e7 resources: Implementing Bloom’s Taxonomy with iPad

e7 resources: Implementing Bloom’s Taxonomy with iPad

Over the past year the development of iPad within education has been frenetic and incredibly exciting, thanks in large part to app development and the educators using them. Educational champions across the globe have been blogging and creating a huge bank of resources, and Bloom’s Taxonomy has been highlighted as a key way to map apps to learning objectives.

So what exactly is Bloom’s Taxonomy, and how does it help you get started on your learning journey with iPad? It’s basically a classification of learning objectives put together by a committee chaired by Benjamin Bloom in 1956, designed to help educators communicate and collaborate on education and examinations. It splits learning into distinct areas including remembering, understanding, analysing, evaluating and creating.

Of course, teaching has come on a fair bit since 1956, with the rise of mobile devices and digital media, and this has made it much easier to apply Bloom’s in the classroom. With that in mind, here are a couple of our favourite sites devoted to Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad:

bloomsapps – A list of the best apps for Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad in the classroom

They say: “Using Bloom’s Taxonomy in education is a highly effective way to scaffold learning for the students. With the recent popularity and pervasive nature of iOS devices in school districts it is essential for educators to understand how to implement Bloom’s in the classroom using the apps that are available.”

Langwitches – ‘World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist’ Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano’s hub devoted to developing the modern classroom

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VPP explained: Educational discounts on iPad apps

VPP explained: Educational discounts on iPad apps

Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) is an education-specific service for managing app purchasing and deployment across mobile Apple devices in schools, and getting great discounts on a huge range of apps. Because it’s so simple to use, it’s also a firm favourite with the education team and the tech support guys setting up our 1:1 iPad deployments!

What is VPP?

VPP allows educational institutions to bulk purchase apps from an online store specifically set up for multiple licence purchases. Many app developers are offering up to 50% discount if 20 or more licences are purchased so, for example, you can purchase 20 copies of iMovie for £1.49 each, instead of £2.99.

How does it work?

Institutions simply set up a ‘Programme Manager’ (e.g. heads of IT and heads of finance) who can then create accounts for Programme Facilitators (e.g. heads of department and subject leaders), giving them the right to purchase apps and iBooks for the school (you’ll need to attach a credit or debit card to the Programme Facilitator’s account to make a purchase). Then you can head over to the VPP Education Store to browse through all apps and see which qualify for VPP discount. They should display a little ‘+’ symbol, as in the screen shot below…

Apple have also launched a new method of purchasing VPP codes – ClickandBuy – which makes the whole process even easier. When VPP asks for a credit card number, you just fill in a ClickandBuy number which acts as a customer ID. ClickandBuy works in two ways:

1) Pre-Fund Purchase – ClickandBuy acts as an eWallet, whereby a school sets up a ClickandBuy account and then top up their account either by local bank transfer, wire transfer or credit/debit card.

2) Pay at Time of Purchase – A school sets up a payment method to be debited immediately, which works credit/debit cards or local direct debit.

How can we help?

Our team offer full support for VPP as part of our mobile device management (MDM) service, simplifying the setup and easing technical requirements of any institution. Just get in touch with us on the details below for more info.
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How do I combine books in Book Creator for iPad?

How do I combine books in Book Creator for iPad?

Preparing for one of my Apple training days at a primary school, I stumbled across the latest update to the Book Creator for iPad app, which allows you to ‘combine’ books. This is especially interesting for education, as it means pupils can create separate chapters of work, then the teacher can combine them all for marking and archiving.

You can also export the Book Creator format if you export via a sharing service such as iFiles, Google Drive or Dropbox. This lets staff edit the pupils’ books, marking their work with any notes and annotations and even recording their voice within the app for verbal feedback before sending it back to the students. All of that turns Book Creator for iPad (Red Jumper, £2.99) into a powerful tool for learning and assessment.

Once you have the most up to date version of Book Creator for iPad, here’s how you can start combining books, according to app developers Red Jumper:

“You can combine two books from the My Books screen. With the book you want to copy into displayed in the center of the screen tap on the + button and chose “Combine Books”. Then chose a book and tap ‘Copy’ to copy all of its pages to the end of your current book.

Please note: you can only combine books which have the same layout i.e. portrait, square or landscape.

