# Fun with Vedic Squares⤴

from @ wwwd – John's World Wide Wall Display

Given I want a nice gentle start for my class this session I thought we would play with Vedic Squares. I was reminded of these and their possibilities from a tweet I’d bookmarked from Blair Minchin.

We started on Last Thursday making multiplication grids then vedic squares, making patterns by joining the same numbers with lines.

The next day we recreated the grids in Numbers. I then explained conditional highlighting so that the class could colour the grid. They were fascinated by both the process and the results. The Gallery below steps through the process.

The next step was to screenshot the grids and place them in keynote to duplicate and create symmetrical patterns. At this point some of the class started animating their patterns to rotate madly in keynote. At that point gifs became obvious;-)

Here is the process in Keynote.

For a gif purist like myself Keynote gifs are a bit off. Very big files indeed. This got a little better after I explained that they didn’t need 999 rotations for a gif, one would do. Getting rid of any easing in the rotation and any delay in the export gives a straightforward rotation.

A quick screencast of rotation settings and gif export:

I particularly enjoyed the excitement as the class saw the conditional highlighting in action and then that the animation step was suggested by the pupils. There is still a lot to explore around both the patterns and processes. I hope that the class will further explore both, opening up links to maths, R.E. and art.

# Random Remote Notes 13 May 2020⤴

from @ wwwd – John's World Wide Wall Display

Notes to self as I try and teach myself to teach remotely. See More lockdown learning for some sort of background.

I remember when Apple Keynote came out I really liked it. For me the interface was simpler than PowerPoint and the files took less space. Now I am making a daily PowerPoint for our class meeting I’ve notice the file size situation is reversed. Exporting a keynote to PowerPoint is resulting in a smaller file.
I am still using Keynote as I am quicker and happier with the simpler UI.

For our meetings I am making, for me, quite long, 20 – 40 slide presentation. I get the impression that leaving out transitions and keeping them simple speeds things up. Pupils sometime get a blank screen, some of them have found that opening the chat and closing it sorts that out. I guess forces a screen refresh.

I try to keep the meeting moving along, were are doing an hour a day, covering a few different things each day. Given primary, age 8-11, I can’t expect a lecture to work. Getting the pupils to respond with voice as much as possible. Sometimes in turn, sometimes fire-at-will.

I am only getting around half my class of 24 turning up most days and imaging this would be more difficult with a class of 30.

# Making animated videos with Magic Move on Keynote iPad app⤴

from @ ICT for Learning & Teaching in Falkirk Schools

Making Magic move Animations to demonstrate learning – the iPad presentation creation app Keynote has a Magic Move tool which gives you the option to make objects appear to move around the screen when the presentation is set to play. So learners can readily create animated videos on an iPad using images which move, rotate, resize, rotate or change opacity – and these videos can be created to demonstrate a process or a sequence in any curricular area.

An iPad provides the facility to screen-record a video of whatever is shown on the iPad screen so that a Keynote presentation can be recorded as a video

### Steps to using Magic Move in Keynote

1. Open Keynote app on iPad and create a slide where you’ve added objects
2. Click on the slide to which you are going to add a Magic Move transition, and click on the slide again, then click Transition.
3. Click on “Magic Move” and choose “Yes” when you’re asked to duplicate the slide.
4. Adjust the position, size, orientation or opacity of the objects on the duplicate slide.
5. Click on the original slide in the slide navigator, then tap “Magic Move” and choose “Options” to set the duration for the transition, whether to start the transition automatically or when you click on a slide.
6. Click on “Done” in the toolbar.

See the Sway presentation below for a host of how-to guides and examples shared by others where the Magic Move feature has been used.

# Developing your skills in using an iPad in the classroom with Apple Teacher⤴

from @ ICT for Teaching & Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools

If you are using iPads in a classroom setting then you may find the free online Apple Teacher professional learning programme provides you with support for making more effective use of more features of iPads for learning and teaching.

Just go to https://www.apple.com/uk/education/apple-teacher/ and sign up for the Apple Teacher programme – you can use any existing Apple ID you may have already, or you can create an Apple ID from the site to get onto the Apple Teacher programme.

Once you are signed in you then have access to all of the interactive Apple Teacher Starter Guides which aim to guide you through various features of using an iPad in an educational setting. So whether you are looking for support in using iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages and Numbers, or simply basic features of iPad settings, further productivity settings, tools and features or ways to develop creativity with an iPad, all of which which you may find helpful in the classroom, these materials support you to become more confident and productive to use an iPad to support learning and teaching.

Each module within the Apple Teacher programme includes an associated interactive assessment quiz – as you pass each quiz you earn a badge to chart your progress. When you have completed all 8 assessment quizzes your achievement is recognised with you being awarded the designation of Apple Teacher, conferring on you the right to use the official Apple Teacher logo that you can share with the world!

If you use Twitter, or other social media platforms, you can follow the hashtag #AppleTeacher to share in the uses of iPads by colleagues worldwide.

# Early Years Conference⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Join us live in Glow TV for this exciting day long broadcast on Monday 27th June from 9.50am.
This conference has been organised to further enhance the POET (pedagogies of educational transition) objectives of building networks and facilitating exchanges between the five POET countries namely New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Iceland and Australia.

In particular the conference will engage with a group of early years professionals from across Scotland:

to expand knowledge and understanding of the significance of dialogic pedagogy for educators working with babies, young children and their families;

to promote collaboration among early years professionals from a number of education authorities and agencies across Scotland;

to continue to facilitate the development of research skills and expertise among the participants; and

to generate knowledge transfer among and between researchers, educators, other professionals and policymakers involved in this field of early learning and childcare.

The conference would hope to generate further involvement in the existing (POET-project) and planned future international research partnerships (for example, the ‘infant project-from the beginning’ which is currently being developed between Strathclyde University and Waikato University).

09.50-Welcome to East Dunbartonshire Council Convenor of the Education Committee Cllr Maureen Henery and Chief Education Officer-Jacqui MacDonald.

09.55-Musical welcome to Bishopbriggs Academy-Rachel McLean S6

10.00-Clare Lamont Assistant Director Education Scotland

10.05-Mr Mark McDonald Minister for Childcare and Early Years

10.15-Chairperson for the day-Marion Burns HMI.

10.20 Keynote address: Associate Professor E. Jayne White, Waikato University

‘A dialogic ‘look’ at early learning and childcare for the under threes’

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11.50 Lynn McNair OBE-Headteacher Cowgate Nursery-
‘Living with Dialogism’-presentation and discussion

13.40 Judith Thomas Head of Centre Ferguslie Pre-five Centre, Paisley.
‘You’ve got something really special here’ -A nurturing philosophy that supports our children to blossom and grow.’-presentation and workshop session.