5 Tips To Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life In iOS 8

Some excellent tips on how to improve your battery life in iOS8. It might also have the added bonus of allowing you to get to know your privacy settings and what app has access to what data…Just sayin’.

Here are 5 Tips To Improve Your iPhone’s Battery Life In iOS 8.

Source: www.guidingtech.com

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This Is How Google Recommends You Stay Safe Online | Edudemic

This is a handy dandy chart from Google about how to stay safe online. However, many of these points require some mediation with students. I am thinking of using it as a guideline for some of my Digital Citizenship workshops….

The Internet can be a scary place. There are people on the web who are looking to take advantage of you for their own personal gain. There. I said it. These people are likely looking to confuse or convince you that they are someone you should be sharing important information with. In an effort to …

Source: www.edudemic.com

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Family Sharing on iOS 8: Explained

If you have updated to iOS8, you will have no doubt come across the push notification asking you to turn on home sharing.  What is this you, might ask yourself? I know I did. Could it be a better, more streamlined way of sharing apps, etc. with your family? Dare I believe it?

YES! Yes, that is exactly what it is! Along with some awesome features like a family calendar (OMG, I am so excited about this one, I am levitating while hugging my iPad! Okay. Not really). But seriously, this is super exciting! I have resorted to a google calendar for each kid and adult in our family and then have shared it with everyone just to have it completely ignored. No longer!

A question I had after reading the article below was whether kids can still purchase tmusic, etc. on their devices with their own iTunes account. This is important to me as a mother of two teenagers, who tend to get a lot of iTunes gift cards as gifts. (and also because mostly I don’t want their music. The exception being Lorde and Lana Del Rey (don’t judge me- it might be a midlife crisis.) Now I can finally get my hands on those albums!

The answer is YES! According to this hand dandy apple support article,

Content downloaded from family members or acquired via redemption codes is not subject to Ask to Buy.

Oh good. This will also change some info on our school’s iPad FAQs page as now homesharing is so much easier. Thanks Apple!

iPhones, iPod touches, iPads everywhere — everyone in the family has devices and uses them for everything. One of iOS 8’s key improvements is more convenient family sharing. This is what it is and how it works. Easier media sharing and better parental control You’ve been able to share media content with other members of your family for quite some time thanks to Apple’s Home…

Source: www.imore.com

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Creating Infographics with Students

At the moment, Ms. Jackson, English Teacher Extraordinaire, and I are developing a project to accompany the Grade 9 reading of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (if you haven’t read this book- you should.It is the best YA around).

The mission is to give them some background info on World War II so that they can put the novel in context.

The first part of the project they are already tackling: I have developed some questions on different aspects of the war (mainly culled from the Encyclopedia Britannica). They have to answer these questions.

The second part is to create an info graphic, or a data visualization for their answers. I wanted to give them some best practices as well as tools they could use for this and, of course, I had to look no further than Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano at Langwitches. Below is her amazingly thorough guide to creating infographics which I am going to be shamelessly using as a reference for my own presentation.


I have been mesmerized by Infographics for a while now. Take a look at my previously written posts. Infographics- What? Why? How? Visual Thinking and Learning in the Classroom What are infographics…

Source: langwitches.org

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Mon amie Kim | Patrick Lagacé | Patrick Lagacé

This is a very intriguing article about Lagacé’s Facebook friend that turned out to be a fake. Actually, my first reaction is to feel sort of sad for this person, who by all accounts cultivated a very funny, vivacious persona and who hid his/her real self behind the figure of a pretty woman from Georgia.

But people don’t like to be lied to and even in the days of Anonymous, Avatars and Virtual relationships, we still want people to be who they say they are.

Thanks Geneviève for sharing!

Patrick Lagacé a des milliers d’«amis» Facebook. Il s’est lié d’amitié avec l’une d’entre eux, Kim Laurin, avec qui il a échangé de nombreux messages. Il n’était pas…

Source: www.lapresse.ca

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iOS 7… that ship has sailed…

I am being very meta right now by curating Lisa Johnson’s curation of handy dandy articles giving you many iOS8 tips. From privacy settings to “where did my camera roll go?” These articles cover all you need to know about your new operating system- Thanks Lisa!

Tips, Resources, and Best Practices for making the most out of #iOS8 and Updating like a Pirate 😉

Source: www.techchef4u.com

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New in iOS 8 for Teachers & Students

Here is an informative video about what ios8 holds for teachers and students. I was especially interested to hear about the new, improved zoom function (you can now zoom in on a window if you want and not the whole screen) as well as the added functionality to Notes, speech to text and vice versa.

ios8 isn’t the complete makeover that ios7 was, but it still has some interesting improvements. Check it out!

Learning in Hand Show #28 is about some of what’s new in Apple’s iOS 8.
Instead of showing you the major features you might already know about, I
demonstrate the lesser known additions that teachers, students, and parents
will be interested in.

Source: learninginhand.com

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Quick Tip for Open House: How to loop your photos on the iPad

You probably already know how to do this, but just in case. If you want to create a looping slideshow of your students’ amazing work, it is as simple as:

1. Go to settings–>Photos & Camera–>Make sure the Repeat option under Slideshow is green:

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2. Then go to your Photos app. You can create a special album by going to your camera roll and tapping on select in the upper right hand corner:

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3. Select your photos and tap the “Add to” option on the upper tool bar:

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4. Choose New album and name it:

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4. Go to albums, then tap on the album you want to show and select slideshow! It should loop for as long as you want.

NOTE: I would also make sure that you make sure that your iPad is not set to go to sleep after a couple of minutes. Go to settings–> General–>Auto-lock and set to Never:

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Social Media and Parents

Last night, the wonderful Alissa Sklar gave a talk at our school to a group of parents interested/concerned/anxious about their children and the online world. They learned a little more about the teenage brain as it relates to their kids’ online use, the importance of teaching impulse control and how teaching digital citizenship is a partnership between school and home.

And then this morning, I came across this from Common Sense media about how to have an ongoing discussion with the parents. I am really intrigued by the idea of this program which has three components:

  1. First, host a teen panel for parents. Let the parents hear from other kids how they use social media, what is important to them, how it makes them feel.
  2. Then organize several discussion groups through out the year on different subjects, some ranging from pure technical know-hows to more philosophical discussions.
  3. Share the amazing toolbox of resources they have put together.

It will take me a minute to process this idea, but it might be the perfect time to implement this, especially after Alissa’s very galvanizing introduction to the topic…

Any thoughts?

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

Source: www.commonsensemedia.org

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