Using Combine Books to import a template

“If you have a page layout which you want to reuse then ‘Combine Books’ can help. Just set up the layout in its own book, and then when you’re working on your main book, copy the layout book to your main book using ‘Combine Books’ as many times as required.”

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e7 resource: Ormskirk School blog their 1:1 iPad trial

e7 resource: Ormskirk School blog their 1:1 iPad trial

Another school who have decided to keep everyone involved in their free e7 1:1 iPad trial scheme in the loop with a dedicated blog is Ormskirk School. As well as blogging about how lessons are going, they’ve picked out a few apps they’ve found useful including Skitch, a favourite of ours, and explained how they have applied iPad to a number of admin tasks too.

The aim of the blog, they say, is “to provide a space for you to share your reflections on how iPads have affected the learning of pupils, your teaching and general working life. You will hopefully also find it helpful to share ideas about how to use (or not use) the iPads in lessons.”

So get some 1:1 iPad inspiration at Ormskirk School’s iPad trial blog!
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Make the most of your iPad and Macs with Apple Professional Development training

Make the most of your iPad and Macs with Apple Professional Development training

Don’t let your school’s brand new Apple Mac and iPad equipment just sit there gathering dust – with one of our Apple Professional Development (APD) training courses, you can unlock the real potential of your hardware, and make sure your staff are all up to speed at the same time. We offer a huge range of courses from foundation iOS and OS X training, to curriculum-based sessions and even vision and planning for your Apple deployment. Find out more in the PDF guide below…

Make the most of your Macs and iPad with APD training

Apple APD catalogue

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How iPad can help teaching SEN students

How iPad can help teaching SEN students

Whether you’re teaching students with minor autistic spectrum conditions or profound and multiple learning disabilities, you need technology that’s accessible to a wide range of learners. Because iPad is so intuitive, it’s great for teaching embedded SEN students and can be applied to more diverse types of learning than specific SEN technology. I’ve recently been looking into how iPad can really benefit teaching SEN students, and have picked out some of the reasons (and best apps) below.

It’s incredibly accessible

One important accessibility feature of iPad is dictation – as iPad has its own built-in microphone, students can input words without having to type. The Dragon Dictation app used to be the best way to do this, but now the new iPad features its own accurate Voice Dictation function, and can read any text aloud back to the student, or let them know exactly what they’re doing using the VoiceOver function. In fact, you can customise it with a number of apps, like a Braille keyboard or sensory light box, to make it more accessible to the particular students you’re teaching.

iPad’s multitouch control makes it great for students to engage with the screen with instant feedback, using simple cause and
effect apps. An app like iFish Pond (£1.49, TriggerWave) lets students immerse themselves in a virtual pond, touching the screen to interact with virtual fish in a soothing, sensory environment.

It’s completely mobile

As iPad is completely wireless, you can use it anywhere around the school for any subject or level. This is perfect for teaching students with limited mobility, as they get a chance to interact with technology in the same environment as everyone else. Their portable design also means they’re much easier to pack up and store when students have finished using them.

It’s inclusive and inspirational

iPad really is so easy for learners of all levels to pick up and start using straight away – there are no mice, keyboards or switches to get used to. This is important, as there’s no segregation or differentiation in technology, which levels the playing field for everyone. An embedded SEN student can learn using the same equipment as the rest of the school.

The apps on offer can also help inspire confidence in autistic students who might sometimes find it difficult to express their creativity, and get them joining in with others. A good example would be a simple animation or drawing app with consistent, repeatable imagery that the students can use independently without being overwhelmed.

It’s great for communication

I’ve touched on the voice accessibility features of iPad, but where it really excels is as an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device for students with language or speech impairments. Apps like Proloquo2Go, (£129.99, AssistiveWave), the iOS version of Proloquo’s control surfaces, let students form complex sentences using thousands of engaging, simple symbols. The current technology for supplementing or replacing speech usually retails at upwards of £1000 (very expensive to replace if it gets broken). The iOS ecosystem also lets you keep all your app licences to sync to any new hardware.

It’s good for evaluation

To keep track of how SEN students are getting on, it’s important to regularly assess their progress. With a built-in video camera, iPad makes this easy, as you can keep a visual record of behaviour which can tell you much more than a written report could. For example, if you record how a student reacts to a stimulus at the beginning of the year, then make regular video updates, you can evaluate their progress over the whole year. You can then take the videos and embed them directly into a Pages document directly on iPad to save as an interactive school report.

