Education app of the week: Post-it Plus for iPad

Education app of the week: Post-it Plus for iPad

This week we’re featuring Post-it Plus for iPad, a fab little app that lets you digitise and share your Post-it notes. Our regional education consultants have recently been using it as a way of letting pupils collaborate on ideas, and now we’ve all fallen in love with it too…

What is Post-it Plus?

Physical Post-it notes are great (you should see the abundance of yellow reminders surrounding the copy team’s monitors), but they do have a tendency to lose their sticky-ness, fall off or get forgotten. With Post-It Plus (3M Company, free), you have a great way of organising all your little notes and thoughts. You just capture an image of your notes with your iPad camera, then are able to edit, group and organise them, before sharing your organised board.

Post-it Plus for iPad

How does it benefit the classroom?

Collaboration is the watchword here. The team have been using it with pupils to get them working together and put ideas down on Post-its, then send the collective notes to themselves digitally. Sort of like a digital mood board, it’s ideal for group activities where pupils have to work together and collate ideas. It now works with Handoff too, so you can continue collaborating across all your supported devices.

What’s the best feature?

We particularly like the sharing features on offer in Post-it Plus. Once you’ve combined your boards, you can then share via all your favourite apps and platforms. Post-it Plus supports PDF export, Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel sharing, as well as Dropbox and more.

Where can I get it?

You’ll have to take a trip to the stationery cupboard to get your Post-its, unfortunately. But the good news is that Post-it Plus (3M Company, free) is available to download via the App Store on your iPad, or by heading over to iTunes. And it’s free too!

– Missed our last app review? Find out why we’re loving Mathletics Student 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 Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Thanks for stopping by our CEO perspective on apps event

Thanks for stopping by our CEO perspective on apps event

Last week, we got together with Phoenix IT to hold an app development event in Soho, aiming to give a CEO perspective on how apps can benefit your business. To everyone who made it down, we’d just like to say a big thank you – it was great to see you and talk apps!

Our own CEO, Martin Balaam, was on host duties for the day, beginning with an introduction to apps, and the merits of investing in apps to take your business to the next level. Of course it’s often the bottom line that CEOs, business leaders, department heads and budget holders are looking at when investing in new tech, so Martin broke down the costs for development, support and training, the skills required and the realistic ROI you could expect. Our head of app development, Neil Box, was also on hand to explain the end-to-end app dev process, and field any questions.

Then it was over to our guest speaker Tim Bodill, Sales Director at Phoenix IT, to explain how apps had changed Phoenix’s sales focus. When Tim first came to us looking for an app, his ambition was consistency, getting the sales guys to talk a consistent message about their products and services. Once the app was installed, it really sparked the imagination of the sales team and the business and now the app has developed into so much more, with sales staff able to provide product information and quotes instantly. From a managerial prospective, Tim now has the ability to track quotes, notes and meetings and so much more. Thanks for the talk, Tim!

We hope the session was useful for anyone thinking about apps for their business or being asked to sign off budget for an app development project, taking you behind the scenes from business needs to finished app and everything else in between. Thanks again for coming, and hopefully talk to you again soon!

Martin Balaam talks apps for business

 

Tim Bodill on Phoenix's app journey

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Want to know more about app development for businesses? 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.

 

How to use Guided Access to turn your iPad into an in-store kiosk

How to use Guided Access to turn your iPad into an in-store kiosk

It would be great to let your customers have a browse around your eCommerce site on an iPad kiosk, wouldn’t it? It’s certainly a way to bust queues by providing relevant product info without the need to wait for a sales assistant. But how do you make sure they’re not exiting your great content to Instagram a selfie or have a quick blast of Threes?

One of iOS’s inherent features, Guided Access, lets you lock down your iPad onto just one app (Safari, for example) or piece of content, so you can leverage that iPad you have lying around to feature your content, without your customers navigating away from the good stuff, with just a triple-click of the Home button. Now you have another stationary POS or kiosk system where customers can engage with your products, inventory, stock levels and pricing – immediately busting your queues.

How to turn on and use Guided Access

Using the Guided Access feature in iOS is incredibly easy. You don’t need any special admin skills or anything, just follow these quick steps on your iPad:

– First, as with any change to your iPad’s settings, head to ‘Settings’.

