Could artificial intelligence (AI) help you boost field sales?

Could artificial intelligence (AI) help you boost field sales?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are no longer just the preserve of science fiction. They’re two of the biggest buzzwords in the tech industry right now, as a way of better utilising data to improve workflows. But what does it actually mean for field sales teams? 

Let’s start with the basics. Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science that enables machines to copy intelligent human behaviour, mimicking jobs that we humans find easy, but computers would find difficult. Machine learning is a further subfield of this whereby machines take lots of data and effectively ‘learn’ for themselves.

A combination of AI and mobile technology such as iPhone and iPad is currently transforming the sales industry, going from a buzzword to something that can actually be used by field salespeople to help hit targets, improve customer interactions, and keep sales managers happy. In fact, AI can contribute to every part of the sales pipeline; from logging call and email activity with customers and the AI platform ‘learning’ patterns for more valuable insights into sales data and customers, to automating admin and non-sales jobs so salespeople can focus on enhancing revenue-generating activities. It’s no surprise then that many real world companies are taking AI on board now, with solutions that have a positive trackable impact and enable digital transformation.

ForceManager Cognitive app

One of the best examples of this in action, giving real world benefits and immediate returns, is ForceManager’s new artificial intelligence (AI) sales tool for iOS, Cognitive. ForceManager – creators of the industry-leading all-in-one mobile CRM – reckon that, on average, salespeople waste 2hrs 45mins every single day driving between client meetings. They wanted a solution that would turn that lost time into actual sales, so incorporated AI into their existing solution to develop a tool that would enable salespeople to work more efficiently and boost sales.

Unprecedented insight into interactions

Step in Cognitive, a revolutionary new sales intelligence tool that, coupled with an iPhone or iPad, aims to help field sales be as productive as possible while on the road. Using natural language processing and speech recognition technology powered by IBM’s Watson technology, Cognitive analyses thousands of realtime data points to provide unprecedented insight into all customer interactions, find out where they should be concentrating their attention, and transform previously lost time into sales.

Ask your personal voice assistant Dana (think of her as a sales-obsessed Siri, just like on your iPhone) any sales query, and she’ll scan back through all your interactions to help plan your day and be better prepared for meetings, all from your iOS device. As the voice assistant can be operated hands-free on iPhone or iPad, it means sales reps can be more productive while driving, and focus on selling.

“The main problem that managers face is a lack of visibility throughout the sales process,” said Oscar Macia, co-founder and CEO of ForceManager. “However, by combining AI with a mobile sales platform we have been able to deliver a whole new level insight to field sales teams worldwide. We’re always looking to work with the latest technology. That’s why we were selected as an Apple Mobility Partner.”

All sounds very futuristic, right? Well, not really – ForceManager is already being used by huge international companies such as Ford, Volvo, Vauxhall, Hertz, Orange and many more, and the Cognitive app for iOS can simply integrate into salespeople’s existing workflow. So if you’d like to boost field sales through the use of AI, get in touch with us to talk about ForceManager, Cognitive and iOS device solutions, and head to the Cognitive launch event to find out more.

Why choose Apple for mobility apps

From sales tools to collaboration and productivity, across industries from retail to aviation, Apple and mobility apps help businesses grow and improve productivity and sales. With over 25 years’ experience, and the highest possible Apple accreditations, we are uniquely positioned to support your organsation, adding that extra level of service to ensure you get set up and can generate ROI immediately. We can help integrate apps into your business systems, provide bespoke, branded versions of apps, training and ongoing support. Find out more about Apple and our mobility partners here.

Want to know more about ForceManager or iOS devices? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email enterprise@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Decking out your iPad for video

Decking out your iPad for video

As you may have seen, pupils at Langley Grammar School have produced a great Student Voice video about how they use iPad in the classroom (if you missed it, you can check out their impressive results below). The school’s Digital Leaders only had a day to plan, shoot and edit the video, all on their iPads.

While most schools are already au fait with iMovie and GarageBand – and indeed, those are the tools that Langley’s Digital Leaders relied on – there are loads of apps and accessories out there to help you take advantage of iPad’s excellent camera, whether you need a hand planning a shoot, capturing footage or editing it. We asked our team to recommend a few in case anyone was inspired to follow in Langley’s footsteps…

Before the shoot

For planning a shoot, Paper is a popular app for general note-taking, and the ease with which students can draw and share means it’s a quick fix if you want to create storyboards digitally. If you’re looking for more simplistic tools, students could use Keynote to storyboard their project, or even create an album in Photos and order their pictures and existing footage prior to placing them in iMovie.

