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Started by Allanah King 22 Mar 2011 7:43pm () Replies (286)

Maybe we can start off by all adding one app that we really like?


  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 24 Feb 2018 5:09pm ()

    Zippy is an iPad Augmented Reality app where you colour printed pages of the alphabet or objects like a whare. You then aim the iPad at the printed page and it will come alive and read aloud the sounds of the alphabet etc. It’s a bit hard to explain so I made this little video demo.




    I've also attached here the printed PDF of Augmented Reality prompts t go with it.


    Maori Alphabet Book

    Zippy Logo

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 18 Sep 2017 9:59pm ()

    Sam McNeil posted this to the eLearning Technologies Group about the app Seeing AI- which I downloaded tonight and it is pretty exciting. Sam talks about its capability for visually impaired users and I thought the reading text aloud feature could be really useful for those who find accessing text a challenge as well.

    Here is Sam's post copied here with his permission.....

    Evening Team,

    A couple of weeks ago I had one of those "wow" moments when I saw the "Seeing AI" app demo'ed live for me in a presentation (to the MoE funnily enough). It really felt like a moment of science fiction for me.

    It's taken me a few days to get back to it but I've downloaded and played with the Seeing AI app on my iPhone today and it's blown my mind.

    I don't usually "promote" apps or anything like that (and the fact this is made by Microsoft Research is entirely coincidental), however I share this purely because I can imagine this could literally be a game changer for a visually impaired student or staff member you may work with:


    If you have students or staff in your schools that are blind please do consider letting them know of this app (currently, iOS only it would seem). I remember my high school days and there was a boy in my year who was legally blind but could see indistinct shapes. He literally had a mini telescope to help him see text (barely) - an app like this would have revolutionised his schooling I'm sure.



  • RachelO (View all users posts) 18 Feb 2017 8:43am ()

    Kia ora koutou

    I am working on a list of apps for our school iPads.  Hard to narrow it down!  We want to stick with creative apps as much as possible, but possibly with one or two maths practice, spelling/phonics practice apps thrown in.  Is it possible to have one list of apps suitable for years 1-8?  We want to have fewer apps, and focus on using those really well so already thinking of Book Creator, Explain Everything etc.  Would appreciate your help!  

    TIA, Rachel

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 18 Feb 2017 9:57pm ()

    This is my best dozen apps - they sort of have one of each and if I could only have these apps I would be quite happy across the curriculum and across age groups.


    I have also listed my faves across other areas of interest via the tabs to the left....

    Initial iPad Set Up Landing Page


  • Amanda Williams (View all users posts) 03 Feb 2017 10:11am ()

    Hi I was wondering if anyone had suggestions of IPAD apps that can be used with NE children that are still functioning at 2/3 year old levels. I have apps that are fine for those children within my class that are ready for school but, I am not sure where to go with the few children I have that are quite delayed. I am using the IPADS as part of a play based approach for parts of my teaching day not the whole day. I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions.

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 03 Feb 2017 8:54pm ()

    I would maybe start with what skill would you like to particularly like to focus on?

    If it is speaking then using the video camera in selfie mode and playing it back maybe useful- able to self/peer reflect on understanding and learning. Or Puppet Pals where the children can role play and speak

    If it is to communicate with whanau in the way of a learning journal then maybe Book Creator with recorded reflections. Or Seesaw.

    Can you let us know what in particular you are wanting to target or reinforce for their learning.

  • Kirsty Burgess (View all users posts) 27 May 2016 8:31am ()

    I have just started using the New Zealand version of 'Write about this' with a small focus group of boys. I was struggling to get the boys engaged and excited about writing and they absolutely love this. They can choose from a range of photo prompts or create their own. They can also record their own voice reading their story, its fantastic :)

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 27 May 2016 11:50am ()

    Here are some other people's write abouts to further inspire





    Looking forward to seeing some more of your examples when we next meet.



  • grahamp (View all users posts) 14 Apr 2016 8:36pm ()

    A new dog safety app is being launched to help keep kids safe and Auckland will be the first city to roll out the app in schools, using a suite of iPads donated by Cyclone The Dogs Story... (Ok for free download on your devices also)



  • grahamp (View all users posts) 14 Apr 2016 8:24pm ()

    Not sure if you are aware, but Explain Everything has just released a new version for iPad - Collaborate.

    Cyclone has a discount available for the x30 seat subscription using code: Promo Code: 9U3HKY - either on-line direct from EE (or Cyclone will do it locally for you.)


  • Julian Stokoe (View all users posts) 10 Mar 2016 2:49pm ()

     12 Huia Birds

    A beautiful and engaging new fully interactive picture book app for children brings to life the story of New Zealand's lost huia bird. Narrated in te reo and English by George Henare, children tap and drag on the images to explore what happens with the arrival of strange creatures in the huia's habitat. There are also worksheets and suggested activities for teachers and parents to extend the learning possibilities with this app, to be found on the 12 Huia Birds website.

    12 Huia Birds

  • LukeNola (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2015 11:29am ()

    Hi, we've just released a total free story builder app on iTunes. We were keen to create a format that took kids through the structure of story without loosing the fun and creativity of inventing your own characters. So the app takes you through 'genre' and 5 basic story beats so no matter what skill level, your stories still flow and resolve. Add uniquely NZ feel and we love the result, hope your students will too? Please try it out. Feedback most welcome.   


    iPad Screenshot 1

  • Anzar Chida (View all users posts) 02 Feb 2015 9:50am ()


    We have just started BYOD for Year 9s at Mount Albert Grammar School and the department has created ibooks for a good portion of what is taught in the year. All the .ibook and .iba files are available at: www.magsmaths.com

    What this essentially means is that you not only have ibooks to use with your students on the ipad but you also have the author files to add/remove from them as you feel fit on your mac laptop. We are hoping that if you improve them you send your improvement to mathsbyod@mags.school.nz (this could lead to some great collaboration, all is explained at website)

    Once again, the website is www.magsmaths.com

  • Craig Robinson (View all users posts) 04 Feb 2015 10:41pm ()

    Awesome thanks for the collaborative approach

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