Wikilinks... Visual Maps of Wikipedia



A visual and engaging way to use Wikipedia and related content.
Presenting your search and it's links as a mind map, this is one for fans of Wikipedia. It has some great features built in to allow a user to modify Font size, backgrounds and themes. So students with dyslexia and/or visual impairments can change the colour of themes to suit their needs. 
From the app itself you can download content to view offline, watch related youtube clips, as well as scan the photgraphs attached to the related Wikipedia links. 



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.



Annotate on your live camera feed... Stage













One of the most powerful uses of your iPad in any classroom is the camera. It is a mobile visualiser and is, quite, probably the app I use the most in any class. So what if you could combine the power of an interactive whiteboard with the camera? Well Stage delivers just that. You can annotate on top of your live camera feed, and like most whiteboard apps you can record your class as a movie. (The movie file automatically gets saved to your camera roll) 

As Stage is an interactive Whiteboard app, it also allows other backgrounds from a standard whiteboard and with an in-app purchase you can include Maps, Sheet Music, Graph Paper and ruled Paper. 


Videos are saved at the following resolutions:
• Low: 320x240
• Med: 640x640
• High: 1280x720
The file size depends on the dimensions and length of your video.
• Low(~3.2MB per minute)
• Medium (~26MB per minute)
• High (~170MB per minute)
Depending on the remaining storage capacity of your device, you may be able to save videos as long as 120 minutes. But I'd recommend keeping your videos short to keep them manageable. Keep in mind that video sharing sites, like YouTube, generally limit video lengths. Also, long videos will take a long time to save, export, and send.






A collaborative Whiteboard app - Talkboard by Citrix



Bring interactive whiteboards to a brand new collaborative level. This app allows multiple users to draw, sketch, brainstorm or simply write on a blank screen and watch as others collaborate on their work in real time!
Simple to use, with a nice interface. The task can be whatever you choose: draw a volcano, do a maths problem, brainstorm an idea or simply draw together. 
It is a brand new app and developers are taking feedback, through the app, asking users what would they like to see added. Some quick suggestions from me: access to the camera roll, a record feature, and address the issue that you have to login using a social profile (which may put this app out of the hands of primary school children who would have great use for it!) None of these take away that the app, even at this current level is a fantastic tool that can be used for many tasks:
  •  Whiteboarding
  • Sketching ideas
  • Taking notes
  • Brainstorming
  • Diagrams
  • Drafting presentations
  • Drawing
  • Wireframing
  • Playing with the kids


Try it out for yourself today. It is free to download!



Time to revisit Keynote

 Video created by Ciarán McCormack in 2011

Keynote - Apple


In part 2, of our series this week, we are taking a look at Keynote. The trick to learning Keynote is to forget all those menus and drop downs that you may have learnt using Powerpoint. The buttons are simply:


Paint brush - for formatting (it's dynamic so if you text selected it will format text, picture selected it format the picture)

+ Button - allows you to add new things to a slide, media (pictures and movies), tables, charts 2D and 3D, and shapes including Text boxes for additional text!

Spanner - For all the other bells and whistles you expect, including sharing to other people and apps, hyperlinks to websites and other slide etc.


Play Button - when you have your presentation ready for display!

Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping. Use full-screen view to present right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Or use video mirroring to present it on an HDTV, and preview your slides and notes on your device using the presenter display. Keynote works with iCloud, so your presentations stay up to date across all your iOS devices — automatically.