Goodnight Moon/ Goodnight iPad

The book Goodnight Moon is an old but classic children’s picture book about a bunny saying goodnight to all the objects in his bedroom. As the story progresses, children can pick out changes that are happening on each of the pages. In a 2012 survey, it was placed at #4 on the School Library Journal’s list of the “Top 100 Picture Books,” a testament to its popularity over time, despite being published in 1947.

In a delightful parody of the book, Penguin USA have created a modern YouTube version of the story to appeal to “the gadget-crazy kid in all of us.” ( This version shows the plethora of electronic devices available to children these days, and how it’s a very good idea for them to say goodnight to each of these devices as they get ready to sleep.

iPads in Education

iPad-OldSchool vs NewAge

Photo illustration by Dan Leitao/The Mirror

Last week I went to a great PD session on iPads organised by the School Library Association Brisbane sub-committee.

Judy Peacock, Learning and Study Support Coordinator at QUT Library, spoke about how she and her staff are using iPads in the QUT libraries to teach students how to plan, mind map, and organise their time and research. Dale Lopez, ICT Coordinator at Redlands College and Andrew Starke, Head of Library at TSS, also spoke about the implementation of iPads into their schools.

Now that iPads are becoming more common, many schools are choosing to select them for student use instead of laptops, and Redlands College has given one each to their Year 9 and 11 students (see the Redlands iPad Programme Portal), while Year 12 students at TSS are expected to borrow an iPad from the library at the start of the year.

At QUT, students can book a 25 minute session with one ot the Library staff members, and they find the iPad an ideal user-friendly device for easily showing students how to organise their time, notes, resources, group members and tasks.

Judy’s reccomended apps are:

Priority Matrix – organise your time with this ToDo list ($3.99)

iThoughtsHD – a mindmapping tool for iPads and iPhones ($12.99)

Popplet – for sorting and grouping ideas (free)

Evernote – capture everything in one cross-device platform (free)

Speak It – convert text to speech ($2.49)

Prezi – a different way to present (free)

Pocket Cloud – remote to your desktop from your iPad (free)


An iPad a day gives students an A!

Private school hands out 105 iPads to students

Ushering iPads into the classroom

Useful Websites

Victorian Education Dept This has useful downloadable or PDF booklets for students and teachers.

Cybraryman’s iPad User Guide

Blog – Reihler Blog

Blog – Apps in Education

YouTube  – using the ipad in the classroom –

Ning – iPads in Education –

Wiki – Teach with Your iPad

Free iPad Childrens’ ebooks –

The best apps, accessories and tips for iPads – including entertainment, music

Quickoffice for iPad

Quickoffice for iPadI’ve been on holiday in Tasmania for the last 2 weeks, and determined I was going to just use my iPad, so Ididn’t take my laptop. Before I left I downloaded Dropbox onto both my laptop and my iPad, and this was an incredibly easy way to transfer files to my iPad, which I could then open using Quickoffice. However,  there were some files attached to email messages which I forgot to save into Dropbox, and as I didn’t always have internet access, I wasn’t sure for a while how I would be able to read them offline.

I had been using Quickoffice to read and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files (se my previous post) and when I had internet access, I opened a couple of email attachments. I was most impressed to see that there is a link at the top right of each document as you open it, asking if you want to open it in Quickoffice. All I had to do was click on the link and the document was saved to my inbox in Quickoffice – a very useful way to transfer documents to my iPad if I’m not using Dropbox or Google Docs.

Quickoffice and Dropbox were the only file sharing apps I used while I was away, and I was very happy with both of them.

According to a press release in December 2010:

Quickoffice Adds Rich PowerPoint Editing Features to its Custom-Built Mobile Office Suite for iPad
Dallas, TX – December 23, 2010 – Quickoffice, Inc., the global leader in mobile office productivity solutions, today announced the addition of PowerPoint editing to its complete mobile office suite for the iPad. Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite delivers integrated editing capabilities for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Version 2.0 seamlessly integrates rich viewing, editing and creation of Microsoft Office files, an advanced file manager and mobile cloud access within one easy-to-use application. Its exclusive SmartTouch™ design technology takes advantage of the iPad’s large screen display and touch interface, and ensures the application is fully optimized for mobile productivity.

Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad delivers three powerful editors within a single application and provides mobile cloud access to
, Dropbox, Google Docs, Huddle, MobileMe and SugarSync. In addition to supporting the editing of Word and Excel 2003 and 2007 files, the suite supports the viewing and presenting of PowerPoint 2007 files, and now, the extensive text formatting and graphical editing of PowerPoint 2003 files. Users are able to manipulate font type, color, size and style, along with adding, deleting and reordering slides in a presentation. Graphical editing allows users to insert and rotate common shapes, change object layering and insert and edit text boxes. Quickoffice’s PowerPoint editor also enables the insertion of images, which have been saved within the app and from the iPad’s built-in Photos app. Professionals can view presentations in slideshow mode on-device and on an external monitor.

To learn more, visit

Dropbox for iPad

dropboxCloud computing is set to play a much more important role in our lives as more and more people realise the need to share documents between mobile devices and to edit and create documents on the run.

My favourite Christmas present this year was my iPad, and one of the first things I realised I needed to do was to work out the best way to use it to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.  Apple have 3 apps for doing this – Pages, Numbers and Keynote – but while these are very professional, they cost $13 AUD each. Quickoffice, a mobile office productivity solutions provider, has now released a Quickoffice app which uses QuckWord, QuickSheet and QuickPoint to allow you to create and edit Word, Excel and PPT documents for $17.99 AUD. This may not end up being the best choice, but so far it does everything I need it to do.

The next thing I needed was a way of transferring documents from my computer to my iPad so I could work on them, and because iPads lack a USB port, the only way of doing this is to access them via “the cloud.” After reading numerous blog posts, I found quite a few ways of doing this, including iTunes, GoogleDocs, MobileMe and Dropbox.,/article/193520/ipad_struggles_at_printing_and_sharing_files.html

dropbox-icon-alphaThe easiest method I have found so far is Dropbox – a free app for your iPad or iPhone, which makes transferring documents absolutely simple. The first thing you need to do is download and install Dropbox on your computer, which then creates a folder on your C drive. Whatever documents you wish to transfer, simply copy and paste them into the Dropbox folder and they will automatically be uploaded to the online version of Dropbox where you can access them via the Dropbox app on your iPad/iPhone.

Using Quickoffice, I can then access my documents from Dropbox and save them to the folders which I have created. The free version of Dropbox has good but limited online storage space (2GB) so once you have used this you will need to either delete your documents from your Dropbox (after you have saved them to another program or app) or you can upgrade to a 50GB or 100GB version for $9.99 or $19.99 per month.

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