After a fantastic #digitaledchat on Twitter last week about how robotics can be used in the classroom, I was motivated to write about a recent project in school completed by our Digital Leaders using Sphero robots and the brilliant app Tickle. Twitter chats are a great way to connect with like minded educators and learn more! This one was looking at which robotics systems were of use in different phases of school as well as educators thoughts on the value of learning about robotics. It was a fast paced exciting chat with loads of ideas, resources and opinions. If you missed it, and would like to check it out, here is a link to the Storify.
I must start this blog post by expressing my gratitude to Kathy Schrock (@kathyschrock) After posting my My top 10 apps for a Primary School iPad she kindly informed me of an oversight I had made. As of January, Evernote would no longer be offering support for Skitch. While this doesn’t mean that the app will be ‘switched off’, it means that new iPads being setup can’t install the app and it won’t be updated. This means that it will likely just be a matter of time before it stops working completely after an iOS update. So, it begs the question, “What is the best replacement for Skitch on a school iPad?”
‘AppSmashing’ is a term that has been used for the last few years, first coined by @gregkulowiec. He has done some amazing work investigating with students how different apps can be combined. You can read all about this here, on his website.
I really like the AppSmashing process, I just don’t like the name. I prefer to say AppBlending…it just sounds a little less aggressive to me!
In last week’s #ADEchat there was a lot of discussion about the iPad’s built-in camera, and how the camera app was in fact one of the most useful.
A3: Again, depends on the student. Personally, I think critical for Maths is a small whiteboard and the iPad camera for recording #adechat
— Shaun Kirk ADE (@MrKirkBHS) March 15, 2016
— Deborah NíCheallaigh (@GCLMata) March 15, 2016
Now, I agree that the camera is a fantastic tool. It makes connections between the digital and the analogue straight forward, I just think teachers need to be creative with its use so it doesn’t become a stale learning activity.