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Computing with iPad

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?

Nosy Crow

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.

Watching writing evolve in Google Chromebook Classroom

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.

Trilby TV

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.

Coding with Swift – Apple Teacher Guides

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...

Blox Party!

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.

Efficiency

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

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.

ATI2016

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.


Our relationship with Toucan is always very professional. As a company their values match with ours. The apprenticeship scheme they offer is excellent and gives us ICT support whilst investing in a young person's future career prospects.

Steven Connors
Executive Headteacher, Heronsgate Primary School


Thanks so much for sending Andy in today. He was an absolute trooper and slogged away all day at getting us back online. It didn’t take knowledge alone; a lot of creative thinking and determination was required. I was very impressed.


Tony Clayton
Head of Centre, The Constance Bridgeman Centre


Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your help with sorting out the iPads and setting them up. Gareth did a brilliant job with no fuss. I was really pleased and appreciated not being needed while teaching. I will be strongly recommending you to any other schools looking to get iPads.


Richard Woodham
Year 2 Class Teacher, Lordship Farm Primary School


Toucan is a great Mac company that we have been using since it started more than 20 years ago. Staff listen to your needs, treat you intelligently and provide great service. They're always prepared to go that extra mile. And, better still, they do it with a genuine smile.


Neil Levis
Retired Journalist


I have every confidence to say that working with Toucan and Julian everything is possible. It's really pleasing to see how with you guys (all of Toucan) our school is turning into a completely different technology led school. Well done to everyone.


Maria Slavovski
ICT Teacher, South Harringay School


Gareth did a fantastic job. We were both very impressed with what he did which has got us where we need to be with our iPads.


Simon Paine
Head, Southborough Primary School


Thanks again for your years of continued support and expert advice, it means a lot to us that we can always trust on you to provide nothing less than the best!. You always go the extra mile and I appreciate that.


Matt Surman
Head, Wells Park School

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