What to expect from our Innovation in Retail event

What to expect from our Innovation in Retail event

Heading to our Innovation in Retail event in Soho? We’ll be joined by top speakers from the industry explaining how they’re using disruptive technologies to drive profitability, improve productivity and enhance customer journeys. Here are just a few other highlights to expect on the day… 


iBeacon is making serious inroads into the high street, and at the event we’ll be discussing how to use Apple’s Bluetooth proximity technology to inform, entice, engage and convert customers and passersby. We’ll also introduce our new Jigsaw24 Retail app, designed to showcase the kind of technologies and features we can incorporate into customers’ apps. The app leverages iBeacon as well as barcode and QR code recognition to provide product information and marketing messaging that’s tailored to customers.

Apple Pay

The word on everyone’s lips post-WWDC was Apple Pay (well, here at Jigsaw24 anyway) and it’s now being rolled out to the UK. With most banks now on board with Apple’s new contactless payment system, and hundreds of high street stores signed up too, you can ask us how it affects you retailers, and address any questions you may have around security and compatibility. Our app development team will also be on hand for more information and advice on embedding Apple Pay into your apps.

As well as the chance to try innovative retail technologies like iPad, iBeacon and intelligent WiFi first-hand, the day will give a great insight into how other retailers are leveraging these solutions to increase revenue, and an opportunity to discuss real-life retail stories with industry peers (over a couple of drinks).

– Not signed up for our Innovation in Retail event yet? There’s still time! RSVP over on our events page.


Fancy popping down to one of our future events? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email events@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Education app of the week: goREACT for iPad

Education app of the week: goREACT for iPad

Periodic table poster getting a little ragged? goREACT for iPad not only displays the full table of elements on your iPad, but lets you get interactive and create your own chemical reactions too (without any classroom-based explosions…)

What is goREACT for iPad?

goREACT (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, free) is an app based on the Mendeleev periodic table that lets students learn about chemical elements and reactions on iPad, with all 118 elements listed by family and atomic number (you can also turn on atomic weights).

Tap once on each element for a brief summary of its properties, and an image; double tap on an element to add it to the ‘Reaction Area’. For example, tapping Fe tells you iron is a magnetic metal that’s been used in industry and decoration for thousands of years. It then prompts you to ‘Try adding some oxygen’, which results in the two elements reacting to form an iron oxide molecule (FeO), and giving a short description of rust.


How can it benefit the classroom?

Remembering and interpreting the periodic table can be tricky (it still catches us out in the pub quiz. goREACT helps by giving a more engaging way to tick off those KS3 chemistry curriculum points that relate directly to the periodic table – the varying physical and chemical properties of different elements, the principles underpinning the Mendeleev periodic table (periods and groups, metals and non-metals etc), predicting patterns in reactions, and the chemical properties of metal and non-metal oxides with respect to acidity.

What’s the best feature?

It always helps to give a bit of context, so the ‘Featured Reactions’ menu is particularly useful. This guides you through themed sets of chemical reactions that pertain to specific applications, including: It’s Personal (beauty and cosmetics),  Around the House (household), Vroom! (motoring), Mother Nature (the environment), and Get Technical (electronics).

Where can I get it?

goREACT (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, free) is completely free, and you can download it now from the App Store on iPad, or by heading to iTunes.

– Missed our last app review? Check out audioBoom 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 409 306, 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.

5 signs you might need Backup24

5 signs you might need Backup24

Assets all over the shop? Don’t have fast and easy access to data? If any of the following scenarios sound painfully familiar, chances are you could benefit from our secure, offsite, managed backup, Backup24

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Education app of the week: audioBoom for iPad

Education app of the week: audioBoom for iPad

This week, we’re talking podcasting, as we look at the popular audioBoom app for iPad, that gives students and teachers access to a vast repository of content, as well as letting them record their own shareable podcasts… 

What is audioBoom?

audioBoom (Audioboo Ltd, free) is a podcasting app that lets you  create podcasts as well as access a huge range of existing content from various media channels and education resources. It operates as both an online, browser-based service, and a complementary app for iPhone or iPad. If the name rings a bell, you may be thinking of the former Audioboo app – the company renamed it to audioBoom last year.

