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Ever since the arrival of the National Curriculum subject ‘computing’ in 2014, figuring out how exactly to teach computer science and coding in a Primary school has become a hot issue. Using a Mac or PC (or even a Raspberry Pi), there are some obvious contenders: ‘Scratch’ from MIT, maybe a bit of ‘LOGO’ or even some ‘Python’ for the more adventurous. But what about the iPad? Can computational thinking and an understanding of algorithms be taught using Apple’s intuitive and easy-to-use touch screen device?
We have been thrilled to have Nosy Crow present at several of our BETT VIP lunches, as Kate Wilson’s talks are always a huge success! We are delighted to share the story of Nosy Crow.
The Chromebook/iPad combination has enabled us to work in different ways, mixing traditional ICT/office skills with the more contemporary approaches of the iPad. With Google drive and Google Apps installed on iOS devices, our creative content can be moved easily. Google apps have a single log in and log out on the iPad. For example, if we log into Google drive on a iOS device and then open Google Docs, the app will know who the student is and simply open. Like-wise, when we log out of one app, we log out of all of them.
Schools have invested heavily in digital technology and are creating content on a daily basis, so it makes sense to have some of this content being aired in the foyer for visitors and parents.
We are delighted to be part of the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre event at Five Elms. They have been using iPads across the whole school since 2011.
Apple Teacher Guides to support coding with Swift are available on the iBook Store. Learn to Code, Teacher Guide. This Teacher Guide is designed to help you bring Swift Playgrounds into the classroom, no matter what your level of experience with coding is. It includes...
Bloxels is an exciting new game design app created by Pixel Press. This is the team that produced the popular app Floors. The earlier app enables students to design game levels complete with moving platforms, ladders, various hazards and, of course, enemies.
We love our iPads; they are our “go to” devices. Many of the activities we choose to do are quicker on the iPad than on a traditional computer. How we do them, however, can be quite different, for example, navigating can be a drawn out process. We all have slightly different ways of managing this.
Seesaw is free app and service. It works like a simple class blog. It enables children to post their “in progress” work and final outcomes for teacher and peer feedback. The set up process is easy and quick. The class can access the space using a unique QR code or though a Google Apps for Education email address.
The Advanced Teacher Institute (ATI) Conference 2016 is about pushing the boundaries of technology in education. It also delivers some of the best CPD available, providing a staggering amount of content and resources. You will also have the chance to meet like-minded educators, innovative developers and passionate trainers.
Occasionally, there are times when we need to record the screen of the iPad. Traditionally, this has often been for creating tutorials, how to’s, etc. There are apps that students use that don’t export to the camera roll and this can be another reason for recording the screen.
If there is one art form on the iPad that keeps on evolving and transforming possibilities, it has to be music technology.