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

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Education app of the week: PureFlow for iPad

Education app of the week: PureFlow for iPad

If you’re looking for a really simple way to create flowcharts, you’d do well to take a look at PureFlow for iPad, which our Apple Education Trainers have recently been using in computing curriculum workshops.

What is PureFlow for iPad?

There’s nothing fancy about PureFlow (Aleksandr Kozlov, free); it’s simply a very easy way of creating flowcharts on iPad. Open up the app, tap to create a new flowchart and you have a blank canvas on which to create any kind of flowchart. Tap anywhere to create a start point, and branch out from there choosing different types of objects and dragging arrows to extend your chart outwards, drag elements around, and more. Once finished, you can share your flowchart via email, Facebook, Twitter, PDF, or save it as an image.

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How can it benefit the classroom?

As mentioned, the team have been using PureFlow in computing workshops, helping to visualise ideas through mind maps and flowcharts (maths, design, even projects in creative subjects like English and drama). But it could really be used in any subject, both for presentation and in the concept and planning stages of a project to share ideas with teachers and peers, as having a visual aid is a great way to help people make decisions.

What’s the best feature?

We’ve tried a few different flowchart apps, but for basic flowcharting, PureFlow really can’t be beat. In fact, its lack of bells and whistles is probably its greatest feature (that, and the fact that it’s completely free too).

Where can I get it?

PureFlow (Aleksandr Kozlov, free) is completely free to download. You can get it on the App Store, or here on iTunes.

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.

Education app of the week: Tickle for iPad

Education app of the week: Tickle for iPad

The robots have taken over! Well, they’ve heavily influenced this week’s education app review, in any case, as we take a look at Tickle, the simple robot programming app for iPad… 

What is Tickle for iPad?

Tickle (Tickle Labs, Inc, free) is a free app that lets you program a wide variety of robots through a simple programming language and drag and drop visual interface, then control them from an iPad. Just some of the ‘bots and systems controllable by Tickle include the Sphero robotic ball, a wide variety of flyable drones, the Arduino open-source electronic prototyping platform and Philips Hue smart home lighting. You can also program interactive stories and simple games using a library of animated characters and sounds.

Tickle for iPad, and Sphero

How can it benefit the classroom?

What we’ve been really interested in is using Tickle with the Sphero robotic ball. It provides a simple way to cover off some of the key aspects laid out in the computing curriculum, including: understanding what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions; creating and debugging simple programs, and using logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.

A good lesson plan, for example, is navigating a simple maze using both Sphero and Tickle. Mark out lines on the floor using tape, then get pupils to move the Sphero ball across the maze, while describing the movement and location by coding the sequence (there may be a bit of trial and error involved in the programming). It’s a really fun, creative and collaborative way to solve mathematical problems.

What’s the best feature?

What we probably like most about Tickle is just how easy it is for pupils to pick up, get programming, then start controlling robots in just a few minutes. It’s all done through a colourful visual programming language, whereby pupils can simply drag and drop blocks of commands to string sequences together (if you’ve ever used Sphero MacroLab or the Scratch language before, you’ll be right at home with this).

Where can I get it?

Tickle (Tickle Labs, Inc, free) is completely free, and you can download it from the App Store on your iPad, or by heading to iTunes. If you’d like to know more about Sphero, get in touch with the team on the details below.

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 for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

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.

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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.

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: 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.

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.

 

App of the month: Apogee MetaRecorder for iOS

App of the month: Apogee MetaRecorder for iOS

This month, we’ve been looking at MetaRecorder, Apogee’s new field recording app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (and Apple Watch too). With high quality audio recording, comprehensive metadata and Final Cut Pro X integration, find out why we think this is going to be one to interest pros as well as consumers…

What is Apogee MetaRecorder?

Years ago there was a piece of software called MetaCorder, developed by Gallery. New app MetaRecorder is very similar, but developed for iOS and now with the Apogee name on it. Apogee are hailing it as the “first two-channel audio recording app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to offer intuitive multi-take recording, tagging and file organisation for any field recording scenario”.

How does it work?

First of all, connect a microphone, audio interface or use the built-in microphone on your iOS device to record mono or stereo audio up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. MetaRecorder then lets you add keywords, markers and notes, designate ‘favourite’ takes and customise auto file naming for a unique, informative and easily searchable name. Once you’re done, save your session as an FCPXML file from the app. When opened in Final Cut Pro, metadata entered in the field makes searching and organising your media fast and effortless.

