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STEM...STEAM...Potato...Potato... Whatever the acronym, education in the US these days is focused on improving learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. Wise educators recognize that the Arts are a critical component of this process. How can we build if we can't design? How can we design if we can't imagine? There are many great STEM resources out there on the iPad.
by Jennifer Rita Nichols , TeachThought Intern Digital portfolios are becoming increasingly popular in classrooms across North America. School administration, teachers, parents, and students are all recognizing the benefits of this amazing tool. Digital portfolios have the ability to impact education and student learning in ways that we simply have not been able to do before technology evolved to the level it is at today. This exciting new technological era will change the ways students think and learn, creating digital arenas for sharing work and building on knowledge.
For personal use, the iPad is a breeze to set up. Turn it on, connect to a wireless network, enter your Apple ID, and you’re ready to go. If you’re already a resident of the Apple ecosystem, your apps are waiting for you in on a “Purchased” list in the App Store and backups of your other devices are available via iCloud for download to your current device.
When The Westside School (3) decided to grow its established primary school into a leading middle school program, parents, teachers, students and administrators mapped out an integrated project-based learning environment designed to engage and challenge all participants. The planning team made a list of skills and tools that would support learning, and decided on a 1:1 iPad program to support their vision. I was brought on as technology coordinator to plan and support the curricular and technical deployment for the start of the 2011-12 school year. After a year or two of early adopter experimentation with education-based iPad deployments, a collaboration of IT departments (4) , edTech consultants (5) and third party vendors (6) pieced together a best practice scenario for iOS management. Equally as important to successfully implementing a 1:1 program is the social and curricular roll-out to your school community.
Mobile Computing | Spotlight Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer By Mitchell A. Salerno, Michael Vonhof 12/14/11 Technology is redefining traditional educational paradigms, and many schools are interested in integrating the latest technological advancements into the school curriculum.
Tablet Computing | Feature Series Prepping for a Fall iPad Rollout Florida's "first iPad high school" is readying its IT infrastructure for the 2011-2012 school year in preparation for delivering the mobile devices to every student. Already plans are in flux with new developments on the technology front, including Apple's recent announcement of iCloud, which is expected to launch a month into the new school year. By Bridget McCrea 06/16/11
Ipad apps in the School Library : Mary Catherine Coleman; Librarian, St. Stephens and St. Agnes School; Alexandria, VA School has cart of 18 iPads in library and mobile carts elsewhere in building. Each student assigned the same iPad everytime they are in the library.
This publication is an essential beginner’s reference for teachers at all levels of primary and secondary schooling, inclusive of special needs, regular stream and gifted students, who are intending to use, or are currently using, iPads and other iOS devices (iPods, etc) to augment their lessons. People found this review Helpful: 0 and Creative: 0 By Mr. John McCann Educational Technology Consultant at FuturaGroup
Since I had so much fun writing my last post about AppsGoneFree , I thought I’d follow up with a quick look at a few other places to find great free apps. After all, there are about 750,000 live apps on iTunes and it gets harder and harder every day to find what you need. I know it frustrates me, and it probably frustrates you too. The good news is certain websites and apps are specifically designed to narrow your choices and help you find quality apps that are free or on sale for a limited time. Here are some of the best I found:
Below is a list of apps I have curated for you. This selection is not exhaustive and no matter how many apps I include here there will always be some lacking. That being said, the list below contains some of the basic apps you as a teacher and educator need to be using . Check out the list below and let me know what you think of it. Enjoy 1- Sound Cloud
Since 2011, School Library Journal has been choosing its “ Top 10 Apps” of the year . Anyone who has ever tried to create a “Best of” list knows what an impossible task it is. But, on the road, speaking to groups about the quality apps available for children preschool through grade 12, we share a much longer, yet still selective, list. We’d like to make that list available to you. Look for periodic updates and a link on SLJ ’s Facebook page .
To gain basic knowledge on a new topic do not necessarily demand you to read tons of books or sign up for a course. In some cases, you can actually replace the dusty classroom with a tiny App and gain knowledge while sitting at home and having fun. Right now there are a lot of science iPad Apps you can work with to make it easier and more fun to pick up scientific knowledge. In this article, I am are sharing with you a handpicked collection of Apps divided into different disciplines of science.
123D Catch is a free iPad app from Autodesk. The app makes it possible to turn your pictures into a 3D model that you can manipulate on your iPad. To create a model with the app select a physical object that you can photograph with your iPad. Then take a series of pictures of that object as you either walk around it or rotate it slowly as you take pictures of it.
Top 35 Must-Have Educational iPhone and iPad Apps Used by Real Teachers in the Classroom - iPhone app article - Shara KarasicFor the 2012-2013 school year, teachers with access to mobile technology are teaching kids with these great education apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Educators use apps to let their students do everything from practicing their math equations, to determining a leaf’s parent tree, to joining Paul Revere on his ride. Lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school. ( See picks for 2011/2012 .) These are the education apps recommended by educators on Appolicious. Art/Creativity Art (iPhone and iPad, $0.99) Recommended by LaurieFowler : “I love the paintings on this app and they have a quiz mode to test your knowledge, too.”
Portions excerpted from new book, " iPad in Education for Dummies " by Sam Gliksman iPads have certainly become a highly desired commodity in education. Apple is reporting that schools are purchasing iPads by a ratio of 2:1 over MacBooks.