New Features of iOS 11


Pike Upper School student Karen G. created the below presentation and showed it to students at Assembly yesterday to highlighting some of the exciting new features of iOS 11.  It is about 3 minutes long and covers some improvements that will be available for our classrooms.  Thanks for leading our student community with the change to this new iOS Karen!  If anyone has questions about the update please contact the Tech Department.

Tech Tip – Google Calendar App

Want to access your Google calendar on your phone or iPad?  Try the Google Calendar App.  In the past, I’ve recommended Calendars by Readle but Google now has a free iPhone and iPad app.  I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and Google’s app works just as well if not better.  Just download the app and log in with your Google credentials and you’re ready to start using your personal/work calendar from your device.

How to listen to Podcasts


Have you been wanting to start listening to the latest cool podcasts, but don’t know where to start?  Watch the above video or 
click here to see a brief introduction (under 2 minutes!) on how to listen to podcasts.  This can be a great time saving way to squeeze in some learning while you are driving, exercising or whenever.  For more detailed information about the Podcasts app that I speak about in the video this apple support page has all the info that you would need.  If you have questions or need help after watching this very short video please contact the Tech Department.  

Markup Photos

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).

Instructions:

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.

QR Code Scan – Google Chrome IOS

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.  

Instructions:

  1. 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
  2. Click OK if it asks to access your camera
  3. 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.  

 

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.