Still feeling insecure about ICT?

1.TeacherCast is a very good site to be familar with and to occasionally take the time to browse. It comes up with so many practical ideas not the least of which is this video about what to do with Google in your classroom. It helps you imagine other things when you watch a video like this.

2. Our government also has a useful internet site to help you get the best out of the internet at internetbasics

3. Goodwill community foundation has free tutorials, lessons and materials to help you feel really comfortable with technology in all its forms.

4.For things iPhone and iPad then visit the site ipodiphoneitunestutorials which will walk you around all the things you need to know.

5. Snapchat, anyone? Heard about it and don’t know whether it’s for you? There is a humourous but very helpful LinkedIn slide presentation by Todd Brison. If nothing else you will know what it’s about and know how to approach it.

Close apps in iOS 9

Easy when you know how!

1. Double click Home button – or on an iPad you can 5 finger swipe up – to get the taskbar.

People are used to holding their finger on the icons until they wiggle and then using the little black cross top left to close the app. Not in iOS 9.

2. You will now see a series of open screenshots of apps you have been using. Slide them up with you thumb as in the video or, if you are like me and don’t have good use of your thumbs, hold your finger on the open image and slide it up.

Hay Day

Hay DaySeriously, what were they thinking? This is a game with superb graphics and graphics capabilities. The graphic artists have real skills…and a sense of humour. This is not funny. It’s hideous. I won a floating balloon cow. It offends my aesthetic sensibilities so I put it on the farm to show you and now it is safely hidden away in storage. In this game you do not have the option of selling unwanted, tasteless items. So the cow is locked away forever. That’s a shame when it’s so good taking part in the global competitions or spinning the wheel. A cow like that mars your day. Apart from that I am going really well on this game and it never ceases to amaze me how much it can make me think. It poses some interesting dilemmas and forces me to be far more flexible in my thinking that I ever thought possible. I solved my mountain of dead trees and shrubs and realised you get rid of the dead trees and replant  them then you either don’t harvest them or you harvest bits of them and keep them alive. When possible you can harvest them fully and replace them. There is always a shortage of saws and axes and it does impinge on the game. I am now swamped by dead nectar bushes…the white daisy bushes in the picture. Some were nice for decorating but I am now using good land to house dead nectar bushes. They build up quickly so there is no real solution. They ought to last for longer or if you are running hives you need access to more axes. That simple. No, it’s not. You cannot keep hiring Tom at 15 diamonds a day to clean up. It solves the problem temporarily. You can choose not to make honey but a solution ought not be a deficit model. I extended my lobster farm and that is fun and I have my duck salon and that kept everyone amused and entranced at Christmas. It is so clever, funny and well thought out. So why the hideous balloon cow?

Tux Paint app

Tux PaintTux Paint is a very versatile app for creating your own images. There are computer and HD versions too. It has been designed with younger children in mind but if you want to get in touch with your inner child , or you want an easy, straight forward app to able to explore creating your own images , then Tux Paint is worth a look.Tux Paint2 Graphically it is very smooth and slick. It has a clean, well designed interface which gets you going quickly. You feel like exploring and experimenting. It doesn’t have the subtlety in brushes of other paint apps but it’s a good place to start and it produces very clear images which would show well on an IWB. The sounds which come with it make you laugh but you can turn the sound off if you don’t like it. Those who use it , love it. With the new, upsurge in colouring books for adults, Tux Paint is a good electronic version of that because it is very calming to create the images. As you can see , the free version comes with some unobtrusive advertising.

Install iOS 8 on iPad or iPhone

Do you know why we need teachers on the internet? They take nothing for granted in learning. If you are trying to update a device you need to know about the settings.

settings app Image: Internet Safety Project.

People get devices and enjoy using them and then it all falls apart when they have to update or when they realise they could be doing other things with the device – like downloading apps. It’s not intuitive. It’s learned behaviour which you can either work out yourself or you can’t. Assuming people know how to connect their device to a computer and use iTunes as an alternative can be a big ask. Do they know where to put the cable? Do they know how to download iTunes? The video I have chosen to show how to update an iOS is of value since it does show some of the problems you might encounter. You do need to be connected to wifi. You to know what to do when the screen comes up with “Hello” when you had an iPad that was working fine until then. Settings, though , is critical. Everyone needs to know how to find and navigate the settings. You have to tap Settings then General , then Software Update to get started. The man who did the video about the app store might have thought he was funny writing on screen you need a finger/stylus , iPad and wifi to get started. It is that basic when someone doesn’t know what they are doing and is on totally unfamiliar ground. They need to be moved through a process one tiny step at a time with nothing taken for granted. No one should feel a failure because they cannot navigate a device. No one was made to feel a failure because they could not operate a TV or fridge. We need to make it that easy for everyone.