Thanks to everyone who made it to Making Impact with iPad

Thanks to everyone who made it to Making Impact with iPad

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

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

Making Impact with iPad –

The day’s agenda

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

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

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

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

Success stories

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

Your feedback

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


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

Want to find out more about our education solutions and services? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email education@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and updates follow  @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter.

CPD course overview: Introducing our most popular sessions

CPD course overview: Introducing our most popular sessions

In these videos, Jigsaw24 Apple Education Trainer Mike gives a quick introduction to our most popular CPD training courses, starting with ‘Assessment tools on iPad’, and also taking in ‘Planning and vision for iPad’ and ‘iPad and the primary computing curriculum’. Take a look, and remember to get in touch for more information on our full programme of CPD training courses.

Planning and vision for iPad

Assessment tools on iPad

iPad and the primary computing curriculum

Want to know more or sign up for our CPD training sessions? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306, email, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

Our CPD training workshops: What to expect

Our CPD training workshops: What to expect

If you’ve booked some CPD training at your school, or are heading down to our place for a session, here’s a bit more information about what to expect on the day, from computing to movie-making. We’ve broken down the focus of each workshop, the key areas covered, and what kind of skill level you will need, so you can prepare yourself, or swot up a bit beforehand. Remember, all our training is delivered by our qualified, in-house Apple Education Trainers, and you can sign up below!

Introduction to iPad in the primary classroom

Focus: This practical workshop demonstrates how the iPad can be used effectively within a classroom environment. Staff will gain an understanding of the fundamental tools such as the evidence capture, sharing exemplar pupil work and accessing teaching and learning resources.

Skill level: The workshop assumes no prior knowledge of iPad and is suitable for beginners.

Key areas:

• Understand basic tools and functionality of iPad.

• Using iPad to demonstrate learning on digital displays/whiteboards.

• Capturing pupil evidence in class.

• Providing feedback for modelling.


Introduction to iPad in the EYFS/KS1 Classroom

Focus: This workshop targets the unique challenges that teachers are likely to face in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classroom. It helps build attendees’ confidence and competence when using iPad, while providing lesson ideas and recommending apps to support their curriculum delivery.

Skill level: The workshop assumes no prior knowledge of iPad and is suitable for beginners.

Key areas: 

• Explore built-in tools to support young learners.

• Use iPad to capture evidence and record student progress.

• Ideas for improving literacy, language and numeracy skills.


iPad in the primary computing curriculum

Focus: This workshop allows participants to learn skills, explore activities and investigate lesson ideas that will help them deliver the new 2014 primary computing curriculum using iPad. This hands-on session will allow you to experience apps and workflows that promote relevant skills, such as logical thought, creating simple algorithms and developing computer programs.

Skill level: You will benefit from previous experience of iPad.

Key areas:

• Explore the current programme of study.

• Develop ideas for programming.

• Understand assessment techniques for the computing curriculum.

• Explore computing apps and develop lesson ideas.


Maths on iPad

Focus: This workshop covers tools that help enhance and transform the teaching of mathematics with iPad. This session explores third party apps, allowing students to show their understanding, track progress and investigate new methods to demonstrate learning. It also covers tools to support theorems and mathematical content and considers how the ‘flipped learning’ model combined with real world problems can enhance students’ critical thinking and maths skills.

Skill level: This workshop does require previous knowledge of iPad and basic ICT skills

Key areas:

• Use Apple tools to enhance the application of real world problems.

• Explore maths-specific apps.

• Explore ways of providing rich and relevant feedback.

• Learn how to structure scaffolds to extend and support all learners.

• Capture evidence of student progress.


Assessment tools on iPad

Focus: This workshop allows teachers to gain experience in using iPad to develop ways of embedding assessment activities, ideas and tools based around assessment for learning strategies. You will experience a range of tools and techniques that will allow you to develop cohesive and ongoing self, peer, formative and summative assessment skills.

