Thanks to everyone who made it to Making Impact with iPad

Thanks to everyone who made it to Making Impact with iPad

We held the second in our series of Making Impact with iPad events on 9th February – a day of tutorials, workshops and presentations designed to equip senior leadership teams (SLT) with new ways to use iPad in the classroom.

To everyone who made it down to the Imperial War Museum North, including all the attendees, speakers and fantastic young digital leaders, we wanted to say a huge thank you for making the day so enjoyable! If you missed out, here’s a short roundup of what was covered on the day, and some of your feedback. Make sure you’ve also got our next Making Impact with iPad event in Gateshead on Tuesday 15th March booked in the diary too…

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The day’s agenda

After opening proceedings, it was over to Apple North West Development Executive Craig Smith, who explained Apple’s vision to redefine teaching using technology, while Mike and I focused on lesson ideas, assessment and feedback tools, and generally how to create impact in the classroom with iPad.

We had a special interactive session which saw a group of Year 5/6 show the delegates how you can make impact in the curriculum, touring the museum and creating video and iBooks as they went!

We then heard how leasing, insurance and parental contribution schemes can help you pay for your iPad deployment (with representatives from QPD and Burnetts on hand for advice) and, as part of a new partnership with Jigsaw24, Dyslexia Action Association also spoke about the work they do to support students with dyslexia and dyspraxia using iPad.

And, of course, we had a range of the latest peripheral tools and accessories to support the curriculum available to check out on the day, including interactive touchscreens.

Success stories

It was great to be able to share some of your success stories. First, we got to hear from Paul Ridgway, teacher at Haslingden High School, and an Apple Distinguished Educator himself, on how Haslingden have been reaping the benefits of iPad. We were also very happy to welcome Andy Brady from Nether Alderley Primary School and his year 5 and 6 digital leaders, showcasing what they’ve been doing with iBooks, as well as the ‘iGeniuses’ Luke and Ellie from Barrow Hill Primary School.

Your feedback

So thanks again to everyone who came along to our latest Making Impact with iPad event. We had a great day, and are very happy that you all found it interesting and useful!

 

Couldn’t make it to Manchester? Our next Making Impact with iPad event is on Tuesday 15th March at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. Book your free place now!

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Education app of the week: Videon for iPad

Education app of the week: Videon for iPad

When you’re using a microphone for video, you really need audio metering to check that your mic is working. The iPad Camera app doesn’t have that, so I looked in to pro video camera apps and came across Videon for iPad.

What is Videon for iPad?

Videon (Lucky Clan, £3.99) is a video camera app that helps you create professional quality video all within one app – from capture to editing to viewing. If you’re using a tripod and microphone along with iPad to record video in the classroom, you’ll find it much better than Apple’s built-in Camera app, with tons of easy to use features to enhance your video and workflow. Video can be saved to the Camera Roll on iPad, but also saved into the app itself, where you can edit and add effects before saving to your Camera Roll.

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How can it benefit the classroom?

Just some of those features that will really benefit your in-class video include: being able to set a point for the camera to focus on and a different one to calculate exposure (very useful!); a really smooth zoom function with an on-screen control; optional audio meters which you can turn on if you use an external mic (essential for knowing if your mic is picking up audio); and lock buttons for exposure, focus and white balance.

What’s the best feature?

I really like the comprehensive editing functionality, which comes with some nice vintage effects like colour degradation, flicker and dust, grain etc, and also resizing, rotating, straightening and more very unusual and useful tricks you don’t even get in iMovie. You can even edit together multiple clips within the app as well. Teachers have often told me that their videos end up upside down. Not any more!

Where can I get it?

You can purchase Videon (Lucky Clan, £3.99) from the App Store on iPad or from iTunes. Even though Apple’s iMovie is a slick video editor which you can get for free with a new iPad, Videon is a great alternative to the Camera app, and it also comes with plenty of professional and different features that make capturing, editing and viewing video quick and easy.

– Missed our last app review? Catch up with iTranslate for iPad here.

Find out more about our favourite apps 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.

7 things you need to know about DEP

7 things you need to know about DEP

Ready to start enrolling devices? Our reseller ID is 2287450. Need a little more information? Here are seven things you need to know about Apple’s latest initiative…

1. It stands for Device Enrolment Programme.

It is, not surprisingly, a new programme that enrols new devices onto your system automatically, without your IT team having to get their hands dirty.

