MacICT and Think3 holding new country based iPad PD sessions

MacICT In association with Think3, are proud to offer a great new series of professional development courses in Dubbo, Grafton and Macksville, Tamworth and Wagga. All courses are on myPL.

  • iPads A-Z
  • iPads in Action - Digital Storytelling
  • Managing iPads with Apple Configurator

Tell About This

Tell About This icon

Merryn Whitfield from Bald Face PS has developed a brilliant stage 2 rubric based on the new English curriculum to assess the composition of oral texts using the iPad app 'Tell About This.' Merryn's rubric incorporates not only speaking and listening, but also the 3 new outcomes of thinking imaginatively, expressing themselves and reflecting on learning. 

Unlocking opportunity in all learners

Standout Schools

Apple is hosting a FREE live webinar with the amazing staff and principal from Victoria's Warringa Park School. (Similar to SSPs here in NSW) You'll hear how they are using iPads to achieve amazing results for all learners
When: Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 4:30 pm-5:30 pm 
Where: Learn more and register at: http://edu.apple.eviport.com/standoutschools/index.php?register

If you are keen to attend but won't be able to attend the webinar, you are advised to register anyway. This will allow you to view the recording of this exciting event.

Belkin Tablet Stage

Belkin Tablet Stage

I am constantly amazed by the new peripherals and apps that are coming onto the market for use in schools. Belkin's idea of merging an interactive whiteboard  / screen capture app , document camera, iPad stand into one integrated device/app is an interesting example of what is available to schools. Apart from it's intended use, I can also see value for learners with low vision.  

Supporting writing across the curriculum


Crick Software has three great apps which provides learners with a range of age-appropriate tools to support writing across the curriculum. For primary students there is 

  • Clicker Sentences - Create differentiated sentence building activities for your learners in seconds
  • Clicker Docs - Transform your iPad into a portable primary word processor

For secondary students WriteOnline App - Based on their incredibly popular talking word processor, the WriteOnline App provides students with age-appropriate support throughout the writing process

35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom’s Taxonomy

Blooming apps - by Kathy Schrock

Integrating technology in the classroom and engaging students in higher order thinking creates the ultimate learning experience for learners. Bloom’s Taxonomy and digital tools creates an innovative learning environment where students are engaged in their assignments. The following article is a list of digital tools as it relates to Bloom’s Taxonomy. It is a repost by  added on  28/11/2012 on Edumemic.

iOS Management VC

iOS Management

This VC session is aimed at staff whose role it is, to integrate and manage iOS devices (particularly iPads) into a school. This session focuses on recommended strategies on how to: 
1. Establish and maintain a Volume Purchasing Program account for apps
2. Configure mail, calendaring and VPN access where appropriate,
3. Create and distribute custom configuration profiles and applications using Apple Configurator

Read more to find out how to attend.

Transforming the learning of every child (Live Webcast)

iPad apps
St Columba's in Springwood presented a great webinar on Transforming the learning of every child. It is part of a series of live webcasts that Apple are hosting where they bring together educators from standout schools. This is your opportunity to learn from and speak with your peers as they describe best practices from a leadership, IT and curriculum perspective. Even though the first event is over you can catch up with it on demand. Just go to the event site and register / log in to catch up.

21st Century Learning - CAPCreateMe2012 Sydney Geoquesting Excursion

21st Century Learners

As part of the CAPCreateMe 2012 Network Intiative, 26 students from Riverina Country Areas spent a week in geoquesting in Sydney with 3 teachers and Riverina CAP Consultants Jan Cook and Anne-Maree Moore. Whilst in Sydney our students, as guests of CLIC and Taronga Park Zoo trialled the new 'Rainforest Heroes' app jointly developed by CLIC and the Zoo to experience a professionally made geoquest. They then spent a day as univrsity students at the MACICT Innovations Centre to explore learning design in order to develop their own geoquest using google maps about their excursion. Students have now returned to school to share their learning and to create their own geoquest to support them in hosting virtual excursions around their schools over video conferencing.

Read on to watch a short video of our excursion.

Apps to support students with Autism


April is Autism Awareness Month, so there are lots of Apps on special or free for April (some are only for 24hrs). If you are looking for Apps to help students who have Autism, now is a good time to purchase. Many thanks to Jeanette Davies ICLT [Library Management and Inclusive Technologies] at Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Wollongong has kindly shared these discounted apps with us.