Skill level: You will benefit from previous experience of iPad.

Key areas:

• Ideas for pre and post learning tasks.

• Tools which auto-mark and provide instant feedback.

• Using a range of apps that allow students to self-reflect and improve their work.

• Tools that develop conversational and developmental marking.


Supporting all learners with iPad

Focus: This workshop is designed to showcase the built-in accessibility features provided with iPad to support all learners, including those with a variety of different needs, including SEND. This hands-on session will allow participants to explore how they can use third party apps to support student access to lesson content, demonstrate understanding and revisit and reflect on what has been taught.

Skill level: The workshop assumes no prior knowledge of iPad and is suitable for beginners.

Key areas: 

• Use basic functions of the device.

• Explore built-in accessibility features.

• Address different learning styles.

• Explore apps to support SEND learners in mainstream education.

• Examine different ways of assessing and leaving feedback.


Movie-making and green screen techniques with iPad

Focus: This workshop will introduce you to the power of using movie making combined with green screen techniques to inspire young minds. You will explore activities and lesson ideas using these techniques, and discover how easy it is to implement them in your classroom to support a wide range of learning situations.

Skill level: You will benefit from previous experience of iPad.

Key areas:

• Making movies and trailers on iPad.

• Capturing and editing footage.

• Using a green screen.

• Exploring virtual worlds.

• Lesson ideas and sample activities.


Want to book some CPD sessions?

As well as being able to book CPD sessions onsite at your school, we’re hosting 12 half-day CPD sessions at our Nottingham HQ. These sessions cost £75 per person, per session, and if you pop your details in the form on our Events page here, someone will be in touch to confirm your details and arrange payment.

Wednesday 6th May & Wednesday 17th June
9.00-12.00 Introduction to iPad in the primary classroom
12.30-3.30 Introduction to iPad in the EYFS/KS1 classroom

Wednesday 13th May & Wednesday 1st July
9.00-12.00 Maths on iPad
12.30-3.30 Primary computing curriculum with iPad

Tuesday 19th May & Wednesday 8th July
9.00-12.00 Assessment tools on iPad
12.30-3.30 Supporting SEND pupils with iPad


Want to know more or sign up for our CPD training sessions? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306, email, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page for all the latest technology in education news, reviews and articles.

BETT 2015: Why Apple for education?

BETT 2015: Why Apple for education?

Here’s our final discussion topic from BETT 2015: why we recommend Apple for education. Here’s a breakdown of our top five reasons why we think Apple in education is the way forward.

Yes, we’re an Apple Solution Expert for Education: so obviously we wear the Apple nerd hat with pride. But, when it comes to education, you really can’t get any better than Apple. Here’s a breakdown of our top five favourite Apple features that we think make them top of the class.

1. iTunes and the App Store

There are currently over 75,000 education apps on the App store, with a large proportion of these being available as free downloads. With the introduction of the new Computing curriculum seeing students learning about coding in lessons, what better resource to make use of than the App Store? Incidentally there’s a great range of apps both free and paid for to help children of all key stages learn and practice their coding skills. Its not all tech based though – there are apps to help with all subjects from maths and biology to music. Keep an eye on our education app of the week blog to see our pick of recommended apps.

2. iTunes U

iTunes U is a dedicated destination within iTunes solely dedicated to education content. It’s packed with resources like lectures, videos and books, all available for free for both teachers and pupils to take advantage of. Educational institutions including Stanford, Yale, MiT, Oxford and the New York Public Library all have material on iTunes U that is free to browse. As well as looking at existing content, you can also use iTunes U for free content hosting for lesson materials and creating your own course – a service which we can help you with. Teaching staff can assign students homework to do via iTunes U, with students being able to log time and complete tasks as they do them.

3. Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) for Education

VPP lets you purchase App Store apps and interactive books that are great for education, at educational institution special pricing. Buy apps in volume for both iOS and Mac through the VPP store and distribute them to individual users with redeemable codes or distribute to groups using a mobile device management (MDM) solution.