Once you’ve signed up for a free account, you can immediately start browsing podcasts, which are divided up by sub-sectors to make content easy to find. It’s not specifically aimed just at educators, so there is a lot of content which may not be too useful (one of their main selling points is the Russell Brand podcast), but there’s plenty on offer for students and teachers, including whole History and Knowledge sections, with stories relating to pretty much every subject. You can then save these to your playlist, or share by embedding the files on your website, over social media or using a QR code.



How can it benefit the classroom?

audioBoom is a great tool to provide supporting content in the classroom, for students to learn at home, and also for teachers to promote the idea of a flipped classroom. Students can create topic-specific playlists that link current affairs and stories with topics currently being studied, and share the playlists with the class. Teachers can also use the resources to keep up to date with current educational topics, so it works towards professional development too.

What’s the best feature?

Another great thing about audioBoom is that it lets you really easily record and edit audio straight from the app, so students can start creating their own podcasts without the need for any other equipment. Our Apple Education Trainers have been showing teachers how they can easily make audio recordings that can then be accessed by their students via QR code or any other way of sharing a weblink. This is great for creating sound-based resources (just scan a QR code next to a word to hear how it sounds, on a book to hear a book review, on a piece of work to hear some peer feedback, give an instruction in a treasure hunt, or add URLs to ThingLink to make a soundboard, and so on…)

Where can I get it?

It’s completely free to sign up for an audioBoom account, and you can download the app from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes here.

– Missed last week’s app review? Check out the new update to iTunes U here.

Want to know 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.

Education app of the week: iTunes U gets major update

Education app of the week: iTunes U gets major update

Apple have just announced a massive new update to iTunes U, now including in-app homework submission, integrated grade books and PDF annotation. So this week, we’re revisiting one of our favourite and most used education apps for iPad…

What is iTunes U for iPad?

You’re probably already fairly familiar with iTunes U (Apple, free), an app which both collates a wide range of educational materials from institutions around the world, and lets teachers create their own custom courses using digital textbooks, videos, and apps, to share with students. The app was first launched way back in 2007 (we covered its last iteration before on the blog here), but this 2015 update brings a number of very exciting new features, including:

• Students can now hand in their homework assignments.

• You can now annotate PDF assignments directly in iTunes U.

• Teachers can grade work and track student progress with an integrated grade book.

• New private one-to-one feedback between students and instructors.

• Ability to include multiple attachments per assignment.

iTunes U on iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

The major benefit of the new update to iTunes U is the homework submission aspect. Any student can now hand in their assignments directly from iPad, which makes the whole process much easier. The submitted work also features a time stamp, so teachers can makes sure it’s all in on time too.

What’s the best feature?

Another feature we can see being very useful for teachers is the addition of integrated grade books. This allows course instructors to associate a mark and score to an assignment and keep track of pupil grades. The course instructor will receive an alert whenever an assignment is received, and there are now tools for sending reminders to students who are failing to turn in their work, which makes it easier to keep track of student progress. Students can even annotate worksheets directly within the iTunes U app.

Where can I get it?

If you already have iTunes U (and have iOS 8.3 or later installed on your device), you can get the new features by updating the app through the App Store on your iPad. Alternatively download iTunes U (Apple, free) from the App Store or here on iTunes.

– Missed last week’s app review? Check out Chirp 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 409 306, email education@Jigsaw24.com, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.


Time to upgrade to Creative Cloud – Adobe price lock is back!

Time to upgrade to Creative Cloud – Adobe price lock is back!

Anybody still dallying over switching from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud now has another reason to make the move. Adobe have reinstated their price lock offer, saving you a whopping £543 over three years, but you only have until 28th August!

How does it work?

