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Apr 8

You Don’t Have to be Here to Present Here. Five Ways to Present Virtually

I just put out a Call for Presentation for a conference that will take place in El Paso in September 2014. This year for the first time, I am going to actively encourage that my out of town professional learning network members try to attend and present virtually.

I like the idea of having virtual presentations taking place at the same time that face to face presentations are happening. But where do you start? How do you present if your audience might be1000 miles away? Here is a short list of five possible ways to present in a virtual environment:

Skype/ Facetime:

Probably the first thing that most people think of when they get the idea that they could present virtually is to use Skype. Skype is great for allowing one to one presentations. You need to have a Skype premium account to do any type of document sharing.

There are simple ways to overcome the Skype for free limitations: Use Today’s Meet for the backchannel chat that both sides can access and if your conference does not have a place where files are stored online, set up a public Dropbox where they can access all of your materials.

If you have access to Apple equipment, you might consider FaceTime which I think has superior video and audio than Skype. Sadly, neither one of these can easily show your presentation if you have a Powerpoint or Keynote.


Webinars allow you to not only present virtually and live, but they also, in most cases, allow for slides, chats, video and more. We use Adobe Connect for a lot of our webinars and it is perfectly serviceable. (There are a lot of webinar packages available. You can host your own, or you can ask the conference organizers if they have access. Either way, webinar is a nice way to present virtually.

Most webinar software allows for recording, another feature that is great for conferences, especially if someone could not make it to your session. AND most allow you to embed handouts right in the webinar.

Prerecorded Video:

The first time I saw this was when David Warlick created a prerecorded Keynote address for the K12 Online Conference back in 2006.

It was not so much the content that he spoke, but how he did it that got my attention. He took his webcam with him all over the place and recorded his keynote. That showed me the power of being able to present from anywhere and at anytime. (I think back then he had to have a wired mic and his laptop in order to make the movie.)

Since then, there have been tons of tools created such as iMovie and lots of devices such as iPads and iPhones that really allow you to create a “keynote on the go.” You can record when the spirit moves you. Put it all together into a movie and send it off!

There are also lots of examples of how to make a prerecorded presentation as well. TED TALKS are probably the gold standard, but all you have to do is pretty much look at any pre-recorded keynote from the K12 Online days to get a good idea of how to do this.

Both Keynote and Powerpoint allow you to pre-record your presentation straight from the slideshows which is another option, especially of you have a slide-heavy presentation.

Video Conference:

If you are lucky enough to have access to high end video conference equipment, by all means use that! You have to make sure that the other end has the equipment as well, but a good VC set up can handle HD cameras, screen casts of your presentations, and usually have excellent audio as well. A good VC set up can make the audience think you are actually in the room, and the advantage is that you can actually interact almost face to face with your audience.

Google Hangouts

Perhaps the newest of the bunch is Google Hangouts. Google hangouts allows you to connect up to 10 connections at one time (if you are presenting this would make an awesome panel discussion!). I have done a couple of hangouts and they work pretty much as advertised.

Grab some friends and do a panel at a conference using hangouts.

A word of advice however: If you have handouts, you still have the same problem that you had with Skype and FaceTime. You will need to make them available via Dropbox of some other web site.

There you have it! If you want to present, you don’t actually HAVE to be there to do so! Consider presenting virtually. Ask the conference organizers if they would allow you to do so. If they are an ed tech conference, chances are they will. (And actually, pretty much any conference with a decent wifi set up should be able to handle a virtual presentation.

Why not start by trying it out at miniCAST 2014? You can present in El Paso Texas from your dining room in your pajamas and no one will be the wiser!

Here is the Call for Presenters:
Apr 7

From the series I do called “10 in 10” here are 10 things an reader can do.

Free ePub: Redefining the Task Again

Last October we developed our first ebook, Redefining The Task, as a part of a presentation at The British Council. Made with our all time favourite app, Book Creator, the ebook spotlighted 17 other creative apps that we recommended for use in the classroom. The response to the book was great and it is still available for download from here.

So when we were booked to presented at The Global Education Forum this March, we decided to launch a sequel, entitled Redefining The Task Again. Like all good sequels, we wanted this volume to be bigger and better but maintain the ethos and approach that made the first book successful.This time we spotlight nearly 30 apps and Sabba Quidwai and Simon Moore, featured writers here on the site, contributed to it alongside myself and site co-founder Luke Rees. Practical examples of how to harness each app are included.

As with the previous ebook, we offer this to you completely free.We hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

Steve Bambury iPad Educators Founder DOWNLOADING THE BOOK

The book can be downloaded by clicking on either the Dropbox or Google Drive icons below. Please note that the book is just under 100MB in size and so may take a few minutes to download depending on your internet connection.

If you are downloading directly on an iPad, when you click to download, it may seem like nothing is happening but the download has begun.

If you want, you can even download the book directly to a PC or MAC and view it in full multimedia format using the free Readium app available through the Google Chrome App Store.If you have any problems downloading the book, please do get in touch.

Free Epub: Redefining the Task

From the Site:

Many of you will have heard of the SAMR model for embedding technology in education, developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura. This two phase, four step model posits that the true aim for anyone seeking to harness tech in the classroom should be to redefine the actual tasks we are setting as educators. The iPad offers a wealth of opportunities to reach this goal due to its innate versatility and mobility.

A teacher recently told me that she didn’t see the point of iPads in education as there was nothing she could do with them that she couldn’t do without them. This is a classic case of someone who is only able to see/utilise technology within the “”Substitution” band. It’s the 21st centrury and we’re preparing children for a future that is inescapably threaded with the use of technology. We need to do all we can to prepare them for this.

They are ready. We know they are and more importantly they know that they are. Their lives are imbued with daily technology use and they access the world in a much more tech-friendly way than ever before. It also allows them to create work that is modern, polished and in line with their own goals and expectations. A parent recently spoke to me about an iPad project that I ran last year where the children used Book Creator to collate a whole term’s worth of multimedia work rather than use an exercise book. The parent in question told me that she had never seen her child so eager to share this work and that over the summer she had taken it on holiday to see their extended family and shown every single one of them!

Genuine pride.

The only problem for educators is that inescapabilywith over a million apps in the App Store and 60,000 within the education section, the location and choice of apps can be daunting. When it came to choosing the apps for our presentation, we selected those that are best suited to modifying and redefining the tasks set for students. What these apps have in common is that they are creation tools. Taking a constructivist approach towards selecting apps allows educators to get more out of each application as these apps work across a range of curriculum areas and age ranges.

The apps we focused on were:
  • - MOLDIVv
  • - SLOPRO
  • - MORFO
  • - MADPAD
  • - STAGE
  • - SKITCH

Details on these and examples of their use can be found within the ebook itself (link below) as well as in various other features and reviews across the site. Naturally there are others we could have included and we hope to produce a second volume of the book next year.

If you have any issues downloading the ebook, feel free to contact us.

Download from Google Docs: DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK Please note that the ebook is in .epub format to enable all the multimedia elements to work in full. This means you have two choices: 1. open the link on your iPad and download the file (Open in iBooks) 2. open the link and save the file to your Mac or PC and open the file using the Google Chrome browser’s Readium app (free to download)

10 things your iPad can do right out of the box that you might not know about.

INKredible: Tablet Handwriting App That’s As Good or Better than Paper? | iPad Insight

It is amazing how pen and paper, two inventions dating back to thousands of years ago, have been almost irreplaceable. Until now. Inheriting the best inking feature from the popular Notes Plus app, now with its own automatic palm and wrist rejection, INKredible will make writing on an iPad feel as good as, or even greater than, pen on paper. You have to try it to believe it. It’s incredible!


INKredible has only ONE single mission: to create an outstanding writing experience on an iPad. It is meant to be distraction-free. In fact most of the time, you will not see any UI controls or buttons, just a blank sheet of paper to write on.


With more than 3 years of R&D in vector-graphics inking technology, we are confident INKredible - with a sophisticated manipulation of Bezier curves - will make your handwriting look more beautiful than on paper.

Even more specially, it will look good in any resolution, for printing or displaying purposes. Just zoom in and you will see why INKredible is unique among other handwriting apps.

