One of the most exciting things which game out of the World Wide ADE Institute in Austin, Texas this year was a collaborative project. Several teachers were interested in the idea of using Swift Playgrounds (or coding in general) in their classrooms, however, they were not sure how it would fit with their subject or were unable to make relevant resources.
On November 2018, Apple announced an update to Pages which allowed publishing directly to the Book Store without the use of iBooks Author. While the functionality is excellent, I found there is no way to change version numbers which causes an error when pushing updates via iTunes Producer. This article explains how to fix the error.
Apple has recently released Coding Club Kits through Apple Teacher. The kits contain a huge range of resources to help you get your Coding Club up and running. I’ve had a huge amount of success running Coding Club’s across numerous schools. I’ve found that its a great way to identify and engage students who you may not previously have the opportunity to interact with through classroom teaching. This is particularly important if you’re in a technology integration role with limited teaching responsibilities.
Over the Black Friday sales I bought myself the 360Fly HD Camera to start experimenting with creating my own Virtual Reality content. One of my students asked if it would be possible to embed 360 degree photos into Swift Playgrounds.
While presenting last weekend, I was inspired by a presenter who was pulling earthquake data from the United States Geological Survey, an activity which is showcased in Unit 5 of Intro to App Development. This chapter deep dives into Closures and Extensions, as well as, showing how to decode JSON feeds. I then extended this idea to plot the month’s most significant Earthquakes using MapKit.
I have introduced this project as a means to introduce students to Machine Learning terminology as you gain an understanding of the Machine Learning toolsets. Students don’t need to use any mathematics, you certainly don’t need to know how to write compilers and you don’t need to write an algorithm to use the classifier.
For this particular challenge my students were let loose on Makeblock’s Neuron explorer kit. For those who are unfamiliar, the Neuron explorer kit contains a range of colour coded programmable blocks which can be used in any number of combinations.