Very good news for Skitch users out there. Evernote has released Skitch 2.0 (free), a very welcome update to the Skitch app. Skitch is a screenshot and photo annotating app that is very easy to use. With this update, all your Skitch images are synced immediately into Evernote into a notebook appropriately called “Skitch“. Beforehand, you had to tap a few buttons for each image to be sent to Evernote. Now, Skitch files will be made available for viewing on all your other devices: Macs, PCs, iPhones, even iPod touch. If you would prefer not to use Evernote, you can still save to Camera Roll, but there won’t be any syncing. However, it only takes a minute to sign up for Evernote if you do not have an account yet. Evernote as a complete service presents countless benefits to improving your organizational skills.
Read about the improvements: Great improvements to Evernote Skitch for iPad and iPhone! « Teaching with iPad.
The iPad and iPhone have taken the world by storm. Only very recently have filmmakers started to see their potential in a production environment. The iPad has only been out a few months and we are already seeing it used in some very creative ways.
For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps that our Deal Leader Steve Jobs has approved for the App Store. As more filmmakers explore the possibilities with these powerful mobile devices, we are sure this list will continue to grow.
Full Text: 22 Filmmaking Apps for the iPad & iPhone.
It’s no secret. Everyone and their mother wants an iPad. Apple sells one like every other second 24 hours a day… 7 days a week. Everyone seems to want to be able to deploy an armada of iPads to harness the power of the tablet.
But the expense is more than just the initial purchase price of the iPads. In fact, you could double or even triple that cost if you don’t secure your iPads properly. Because as I just said, everyone wants an iPad. And they’re willing to steal it in order to get it.
Securing those expensive iPads should be one of the biggest things being discussed on sites like Edudemic every day. But it’s not. Lucky for us, the folks at Intellerum offered us some important insight into the world of iPad, Netbook, and other device security. Long story short, there’s a lot you probably don’t know about.
Here’s the most popular solutions they’re seeing around the world as well as the pros and cons of each.
Full Text: The Unsexy But Important Thing To Consider With iPads In The Classroom | Edudemic.
[@syded06 is a teacher of ten years who has realised that he needs to adapt his methods quickly to meet the demands of 21st Century students. Independent learning and technology in the classroom are his interests and his blog documents his trials. New strategies revolve around the ‘flipped’ classroom and a very exciting 1:1 iPad programme. This is his day…]
6.30 am: Woken by the dulcet tones of Lana Del Rey and a new ‘Wake up Light‘. Contemplate staying in bed then notice the email icon flashing with a number of new messages – check twitter.
7.00 am: Access news app whilst devouring breakfast. Apologise for spraying coffee during reaction to latest education announcement. Carefully wipe iPad screen and check all is in working order by scrolling twitter timeline.
7.20 am: Plug iPad into car stereo and load ‘Driving’ playlist. Remember not to play air drums as last nights altercation with a kerb was too close for comfort.
Full Text: A Day in the Life of an iPad Teacher « syded.
TED has just launched a new awesome app free of charge called TED Books. As you know, TED is a non profit group that began as a conference back in 1984 and then developed into amazing platform for inspirational talks delivered by some of the most influential personalities in their fields. TED has also expanded to include multiple events from all around the world, a video website, and a number of programs that feature prizes and fellowships for people that evidence the capability to inspire and motivate others.
Full Text: TED Books A New Free App from TED for iPad and iPhone Users.
Author: Jan Webb
In the first two terms of implementing an iPad programme, Longfield Academy in Kent have noticed a great impact on teaching and learning. Research carried out on behalf of Naace and supported by 9ine consulting will be published here next week.
It’s really exciting to be able to announce our research into the use of iPads. After a successful implementation at Longfield Academy in Kent and two terms of embedded use, the research shows some incredibly positive impacts on teaching and learning. The report on the research, carried out on behalf of Naace and supported by 9ine Consulting is available below. It outlines the conclusions of one of the most extensive studies so far undertaken into the use of tablets for learning. As one teacher put it, “The iPads have revolutionised teaching”, with appropriate use of iPads helping to enhance learning across the curriculum and encouraging collaborative learning. Whilst it’s early days for evaluating the impact on achievement, there are significant gains in quality and standard of pupil work and progress and potential for extending use even further. As more schools across the country consider adopting the use of tablets in classrooms, the messages from this research will be incredibly helpful for those who are deciding on their next steps.