Basically, if you buy Adobe Creative Cloud today, you’ll pay £455 per user, per year (as opposed to £636), and you’ll then be locked in at that price for two annual renewals – giving you a total saving of £543 over the three year subscription. The offer applies to Creative Cloud for teams Complete, Creative Cloud Single App and Creative Cloud for teams with the new Adobe Stock image service. It doesn’t apply to education licences or renewals – the offer is only open to Creative Cloud customers moving from Creative Suite.

Why should I upgrade?

If you are still on Creative Suite, you’re missing out on tons of new features and updates that have come out since Adobe moved to Creative Cloud (see the full list of Creative Cloud 2015 updates, including Adobe Stock, here). Subscribing means you have access to the most up to date versions of Adobe creative tools like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, as well as new collaborative features, online storage and more. And this promotion means you get it all for a fixed price for the next three years.

How do I get it?

If you want to take advantage of this limited time only offer, you’ll need to get your orders in before 28th August. Just give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com and we’ll sort you out!

Interested in Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.


Adobe move into stock image arena with new Adobe Stock

Adobe move into stock image arena with new Adobe Stock

When Adobe announced their new Creative Cloud 2015 updates, one thing really caught the attention of the marketing team – Adobe Stock, Adobe’s new stock image service, which promises to offer up more than 45 million royalty-free assets.

While similar to the widely used Getty iStock and Shutterstock, Adobe Stock is going to be a better prospect for creatives, as it hooks directly into Creative Cloud Libraries. Rather than having to download each individual image to your machine to import into Photoshop, Illustrator, or whatever, you can simply pick out your images on Adobe Stock and they’ll then show up in the library window within the app. Using the new CreativeSync technology, you can edit the image in low-res before buying, then as soon as you purchase the full version, your edits will all be automatically applied – something that’ll help smooth your design workflow and save time.

You might be wondering, ‘where did Adobe get 45 million images from overnight?’. Earlier this year, they acquired the existing stock photo service Fotolia, bringing content including photos, illustrations and vector graphics. Adobe say video will be heading to Stock soon too.

The key points

– World-class content (access to 45 million assets).

– Direct integration into CC desktop apps (add images to libraries, access them from desktop and mobile and even share them with your team).

– In-app purchase (start with watermarked images, then buy high-res versions inside app).

– Accelerated workflows, faster time to market, increased productivity.

– Easy to manage via Admin Console; licences can be re-assigned.

[UPDATE, 29/07/15] New Feature! Pooled Images for Creative Cloud for teams

As Creative Cloud for teams users ourselves, we’re super excited about this new feature. With pooled images, if any member in your team purchases an Adobe Stock licence, all the images that the user then buys will automatically be shared with your creative team. After all, sharing is caring.

Wondering how pooled images works? So, once your administrator has purchased Adobe Stock and assigned it to Dave or Sheila (or anyone on your team), from now on, all the images that Dave or Sheila downloads will be available to you and the rest of your team. You will also see the available number of images on the Adobe Stock website.

Already purchased Adobe Stock? No problem. Your images will automatically be pooled across to your team – no need to lift a finger.

Adobe Stock price plans

Another way that Adobe Stock differs from other stock image services is that Adobe are aiming this at creatives who regularly need stock images. Because any images that have been paid for but unused roll over for an entire year for the ten images per month plan, subscribing makes good financial sense if you do need regular access to assets. Your options from Jigsaw24 are:

– Ten images per month for anyone with a current Creative Cloud subscription – £240 ex VAT for a year.

– 750 images per month for anyone with a current Creative Cloud subscription – £1440 ex VAT for a year.

– Creative Cloud for teams Complete 2015 bundled with Adobe Stock, ten images per month – From £698 ex VAT for a year.


Adobe Stock FAQs

What file types are available? Adobe Stock images are available in JPEG, AI, EPS and SVG file formats.