2. Enrolment is not the same as management.

The technology behind DEP doesn’t replace a Mobile Device Management system (MDM). You need to have a separate MDM solution to decide which apps should be on devices and what content students who’ll be using them should be able to access.

Popular MDM systems among schools include Lightspeed and JAMF Software’s Casper Suite. Once you have your MDM system in place, DEP puts your new devices into it automatically. (There’s a more detailed explanation here, if you want the technical bits, or you can take a look at Apple’s official guide.)

3. It’s free to use.

There’s no charge for using DEP but you do have to have an MDM solution in place for it to work, and alas, the good ones are not free. If you don’t have a device management solution in place, give our team a call to go through your options.

4. It applies to any kind of Apple device.

Desktops, notebooks, iPad, iPod touch and iPhone can all be enrolled in DEP, as long as they were purchased after March 2011 and from an Apple Authorised Reseller (like us). To enrol devices you already own into DEP, you need to associate them with the reseller ID of the company you bought them from – if that’s us, our ID is 2287450.

5. You can create multiple profiles.

So different profiles can be installed on desktops and iPad, or on devices intended for students and teachers – and they’ll all be applied automatically as soon as the device is turned on.

6. You can’t have devices on this and in Apple Configurator.

If you’re already using Apple Configurator to set up your devices, you can transition to DEP by wiping the devices and re-enrolling them. However, once a device is registered on DEP, you can no longer supervise it using Apple Configurator, as Apple don’t allow one device to be registered in both systems. If it’s easier for you, you can enrol only new devices via DEP, but still manage them through MDM. Just drop us a line to find out how.

7. It should not affect your Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) purchases.

Apple added a new managed distribution option to their Volume Purchasing Programme a while ago. With MDM you can now push apps out wirelessly without ever needing to type in a password on the iPad. Ask us to explain managed app distribution – the best way by far to deploy your apps.

We’ve got a more detailed explanation of DEP here or you can download the official Apple guide here. For more information, call 03332 409 333 or email learning@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and FAQs, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

South Tyneside College win awards for eLearning

South Tyneside College win awards for eLearning

Congratulations to one of our lovely education customers, South Tyneside College, who have just scooped two prestigious awards at the Jisc RSC Northern e-Learning Awards for their use of technology and eLearning success.

The Accessibility and Inclusion award recognises the valuable work of STC’s Autism specialist unit, and the Mobile Technologies award focuses on the college’s use of mobile technology, primarily iPad, to bring learning materials to their students and enhance the learning process with this valuable technology.

Check out the pictures of South Tyneside College accepting their awards below and head to Jisc RSC’s website for the full gallery of photos and winners from the ceremony.

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Louise Gibbons, South Tyneside College won the Accessibility & Inclusion Award, sponsored by Jisc TechDis.

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Ralph Holland & Neil Clark, South Tyneside College won the Mobile Technologies Award, sponsored by Jisc Legal.

Want to know more? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 333 or email learning@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and FAQs, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

The 6 Waves Gold audio plug-ins I couldn’t live without

The 6 Waves Gold audio plug-ins I couldn’t live without

These days, most DAW packages come with enough built-in plug-ins and instruments to get you through a mix or a songwriting session comfortably, and to produce something pretty good. But what if you want to squeeze something a bit more professional sounding or just plain different out of your software? Or if your favourite DAW doesn’t have the effect you need?

Then you should look to a package of plug-ins like the fantastic Waves Gold Bundle. I’m a long term Apple Logic user (I bought Logic for Atari ST when it first appeared and have been using it on every computer I’ve owned ever since!), and I bought the Waves Gold Bundle many years ago after falling in love with a couple of the plug-ins.

Waves Gold Bundle on Jigsaw24

Here are my favourites:

Compressors. You get no fewer than five compressors in Waves Gold, plus mastering dynamic effects. Renaissance Compressor is my go-to modeller for optical compression, and I use H-Comp for tube compression, particularly on drum sub-mixes.

EQ. You get a graphic and a paragraphic EQ, but my favourites are the V-EQ vintage desk channel emulations. These EQs are warm and lovely, and everything just sounds better with them!

PAZ Analyser. Proper metering. I always have this across my stereo output when I’m mastering, giving master frequency graph, phase correlation, peak and RMS metering. If you’re mixing for broadcast, this superb plug-in is pretty vital.

