Office Lens is an app for your mobile ‘phone and tablet that works like a scanner. Perfect for pupils to take snapshots of notes or the whiteboard. Better than using the camera function.
Design your own Window Apps with this easy to use programming tool from Microsoft. Click here to find out more about this app.
There is an increasing number of apps available for the Android platform that have the potential to add value to the pupils’ experience in school. Click here to read about some of the apps.
There is more to Bring Your Own technology (BYOT) programmes than just allowing pupils to play games. Click here to read some tips on how to introduce an effective BYOT programme into your school.
Click here to visit an Education Scotland blog that explores the way that hand held devices are being used in schools across Scotland.
Duolingo is an on-line modern language resource offering courses in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian.
Imvoto is a tool for teachers to create questions and assess pupils’ learning using their mobile devices. Click here for further information.
Before introducing hand held devices into our classrooms, it is important that we ensure that we are clear as to how we are going to use the equipment. It is also important that we review how effective the devices are in enhancing teaching and learning.
Stories are emerging of schools purchasing iPads/tablets but with no plan as to how they are going to be used. In these cases the focus would appear to be on the equipment rather than the learning and the learner.
Small scale studies are starting to emerge that examine the effectiveness of hand held technology in the classroom. Click here to read about a small scale, informal study that examines the use of android devices in schools.
How old should a child be before they are provided with their own Smartphone? Professor Stephen Heppell believes that there should be no lower age limit: if the child can work the device without becoming frustrated, then they are old enough to have one. Click here to read more about Professor Heppell’s views on this subject.
Unsure of what apps to try? Read some reviews to help you make up your mind.