This year at the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Austin, Texas, we were challenged to create projects around Creativity in education.  These projects are designed to develop something we already do or something we plan on doing and share it with others to have a wider impact. With Creativity in […]

Technology guide series of eBooks. So you want to ...

Since the updates to iWork apps in March, I have been playing around with various new elements.  The ability to draw on documents, animate the drawings on top of the ability to already collaborate on documents is a real bonus for schools when looking to enhance the learning in the […]

Making Books in Pages

IPad has proved itself to be a great tool in the classroom for many reasons. I still think that there are so many simple applications for it in subjects where observing learning is so important. Let’s take a look at some simple ideas in Science lessons. Using the camera to […]

Using iPad to enhance Science?

Sometimes when you get an app you need to look beyond its initial uses. An app for movie creation could actually be a great app for analysing performance in sport. This thinking is what led to a great collaboration today looking at how Numbers can be used in ways other […]

iWork apps, more than meets the eye

Apple recently held an education Keynote where a whole host of updates to both software and hardware were announced.  These updates provide more functionality to learners and support the creativity element in the classroom. In Wales this announcement coincides with the continued adoption of the digital Competence Framework, an attempt […]

An Apple for Wales

So Apple recently had a huge Keynote in Chicago that shared some great updates to both software and hardware to support education.  The updates included a new iPad that supports the use of Apple Pencil as well as some major updates to Apples apps such as Keynote and GarageBand.  All […]

Apple Education updates 2018

So you are looking to invest in new technology in your school. You have done some research and there seems to be a lot of discussion around iPad and a similar amount around Chromebook. So which do you go for? This is something that comes up quite often for schools […]

iPad vs Chromebook

A lot of the discussions I have professionally at the moment revolve around the proposed new curriculum in Wales.  It is an important point in Education in Wales as there is a great opportunity to make a curriculum that will benefit the learners and help re engage those that do […]

An inter-connected curriculum for an inter-connected world?

So Apple has updated Apple Classroom and now you can make this work on your devices, without needing to configure devices in an MDM. This is of particular interest to schools that may not have the experience to set these things up or may have unsupervised devices. Why should you […]

Apple Classroom 2.0 basic guide #adedu

So I have been thinking about this for a while now, pretty much my whole teaching career in fact. And I know there will be many that have had similar thoughts. What if education was different? What if we took the risk and actually did what lots of very clever […]

A different education system #ukedchat

So the #adechat on multitouch books got a lot of discussion going and one of my students came up with a fantastic idea to develop their own books around their work in University. Starting next week we are going to be trialling the creation of multitouch books created in iBooks […]

#adechat impact on student teachers

With the opening of the window to apply to become an ADE, there are lots of ways you can receive support in your process, a twitter chat was recently helped offering support and several ADEs have taken to writing guidance on the process. I thought I would take an alternative […]

#ade2017 application window

To start with the title of the post is a reference to Obi Wan in Star Wars but there are no mind tricks in what the post is about. Students at the University of South Wales are quickly becoming leaders in how technology can support learning and more than this […]

These are the trainees you are looking for! #appleteacher

This is a reflection on an amazing 2016. I started the year as a new addition to the team of lecturers at USW on the BA Primary Studies course.  My role was to look at Science and Technology, in particular ICT and to look at supporting the new Digital Competence […]

Digital Competence Framework and future teachers.

I started using Smore as a school newsletter about 4 years ago.  It is a simple programme that creates really nice newsletters that can easily be shared in various ways. I wanted to create a newsletter that not only shared information specific to my need but also easily integrate some […]

Using Smore