Education iBook pick: Exploring children’s heritage using photography

Education iBook pick: Exploring children’s heritage using photography

If you’re looking for inspiration for a challenge-based learning project, check out this brilliant new iBook from Apple Regional Training Centre WOW Zone, ‘Exploring children’s heritage using photography’. Detailing a photography project they ran in the summer at Quarry Bank Mill, the iBook has been picked up as part of Apple’s One Best Thing series on the iBook Store.

In the iBook, authors and Apple Distinguished Educators Lisa Whittaker and Louise Zwanepoel “document the journey of a group of 9-11 year olds as they embark upon a Challenge Based Learning project centred around exploring their heritage through the medium of photography. Delve into the iTunes U course that they used throughout the project week, admire their photographs and discover how they edited them to convey a mood.

“This book will inspire and guide educators through the process of setting up your own Challenge Based Learning Project and will provide you with skills that are transferable across the curriculum.”

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About WOW Zone

WOW Zone support the personal, social, educational and emotional development of more than 300 children every year. Armed with Mac and iPad, the project aims to raise the attainment and self-esteem of Wythenshawe’s students, and they have recently expanded their reach by becoming an Apple Regional Training Centre.

– Read our case study, ‘Improving learning in and out of school with iPad and Mac at WOW Zone’ here.

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Device-assignable apps: How to migrate managed codes

Device-assignable apps: How to migrate managed codes

Many schools are now moving from distributing apps using Apple Configurator managed codes to managed distribution in iOS 9 via their chosen mobile device management (MDM) solution. Here’s how to do it… 

One of the first steps in migrating is to check if existing apps are ‘device-assignable’ in the VPP store. If you need to check an individual app, you have to browse the VPP store (not the iTunes links). Just scroll down to the ‘Compatibility’ section of the app description and you’ll see it as in the image below:

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All the Apple iOS apps (GarageBand, iMovie, Pages, Keynote, Numbers) and the Microsoft Office apps for iOS (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) are device-assignable. We’re yet to find an app we use day to day that isn’t device-assignable, but it’s something that developers now need to bear in mind, so definitely worth checking with any apps you use. Here’s a list of some of the most common classroom apps we use that we have checked are device-assignable:

Expression of ideas
– iMovie
Collaboration and sharing
– Showbie
– Popplet
– Padlet
Rich content sharing
– Aurasma

Want to know more about apps, MDM and Apple iPad for the classroom? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306, email education@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.