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As a member of the Inspire team, I am here to help both Educators and Parents harness technology to empower students/children learning and creativity. This blog post today is equally designed for both Educators at school or delivering home learning activities and also for Parents at home.
As a Parent a teacher/ and Consultant that works within the education technology sector I get asked the same questions again and again, “What are the best apps that I should use with my children?” My answer is always the same I think before we look at apps, we need to look at the basic out-of-the-box technology that most Educators/Parents have access to.
I know as a busy parent (especially at the moment) just how easy it is to use technology as a digital baby sitter to help when we are on zoom calls or when we are waiting around, but even then we need to make sure the technology is used as an enabler for our children’s imagination and creativity and it isn’t about just locking them down within a closed activity task that so many apps can offer.
The out of the box features can often be overlooked, for example, a smartphone is a camera, a pencil case, a Movie studio, a music studio, a magnifying glass, an easel and much more!
Today I am going to highlight a really powerful feature that various technology platforms offer, the simple but powerful feature to make annotations over a photo/image, in this blog post, I will use the term Markup which is the term Apple uses for their inbuilt tool but you can use other platforms to do exactly the thing.
Below are simple examples of just how powerful this Markup feature is and hopefully it shows you just how flexible this tool can be from Literacy, Maths, Science and Art. These are simple but powerful activities you can set for you pupils/children for home learning using Markup.
The examples below have been created in the various platforms mentioned showing how easy it is to use any of the platforms (some feature may not work within all platforms) these activities are perfect to offers students as home learning or perfect to do over the long summer holidays
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Remember, if you need any support with our learning content you can contact the Inspire Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the LGfL Switchboard: 020 82 555 555. Also, visit coronavirus.lgfl.net which is continually updated with advice and support during the partial school closures.
If you do use any LGfL content or use this Markup project in your school to inspire your students or at home do let us know by sharing it on Twitter and Facebook and remember to tag our Twitter or Facebook accounts.