During the shoot

Apple have also released Clips, a free app for making and sharing videos with text, graphics and effects – essentially, a simplified version of iMovie. It’s ideal for children just starting to learn video production with iPad. You can capture footage within the app and use intuitive tools to edit and post to various platforms, including Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo.

If you need to keep an iPad still for long shots, say to record an interview, or so it can be used as an autocue, then mounting it on a tripod is your best bet. B-Hague’s mounts work with iPad 2, 3 and 4, and can be mounted to a tripod, ball head, clamp, bracket or anything with a standard 1/4″ camera screw or 5/8″ stud. If your students are expanding their editing skills, the Lastolite Chromakey collapsible reversible background can be used in video setups for when a background will be added digitally in the editing stage.

Ideal for younger pupils who haven’t quite grasped that you shouldn’t shoot in portrait mode, or for any pupils who struggle to hold their camera steady, Horizon Camera restricts what your camera shoots to a stable, well-proportioned landscape image. Regardless of how much you move the camera, the resulting footage always looks right when it’s displayed. The free version watermarks your footage, but you can upgrade to the premium version for £1.99 and unlock a whole range of additional features, and footage can be opened in iMovie so that it can be edited along with your other clips.

Also available to further utilise your iPad for production is Teleprompter Lite, a free app that allows you to create and edit unlimited scripts, set the scrolling speed, preview your performance using the iPad camera and set a custom background to what students are most comfortable reading from. Perfect for projects that involve students reading in front of the camera, such as news reading or creating intros.

How can we help?

Our education team are on hand to get you up and running if you’re ready to get your students planning, shooting and editing video. Get in touch to find out how we can help with everything from choosing the right kit to financing in a way that best suits you.

We also offer a great range of training options for your teachers, to ensure they’ll be confident using the various video production tools in the classroom. We can even come in and help you set up a production space, a multi-purpose environment where students can explore their video skills and get the most use out of the tools.

Want to find out more about using iPad for video production in schools? Drop us an email at education@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 290. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

The Jigsaw24 guide to enrolling in Apple School Manager

The Jigsaw24 guide to enrolling in Apple School Manager

As you many have heard, Apple now offer an online management service for your iPad deployment. Known as Apple School Manager, it’s a free service that hooks into your mobile device management (MDM) solution to provide exciting new functions, and replaces two Apple solutions you may already be using: Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) and Device Enrolment Programme (DEP).

Depending on whether you’re using either, both or neither of these services, the route to enrol in Apple School Manager is slightly different. It’s important to be absolutely certain whether you’re using VPP, DEP, both or neither before you begin your upgrade, as any forgotten VPP and DEP accounts cannot be merged into School Manager at a later date. If you’re not sure which group you fall into, give us a call and we’ll help you work it out. If you’re certain you know which accounts you use, here’s how to upgrade.

What are the changes?

The Volume Purchase Programme (Apple’s bulk app purchasing portal – a kind of App Store for schools) and Device Enrolment Programme (a much faster way to set up iPads than the original method of using a Mac with Configurator software on it) have merged together into Apple School Manager (ASM). Using ASM, you will also be able to assign roles for students and staff members, and also create Managed Apple IDs for everyone very easily.

If you don’t have a VPP or DEP account

If you’re new to Apple’s Deployment Programmes and don’t have an account, other than perhaps a standard iTunes Apple ID, then the process is simple:

1. Go to the Apple School Manager portal.

2. Click the ‘Enrol your institution now’ link at the bottom of the log in window.

3. On the next screen, fill in all of the fields and click ‘Continue’.

4. If you are looking after this application for your school, add your own contact details in section two. If this is not your job, enter the details of the person who will be looking after the iPad deployment.

5. Section three asks for the contact details of someone who can verify that you have the authority to apply to join Apple School Manager, and who can sign the terms and conditions once the application is processed – this is typically your headteacher. If you are the headteacher, it might be best to fill out section two with someone else’s details – an office manager, business manager or IT coordinator, perhaps.

6. Submit the application and wait for Apple to contact both of you. Please be sure to check for emails regularly. If Apple email and you don’t respond, it can cause long delays.

If you already have a DEP account but not VPP

First of all, please check very carefully before doing anything. Not to labour a point, but it’s very rare indeed that a school would have DEP but not VPP (although not impossible). If you are absolutely sure you’re using DEP without VPP, then log into the Apple School Manager portal and type in your DEP login credentials. Simply follow the instructions there to upgrade.

If you already have a VPP account but not DEP

If you enrolled into VPP before February 2014, your account will need to be modified by Apple before it can be upgraded to an Apple School Manager account. If the account is newer than that, you can upgrade it immediately.