– From here, you’ll want ‘General’, then ‘Accessibility’.

– Now scroll down to the LEARNING subheader and you’ll see ‘Guided Access’. This will probably say ‘Off’ next to it.

– You want to turn that feature ‘On’, so tap into it and make sure the slider next to Guided Access is highlighted green.

– That’s it. Now, you can exit out of Settings and open up the app or content you want the user to be locked in to.

– With that open, triple-click the Home button, and a new menu will come up, with your app or content in the middle. From here, you can do a few very cool things:

Disable areas. Using your finger, you can simply circle on the screen around any areas of the app or content that you want to disable. If you’re in Safari, that means you can disable the search/address bar, History, Share and other options that might take the user away from your site.

Restrict buttons and touch. You can also restrict what method of input the user has access to. Under Hardware Buttons, decide whether they can use Sleep/Wake, Volume, Motion and Keyboards. Under Touch, you can restrict whether they can use touch input.

Time Limit. With Time Limit options, you’re able to set a time period for Guided Access to be on, which is handy if you only need to be locked into the app or content for a short period of time.

– You’re now good to go. Tap Start, and you’ll be asked to set a passcode for the Guided Access session (something other than 1-2-3-4 or 0-0-0-0 is usually helpful!).

– The user is now locked into your specific app or content. If they press the Home button, they will be prompted to triple-click, which in turn requires your passcode (which you’ve definitely remembered or saved somewhere safe…) to turn off.

Want more tips on the best ways to use iPad in retail? We’ll soon be holding a free webinar all about how iPad can boost your bottom line. Keep an eye out for details!

Want to find out more about improving your customer experience with iPad for retail? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email retail@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Video: An introduction to EIZO ColorEdge displays

Video: An introduction to EIZO ColorEdge displays

Wondering which EIZO ColorEdge display is right for you? In this quick video, we go hell for leather to round up the full CS, CX and CG roster, and explain why each of them is perfect for a certain creative workflow. You can also take a more leisurely amble through the range in Debs’s EIZO ColorEdge roundup here, or of course get in touch with the team on the details below to talk all things EIZO.

Want to know more about the EIZO lineup? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email displays@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Education app of the week: Mathletics Student for iPad

Education app of the week: Mathletics Student for iPad

If you’re already using Mathletics to engage your pupils with maths, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s also an iPad app version too – Mathletics Student – letting your pupils keep on learning on the go. See why we’re such fans… 

What is Mathletics Student for iPad?

For any newcomers, Mathletics is an online platform for pupils to learn and practise all aspects of maths including arithmetic, shapes, measures, data handling and more advanced topics. It’s all done through live games that include step-by-step support through problems.  It’s based on an active global community of more than 10,000 schools and 3.5 million users, who pupils can ‘play’ against to rack up high scores while they learn.

Mathletics Student on iTunes

Mathletics Student (3P Learning, free), is the iPad version of this. You can log onto the Mathletics app on an iPad and your account settings and results data will automatically be synced across, so pupils can carry on with the same challenges they were completing on the desktop version. There’s also now an offline mode, which means you don’t even have to be connected to the internet to access Mathletics.

How can it benefit the classroom?

The reason we’ve seen so many schools using Mathletics so far is the fact that it is so closely aligned to the UK National Curriculum. We’re not just talking simple arithmetic challenges here – Mathletics is broken down by year level, so you have everything from basic reception-friendly activities (numbers and patterns, spaces and shapes etc) right up to GCSE-level (ratios, quadratics, linear equations, data handling, trig and all that lovely stuff). It’s a great complement to your traditional teaching methods, getting children engaged with challenges to achieve outstanding results.

What’s the best feature?

We really love how teachers and parents can also get involved. Through the separate Mathletics Teacher app (3P Learning, free), teachers can assign homework or classwork activities, access all their students’ results data in realtime, and amend and update courses directly from their iPad or iPhone. Weekly reports can also be emailed straight to parents, so they get to have an insight into how their child is progressing.

Where can I get it?

You can download Mathletics Student (3P Learning, free) for iPad from the App Store, or by heading to iTunes. Mathletics Teacher (3P Learning, free) for iPad is available here. Just note, you need to have subscribed to Mathletics online first to get access to the Mathletics apps.

