Thursday, 30 June 2011

Keynote, Numbers & Pages

Keynote, Numbers & Pages are the Apple versions of presentation, spreadsheet and word processing software. If you have a pc and use Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel and Word the good thing is that they are compatible with each other. This means you can create documents on your Apple device and they will work on your PC too (and vice versa).

The apps are really slick and cost very little (£5.99 each) in comparison to the Microsoft programs.

Here are the links to the official sites


Mobile technology update

I have been really pleased in the response to the iPad and I am really exited to see how we are going to use them. I have had one since February and used it in many lessons and the reaction from the students has been very positive. I have bought a visualiser and a VGA adaptor so it can be displayed on the projectors/monitors.

Here are few ideas as to how mobile technology could help us

* Portability: Instead of the traditional rows of students facing a whiteboard, wireless devices encourages the classroom to be more group orientated, with clusters of students carrying out work and research in small teams
* Less paper: These devices can easily hold a complete set of e-Textbooks. This will cut down on storage, having tatty dog eared books to use and perhaps less printing
* More convenient: Textbooks are heavy to carry, thus tablets will lighten the burden
* Multi-purpose: A tablet machine can hold many useful applications, including e-reader, calculator, organiser and so on.
* Multi-media: Creative applications include painting apps, video editing apps and so on. Thus offering a chance for classes to make exciting new ways of learning

And, lastly, have a look at this article and tell me of anyone else in the school who might be interested in being involved.

Monday, 27 June 2011

New iPads

Keep your eyes peeled for iPads appearing in your lessons.

The new 3G wireless modem

I am trialling the new wireless hand held modem connection today. It is the size of a small mobile phone and up to 5 devices can connect to it at once, sharing out a 3 g connection to the Internet.

This be perfect for field trips where people can post bog entries, with pictures - live!

All I did herE was take a picture and e mail it to my blog address. It then posts the content live onto the blog.

Sent from my iPad