If you’re not sure how old your VPP account is:

1. Go to deploy.apple.com and see if your VPP login works there.

2. If it does work, open up VPP from there, and you should see the window asking you to go ahead and upgrade.

3. If your login doesn’t work, you need to contact Apple to perform the modification.

To contact Apple, follow the instructions listed under the ‘If your school doesn’t have an existing Apple Deployment Programmes account’ in this support document. Your old VPP account should then be added to Apple’s deployment systems.

If you already have both VPP and DEP accounts

If you have both accounts, you need to work out whether they are both registered as a single institution account at Apple, or separate accounts.

Typically, if you applied for VPP first and it was prior to February 2014, it is likely that the two accounts will be completely separate at Apple, and will need to be merged before you upgrade. If you don’t merge them, there is a risk that your VPP account will get left out when you upgrade from DEP to ASM, and you’ll never be able to merge the two.

To ensure that all existing accounts are consolidated before triggering the upgrade:

1. Firstly, write down all of the account logins which you are aware of, for both VPP and DEP. This includes all programme agents, admins, managers and facilitators. Make sure you know what they all are.

2. Next log into your DEP account at deploy.apple.com. If you are presented with an invitation to upgrade to Apple School Manager, ignore it for now by clicking the X ‘Close’ symbol.

3. Click on Admins in the top left of the window. Only the top level administrator, or ‘Agent’ for the account can see the Admin section, so if you can’t see it you are not the senior administrator.

4. Check the list very carefully. Are all of the logins you have listed there, or are some of them missing?

5. If all of them are listed, including your VPP logins, then both DEP and VPP are included in the Apple Deployment Programme, and you can proceed with the upgrade.

6. If some accounts are missing (typically these will be VPP accounts), then you will need Apple to consolidate them all before you upgrade.

– To get Apple’s assistance to merge your accounts, follow the instructions in this article.

– Head to the ‘If your school has an existing Apple Deployment Programmes account’ section and use the form here to request that Apple merge your accounts.

– On the form, use the email address for the person charged with working with Apple as the contact email, but in the ‘Please tell us more about the issue’ box, give the email address for the main DEP Programme Agent (manager or top level admin) as your DEP login, and then explain that you would like to consolidate the other account or accounts into this main one. List all of the logins which did not show up when you checked in step five above.

– Apple will send an email to the main DEP email address in order to verify that the Programme Manager approves the change, so please keep checking that inbox.

– Apple may need to contact all of the people listed in your accounts. Please remind all contacts to check for emails regularly. If Apple email and you don’t respond it can cause long delays.

7. Once Apple have verified by email that all accounts are consolidated, repeat steps two to six in the previous list to be certain all your logins are showing now.

8. Go ahead with the upgrade once all accounts are together. Log back into your DEP account at deploy.apple.com and if the Upgrade window fails to pop up, there’s an upgrade option bottom left.

During the upgrade, providing all accounts are merged in this way, Apple confirm that all VPP and DEP tokens, app licences and book licences will be ported into Apple School Manager, which should leave any MDM solution unaffected and fully operational. VPP and DEP accounts will continue to work until the upgrade is actioned by Apple, at which point all previous accounts will be active only through the School Manager portal here.

What if I’m still unsure?

We are recommending that everyone takes advantage of the new functionality offered by Apple School Manager, so if you need help to enrol or to upgrade (as well as MDM options, ways of purchasing apps without a credit card, or anything iPad-related), please do contact your Jigsaw24 Education Manager directly, or get in touch on the details below and we will advise you how to proceed.

Want to know more about Apple School Manager? Give us a call on 03332 409 290 or at education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page.

Key multitouch software for education

Key multitouch software for education

We’ve all heard that touchscreens are great for collaborative, student-led learning, but what can they actually do? Andy Cain explains key multitouch software…

Working with schools to implement multitouch screens, I’ve seen some fantastic learning outcomes, including increased peer-led learning and feedback, better student engagement and a rise in on-task behaviour, as no one’s ever left waiting for ‘their turn’ to work.

However, many teachers are nervous about adopting the technology because – unlike tablet devices, which run apps that you can download and trial at home – multitouch tools are a bit of mystery until you get your hands on one of the screens.

Obviously, the best way to get over this hump is to arrange a demo or get a sample screen to a TeachMeet so that staff can try it out (give me a call on the number below to arrange a demo, by the way). But until you have time to try one out, I thought I’d try and demystify the key tools included with one of our most popular ranges,Clevertouch screens.

