This is a simple webpage that substitutes for a magnetic letter board for phonics teaching. Infinite letters. Phonics Board. Nothing much to it. I’ve made a few pages like this for use in class. As per the gif above my pupils use it on iPads.
Scratch is now at version 3.0. I’ve been looking forward to this as it will now support the iPads my class uses.
I gave it half an hour or so on my iPad and am delighted to say that it does what is says on the tin. The iPad I am using is an Air 1 so a good few years old. It was a little laggy now and again but nothing that I worried about.
I was especially delighted to see that old scratch embeds still word and now work on iOS too the Scratch Embed example on Glow Blog Help just worked.
I also tried exporting a Pyonkee project and then importing it into scratch 3 on the iPad that worked too. Pyonkee is an iOS app that is based on scratch 1.4 that my class have been using.
I look forward to introducing the class to scratch on iOS in the new term.
Here are a couple of useful links:
Since I have an on this day page on my blog I’ve been finding old me interesting.
Yesterday I notice quite a few end of year reviews published on the last day of the year1.
Blogging highlights 3, followed 1 & 2 in 2006 but focused on the blogging my pupils (primary 6 ~10yr olds) carried out that year.
The links go to the internet archive now. Images and some links were broken but I enjoyed reading them.
I was surprised at the comments on the posts, from adults, pupils at other schools and classmates. At the time the idea of an audience and conversation was one of the main reasons I had pupils in my class blogging. We were posting photos, video, microcasting and writing poems.
It seems harder to get comments on pupils blog now. I admit I’ve not commented outside my own class lately.
This was the year before I was on twitter. A lot of the online conversation about what happens in classrooms has moved to there. While a lot of this is interesting and valuable it has mostly removed pupils from the publishing process 2. This is I believe a loss.
- I was thinking of writing one for 2018 but got lost in following these old posts. ↩
- see also ‘School social media has been terrible at engaging parents’ | Tes News by Susan Ward ↩
Great stuff Susan. I wonder if blogging is a better approach to sharing than twitter. Easier for pupils to be part of the process? I know twitter is seem as simpler but I worry about encouraging pupils to a service which may not haver their best interests at heart.
I was interested in this app when I read about it on micro.blog when the developer @becky posted about. I didn’t have a phone that took live photos at that point, so put it in my memory.
Today it popped back out and I installed it. I looks like it will be a useful app. It allows you to choose either live photos or videos and stitches then together. you can add title screens and audio, either from iTunes or some built in tracks1.
This solves the problem with how to share live photos. I have exported these as gifs from photos on a mac but the files are huge.
You can export 30 second watermarked videos for free and a £2.99 unlocks that limit 2.
I guess the app will mostly be used with live photos, to knock out a quick video and these will be short. It might be interesting to experiment with a little DIY ‘Ken Burns’ I an certainly thinking of holding the camera for longer when taking photos.
Anyway I really like the app, the interface is great and it performs a useful task really nicely. I imagined I’ll use it to summarise a walk or a get my class to record a school activity.
I think this could be an interesting classroom app, its simplicity and lack of features will, perhaps, be a better solution than the likes of clips or iMovie for a quick movie. Most of the iPads in my class are original Airs, too long in the tooth for live photos, but we have a few newer ones so I hope to give it a go.
Here is a quick video I made the morning while Christmas shopping.
Some links I’ve put on my virtual pinboard recently. Ready for the new term?
Next, I wanted to delete every single photo and video from my iPhone. To my knowledge there is no easy way to do this on the iPhone itself. (There are a lot of tasks like this that are easy on the Mac thanks to Edit → Select All that are painfully tedious on iOS.) I connected the iPhone to my Mac with a Lightning cable and used Image Capture to delete all photos and videos from my phone. Image Capture just treats the iPhone like a regular camera. Image Capture crashed three times during this process (I’m still running MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6, for what it’s worth), but after the fourth run the iPhone had no photos or videos lefp.
I just deleted all the photos from a school iPad yesterday by selecting a couple and the dragging to select the rest. Worked with ~3000 photos but a bit clunky. I’ll use Image Capture in future. It’s an application I don’t remember very often.
In a 1-2-1 iPad class I do get a lot of benefit from having a mac in school. There a several things that can be solved with a quick airdrop to the mac and back. Given the iPads and mac are of similar vintage (2012).
I’ll edit a note on the mac, it syncs to the iPad (instantaneously it feels like) and I can Airdrop to class or group via classroom app. Now the Classroom app is available for the mac I need to think about upgrading the ageing mac to Mojave. I think it is new enough but spinning hard disk and skimpy ram might be a problem?
My presentations with Cathy O’Halloran and Richard Callanan held at Manor Lakes College on 6th and 7th April, 2017 Connecting Learners with Google
Huge pile of resources and links for folk who use gsuite and google classroom.
Some of my class have been editing the tagline of their e-Portfolio #glowblogs. I had to look up kawaii.