Archive | September 2013

Using Foreign Characters

To find French/German/Spanish etc symbols on the iPad keyboard:
*press and hold required letter – symbols appear above.
*navigate finger onto the symbol and lift.

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Copying from Evernote to Edmodo

Here is a frame by frame guide to copying and pasting text from Evernote to Edmodo. This will allow pupils to post their work to you – you also get an email from Edmodo when someone posts on the wall, this contains all of the text the pupil has sent you – you could keep a record of pupil work or copy and paste it into a word document for a quick printing solution.


Find the note that you would like to copy. Place the cursor at the end of the article, then press the screen until the magnifying glass appears.

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When you remove your finger from the screen you will have three options as shown above. To copy the whole note, click ‘Select All’. If you only want to highlight a smaller section adjust the little blue handles which appear in the corners of the selected area.

You will then be given the above options, select copy. You can now close Evernote.

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Open Edmodo and select the relevant group and click on the posts option. Now click on the ‘+’ button and select ‘note’.

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Now click on ‘please select recipients’. Select your group.

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Click inside of the box so that the cursor appears. Again press and hold the screen until the magnifying glass appears. It will now give the option to paste, click on this button.


Your text will now appear.

Using Evernote for Learning Intentions

After some discussion, the 1:1 Working Group felt that the most effective way to record learning intentions was with Evernote. Here are some instructions which should make this process a bit easier:

After downloading and creating an account, pupils will see the screen below:


They should now click on the ‘Notebooks’ tab.

They will now see the screen below and should now click (paper with a +) to add a new folder


They should now name their folder with the subject being taught.


Once they have named their folder they should click on it.


To add a new note simply click either in the centre (paper+) or the + in the top right hand corner.


To add the title, click the bar with the word “note”and then add text.


Now to add the learning intention or any other kind of text click “edit body of text”


Pupils can then add their learning intention, for your class, everday in the same note – simply leave a couple of lines between each one. You can also get pupils to take a photo of the learning intention if you feel that this is useful/appropriate – simply click the camera icon, take the picture and it will insert into the note.

1:1 Working Group – Wednesday 12th September

The 1:1 working group met on Wednesday lunchtime to share good practice of apps which have been used in the classroom so far.

Make Dice Lite

This app is an easy way to include Higher Order Thinking Skills into lessons. You can create various dice with question starters and with the shake of your ipad, a different combination of words will appear.

Make Dice Lite

Class Dojo

This is an effective method of recognising positive behaviour within a classroom. It can provide instant feedback to students and teachers can award or deduct points based on various criteria. This is a highly recommended app across schools and is a good way of motivating and introducing some positive competition into lessons.Class lists can be inputted and each student appears as an icon.

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Sand Timer

If you are looking for a visual timer to use in class, the sand timer can be set to any time period and there are options available to change the stop sound.

Sand Timer 1

Random Name Selector

This is a good app for choosing students at random. Once the class list is inputted, it can be saved and used at a later date. It also has a feature to turn off selected students who may be absent from class.

Name selector


There was a discussion surrounding the best way for students to keep a record of learning intentions. The group felt Evernote may be the best way to do this and more information to staff will follow soon.

Additional Info

Usernames and passwords can be an issue when students are trying to sign up for various apps. Students can choose their own usernames and passwords as long as they can remeber them. Some suggestions around recording them in their phone or in a jotter incase they require them in the future. For apps like Edmodo it is helpful if students use their full name as the username so they can be easily identified by teachers when submitting homework etc.


Next meeting Wednesday 18th September 2013.

1:1 Working Group Meeting Notes


The aims of the working group are to explore and share good practice of using iPad Minis across learning and teaching.

Recording Learning Intentions

Pupils have been expected to copy learning intentions into their diaries. However, with 1:1 there are no longer diaries and so we need to find a digital means of doing this. One option would be to ensure that all students use a homework diary app. Alternatively, they could use Evernote to record their LIs. Using this approach students could create different notebooks for different subjects, and could photograph their LIs rather than copying them down. As Evernote is cloud based, their LI’s (and any subsequent notes) can be accessed from any device.


Some of the group had already tested out the mind-mapping app Popplet and reported that it was a good way of logging ideas.



It was agreed to meet every Wednesday lunchtime where possible


ImageWelcome to the Castlebrae Community High School 1 to 1 blog. We have become the first school in the City of Edinburgh Council to equip all of our students with their own iPad Mini tablet device.

This blog will chart our journey as we embed the use of 1:1 technology in our school.