Snowflake Multiteach

Let’s start with the pre-made stuff. Snowflake Multiteach is an excellent collection of pre-built fun activities that encourage students to learn by making use of the Clevertouch’s interactive features. Activities cover everything from maths and literacy to geography and biology, to music.

As well as being a subtle way to improve your class’s hand-eye co-ordination, these apps are great for engaging different types of learner and teaching content in a range of ways to ensure the message hits home for everyone. You can customise the pre-made activities for different levels of ability, or make your own activities using Clevertouch’s software (I promise you don’t have to code anything).

Top tips to save time/make you sound clever when you finally meet a demo screen: apps can be categorised for easy reference, then accessed by swiping left to right on the screen. You can also divide the screen into two (so that students can compete or carry out independent activities at the same time) by clicking on the Zones icon and then just selecting your preferred layout.

CleverLynx

Next up is this fully-featured annotation application that allows you and your students to annotate over any type of document – if you’ve ever used SMART Notebook or Active Inspire, you’ll feel right at home, and will be wielding its multiple pens, brushes, highlighters, shapes and lines in no time.

The software installs on a Windows PC that connects to your touchscreen, and
every screen comes with five perpetual licences, so you won’t have to pay for
software subscriptions. Once it’s up and running, you can choose from its vast library of hi-res imagery (maps, buildings, people, animals and food all feature heavily) or drag and drop images from Google,which can be accessed without leaving CleverLynx.

Once you and the students have annotated to your hearts’ content, you can use screen capture to save the lesson’s work for revision or assessment. Much easier than keeping track of worksheets.

CleverNote

If you order an Android-based Clevertouch screen, you’ll get a model with the CleverNote annotation application included, so you can just turn it on and start scribbling. It allows you to annotate anything on screen – you can brainstorm, paint and import pictures to add notes to.

As CleverNote is incredibly simple to use and doesn’t require your screen be attached to a computer, there’s very little risk of failure or damage, meaning it’s a great app to let students use in their free time. Anything they work on can be emailled straight from the screen, saved to its built-in memory or to a USB stick.

Because this application doesn’t require a computer, it’s great if you want your screen to be trolley-mounted and mobile, and supply teachers can just upload their lesson content via USB stick and crack on – even if school laptops and computers are down.

DisplayNote

DisplayNote allows you to wirelessly connect your tablet to the touchscreen to deliver presentations, or mirror the content onscreen to students’ tablet devices. Students can view and capture slides and pages, then collaborate with one another and the teacher in realtime – you can even give them access to the Clevertouch screen to add animations from their tablets.

Like the straightforward annotation apps, you can import any document or image and share instantly. You can also see at a glance which students are actively adding content, check their screens on your own, send them individual messages or pause a student’s access to DisplayNote if you think they’re up to something. And as every Clevertouch screen comes with ten perpetual licences, you don’t have to worry about subscription fees.

For more information, call 03332 409 290 or email education@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and FAQs, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Video: My design workflow, from mobile to desktop

Video: My design workflow, from mobile to desktop

In this video, I’m looking at how to combine Adobe mobile and desktop apps to work quickly without compromising on creativity. Using a company newsletter as an example, I take a project from initial concept on mobile to further editing on desktop, right through to delivery. Word of warning: our 70s-themed Betamax meeting room features some dangerously funky wallpaper…

Want to know more? Call us on 03332 400 888 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com, and keep up with all things Apple by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24

Apple Classroom app now available

Apple Classroom app now available

iOS is packed with a set of amazing features designed for education. This includes some incredibly powerful tools for supporting learners and teachers in the classroom using iPad.

A big one for us is the Classrooom app. This is a dedicated tool which acts as a teaching assistant, helping teachers guide students through lessons, track their progress and ensure they can stay on track. It can be downloaded for free and configured to give staff the following tools:

Start, focus or pause student work

– Launch any app, website or book on a student device with a tap.

– Lock devices in a single app to help provide student focus.

– Lock screens to pause work or bring focus back to your class.

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See what your students see with Screen View

– See an on overview of all your students devices at once.

– Focus on a single student screen (students are informed when their screens are being viewed).

Share student work on the classroom Apple TV with a push of a button (great for feedback and peer review!)

– Showcase the great work your students are doing in class.

– Use AirPlay to wireless present a student’s screen onto your classroom display.

Reset forgotten passwords right in the classroom

– Reset a managed Apple ID password without calling IT.

Organise student devices using groups

– Classroom automatically creates groups of students based on apps they are using.

– Teachers can create groups to break students into teams.

– Perform actions on entire groups or individual students within groups.

Assign shared iPad to students

– Once configure, Classroom connects to nearby students devices.

– Classroom intelligently assigns students to the Shared iPad they most recently used.