Schools can get a 50% discount when purchasing apps in quantities of 20 or more through VPP, with iBooks also being included in this.

4. Continuing professional development training (CPD)

When new technology is introduced into education, it’s important to make sure that your staff are clued up on how to use it. Through our e7 iPad scheme, we offer continuing professional development (CPD) training which focuses on giving SLT, teaching staff and technical team the chance to explore the potential of iPad in the classroom, and feel confident about using it in their subject areas.

5. iBooks Author

Available free on the App Store, iBooks Author allows anyone to create iBooks textbooks for iPad and Mac. iBooks Author provides teaching staff with the opportunity to create their own textbooks, which can easily be edited to keep up with the changing curriculum. Using iBooks Author can easily save your school money too – by eliminating the cost of buying new textbooks every year.

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Our top 5 training courses for making the most of your Macs and iPad

Our top 5 training courses for making the most of your Macs and iPad

Our Apple curriculum training is continuing professional development that’s designed to help you make the most of any Apple devices you have in your school. As well as giving your teachers plenty of confidence with new tech before they have to get up in front of a class, it can help with planning how you’ll use, manage and develop your Mac or iPad deployment, and help get everyone pulling together before you launch a new initiative.

We offer a huge range of courses from foundation iOS and OS X training, to curriculum-based sessions and even vision and planning for your Apple deployment. I’ve picked out my top five below, but take a look at our catalogue to get an idea of how Apple curriculum training could help you. As a fully-accredited Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), as well as a former teacher, I can come and deliver training onsite at your school at a time that best suits you. There’s no need to go anywhere or call anyone else in – just get in touch with the team!

1. iPad in the classroom

This course helps staff get to grips with the core apps for the iPad and how they can introduce the technology effectively into their learning environment. They’ll be introduced to the basics, such as gestures and personalisation of the devices, along with use of the Camera, Notes, Safari, iTunes U and iBooks apps, as well as accessibility tools like text-to-speech and guided access. All of the training is hands-on and focuses on teaching and learning. The built-in apps that come with the iPad can be utilised to support students and teachers in the classroom, and it’s important that staff realise the potential of these before moving onto third party applications.

Fortunately, third party apps are also included in the course, and you’ll be introduced to incredibly powerful tools such as Educreations, which can help flip the classroom and create anytime, anywhere learning opportunities. Other apps such as Showbie are demonstrated, allowing staff to hand out, collect and mark work electronically (including verbal feedback through audio recording) directly on the iPad.

As an ex-teacher, I’ve found that attending CPD sessions is great but can sometimes be frustrating if you don’t get any time to practice and implement the skills gained in the session. This is why I’ve built in time for participants to plan an activity for their own curriculum during the day. I want all participants to leave the day feeling happy and knowing they have lesson ideas and activities they can implement within their classroom immediately.

Just want half a day training? If you only have the time or resource for half a day’s training, I would suggest iPad for Learning. This three hour introductory course is perfect for any staff new to iPad to get an insight into integrating devices into relevant curriculum activities in a classroom setting. It’s a great overview of app usage and using iPad as a learning tool, allowing staff to see skills in action and learn how to apply them to their own classroom practice.

2. Planning for iPad

Before any institution sets out on a journey, particularly one that could involve huge changes to infrastructure and mindset, it’s vital that they ask the question “why?” By asking that question, school leaders can begin to think about the logistics of a rollout, its impact, and policies that will need to be put in place to ensure the successful adoption of the technology across the school and its community.

To help understand why iOS devices are having a huge impact within schools, colleges and universities across the country, the session begins with case studies and hands-on demonstrations of the uses and features of the device. We examine areas of best practice and look at the SAMR model, which helps schools measure the effective use of technology within the classroom to create dynamic and transformational learning environments.

