Are you ready for the new computing curriculum?

Are you ready for the new computing curriculum?
The 2014 National Curriculum is introducing a new subject, Computing, to replace ICT. It recognises the importance of computational thinking as a skill that will allow children to thrive in an increasingly digital world. But how should you plan for the new curriculum, and how are you going to develop the additional skills you’ll need to support your students?

Here at Jigsaw24, we can guide you through the jargon, and show you how you can easily cover the requirements of the curriculum.

iPad is great for learning the principles of programming, and there is a wide range of apps are available to support all aspects of the computing curriculum, from games that help you learn how to you think like a programmer to apps that allow you to code your own games. From controlling robots to building programs with instruction blocks, we’ll have you up and programming in no time!

And don’t forget that programming and coding are only part of the computing curriculum. iPad is perfect for addressing other aspects of the curriculum through creative project work.

Our iPad in the Computing curriculum training is specially designed to help you get prepared for the changes that are on their way, covering off key apps and teaching strategies for those who haven’t encountered code before. It covers off basic algorithms and programming, including understanding how programming language works, and can go all the way up to advanced techniques and coding depending on what your staff are hoping to cover in lessons.

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

How to distribute Apple’s free iLife and iWork apps via VPP

How to distribute Apple’s free iLife and iWork apps via VPP

As you may have seen last year, Apple have now made their full range of iLife and iWork apps available for free, meaning you can now get the likes of Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie and iPhoto for nothing! But how do you download and distribute those apps through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP)? 

The free apps are available for free on the App Store to all VPP customers with qualifying iOS 7 compatible devices activated or purchased on or after September (that is, more recent iPad, iPhone or iPod touch devices). All you need to do to request content codes for your qualifying devices is fill in the form at the VPP Contact Support page, and they’ll sort you out. Then you can distribute your free apps using Apple Configurator or your mobile device management (MDM) solution.

Just follow these few steps from Apple:

(UPDATE 10/03/14: We just wanted to point out that sending the form by email is just the first step. It raises a support ticket (Apple quote up to five days for a response, but it’s usually quicker). The email dialogue (with serial numbers etc) would then take place via the support ticket/email.)

“1. [Email] a copy of your original sales receipt with the number of eligible devices clearly marked. If the serial numbers are not listed, please include them as well.

2. In five to seven business days, after we verify your information, we’ll send you a password protected file containing your content codes. We’ll send you a separate email shortly after with your password to open the codes file.

3. You can use the iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers codes using Apple Configurator or another third party Mobile Device Management (MDM) software. Users can also redeem the codes individually using their Apple IDs.”

If you need any more information on redeeming codes, take a look at our article VPP explained: Educational discounts on iPad apps, or get in touch on the details below.

Want to know more about Apple’s iWork, iLife, and Macs and iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.


Free education textbooks available for limited time on iTunes

Free education textbooks available for limited time on iTunes

Apple have made a range of education textbooks available on iTunes for free until Sunday 2nd February. With freebie titles including AQA-suitable GCSE publications from the likes of Collins on offer, it’s the perfect chance to get your students stocked up on a few textbook essentials – from science to Shakespeare.

The free iPad textbooks are intended for personal use, rather than teaching to your class, so you can advise students to download them while they’re currently available free. To get your hands on them, just follow the links below:

GCSE Biology: Influences on the living world

GCSE English Companions: Romeo and Juliet

GCSE French: Leisure

New GCSE Maths AQA Linear 1

AQA GCSE Chemistry Essentials

AQA GCSE Biology Essentials

AQA GCSE Physics Essentials

AQA GCSE Science A Essentials

AQA GCSE Additional Science Essentials

Oxford Read & Discover: All About Space

Oxford Read & Discover: Great Migrations

Much Ado About Nothing

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Education app of the week: Green Screen for iPad

Education app of the week: Green Screen for iPad

Green screen, or chromakeying, techniques have long been popular in the classroom as a way to encourage students to engage with storytelling through role play, and DoInk’s Green Screen app for iPad is an effective and very affordable way of getting started.

What is Green Screen for iPad?

The Green Screen app (DoInk, £1.99) lets you take video from your iPad’s Camera Roll or capture it through the app, then superimpose it on top of other video or still images to create virtual backdrops. It’s really simple to use, and anyone who’s familiar with working with video tracks in iMovie’s timeline should have no problem getting to grips with Green Screen.

Green Screen for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Being able to place yourself in a scene of your own choosing is a great way to fire up students’ imagination. For example, you could recreate a historical scene to engage students with a particular time period in history, get them to play out a scene from a classic novel, create a setting for a news story – the list of creative possibilities is endless.

What’s the best feature?

One great feature of the app is having the ability to superimpose more than one recording onto the original video. This allows you to create layers or ‘conversations’ between characters. Where I’ve seen this idea work very well is in the languages classroom – imagine a dialogue between speakers of two languages, one translating the other. You could also use this idea to recreate dialogue from literary classics.

Where can I get Green Screen?

Green Screen app (DoInk, £1.99) is available from the App Store on your iPad, or you can also download it from iTunes here. It costs £1.99, but buying it through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) entitles you to a 50% reduction when you buy more than 20 instances of the app, which works out at 99p each.

– Missed the last app of the week? Read our review of Flick for iPad here.

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.


Education app of the week: Tellagami for iPad

Education app of the week: Tellagami for iPad

Using an ‘avatar’ to speak for you has many uses in the classroom – from simply communicating what you want to say to storytelling and presenting. Tellagami is an iPad app that lets you create and share your message using an animated avatar called a Gami.

What is Tellagami for iPad?

Tellagami (Tellagami Labs Inc, free) is a free iPad app that allows students to communicate through an avatar that they can customise. Text can be recorded live using iPad’s built-in mic or entered into a text editor and then spoken using one of Tellagami’s many built-in voices.

Tellagami app for iPad

Tellagami app for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Tellagami will benefit students who don’t have the confidence to stand up and ‘present’ in front of their peers, but who will be encouraged to share their ideas if someone else (the Gami) speaks for them. It could also be incredibly helpful for any student who has difficulty communicating verbally.

What’s the best feature?

The best thing about Tellagami is its ease of use. Simply customise your Gami, record your message and save as a movie to the Camera Roll, ready for sharing with other apps.

Where can I get it?

Tellagami (Tellagami Labs Inc, free) is available from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes. Best of all, it’s completely free.

– Missed last week’s app review? Learn more about Parallels Access for iPad here?

Want to know more about our favourite apps and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333, email learning@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.