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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  • ยฃ30 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., ย This is really starting to turn into a useful tool ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย time and date stamp … so you’ll need to rename them all !!!

capturing images, editing, uploading and the iPad

Just following up on a previous blog to mention how to get the image (whihc you have edited) into a folder on dropbox to share with others … for comments, file storage etc.,

As mentioned before, the scenario is the student on field based work, capturing images on their DSLR, needing to selet some photos, undertake a little basic editing, and upload for storage, integration into reflective portfolios or share with peers / mentors. I’m interested in using the iPad to take advantage of the screen size, and mobility.

The upload part is very easy. Open dropbox (in a wifi cafe, with coffee, cake and a newspaper… I use to love field work), open the appropriate folder in dropbox, click on the camera icon in the dropbox menu area, select existing photo (only option as my iPad doesn’t have a camera), and select the photo to upload. Job done …..


iPad and images – capturing and editing images in the field

I’ve been exploring the scenario where I’d capture a number of images (still photos) on field based work, transfer these from my DSLR to my iPad for reviewing, and some basic editing (straightening, rotating and cropping), and uploading the new version to my public (images) folder on Dropbox. I’d keep the un-edited file on my camera (SD card is large enough).

The world is full on iPad photography apps to edit your photograph. Based on reviews and comments I’m using Chop Suey. The image transfer from my camera to the iPad is through the USB adapter (although you can get an iPad Camera Connection Kit if you so wished).

Must say, very pleased with the outcomes, although I’ve not closed the loop by uploading to dropbox. I’ll need to work that step out later. Also, Chop Suey doesn’t seem to work with RAW type image files.



mind mapping on the iPad – iThoughtsHD

A required scenario for me on the iPAD is the use of mindmapping. I tend to set up lots of activities in workshops, project plans etc., where the outcomes are managed by mind maps. Therefore, if I was going to use the iPAD heavily (as a laptop replacement), I’d need it to mind map. After a little research I’ve gone for the iThoughtsHD app. First impressions are it is really good … very intuitive.

I was able to easily create a new mind map, the large screen enables me to quickly enter data and see the emerging map. I was able to upload this to the e-learning team’s dropbox as a PDF.

So the scenario of capturing groups input as an activity in a workshop would be as follows; pre-event create the mindmap, run the session (capture all those lovely ideas), export to dropbox for sharing with those who attended the session.

There are a large number of export formats, including … freemind, OPML, Mindmanager, iMindmap and Mindview. So it covers lots of options for import into desktop solutions. A model of use for me, as a Mindmeister user would be as follows … export as freemind (.mm), to dropbox, and then import to Mindmeister.

The feature list also includes you being able to view previous versions of the mindmap, so you can use this to re-vert to an earlier version without have to delete vasts amounts. Is this a problem? Not for me, I’ll be generating the ideas on the iPAD, and working them up / polishing them off via Mindmiester on the desktop. Why not use the Mindmeister iPad app you ask? My answer, the forums suggest it isn’t very good at the moment.



Some of the drawbacks … it is a very simple mind mapping tool (text only) … so don’t expect lots of features, including links, images etc.,