iOS 11 – 5 great features coming to iPad for education


If you use iPads in school, it is likely you will shortly be able to update to Apple’s latest version of their mobile operating system, iOS 11. This comes with a swathe of new features, but what will make a difference in the classroom? Read our countdown…



5th Place – Screen Recording, on the iPad


Teachers wanting to film demonstration videos or capture videos from their iPad screen have had to either plug in to a Mac, use a video camera or make use of screensharing software. iOS11 enables screen record straight on the iPad, and when you’ve finished it, the video will be ready to view and share from the Photos app. This not only makes it easier for teachers or Digital Leader pupils to make ‘how to’ videos but enables pupils to capture snippets of work to document their learning, whether this is showing the process of creating a program in computing or working out a complex maths problem using the drawing feature in the Notes app.


4th Place – Files App


The Files app will now let you access files in a range of locations straight from the iPad and introduces native support for Google Drive on the iPad so if you’re using G Suite for education, this will make dealing with files much easier. The files app also lets you organise and share your files more easily on the iPad.


3rd Place – Notes App


The native Notes app has always had many features useful in the classroom with checklists for ticking off learning objectives and the drawing page, that lets you sketch diagrams and draw shapes with a ruler that measure angles like a protractor. In the new notes app, tables are supported straight within the app as well as document scanning and annotation so pupils can photograph a piece of work and add annotations to reflect on their understanding or scan in a worksheet and complete it digitally.


2nd Place – More natural voices and Siri translation


The Siri-styled voice in iOS10 has never been great for reading text to pupils when they want to check over text that they have written and although there have been other downloadable voices, none of them sound particularly natural. In iOS11 there are big advances in how natural the voice sounds. This feature is great for younger pupils to listen back to text that they have typed or are reading and is also a great accessibility feature to cater for some of our pupils with specific needs. In addition, Siri will now be able to translate spoken text in another language – great for practicing speaking or checking your writing and pronunciation of common words.


1st Place – Apple Classroom


Ok, so it was in iOS10, but it’s even more awesome on iOS11. The classroom app allows the teacher to see what pupils are doing on the iPads, lock the class screens, mute the volume remotely, launch websites, apps and templates straight from their teacher iPad. This improves the safety of pupils and makes using the iPads in class a lot smoother experience. If you haven’t already started using it, speak to us about getting it up and running.


For further support in using iPads in the classroom contact our resident Apple Education Trainer, Christian Turton by emailing [email protected]

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This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

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Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

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The News Project
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Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

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Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

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The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

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 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

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