iDoceo Update

iDoceo IconFor all you iDoceo users out there, version 3 is available for download and it looks like a beauty.

There’s a bunch of iPad classroom organisation / mark-books / programs out there but I’ve stuck with iDoceo because:

  • It’s fully featured – I’m still finding things it can do and experimenting with the possibilities.
  • It’s easy to navigate around – essential for in-classroom use.
  • It’s been updated regularly – the developers are not sitting on their laurels!

But for me, the killer part is – and has always been – the rich multimedia capture. As a Science / Drama / Music teacher I need the ability to record video, audio and take photos. iDoceo delivers this in spades, and (hi-hip-hooray!) has expanded this in the latest update.

Resources Button

Now we’ve got a fully fledged media organiser!

Yep, tap the Resources icon and you can see a complete list of all the photos, videos and photos you’ve taken or imported. You can filter by classes, diary or students and use the buttons to erase, move, copy or add. You can use the built in Web Server to upload / download resources, a huge time saver. You can also open the resources directly into a wide range of other apps (EverNote, DropBox, Edmodo, Google Drive and more). Brilliant!

Also…

There’s more of course. (List of what’s new in version 3.1)

  • New timeline
  • Diary / planner manipulation
  • Link from files on your iPad
  • Bulletin board enhancements – zoom in and out
  • Quick backup options
  • Improved seating plan reports
  • New calculations – rank, compare
  • Improved editing flow – less screen tapping!
  • Calculator

So if you’re iDoceo user, backup up installation and download this. If you’re not an iDoceo user, you’re missing out on a brilliant classroom resource.

PS Just a suggestion to iDoceo though – change the icon. A blackboard and chalk metaphor? In 2014?

Maverick Musicals Update

Maverick Musicals My good mates at Maverick Musicals (who publish my musicals) have just updated their website and what a beauty it is!

Now, I must admit to nostalgia for the old site, after all, I designed and coded it, learning FrontPage, asp programming and design along the way.

But there was no easy way to bring this very 90’s looking (and functioning) site into the 21st century. And I was the first to admit that it was beyond my abilities, especially the web-payments side of things.

But Queensland web designers Fig Creative have risen to the challenge and delivered a crisp, clean, modern and easy-to-navigate website that’s a delight to use.

Maverick have always had a reputation for great customer service and the new website reflects this totally. If you’re a school looking for a show to put on, you won’t find a better range anywhere.

Just like before, you can download free samples of every play, musical, theatre-restaurant and classroom resource. But now you can order direct from the site for immediate dramatic-gratification. Play information is more readily accessible and there are clear descriptions of copying fees, royalties and performance costs on each page.

The old site did us well for many a year, but I’m so proud to see my musicals up on such a fantastic site.

Well done guys!