How to Save a Web Page as a PDF on the iPad

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A couple of weeks ago, I was asked how you could save a web page as a pdf on the iPad. The problem was that when the teacher used the Save PDF to ibooks function available on the Safari browser, she found that she would lose crucial information as the app would ignore the sidebars. This is a problem when you are dealing with something like a recipe, where the ingredients are listed as a side bar.

I found this article gives a nice little workaround to this problem. There are a few steps to put in place in the beginning, but then is easy peasy to use when you want to convert a document. i went through all of the steps and it works!

Bonus: it allows you to open your PDF in many different apps, not just ibooks. Here is a screenshot of a chocolate cake recipe I converted to a PDF using their method:

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rAPPido Review: Kaizena — A feedback app for teachers

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 10.51.26 AMThis morning I spent some time with the app Kaizena. First – Shout out to Ms. Jackson for having sent me the link so long ago. Although it might take me some time, I do always check it out!

NOTE: Kaizena is a web-based application, not an app that you will get on the app store. I tried out the teacher version on my laptop and the student version on the iPad. All functions seemed to work except for a few things, but more on that later.

In order to not re-invent the wheel, I would highly recommend watching the following introductory video, showing you how to use Kaizena. When I signed up, I bumbled around, wondering where to go. Watching the video made it very clear how to proceed even trying it out.

Warning: the Kaizena peeps don’t hold to our 5 minute max, flipped classroom video rule. The whole thing runs at 24 minutes. However, it is well worth it as I think this application could be very useful!

In a Nutshell:

Kaizena lets you give feedback in a variety of formats on students work. When you highlight certain passages you want to comment on you can:

  • add audio comments
  • send a link to a flipped classroom video you have created or that you have found on youtube
  • embed one of Kaizena’s curated lessons (eg. say a student keeps on misusing an apostrophe. Simply tap the lessons icon, type in apostrophe and the lesson will pop up. Watch the video for more info).
  • Of course you can also add text comments as well!

This is done by starting a conversation with your student. Each student has their own conversation and all the feedback you have ever given them will remain in that conversation.

Again. Watch the video.

Kaizena works with google drive and google classroom, so you sign in with Google:

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Our school was already listed! How cool is that?

Wait a minute…Is somebody already using Kaizena? If so, let me know!

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Then you set up your profile and your groups. And by groups, they mean classes.

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If you are using Google classroom, you can import your classes. If not, you can simply send a link and invite your students to join.

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Once they join, they should pick one of your classes. That way you have all your students in nice, manageable groups. Then they will send you a file. In order to test this out, I signed up to Kaizena with my personal gmail, so the screenshots are a little confusing because Lina Gordaneer is the teacher and Lina E. Gordaneer is the student. But aren’t we all both teacher and student? Aren’t we, I ask?

Ok. Moving on.

So this is how the teacher’s view looks like before students:

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Then I tried to add some lessons, so I added the link to my press I use for the Mindful Use workshop. Which worked fine! It totally embedded my prezi!

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But then I tried to add an audio comment and got this:

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And I couldn’t find what they meant by “on top”. And I couldn’t leave the screen. Very frustrating. But then I realized when I looked in the help sheet that there was supposed to be a pop-up by the URL. But Safari didn’t like pop-ups. As soon as I switched to Firefox it worked fine.

Here is how it looks from a student’s perspective on the iPad:

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All they have to do is tap the add file:

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They can easily add a file:

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It automatically takes them to their Google drive. I found this a little hard as the folders didn’t seem to work. But you could use the search tab. It worked okay.

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However, it didn’t allow me to open the file…Not sure why – file format? Temporary glitch? I  will try again…Nope. I tried documents from dropbox and a photo from photos and neither of them could upload, however I was using Safari on the iPad. Perhaps that is the problem? Let me try to log in with Chrome…

Ok. Crashed my iPad. This is not good…

Nope. Doesn’t work on Chrome. So only files in Google Drive can be accessed on the iPad…

However, opening something from Google drive was a cinch:

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Now back to the teacher’s view:

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I just have to tap on Lina to see the file she uploaded and start commenting!

