iOS 9.3 Shared iPads

School Manager Login

Apple have recently released iOS 9.3 and along with a number of user interface improvements such as Night Shift,Password protection on Notes and the ability to duplicate photos there aren’t many things to write home about, check out Macworld. However there are significant developments for education including:

  • Shared iPad for Students
  • Classroom app for iPad
  • Apple School Manager
  • Manged Apple ID’s

These are and exciting set of tools to provide for teachers and when this is linked with and iTunes U this provides the teacher with a powerful seto of tools to use iPads in schools to significantly enhance the use of iPads to exploit their full potential as learning tools to spark curiosity,  inspire creativity and free imagination. Creating a true mobile learning environment and opportunity.

Fraser Spiers  co-presenter of Out of School  Podcast he is a teacher and technologist who set up the worlds first one to one deployment of iPads at Cedars School of Excellence . He  has written an excellent initial evaluation on the release of these tools and the educational impact it will have for schools, Apple Classroom First Impressions.

I will be publishing more articles expanding on this over the coming weeks and months helping schools to find the most effective way to develop an effective implementation of these new and exciting services.

Please leave comments or contact me via Twitter: @nskipper






Recordium App file workflow

Recordium FileBrowser

Recently i was asked about students recording audio on an iPad and sharing it with their teacher. this started me investigating and looking for a solution that would work easily. The following video uses an App called Recordium  which is great for recording audio and also allows you to insert images to create a podcast, more of that another time. This workflow is about getting the file from the iPad onto a Macbook acting as a shared space, in fairness this could be anywhere, a PC network share, dropbox, a Time Capsule, anything that can be connected to by File Browser. File browser is a great app for getting files onto and off of an iPad.

Ive posted a video on my Youtube Channel i hope you find it useful.

How to get iWork iMovie and iPhoto for free

iWork iMovie and iPhoto for Free!

There has been a lot of talk about this topic on the iWork iMovie and iPhoto for free, Tim Cook, Apple CEO, announced this at the 10th September special event keynote. However if you go to the App store you find that the price is still £6.99 for each of the iWork apps and £2.99 for iMovie and iPhoto. And from what i’ve read its said that anyone who bought after the 1st September should get it for free, although I’m not too sure yet how or if this will happen.

Further investigation has led me to a couple of solutions, so i took an iPod touch 5th Generation with iOS 7 and signed on with an Apple ID that has no credit card and hasn’t had these apps before and tried each of the following techniques and I’m pleased to say that they worked!

Method 1

  1. You go to AppStore -> Purchased
  2. In Search box write “iWork” – and turns out that all iWork is for free – in Purchased section

Method 2

  1. Go to Featured in the App Store.  It’s in the bottom left corner.
  2. Scroll down to Collections and select “New to the App Store?”
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select “Apps Made by Apple”.  This is where the free iWork apps are located.
  4. Click install on each of the Apps and you’ll be prompted to agree to the changes in Terms and Conditions.

Be aware it does seem that its only with new devices bought after the 1st september and updated to iOS7

Link this with the (Beta for iWork) which works via a browser on PC or Mac, I’ve tested Safari, IE, Chrome and Firefox and all seem to work fine. so all the iWork apps are available here and if you login with the same Apple ID that you use on your iOS device then all the documents you’ve created will be available to edit.



Hi all those of you who have ever read my Blog Ive been thinking for some time how to make this more useful to anyone who reads it and to make it more useful. Ive introduced workshops about apps and systems that i use regularly. What i want to be able to do is to share my passion and enthusiasm for the technology we now have available to us in the form of iPod Touches/ iPhones and the iPad and the new wave of android and windows devices. its changing some many aspects of my life. And its been a huge benefit to my learning and engagement with other people via my blog social media and email. So I’ve called this blog “MyiLife” and what i plan to do is to detail as frequently as i can how i use this technology in my personal and professional life. which i hope in turn will inspire you to embrace some of the exciting learning opportunities that these new and emerging technologies present to us.

You may, as is often asked of me, “how do you find the time” well i don’t just make time at the expense of something else in my life. I try to make more effective use of my time, maybe a factor in the stark realisation that we all only have a finite time to live and want to make the most of it, all very profound i know but i dont want to look back and think is should have made time to do that because i could have made my life better or more significantly i could have helped others. And that the aim of this blog to share all the tips and tricks that i have acquired and share them. You’ll already know that i share much of my findings and thoughts via twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo Channel etc but this is going to try and outline what i do in MyiLife what apps how i communicate how it benefits me and hopefully others too.

So you’ll know that i’m an Apple fan/geek, have been for nearly over 25years and so much of my use is obviously around iDevices but we are seeing now that there is an increase in Android, Windows and other tablets formats and the boundaries and uses that have are easily available on all platforms.

