Moving photos and videos from iPads

As well as transferplugging an iPad into a computer to download via a cable, the app Simple Transfer can be used on all iPads and iPhones to wirelessly download to a computer.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the app (icon to the right) on the iPad/iPhone
  2. Type the number (e.g. into a web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) on your computer
  3. Choose Camera Roll or an album as required
  4. Select the photos/videos you want by ticking the boxes. In the free version you can download the last 50 items.
  5. Click ‘Download’ in the top-right of the screen.
  6. This will download a zip file with the photos/videos in to save, print, etc. as you normally would.

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Sending files using AirDrop

apple-airdrop[1]AirDrop is a really useful technology on Apple devices (iPods, iPhones, iPads, Macs) to quickly share files using Bluetooth and Wifi technology.

In school this is really useful for children to send their photos and videos to a staff iPad for you to put together into something else, share on their Tapestry profile (for Foundation), save for using later, etc.

A handy step-by-step guide is available to Share content with AirDrop.

Steadying an iPad as a visualiser

padvu1[1]As we know, iPads make simple and effective visulisers.  One of the areas which they need a bit of help with is keeping still! When we’re holding an iPad in our hands, it will move around with us and can be quite hard to follow what’s happening on the projector.

To help with with this, we’ve got an iPad stand from Padvu (image right) which essentially just holds the iPad a good distance away to be able to show something A4-sized through the camera.

This would be useful for science experiments, D&T demonstrations or other practical sessions, as well as being an alternative to annotating children’s work by an app.

Helping children to verbalise their thinking

ShowME[1]One of the common difficulties for children is being able to say “how” they know something, or “how” they’ve done something. It’s increasingly important that they can master these skills, and fortunately there’s a powerful app on the iPads called ShowMe which can help.

At its most basic level, ShowMe lets you draw things onto a whiteboard and record your voice over the top of it. This could be useful for children to explain how they perform a calculation in maths, to narrate a spelling rule in literacy, or to talk through a quick mind-map in science. These videos are then saved to a ShowMe account and can be linked to from your blog.

ShowMe will let you insert pictures, shapes, diagrams, text, links and more to build the complexity of your presentation. Of course this is only useful if it enhances the learning rather than becoming more ‘bells and whistles!’

There are some useful help videos and articles for ShowMe online.


For some inspiration of how it could be used, have a look at the ShowMe Learn area.


To look at the selection of ShowMes created in school, check here.


Using QR Codes in the classroom


QR Code – scan it to see where it goes…

QR (Quick Response) Codes are a quick and easy way to direct children towards a particular web address, song, link, photo or anything else online. This saves a lot of fussing and faffing about copying out links, trawling through search engine results, etc.

  1. To make a QR code, you need the web address you want to link to (e.g.
  2. Use a QR generator site (e.g. – paste in the link then click Download QR Code
  3. This then gives you an image for you to drop into a Word document, display on the Smart Board, embed in your blog or put anywhere else you can think of!
  4. mzl.vuovltiu[1]To scan the QR code, you will need a QR reader app. On the school iPads we have an app called QR Code Reader which has the image to the right as its logo.
  5. Some websites work better if you open them in a browser rather than keeping within the QR Reader. In the top right hand corner of the app is a blue arrow – click this then Open In Safari

There are plenty of ideas around how to use QR Codes to support children’s learning. A few articles which might help are…

Using timers to manage child use of iPads

Untitled1Last week I was reminded of a simple but effective way to use the built in timer on iPads.

Often we will give children an iPad and then send them off into another room or across the school to take photos, record videos, etc. While they’re immersed in something like this, children tend to lose track of what time you asked them to come back.

You could get the children to set an alarm (e.g. “Be back here at 10.05am” translates into setting an alarm for that time). Alternatively you can set a timer (e.g. “Be back in 20 minutes” translates into setting a timer for a set period).

To reach the timer, simply flick up the control centre from the bottom of the school and use the clock button towards the right hand side.


Create an Apple ID

hero[1]An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple: Shop the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on all your devices, buy from the Apple Online Store, and more.

In order to download apps yourself onto staff iPads, you will need to setup an Apple ID. A help page on how to do this is here.

Apps with suggestions of how to use them

appsWe have deployed a variety of apps onto the staff and student iPads to support lessons. A list of these (from November) is at:

The list of apps will continually evolve so we’re keen to hear of any others you might find useful!

Your iPad as a visualiser

Often when teaching, it’s useful to share an example of a child’s work to celebrate or use to identify good features or improvements. Using an iPad to do this is a lot easier and more effective than some of the other ways of doing this.

The easiest way is to connect via your laptop/projector using Reflector (check this post for help).

doodlebuddy1[1][1]A couple of thoughts on how to use it…

  1. Open the camera to show a live copy of a child’s work
  2. Use the camera to take a picture to show a still copy of the work to talk about
  3. Use the Doodle Buddy app to take a photo (or insert one already taken) to then annotate around the photo

Using Apple TV & AirPlay for screen sharing

Apple_TV_2nd_Generation[1]Useful when you want to share videos without annoying buffering…

  1. Find one of the Apple TV boxes (stored in the iPad Trolley), as well as a power cable and the HDMI-VGA adapter
  2. Plug in the power, then connect your normal VGA cable (blue cable which goes to your projector) and sound cable to the adapter box
  3.  Flick up the control centre from the bottom of your iPad.
  4. Click on AirPlay and tap on your computkanes-atv-pro-hdmi-auf-vga-adapter-fuer-apple-tv-schwarz_z1[1]er’s name.
  5. Slide across the ‘Mirroring’ button.
  6. Your iPad screen will appear in a window on your laptop.

Using Reflector & AirPlay for screen sharing

reflector-app-icon[1]A quicker and simpler version than finding an Apple TV box…
(not recommended for playing videos)

  1. Open the Reflector program from your laptop’s start menu. This will open the program in the background and run in your task bar (next to the clock).
  2. Flick up the control centre from the bottom of your iPad.
  3. Click on AirPlay and tap on your computer’s name.
  4. Slide across the ‘Mirroring’ button.
  5. Your iPad screen will appear in a window on your laptop.dc03b4b4c3345915476c59fe98c34d01_zps3e9b85e4[1]