Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Using the Penultimate App in school

The Penultimate App is available for the iPhone and iPad from the App store. It is an easy to use handwriting app which is very flexible for use in class. The app can be used to take notes, keep sketches and import pictures. All of these features make it a very useful classroom tool to present notes and solutions live in class. Added to this, these notes can be easily shared by emailing students the notebooks or pages from the notebook if absent.
When writing in the app I would recommend using a stylist of some sort. Initially I found it difficult to write in the app but after time, it improved. There is a feature in the app which allows you set wrist protection and position. This is mention to take account of you hand resting on the screen while writing but I found it patchy. Sketching and drawing on the app was excellent, different line weights and colours are available and detailed design sketches can be quickly produced.

Overall an app well worth it money and a definite for any teacher using their iPad in class. 

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Raspberry Pi computer in your pocket

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. I recently purchased a raspberry Pi online, it took a while to get my hands on it. But it was well worth the wait. What an amazing piece of technology for its size. I have played around with it for a wait and its uses are endless. But from a school point of view, it will be amazing piece of equipment to promote programming.

The Raspberry Pi can be purchased through Premier Farnell/Element 14 and RSComponent. There are two models Model A $25 and Model B $35, I am not sure what the exact difference is between these. But a pc for $25, where could you go wrong.

Here you can see the Raspberry Pi being started up: