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End of Term Collection: Recommended iPad apps

There are many excellent apps available for iPad that can be used in school. Here are a few that come recommended by the Digital Learning Team:

OneNote


Cost: Free (Office 365 login required)
Description: OneNote is part of the Office 365 package and you will need to login before you can use it. It is a great organisational tool where you can can keep notes of meetings, to-do lists, lesson plans and many other things. You can alse use the camera to insert photos directly and then use the draw function to annotate the pictures.
Use OneNote Class Notebook if you would like to use OneNote to create a digital jotter system in your classroom, check out the guide here.

Office Lens

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Cost: Free (Office 365 login required)
Description: Office Lens is a document scanning app, but it has many more uses than simply scanning. You can use it to take a picture of a whiteboard during a presentation and then fix the view so it looks like you are right in front of the board. Lens also features Optical Character Recognition, this means it can read text from pictures. Take an image of text and then choose Immersive Reader when you export it to have the app read the text out loud to you.

Learning Tools
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Cost: Free
Description:
Learning Tools is a great simple app designed to be used in the classroom. It does not require wifi to function once downloaded and installed. Learning tools contains a mini whiteboard, traffic lights, countdown clock, multiple choice answers and stopwatch. It is simple to use and perfect for formative assessment.

Post-it Plus

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Cost: Free
Description: This app is perfect if you like brainstorming using post-its or collecting exit tickets from pupils using post-its. Collect all your post-its from students or colleagues and then take a picture of them using the app, it will recognise the post-its. You can now move the post-its around, add new ones or put them into groups. Keep the post-it board on your iPad or export it as an image if you want to use it for something else.

Plickers

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Cost: Free
Description:
Plickers is great for formative assessment and can store the results your pupils give even if the teacher is the only person in the room with an iPad. Pupils are issued with cards that look like QR codes, dependent on how the code is rotated it gives different answers to a multiple choice question. The teacher puts a question on the board and pupils hold up their cards to be scanned by the teacher iPad. Teachers can create banks of questions to use over and over again and can look back at reports so they can track pupil progress.

Photos

Cost: Free
Description: The built in Photos app for iPad includes some little known hidden features. The mark-up feature which allows you to draw or type on an image as well as magnify certain areas of the picture is really useful! Find out how to mark up photos here.

Engaging Learners using OneNote

Blog post by Secondary Development Officer, Anna Kellner:

I have returned to teaching for two half days a week and am experimenting with the use of Class Notebook. I opted for the use of Class Notebook in an attempt to motivate learners who find maths a challenging subject. In the short time I have been using OneNote Class Notebook I am already aware of a number of advantages. These include pupils being able to access work anytime, anywhere, the efficient and easy monitoring and marking of work, the ability to differentiate material and provide timely feedback to learners.

How it worked…

I put notes into the Content Library so that pupils have something they can refer back to.

I then populated the pupil notebooks with corresponding sections containing questions on all of the topics.

Pupils worked independently on these questions whilst I monitored their work and marked everything they did from my own device.
If there was something that multiple pupils were struggling with then I would stop the class and go over the concept, these notes would go straight into the Content Library.

Whilst the pupil notebooks were populated with questions and tasks, for all of the upcoming topics, pupils did not have access to all of them at once.
To gain access to different sections pupils had to first complete the initial section, with the answers revealing the password to unlock the next stage. This allowed for self-paced learning and made differentiation inherent to the process, whilst ensuring learners’ knowledge was secure in each topic before moving on.

The class have been working well and they are engaged in their learning, they have also shown interest in accessing the notebook from home. The ability to constantly monitor and assess all pupil work has meant that I am aware of misconceptions at an early stage. Therefore I am able to scaffold and support individual learning needs.

For a guide on using OneNote Class Notebook click here.

Microsoft Classroom Pilot Launch

Last Friday a group of teachers visited the Microsoft Offices at Waverley gate in Edinburgh. They had a session led by Anna Kellner of the DLT with Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador and Andy Nagle, Microsoft Education. They are currently piloting Microsoft Classroom as the first teachers in Scotland to be using it with pupils.

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Anna Kellner, Leigh Gilmore, David Sansom, Liz Dighton and Jim Duchart at the Microsoft Offices

Microsoft Classroom is currently in its preview version, so the teachers will be providing valuable feedback to Microsoft about the product before it has its full launch in the near future. The Digital Learning Team are excited about the potential of this product and how it can help teachers and pupils in Edinburgh. We look forward to hearing feedback from our teachers and learning about how Classroom can have a positive impact on teaching and learning.

OneNote Class Notebook at St Ninian’s Primary School

IMG_1309Primary 6/7 at St Ninian’s RC PS are one of the first primary schools in Edinburgh to start using OneNote Class Notebook as a tool for learning, both in class and as a way of accessing and submitting homework online.

Within school time, Miss Murray, class teacher, uses the tool as an additional means of recording learning. She thinks that it has made a big difference to the more reluctant writers in her class, who are always keen to use Notebook and produce more content than they might if writing in a traditional jotter.  She also finds the collaboration space useful for group work, and has used this recently to plan their forthcoming Halloween Bake Sale. While planning, the learners could ask each other questions and leave comments about the ideas of others in a structured way. The collaboration space also makes it easy for a teacher to track the contributions made by each pupil.

Picture5Miss Murray was keen to get started with OneNote for setting and receiving homework as most of the children in her class are much more enthusiastic about doing homework if it involves using a computer. She still offers her learners the chance to submit their homework on paper but says that only a small number choose to do it this way. For Miss Murray, OneNote acts as a way of sharing homework tasks, information about trips and encourages pupil voice through class votes. Another advantage for teachers is that it saves time marking and means that teachers have fewer jotters to carry around since pupil input can be commented on virtually.

Picture1Picture2The children in Miss Murray’s class said:

“I love computers. It’s easier this way because you can’t lose the sheet.”

“We can download the program for free at home or use the online version.”

“It can sometimes be difficult to get on to so I like using a mixture of the computer and paper.”

“Your hands don’t hurt from writing when you type things!”

“It’s easier to spell things right when you’re typing.”

“It saves paper and it saves time. You don’t need to waste time finding a pencil, rubber or sharpener.”

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For more information on OneNote Click here: http://onenoteforteachers.com/