– Missed our last app review? See what we thought of ClassFlow 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 Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Jigsaw24 and Code42 strike deal with global entertainment company

Jigsaw24 and Code42 strike deal with global entertainment company

Nottingham, 4th February 2015 – Jigsaw24 and Code42 have secured a six-figure deal to provide an enterprise-wide, cross-platform device backup solution to more than 1000 staff.

A global interactive entertainment company for the mobile world selected Jigsaw24 and Code42’s CrashPlan to make it more secure and more productive. Bruce Wright, Head of Solutions at Jigsaw24 commented, “this contract demonstrates Jigsaw24’s ability to deliver mixed platform solutions that incorporate Apple devices into an Apple-enabled business and firmly establishes our ability to offer solutions that meet business needs rapidly”.

Andy Hardy, managing director at Code42 confirmed, “Jigsaw24 is a trusted and respected partner of Code42, and continues to add value to its Apple portfolio through the introduction of market leading products such as CrashPlan enterprise endpoint backup.”

About Code42

Code42 connects people to the files they need, securely, quickly and from any location via any device. Combining CrashPlan, a one-click backup solution, and SharePlan, a file syncing application that allows end users access to sync and share files from devices to your company servers – all with unparalled data security and all hosted on premise or in a private cloud.

Want to know more? Contact Lisa Jones, Marketing Communications Manager at Jigsaw24, on 0115 916 5592 or email lisa.jones@Jigsaw24.com.

Education app of the week: ClassFlow for iPad

Education app of the week: ClassFlow for iPad

One of the great things about BETT is the chance to check out various vendors’ latest wares. And this year, we were particularly impressed with interactive whiteboard manufacturer Promethean’s new iPad app, ClassFlow.

What is ClassFlow for iPad?

ClassFlow (Promethean, free) is an all-in-one, cloud-based classroom presentation and management tool that lets teachers create multimedia lessons, and then deliver interactive content including pictures, graphs and activities quizzes, polls and surveys to student devices. There are two versions of the app – ClassFlow Teacher and ClassFlow Student – as well as a browser-based content creation platform, ClassFlow.com.

ScreenFlow on iPad

ClassFlow Teacher allows teachers to lead interactive lessons using their iPad from anywhere in the classroom. Navigate a lesson while displaying it on the classroom display, share differentiated content and drive discussions, control live polls, access notes and view realtime progress, all very simply from within the app. The Student version combines with ClassFlow Teacher to let students receive lesson content from the teacher direct to their device, and respond to questions and open-ended activities more creatively through words, drawings or annotations.

How can it benefit the classroom?

Being able to deliver interactive content using ClassFlow makes for a more engaging and collaborative learning experience, with students able to demonstrate learning in a range of different ways. Using the feedback functionality like polls, quizzes and surveys also allows teachers to assess student understanding. And you don’t need any new hardware to run it all – while ClassFlow does work with any Promethean Smartboards you might already have, ClassFlow is free to download and start using straight away on teachers’ and students’ devices.

What’s the best feature?

What we really like about ClassFlow is just how easy it is to start building lessons. You can search and import all manner of  existing content including webpages, PDFs, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint docs, Promethean ActivInspire flipcharts, and video files from multiple sources. For a handy place to start, you can also access lessons shared by other teachers in the ClassFlow community.

Where can I get it?

ClassFlow Student (Promethean, free) is available to download from the App Store on your iPad, or you can check it out on iTunes here.

– Missed our last app review? Catch up with why we love RefME 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 Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Imagine release new 2.5 update to PreRoll Post archiving app

Imagine release new 2.5 update to PreRoll Post archiving app

Great news for editors who like to take the hard work out of their archiving process – Imagine have just released a new update to their celebrated LTFS archiving application PreRoll Post, with new features including an improved database design, optimisitaion for Sony’s Optical Disc Archive and more.

What’s PreRoll Post?

PreRoll Post is an LTFS archiving application aimed at simplifying the archiving process, creating proxies, thumbs and metadata while backing up to multiple locations at once. With handy schedule and notification features, users can set it to get to work, then sit back and relax. Being non-proprietary software, it works with all LTO tape drives or Sony’s Optical Disc Archive. Don’t just take our word for it though – FCP and Adobe trainer, and all-round video production supremo Larry Jordan has long sang its praises too.