– Log students out of shared iPad at the end of a session to prepare for the next class.

iOS 9.3, including the Classroom app, is available to download now. An education configuration profile does need to be installed and there are minimum requirements for the devices, so if you have any techie questions or need to upgrade your iPad to ensure you can take advantage of these awesome tools then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Requirements

You’ll need: iPad with iOS 9.3 (iPad 3rd gen or later, iPad Air or later, iPad mini (1st gen) or later, iPad Pro); App configuration via Mobile Device Management server; Supervised Student Devices enrolled in Mobile Device Management server; Bluetooth and WiFi enabled on both student and teacher devices; Student devices within Bluetooth range of the teacher running.

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.

Free event: Hear how social media is helping grow brands at #GrowSocial

Free event: Hear how social media is helping grow brands at #GrowSocial

Over the past ten years or so since the huge rise of Facebook, it seems that every week there’s a new social media platform springing up. Ostensibly designed as new ways to keep people in touch, it isn’t long before clever companies twig on to the value of these platforms as tools to promote themselves and help grow their brand.

Facebook and Twitter have offered businesses sponsored content options for a while, and the Facebook-owned Instagram also started allowing paid advertising in the UK in September 2014. These options let businesses push their post more prominently into users’ timelines, regardless of whether the user is a ‘friend’, ‘follower’ or ‘likes’ the business’s page, allowing them to target new customers and demographics.

While these are great for promoting your business and any special offers you’re currently running, and can be really effective, some brands are taking their social campaigns a bit further than a ‘2 for 1′ or ‘10% off’ code, leveraging social media in more innovative ways to engage potential customers more personally, create a buzz around products and increase the impact of PR stunts.

Innovative brand social campaigns

One brand that’s really made an impact recently is Cadbury, specifically with their Creme Egg. After a recent recipe change to the product, statistics showed there was a £6million slump in sales of their ovoid confection. So in January 2016, Cadbury decided to try to reengage customers and reverse the product’s fortunes by opening a pop-up Creme de la Creme Egg Cafe, on Greek Street in Soho, selling nothing but calorific Creme Egg-based treats (toatsties, tray bakes etc). To promote the pop-up, they took to social media, using Facebook to take reservations for their limited-opening cafe, with a snappy hashtag #CremeEggCafe used across Twitter and an Instagram-friendly aesthetic all creating a sweet, joined-up social campaign.

Iconic fashion house Burberry also turned heads in 2015 with an inspired campaign on Snapchat. Using the picture and video sharing service, they leaked their entire spring and summer line a day before the London Fashion Week launch, with the hashtag #LFW, which gave Snapchat users a look at the range before anyone else (Snapchat messages automatically erase after ten seconds, really adding to that sense of exclusivity).

The winner of the Webby Award 2015 for Social Media Campaigns also leveraged Snapchat. The Worldwide Fund for Nature wanted to raise awareness and increase donations to protect endangered animals, and used the platform and the popularity of the ‘selfie’ picture to create an innovative social campaign – #LastSelfie. They explained: “Creative utilisation of the emerging Snapchat mobile social platform, using native “timed message” functionality to highlight that time is running out for endangered species, while engaging millennials with the selfies phenomenon was the key to our campaign.”

Free #GrowSocial event in Soho

These are just a few examples of companies using social media to grow their brand and reach audiences, but we’re always seeing new campaigns on new platforms that continue to innovate and engage. So for our next Digital Creatives event, #GrowSocial (let’s get it trending…), we’re going to be focusing on using digital media to grow brands, with a whole host of VIP speakers talking about how they’re using social media, mobile marketing and apps to get their branding across to new audiences. To sign up, fill in the form on our events page.

When: Thursday 28th April 2016, 6pm till late
Where: 8 Golden Square, Soho W1F 9HY
Why: Hear how marketing/advertising is evolving, using digital tools to grow brands.

On the day, we’ll be hearing from Adam Stamper, founder and CEO of social curation platform Hashtag’d, about some of the successful social campaigns they’ve been running with agencies. He said: “At Hashtag’d we’ve worked with agencies big and small who are putting social to work, sourcing fresh content from their audiences and fostering true engagement that spans both the web and the real world. Social media has been both hero and villain to marketers over the last few years; we’re looking forward to talking a bit more about what we’ve seen work and some of the best brands are winning with social as part of multi-platform, multi-touchpoint marketing campaigns.”

 

 

Want to find out more about our upcoming 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.


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:

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– iMovie
Collaboration and sharing
– Showbie
– Popplet
– Padlet
Rich content sharing
– Aurasma

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

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.

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