So how does my day begin? the iPad is by the bed and my first activity of the day is to check email to see if there are any interesting stories from ePapers i subscribe to eg “iPads in the Classroom” curated by Adam Coccari, “Teachers Trial by Technology” or my own “SkippBlog Daily“. Its a way of keeping an eye on the latest stories and anything that i think will be interesting get a quick tweet to share with anyone who follows me, for those on Facebook you get a post from me too! If i think the article is worthy of referencing then its an immediate link in “Pearltrees” So a quick word about Pearltrees, which i plan to write a blog about later to explain more about it. So its a visual way to save URL’s links which you view in a tree structure, its just so much easier that the conventional favourites/bookmarks, and it can be shared and contributed to by others, building up a network of experience. To add to Pearltrees is simple on a browser as there is a Pearler plugin, i usually use Safari on my iPad where you can Pearl just as easily, its the setting up thats tricky iPad/iPhone pearler. If i want to keep the information in a project im working on, like BETT 2013 presentation then i’ll clip the link to Evernote, see my workshop on this, Evernote is where i make any notes form meetings, insert photos, documents, webpages and sound clips and share project work with colleagues. So thats the first activity of the day it never takes up more than 15 Minutes but its become a daily ritual usually over the breakfast Americano, but its how i share stuff with people and hopefully its useful. This is interspersed with Twitter sifting through the myriad of tweets from people i follow, a quick read and decide if its worth Retweet/Quote Tweet/Pearltree or Evernote. So there you have my start to MyiLife. Its how i try and keep up with the rapidly changing world of education and ICT itworks for my and hopefully it may work for you to. give some of these a try you may find it works for you too.

Templates to plan integration of iPads in your lessons

See on Scoop.itClassroom Mobile Technology

Teachers can use ideas from the following templates to brainstorm, plan and formalise the integration of Apps with the learning objectives for their classes.


From iPad

iPad Technology Integration Action Plan and Lesson Template


From John Larkins iPad in Education blog: (


iPad lesson plan template


iPad curriculum planning brainstorm


A lesson template format via ‘Sample lesson ideas’ from CUEtoYOU Professional Development.


5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)

One of the best articles I’ve read recently about iPad deployment and classroom integration. It confirms all the messages I’ve been working towards and relaying to schools. An important article for teachers, senior leaders administrators and parents.

Originally posted by edudemic 5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) Added by Tom Daccord on 2012-09-27

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration.

While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them.

1) Focusing on content apps

The most common mistake teachers make with iPads is focusing on subject-specific apps. In doing so, many completely overlook the full range of possibilities with the iPad. I think of a Latin teacher who declared the iPad useless because he couldn’t find a good Latin app.

It simply didn’t occur to him use the VoiceThread app to record his students speaking Latin, or perhaps create a collaborative discussion of Cicero. Or use the Animoto app for a lively student presentation on Latin vocabulary, or the Socrative app for a Latin quiz, or the Explain Everything app to create a grammar tutorial. There are so, so many possibilities, yet he was oblivious to them.

At our iPads in the Classroom summer workshop at Harvard University we spend three full days with teachers actively exploring effective iPad integration tools and strategies.

And we don’t introduce a single subject app. Instead we focus on the amazing range of consumption, curation, and creativity possible across grade levels and subjects using only four general apps: an annotation app, a screencasting app, an audio creation app, and a video creation app. In our workshops conversations about pedagogy center the iPad properly as an effective learning device. The content comes from a wide range of materials available across the Web and in our classrooms, not from apps.

2) Lack of Teacher Preparation in Classroom Management of iPads

One of the obvious mistakes is failing to provide teachers with adequate professional development. Before handing students iPads, schools sometimes give teachers their own, assuming teacher use in a personal environment will translate to expertise in a work environment.

It doesn’t.

Teachers need instruction on how to incorporate the devices into the learning process, which is quite different than trying out a few apps.

Decades of research has shown that when teachers have access to new technologies, their instinct is to use new technologies to extend existing practices.

Without guidance, iPads become expensive notebooks used by students in very traditionally structured stand-and-deliver classrooms. Teachers need time for professional collaboration (and often external support) to learn to nurture reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and to develop strategies to differentiate instruction using a range of apps and tablet-friendly Web tools.

Even the basics of workflow– sharing materials, collecting student work, making comments and grading, passing student work back–can be unfamiliar to teachers and quite complicated. The challenges of iPad workflow include understanding cloud computing environments and options, how different apps and types of files interact with each other, file format compatibility and file conversion tools, evaluating all-in-one management solutions, and translating these concepts simply and effectively to students.

Simply handing a teacher an iPad in advance won’t serve to address these challenges when the school year starts. Fortunately, many early adopters have workflow plans that address these challenges, and schools need to protect their teachers from reinventing the workflow wheel.

3) Treating the iPad as a computer and expecting it to serve as a laptop.

Focusing on iPad-versus.-laptop comparisons stifles the ability to see how the iPad facilitates student-centered learning. iPads are devices meant to compliment computers, not replace them.

So, people who seek equivalent functionality become frustrated, and fail to realize the intrinsic benefits and features of the iPad’s native design.

Instead, schools should focus their energies on what iPads do best to engender active learning. iPads enable students to kinesthetically connect with their work (especially important for young learners). These tactile elements – using fingers to zoom, rotate in, pinch close, or swipe across – as well as increasingly interactive and immersive apps, facilitate hands-on learning.

