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iPads are quickly becoming a popular and powerful educational tool for classrooms. Beyond the immediate benefit of engaging students, iPads can improve education efficiency and standards. However, many teachers are unsure of how to use them effectively. Coupled with concerns over the costs involved, iPad implementation in schools is seen as an unnecessary and expensive risk. As the case studies below demonstrate, iPads are being used in education environments around the world with great success.
Earlier this month, I wrote "10 Important Skills Students Need for the Future." After reading a few articles about specific tech skills, I thought I write what I think are the 10 Important Tech Skills Students Need. 1. Internet Search - students need to know how to do a proper internet search, using search terms and modifiers. This skill is needed for school, work and life in general. Tips on Better Searches (from Google) Infographic on Better Searches Common Craft Video on Web Search Strategies
Tech Shootout | Features 13 Must-Have Gadgets and Apps for Educators T.H.E. Journal asked Leslie Fisher and Hall Davidson, presenters at FETC’s popular Tech Shootout session, to share some of the tools they’re still excited about. From apps to gadgets, here are their must-haves for educators.
Start the New Year off right with a new business card design! The Ultimate Guide to Business Cards is a very well designed infographic from BusinessCards.com Business owners can find themselves easily overwhelmed when it comes to working with a graphic designer on creating branded business cards . Often enough business owners underestimate the quantity and importance of design decisions (selecting typeface, font, card shape, size and material) that must be made in addition to organizing basic contact information. Below are some common areas that sometimes get lost in translation between designer to business owner. If you’re starting a business card or identity project we recommend getting a head start and figuring out the following elements for your project.
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You can pull elements for your piece out of thin air. You can build layers from scratch. You can invent something new, or dramatically re-interpret an existing image so that it looks brand new. All this creative potential is what Rachelle Berthelot, a high school teacher from Ottawa, Canada, loves about graphic design.
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Listen as educators from the French American International School share how they successfully piloted a one to one iPad implementation in the 7th grade, then expanded the program throughout their middle school and are now rolling it into high school. You’ll also hear how educators at the Greater Atlanta Christian School use MacBook Air to innovate their middle school curriculum and unleash the creative potential of their students. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
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Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000's of topics. I have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube.