Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sharing files across devices

I am loving Instashare for transferring files, videos and photos between iOS devices such as an iPad and iPhone.   It works like Airdrop on the Mac by enabling the transfer of files via local wi-fi or Bluetooth. There is a Mac beta version which works well to  instantly share files between my Mac, iPad and iPhone. Currently an app for iOS Devices, the developers are working on an android as well as Windows version.

Instashare would be great for sharing files between devices the classroom.

Instashare is free, and you can upgrade to a ad-free version for around $1.30.

Monday, April 15, 2013

iPads in Education

This video highlights how iPads are being used in education at a secondary school level. Tricia Kelleher, Principal, reflects on the use of the iPads: “iPads mean that it is no longer simply a case of a sage on a stage, it is more about collaborative learning, enhanced engagement and infinitely greater learning potential. Teachers and students work together to create something special and we are very proud to be leading the way."

Friday, April 5, 2013

L@Schools - iPad Apps to Support Teaching and Learning

The Learning@Schools Roadshow has kicked off again today in New Plymouth.  I have just delivered an iPads workshop for the second time this week to an enthusiastic group of educators who are all at various stages of iPad integration.

Below are the links to the apps we explored.  I will slowly add the examples upon my return to Whangarei so please keep checking back to this post.

AR Dino Park

QR Code Reader
Check out a great blogpost here to see how they are being used in a classroom.

Show Me
Check out an example here.

Check out an example here.

Pic Collage

MultiTouch Math

Jelly Bean Count

My Story

Sock Puppets
Example from Allanah King here.

Strip Design

Sonic Pics
Example from Manaia Kindergarten here.

Haiku Deck
Example from Ben Soole, 1-1 iPad class teacher @ Kamo Primary School here.

Puppet Pals
Example from Hey Milly's class here.

Vid Rythm

Mad Pad

Create a Monster

Example from Dominik @ Whangarei Heads School here.


Create a Car

Comic Life

I can count money NZ

Monday, April 1, 2013

Learning@Schools - Augmented Reality Presentation

This week I am lucky enough to be presenting at the first ever Learning@Schools Roadshow.  Kicking off in Whangarei on Wednesday 3rd April with an amazing programme.

One of my presentations is 'QR Codes and Augmented Reality'

The iPad comes alive with Augmented Reality

This workshop will focus on the use of an iPad to explore QR Codes and Augmented Reality (AR). 
The session will focus on how to effectively use and integrate QR codes throughout the curriculum and school community. You will see how Augmented Reality has engaged, enhanced and empowered students to write and create books using a variety of different iPad apps.

I have enjoyed introducing students and teachers to the concept of augmented reality and have been exploring how this can be used to support teaching and learning.  We have had heaps of fun trying out different apps and thinking about how these can be used.  To date, the biggest success has been in engaging students in writing digital stories using augmented reality pictures.  All you need is your IMAGINATION!  Here is the list of apps I am sharing within this workshop.  Some of these apps do require markers to be printed off.

Imag-N-O-Tron - The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Tour Wrist - not truly augmented reality BUT gives amazing possibilities when you are able to visit historic landmarks and use these pictures as the basis for extending storytelling.

Can you imagine when this is a reality and part of our everyday life?