What resolutions are stock images available in? All Adobe Stock content is provided at its highest available resolution. While this resolution depends on the camera used to originally capture the image, most of the content can accommodate high-quality printed output up to 300dpi. Vector files can be printed in all formats without any loss in quality.

Can I try out stock images before buying them? Yes. You can try out Adobe Stock content by downloading the low-res, watermarked version. No payment is required until you decide to license the image.

Where can I use Adobe Stock photos, illustrations and graphics? Adobe Stock photos, illustrations and vector files can be used in any creative project, including print ads, brochures, presentations, posters, book covers, commercials, websites and annual reports. For complete image licensing terms, visit www.adobe.com/legal/terms.html.

Can I edit the images I buy? Yes. You are welcome to edit the image in any way you deem necessary. Note, however, that your modifications must not violate or infringe on the intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, nor place the author or the model in a bad light or depict them in any way that might be deemed offensive.

Does Adobe Stock offer extended licences allowing licensees to sell derivative products or services based on an image? At the moment, Adobe Stock offers only standard licences, which allow the licensee to use the images for illustration purposes only.

Can I buy an image for a client, or do they need to create their own account? You can purchase an image on behalf of a client. However, please note that if you want to use the same image for different clients, the image must be licensed separately for each client’s use.

Can my team pool our Adobe Stock licences? Certainly! See above for more information about pooled images.

In which Creative Cloud applications can I use Adobe Stock? Adobe Stock content can be used in any Creative Cloud desktop or mobile application in which a user can place a photo, illustration or graphic. Images can also be saved directly into Creative Cloud Libraries for instant access across apps. The Creative Cloud Libraries feature is currently supported in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator Line, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch and Adobe Comp.

Can I share a licensed image in a Creative Cloud Library? You can share the licensed asset with employees or subcontractors, provided that they follow all of the license restrictions. (For example: If you work for an ad agency and license the image on behalf of a client, you may share that image with a colleague who’s working on another project for the same client. If you transfer the asset or a derivative work to a client, then you must purchase a second license if you intend to use it for the benefit of a different client.)

How do I use Adobe Stock with CC apps that don’t support Creative Cloud Libraries? Adobe Stock images can be downloaded directly from the website to your computer and opened in your desktop app.

What happens if I don’t use all my monthly licences in a given month? With a small subscription plan, which includes 10 images a month, unused downloads carry over to the next month as long as your subscription is active. The total carryover limit is 120 downloads. With large subscriptions, which include 750 downloads per month, unused downloads do not roll over.

Can a Creative Cloud for teams administrator see how many Adobe Stock images have been used per delegate? No. The administrator cannot see Adobe Stock usage in the Admin Console.

Can Adobe Stock subscriptions be reassigned in the same way that a Creative Cloud for teams license can be reassigned? Yes. The administrator would follow the same process in the Admin Console.


Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 251 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Adobe drop new 2015 Creative Cloud features and updates

Adobe drop new 2015 Creative Cloud features and updates

In what’s become a bit of a yearly tradition, Adobe have unveiled major new 2015 updates for all Creative Cloud desktop apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more.

Creative Cloud 2015 also brings new updates to mobile apps, including the brand new Adobe Hue for iOS, as well as new improved libraries and the new Adobe Stock asset marketplace. Of course, if you’ve got an ongoing Creative Cloud membership, all the new stuff comes at no extra cost too. We’ve picked out our top new updates and features below.


Desktop apps get a sprinkling of magic

All 15 Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps get updates in the 2015 release, with Adobe adding what they call their ‘Adobe Magic’. Just some of the new features to look out for include:

Photoshop CC. 2015 sees the introduction of Artboards, an easy way to create and preview multiple layouts of different sizes in one Photoshop document, and Device Preview, so you can check how they’ll look on different devices. An interesting workflow addition is the new Photoshop Design Space interface which lets users create their own tool layouts based on just the tools they need to do their work. Performance-wise, the Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush and Patch tools have been boosted with Mercury Graphics Engine enhancements, so you get results up to a massive 120 times faster than in CS6.

