Category Archives: tablet

#TheFeed – Device Review: Windows 10 Devices to suit all budgets, by Paul Dredge

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This article is written by Paul Dredge, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, who reviews three different devices: the Viglen Duo tab; HP X2 210; and a Surface Pro 4, discussing the respective strengths and areas of suitability of all three.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in high school classrooms

In my role as a high school teacher, I have three devices from which to work: a laptop, an Apple iPad Air 2 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Whilst the first two are supplied by my school, the Surface is something I have personally purchased.

Yet people wonder why I only ever use the Surface whilst the other two gather dust on my staffroom desk.

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Short answer: because the Surface does everything a laptop and iPad do, and more.

Now, such questions usually arise from students who are surprised that I don’t love iPads as much as they do.Visit the author's original post

Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate.

There are also many different learning scenarios that a device may be required to support, so when choosing a device for personal use or school-wide rollout, it’s good to know what it can and can’t do, and in which scenarios it will be useful.… Visit the author's original post

Spring Online CPD 2016

A New Year and maybe a resolution to get to grips with technology in your classroom?

To help you and your school effectively deliver Information Communications Technology (ICT)  in the classroom,   TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including one designed to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively.… Visit the author's original post

ClassFlow – Updated for Mobile Browsers

Over the last twelve months or so in a number of postings we have followed Promethean’s developments with ClassFlow – their cloud based lesson preparation and assessment toolkit. Readers who have been followed my  postings in November 2014, December 2014, January 2015 and June 2015 will recall that Promethean have been updating their versions of ClassFlow every few months. Well Promethean have also been listening to feedback from ClassFlow users on the ClassFlow forums and have taken on board feedback from those teachers who are using ClassFlow.… Visit the author's original post

Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math is a Mathematics story based resource for parents and children that is aimed to foster parent/child interactions around Mathematics in the home. The resource has been developed by the Bedtime Math Foundation (a non profit making organisation funded by private donations) founded by Laura Bilodeau Overdeck. Laura aims to make Maths as playful for today’s children as it was for her when she was a child. In her own childhood, Laura’s mam had her baking while still in nappies and her dad had her using power tools measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process.… Visit the author's original post

Using Quizizz for Assessment in the Primary Classroom

I recently came across a new online quiz tool “Quizizz” and quickly realised its potential as an online assessment tool for the primary classroom. Quizizz+1-pagerSimilar in ways to “Kahoot“, Quizizz provides realtime feedback to a teacher and their pupils as they engage with a series of questions on tablet devices, mobile phones, laptops or desktop PCs. Quizzes can be created from scratch or can be selected from a bank of quizzes created by other users of the website.… Visit the author's original post

Online Autumn CPD

Special Offer: 50% off one course when two people sign up!…Read more 

TeachNet’s Autumn online course programme is now live with 4 online courses designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  All our courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively.… Visit the author's original post

TeachNet Summer Courses Closing Soon…

Summer Course logo 2015It’s the last week of summer courses for 2015, with all EPV day approved courses closing this Friday, August 21st. To mark the end of what is now our 9th year as an online course provider we’re offering 50% off one course when two people enrol in any of the four courses.

To avail of this offer, you and a colleague can enrol at www.teachnet.ie/courses/enrol/ for your preferred courses and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or call 01-4806208 to get the discount.  

2015 Online Courses

Simply click on the link to find out more and to book your place today…

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Getting Started – Computer Basics for Teachers
This course is for beginners, learn how to use a computer and the Internet in your classroom

ICT in the Classroom
Getting the Most from your Interactive Whiteboard
Are you using your Interactive Whiteboard to its full potential?  Easy to use ideas and examples for learning in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Canva – Great Lesson Plans for both Primary and Post-Primary Teachers

What is Canva and why should teachers use it?

Canva is an online tool for designing infographics, collages, flyers, and slides. It’s free and there is no need to download any software to your iPad, tablet, PC or laptop to use it.

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Canva is a web application, which means you use it in your web browser. Students can use Canva to display key information in a visually compelling way. The benefits of visual content and depicting ideas and concepts through images has long been valued.… Visit the author's original post

TeachNet Summer Courses 2015

VLE screenshotFor summer 2015, TeachNet are offering 4 EPV day approved online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.

TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet courses are created “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Österreich goes Redmond

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Der Countdown läuft: Am Freitag geht es für mich ab nach Seattle zum wohl größten Abenteuer meines Lebens. Microsoft hat aber nicht nur mich als einzigen Österreicher zum Global Educator Exchange eingeladen, sondern auch zwei weitere Innovative Expert Ecucator: Bernd aus der Medienhak in Graz und Oliver von der PH Niederösterreich. Als Trio können wir bereits schon ein paar Tage vor der eigentlichen Konferenz an die Westküste der USA reisen und werden neben dem obligatorischen Sightseeing uns auch mit anderen Kollegen aus aller Welt bereits im Vorfeld treffen.… Visit the author's original post

5 things why I love my Surface Pro 3 stylus

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Inspired by those many “listicles” that appear day to day on the Internet, I decided to write my personal listicle about five things, why I love my stylus on the Surface Pro 3.

the SP3 stylus has three buttons on it

the SP3 stylus has three buttons on it

1: My stylus is more than a pen

Since the SP3 has three buttons I always explain interested teachers in my OneNote workshops, that this tool is more like a mouse. So you can do a lot more than just writing with it!… Visit the author's original post

Scratch for Tablet devices

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Scratch 1.4 interface

Back in May of 2007 the first beta copy of Scratch, a programming language for children, was released. Scratch was a free application developed by MIT Media Labs and it was easier to use when compared to more traditional programming languages as it consisted of graphical blocks that could be dragged from a palette and dropped into place to create interactive stories, animations and games. In 2009 Scratch 1.4 made an appearance and it became the most used stable version until January 2013 when Scratch 2.0 was released in beta format.… Visit the author's original post

Travelling – geek’s style

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So the Microsoft Edcuator Exchange is coming closer and closer and my preparations are not finsished yet, but I put some effort in being “fully equipped” for this “one-of-a-kind” journey. As I am traveling earlier to Seattle to do some sightseeing and hoping to get a beautiful pic from the Space Needle, I am staying for over a week in the USA.

As a Geek – yes I am proud to be one – I surely “depend” on lots of technical things when I am on the road.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote Class Notebook Creator @ OneDrive

You can start the OneNote Classroom Notebook App right from your Office 365 menu

So call my stupid or just “Not-SharePoint-well-known”, but I have discovered only recently, that you can install and administer the great OneNote Class Notebook Creator Tool right in your very own OneDrive for Business! (kind of…)

I thought, that an adminstrator has to create a dedicated Sharepoint site, where you install the App and then you can create your OneNote Class Notebooks. BUT as OneDrive for Business IS in the core exactly the same as a SharePoint site you don’t have to use dedicated sites.… Visit the author's original post

GeoGebra App within Office 365

You can start GeoGebra from Office 365

So after a longer break (I have had a great skiing week with my students!) I am finally back again with some great news concerning Office 365 and GeoGebra. As I have found out some weeks ago, you can now sign in into GeoGebra (GeoGebratube) at http://www.geogebra.org with your Office 365 account, I discovered the next cool thing today:

You can login to GeoGebra with your Office 365 account

You can login to GeoGebra with your Office 365 account

If you are logged in to your Office 365 account you my now find a new button titled “GeoGebra”, so you can just start GeoGebra right from Office 365!… Visit the author's original post

5 Tips for holding a OneNote Workshop

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Inspired by the Microsoft Innovative Educator “#MSFTtips Contest” I decided to write down my 5 Tips for everbody, who wants to hold an OneNote workshop for other educators. In the past 3 years I have had great oppertunities to introduce OneNote to many, many educators in Austria (and Germany too!) and I am pretty proud of my efforts, because I have changed some teachers AND students daily life since they are using Microsoft OneNote.

  • Tell them your WHY

    So if you never heard of Simon Sinek you have to invest the following 18 Minutes into his genious TED talk about what he calls the” Golden Circle”: WHY – HOW – WHAT:

    So I always start my Workshops traditionally with a small PowerPoint-presentation about my personal path to OneNote.

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Learning to draw…

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So there is a great song by Tom Petty called “Learning to fly” and I can really say that I have tried a lot of different things in my life, because I am very curious. But like flying there is one thing, that I will never ever learn: DRAWING!
I have tried a lot of times to get things right and get the correct proportions, but it seems to me, that – like flying – drawing is something I am not going to learn!… Visit the author's original post

Erster Arbeitsauftrag mit OneNote

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Drei Wochen lang haben meine Schülerinnen und Schüler einen Mathematik-Arbeitsauftrag zur Kosten- und Preistheorie komplett mit OneNote erledigt. Nun war letzte Woche Abgabe- bzw. Fertigstellungstermin und nun heißt es das Ganze auch noch zu kontrollieren und zu beurteilen. Wobei ja das tolle war, dass ich jederzeit den aktuellen Arbeitsstand einsehen konnte. Aber alles nach der Reihe…

OneNote im Browser = produktive Arbeitsumgebung

Nachdem  alle Schüler dank das OneNote Class Notebook Creators einen eigenen Arbeitsbereich im gemeinsamen Mathematik-Notizbuch haben, habe ich als Vorbereitung per Drag-and-Drop den Abschnitt “AA Kosten- und Preistheorie” in die Schülerabschnitte kopiert.… Visit the author's original post

My perfect school-kit

A few days ago I received the new Windows based Aspire Switch 10 by Acer.