L1 Ultramaximizer. This is the mastering plug-in for adding loudness to a demo mix or radio version of a track. Used appropriately, this will fatten any mix, or just catch stray peaks before they clip. I’m not a huge fan of loudness for loudness’s sake, but I do love L1.

Enigma. A modulation effect like no other I’ve ever used. A combination of phasing, flanging, comb filter and LFO mod capable of sounding very lush or very psychedelic. It’s far more interesting than standard DAW mod effects.

Doubler. Basically it’s Automatic Double Tracking (ADT) and it’s one of the best out there. Very simple to use and very natural sounding, my backing vocals generally get a dose of this one.

There’s so much more in Waves than I can cover here. Chorus, flanging, delay, stereo imaging, guitar amps and pedals… it’s a huge bundle. But one thing is common to all of the plug-ins – the quality and tonal detail is exceptional in every single one of them. I couldn’t do without my Waves and I really do use them on every mix I create.

– The Waves Gold Bundle collection is available to buy now from Jigsaw24, and is currently on sale for just £165 ex VAT (an incredible 60% saving on the normal £449 ex VAT list price!). This offer is only available while stocks last though, so grab your Waves Gold Bundle now!

Waves Gold Bundle on Jigsaw24

Want to know more about the Waves Gold Bundle audio plug-ins? Call 03332 409 306, email audio@Jigsaw24.com or leave us a comment below. You can also keep up with more news, reviews and offers on our Twitter (@Jigsaw24Audio) and Facebook page.

Apple create browser versions of iWork apps in iCloud

Apple create browser versions of iWork apps in iCloud

Apple were talking about creating web browser based versions of their iWork apps – Pages, Keynote and Numbers – a little while ago, and now that’s become a reality in iCloud. (In beta testing stages for the moment, anyway.)

Now when you log in to your iCloud account online, as well as the usual Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone web apps, you’re also presented with icons for Pages, Keynotes and Numbers. Say you click on Pages, as everything’s synced in iCloud, all the Pages documents you’ve been working on recently on your Mac or iPad will now open up in the browser.

Edit and amend documents

From here, you can then edit and amend your documents, and save them back to iCloud to view and share on Mac and iPad. You can also create new Pages, Keynote and Numbers documents from scratch or from a template (although these aren’t as extensive as in the full versions of the iWork apps), or even just drag files in directly from your desktop.

Probably the most interesting thing about this is, because anyone can sign up for an Apple ID or iCloud account, you don’t even need a Mac or iPad to access and edit iWork files now, making collaboration between Mac and PC even easier. Being able to drag a PPT, XLX, or DOC into a web browser on your PC, tweaking it and editing it, and then having that document available in seconds on your iPad? Priceless.

– The iCloud versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers are currently still in beta testing, but you can try them out here.

Want to know more about Apple iPad for education? Call us on 03332 409 333 or email learning@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

Education app of the week: bossjock studio for iPad

Education app of the week: bossjock studio for iPad

Podcasting is a great way to get students working together on projects and using digital media to deliver them. And with this week’s top iPad app, they’re fantastically easy to create too. Find out why we’re raving about bossjock studio for podcasting…

What is bossjock studio?

bossjock studio (the bossjocks, £6.99) is a pretty amazing little app that lets you create rich audio podcasts without all the usual kit. You can preload a bank of cartridge buttons or ‘Carts’ with recorded material like jingles, songs, idents and sound effects, then trigger them while you’re recording your voice. A microphone button with automatic audio ducking also lowers the volume of what’s playing so you can talk over any audio. Effectively, it’s a radio broadcast console all contained within iPad, letting anyone instantly become a radio DJ.

How can it benefit the classroom?

Podcasting can be used in a wide range of subjects for presenting projects. Usually, you would need at least a laptop running audio software such as GarageBand along with a decent microphone to put together a podcast, but bossjock studio gives you all the functionality of those kind of programs directly within the app (we’d still recommend an external mic rather than using iPad’s built-in one though). It’s also very easy to share the results for assessment and feedback – once recorded, you can export it as .mp3, .m4a, .wav or .aiff in mono or stereo, then share via Dropbox, FTP and email, or even upload it to your school’s SoundCloud account or the iTunes podcast library.

What’s the best feature?

The most impressive thing about bossjock studio is the way it uses the iPad’s touch functionality. Being able to simply tap one of the 35 cartridge buttons to trigger different audio elements means creating a podcast is incredibly easy and intuitive.