It’s tough and durable

You want students to get hands-on and engage with the iPad, but it’s important to make sure that investment is as protected as possible from enthusiastic students or those who might have less developed motor skills. There are loads of durable cases out there, but two that we regularly recommend to SEN schools are Griffin’s Survivor and AirStrap. The Survivor’s tough rubber shell helps keep your iPad safe from any classroom drops without being too intrusive to take away from any functions, while the AirStrap features a handy strap on the back which makes it easy for those with even profound learning disabilities to safely hold on to the iPad. If you have a multiple iPad suite, we’d also recommend a strong case to lock up your iPad deployment at the end of the day.

– The best iPad tools for speech and motor development

  • Reactickles Magic – A suite of applications that uses touch, gesture and audio input to encourage interactive communication – FREE (Cariad Interactive) PCS Apps
  • Articulation/Memory/Language – A great selection of separate apps covering different areas of SEN, which all use PCS sign symbols – FREE (Mayer-Johnson)
  • Somantics – Touch-led applications to use with pupils who have autism and associated conditions – FREE (Cariad Interactive) Dexteria
  • Fine Motor Skill Development – A set of therapeutic hand exercises that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness – £2.99 (BinaryLabs)
  • Articulation Station Pro – Over 1000 target words and 1300 unique sentences teach how to pronounce all the sounds in the English language with engaging articulation activities – £34.99 (Little Bee Speech)

To find out more about how iPad can help teaching with SEN students, give us a call on 03332 400 333 or email learning@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow@Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter.

Build mobile courses with iTunes U

Build mobile courses with iTunes U

Everyone’s heard of iTunes – the online music store that keeps your iPod stocked. Less well known is its education-focused sister app, iTunes U. As well as a massive online repository of educational content provided by everyone from the British Library to Harvard University and beyond, iTunes U lets you manage videos, iBooks, presentations and other resources, packaging them into ‘courses’ that students can follow in class or at home, with everything they need accessible right from their iPad.

Before you get started

Paul’s top tips for making sure everything runs smoothly…

  • Get in touch with Apple. They want to keep the quality of courses as high as possible, so you’ll need to contact them to set up an account.
  • Get in touch with parents. It’s probably a good idea to let parents know what content you’ll be letting students access, and to find out if they have their own Apple devices. If so, they can use them to monitor their child’s progress and provide at-home support.
  • Get in touch with IT. An iTunes U account is free to host, content can be private or public and staff can use multiple logins on the same account, so all resources are in one place – all of which means its a great alternative to a VLE.

Step 1) Setting up shop

While students need to download the iTunes U app to complete courses, you can actually build everything online. Head over to the iTunes U Course Manager and log in using your Apple ID. The first thing you’ll be asked to do is create an Instructor Profile. This will let people know who you are, where you work and what courses you’ve created – think of it as iTunes U’s own version of LinkedIn.

Step 2) In-session or self-paced?

When your profile’s saved, your Course Manager dashboard will be revealed! Once you get over the excitement, click ‘Create New Course’. You’ll be asked to add some basic info: what level the course is aimed at, what language it’s in, and a general description of what it covers. You’ll need to decide whether your course is self-paced (students can dip in and out of it as they fancy) or in-session (it has to be completed to certain deadlines). As the name suggests, Apple assume you’ll be using in-session courses as teaching aids during classes, but as the scheduling tools in this option are so much better, I’d recommend it for organising homework assignments and revision schemes, too. You can create duplicate copies of a course, then tweak the content in them for different ability streams, or swap them from in-session to self-paced.

Step 3) Building your course

Click on the Outline tab and you’ll be given a blank box to add your course outline into – you can type directly into this or copy and paste an existing outline. At the bottom left of the outline tab, you’ll see the ‘Add Page’ button. This is where you can create custom pages for anything that doesn’t fit in your outline, such as a list of learning objectives. Next, click on the Posts tab and select a topic from the outline. You can then enter all information students need for that part of the course, then add an Assignment such as reading a chapter of an iBook or taking notes on a video clip (hit the Attach Material button to assign a resource to a post).

Alternatively, if you have any questions or think you’d benefit from some training, give us a call on 03332 409 333 or drop us an email at learning@Jigsaw24.com