Download the report: Naace: The iPad as a Tool For Education – a case study.
An iPad and Apple TV can combine to provide an advantageous alternative to more expensive, traditional interactive white boards.
Guest writer [on EmergingEdTech] and High School Principal David Mahaley is using this approach and offers his insights, and observations from educators in his school.
With the integration of the iPad into the instructional environment, teachers and students have discovered many new ways in which the device can expand and enhance the learning environment. With the iPad, the Apple TV can offer a flexible, complete, and cost efficient alternative to the traditional interactive boards populating our classrooms.
Full Text: Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board | Emerging Education Technology.
For schools that are about to deploy the iPad as their main mobile learning device, there’s wisdom to be learned from others who’ve gone down that road. At Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, Calif., the first year of a pilot iPad program for sixth-graders has just ended, and some clear lessons have emerged. Here are some tips to help smooth the transition.
Full Text: 14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class | MindShift.
Learning is rarely fun; it’s even less fun when being taught within the confines of a lecture hall or classroom. While this may be true, there’s no reason why you can’t make the process more entertaining and challenging.
The tablet market has paved the way for educational resources in the form of slick, new apps, with text-books now being replaced by online downloadable versions of themselves. An array of stunning apps are at your disposal waiting to be exercised, so with this in mind, we decided to whittle down our top 10 iPad educational apps for students.
Full Text: 10 Incredible iPad Apps for Education – The Next Web.
Technology and teaching go hand in hand. Now that apps are a part of most people’s daily lives, it’s only natural that teachers gravitate to some of these advanced applications for their smart devices. Teachers also have a fond relationship with eReaders and tablets, such as the iPad, because it makes things like lesson planning and note taking so much simpler. So what apps have teachers frequently enjoyed? There are actually many useful apps on the marketplace today, and while not all are free, these are some applications that are worth every cent to make teachers’ lives that much easier and more productive. Take a look at some of the apps that were found to be favourite the most by educators.
1. Note Taking
Used by teachers and students, Evernote is an app that makes note taking a breeze. The beauty of this dynamic app is in the functions. You can create different sets of notes and access from just about any device, including your smart phone. You can also clip information from sites, connect to drawing tools like Sketch, email your ideas and sync information with all of your devices in just a few steps. For so many reasons, this little tool has helped teachers create more intricate lesson plans, develop comprehensive discussions and just save important information to share with other teachers and students.
2. TED Videos
Want to learn something or just spark a conversation with your students? You can do it with a wonderful app that’s all about TED. TED Talks is a one-of-a-kind app that allows you to view talks from some of the world’s most well-versed and fascinating individuals. Teachers like using TED Talks to start discussions in the classroom but also just to research new information on different topics, leading to new ideas for lesson plans and just adding interesting points for lectures.
3. Whiteboard Fun
Another one of teacher’s favourite iPad tools is Screen Chomp, which allows you to work with a white board, recording what you do and also narrating. It’s an amazing tool to help show students exactly what you want them to know and you can save your files online and play on a student’s site or allow them to download the file to their computers. For online leaning, this is a dream tool. EduCreations is another whiteboard app that is also a favourite among educators.
4. College Search
Students and teachers alike can always use more education tools. For students, teachers can be a gateway to finding out new information for all kinds of degree programs and colleges. For teachers, upgrading a certificate, learning something new or getting into a graduate program can be a lifetime goal finally achieved. There are some incredible apps and sites to find information on colleges, such as College Board’s MatchMaker app or College Data. Other sites such as YourDegree.com or EducationGrantsforSchool.com also provide monumental information on different programs and financial aid, which is also important for getting back into school.
5. File Sharing
Apps like Dropbox can make file sharing and file access so simple it’s magic. Dropbox allows you to create any file and save to a hosted a folder, which you can share between all of your devices, from iPad to computer, from your iPad to another teacher’s computers. You can specify what kind of access you want for different folders and keep them private or shared, specifying who to share it with and what you want shared within the folder. Dropbox allows teachers to keep files secured all in one place and you can share any file with a class as well. In addition, if you’re writing up some amazing new idea on your iPad, you can quickly share it with your desktop computer or even your school computer for ease of access.