Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sharing iPad Creations with Edmodo

Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, turn in work, participate in class discussions and receive notifications. 

With the latest Edmodo app update, this became a solution for students to turn in work created on the iPad in Pages, Keynote, or the camera roll. (Remember that many other apps can be shared to the camera roll. From there, they can be uploaded to Edmodo.)


After creating a document in Pages, for example, the student would do the following:


  1. Tap the wrench button in the top right corner.
  2. Tap Share and Print
  3. Open in Another App
  4. Choose a format (Pages, PDF, or Word)
  5. Click the Choose App button.
  6. Open in Edmodo. (You may have to swipe right or left to see the Edmodo option if you have a lot of apps installed.)
  7. If the student is not already logged in to Edmodo, they will be prompted to log in. If the student is already logged in to Edmodo, they will be asked if they want to upload the document to their library. The file will reside in the library and will be accessible when the student is ready to attach it to a post.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tips from our Readers--Youtube Buffering

If you are showing a Youtube video and it begins to buffer here are a couple of tips:

1. Pause the video and allow it to load. You can see the progress by watching the gray bar.

2. Pause the video and select the gear button. Change the resolution to a lower quality which will allow the video to load faster. It is not ideal but could be helpful in a crunch.


This tip is brought to you by the GHS teachers at their recent Instructional Focus Day. If you have a tip please share it here:
http://gcisdleadwithtechnology.blogspot.com/p/tips-from-our-readers.html

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Inserting Music From Freeplay Music into iMovie for iPad

Inserting Music From Freeplay Music into iMovie for iPad


If you are tired of the same sound tracks found in iMovie for the iPad, check out our freeplay music subscription site!


From the GCISD website, go to For Employees > Teacher/Staff Resources and click Freeplay Music.

Searching for Music

  • Search by CD Volume, Style or Feel by clicking on the search option (the search will automatically begin) or type a keyword in the SEARCH BY KEYWORDS box and click RUN SEARCH.
  • The “Search Guide” is a printable PDF that lists the CD Volumes that would be appropriate for a variety of themes.
  • Use ADVANCED SEARCH to select multiple search options.

Navigating the Search Window


  • The number of tracks found in the search is indicated at the top. Ten tracks are displayed in the window at a time (use the “next 10 results” or “previous 10 results” to view them). 
  • Each track is displayed with a block of information about the track, including the name of the track, the volume, the feeling, styles, instrument, and tempo of the track. Each track is available in a variety of time lengths.

Previewing a Track 

We do not recommend previewing in the Chrome browser.
  1. Click on the desired track length in the PREVIEW section in the bottom right of the block of information about the track. 
  2. The file opens and plays in the default program for playing music (probably iTunes or Windows Media Player). You may have to click OPEN on a window that pops up.  
  3. After the music has played, close the player program.

Downloading a Track 

  1. Click on the desired track length in the MP3 section in the bottom left of the block of information about the track (For example, click the "30" link for a 30 second track)
  2. Click SAVE on the File Download window. 
  3. Navigate to the desired location to save the file (give a new name if desired). 
  4. Click SAVE

Opening the Track in iMovie via Dropbox

  1. Copy the sound track file to a DROPBOX folder
    See https://www.dropbox.com/ for directions on how to set up a Dropbox account
  2. On the ipad, launch DROPBOX and navigate to the preferred sound track file
  3. Once selected, tap the OPEN IN button found in the top, right corner
  4. Select OPEN IN IMOVIE 
  5. In order to trim music, be sure the LOOP BACKGROUND MUSIC setting is turned off in iMovie:
    a. Tap the settings icon found in the top, right corner
    b. Slide the LOOP BACKGROUND MUSIC option to OFF


Monday, December 10, 2012

Embed Video into iBooks Author

Embed Video into iBooks Author

When creating an iBooks Author file, there are several widgets available within iBooks Author, however when inserting a YouTube link, one easy way to do this is with a widget provided by iBooks Generator.






