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iOS 11(.2.6): Features for Teachers

As those iPads that are compatible should now be updated to iOS 11(.2.6) why not try out some powerful features for iPad and the classroom.

Below is a round up of the key ones which we think would be useful with short videos to get you started.

The Dock

A significant update sees the dock become more customisable: include more apps, quickly open recently most recently created files and drag and drop files.

Drag and Drop 

The new drag and drop feature makes iPad seem a little more like the desktop experience, though it will take a little practise!

Multitasking

Did you know you can have multiple screens visible when working across apps? It makes creating much quicker.

Scan QR codes from your Camera

There is no need to download a separate app you can now open up a QR code directly from the the camera on your iPad.

Document scanner built in to Notes app

An often neglected, but useful native app now has a document scanner built in- handy

Screen Record 

Want to create some app demos for learners, or get them to do it? You can now screen record as a built in feature of iOS 11. For detailed information and tips visit 9to5mac.

Things you might have missed…

Mark Up in Photos

This has been around for some time but is a hidden gem! You can mark up photos, add text and magnify areas of interest…

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Enabling Air Drop in iOS 11 has changed slightly, find out how here.

Using Digital Tech to Celebrate World Book Day

World Book Day is this Thursday and has become a firm fixture of the school calendar, so why not celebrate the love of reading with digital technology? Here are a few ideas and resources to get your creative juices flowing…

Get started by visiting the World Book Day website which includes learning experiences for all stages, inspiration and ideas for whole school events.

Using iPad for World Book Day

  • Create book reviews in Book Creator or trailers in iMovie. Then use the front covers of the books as triggers in HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma) so that when you scan the cover the book pops up! Find out how here
  • Retell or create alternative endings for well known stories in Adobe Spark Video.
  • Create a book quiz in Kahoot , Plickers or Socrative.
  • Use ChatterPix Kids to bring your favourite book characters to life.
  • Create a presentation about your favourite author in Sway or Keynote.

Finally…a freebie!

To celebrate, the award winning Teach Your Monster to Read app is free to download all this week. Plus they have excellent printable resources, table top games and the desktop version of their app is always free!

Safer Internet Day Education Packs

About Safer Internet Day

SID is celebrated globally in February each year to empower children and young people to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.  Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, SID achieves a huge impact because of the collective activities of people right across the UK.  For more information about Safer Internet Day in Scotland, contact Jess McBeath: jess.mcbeath@swgfl.org.uk.

SIDTo help schools, charities, youth groups, police services, libraries and wider run activities for Safer Internet Day (SID) on the 6 Feb 2018,  UK Safer Internet Centre have created Education Packs and complementary SID TV films.  These free packs include lesson plans, posters, presentations, activities and more!

Last year’s campaign reached 42% of children (aged 8-17) and 23% of parents in the UK.  There were over 500,000 downloads of the education packs and other resources.  Crucially, 48% of teachers who participated in SID said it led to disclosures of potential safeguarding issues online.

Get your pack

There are tailored education packs for:

  • 3 – 7s
  • 7 – 11s
  • 11 – 14s
  • 14 – 18s
  • Parents and carers
  • Guidance pack for educators

You can download the packs at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/education-packs.

Safer Internet Day planning event Scotland

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Guest post by UK Safer Internet Centre

Event: Safer Internet Day Planning Scotland

Date: Friday 8th December 2017

Location: City Chambers, Edinburgh

Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Cost: Free

The UK Safer Internet Centre invites you to our Safer Internet Day planning event in Edinburgh.  Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to empower children and young people to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Safer Internet Day (SID) achieves a huge impact because of the collective activities of people right across the UK. Schools run sessions for students, parents and staff; companies engage with employees, customers and partners; police services, charities, government and wider reach out through their networks; celebrities add their voice; and individuals across the UK connect with their families and friends.

Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, last year’s campaign reached 42% of children (aged 8-17) and 23% of parents in the UK. There were over a million views of SID video content, 70,000 tweets, and over half a million downloads of SID educational resources. We aim to make Safer Internet Day 2018 on February 6th even bigger and by working together we can have an incredible impact across Scotland.

Come along to our planning event at the historic Edinburgh City Chambers to hear directly from the UK Safer Internet Centre about the SID 2018 campaign. The BBC will be there to showcase a newly launched BBC online service aimed at helping 9-12’s safely and confidently explore digital spaces.  This event is a great opportunity to network, share and be inspired by others’ plans for the day. Whether you are a school, charity, public sector organisation or private company, there is something you can do to play a part in the day. We will be delighted if you can join us and a range of leading organisations as we plan for Safer Internet Day.  Please book here.

For more information, contact Jess McBeath: jess.mcbeath@swgfl.org.uk.

Apple Professional Learning @ Tynecastle High School

Tynecastle High School is an Apple Distinguished School and Regional Training Centre. Staff at the school have been using iPad to transform learning for a number of years and are offering some great professional learning opportunities this term.

All courses will be held at Tynecastle High School from 4-5.30pm. Click the links below for more details and to book a place for free!

Thursday November 2nd: Formative Assessment with Quizlet and Kahoot on iPad with Kirsty West
Tuesday November 7th: Pages for iPad with Jenni Robertson
Monday November 27th: Numbers for iPad (not just a spreadsheet…) with Jenni Robertson
Thursday November 30th: iTunes U Course Creation with Kirsty West
Monday December 4th: GarageBand in the Classroom
with Sam Wallace
Wednesday December 6th: Creating Engaging Movies using iMovie (perfect for end of term assemblies) with Jenni Robertson

In addition to this training, educators can pursue professional learning in their own time with Apple Teacher. The programme provides high quality, online resources to support the use of iPad and Mac for learning.

Free Programming Workshops from ComputerXplorers

computerXplorers1-150x150In conjunction with British Science Week (11 – 18 March) ComputerXplorers are offering free programming workshops for pupils which will teach them to program their own computer games.  In addition, teachers are offered a free ‘Introduction to Programming’ session designed to increase confidence in programming.

Schools wishing to sign up for free on-site children’s ComputerXplorers coding workshops or teachers’ computing CPD sessions on British Science Week’s digital day, Friday 11 March, should email info@computerxplorers.co.uk for more details.