Google Arts and Culture

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.

Deleting pre-installed Apps

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.

Quick Tips For Removing Distractions

iPad or iPhone  – Use the do not disturb feature. This will silence notifications on your device so you can work distraction free.  

Laptop – Close all apps. Turn off all notifications. Only use one app at time.

Extra Challenge – To give yourself larger blocks of time to focus. Check email only 2 or 3 times a day.

What works for you?  Let us know in the comments.

iPad as Teacher’s Assistant

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Ever wish you had an assistant in your classroom? In a way, your iPad can act as your assistant and, in a sense, amplify your lessons and activities. Full Disclosure…. I’m completely stealing this idea, verbatim, from Tony Vincent’s blog. Tony’s infographic is filled with great ideas for using your iPad as your assistant. Each section of the infographic is organized into common tasks like manage your classroom, assess student work, or interact with your students. Below, I have shared just the section titled “Manage the Classroom” to narrow things down and provide focus for this week. I encourage you to give one of these apps a try this week and report how it went in the comments. That way, we can all learn from each other.

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Explain Everything 3.0

Explain Everything Alternative LogoExplain Everything will be launching a new version very soon and it comes with 4 new features that I think will be useful here at Pike. See the new version in action with Explain Everything creator Reshan Richards.

1.  Updated User Interface – this is minor for the classroom but they have created an cleaner look.

2.  Improved Export Workflow – one export button. This should make it a bit easier to export your creations.

3. Equation Editor – They’ve added an equation editor for including formulas and graphing. Pretty Cool!

4.  Simple User Interface Option – This is going to be great for the younger grades at Pike.  Takes away many of the buttons and leaves only the most important ones.

 

Winter Tech Opportunities

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Are you free during elective time this term?

If so, come join me in the Upper School Computer Lab to learn about the following iPad topics:

Date

Day

Time

Topic

Wednesday, Feb. 4

2

1:20 – 2:10 pm

Socrative

Tuesday, Feb. 10

6

2:25 – 3:15 pm

Video on the iPad: Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, Feb. 17

2

2:25 – 3:15 pm

Video on the iPad Part 2: Incorporating video into a more complex project

Thursday, Feb. 26

2

2:25 – 3:15 pm

Infuse Learning

Wednesday, March 4

6

1:20 – 2:10 pm

Questions/Help planning for future projects

If you can’t make it and would like to connect another time about these topics let me know and I can plan additional times.  Also, an online version of these sessions will be available here with some advanced tips for those who prefer to explore on their own.
Please let me know if you are planning to attend.

iPad Auto-Lock and Passcode

Teachers,
Does your iPad auto-lock or go to sleep to fast?  Do the auto-lock/sleep settings mess up your airplay session?  If so keep reading. You now can set the auto-lock/sleep to NEVER.  This way your iPad will not go to sleep and mess up your Airplay session. 

There are two settings at play here.

Setting number one: Settings > General > Auto-Lock

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  • Autolock is another word for sleep. The time set here controls how long your inactive or unused iPad will stay “awake” before it is auto-locked/goes to sleep.  Never is now an option.

Setting number two: Settings > Passcode

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  • This setting controls the amount of time after the laptop has been auto-locked/put to sleep before it will ask for a passcode.

Confused?  Check out the scenarios below.  

Example Settings – Auto-Lock is set to 15 minutes and the passcode is set to 15 minutes.

Example Scenario 1

  • After 15 minutes of inactivity your iPad will go to sleep or auto-lock. Then, the iPad goes unused for another 15 minutes.  A passcode will be required to unlock the iPad.

Example Scenario 2

  • After 15 minutes of inactivity your iPad auto-locks/sleeps.  5 minutes later you unlock your iPad.  You will not be asked for a passcode.

Apple TV Tips

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If you are connecting your iPad or Laptop to your projector via Apple TV you will want to refer to the Apple TV Instructions below.  Please note whether your remote is silver or black and chose the appropriate link below.

Apple TV – Silver Remote

Apple TV – Black Remote

These instructions are designed to print easily if you would like to have them handy for future use or for a substitute.

If you are connecting your MacBook Laptop to a Projector using the cords you will want to refer to the Connect MacBook Laptop to a Projector Instructions.