Simply copy and paste the YouTube URL into the provided text field and click the Generate button.  Download and double-click (to expand) the provided zip file.  Simply drag and drop the WDGT file into the iBooks Author page to insert the widget.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Inspiration Maps Lite

Inspiration Maps Lite - iPad App

Use Inspiration Maps Lite for the iPad to create thinking maps, brainstorm ideas, do a quick formative assessment, and more.  With the "LITE" version (which means FREE in our Education World), you can save up to five diagrams.  The diagrams can be viewed or revised in the diagram view as well as an outline view.








Click here to read more or download the app.

View a demo video to learn how to use Inspiration Maps Lite.  NOTE: The last few seconds mentions opening the document in Pages or saving to Dropbox or iTunes... these features are only available when you upgrade to Inspiration Maps (NOT LITE).

For more information, see the Inspiration website.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sharing iPad iMovie Projects

Sharing (iPad) iMovie Projects

After creating an iMovie project on an ipad, one may wonder, now what?  There are various ways to move the project off of the iPad to share with others.  Here, we have explained three methods for doing this:






Sending iMovie Projects to YouTube

NOTE:  Success with this method will depend on bandwidth and video file size.  If unsuccessful, try another method.

  1. If you’re not in the PROJECTS view, tap the MY PROJECTS buttonin the upper-left corner above the viewer.
  2. Scroll to center the preferred project or trailer.
  3. Be sure to name the movie:

    • Tap on the PROJECT NAME.
    • Erase the name given and enter a new name and tap DONE.
  4. Tap the SHARE button and select YOUTUBE
  5. Type the YouTube USERNAME and PASSWORD, then tap SIGN IN.
  6. Enter a movie title into the TITLE field.
  7. To specify how your project is categorized on the YouTube website, tap CATEGORY, scroll the options, then tap the preferred category.
  8. Tap TAGS to add terms users can use to find your video on YouTube.  To enter more than one tag, tap RETURN after each one. If you previously shared the project to another website, any tags you specified appear in the TAGS field.
  9. In the SHARE PROJECT window, select the size you want to export.
    Medium produces a smaller file that uploads more quickly to the web. HD produces a larger file that is great for viewing on a Mac or on a high-definition television (HDTV).
  10. Tap to set a PRIVACY setting.
    Unlisted videos can be viewed only by people who have the link to the video. Private videos can be viewed only by you and a limited number of users you invite to view the video.
  11. Tap LOCATION to specify where you shot the project, if you want.
  12. Tap SHARE in the upper-right corner of the SHARE PROJECT window.

Changing Privacy Settings on YouTube:

  1. Log in to YOUTUBE
  2. Click your username in the top right corner and select VIDEO MANAGER
  3. Place a checkmark next to the video(s) for which you need to change the settings
  4. Click ACTIONS
  5. Click UNLISTED under PRIVACY

Sending iMovie Projects to a Mac Computer and Downloading via iTunes

  1. In iMovie on the iPad:  If you’re not in projects view, tap the MY PROJECTS button in the upper-left corner above the viewer.
  2. Scroll to center the preferred project or trailer.
  3. Be sure to name the movie:
    • Tap on the PROJECT NAME.
    • Erase the name given and enter a new name and tap DONE.
  4. Tap the SHARE buttonat the bottom of the screen, then tap ITUNES; Tap OK when iMovie indicates that the export is complete.
  5. On the computer, from APPLICATIONS, launch ITUNES.
  6. Select ITUNES > PREFERENCES.
  7. Click DEVICES.
  8. Place a check mark next to PREVENT IPODS, IPHONES, AND IPADS FROM SYNCING AUTOMATICALLY
  9. Connect your device to your computer.  After a moment, your device appears in iTunes, below DEVICES on the left.
  10. Select the device, then click APPS at the top of the iTunes window.
  11. Select IMOVIE in the Apps list below FILE SHARING (you may need to scroll down to see it).
  12. In the IMOVIE DOCUMENTS pane, select the file shared above in step 4, then click the SAVE TO button; Save the file to your computer in a place where you can find it easily.
    NOTE:  You can also save the file by dragging it to the desired location on your computer.
  13. DISCONNECT the device from your computer and click OK and QUIT iTunes.
  14. Complete any necessary editing in iMovie on the computer.
  15. After the video is complete, select SHARE > EXPORT MOVIE from within iMovie.  Select the save location and the preferred export size and click EXPORT.

