iOS 9.3 Hype

Apple Classroom

Recently, iOS 9.3 came out for apple devices. It has many new features which I will go into in a little bit. First, I wanted to mention that there is a new Apple App that is out with this update. It is called Apple Classroom. This app is going to be great for keeping students focused on task.  According to the article Apple’s Classroom app goes live to bolster iPad in education,  teachers can launch the apps for the students. Also, educators will be able to see the screens of each student. This will keep them from losing focus or shifting their attention to texting or games. However, students will be aware that their screen is being watched. Apple Classroom is also linked with AirPlay. This lets educators present to any monitor hooked up to Apple TV. Another great feature of Apple Classroom is that it works great if you are sharing an iPad. It is very simple to swap between accounts. Also, Apple Classroom has an automatic connection feature so that classes can be formed very easily.

 

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App Updates

Now there areA better experience every day. And night. many new features and updates. The updates are for the Health, Music, Notes and News apps. For the Health app, the major part of the update is that it now displays data from the Apple Watch. This makes it so that there is no more need to swap between two apps constantly. A smaller part of the update is that it is now easier to access the options. The Apple Music app and CarPlay now let you look through the songs in the For You and New songs sections. Also, the nearby feature lets you find gas stations, restaurants and parking lots. The News app is more organized now. It no longer restricts landscape mode, giving another view. It also loads faster and has more space for more stories. The Notes app has an update on privacy. You can now lock certain notes by fingerprint so that you are the only one able to see them.

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Features

From the articles iOS 9.3 FAQ: Everything you need to know! and iOS 9.3: The best new features, I learned that with iOS 9.3, there are some great new features. The major one is Night Shift. This works similarly to F.lux. The basis of Night Shift is that the colors on the screen will start to shift little by little towards an orange hue. This makes it so that you do not strain your eyes as much at night. The phones locks down on your location and tries to match it with the sunset. It is great for people who like to read in bed. Don’t worry, the colors don’t stay in the orange hue forever, it shifts back in the morning. If you don’t want this feature, you can simply turn it off in the settings. If you have an iPhone 6 or above, you will already know about 3D touch. With this update, there is now a 3D touch for the settings app. This lets you turn Wifi on and off, check the battery settings and change the Bluetooth.

Opinion

I think that this update is great. It adds many new features and updates to apps that many people use. It also adds Apple Classroom as a downloadable app which will be great for education. Though I do feel like Apple is ripping off Google’s idea. They even kept the same name, just changed the company. Instead of Google Classroom, it is Apple Classroom. I feel like they could have been more original. I tried loading the app up, but it got stuck on an orange screen. I am guessing they will fix that soon. Anyways, I think it is a great idea to add in Night Shift. I use my phone at night and sometimes the brightness hurts my eyes. I know I am not alone in that, so I support this update and I think everyone should get it.

ILE Proposal

The BHS parking lot has become very disorganized, leading to confusion on where to park. My goal for this ILE is to make predefined spots for students to park. Instead of students struggling to find a parking spot, they will know that there will be one for them. All BHS students who drive to school and park in the student parking lot will benefit from this project. I selected this group because I have seen students look for parking spaces for minutes trying to maneuver around the other students who already found a spot. I am part of this group which also makes me want to get involved. Right now, our timeline is for April 1st, we want to have the special tags designed. For May 1st, we want to be ready to present our proposal to the administration office. Lastly, for June 1st, we want to have the parking lot ready for next year. The product of this presentation will be the layout for each parking ticket holder’s personal parking space. We want to have a map setup with each individual parking space numbered. Each student will get a number corresponding to their spot. Our resources would be a map of the student parking lot and the 3D printer that we would use to make the tags. I want to make the BHS parking lot have set parking spots to get BHS more organized and let students get to homeroom quicker, in case they run late.

Visitors From Kuwait and Twitter Chat!

The problems that I solved this week were fixing connection issues for the school wifi and getting wifi working at home for the school iPads. I solved these problems by changing the settings for wifi. For the wifi not working at home, I learned how to connect to the com-out internet. That internet connection acts as an outside connection. This way we could check if what we were doing was actually working. We changed the setting in the internet to peep. For the internet not connecting to the school wifi, we had to do something similar. We did not have to connect to com-out, but we did have to change the wifi setting to peep. This connection issue happened exclusively with Chromebooks. I did not offer any online resource because Ms. Scheffer helped us with the Chromebook and iPad issues.

