ShowMe

 

I don’t often rave about apps but this one is definitely ‘rave-able’! Craig posted yesterday about using this app in his classroom so I thought I’d download it and show it to my class today. Well – talk about excited! They got together with buddies and scripted some quick maths videos.

 

  

I found a ‘relatively’ quiet place for them to do the recording and left them to it. Half the class has had a go already and the rest will have a go tomorrow. They really enjoyed working like this and reckon they won’t forget their demos when it comes time to use them during maths lessons.

Here are four of the videos they created.

 

 

 

Ulearn10

I am home again after a fantastic 4 days in Christchurch participating in the 10th ULearn conference hosted by Core Ed. Over the next few weeks I’ll be processing the input from the keynotes and sessions I attended. Here’s my summary:

Tuesday

  • Unofficial Geocaching workshop – great to introduce newbies to the addiction
  • Pecha Kucha session in the Limes Room – I think this was filmed so will find the link for it
  • Twitter dinner

Wednesday

  • Keynote: Lee Crockett
  • Breakout One – this was my workshop <G>
  • Breakout Two – Inspiration, Ignition, Impact with Paula Jamieson
  • Keynote: Steve Wheeler (aka @timbuckteeth)

Thursday

  • Twitter breakfast
  • Keynote: Lane Clark
  • Breakout Three – Change, Creativity, Curriculum & Community: Succeeding in Spite of the System – Chris Betcher
  • Breakout Four – Apple sMacdown
  • Conference Dinner

Friday

  • Breakout Five – Trades Hall visit – had a quick mini-lesson on the Promethean board
  • Breakout Six – eCompetencies – Linking eQuality teaching directly to the Key Competencies with Kellie McRobert
  • Keynote: Stephen Heppell

Prizes

I won a couple of fantastic prizes and must thank the sponsors for those:

  • HP: My DP has already responded about the 42″ digital sign I won – we’ve just completed a new admin area and I know it will look fantastic there
  • Learning Media: I spent my 2 hours at the airport waiting for my flight reading the teachers manual for the Write Tools – can’t wait to get stuck in – and when Murray Gadd next visits I’ll do a show and tell with him 🙂

And as for the other freebies:

  • Xirrus – while I know the t-shirts I got weren’t so much a prize as a giveaway I want to say thanks for them – they’ll fit right into my wardrobe!
  • DLink – best gadget ever – the screwdrivers – a must for all us geeks
  • Apple sMACdown – my new earbuds are very welcome – they’ll be residing at school – and will be very handy for my kids recording using the iTouch/iPhone

As always one of the huge bonuses is meeting up with my Twitter PLN – it’s great to see the international tweeps here with us kiwis. Thanks to all my PLN the personal input was amazing!

New Technology – iPhone 3GS Part 1

There’s been quite a hoopla over the past couple of weeks in NZ over Apple technology. Both the iPad and the iPhone4 have just been released here – with lots of ‘will they, won’t they’ drama over the iPhone 4. I originally intended to purchase the phone since my 24 month contract was expiring and I really wanted to reduce my 2 devices (Nokia 6121 & iTouch) to 1. After talking with one of my parents and checking out his iPhone 3GS I decided to buy one of those instead. I signed up to a new plan through Vodafone and sat back to wait for my phone to arrive. I expected it to be here Tuesday next week but was very pleasantly surprised when it arrived on Saturday morning.

Setting it up was a piece of cake except for 1 issue of trying to transfer my notes from the iTouch to the iPhone (in the end I sent the notes to my Evernote account). I decided on a clean installation for the iPhone which meant that things like the Notes didn’t transfer. (There’s also nothing like a technology spring clean every now and then to clean all the unwanted/unused stuff off your device whether it be a mobile one or a laptop/desktop computer.)

Camera Function
One thing I’ve been used to doing with my Nokia is taking photos and videos so that was a function I particularly wanted to test. The Nokia has a 2MP camera and the iPhone has a 3MP one.

This is a photo I took yesterday.

Island shot

And I’ve been experimenting with the video function as well. The first video is shot in portrait orientation and I trimmed it before uploading to YouTube.

The second is shot in landscape orientation with sound (via the headphone/mic) and untrimmed.

Initial impressions -> I’m very happy with the quality of photo/video. I also have a ‘real’ camera but as someone once said the best camera in the world is the one you have with you. I also like the fact that I can upload directly to Flickr or YouTube.

WiFi
The iPhone is integrating seamlessly with my home wifi – using that function rather than the Vodafone network to do all the uploading etc. There is a builtin Usage Meter that gives some helpful and handy information.

Usage details

Speed
I had lots of fun testing my iTouch and iPhone side by side. There’s a remarkable clarity difference in the screen resolution of the two devices – possibly because the iTouch is older. Apps open much faster on the iPhone which is also great.

I’ll post more as I use the iPhone during the week. Battery life will be interesting (already I can say way better than the iTouch but probably not as good as the Nokia – although I’m using it more than the Nokia because of the different uses.)