Lightroom CC. Lightroom, as well as Photoshop, gets a new Dehaze feature which eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots, for startlingly clear images. Haze can also be added to a photo for artistic effect.

Illustrator CC. Illustrator has also had a speed boost – it’s now ten times faster and ten times more precise than CS6. Thanks to a new Mercury Performance System boost, you can pan, zoom and scroll faster and more smoothly, and zoom into your artwork to create and edit with incredible precision (magnification can now reach up to 64,000% instead of 6400%). A new Chart tool lets users create custom charts and graphics.

InDesign CC. Mercury performance has also come to InDesign, meaning you can now zoom, scroll and page through complex documents twice as fast. Other new enhancements let you place images directly into cells of tables, add colour or shading to paragraphs, and publish and distribute documents with a single click.

Premiere Pro CC. Video users get spoiled with some big new improvements in the 2015 release. The new Lumetri Colour panel simplifies colour workflows with better colour correction tools and intuitive sliders. For editing interviews, the new Morph Cut feature smooths out jump cuts and sound bytes in talking-head shots to create a cohesive, polished sequence.

After Effects CC. New tracking features give you exceptional accuracy by managing the level of detail you track, and simple mask tracking lets you quickly apply effects only to a face, such as selective colour correction or blurring. You can easily animate 2D characters from Illustrator or Photoshop with Character Animator, which tracks your facial movements, records a voiceover and even triggers bodily movement with simple keyboard actions and automated features. Newcomers will also benefit from the new Simplified Preview mode which helps users get to grips with motion graphics and visual effects.

Dreamweaver CC. It’s now easier than ever to create mobile websites in Dreamweaver, with support for responsive design to create production-ready websites that dynamically adapt to various screen sizes. You also have the ability to preview and test websites on multiple devices in realtime. Quickly turn Photoshop comps into code-based designs with Extract, and work more efficiently with Code Editor tools like code completion, built-in validation and site management.

Muse CC. With instant access to premium fonts in Typekit from the Adobe Muse font menu, and the ability to integrate blogs, shopping carts, radio buttons and more using new widgets downloaded from the Library panel, it’s now much faster to create dynamic, engaging web designs.


Libraries get Linked Assets

Creative Cloud Libraries has always been a favourite feature of our team, giving easier access to key tools, brushes, colours, fonts and more, in Photoshop and InDesign. Now in the 2015 release, that functionality is extended to more apps, with support for Premiere Pro and After Effects. Adobe have also added support for Linked Assets, which lets you make an amend to an asset and then have that change automatically incorporated within every document or project.


Adobe stock up on assets

Adobe Stock is Adobe’s new asset marketplace, home to some 40 million quality images and graphics. It conveniently integrates into CC desktop apps like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more, letting you save images to your Creative Cloud Libraries and then access them directly from inside your apps. You can work with watermarked images directly in comps, then when you’re ready to purchase, any edits you made to the watermarked image are magically applied to the purchased full-resolution image via CreativeSync.

You can buy Adobe Stock with new Creative Cloud for teams purchases or simply add it to your existing membership, and we’ll have full pricing and availability soon.


New and improved mobile CC apps

The Creative Cloud mobile app lineup keeps getting stronger, with updates to Adobe Comp CC, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, Brush CC, Shape CC and Color CC for iPad and iPhone (Shape, Color and Photoshop Mix are also now available for Android).

Adobe have also released new mobile apps Adobe Hue, Preview and Comp which are designed to make it even easier to capture inspiration and create from anywhere. Hue lets you capture colour palettes from photographs to create ‘Looks’ that can be uploaded to your Creative Cloud Library. You can then use these as creative references and to improve video footage in apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Clip for iOS devices. Adobe Preview CC gives Photoshop CC designers precise, realtime previews of their mobile designs, while you can use Comp CC to draft your layouts using natural drawing gestures.