I added a lesson, an audio comment and a text comment:

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You can see that as the teacher comments, it automatically appears on the student’s page as well:

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If you decide to try it out, please let me know about it!

How to Use Calendar as an Agenda

I made a video using the Greg Scruton method of Flipping the Classroom. My topic was how to use the Calendar app as an Agenda.

Here were my steps:

  1. I wrote a script. here it is: SCRIPT- Calendar as agenda. It was too long, as I found out later.
  2. I found a quiet place where I would not be interrupted (this after a very frustrating day of being interrupted.)
  3. I used airserver to project my iPad screen on to my laptop. This is not a free thing, but our IT guy can help you out…
  4. I recorded my screen with Quicktime Player.
  5. My movie ended up being over 7 minutes long, so I had to edit (no way was I going to make another take!)
  6. I watched Greg’s video about Mpegstreamclip then downloaded the app. (I had to get Brian to give me permission to download this, but it was well worth it- I simpler way of editing my movie than iMovie, which still kind of scares me…)
  7. I edited the parts where I tell people the table of contents as well as the end part, which cut my movie down to 5 min 30. Still a bit long for an explainer video, so I definitely have some work to do, but I think it is better than my first attempt!
  8. I uploaded it to youtube so I could share it with you!

Here is the video – please feel free to use it with your advisory!

Let me know what you think and thanks Greg!

Textbook Inventory on the Library Catalogue!

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Textbook Inventory

Here is the textbook inventory video I made last year for the Staff. Please keep in mind the following:

  1. Not all textbooks have been returned yet, the the number available might increase or decrease depending on the state of the books returned.
  2. I try as much as possible to ensure that the number on the catalogue corresponds with the actual number of books in the book room. However, some people still go into the book room and take copies without telling me. if I don’t know that a book is gone, it will show up as available in the catalogue.
  3. However, on the whole it is a pretty accurate portrayal of what we have available!

NOTE: I used educreations to make the video- it was super easy to add writing, then screeshots and record my script over it!

How (and Why) To Use Student Blogs | Edudemic

Here is a very succinct and thorough guide to setting up students blogs in the classroom, from what platform to use to privacy settings to discussing with your students what they need to think about to make a good blog. If you were thinking of trying out a student blogging project for next year this would be a good place to start!

Blogging doesn’t just mean putting diary entries out on the web for the world to see. It can be a way to learn more about yourself and any other subject.

Source: www.edudemic.com

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iPad Challenge of April 22: Accessibility Tools (Guided Access)

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Do you have a student that simply can’t concentrate when using the iPad? Do you need to help them focus on the task at hand? Guided Access might help. It is a little heavy-handed, but could be very useful. This also could be useful in certain test or exam situations.

What is it?

Guided Access allows you to restrict the use of the iPad to a certain app. For instance, if your students should be writing a document using Pages, you can set the Guided access so that they can only access Pages.

How does it work?

Go to Settings–>General–>Accessibility

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Scroll down and tap on Guided Access:

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Tap Guided Access on:

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Now tap on Passcode settings. This means that you will be the one in control of the Guided access. You will enter a password for Guided access. Once they are in the app and Guided Access is activated, they will need your passcode to disable it:

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Once you’ve set a passcode that you will remember, go to the app you want your student to use. I am using pages. Triple tap the home button to access the Guided access settings. At the bottom of the page you will see some settings. For some reason it won’t let me take a screenshot and my airplay isn’t working so I will use a generic screenshot from closertothekids.com:

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At the bottom you can set how long you want them to stay on the app as well as circle areas of the app you would like to disable. To activate Guided access, simply tap Started, located in the top right corner.

Now, this isn’t just for students – we all get distracted and sometimes need a little help concentrating. Why not use Guided Access for yourself? I know I could use some guidance sometimes…

Thanks again to Melanie Leblanc for demonstrating these tools!