It is a wonderful device: tablet & notebook all in one! You can easely plug and remove the keyboard when required.

Small and light, it is perfect for use in mobility. It fits perfectly in my BYOD classroom.

Look at my school toolkit: tradition & Cloud together!

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Thanks to the pluggable keyboard it is possible to write documents and use complex programs so fully enjoying Office 365 incredible power and work everywhere on my OneNote files.… Visit the author's original post

Advancing the tablet beyond an e-reader ; a forethought or an afterthought?

Much of the initial argument to introduce 1-to-1 devices in schools hinged on the weight of schoolbags however now management and teachers are tasked with advancing these devices beyond e-readers. Often here lies a bone of contention; devices were opted for without proper consideration, training, and planning towards their role in terms of e-learning, digital creativity and a new curriculum. Scaling this down to just my own experience in my own classroom I can easily relate to the current predicament many schools who have gone down or are considering the tablet route find themselves in.… Visit the author's original post

Virtual Interactive Whiteboard

How Using a Tablet Computer and a Projector Can Fully Replace Interactive Whiteboards

Today I tried using my new Surface Pro 3 notebook for the first time in class with my students. I received the device as a benefit of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts program.

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Instead of using a blackboard or an interactive whiteboard you can write everything in PowerPoint or another presentation tool. The script can be prepared at home or done during the dialogue with the students – on the fly either typed or handwritten with the pen which gives a natural writing and drawing experience.… Visit the author's original post

Virtual Interactive Whiteboard

How Using a Tablet Computer and a Projector Can Fully Replace Interactive Whiteboards

Today I tried using my new Surface Pro 3 notebook for the first time in class with my students. I received the device as a benefit of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts program.

Surface Pro 3

Instead of using a blackboard or an interactive whiteboard you can write everything in PowerPoint or another presentation tool. The script can be prepared at home or done during the dialogue with the students – on the fly either typed or handwritten with the pen which gives a natural writing and drawing experience.… Visit the author's original post

Khan Academy – Mathletes

While wondering around the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2015 I came across the project titled “MATHletes: Male vs Female, primary v secondary”. This project investigated which gender and which school level either primary or secondary, is more engaged in MATHletes used through Khan Academy.

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Up to this point I had heard about MATHletes and Khan Academy, but never really went and researched it. This project sparked me into action and I went about checking out how I could be involved in MATHletes and Khan Academy.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote to rule them all

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Für den offiziellen OneNote Office Blog durfte ich einen Beitrag verfassen, der heute unter http://blogs.office.com/2015/01/22/onenote-rule/ live gegangen ist. Natürlich gibt es den Beitrag auch hier für meine Leserinnen und Leser:

OneNote to rule them all

As a passionate and tech-savvy and always-looking-for-best-solution maths teacher I am always searching the World Wide Web for programs/apps that will help me to get the most out of my teaching profession. There are bad ones that I use just one time for a five-minute test-flight, there are great ones that I am using regularly, because they help me.… Visit the author's original post

HAK Steyr tablet PLUS

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Bei der Microsoft Innovation und Education Konferenz 2012 habe ich in meinem Vortrag meine Vision für das Unterrichten mit Tablet-PCs verkündet: damals sagte ich “In fünf Jahren möchte ich in einer Klasse alles auf einem Tablet-PC mit Stifteingabe erledigen”. Drei Jahre später ist ein weiterer großer Schritt getan, der mich diesem Ziel näher bringt. Dei HAK Steyr bietet offiziell mit der “HAK Steyr tablet PLUS”-Initiative genau das an. Eine Tablet-Klasse, wo jeder Schüler und jede Schülerin die Möglichkeit bekommt, das eigene Tablet als Werkzeug für das eigenes Lernen einzusetzen!… Visit the author's original post

Ted-Ed Club HAK Steyr

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tededclubsOnce again my passion has led me to something new and I am pretty amazed and proud, that I can establish a TED-Ed Club at the HAK Steyr! TED-Ed? What’s that? If you are an active learner and/or teacher you surely have seen some of the most inspirational talks ever on TED.com . I have to admit, that I love TED and I am watching as many talks as possible to improve not only my knowledge but also my presentation skills.… Visit the author's original post

Online Courses Spring 2015

TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively.… Visit the author's original post

The Demise of the iPad?

There was an interesting article in the Irish Independent regarding American schools’ adaption of technology. It appears that Chromebooks are being used in more schools than iPads. Chromebooks are laptops that run Google’s own operating system, Chrome, which is basically an Internet Browser and you require an Internet connection to get much use out of them. The reason that seems to make them more popular than iPads is that they have a keyboard, which allows students to type up assignments, etc.… Visit the author's original post