– The 2015 updates to CC desktop and mobile apps are available to download immediately for all Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost. If you want to know more about Creative Cloud subscriptions, get in touch on the details below.

Adobe Creative Cloud hub on Jigsaw24

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Education app of the week: Chirp for iPad

Education app of the week: Chirp for iPad

Sometimes sending files between devices is a right faff. But with the Chirp app for iPad, you can send photos, videos and other files between devices with a mere chaffinch-like chirping audio clip…

What is Chirp for iPad?

Chirp (Animal Systems, free) is a simple file sharing app that uses sound to transfer images, gifs, PDFs, and now video, over the air between iOS devices. The technology behind how it actually does this still baffles me (something about data in the files being turned into audio clips, which are then picked up and decoded by other Chirp users and converted into links to the original files), but the little birdsong flourish, or ‘chirp’, emitted when you send and receive a file is pleasing enough to not have to worry about its inner workings.

How can it benefit the classroom?

It may seem like a bit of a novelty (a pretty impressive one at that) like the fist-bumping transfer app Bump, but Chirp actually has a lot of practical benefits over other file sharing apps or messaging services. It’s easy to use for a start – you just open the app, tap the ‘+’ button, add your required media from your Camera Roll or create a note, take a photo or video from directly within the app, then tap the little lightning bolt button to send it out as an audio signal. Recipients just need to be running Chirp themselves to pick up the file.

The other big benefit we can see for education is security. Unlike some apps, such as WhatsApp, that use an email address or phone number as a user ID to actually send media, all Chirp requires is for both users to be on a WiFi or cellular network. There’s no sign-in via social media, no user profile to create, and not even any need for Bluetooth – each chirp is a one-time transfer to devices whose microphone can pick up the audio signal. Also, no data is stored on Chirp’s servers.

What’s the best feature?

While Chirp is intended as a quick way of transferring media to anyone in a close proximity, the audio functionality on which it’s based actually lends itself to wider usage. For example, you could send students files such as PDF worksheets by Chirping over the classroom’s TV, over a school PA system, or even over Skype or FaceTime. Although, we have found it does work best when the devices are closer together.

Where can I get it?

Chirp is completely free, and you can download it from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes.

– Missed last week’s app review? Catch up on our review of PopBoardz here.

Want to know 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 Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.


Education app of the week: PopBoardz for iPad

Education app of the week: PopBoardz for iPad

We’re looking at PopBoardz for iPad this week – an app that lets you present and share slides containing file types of all sorts, including video. A great one to add to yours and students’ presentation toolkit…

What is PopBoardz for iPad?

The premise of PopBoardz (Moonbeach Inc, free) is simple – organise, present and share your ideas on one tile, or ‘board’. Unlike some ‘moodboard’-style apps though, PopBoardz allows you to upload all kinds of file type, including images and videos. All you have to do is open the app, tap and hold a tile to start importing media, and edit away before sharing with colleagues or students.


How can it benefit the classroom?

While PopBoardz is great for delivering presentations to students via Apple TV, it’s also really beneficial as a tool for students to organise notes on various topics. Say the class is studying a text like Romeo and Juliet – you can ask them to create boards along the way based on their thoughts, including text, imagery and video, which can then be used as reference aids when it comes to writing up that all-important essay. The same goes for complex experiments in science – students can take photos at each step, upload them to PopBoardz with accompanying captions, and then have evidence to back up their conclusion. The applications for education are really endless.

What’s the best feature?

The thing that marks PopBoardz out from other ‘moodboard’ apps is the wide range of media you’re able to arrange on one board. Import PDFs, JPEGs, notes, websites and videos all into the same board. Videos can only be imported from iCloud Drive, Dropbox and Google Drive though, so you just have to make sure you’ve done that first.

Where can I get it?

You can easily download PopBoardz (Moonbeach Inc, free) to iPad, and iPhone, from the App Store or iTunes.

– Missed our last app of the week? Catch up with our review of Quizlet here.

Want to know 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 Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.