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/

 

AnchorFM

I came across and interesting iOS application last week for creating and distributing podcasts easily across all major platforms including iTunes, Google Podcasts & Spotify.

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It’s called AnchorFM and is available for free on all iOS devices. It has an easy way for recording segments, transition music and getting listeners to call-in. The quality seems pretty reasonable, though an external microphone would still help.

There is even the option to do it through a web browser at http://anchor.fm

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It’s worth checking out if your a little interested in creating your on podcast, maybe I’ll do one soon! Oh, and its free to distribute!

Here is the link incase you’re interested.

 

 

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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new devices

It’s funny, I was watching the release of the new fandangled iPhone X and Apple Watch 3 along with everything else. I thought for a minute, well I wouldn’t mind the watch, it has some pretty cool features. In that, it can receive calls without needing to take my phone. I could now leave my phone and wallet at home, welcome to the future! Continue reading “new devices”

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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Best free iOS Apps to travel with

So, you are going away on holidays and you are trying to workout if there are any apps you should get before you go to make the trip a bit easier. Well, here are a few tools and apps that will help!

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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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