MetaRecorder for iOS

Who is it for?

While Apogee are positioning this as a simple high-quality setup to record podcasts, presentations, news reports, interviews or meetings, as well as a consumer app for recording school plays, wedding speeches and the like, we can also see it being used in more professional applications. The FCP X workflow is certainly very interesting for audio post.

MetaRecorder lets you apply metadata tags like keywords, favourites, markers and more to your audio files while recording in the field, then share the recorded audio and Final Cut Pro XML files directly to Dropbox. Once you’ve imported it into Final Cut Pro on a Mac, the captured metadata gives you a much simpler way of organising and parsing your media, substantially accelerating your post-production workflow.

What’s the best feature?

OK, we’re going out on a limb here to suggest a feature that we may not have yet actually used, but can see being very useful – Apogee have already developed an Apple Watch version of MetaRecorder, enabling you to have a remote control for the iPhone or iPad app. Essential features that can be controlled from Apple Watch include start and stop recording, adding a take to favourites, adding markers and setting your microphone input level. Now, just wake us up when our Apple Watch delivery gets here, will you?

How much and where can I get it?

Apogee MetaRecorder (Apogee Electronics Corp, free) is free to download from the App Store on your iPad or iTunes. Just a word of warning – the free version of MetaRecorder does limit you to just 60 seconds’ continuous recording time. For a limited time, if you have a compatible Sennheiser or Apogee device, you can unlock unlimited continuous recording for free by connecting to MetaRecorder (check iTunes for a full list of compatible devices), or purchase the full version in the app to unlock the recording time restriction.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Audio 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.

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.

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.

Adobe launch new storytelling app, Adobe Voice for iPad

Adobe launch new storytelling app, Adobe Voice for iPad

Adobe are best known for their professional Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop and InDesign, and tools like Acrobat, but lately they’ve been focusing on standalone mobile apps too. Now they’ve officially launched Adobe Voice, their brand new storytelling app for iPad.

Aiming to give anyone the ability to create and share engaging stories, Adobe Voice lets users easily create and share animated videos that combine images, music, voice recordings and special effects. This is great news for educators and students who want an easy in to creating basic video, using simple tools that make it easy to teach, to learn and to express themselves creatively.

It’s an ideal way for teachers to explain a concept or for students looking to create an engaging school assignment where they may not necessarily have the skills or resources to go down the traditional video route.

Adobe Voice for iPad

All you need do to get started is choose from a preset story template which outlines the structure of your video. Then you can simply import your own photos, pick from the app’s library of 25,000 icons or search the web for your own images. Next, pop a soundtrack over the top to fit your video from Adobe’s library, and even record a voiceover to explain your story. Your finished animated video can then be shared across social networks by posting a single link through social media, email, personal blogs or websites.

We’re going to be giving Adobe Voice a thorough test in the future, but in the meantime, why not give it a go yourself? It’s completely free and available to download now from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes.

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.
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Education app of the week: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy for iPad

Education app of the week: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy for iPad

Based on the ever popular children’s book, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy for iPad is an app version of the little black dog’s tales. As well as a fantastic story, it’s perfect for promoting literacy skills. 

What is Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy for iPad?

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (Penguin New Zealand Pty Ltd, £2.99) is an interactive version of the children’s book, or QBook. It lets pupils read along with the story by either tapping each individual word, or running their finger along text to form sentences, paint directly onto pages and record their own voice. The book retains the same charm of author Lynley Dodd’s writing rhythm and watercolour canine hero, which is all enlivened by David Tennant’s thespian narration.
Hairy Maclary app for iPad

Hairy Maclary app for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Hairy Maclary is a perfect aid for early learning and literacy development. Pupils can start by playing the story and reading along with the narration then, when confident enough, can record their own. Touching individual words teaches how they are supposed to be spoken and spelt.

What’s the most useful feature?

A great book for guided reading, the main thing we love about Hairy Maclary is how it can aid literacy skills in a fun way. The addition of painting tools adds to the engaging story, as pupils can draw along on each page with a colour palette and a number of different paint brushes. Handily, there are even videos which include sign language too.

Where can I get it?

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (Penguin New Zealand Pty Ltd, £2.99) is available from the App Store on your iPad, or from iTunes. It’s also available under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme, meaning you can get it for £1.49 per app when you bulk buy more than 20 instances.

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