Considering 1:1?

If you are considering a 1:1 iPad roll out, please take a look at his video. It has some really helpful information!



Create shortcuts on your iPad home screen

Here’s a nifty little iPad trick for you!

To create a shortcut to a website that you often visit (e.g. your blog), on your home screen, do the following:

·        Open Safari and navigate to the website of your choice.

 ·        Click on the little arrow icon at the top left of your screen.

·        A drop down menu will appear.

·        Click on ‘Add to Home Screen’.


·        You can type the name of your short cut (or leave the one that appears). 

·        Click on ‘Add’.


·        Voila! A shortcut to your website will appear on your home screen!


Our iMovie Project

In DigiDesign club at the end of last term, ten of our Grade 6s were tasked with creating marketing videos for our school. They had to plan their videos by brainstorming ideas with Popplet and then they had to film the video of our school and use iMovie to edit and create the final videos – all on the iPads! [See the wiki for the full project instructions].

What a success this project was! The students were totally engaged from the start and enjoyed the project from start to finish. Some of the students worked in pairs or in threes, some worked on their own. Either way, the level of engagement and enjoyment was phenomenal!

What did they learn from this project?

  •  How to use the iPads for creation
  •  How to use iMovie
  •  Brainstorming – what to film
  •  Decision making – what to include/leave out
  •  Team work (those that worked in pairs/threes)

The final product was totally amazing. Please take a look at our YouTube channel to see just how well our students did. Enjoy! 

Show Me!


This screen casting app is a great way of turning your iPad into an interactive whiteboard – just what teachers need and want!

You can create demonstration videos with voice recordings, drag and drop images from your Camera Roll, write over them, draw around them, add colour, erase mistakes and more.  And then, if you wish to, you can make them available for your  students to access via the Show Me community website.

Jill Brandeberry, a 6th Grade teacher in Michigan, makes great use of this app by encouraging her students to create and upload their own presentations. Visit her blog to see how effectively she does this.

The best thing about this app? It’s FREE in the iTunes App Store!