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iOS14 Widgets useful for e-learning?

Are the new widgets introduced in iOS14 useful for e-learning in any way?

Apple announced in October 2020 that with iOS14 (and iPadOS14) you can now customise your widgets. For example, you can edit the Weather widget to see the forecast for your current location or a different location.

It’s easy to do:

  • Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  • Tap Edit Widget Edit Widget icon.
  • Make your changes, then tap outside the widget to exit it.

Perhaps even more importantly, you can also move your widgets around to put your favourites where they’re easy to find. Just touch and hold a widget until it jiggles, then move the widget around on the screen.

Android user have had this ability for many years, but now iPhone and iPad users can add widgets to various screens where Apps usually live.

You can even create ‘Stacks’of widgets, and quickly swipe through them – very nice!

Some of the Apple widgets are a bit limited, like Photos that can only show photos from a pre-defined folder 🙁 But to the rescue come hundreds (if not thousands) of downloadable widgets from 3rd party developers – my favourite being Widgetsmith right now – which I’ve got showing photos, from the folder I want, and various other widgets like Calendar and Health scheduled to appear automatically at times that make sense for me.

But I am wondering if a Moodle widget, perhaps linked to the Moodle Mobile App, could be useful? Maybe showing the number of new forum posts, or assignments to be graded? I’m sure there are some talented iOS developers out there who will be thinking about this already.

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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