Monthly Archives: February 2014

Monday’s iPad PD

In this afternoon’s session we talked about where we’re at with the iPads – what we love, what we hate, what the number one thing we want our students to do with iPads is. We tested our iOS know-how and learnt a few new tricks. Here is the iPad Know-how checklist.

On the second page you’ll see some recommended apps to try out before the next meeting. Think about how you could use the app personally, as a teacher, and how it could be used by students in the classroom.

I handed out a reference sheet specifically for the iPad Air and iOS 7. This file Apple reference sheets includes that sheet and sheets for iPhone, iPod and older iPads as well.

Learn more:

Tony Vincent is something of a mobile technology guru. He is a regular visitor to Australia, presenting at the annual Slide2Learn conferences. His Learning in Hand website is a treasure trove of awesome resources. The page Getting the most out of your device is fabulous for new and experienced iPad users alike. The best thing is that all the videos, animations and other resources embedded on the page have been created with an iPad. It will give you a taste of just what is possible.



You may have heard of Evernote but have you tried it yet? It truly is an awesome free tool that you can use on any computer, tablet or smartphone to “remember everything”.

This animated video is a light-hearted overview of the features and functions of Evernote; in future editions of Bytes I’ll share more resources, particularly how Evernote is used by teachers and students.

Fun Friday – VVS

Have you heard of VVS?

Vertical Video Syndrome is an insidious condition that is afflicting more and more people. Regularly apparent, even on mainstream media like nightly news bulletins, I fear the worst if something isn’t done soon. It seems to have started around the time the first smartphones became available and its prevalence has escalated exponentially since.

Luckily Glove and Boots Puppet video series have created a compelling consciousness-raising video about this most serious syndrome. It should be compulsory viewing for everyone with a smart phone.

Watch, learn, and above all, share with your friends!

Worth a read 02/12/2014

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


You may have heard of the SAMR model for for integrating technology into learning – SAMR stands for:

  • Substitution – tech acts as a direct tool substitute with no functional change
  • Augmentation – tech acts as a direct tool substitute with functional improvement
  • Modification – tech allows for significant task redesign
  • Redefinition – tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable

SAMR is often shown as a ladder where S is at the bottom and R at the top. It’s a useful framework to consider where and how you could introduce more technology into your classroom – how high up the ladder are you comfortable? – while remembering that the bottom line is that the technology must be improving the learning outcomes for students.

This short video will explain SAMR much more clearly than I can:

If you are interested in learning more about SAMR Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything has a terrific array of resources.

Can you think a task you will set your students where the introduction of technology will allow you and them to climb the SAMR ladder?

Google tips

Google Tips

Google Tips is a really useful site where you can go to get tips about all kinds of things you can do with Google.

Login with your google account (your KDS email address) and browse the cards. Flip to learn more, often there is a video tutorial.

From customising how your email page looks to collaborating on a presentation there’s a whole world of things you can do just waiting to be discovered.

Check it out and if you find a good tip share what you’ve learned in the comments.

Worth a read 02/10/2014

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.