Tag: Sep23

iPadOS 17 now available

iPad displaying lockscreen
iPadOS 17 takes iPad further with new levels of personalisation, custom Lock Screens, easier ways to find and share information, and intelligent features to help get things done.

September 18, 2023


iPadOS 17 is now available

iPadOS 17 brings new levels of personalisation and versatility to iPad, and is available today as a free software update. Below are some of the updates that can be useful in school.

Users can now customise the Lock Screen with widgets, quickly access notes and calendar events, and expressive their individual styles. Interactive widgets take glanceable information further with the ability to get tasks done right in the moment with just a tap, directly from the Lock Screen or Home Screen.

Working with PDFs on iPad is easier than ever. Coming later this year, AutoFill identifies and fills fields in forms, allowing users to quickly add details such as names, addresses, and emails from Contacts. Notes also offers new ways to organise, read, annotate, and collaborate on PDFs, and now lets users quickly link one note to another.

iPad showing a PDF and autofill
Entering information in PDFs is now easier than ever.

Stage Manager adds more flexibility to the positioning of windows and offers the ability to use an external display camera for FaceTime and conference calls. With Profiles in Safari, teachers and pupils can keep their browsing separate between topics like work and personal.

iPad showing a collaborative note and FaceTime windows
Notes allows users to review and mark up PDFs and scanned documents right in the note.

Freeform gets new drawing tools and adds Follow Along to guide collaborators around the board, and Keyboard brings big improvements to autocorrect, allowing users to enter text faster, easier, and more accurately than ever before.

iPad displaying Freeform app
In Freeform, users can create expressive boards with new drawing tools and a diagramming mode.

iPadOS 17 is available for iPad (6th generation and later), iPad mini (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation and later), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and 11-inch iPad Pro (1st generation and later).

Updates are subject to Local Authority authorisation. Some features may not be available in all areas.

Visit apple.com/ipados/ipados-17 or reach out to a member of the national or your local authority team for more information

30 Aug, 6 Sept, 13 Sept, 4 – 5. This is BBC Micro:Bit 3 part course

The micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces you to how software and hardware work together. It has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and many input/output features that, when programmed, let it interact with you and your world.The new micro:bit with sound adds a built-in microphone and speaker, as well as an extra touch input button and a power button.

Wednesday 30th August, 4 – 5pm Workshop 1 – Getting started with the micro:bit

Wednesday 6th September, 4 – 5pm Workshop 2 – Discovering micro:bit Classroom

Wednesday 13th September, 4 – 5pm Workshop 3 – Embedding micro:bit across our curriculum.

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