Tagged: ipad

Comments on work flow for uploading files to iPad from Bbd Gradebook

Right …. this is what I did, and it took less than 5 minutes to upload over 50 scripts (word docs)

Step 1: Getting the files out of Blackboard

Access the course gradebook, select the drop down menu for the column you want, select download file [a new screen opens], select ungraded [top right link], click on submit, and download the zip file to the desktop

Step 2: Uploading to Dropbox from computer

Access dropbox account, create a folder with appropriate name [module id within a folder teaching], upload the zip file to this folder, once uploaded double click on the zip file and it will unpack into your dropbox space (creating a new sub folder), once finished in the folder and ensure you have the files, then delete the zip file from dropbox and your desktop

Step 3: prep for marking

in your dropbox create a folder where you will store the annotated versions)

Step 4: annotate the file in iAnnotate

on your iPad open dropbox, find the file to annotate and open it in iAnnotate, annotate the file, and save it back to dropbox [click on open in … select Flattened … dropbox …. select the folder]

Step 5: attach feedback file to person in gradebook


To date >>> steps 1 to 3 took less than 5 minutes to upload over 50 scripts. Now need to mark them 😦


show me .. ipad app … follow up … wow

Just following up from a post earlier today. Aaron mentioned a better approach for the collection and annotation of student submitted work (more to come on that topic).

However, I have been exploring the idea of the show me app to allow me (insert lecturer) to record a short movie (in this case, modeling the likely outcomes of a fall in the interest rate on the macro economy), and sharing this with my students.

The outcomes are available from

The process was so simple, in my opinion, it is absolutely fab for annotating a screen or one image.

Screen capture on the iPad: Providing audio and video feedback via Show Me

Aaron has been looking at all things iPad app for common learning tasks, and I think he’s identified a really useful tool

I’d suggest this offers really exciting opportunities for providing feedback on student work, or walk through of solutions etc., without the need to go via a desktop computer. The basic principle is it records you annotating a whiteboard (using a stylus or finger, and you voice), then produces a video file which is uploaded to the ShowMe wen site. You can import pictures into the whiteboard space if you require.

The Show Me web space is a little youtube-esk, so you can have a non listed space where people can’t search and find your videos. This means you can very quickly create and upload feedback, solutions, etc., for sharing from your Ipad.

Why do I love it you ask? It is a very low threshold technology … having encouraged staff to adopt similar approaches via tablet technology, and desktops we always hit a barrier with respect to the technology. This however, is so easy 🙂

However, let us not get carried away, the drawbacks at the moment is it’s difficult to manage more than one image at a time. Hence, I’d have questions around scaleability, and there are still lots of issues about managing access to sensitive feedback files. So again you’ll need to think through the work flow quite carefully. However, as a proof of concept it is really cool

stuff for the iPad 2

We (elevate) have been asked to help draw up a wish list of hardware and software for a number of teams at UCS who are buying iPad 2’s. The following gives a feel of what we use. It is also important to appreciate the way the use of the iPad works with the rest of our teams technology, and working practices. For instance, much of the software we use is based around cloud computing and opening up our documents to the whole team and beyond. It is not based on personal file stores, and sharing via attachments to an email. Therefore, the software is very difficult to recommend as the individual and teams need to review their current practice to identify how the iPad would fit in with this approach.

Anyway, this is what we’d suggest


  • connector for a projector
  • adaptor to connect usb & microSD cards
  • screen protector sheets and cleaning material
  • travel kit
  • stylus / pen

Software: Basic bundle

  • £30 iTunes Voucher for each individual to purchase the required Apps

iPad: Adobe Ideas with VGA

Well, the whole approach of projecting specific apps from the iPad continues to advance by leaps and bounds. I’ve just noticed the updated Adobe Ideas now includes VGA display (so need to find a little time on wednesday to hook into a projector).

This is a really useful app, which gives you lots of space to free sketch ideas, maps, mock ups etc.,  This is really starting to turn into a useful tool 🙂

IPad ready for the next workshop

We’ll I’ve finished the testing for the use of the iPad in my next workshop “effective ways of using objective testing in your teaching and learning” – thanks for input from others 🙂

Basically the iPad will do all – the session plan is available from: http://wolseyweb.ucs.ac.uk/blogs/elevate/?page_id=412

  • I’ll present using Keynote (powerpoint) (activity 2 & 3)
  • I’ll use iThoughtsHD to collect user thoughts / inputs (activity 1 & 4)
  • I’ll access web sites via Expedition (activity 3)
  • I’ll use the video app for video (activity 3 – walk through of the user experience of using a quiz / turning point activity – creating a a quiz, and a turning point question)

The key is, things have moved so fast … the iThoughtsHD version now displays via VGA. So I can finally use my mind mapping software to collect ideas and then upload to a public area in dropbox.com. Hence the attendees can get the outcomes at the end of the session.

Why do it this way? Why not just log onto a computer? Well, firstly, because I can, secondly (and more importantly), I want to work up an authentic use of them in supporting staff development workshops in different locations. This will form a story for our emerging iPad project.

So, workshop at the end of Feb

ipad, image manipulation and upload

just closing the circle with respect to the the editing and uploading of JPGs to Dropbox from your iPad. It all works fine … the Chop Suey app is very easy to use and allows simply (but effective) editing. So all is good. I’d suggest a slightly frustrating aspect is Dropbox names the photo based on the  time and date stamp … so you’ll need to rename them all !!!