Sending iMovie Projects to a Mac Computer Via the Camera Roll and the Image Capture Application




  1. In iMovie on the iPad:  If you’re not in PROJECTS view, tap the MY PROJECTS button in the upper-left corner above the viewer.
  2. Scroll to center the preferred project.
  3. Be sure to name the movie:
    • Tap on the PROJECT NAME.
    • Erase the name given and enter a new name and tap DONE.
  4. Tap the SHARE buttonat the bottom of the screen, then tap CAMERA ROLL.
  5. Select the size you want to export.
    Medium produces a smaller file that uploads more quickly to the web. HD produces a larger file that’s great for viewing on a Mac or on a high-definition television (HDTV).
  6. When the export is complete, the finished project is copied to the CAMERA ROLL. You can access the Camera Roll within the PHOTOS app on your iPad. The next time you connect your device to your computer, you can sync the project to a photo application, such as Image Capture, on your computer.

Using Image Capture

Image Capture can be accessed from the Applications folder and can be used to download pictures or videos from an iPad camera roll, iPhone, digital camera or card reader without going through the sync process. 
  1. On the mac computer:  From APPLICATIONS, launch ITUNES.
  2. Select ITUNES > PREFERENCES.
  3. Click DEVICES.
  4. Place a check mark next to PREVENT IPODS, IPHONES, AND IPADS FROM SYNCING AUTOMATICALLY. 
  5. Click OK and QUIT iTunes. 
  6. From APPLICATIONS, launch IMAGE CAPTURE and connect a device.
  7. Use the IMPORT TO drop-down menu to select the desired location to save videos.
  8. If applicable, check the DELETE AFTER IMPORT box on the lower left side to remove the photos/video from the device.
  9. Select the video(s) to import using one of the following:
    • Single click the preferred video.
    • Hold down COMMAND while clicking multiple videos.
    • To select multiple videos in order, click on the top video and then click the last video in the group while holding down SHIFT.
  10. Click the IMPORT button.
    NOTE: Do not use the IMPORT ALL button unless all the pictures/videos are to be imported.
  11. Select IMAGE CAPTURE > QUIT IMAGE CAPTURE.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

November Tweets

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Safari for iPad Tips

Here are some basic tips to make using Safari with a classroom of students easier:

Bookmarks:
Bookmarks are essential when using websites with students (especially young ones!)  Rather than waiting for them to type in a long URL, turn on iCloud Safari syncing in the settings for your iPad class set so that you can add a bookmark to one student iPad in the set and all the others will see it too.  Go to Settings and iCloud.  Be sure that Safari is turned ON.   (Don't turn on iCloud syncing to the class set Apple ID on your teacher iPad.  Any bookmarks you set would show up on all the student devices as well.) 

Be aware that if a student bookmarks an inappropriate site, it will show up on all the iPads.  Be sure to teach proper digital citizenship and monitor iPad use.



Open tabs also sync through iCloud.  Click the cloud icon in Safari to view open tabs on all the devices currently syncing to the same class account.

Home Screen "Apps":
Use "Add to Home Screen" to create a bookmark to frequently used sites.  This will create an icon on any home screen that looks like an app.  Then students can just tap it and go!  Simply go to the desired URL in Safari.  Tap the "send to" icon (looks like a rectangle with an arrow) and choose "Add to Home Screen".  Give the bookmark a name and tap the blue ADD button.  An icon will be added to the home screen.



Saving Pictures to the Camera Roll:
To save a picture from Safari to use in another app or project, simply click and hold on the picture and choose "Save Image".  




Scrolling to Top:
To quickly get back to the top of a Safari webpage, just tap the status bar at the top of the screen (the very top... by the time display).

Zooming:

  • To zoom in to a webpage that uses column, double tap in the desired column and it will automatically zoom to fit that column on the screen.  Double tap again to zoom back out.
What are your favorite Safari tips?  Share in the comments below.
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