Did you know that you can shake your iPhone or iPad to undo typing mistakes? Give your phone or iPad a shake the next time you have the urge to undo and if it doesn’t work see the instructions below.
This post that lists 9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students caught our attention. It includes a range of TED Talks about topics like education, character development, leadership, public speaking and what adults can learn from children that students have given the seal of approval. It was published by a new resource called TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing. Their Lesson Library is a growing list of many lively lessons created by educators in collaboration with professional animators that can be a nice supplemental resource to amplify your teaching. See some of the existing topics and examples below:
With a free account you can also create your own lessons or flip an existing lesson to adjust any previously created content to fit your needs and share with your students, with interactive reflection options and a way to plug any YouTube video into a lesson separate from all of the distractions of YouTube. If you need help or if you give TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing a try let us know.
There is now a handy tool called Markup in Photos on the iPad and iPhone that allows you to draw, magnify and put text on your images (I was able to easily use Markup for the photos in the instructions below).
In Photos on your iPad or iPhone, find the image you want to Markup, then tap the edit (three lines with three dots) icon in the top right corner:
Then tap the Extensions button (three dots inside a circle) on the right side of the screen and select the Markup black toolkit icon.
From here you can start using and having fun with Markup.
Click on the image above or click here to see an informative graphic via Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) that breaks down useful iPad apps into categories for suggested use. You can easily search for apps by color coded categories like creativity, collaboration, teaching, learning and more. This updated guide can serve as a great resource to determine apps that can amplify your existing teaching and make a big impact on learning in the classroom. As Mark points out in his blog posts, it’s not all about the apps, good pedagogy always should come first. To see the full blog post about this Periodic Table of iPad Apps click here. There is also a Periodic Table of iPad STEAM apps and a Periodic Table of iPad apps for older students on the ICT Evangelist website.
You can now use Google Chrome to quickly scan QR codes on your iPhone or iPad, without having to have a separate QR Scanner app.
- From your home screen swipe down to access the search feature and search for Type “qr” and tap on “Scan QR Code” under the Chrome section of results
- Click OK if it asks to access your camera
- Next, you need to point the Camera at the QR code so that it’s within the frame and a link will open in Google Chrome.
You must have an up to date version of Google Chrome for this to work. If you have and use 3D Touch click here for some handy instructions. Please see the Tech Department if you have questions.
This week we are sharing a video of a Makerspace project that was completed in 7th grade Speech class this winter. Watch the 4 minute video above or click here to see how students used Spark for a collaborative demonstration speech project. If you are inspired by these projects and would like to find ways to make this spring or plan for next year please be in touch.
Thanks to Lis and the 7th grade students for helping with the video!
Our most recent weekly tech emails have been resources that allow you to take virtual field trips or visit museums. This week we decided to share a way to shift from using virtual reality for consumption only and present a way where students can create and eventually become virtual reality storytellers. If you are interested in learning more about this Ed Tech Teacher has a tutorial on the web-based Virtual Reality Creation Tool: StorySpheres. Click here to learn how to create a virtual reality environment with audio and be inspired by their ideas for incorporating 360 degree images into poetry, historical research, art, science and more. Virtual reality images combined with audio provide a new and amazing way for students to demonstrate their understanding, reflect on their process and explain their inspiration.
(Pictured below: a 360 view and story created of the last watchtower in Berlin from the Story Spheres website)
Google recently made it possible to insert videos into Google Slides without the need to host your videos on YouTube. You can now simply upload a video to Google Drive then insert it into any of your Google Slides presentations. If you would like detailed How To instructions watch the video above or click here to watch the 2 minute video via Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne.
Now you can virtually explore many museums from several countries around the world via Google Arts and Culture. You or your students can take advantage of this awesome resource via a browser or with their free iPad app. The zoom views and virtual tours allow you to experience many of the world’s greatest treasures and landmarks. This resource is a perfect thing to try if you are looking to amplify one of your lessons with a real view related to your curriculum. Thanks to Google Arts and Culture I was just able to escape my snowy morning and “travel” to Italy and experience a 360 view of the Floating Piers installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (see screenshot above).
Thanks to Kate Moran for sharing this awesome link with us! If you have any interesting new resources please share them with us.
Did you know that you can delete some of the pre-loaded Apple apps on the iPhone or iPad? If there are some on your device that you never use and would like to get rid of follow these steps:
How to delete a pre-installed Apple app:
• Open a folder or locate an Apple app you want to delete
• Push down lightly on the app icon until it starts to dance.
• Tap the small x icon that appears on the top left.
• Tap Remove.