One of the activities I get my class to do is to record themselves reading for self assessment. This is not particularly exciting or complicated but I think it is worthwhile.
We use bossjock jr a free iOS recording application 1. This allows pupils to record their reading. After they are finished they can export the recording into the Notes app and add their self assessment. This can then be air dropped to me. Using Apple Classroom means that I don’t have to accept the drop, it waits for me in Classroom until I’ve time to move then to my Notes. 2
From my point of view Notes is not the greatest app for organisation, but I can move the notes to a folder at least.
The pupils can also upload their recording to their e-Portfolios on Glow Blogs.
This is slightly trickier as they need to get the files somewhere they can be uploaded through the browser. This means a 2 step process:
1. Export the files from either bossjock or notes, via the Files app to iCloud or OneDrive 3
2. Choose the recording from Files in the file upload on blogs.
The class all have managed this fine, it might take a few goes for some of them to remember they need to export. 4
I love that you can ‘share’ media straight from Notes into the Files app.
I have also tested Drag and drop from Notes to Safari and that seems to work too, it seems easiest to drop it on the Upload Button in the WordPress media library.
I’ve not tested this with the pupils yet. Next time.
- Bossjock jr, and its paid for big brother bossjock studio, do a lot more than simple recording. They allow you to load up carts of sounds and make a recording mixing them together.↩
- Something has stopped classroom working on our network at school at the moment, I’ll be delighted if it can be fixed, it is a game changer for distribution and collection. ↩
- It looks like OneDrive is finally a full partner with the files app, we have been using iCloud, but might switch to OneDrive if it works as well.↩
- I share a screencast with them all showing the process, but any who needed a minding of what to do just asked me.↩
It really has become such a good tool – used to be quite clunky and not easy to share. I think you can export straight to OneNote but haven’t tried yet so may be wrong!
I do love notes as it’s so versatile and simple!