Where can I get it?

Either head to the App Store on your iPad or visit iTunes to download bossjock studio. It’s £6.99, but is also available under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme, meaning if you buy more than 20 instances, the price drops by 50% to £3.49 each.

– Missed last week’s app? Read our review of Casper Focus 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: Ubersense for iPad

Education app of the week: Ubersense for iPad

Originally designed for analysing sports performance, we’ve been looking at the Ubersense app for iPad this week and found there are actually a wide range of applications you could use it for in the classroom, from PE to SEN, and with art and design thrown in for good measure. Here’s a bit more on Ubersense…

What is Ubersense?

If you caught one of our previous apps of the week, Coach’s Eye (read the review here), then Ubersense (UberSense, Inc, free) will look quite familiar. It’s a sports analysis app that lets you record video of an athlete’s performance, then add annotations and voiceover, rewind sections, and speed up and slow down specific elements to provide detailed feedback on performance. What’s different about Ubersense is that it’s completely free!

How does it work?

Ubersense lets you either record video using iPad’s built-in front-facing or rear cameras and add instant feedback, or take any existing video from your Camera Roll and start from there. You can preview your videos before you open them up, which is handy if you’ve got many different versions of the same person’s performance and need to find the right one. There’s also an option to label it by certain ‘Techniques’ such as ‘kicking’ for football and so on, tag who’s in it, and name which ‘Athlete’ is featured, making it a bit easier to divide the videos into categories.

Once you’ve got the video you want, you can start adding your feedback. Open up the video and press the record button, then start annotating in realtime (there are shapes, lines, freehand pencils and angle tools to choose from). Ubersense will record everything that you’re saying and doing on screen live – pause, rewind and fast forward specific frames and sections in different speeds using the onscreen jog wheel. You can even compare your recording to previous videos to check progress while you’re recording. When you’re done, Ubersense compresses the video and saves all your annotation, then you can easily email it from within the app using a private link saved on Ubersense’s website, share via social media or save to your Camera Roll or Dropbox for sharing.

How could it benefit the classroom?

While Ubersense is an obvious fit for sports analysis in PE, we can see this being particularly good for SEN. Because you can email results directly from the app, it’s easy to send evidence securely to assessors (and also parents) to demonstrate any progress made. Videos are saved in a secure space where only those who have the link have access to them and can add comments. But really, any subject where pupils need to detail a process or the progression of a project, such as in art and design, could benefit from using Ubersense. If you’ve tried the ShowMe or Explain Everything presentation apps, Ubersense is the natural progression.

Where can I get it?

You can download Ubersense (UberSense, Inc, free) by heading to the App Store on your iPad, or alternatively check it out on iTunes here.

– Did you see our favourite app last week? Check out mobilEcho for iPad.

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: Frog Dissection for iPad

Education app of the week: Frog Dissection for iPad

Dissection is a great way to get students understanding biology – the mess, however, isn’t so great! But with our app of the week, you can teach the anatomical process and outcomes all with the gloop-free multitouch tactility of iPad. Welcome to Frog Dissection…

What is Frog Dissection?

You can’t say this about many apps, but Frog Dissection (Emantras Inc, £2.49) really does do what it says on the tin. It’s an award-winning app (PeTA’s Mark Twain Ethical Science Award among others) that graphically takes you through the process of dissecting a frog, step by step. It’s not photo-realistic, but it looks really good and is anatomically accurate too, coming with plenty of associated information and highly detailed 3D diagrams of each organ to explore. As well as text instructions, there are also voice prompts through the whole dissection process.

How does it work?

Before you even start, there’s a ‘Wet Lab Process’ function that takes students pictorially through putting on lab coats to washing down and disposing of the specimen afterwards. This is really handy in getting them thinking about the dissection as a wider process. When you actually get to ‘Start Dissection’, the app guides you through each step, giving you glowing hints on where to stick your pins, markers, forceps and scissors, before zooming in on the end frame – a close-up of the internals of the frog’s abdomen. All the organs are labelled, so you just tap on one to reveal more info, and to get a 360 degree model. It’s worth noting that this is a fixed, non-free roaming process, so you can quite happily let your students just get on with it. Once the process has been completed, you can get back to the internal organs bit without having to go through the process, which is handy for revision.

