / linguistic needs.  You can set up multiple cans (classes) filled with sticks (students).

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If you want to take it further you can track formative assessment for each question. On asking a question, by clicking ‘assess’ by the students name, you can then select a corresponding correct, incorrect, or opinion button based on the student’s answer. On the basis of your selection you then also have option to rate the answer.

There are aspects of this you wouldn’t necessarily want to be showing on the board at all times – for example the assessment you make for a student wouldn’t necessarily be suitable to share with all students – but you don’t have to use the assessment part at all – indeed I think I am going to be able to make good use of just the ‘random’ selection tool and the question stems.ng a question by clicking ‘assess’ by the students name, you can then select a corresponding correct, incorrect, or opinion button based on the student’s answer. On the basis of your selection you then also have option to rate the answer.

There is another video here with a teacher review of the app.

Creating shortcuts on your iPad ‘home screen’

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It is possible to create shortcuts on your iPad home screen, just like you would do on the desktop of a PC. This is particularly useful for sites that you will use frequently.

To create the shortcut simply navigate to the website that you want to create a direct link to. Then click on the ‘sharing’ button at the top – this will bring up a series of options – e.g. email, text etc.. select “Add to Home Screen” and a link will be created for you!

Using your iPad as a Digital Visualiser / Document Camera

Picture1Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera is a fantastic app from Belkin International Education with great potential for extending the way you present and prepare material in the classroom, enhancing teaching and learning. You can sketch over live videos, students work, photographs etc. in realtime and record or take snapshots. You can also wirelessly stream content (using Airplay / Airserver) to the whiteboard – so combines the benefits of a document camera with the flexibility and interactivity of an IWB. A more detailed summary is available here and the tutorial video below shows you the potential of the Belkin Stage app – it certainly gets you thinking of lots of different ways it could be put to use in the classroom.

The interface is very simple to use with two menus – one either side (these are fully explained in the video above). It is possible to write on a whiteboard or blackboard background, annotate live video or annotate a photograph. At any time screenshots of your annotations can be taken and it is also possible to record all the actions.

The app is currently free with just a £1.40 in-app purchase if you want to activate the ‘record’ function (which is really useful)

I have only just started playing with the Belkin Stage app but can already see the potential is fantastic and can’t wait to discuss ideas with colleagues in school from across curriculum areas. It is also a fantastic tool for maximising benefits to teaching and learning in a 1 iPad classroom.

Some possible ideas which I hope to add to are…
1. AFL – take a picture of student work – and using AirServer project to board – annotate and assess as a class to identify aspects of good work / how could improve.

2. Science lab – recording a demonstration live, used in conjunction with AirServer so that the video is projected on to the board so that all students can see – the teacher can be discussing what is going on and even annotating / highlighting aspects of what is on screen to help focus students. The whole thing can be recorded and then uploaded to the school’s VLE or wikispaces etc. for students to access later for revision or homework.

3. create little ‘mini-tutorials’ e.g. for science / maths / geography etc.. during (or even before) the lesson to be uploaded to the VLE / blogs or even to be used as part of a lesson.

4. creating screencast type resources for use in the ‘flipped classroom’

This youtube video (Why use Belkin’s Stage app to create lessons?) also starts to explore the potential of Stage by looking at how it makes the most of the camera function of the iPad to bring learning to life in a visual way.

Making the most of a 1 iPad classroom…

We are just entering Phase 2 of our iPad trial and whilst more staff are involved in using iPads we are still in the situation where there is only 1 iPad in the classroom. Nevertheless there are still many great opportunities for enhancing teaching and learning. One of the key things is being able to utilise the iPad in a way which shares resources as a group and facilitates interactivity in a way which can benefit everyone. Here are two key ways that you can put your iPad to maximum use in a 1 iPad classroom:

   1. AIRSERVER  – this allows you to project what is on your iPad through your projector / IWB

Airserver is an AirServerAirplay receiver which effectively allows you to stream content between devices. This allows you to ‘mirror’ your iPad onto your IWB so that you can share any content on your iPad with your students during lessons. As well as images, videos etc.. this will therefore enable you to use apps purchased through the apple store in a whole class lesson situation.

Details of how to download Airserver can be found here – it is very reasonably priced and for schools requiring more than 20 licences there is a very reasonably priced commercial licence.

Once Airserver has been purchased and installed and activated on a machine to airplay from your iPad simply click the home button and a bar of shortcuts will appear at the bottom – slide your finger to the right until the play, pause, volume etc. buttons appear. The Airplay symbol will show here.

To prevent potential ‘accidental’ mirroring of your iPad to colleagues boards in other rooms around school it is strongly recommended that you set up a password system. This will prompt you to enter a password to mirror your iPad to the board. Setting up a password is easy, once you have downloaded and activated AirServer on to your PC simply click on the airserver icon in the system tray (bottom right) (if can’t be seen click on the little white arrow head) – then select settings and enter password. We have found that due to some staff teaching in several different rooms it can help to have a standardise way of setting a password (for example including the room number with a keyword) so that it enables colleagues to use AirServer wherever they are teaching.

The following video summarises the functionality of AirServer

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This enables you to operate your PC in your classroom using your iPad – i.e. the iPad mirrors your PC and in doing so basically turns the ipad into a ‘mini interactive whiteboard’. You can pass your iPad round and ask students to ‘drag and drop’ or complete an activity which will be mirrored to the board and shared with the group. This also frees you from the front of the classroom, enabling you to show, navigate and interact with presentations such as Powerpoints, SMART notebook files etc. wherever you are in the room.

Details of products and pricing can be found here and the app is currently £6.99 on the App store.

The following video summaries the functionality of Splashtop: