Educreations (free) is one of my favorite iPad apps. It has recently been updated (Sept 2014), adding features i think will be of good use in classrooms across the school. Educreations can be accessed both on the computer using a web browser and on the iPad. I have used the screen shots i saw on the welcome screen soon after i installed the update on my iPad to explain how it can be used in your class.
The following interactive images act as a tutorial for Educreations explaining the different tools within the app. Hover your mouse over the images (if you are on a computer) or simply touch (if you are on a mobile device) to see descriptions.
I used the thinklink (free) iPad app to create the above interactive images.
A video explaining the latest changes to Google Drive (Aug 2014) on the PC, Mac and mobile devices.
Video by Google
Pic Collage is a free iPad app that allows you to Create collages or a poster using photos in your camera roll or directly from the camera. You can decorate the collage with stickers, text or boarders.
Creations can be used on class blogs in primary (avoid posting a long list of photos) or as discussion starters on edmodo for secondary.
You can use pictures to create story telling/writing prompts and show the picture on your SmartBoard/projector.
Below is the presentation i prepared to describe the apps we explored during the iPad play date. Teachers scanned a QR Code to pick an app to explore and create something to show to colleagues. We all brainstormed on how we thought we could use each tool in our own classrooms after the presentations. There is a 2 or 3 minute video and a short description of each app.
For the purpose of modeling the use of technology in education, this presentation was created using the flowboard iPad app.
The Google Drive app on IOS and on Android will no longer support document editing. You may only use it for storage and viewing only. You will notice that when opening a document to edit, you will be prompted to install the Google Docs or Google Sheets app. Go ahead and do so as this is the only way you can now edit documents. Google is working on another separate app for presentations.
Functionality remains the same. You can still do everything you could do before. While we are at that, I learned that you can create and edit documents offline, on your iPad, iPhone. All you need to do is make sure the document you need to edit is available off line by setting 'Keep on device' to ON. You can also create a new document without an internet connection. This feature has been available for a while, i hadn't realised it myself.
Unfortunately, we are still not able to edit or create tables using the IOS and Android apps.
Tellagami is a free digital storytelling IOS app where students choose a background and customise a digital character and give it a voice. It can be used in any subject area to let students show what they have learned. Below is a workflow describing how to use Tellagami. The workflow also shows how to save digital stories to the iPad's Camera Roll and then upload them to Google Drive where teachers can easily access and share.
Note: We are currently using GoogleDocs as a home for students' work created on the iPads at our school.
The home screen.
How to change backgrounds.
When stories are created, students have an option to share via e-mail or as shown below, save to Camera Roll.
Uploading/Submitting Digital Stories using the Google Drive app. In this case, students have access to a shared folder with their class name. In that folder is a 'Videos' sub-folder.
Podcasts are popular in classrooms today as they are a tool that can be used to practise and improve reading, teach others, assess student learning among others. They can be used in any subject area be it Music, Languages, Biology and so on. They can be shared with students, parents and the community and provide opportunities for discussion and feedback via comments. Podcasts can be embedded to a website/blog as a tool for blended learning. Videos, vodcasts can also be used as a tool for the flipped classroom. Below is a video tutorial created for the use of Audioboo version 3.0.4
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Kahlil (Danai) Maramba,