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  • Tara Fagan 22 Aug 2013 11:34am () in iBooks

    iBooks is a great place to look for electronic eBooks.  Published books are available to suit a range of readers. As well as paid books, there are regularly free books available for children.  These tend to be by unknown or self-published authors so you need to search through for quality but there are some great stories out there including some written for children by children.  You can check these out by selecting the children's and young adult's option ->top charts -> free books.

    At the moment iBookstore have a selection of 'first in a series' books available for free, normally there is a charge for these books.  Check them out by visiting the iBookstore (either via the iPad) or on iTunes, scroll down to the featured books and these will appear.


  • Tara Fagan 22 Jul 2013 2:03pm () in apps for ECE

    Hi Heather

    Ideally the apps should be kept as open-ended as possible so that young children engage in literacy learning in a range of ways. Apps, such as puppet pals, Sock puppets etc, strenghten oral literacy and support children telling their own story.  Other apps, such as book creator or My Story support children's literacy knowlege as well and a fantastic for supporting home languages.

    Some resources that might help are:

    Exploring Apps Blog

    To iPad or not to iPad - pilot investigation in ECE

  • Tara Fagan 21 May 2013 9:02am () in free ipad apps


    Like Lynne, I also use Apps Gone Free which details about 6-12 apps that are free for a limited time - most free just for  a 24 hour period.  It does take some sifting through these free apps to find some that could be useful for teaching and learning although over time I have found a lot of good apps this way.  For example, today, there is an app called Move and Match (normally $2.59).  This is not an app that I have explored before but can see potential for the classroom for literacy.  This could be a particularly useful app to have a child/group of children develop a project/word puzzle and another student complete the puzzle.

    Once you have 'purchased' them, even for free, they remain connected to your account so that if you delete an app from your iPad and then reinstall it, there is no charge as it reinstalls.

  • Tara Fagan 08 May 2013 10:16am () in Locking settings on an ipad

    I agree, restrictions is a great option particularly in terms of stopping the deleting, installing of apps and buying of in-app purchases.  Just a word of caution about using this -   if the restriction code is forgotten, the entire iPad needs to be restored which means all settings and content, including student work will be erased during the restore process.  

    It is a good idea that school sets of iPads either have the restrictions codes written and stored in the office or that Syndicates use the same restriction code on their devices so that more than one person knows the restriction code.

  • Tara Fagan 04 Apr 2013 9:24pm () in iPads in the Junior Classroom

    Hi Justine

    Am really keen to know what maths apps you are using in the classroom to support your learner.  Great that you have also starting using it for writing.  I know I find digital storytelling really useful for strengthening oral literacy  - the Sock Puppets app is proving great for great for this Smile

  • Tara Fagan 14 Feb 2013 8:58am () in Individual i tunes accounts vs VPP

    Hi Louise

    Only one credit card can be linked to the VPP account.  So yes, either a credit card, a visa debit card or prezzy card that has credit card functionality can be used as the payment method for VPP.  Some schools are choosing to use the prezzy card/debit card so they can keep the purchase of apps separate from their school credit card.  All the best with the rest of the roll out.  Let us know how you get on, Tara

  • Tara Fagan 29 Nov 2012 2:33pm () in Happy Birthday, Enabling e-Learning!

    Awesome work everyone - Enabling e-Learning is such a great resource for us all Cool.  Fabulous infographic too.  

  • Tara Fagan 28 Aug 2012 1:57pm () in iPads in education | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Came across this blog post 'This is what happens when you deploy android tablets in a classroom', which summarises the report of a grade 5 class that used tablets over one year. Interesting reading and adds to our discussion.

  • Tara Fagan 23 Aug 2012 11:03pm () in iPads in education | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Today I attended an iPad integration session with Normandale School.  The school, which is part of an ICT PD cluster, hosted an iPad afternoon due to the many requests they have had around their work. 

    There was a lot to take in around the teaching and learning at the school, but what I was most impressed by was the student led nature of event.  This student led involvement started from the moment I parked my car.  Two students greeted me and telling me how pleased they were that I wanted to know more about their learning at the school.  

    During my tour, I heard from two students, about how laptops, iPads and QR codes were 'getting more kids interested in the library and reading more books' (I still have the Tolkien site on my phone).  Joshua showed me how fotobabble is used to support his maths learning and how his parents can access it at home and as he said, 'just in case he forgets to tell them'.  Students also showed me how Epic Citadel is helping them with their writing.  Others showed me how their maths is extended.  All of this demonstrated by the children.  Students also interviewed me, on camera (of which I am not a fan) just so they can evaluate how worthwhile the event is for their community.  Well done.

    The second session involved the leadership team talking about how the iPads were integrated into their school. Strong infrastructure and wireless were essential as was allowing time for teachers and students to explore the potential of the iPad as was cybersafety.

    What I like most was that the iPad was only one of many tools that the students used.  Throughout the tour, students and teachers talked about choosing the right right tool for the right job.  Blended eLearning in action.

    The beginnings of a Wellington iPad network has sprung from this event so our conversations will continue. Thanks Normandale School for hosting this and for showing us the possibilities of iPads from junior through to senior school.  The beginnings of this network and discussion is on twitter #ipadswhatnext

  • Tara Fagan 21 Aug 2012 10:02pm () in iPads in education | An Enabling e-Learning event

    If you had asked me that question a year and a bit ago, I would have said no, simply because the other tablets on the market didn't match the iPad. However, with the tablets that are available now, I surely think so (they just may not be judged to be as cool).  

    I have just completed trialing a tablet for two weeks.  While my preference is for the iPad, the tablet was good to use with good graphics.  Most of the apps that I use on the iPad were available to use, although there were some subtle differences in how these apps worked.  I have been following the reviews of the Nexus 7, which is also looking promising as a tool to support teaching and learning.  I am keen to get my hands on one to see how they compare as well (anyone out there with one to spare Wink).  

    Good question Tessa.  I wonder if it is time to change our language from iPads to tablets?