Have you ever had to use this feature? I hope you never do... It's been one of the most stressful hours of my year! Here's a brief summary of my trauma. Yesterday morning I drove into Auckland with my dad to see the All Blacks play Ireland, at a sports bar. We were going to … Continue reading Find my iPhone! Arghhh
I'm a huge fan of the 3 shot movie to help structure your videos. It's a simple way to teach students and teachers about frames, clips and the basics of story telling. I saw this demo’d at a recent GAFE conference by Jim Sill (an ex-producer and now Edtech trainer). The 3 shots basically are; … Continue reading 3 Shot Movie on an iPad
Do you get asked this at all? Every digital trainer who works with iPads gets this a lot and the answer is usually, "It depends what you want to do." It's like asking someone about their favourite device. You couldn't get by with just one of them. It's the 'right tool for the right job' … Continue reading What’s your Favourite iPad App?
Last week I was helping the Macgear team demonstrate the Sphero SPRK (Schools, Parent, Robots and Kids) robots to educators at the NZ Ulearn Conference in Rotorua. Here's a short vid I made that shows some of the snippets of what we were up to for the 2 days. We use these robots in our STEM … Continue reading 3 Ways to get the most out of your Sphero robots in the classroom!
GIFs are huge right now - a GIF is a 'graphical interface format' and a great way to get a quick message across. It's something I want to start using more in instructional blog posts. Here's a cool GIF making app that you can download (in beta mode) that works pretty well on your Mac. … Continue reading How to make a GIF on a Mac
Most NZ Primary teachers have Macbooks as their main teaching tool under the Ministry's leasing scheme, but their student have Chromebooks. This isn't a bog deal as most of what they do with their students is in the cloud on platforms such as Google. But - every now and again it's helpful to be able … Continue reading Chromebooks on a Macbook?
This week I've been making some comics with a class in the Book Creator app. It's part of a bigger 'app-smash' we're working on by combining the comic with the Explain Everything app to make an animated video. Here are some tips to creating a comic with backgrounds, characters, and layered objects to give your … Continue reading Book Creator Comic Tips
This is the fifth Vlog of a travel series I've started - this one is from a day off in Sydney. I'm loving the learning process that comes from discovering how to construct a story, film the clips and the combine them with the soundtracks. Very fun!
This is the first of a series of 'My Favourites' posts. There are loads of different options for things when it comes to tools and resources but sometimes it pays to have a favourite. One tool that you commit to, develop a real depth of understanding about and build up a profile of bookmarks and … Continue reading My Favourite Video Site = Youtube
I'm working with some teachers in NSW at the moment and a teacher and I recently created a Google Map that combined her Geography LOs and her student's obsession with Pokemon Go! She wanted to develop their knowledge of geographical and historical landmarks around their school, connect with the local history they learned about last term … Continue reading Pokemon Go Geography!