Merryhill School


Nancy Tatum

My role as a Vanguard Teacher is to provide best instructional practices using iPads in order to produce, reflect and share by showcasing student work and best practices.

I want to foster new ways of utilizing IPads using the SAMR model as well as provide a way to better address your needs by providing a "Drop Box" in the teacher lunchroom. This is just a place to ask questions about any apps we use, share ideas, or if you need ideas to enhance a lesson.

SAMR Review

SAMR, a model designed to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning, was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. The model aims to enable teachers to design, develop, and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning experiences to lead to high levels of achievement for students.Where are you on the SAMR continuum?
The SAMR Model Explained By Students
apple samr by daved

Dropbox and QR Reader


Dropbox is the place for your photos, docs, videos, and other files. Files you keep in Dropbox are safely backed up and you can get to them from all your devices. It’s easy to send large files to anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.

QR Code Generator

QR Code Maker is an application designed to create QR Barcodes swiftly and easily.

Directions to apply a Video to QR Reader:

1. Download the app Dropbox and use your work email to set up the free account and password.

2. Allow access to camera, as it will automatically download pictures and videos.

3. Choose the video in your photos gallery, and click the share button to copy the link.

4.Open the QR Code Generator App

5. Click Add in the upper right hand corner.

6. Type in a Code Name and then click Add

7. Add Link to the box

8. Generate and Save

9. In order to print you must go back to photos!



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Padlet Features:

  • Padlet is very easy to use and has a user friendly interface
  • Padlet is web based and does not require any software installation
  • It allows you to easily add notes, text, images, videos, and drawings to your wall
  • You can also add word documents from computer to your Padlet wall
  • Padlet provides a wide variety of layouts to choose from
  • Padlet works across multiple devices including mobile phones
  • Any Padlet wall you create can be embedded into your blog or website.
  • It enhances collaborative work. Multiple people can post to the same wall at the same time.
  • Any Padlet wall can be exported in a variety of formats including, PDF, image,CSV, or Excel.
  • Padlet is completely free

Tatum's Tech Tips

Tech Tip #33: How To Make the iPad Read Books Aloud

Step 1: Adjust Accessibility Settings: By tweaking accessibility settings, Siri can read books aloud. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech. Here, toggle on Speak Screen. Now, by simply swiping down with two fingers from the top of the screen, you can have Siri read any text that's currently displayed, no matter what app you're in.

Step 2: Temporarily Turn off Auto-Lock: By turning off the auto-lock, the story won't be interrupted. Go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock, and make sure Auto-Lock is set to Never. (For security purposes, be sure to turn Auto-Lock back on when you take a break from your book.) Making this change will keep your screen from shutting off, so your story won't be interrupted.

Step 3: Pick a book: Open a book in Kindle, iBook or any print and swipe two fingers down from the top of the screen to start Siri reading. Siri will read literally any visible text, so be sure to tap the screen once to remove any extraneous elements (such as the book's title, number of pages left, etc.). Siri even flips the pages as it reads along. Once Siri starts reading, a small semi-transparent arrow appears on the side of the screen. Tap it to bring up several options, including the ability to pause/play speech, or to slow it down/speed it up. Siri doesn't read as well as a human being, of course, but once you get used to its monotone delivery and the occasional mispronounced word, it does a surprisingly good job.