iPad Challenge: Put Last Month’s Presentations into Practice!

Well, the feedback came and we heard it loud and clear: you would have liked more time to try out the skills presented to you by our amazing presenters Nadia and Greg. So tomorrow’s meeting will be devoted to trying out GoodNotes with Google Drive and following Greg’s recipe for an explainer video.

Here is what you will need:

  • laptop
  • iPad
  • GoodNotes (all departments should have this) Price: $5.99)
  • Google Drive
  • Material you would like to work with (a concept you would like to make a video for, or a PDF you would lilt annotate in GoodNotes!)
  • Air server (talk to Brian about this).
  • MPEG Streamclip
  • Greg’s Videos (Please take some time to view these before tomorrow’s meeting. It will give you a flipped classroom experience as well as give you an idea of what you can do with your own videos!):
    • Video 1 (1.  Turn on AirServer
                     2.  Connect your iPad to your computer
      3.  Record your computer with QuickTime Player
                     4.  Using GoodNotes as a “smart board” )

      Video 2   More  Using GoodNotes, 5.  Using “Hide User Interface” for a                  better user experience.
      Video 3  Yet still more  Using GoodNotes
      Video 4   6.  Editing with MPEG Streamclip
      Video 5    More editing with MPEG Streamclip
      Video 6   7.  Uploading to iTunes
                     8.  Linking to your portal

Greg and Nadia will be circulating through the room to help you with any problem you might be facing.

Good luck and see you tomorrow!

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5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects | Edudemic

After yesterday’s iPad challenge, I realized how much potential Google Drive has in terms of sharing with other apps. Although there are many issues with it (the fact that the iPad app has only a fraction of the desktop functionality being the main one) the collaboration feature, the fact that it is free, the fact that you can open and upload Google documents in many different apps, the fact that it is free, and being able to access your documents across platforms makes it invaluable for teachers and students. Oh and it is free. Did I mention that?

Here is a great article describing a few apps that are compatible with Google Drive and that would be helpful for group projects. I am especially interested in Trello. It looks like it is a nice forum for all aspects of group work and also has a free iPad app (which I have downloaded but not yet looked at). I think I heard the Yearbook teacher mention it- I am going to track her down and ask all about it. Stay Tuned!

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An Example of an iPad Workflow

via Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

The devil’s in the details, and though we have good intentions about how to use the iPads we get stumped by the minor, yet essential logistics of how students can effectively deliver their work to the teacher. Gone are the days where, at the beginning of class, the student would bring in their homework, lovingly (or not so lovingly) hand written or even typed on actual paper and physically put it in the hands of the teacher.

One of the lessons we have learned with the iPad these last two years is that sharing the work can be difficult, especially if they are big files (still working on that issue). Here is an example of a workflow for text documents or spreadsheets by Jonathan Wylie:

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Do you have an example of a  workflow that works for you? Please share!

 

Google Drive for iPad has arrived!

Okay. So as anyone who has attempted to use google docs on the iPad knows, up to now it has been an exercise in frustration. Limited editing capability. The real time collaboration capacity, what makes google docs so valuable to so many people, choppy at best, completely non-functional at worst.

This issue has come up again as we prepare for our first iPad roundtable of the year. I was reading, yes, the google doc we started so staff could tell us what they want to talk about and discovered that Ms. Art teacher has encountered many issues in her class with the iPad and google docs. (I have written about the dysfunctional marriage of google docs and iPads before)

So I do what I always do when confronted with a problem I don’t know the answer to…I go to the hive. Or better known as the iPad forum (this one happened to be in linkedin) where I found out that google was going to follow up their launch of google drive (the app otherwise known as google docs). Of course, I rushed to the app store and yes! There it was! Google Drive!!!

#1: Sign in. You should be able to do this.

 

#2: Choose your file! As you can see, the interface is nice and simple, though I would have like to sort my files from more recent to less recent. They are now sorted alphabetically.

Luckily, there is a recent option, which I clicked and found our roundtable document. I clicked on edit and voilà:

 

But the real question is, if I edit it on the iPad, will it be shared in realtime? I checked the document on my desktop and yes, my text was there!

You can change the colour of your font, handy when there are several people collaborating on a document.

 

There are some basic formatting options as seen above. However, as Ms. Art teacher has pointed out, there is no option to insert hyperlinks… As well, in the description of the app, they say you can insert media, which I am unable to find in the editing on the iPad:

Quickly share a photo with a friend 1000 miles away. Read the most up to date version of your document whether you’re at home, at the office, or on the go. Make items available offline so you view them while you’re on a plane. No matter what happens to your devices, even if your iPhone goes for a swim, your files are safely stored in Google Drive.

Oh- Just figured that out. You cannot insert a photo in a document but you can upload a photo to google doc:

 

Maybe you can add it to a doc after? let us try… Nope. IN fact, I uploaded it then couldn’t find it. had to use the search field…

You can see if anyone else is viewing the doc:

 

You can share the document:

 

 

 

Here are some other sharing options, as well as options to move your document into folders, etc. What I don’t see is an option to download your document into Pages or something similar, though you can opt to view your document offline:

 

In a nutshell: although it is not perfect – they still do not have an option to “open in” Google Drive from your email. You can’t upload photos or movies directly to your doc. You can’t hyperlink- the collaboration works very well as well as basic editing. This free app goes a long way to transferring the amazing functionality of Google docs we have been used to on our laptops and desktops to the iPad. Hopefully they will keep on improving!