So what’s new in PreRoll Post 2.5?

Imagine say they’ve been listening to customer feedback to make PreRoll Post even better, and in the new version 2.5 update they’ve added new features to make your archiving process even easier. These include:

– Updated database design to support large data sets like RAW archives.

– Optimised for Sony’s Optical Disc Archive.

– Updated Discovery Channel compliance to 2.2.0 specs.

– Faster and easier retrieval, right-click options on tapes and drives.

– Support for Unitex’s USB3 LTO drive.

Where can I get it?

This one’s easy. You can buy Imagine’s PreRoll Post as an electronic software download from us, for £300 ex VAT. Just click the banner below.

Want to know more about PreRoll Post? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Record your iPad screen on Mac

Yosemite Mac tip of the month: Record your iPad screen on Mac

We continue our monthly look at the most useful new features in Mac OS X Yosemite with how to mirror and record your iPad screen on your Mac.

This is fantastic if you want to run through a presentation or process you have on your iPad with colleagues, as you can record everything you’re doing on screen, as well as your voiceover explaining any details, then package it up and share it as one file. here’s how to go about it:

1. To start, simply connect your iPad to your Mac with the USB/Lightning adaptor.

2. Now, open up QuickTime Player from your Mac’s Applications folder, and start a ‘New Movie Recording’ from under the File tab.

3. QuickTime will detect your iPad and should automatically start mirroring your screen. If it’s still showing your Mac’s iSight camera view, however, all you have to do to switch to iPad is click on the little drop down menu next to QuickTime’s record button and click on ‘iPad’ as the input source, instead of ‘FaceTime HD Camera’.

4. Now you can record anything you do on iPad as normal using QuickTime. Just click the record button to start recording.

5. When you’re finished, hit the stop button, and your recording will be saved. You can now export the resulting .mov file by clicking on File > Export, or immediately share the file with clients and colleagues over Email, Messages, AirDrop or a range of social media platforms. Easy!

You’ll also notice that the battery life of your iPad is shown at 100% in the recording, and the carrier (eg EE) is not displayed. This is a clever touch from Apple, especially for business users who may be presenting externally and would prefer not to show those details.

Want to know more about Mac? Give our team a call on 03332 409 306 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Education app of the week: RefME for iPad

Education app of the week: RefME for iPad

If you’ve graduated from university, or are currently slogging your way through a course now, you won’t need us to tell you all about the Harvard-based horrors that are referencing and citations. Good then, that we now have RefME for iPad, an app that promises to turn writing coursework into a reference-laden joy.

What is RefME for iPad?

RefME itself is a browser-based tool for generating citations, reference lists and bibliographies. To accompany this, you have the RefME for iPad app (ReferenceME Ltd, free), which syncs up with refme.com. While the browser version automates the whole referencing process for you, letting you search by book/journal article title, DOI, ISBN, ISSN or by copying and pasting any website URL, the iPad app lets you use the camera to scan in any book’s barcode or ISBN, then sync with refme.com to create a reference list in just a click.

RefME for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

We’d say RefME would be ideal for all college and university students. Keeping track of dozens and dozens of citations can sometimes be a bit of a chore, especially when left to compile until the very end of an essay or dissertation (guilty…). But with RefME, you can stay on top of references as you go, making the whole process much easier and quicker. And as it’s free, it’s definitely worth recommending to all your students/colleagues.

What are the best bits?

What we really love about RefME is how quick it makes referencing for journal articles, book titles, DOI, ISSN, ISBN and others, with just one click or a scan of a barcode. As well as 7000+ referencing styles to choose from (including Harvard, APA, MHRA and other university-specific styles), RefME includes 35 referencing sources from legal cases, DVDs, CDs and more, so will comply with university standards. Everything’s synced and saved with refme.com too, from where you can export your references to email, Word, Evernote and more.

How much is it and where can I get it?

RefME for iPad (ReferenceME Ltd, free) is completely free and available to download from the App Store on your iPad, or through iTunes. There’s also an iPhone version.

– Missed our last app review? See our favourite apps for learning to type 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 Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.