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ScratchJr

Get ScratchJr on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

Source: itunes.apple.com

It’s great to see that Scratch, one of the more enduring and accessible coding application is no available for iOS, (and soon Android). ScratchJr is aimed at the 5-7 age group and like the online version is free. Though I haven’t tried this particular iteration of Scratch, the pedigree suggests that this app should be on all school based iOS devices, especially in light of curriculum moves for the inclusion of coding and computational thinking.

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Talkitt – A Life Changer for the Speech Impaired

Talkitt Makes it Possible for People With Speech Disabilities to Communicate Using Their Own Voice.

Source: www.indiegogo.com

This crowdfunding initiative seeking money via indiegogo looks really exciting and hopefully will be oversubscribed. Particularly exciting is that it utilizes the user’s voice and is capable of working across any language.

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8 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

Teachers really like the ability to display their iPad or their students’
iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for  demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are  several ways this can be done in the classroom. Read the post for more information and for a handy chart.

Source: learninginhand.com

Though the main players still work more than adequately for displaying your iPad, this article from Tony Vincent contains information about a couple of newer entrants. The comparison chart is a great aide for schools looking to begin using display technology.

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How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

Everything you need to know about setting up and using Siri on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad! Siri is the name of Apple’s personal digital assistant. It’s basically voice control that talks back to you, that understands relationships and context, and with a personality straight out of Pixar. Ask Siri questions, or ask Siri to do things for you, just like you would ask a real…

Source: www.imore.com

Like lots of manuals or Ultimate Lists, there’s arguably way too much information in this guide which means that there is a lot of redundancy in this post. Nonetheless it does have a useful lists of contents so if you get the time to check through it this article could be a useful reference, (at least until the next iOS update).

Do Teachers Need iPad Training? – Edudemic

We have come to a point in the education technology journey where it seems rather dull to still be asking if the iPad is the right device for the classroom. The answer, in case you’ve missed the last few years of debate is that it is a great option, but this is not universally accepted …

Source: www.edudemic.com

This article makes the oft acknowledged, (but too rarely acted upon), need for teacher professional development when looking to integrate technology in the classroom. Better still it makes the point that such PD needs to be personalised and enabled over an extended period of time rather than the one-off catch-all too often provided.

21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

Be an iPhone ninja with these 21 awesome tricks

Source: aplus.com

Unlike most lists, this one contains quite a few tips that I didn’t know about though the challenge again is to see which ones I remember and which become embedded into my normal practice.

iPads, Games and BYOD

After a successful iPad trial at school last year, the teachers all agreed it was working really well.  So this year we asked our year 5 and 6 students to bring an iPad to school and I’ve been work…

Source: chrisbetcher.com

Chris Betcher has written a great reflective post on how iPads have been introduced and used at his school. Unlike many other similar posts Chris focusses on the creative aspect of their implementation. It’s also interesting to read about the place that games play in this and how the school deals with the issues around this. I particularly like the advice to parents “it’s your house, your child, your iPad, your rules” and that where app discovery goes, "the students are taking the lead here and discovering useful tools that we teachers may not. 

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