“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” Steve Jobs
Apple announced a few months ago it was debuting beta features to make device management easier for district and school IT departments (such as Apple Admins). With the release of iOS 9.3 on March 21, these features are now publicly available and many are specific to education.
- Classroom App offers more functionalities that are helpful for teachers. They included a teacher’s guide as well.
- Updates Improve Device Management such as allowing classrooms to assign multiple users to devices so students can share iPads!
- New Apple Education Preview Site
Apple says: “With the iOS 9.3 beta, you’ll find a preview of new features that will make it even easier for schools to put devices where they’ll have the greatest impact — in the hands of students.”
There are other cool features with iOS 9.3 such as 3D Touch, notes lock and night shift.
*Note: This update was also to help older Apple products such as iPad 2s work better with the operating system. There have been some glitches but an update has been released to fix this problem.
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” By George Bernard Shaw
To often lately I have been walking into classrooms and students are on iPads but all they are doing is either using it for research or to play a game. The iPad is a tool that allows our students to create content verses only consuming. Students can use higher order thinking skills to apply what they know when using many apps. The students then own the learning because they are applying concepts verse regurgitating information. Here are some of my new favorite FREE iPad apps and some oldie but goodies.
- Koma Koma – is a stop-animation app. It is simple to use with only four commands — shoot, delete, play and save.
- Adobe Slate – create visual stories easily with this app.
- Shadow Puppet Edu – create videos in the classroom to explain ideas. There is also 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core too! (Great for all ages but I love that it is easy enough for K-1 students to use as well)
Oldies but goodies that I still use in the classroom:
- Adobe Voice
- Haiku Deck
- ReadWriteThink Apps such as Trading Cards
All these Apps I have shared can be used across all content area and in many different ways from tasks to projects.