… and, well, PERFECT!

OK, the INKredible writing experience on an iPad might not be perfect, but it is as close to perfection as you can find.

It is FREE. Try it today and see for yourself.

iPad App of the Week: Wordsalad | iPad Insight

Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to produce apps that are exclusively for the iPad. Even many of those who develop for other devices and platforms frequently make great efforts to optimize their apps for the iPad in particular.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s picks is Wordsalad – Your Salads, redefined – School Edition. That’s a heck of a long name for a heck of a nice app, which I’m just going to refer to as Wordsalad for the rest of this post.

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Speaky for iPad: Review | iPad Insight

From the review:

Speaky is an app which highlights why the iPad is so cool. Very simply, all the app does is read webpages and text to you. However, the way the app is designed, makes the whole process completely streamlined.

I am a big fan of apps which help workflow and make your life easier, and Speaky is one of those apps. Here is the process:

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Review: StopMo Studio for iPad | iPad Insight

From the article:

The user interface works well and crucially, doesn’t get in the way, which is important in video based apps. One of the initial cool features I found was a slider which allows you to fade an onion skin of your previous frame in and out of the live camera image (hence why the picture at the top of the page appears blurry). This is useful when animating as if you move something by accident, you can replace it in the right spot fairly easily. The frame capture button is large enough so that if you are trying to animate quickly, you can easily put frames in, and the options are nicely tucked away as small tabs on either side of the live picture.

Description: ** EDITOR’S CHOICE IN CANADA - Featured by Apple in more than 30 countries. ** ** The most complete stop motion app in the App Store. $0.99 special launch price. ** Shoot your stop-motion film in a simple and exciting way with this new casual creative app! With so many powerful tools, the only limit is your imagination. Learning the concepts of stop-motion animation has never been more enjoyable. The intuitive commands, ergonomic interface and full suite of features will have you filming your animated film in no time. Born out of the National Film Board of Canada’s legendary animation workshops, StopMo Studio takes decades of expertise and turns it into a one-of-a-kind stop motion tool. MOVIE-MAKING AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: 20 features even professionals will enjoy. CAPTURING TOOLS. • Capture images • Images per second • Time-lapse • Front-and-rear-facing camera • Onion skins • Grid EDITING IS SO EASY YOU WON’T HAVE TO LIFT YOUR PINKY. • Ergonomic film editing • Addition of an iTunes soundtrack • Sound recording • 4-track mixing board • Fade-in/out • Sound effects library (play with the sound library without altering your film) • Inter-titles • Add still photos • Draw on the images • Many brush settings • Solid Colours • Layers • Mp4 film export MAKE THE WORLD STOP AND TAKE NOTICE. Share your video on Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo and email directly from the app. Click on title to go to review
Mar 4

Pearson's TestNav for iOS devices released

Announced way back in 2013, it looks like Pearson has finally released TESTNAV, the ubiquitous testing software used by schools all over the place for online testing, in an iOS version. This is good news for schools with tons of iPads.

For some reason, this went way under my radar.

The very small description on the iTunes store says: “TestNav is Pearson’s online test delivery platform. It enables test items to be delivered online securely and reliably in a consistent manner. The TestNav for iOS app allows TestNav to run on iOS devices.”

TeamLab, A Canvas-Based Document Editor, Wants To Send Microsoft Office 365 Back To The Drawing Board | TechCrunch

Enter TeamLab Personal, a free version of TeamLab’s cloud-based Office suite. Built using HTML5′s Canvas element (for those who are Web-standards au fait), it claims to combine the best of Google’s online collaboration features with Microsoft Word’s high quality formatting. And if the slightly self-serving demo video below is anything to go by, may well send Microsoft Office 365′s online versions back to the drawing board. The free Personal edition of TeamLab combines text, spreadsheet and presentation editors, essentially mirroring much of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint’s features, with additional online co-editing and commenting capabilities. Talking up its use of HTML5 Canvas technology, no mean feat, TeamLab says its been able to offer functionality unavailable in other online word-processors.

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Cool Things: President Obama Filming Students with an iPad | iPad Insight