In addition, iPad mobility means that students can take pictures, record audio, and shoot video, in any number of places. They can tell multimedia stories, screencast how to solve math problems, create public service announcements, simulate virtual tours of ancient cities, and so much more. Active consumption, curation, and creativity ssuit the device. Stand-up-and-deliver teaching does not. So, put the iPads in the hands of teachers who understand that active learners learn best.

4) Treating iPads like multi-user devices

iPads were designed as a single-user device and not meant to be shared via carts. Financial constraints have forced many schools to abandon 1:1 aspirations, but sharing them separates the functionality from the user. Carts that rotate through several classrooms force teachers to take time away from learning, create a nightmare of student accounts, and often focus attention on workflow systems rather than learning.

Instead of sharing iPads across multiple classrooms, schools should be allocating them to a few select pilot classrooms for an entire year. Schools should be documenting pilot group successes and failures and begin to codify iPad integration functionality and elicit best practices to serve as a foundation for future iPad expansion. If a school cannot envision financially moving to a 1-1 iPad model, then Bring your Own Device (BYOD) models may prove much more compelling than shared iPad systems.

5) Failure to communicate a compelling answer to “Why iPads?”

Many school administrators simply fail to communicate to their constituents why they’ve purchased iPads. As a result, many initiatives face resistance from teachers, parents — and even students – who don’t understand why these devices are being introduced into their classrooms. Letting the purchase speak for itself isn’t enough – districts need to explain why they’ve invested in these devices.

While iPads are engaging, technology needs to be — above everything else — in the service of learning. Administrators who fail to articulate the connection between iPads and learning often hamper their iPad initiative.

School administrators should be explaining to their constituents that the iPad supports essential skill areas — complex communication, new media literacy, creativity, and self-directed learning. Instead of focusing on the convenience of ebooks, they should instead be emphasizing the incredibly immersive and active learning environment the iPad engenders and the unprecedented opportunities to develop personalized, student-centered learning. They should highlight some of the beneficial consumption, curation, and creativity activities the iPad facilitates — as well as the student empowerment it inspires.

School administrators should point out the improvements in teacher management of classroom time and space afforded by iPads, as well as the incredible flexibility it provides to vary learning activities at a moment’s notice. Finally, they should remind their constituents that with iPads students have the world at their fingertips– anywhere they might be — and the only limitation to what students might do in this vast space is the vision of educators.

Increasingly a 21st century education is less about place and more about space. And the iPad has become the leading device in which students can navigate and create exciting new worlds. Yet, when this device enters classrooms its impressive immersive capabilities are often overlooked or underdeveloped.

With more schools opting for 1:1 student-to-iPad access, there exists a tremendous opportunity for a transformative shift in classrooms where students are empowered to navigate their own learning.

Yet, from our vantage point, momentum for redefining the educational map with iPads is often derailed at schools as a result of a limited vision of the device and a failure to prepare teachers effectively. Schools that share a common vision for learning, extensive support for teachers in learning to use these new devices, and a willingness to learn from the teachers around the country who have already piloted these tools are much more likely to reap the benefits of their investments in iPads.

Chroma Key/Green Screen in Windows

In my recent presentation at the Hull and East riding “Getting it Right” Conference i presented several ways to introduce Green Screen/Chroma Key into use in the classroom. Due to limited time available i was only able to show solutions for iPad/iPod Touch and Apple Mac. But as i mentioned there are several ways of using green screen technology on Windows. It’s possible to use Windows Movie Maker to produce Green screen backgrounds and overlay your videos in post Production, follow this link or see the text below Windows Movie Maker. And a YouTube video that shows how easy this is.

How to Chroma Key in Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Record your subject in front of a well-lit blue or green screen, and transfer the video onto your computer.

Step 2: Highlight the following xml code: (


Step 3: Copy it, and paste it into notepad. Click File>Save As, and navigate to C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX. (If you don’t already have an AddOnTFX folder, right click then New>Folder.) In the drop-down “File type” box, select “All types”. Save the file as “bluescreen.xml” 4

Step 4: Run Windows Movie Maker.

Step 5: Import the video of your subject into WMM, and drag it down to the timeline.

Step 6: Find the picture or video you want to show behind your subject. Import it into WMM, and drag it down to the time line to the left of the video with your subject in front of the blue/green screen.

Step 7: Now that your two video clips are in the timeline, go to your transitions and there should be one that says “Bluescreen”. Click it and drag it down to the timeline. Click the video of the bluescreen and drag it over onto the other clip. Don’t drag it to far because that will just make the clips switch places. Keep going until the blue triangle disappears, then go back just a hair. (It will make more sense when you try it)

Step 8: Check out your preview and see if it worked.

Step 9: Click File>Save Movie File to save your movie

By far the easiest way on windows for school is to use Kudlian “I Can Present” it costs £53.94 bought is well worth it and can also be bought with a camera the green screen etc and is ideal as “I can present Studio”.
I hope that this helps and that you get started with some chroma key work with your students I’m sure you and that will have great fun being creative.