Atss iPad courses May 2015 assistive technology support service

The first of our iPad courses kicked off here in Wick on Thursday 7th May. Teachers from all over the county made up a group that started looking at how tablet technology might impact classroom practice.

Our venue for the day.

The 3 centrally based courses On Getting started with iPads ran from 13/05/15 - 15/05/15 in The Portacabin, County Buildings, Dingwall.

Portacabin - Training Venue & ATSS Base.

The aim of these hands-on, practical courses was to get participants using the iPads to gain confidence - much more important than basic skills or lists of apps.

We used easy-to-use but effective apps such as … Textagon.

We used Textagon to analyse and emphasise.

Finding and choosing appropriate graphics.

… and to have a laugh!!

Scan to link to Textagon

We linked to numerous online sites and services to utilise the iPads.

Quickly & easily save, store and share pupils' work.
Interact in surveys or scaffolded writing.
A free, easy-to-use response system.
Almost like Twitter in your classroom. Daily writing.
Create and collaborate - digital post-it notes and more.
Add links to make interactive images.

We made use of Skitch to annotate pictures with text, arrows, shapes, labels, and smileys. We even pixelated parts of our images.

Annotate/mark up photos.
Some great writing ideas from Phocab via Funky English

Text was written using the keyboard, prediction panel, and via Voice Dictation.

Keyboard functions.
Text - manipulation and access to speech and definitions.
Text and photos were exchanged via Airdrop. 

QuickMark (QR Reader) was used throughout the day to quickly access websites.

Quick Response (QR Codes) for organisation and classroom management.

We used LayerPicHD to superimpose images on backgrounds to transport ourselves to exotic locations..

We used Chroma key techniques (green screen).
Green Screen on both stills and video. 

Other Apps used throughout the days …

Make pictures talk - multiple hotspots.
Make interactive books on and for the iPad.
Take turns or make decisions.
Decisions with friends.
Record your voices and save to various locations.

Some guides, tips, tricks, and reference sources for anything you might need or want to know about iPads.

iPad tips & tricks.
Apple's own guide for iPad.
Comprehensive Guide From CALL Scotland

Watch out for more ATSS courses on iPads and other technologies on the CPD Website.

Alan Stewart, ATS Service Coordinator.

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