Within the session, we’ll discuss current plans and pedagogies and examine how we can use the iPad to support staff, students and parents within the school and beyond. It’s also important to think about the impact that this will have on existing plans. Finally, we ensure that at the end of the session a clear plan is formed. This includes how we can communicate all of our ideas, strategies and implementations to staff, pupils and parents clearly as the institution moves forward.

3. Creating documents on iPad

If you’re looking to create presentations for new starters, edit lesson plans/schemes of work and update assessment data on your iPad, then you’re going to need Keynote, Pages and Numbers for iOS. These apps have been created by Apple to be the most intuitive productivity tools on iOS devices, and knowing how to utilise them in the classroom will have a huge impact on your teaching and learning outcomes.

This course is the ultimate boot camp for teachers who want to squeeze the most out of the incredible functionality that comes with each app. Throughout the workshop, you’ll be getting hands-on with these apps to create documents, presentations and spreadsheets so that you can develop an in-depth understanding of what each app can do.

These apps are also incredible teaching and learning tools. We’ll look at lesson ideas to help you integrate them into your curriculum, such as the production of learning journals and digital exercise books. We will also explore the workflow linking them to other apps including the camera, web browser and cloud services. Cloud services are a vital part of this workflow, as they will ensure that all work is saved centrally, accessible by staff and ready to be marked and used for assessment or even peer review. To finish off, we’ll look at workflow and how to import existing Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets straight on to your iPad so that you have all your existing resources right at your fingertips.

4. Sharing lesson resources and courses

With so much information and digital content available through electronic devices, it can be incredibly difficult for a student to know which resources they can trust. As teachers, it is vital that we provide clear guidance and a framework in our lessons, not only to ensure that pupils have access to the right materials but to guarantee that they can continue their own learning journey at a suitable pace. There’s a danger that if we do not provide a clear scaffolding, some pupils may feel left behind while others could feel hindered.

Using iTunes U Course Manager you can avoid these issues, pulling all of your electronic lesson resources together into a single course to ensure every student has a clear understanding of what is expected of them and how they can progress further. By creating this central resource we can give students a logical structure and path, safe in the knowledge they can continue on their learning journey unhindered by distractions and – more importantly – inappropriate content.

In this session, you’ll use the iTunes Course Manager and your existing teaching resources to create an iTunes U course based around your curriculum area. We will explore best practices and view existing courses to gain ideas on implementation of courses within our own classrooms. We will look for other resources that already exist within iTunes U, a huge catalogue of educational content that is constantly being updated by educators around the globe. Resources can include lesson plans, activity documents, iBooks, ePublications, videos, podcasts and web links, all of which can be used within your own courses to support individual learners and their learning styles.

Once the course is ready, we’ll preview it in the iTunes U app and examine how students will access the materials and hand in completed work for assessment and feedback.

5. Creating digital textbooks on Mac

Since the introduction of iBooks on iOS devices, there has been an incredible change in how we interact with written text. As a teacher, I could never have imagined that one day I would have the ability to create a handout for a pupil that included text,  images, video, quizzes, interactive graphics and 3D models. With iBooks Author, this is exactly what we can now achieve, and it’s free for anyone using Mac OS X.

If you’re already thinking that the software to create something like this must be incredibly complex and convoluted, then I’m happy to disappoint you. If you’ve ever created a Word document or produced a presentation then you’ll already be familiar with some of the features of iBooks Author, and by the end of this course you’ll have explored all of the features mentioned, as well as addressing some other important considerations.

We will explore multimedia copyright so that you can be sure that you’re accessing the right resources and have the legal right to distribute (and even edit) them within your iBook. We will also explore the accessibility features in iBooks that will help you ensure any student can access the learning materials you present to them. We’ll create customised glossaries and study cards so that you can show students how to create a personalised learning experience, making notes within the iBook itself and them immediately accessing these and other resources embedded within the app. At the end of the session, you will create an iBook that supports your own curriculum to ensure you have the skills to continue producing materials for your own cohort of students.

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