CanaryFlow

Since taking on my new responsibility as Head of Geography from September, I haven’t had much chance to post, but finally half term has arrived! Although my school responsibilities have changed, my philosophy hasn’t and I’m committed to continuing to explore ways in which new technologies can help support teaching and learning. One of the areas I hope that one day I can myself explore is the use of one to one devices. I am not in that position at the moment but it is interesting learning from others who are currently in this position and exploring new apps and programmes that can support with this.

CanarOne which I have recently discovered through my ‘TPD’ (Twitter Professional Development) is CanaryFlow from Canary Learning. I can’t try this one out myself because not all my students have devices but it certainly looks like it has great potential for those of you who are in that lucky situation. Hand out assignments which are are automatically downloaded to student devices and students can work on it even when they are not on-line. Students then submit and everything is automatically downloaded to your device. Comment you add are remembered so for ‘common’ mistakes or comments they can reused across student work if necessary.

More about the CanaryFlow plans is available here and CanaryFlow Teacher is free.  Student and Teacher apps are available on itunes.

Canaryflow example

Student’s see all the content teaches want them to see and there is a useful calendar view as well (photo below – taken from Canary Learning website).

As CanaryFlow works completely offline you don’t have to be online to work.

The following video gives an introduction to Canaryflow 2.0

PDF to Word

PDF to WordPDF to Word is a neat little free app for Cometdocs for converting PDF documents to word. Great for use with iphones and iPads for converting PDF documents on the go.

Some of the free features of the app:

  • The app is free and has no limits on file size or number of requests
  • Conversion is simple, accurate and precise. The end result of the conversion is ready to use in MS Word or Google Docs.
  • All PDFs are supported (even scanned ones)
  • The in-app purchase is valid for a lifetime and it enables users to skip the possible conversion queue (it happens when there are too many requests although never a long one).

iPad Weekly Bulletin – Issue 8 (Apps focus – Art & Design)

Here is Issue 8 of the iPad bulletin. This weeks apps focus within the bulletin is on apps for use in Art and Design Click here to Download

iPad Bulletin 8

iPad Weekly Bulletin – Issue 7 (Apps focus – English)

Issue 7 of the iPad bulletin has a particular apps focus on apps for use in Secondary English.

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iPad - Week 7

iPad Weekly Bulletin – Issue 6 (apps focus MUSIC)

Issue 6 of the iPad bulletin has a particular apps focus on apps for use in Secondary Music.

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iPad Weekly Bulletin – Issue 5 (apps focus – Science)

Here is this week’s iPad bulletin – the fifth so far. Amongst other things it explores the “Stage” app for use as a simple IWB / document camera and has a large number of suggested apps for the Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

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Tellagami App – creating animated messages..

TellegamiTellagami

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/