Speed up your iPad and Reduce Motion

 

 

 

 

iOS7 has increased the amount of animation involved in opening up apps. Once you click on an app, it automatically Zooms up to begin. Added to this is the Parallax effect behind the icons on the home page which make the icons appear to float as your device is tilted. 
With this quick and easy tutorial you can turn off these animations to save time between apps and increase your productivity.

 

 

Add Phonetic Guides to your Pages to help literacy and language skills

 

Use Phonetic Guides in Pages/Keynote/Numbers to help your students break down words and pronunciation. Originally designed for Chinese, Japanese or Korean text, once you have enabled the featured there is nothing to stop you from using it on other languages or general literacy skills. 

 

You will need to enable one of the Chinese, Korean or Japanese keyboards. Even if you never use the keyboard itself, by doing so you are unlocking the features of that keyboard.

 

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Time to revisit iMovie

 Video created by Ciarán McCormack in 2011

iMovie - Apple

 

As part 3 of our series this week, we take a look at iMovie. 

iMovie will allow your students to put together impressive, professional looking videos demonstrating their understanding of any topic.

 Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Designed for the Multi-Touch screen, iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Make a movie in minutes by adding video, photos, music and sound effects. Then give it the Hollywood treatment by adding a theme, titles and transitions. And you can share share your movie with the world – right from iMovie.  

Become a music maestro

 

 

This wonderfully colourful app will turn any user into a music maestro in a matter of minutes. 

 

Choose from Piano, Guitar or Strings - or alternatively use in app purchases to work with Drums, Bass Guitar and a choice of 2 synth instruments.

The app was designed to play major chords, using three fingers on each hand. (Worth noting that if you have Zoom features enabled on your iPad for accessibility requirements this can cause conflict with the functions of three finger chords!)

 

Once you have completed your next symphony you can share with friends using email (formatted into .m4v which means you can use it in Garageband and other music apps) or share on social networks including Soundcloud.

The colour patterns appeal visually and have an almost soothing effect when using this app, which is why I think it may also appeal to students with special need requirements.

 

Gripcase for iPad mini and the GripBase Stand

 

 

If you own an iPad mini, there are possibly particular reasons you were drawn to it - size, lightweight, could fit into smaller hands? If you are giving an iPad mini to slippery fingers you want to make sure it is protected without adding too much additional weight!
Gripcase for iPad mini is the ultimate iPad case for maximum durability, protection and portability. 
It keeps your iPad mini lightweight but fully protected in the most vulnerable parts of your iPad mini. 
A "crumple zone" acts a shock absorber during an impact, and also allows you to get a good half on your device. Ideal for the iPad mini if it's being placed into smaller hands!
The Docking station (compatible with all types of iPad) is a good solid structure, that also has the added benefit of amplifying sound from your iPad mini if placed correctly in the stand. 
Both are available from http://www.gripcase-usa.com
You can also still avail of a Gripcase for the iPad. Check out the review here

 

 

iThoughtsHD

iThoughtsHD (mindmapping) - CMS

 

This is, by far, one of my favourite apps at the moment. I have always personally struggled to write essays, and when I take notes I usually look back over them wondering what I was referring to. Mind maps have been incredibly useful to me to help structure my thinking and allowing me to flesh out those random thoughts that pop into my head from time to time. 

 

For those of you already familiar with Mind Maps they are useful in education, brainstorming, thinking, meeting, planning, problem solving, communications and note taking etc. It is often used for students with different learning styles to assist in their learning. 

 

This app gives the user the potential to use them in many ways. From presenting using mind maps, to sharing them in cloud services, and also email them to yourself (which lays the mind map out in a very easy to understand layout, so much so I actually surprised myself that I took such diligent notes!) I will be honest and say I dived straight into the app without looking at any help menu's or tutorials and found the basics straight forward enough, however, some thing were not so intuitive. They are still very easy to do and once I watched the video above I felt like a pro using the app. Rather than recreate the video, here it is for your own benefit!

Common Sense - courses on Digital Citizenship

 

Social media and Digital citizenship are hot topics at present. These courses, available through iTunes U, will give you handouts, videos, and also some suggested app to equip you to effectively approach these topics with your students.

 

The range of courses are extensive and cover topics like Cyberbullying, Copyright, Online Identitay and Digital Citizenship to name a few.