I showed initiative this week when I had free time during class. I used the time to look for next week’s app review. I looked through many apps and I am thinking of doing Lumosity. I proved what it takes to be a leader when I showed visitors from Kuwait our Help Desk blogs. We also showed some of the student blogs. They asked a few questions about how our Help Desk is important. I exercised my creativity this week by making a script for my screencast. I also used Tweet Deck. This helped me overcome the challenge of being part of a Twitter chat. It gives me the ability to schedule tweets, look at my mentions, specific hashtags and more! I recommend this site if you want to be organized during a twitter chat. I was able to adapt to the new situation the Twitter chat like I mentioned before. Ms. Scheffer strongly suggested Tweet Deck like I just mentioned. It was exciting being part of a Twitter chat it was only my second time being part of one. The last time I had been part of a Twitter chat was in freshman year which was two years ago. This chat was great because I got to see many views on why people think tech teams are important. There were many supporters. It was great seeing people who shared our interest in technology. The chat was completely positive, everyone talked about the benefits of tech teams and connecting to others. Here something that I retweeted from last night’s chat.

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I offered excellent customer service this week when I paid full attention to our visitors needs. I made sure that I learned how to help with the internet issues mentioned before. My whole group made sure to let them know that they can come back whenever they need help. I was able to manage my time and set priorities this week by getting the tweets for tonight set up. I have them scheduled to go out shortly after the questions are asked. I am also going to be there live so that if there are questions specifically for me, I can answer them. Also, as I mentioned earlier, I searched for apps to review. I looked in depth through around 5 in one class period. I need to improve on questions to ask for customer service. I made the mistake of not asking a customer what they needed help with. She said that she needed to speak to Ms. Scheffer. She happened to be out of the room at that time, so I took her information. If I asked what it is she needed, I could have helped her. She needed to know how to add videos to Google Slides. My goals for the next two weeks are to manage my time better to make sure I get work done early and make sure that every customer leaves the Help Desk satisfied. I am most proud of the fact that I got to show people from Kuwait how our education system works with iPads. Also, I am proud that we got to show them how important Help Desk is.

 

The Perfect Homework App

Today I am reviewing the app myHomework.It is very handy for making sure you are up to date with your homework, projects, papers, etc. It is incredibly simple to use which is very important for apps like this. Since not all classes use classroom, this can be of high use. Students can be used to seeing deadlines through Google Classroom. Also, with this app, you can put all of the homework in one spot instead of having to go to multiple pages in Classroom.

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Once you open the app for the first time, it gives you the option to make an account. I suggest you do because it gives you the ability to save classes. Also, after you make your account, it prompts you to enter a class. You can enter more than one. Right now, I have 5 classes marked down in the app. They are English, History, Physics, Pre-Calculus, and Help Desk. This makes it easy for me to put the homework, projects, etc. into places where I will remember them. After you enter the classes, you can enter the homework.

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To add the homework, you will press the plus sign in the top right of the screen. From there, you can enter a description, the class, what type of homework it is, (meaning if it is homework, a lab, a quiz, a test, etc.) the due date, if it repeats, how high of a priority it is, a reminder, a file, and any extra information about it. The most important of these features are what the class is, the due date and the reminder. Once the homework is marked under what class, you can sort it. After posting the homework, you can sort by all, class, priority, and type. This app is really useful, especially for time management. If there is a project due and reading due, the project will be higher priority, so you will mark it higher. This way you will see it first and get it done before the reading.

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On the far left of the screen, there are more options, but the major ones are calendar and homework. The calendar tab allows you to see how many assignments you have posted for each day. This will help you know when to get started on each assignment. The homework tab shows what needs to be done as well as the assignments that are late. This will let you know that you need to get them done as soon as possible so that you won’t lose points. This app is very easy to use, its great for students who want to get organized. You can use it on an iPad or iPhone, so you can swap between them if necessary. Once you make your account, the tutorial is useful and helps you get pointed in the right direction. It keeps you motivated to do your work, because the closer to the deadline, the more red the text becomes. You can change the style of the app, but you will need premium for that. Premium costs $5.00 for a full year. It is great for all classes because it keeps your assignments under control. I highly recommend this app for all students. I hope this app review has helped! Have a great day!