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.
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.
Seesaw has added integration with Google Drive. You can now add Google Drive Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, videos, and pictures directly to Seesaw. This allows you to create documents in Google drive with text, drawings, and pictures and then insert them into your Seesaw feed. Write a monthy letter to parents and share it with them in Seesaw. Add multiple pictures to a document and then share the doc via Seesaw. Find out the details here.
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.
How to turn on Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad
Some teachers have students use post it notes to handwrite feedback about topics or as an exit ticket after class. Do you use post it notes in your class or have you wanted to try something like this? If so, the Post it Note Plus App will be a great addition to your technology toolbox. Post it Note Plus allows you to scan a group of Post it notes to a digital board where you can sort, organize, add notes, and share the board with others. Click the image below to watch a short video with specifics about how to use this useful app. Have you used this app? How might you use this app in your classroom? Share your thoughts so we can learn from each other.
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.
Google Expeditions allows you to take your class on a Virtual Fieldtrip. Tour the Aztec and Mayan Ruins, the International Space Station, or Gettysburg National Military park. You can do all of this with your classroom iPads. When using Expeditions, you become the leader on your iPad and students join you on the tour with their iPads. Edtech teacher has created and quick video to show you how this works. Start by downloading the app on your iPad. After that, you will be ready to take your students on a virtual Field Trip!