There are a few other interesting navigation tabs on the home screen too – the Human vs Frog feature lets students compare how our respiratory, circulator and digestive systems compare to that of the recently disemboweled amphibian and a Quiz feature lets you test what students have just learned. Then it all gets a bit frog-heavy, with information and videos on different types of frogs.

How could it benefit the classroom?

Frog Dissection is far from cross-curricular, but it is a very strong example of an app that teaches a particular process very well. It’s also fun, mess-free and ultimately saves the lives of frogs while still hitting the learning outcomes you’d get from a real dissection. It’s also infinitely repeatable, so students can go back again and again to learn the information without having to repeat the process. A perfect, very well implemented example of the capabilities of a multitouch device for learning.

How much and where can I get it?

The only downside of Frog Dissection (Emantras Inc) is that it costs £2.49, but as it’s available under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme, if you buy more than 20 licences, you get a 50% discount making it just £1.24. Head to the App Store or download it from iTunes.

– Missed last week’s app? Read our review of Apple’s iMovie 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: iMovie for iPad

Education app of the week: iMovie for iPad

Want to start creating video content in the classroom, but on the cheap? Armed with just an iPad, Apple’s iMovie app is supposed to let you shoot and edit video, add effects and audio, then share your finished project in a matter of minutes, all on the tablet itself. We thought we’d investigate…

What is iMovie?

If you’ve used the iMovie film-making software you get free in iLife on your Mac, you’ll feel right at home with iMovie (Apple, £2.99) on iPad, but it’s worth pointing out that it’s not just a mobile conversion. Layout-wise, it shares the same really intuitive interface of its desktop brother, with a few subtle differences. While you don’t get the extensive feature-set and range of effects (no green screen functionality, for example), that’s been balanced out by it being incredibly fast.

How easy is it to use?

iMovie lets you put together a professional looking video in minutes – seriously! Choose existing video samples or shoot straight from your iPad’s camera, put them in order, chop them up, add effects and audio, and you’re done! Where you’ll spend most of your time is in the main video editing screen, made up of your timeline (a graphical string of all your video elements), your media browser (which lets you pick any video, photos and audio stored on your iPad), and the video window where you play back your composition. Start by choosing clips from the media browser and tap to add them to the timeline – if you roughly know the order you want them in, it only takes a few taps to create a video sequence. You can then edit individual elements directly on the timeline by pinching to zoom in/out on a clip, and using the handles to remove any unnecessary bits or unwanted dialogue.

Once you’ve got your your video chopped and in order, you can start to add effects and type in your own titles. iMovie automatically adds transitions between clips to cover up any rough bits, which is great if you’re in a rush, but you can also apply themes from the Settings icon. For example, choose ‘News’, and all your transitions, titles and effects will be given broadcast-style titles and transitions. By tapping the media tabs in the browser, you can also choose to add images to your composition, which is great for adding images, diagrams and slides. Audio-wise, iMovie has a load of sound effects like sheep, robots, creaking doors etc, which you can simply drop on to your timeline, as well as pre-loaded theme music to choose from. You can even export your own music straight out of GarageBand into iMovie!

What’s the best feature?

One of the most useful things about iMovie is the fact you can record your own voice-overs directly within the app. This makes it great for evidencing processes, as students can collate all the diagrams, screenshots and photos they’ve put together during the course of a problem-solving project and organise them all into one video composition, complete with a voice-over to explain each stage. You could even use it in a similar way to add vocals, music and sound effects to a stop-frame animation.

So, should we get it?

If you’re looking for an easy way into video content creation then yes, definitely. iMovie makes it incredibly quick and easy for pupils to put together impressive video without needing a teacher to constantly intervene. As a fully-fledged video editing app, couple it with the decent camera on both iPad and iPad mini, and you get the full workflow of a traditional video camera setup without all the hassle of handing out cameras, shooting the video, exporting it to classroom computers, wiping the memory card, editing the footage, compressing the finished video. The whole process is all there in one app! It’s even really easy to share your finished project afterwards – save the video to your Camera Roll for emailing, or upload to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo from directly within the app.

How much and where from?

iMovie isn’t free, but considering what you get in a single app for £2.99, we think it’s definitely worth shelling out for. To help sweeten the deal, you can even get a 50% reduction (£1.49) through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme if you opt to bulk buy more than 20 instances of the app. Head to the App Store on your iPad, or get iMovie (Apple, £2.99) from iTunes.

– Catch up on last week’s education app of the week – our review of Skitch is 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.