At school I am running an app design project for my year 7 students. Unlike many lessons they have experienced in their previous school life, there is very little teaching from the teacher, I am mostly there as a facilitator. I am of course there to help when necessary but my aim is to get students learning more independently. They must teach themselves using videos I have produced for them.
If you are looking for an alternative to Explain Everything you should check out Animoby.
Its free on the Apple App Store as well as Google Play. It has some great features and what I like the most is the UI, it is very user friendly.
Create quality presentations using VOICE and a variety of design tools (draw, paint, type, image), and publish or share via e-mail. Animations are created when users pick a tool and simply touch the screen, and voice can accompany designs by the press of the record button. Unlike other apps that create presentions, Animoby’s sharing process is simplified due to compact file sizes it uses.
I have also been impressed with the some of the editing options for things like images. All in all a great app and well worth downloading.
Over the past few months, myself and our Librarian, Helen Cleaves have been working on some augmented reality (AR) displays.
The idea was for students to create a movie trailer for their favourite books. They could use any device they wanted to. Most students used the school iPads and the movie trailer feature on iMovie.
Once the trailers were finished, a poster was made with images of the featured books. Using Aurasma Studio we then created a ‘Aura’ for each book.
Students and teachers can now download the Aurasma App and watch the movie trailer by pointing their smartphone/tablet camera at the book cover.
The AR even works on the actual book covers and not just the ones on the poster.
Our students have loved it. They can now interact with the display which they have found really fun. It also gives them a great idea about what each of the books are about in a engaging and visual way.
We are now working on displays for other departments.
The video is not fantastic, but it will give you an idea of what we have been doing.
We are currently running an iPad trial at school and investigating their effectiveness for teaching and learning.
In order to fully understand the impact of these devices it is important to evaluate their use.
I created two evaluations. One for students to fill out once and one for teachers to fill out. These were created in Google Forms and a short cut was added to the iPad to make it easier for students to access.
It was important to me that the evaluations were short to encourage staff and students to fill them out.
Once the evaluation period is over, I will use the evaluations to help formulate a report.