iOS 12 ScreenTime and parental controls

If you have a family with Children who use iPads and iPhones this maybe helpful. Today Apple released iOS 12, one of the biggest features is a new thing called ScreenTime. 

ScreenTime allows you to monitor and control when your children can use the devices along with which apps, for example you can block games across the day except between 4pm and 5pm or allow them only 30 minutes across the week. After this time is used it will disable the app. Its a very easy way to control your Childs use of the device. There are now no excuses for kids being on devices late at night when they shouldn’t be.

The best part of this is that you can control it from your own device, so you don’t even need to physically use their iPad. Along with this you get a weekly report of how they are using the devices – what times, which apps and how often they pick up the device.

I found a guide here which shows you how to set it up. Before you do this, your devices need to be updated to iOS 12.

https://9to5mac.com/2018/06/21/ios-12-how-to-set-up-screen-time-as-a-parent-on-a-childs-iphone-or-ipad/

 

Guide to using a Chromecast as digital signage

I just wanted to share something I stumbled across. At school we have an old TV with a custom computer attached that is running some digital signage software. However, this software is terrible, clunky and not user-friendly at all. It creates too much work.

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The Stem Circle

Last week I had the pleasure of attending and doing a short presentation at a STEM workshop for Teachers. It was a  free workshop run over 2 days by Christian Williams, he is a teacher here in Melbourne, Australia that has been recognised as one of the worlds best.

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Google Motion Stills

So I came across a cool App by Google for iOS, if you have an iPhone that’s capable of taking Live Photos (6s or better) it will take these Live Photos and turn them into GIFS for you.

I went through some old photos and made some super cute pictures of Poppy. What’s best is you can export them to video and use the video as your Facebook profile picture too.

 

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Kids Coding

For those of you out there looking at getting your kids into coding or maybe you’re just looking for some constructive activities for the kids to do online here are a few resources you may find helpful.

Blockly Games – https://blockly-games.appspot.com/

Handy resource for age 6+, it gives the foundations for coding and understanding logical sequences. It has a bit of maths too!

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Scratch editor 2.0 by MIT

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Fizzy Space

So some of you may know, I just love space. Not only being outdoors, but the big black void that surrounds the world.  I love the unique things you can do in space that you would never be able to experience on earth. One such thing is a video in found on YouTube of a effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water.

Enjoy!

Firefly Children’s Home

I experienced one of the nicest things today, I had organised to visit Firefly Children’s home in Kathmandu. After a fair bit of researched I emailed them asking if I could visit and bring some resources – Laptops, pens, lined paper.

Hari picked me up from my hostel in the morning. I can’t say id ever been on the back of a motorbike carrying 6 laptops in peak hour traffic not wearing a helmet. I now can! Continue reading “Firefly Children’s Home”

Carrying your burdens over time

This is one of my most favourite stories that I have often see floating around the internet:

 

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.”

“If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

He continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.”

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.”

“Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short Enjoy it!”

 

5 Easy things to do with Google forms in the classroom

I am a massive fan of Google Forms in the classroom. It’s brilliant way of giving feedback to students straight away on assessments and also proving us insightful information straight away and showing any potential patterns.

Here is a list of 5 things that you can use Google forms for in the classroom to help save you time & make learning more engaging.

1: Formative and Summative tests

Forms is a wonderful way of creating pre-tests and post tests for students or exit tests. You can enhance it will extensions like Flubaroo to automatically grade the students work and email them the results. The students will love the instant feedback, and it will save you a night of marking! Try it for multiplication and spelling tests first.

2: Collecting Student information

At the start of the year its often nice to find out information about the students such as friends, hobbies and interests. Forms makes it nice and easy to do this, also its very easy to email it to parents for collecting contact information.

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3: Observations

When students are proving feedback to one another for talks or presentations, why not have a form open that helps score the students. Instant feedback and you can see a summary in one place. This can also extend to observations you may make about the students learning.

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4: Conversation starters

It may be a nice way of gaining opinions in staff meetings anonymously and having conversations about more difficult topics.

5: Classroom Surveys & Graphing

It’s a nice easy way of gathering information from your students for a task, it could be about likes/dislikes, height or anything else you can think of. Students can then easily work with this data to create graphs using Google Sheets

 

I hope you found some of these useful, give them a try and see how you go. What do you use google forms for?