[Quick tip] quickly set a time countdown

Lesson losing its pace? Setting a timer can get it moving again.
The quickest way is to start Siri and say “set countdown for X seconds”.
It will instantly start and means your not taking your eye off the classroom.




You can start, stop and pause it with your voice. Pressing the timer will take you through to the clock app.

Do you use this in lessons or have some classroom tips, add them to the comments below.

Keeping tabs of printing in a school with Ipads

slide_cloudThe beauty of having ipads in school is the integrated printing, but this can leave your network manager in a cold sweat. Letting students print without managing could be disastrous for your finances. We already had a system in place that deducted credit from a students account and staff had departmental accounts, I sought to roll this out to ipads as well. Luckily for us we already had half the solution by using ‘Papercut’ to run our print management for PCs.

We were already set up to use the students windows log in credentials to monitor printing, so the next step was to add a secondarweb-client-ios-authy Mac server to catch the iPad printing jobs. We had an old 2010 iMac going spare, so after installing Papercut secondary server, adding printers and pointing it at our main windows Papercut server, we were ready to go.

The final step was installing the papercut client to the students ipads. It installs as a profile and once installed they log in with their windows details. Viola, integrated site wide monitored printing for students and staff.

web-client-ios-printedSide note: We didn’t forget the android users but with each user having to be individually invited to each printer via their gmail account, we (and the students) lost interest pretty fast. How does your school deal with printing?      Let us know in the comments section below.


Pep-up your worksheets

Quick tip.
Goto google images.
Click on search tools and select colour.
Choose ‘Transparent’
The results won’t look much different, however when you paste you have an image without a background.

This means you can create great looking worksheets like the one below.


Here’s the original for Pages on Ipad/iphone.

Not letting them slip through the net.

In our science department we rotate classes between the specialist teacher. This does mean however some students can get away with persistent lack of effort or never addressing teacher feedback to improve.

We of course shared our findings and bemoaned the lack of effort by X or ‘watch out for Y’.

This year we have decided to record all the marking and photograph work using iDoceo. This time, when we change classes, all the marking/work examples and results move with the class. Already this has been hugely powerful when showing students that their work is recorded against their names and seeing long term patterns in effort and understanding.

No longer will pupils slip through the net when hopping between teachers….



I’m getting a smartwatch!

I’ve not worn a watch in over five years and was quiet happy with looking at my phone. However when you own a galaxy note you get the usual “thats a massive phone sir”. Well now its time to get all Inspector gadget and grab a smartwatch..for work of course.

I didn’t want to stump up for a google wear watch yet, they are first generation and I think a year or two will see the market mature, so I went for the cheap and cheerful K2 w100 after reading an unhealthy amount of reviews. My main use was to recieve reminders and notifications while I’m on the go teaching. This looked like overkill, but I like to modify devices and this is a great bit of kit. I’ve ordered from willgoo.com and hopefully will receive it in a few days.


Showbie out for Android!

showbieI’ve been a big fan of Showbie on the ipad for the last year and have happily marked work with it. This afternoon I get an email notifying me that Showbie for Android has been released. This fills a big hole in our schools BYOD policy and will allow many more students to work on their devices.