e7 resources: e7 iPads make an impression at St John’s

e7 resources: e7 iPads make an impression at St John’s

The last time I caught up with St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, one of the schools taking part in our free e7 1:1 iPad trial, they had been using iPad in a wide range of subjects, including humanities and biology

For a recent assignment, they had to capture a range of emotions using iPad’s built-in camera. Senior network manager Keith Nolan asked them to “think of as many emotional responses as possible but show us without words how you would express these with your facial expressions, so it could be surprise, it could be laughter, it could be a smile or a sad face.” We think you’ll agree from the picture below that no-one’s gone with ‘boredom’!

– You can keep up with how St John’s are getting on on their 1:1 iPad journey over at their blog.

Want to know more about 1:1 iPad deployments in schools? See our e7 Project here, call 03332 409 333 or email e7@Jigsaw24.com. You can also follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page.

e7 resources: St John’s Catholic Comp’s adventures with iPad

e7 resources: St John’s Catholic Comp’s adventures with iPad

Before embarking on any new technology rollouts, it’s always good to check up on how other schools are getting on. One of our e7 iPad trial schools, St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, have been blogging  their experiences with their new devices, so it’s a good place to start if you’re thinking about going down the 1:1 iPad route.

The school post about how students and teachers are finding using iPad, as well as addressing all those concerns you might have around a rollout – student safety, financing, mobile device management (MDM). Click the link below to read on, and check out these pictures from a biology lesson they let us sit in on when we were last down for a catch-up to see what kind of thing iPad can be used for!

Read St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School’s 1:1 iPad blog here

Does a free 1:1 iPad pilot scheme sound like something from which your school or college could benefit? Find out more about the e7 Project here, call 03332 409 333 or email e7@Jigsaw24.com. You can also follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page.

e7 team: iPad training session with Montsaye Academy

e7 team: iPad training session with Montsaye Academy
For my latest iPad training sessions as part of our free e7 1:1 iPad pilot scheme, I jetted over to Montsaye Academy in Rothwell, Northants, to help them get to grips with their devices. Happily, all the staff and students were already very clued up on the actual iPad device, which was a great starting point, so we looked into some of the finer points of email, Apple ID and the iOS operating system.

There was a big focus on a 1:1 workflow on the training agenda – specifically email. Montsaye are creating their own school email addresses, so each student can have their own Apple ID attached to a secure email address which only they have the password to. This means they can download their own apps, easily access their own email and generally personalise the iPad to themselves. By the end of the sessions, the students were happy to go away and start using the devices on their own, and it will be great to see how they’ve been using them at the end of their term-long pilot scheme.

Interested in an iPad deployment at your school? Find out more about how to sign up for our e7 free iPad 1:1 pilot scheme here, call us on 03332 409 333 or email e7@Jigsaw24.com. To keep up to date with what our e7 team are up to, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page

e7 team: Deploying iPad at Hillview School and Invicta Grammar

e7 team: Deploying iPad at Hillview School and Invicta Grammar

It’s been a hectic run up to Christmas for the e7 team, with schools booking in their iPad training so staff have the chance to get used to their new devices over the break. I’ve been a busy bee too, down at Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge on Monday for a handover, before heading up a session at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone on Tuesday (as well as the Priory School in Bromley just last week!)

Both Hillview and Invicta have recently signed up to our e7 free iPad trial scheme, and have now taken delivery of their 40 iPad devices to trial for a whole term from January to March. The teachers at Hillview seemed really excited to try out the devices, and had loads of interesting questions about how iPad and the apps worked. Over at Invicta, we had a handover session for both teachers and 6th-formers, so it was interesting to hear which aspects of iPad each group were most interested in. We’ll be catching up with both schools to see how they’ve been getting on with their iPad deployments soon.

If the e7 Project sounds like something your school would be interested in, you can find out more about how to sign up for our our e7 free iPad 1:1 pilot scheme here. You can also call us on 03332 409 333 or email e7@Jigsaw24.com. To keep up to date with what our e7 team are up to, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page

New Pro Tools HD interfaces are here

New Pro Tools HD interfaces are here

Pro Tools fans – this one’s for you. Avid have just announced a new range of hardware and software, designed to help you get the most out of the digital audio workstation. They have launched three rack-mountable HD Series interfaces – I/O, OMNI and MADI – and HEAT analogue effect software. Click on the product names to get yours now.

– HD I/O. The flagship interface offers the highest audio quality with 20% less latency than previous models. Adaptable to your needs, there are three configurations to choose from – 16×16 analogue, 16×16 digital and 8x8x8 analogue and digital.

– HD OMNI. All-in-one recording, mixing, monitoring and conversion with two mic pre-amps, headphone outputs and a full-featured 7.1 surround monitor section. Its 14×26 channel persistent mixer even works when the computer is off.

– HD MADI. Send and receive up to 64 audio channels between Pro Tools HD and other MADI devices up to 2km away! There’s also support for up to 24-bit, 192 kHz sample rate, which delivers maximum audio fidelity.

– HEAT. Designed by audio legend Dave Hill from Cranesong, this stands for Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology and brings the warmth and colour of vintage analogue recording to all your tracks simultaneously, so you don’t have to change plug-in settings on each channel.

For more information on these releases and all things Pro Tools, get in touch with the team on 03332 400 222 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com.