Archive for 'technology'

What’s the best way to set up my child’s iPad for school?

Share an Apple ID and turn on automatic downloads. Add an email account for her and setup your iMessage so that chaos doesn’t ensue. Find my iPad (goes without saying). Use iCloud backup She turned 10 yesterday, and the iPad mini was a surprise. She’s a mature, intelligent girl (don’t tell her I said that!), […]

Top tips for Microsoft Outlook

Another Learning Over Lunch (LOL!) session today. We talked about Outlook this time – again, great questions and interesting conversations. What is Outlook actually? Outlook is the front end of a Microsoft service called Exchange. Outlook is an application that provides all of the elements below in one package: Email (also accessible at Calendar(s) […]

Top 5 tips for using The Internet

Yesterday, I spent my lunchtime with a few teachers and support staff talking about the Internet. It was great to see such a good turnout and some insightful questions were asked. My talk drew heavily from this post with a few other ideas thrown in. Make friends with search tools The most common setting I […]

I’m getting an Android tablet for teaching. Which apps do I need?

My cousin, a teacher in South Africa, is getting an Android for teaching. She asked me which apps she needs. I emailed her, then thought: heck! Maybe others would like some suggestions. Hi Jan Glad to hear your school is getting into tablets. The key to getting the most out of your tablet is living […]

Google services and why you should think twice

I saw this video a while ago, and it caused me to think about how I use the internet. I found out that there are some companies that are really interested in what I think. In fact, they record my internet usage all the time. How I use the internet and why Browsing –  I […]

Adults: please talk about Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd is all over Facebook. It’s a gut wrenchingly sad story about cyberbullying. Amanda took her life last week after 3 years of hell. The Vancouver Sun article has processed it well, with sound advice. But the teens I m seeing on Facebook don’t know what to do with the story – because they’re […]

How To Batch Print on a Mac

I had a help desk call the other day. My client needed to print over 100 pdfs. I searched around for a decent solution and I found an awesome solution – mac only: – open your printer queue. System prefs, print and scan and double-click on the printer. – drag all the documents into the […]

What you need to know when you put your work email account on your iPhone

They can remote wipe your phone. Completely. With no warning. We did a little experiment at work the other day. We remote-erased my iPhone. The process is very simple: the user (me) signed up to receive work emails on my (personal) phone. The standard protocol for this is called Microsoft Exchange. It’s secure, robust and […]

Lock your iPad so children can only use one app

This is fantastic. iOS6 enables teachers to lock their iPad or iPhone so that it can only be used for one app. This will be particularly useful for Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I tried it this afternoon. A very simple way to lock your iPad or iPhone so that only one app can […]

iOS6 – is it worth it?

iOS6 was released at 5AM this morning. I had installed it by about 7:15 on my iPhone 4S – and I am stoked. Maps is my favourite bit – but that might because I have a 4S. The 3D building are awesome, but the turn-by-turn navigation (it talks to you) is brilliant. 3D building are […]