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.  

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. 

Tackling the Facebook 'problem'?

Facebook - Facebook, Inc.

Okay, so this is not quite a review or tutorial, but we don't want to shy away from tackling Teacher's/Parent's fears! With online bullying on the front of every national and regional paper of late, we thought it would be useful to provide you with a way of creating formal social media policies within your school.  Facebook has made the news quite often of late, usually not in a good way, but Facebook is looking to provide assistance to schools and parents by teaming up with Edutopia, an initiative created by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, on “How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School.”

The guide, available via the Facebook in Education page, offers a step-by-step process for schools to create formal social media policies. Here is a quick look:

  1. Examine your school culture: When setting out, it is important to understand the prevailing beliefs about social media in your community. How are social media products currently being used by everyone who exists there, not just students but teachers, parents administrators? How can they be leveraged for better communication? What are the fears around social media in school? Are there any “bright spots” where social media is already being used successfully?
  2. Organise a team: This team should include teachers who use social media in the classroom and those who do not. It's important to get a wide range of views so that you quell everyone's fears. You have to find a combination that works. This team should be open and transparent in all their conversations and decision making, and be clear about their shared goal. Establish a website or Web page for the posting of notes, resources, and minutes from the meetings.
  3. Research phase: Your team should begin by evaluating the current policies that are already in place in your school or district. Many schools already have policies in place that cover the acceptable-use basics (using phones in classrooms) — so they only need to add guidelines to help embed learning opportunities. Because the social media landscape changes quickly, this is often the best approach. Next, the team will want to examine the social media policies and/or guidelines from other institutions. In many schools, that I have been too, it simply took a slight amendment to their current policies and procedures to include online behaviour!
  4. Draft your document and incorporate feedback: Now your team will take all the information you’ve gathered and create a document. This may or may not be the most challenging part of the process, and you can expect many drafts and revisions, if you haven't recognised fears from the outset. 
  5. Make sure the school management and school board see the draft: Your school management will ensure that you are not violating any current policies, laws, or ordinances. Your school board might want to review your document, and if you are changing policy, they will want to discuss and take a vote.
  6. Introduction to the school community: Now that all stakeholders have signed off on your policy or guidelines, it’s time to roll it out to your greater community. Every member of your team should be tasked with talking to specific groups and/or schools. Take the time to educate your students, faculty, staff, parents, and community about what the document means to them. If you have been open and transparent from the beginning, this will be an easy step.
  7. Review periodically: Your new policy or guidelines should be a living document and should be revisited often. Social media products change. Your culture will change. Policies will change. Your team needs to look at your document at least annually to determine whether it is working and whether any adjustments need to be made.

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PS Touch

Adobe Photoshop Touch - Adobe Systems Incorporated

Transform images with core Adobe® Photoshop® features in an app designed for tablets. 

Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad.

• Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.  
• Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.
• Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease. 
• Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search. 
• Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
• Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
• Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects.
• Upload projects to Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop CS5.
• Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels

 

 

iBook Author - A very Special TME Tutorial

 

iBooks Author - Apple

Create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad.

Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.

Apple-designed templates
• Give your book a great beginning with templates that include a choice of page designs with matching fonts, colors, and textures
• Easily customize your book with text and images, create new layouts, and even save a custom template
• Use the Book Navigator to organize your book and add a cover and table of contents

Beautiful text and layouts
• Use a variety of text styles in each template to give your book a rich yet consistent look
• Add text, shapes, charts, tables, and media anywhere on the page
• Import a chapter written in Pages or Microsoft Word and apply a great-looking layout from your current template
• Add any word to the glossary with a single click and easily include photos, images, charts, tables, and shapes next to any definition
• Automatically create a portrait view of your book, which allows readers to focus on the text

AudioTorium

Audiotorium Notes - Secure Text & Audio Notes with Dropbox & TextExpander integration. For meetings or school, you want this app! - App Apps, LLC

The best note taking app on the iPad has just gotten better with iOS5 support! If you take notes, you need this app. A great way to record, organize, review and share your audio and text notes from your meetings, classes, and conferences. With its beautiful interface and unique approach to organizing notes by Category and Subject, you'll always be able to find the notes you want, fast.

Now with rich-text support! Highlight, bold, underline, and create bullets for your notes. Use multiple fonts with multiple colors.

Do you have notes that contain sensitive information? Audiotorium now offers passcode protection to ensure only authorized users can view your notes.

With integrated Dropbox support, your notes will be backed up to the cloud and available instantly, anywhere, to any device with internet. Imagine being able to take notes in your class or meeting and having the notes sitting on your computer by the time you get back to your desk, ready to edit, review and share. Using Audiotorium with Dropbox's desktop app, it's that simple! For more information on Dropbox, go to http://www.dropbox.com.

With integrated TextExpander support, taking notes has never been faster. Instantly insert the date, time, formulas, common phrases or any other text with just a few keystrokes. Perfect for meetings and classes. For more information on TextExpander, go to http://www.smileonmymac.com/TextExpander

QuickOffice Pro HD

Quickoffice® Pro HD - Quickoffice, Inc.

With our iPad-enhanced mobile office solution, you will have full control of creating, editing, formatting, accessing and sharing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Our Connected File Manager also enables you to remotely access, transfer, share and manage your files on MobileMe, Dropbox, Google® Docs, Box, Huddle, SugarSync, Evernote, and Catch. New sharing features allow you to publish your content using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yammer, Slideshare, Scribd, and Docstoc. 

Quickoffice SmartTouch™ Technology: 

Power Edit Mode – Easily make edits across entire documents or spreadsheets with our Multi-Edit Toolbox. Quickly format text, numbers, paragraphs, backgrounds, and cells without opening and closing multiple menus. Great for power users and beginners alike. 

Single Screen Viewing – Experience the easiest and most intuitive way to navigate horizontally and vertically through your folders and files, and conveniently review file information within a single-screen view. 

Advanced Touch Control – Enjoy managing your files with our simple–to-use touch, tap, and drag controls in our advanced Connected Filemanager. Scroll in any direction and drag and drop to e-mail, move, copy, and delete files on your iPad or in your remote storage account. 

Smooth Page Scrolling – Amazingly cool, single-touch navigation lets you preview page thumbnails and jump to any page in any size document.