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'Wonders of the Universe' Lets You Explore Space On Your iPad 'Wonders of the Universe' Lets You Explore Space On Your iPad HarperCollins released a new iPad app Thursday that will set you off on a 3D exploration through space using high-resolution visuals specifically optimized for the new iPad's Retina display. Called Wonders of the Universe, the iPad application incorporates 210 full-color articles, hundreds of photos and two and a half hours of video from Brian Cox’s award-winning series of the same name into a single space discovery app. Matt Walton, Digital Product Consultant for Harper Collins told Mashable, “Wonders is the first iPad application to make use of two innovative technologies developed by the OTHER media: a 3D rendering engine used to create a truly amazing interface and a revolutionary publishing platform that provides a new reading experience for tablet and mobile: Glide Publisher." With Glide, navigating through the app and reading the articles is different from what you might be accustomed to –- in a good way. The $6.99 app is available now from the App Store.
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A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-2012 school year and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures. Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness. Happy summer! 1. If your students like The Magic Tree House Series (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) 2. Can’t afford that summer vacation schlepping around Europe? 3. ReadWriteThink creates a lot of great educational resources. 4. Spell With Flickr is a simple site that allows you to enter any word and it will create a photo representation of that word using pictures from Flickr. 5. Freeology is a fantastic resource for teachers to download pre-made, or create a plethora of free graphic organizers, forms, calendars, certificates, worksheets, and more! 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. CELLS Alive! 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers
10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps Maps are handy for a lot of reasons. Not only do they help us navigate through certain areas, they also enable us to learn more about the world and what it has to offer. What if you’re someone who wants to create a map instead? Sure, there’s Google Map and Google Earth to help you out but there are actually other tools to choose from as well. Here we’ve gathered 10 free amazing tools that you can use to create your own maps. From maps that are conveniently made for sharing to ones that are quite interactive, the selection below has a range of things to satisfy your mapping needs. Recommended Reading: 40 Creative Remakes Of The World Map 1. If you’re looking to create and view beautifully informative animated maps then this is the tool for you. If you send an Animap to your friends then it will display like a video which they can play, pause, slow and speed up. 2. You can use any one of the top map providers such as Bing Maps, Google Maps, and Open Street Map to get your map out there. 3. 10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps
Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking 2382 516Share Synopsis Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. And, finally, Creativity is paradoxical. Tags: adversity, contemporaries, creative education, creative geniuses, creative life, creative thinker, creative thinking, education, lighting systems, masterpieces, minor poets, motions, picasso, practicality, profitability, rembrandt, self-help, shakespeare, sonnets, special person, symphonies, thomas edison, wolfgang amadeus mozart Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking
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Over the last decade or so, Interactive White Boards (IWBs) have proliferated in schools in the U.S. and across much of the world. Some teachers have embraced them, and others, well … not so much. Unfortunately, some schools did not offer the professional development necessary to help teachers become familiar with these systems and get the most out of their availability. Many teachers were left to their own devices to learn and use their IWBs. In this blog entry on, a few specialists stated their views on the topic. Image Source: In this article, we offer a number of creative approaches to using Interactive White Boards. Google Earth Once installed, it can be helpful not only during geography lessons, but in almost every class. Team Competitions Teachers have to remember that fun is an essential attribute of a successful lesson in the eyes of their students. Spelling Competition 10 Creative Ways to Use Interactive White Boards in the Classroom 10 Creative Ways to Use Interactive White Boards in the Classroom
The Top 10 Ways Blogs and WordPress Are Used in Schools Edublogs is built on WordPress – which was once just for blogs. But now, WordPress is used for way more than blogs and powers around 20% of the entire web! It never stops amazing us when we see all of the different ways that educators are using Edublogs and we don’t get to share them all often enough. So, here’s a rundown of ten of the most common, along with some examples for inspiration and ideas! And you’ll find a list of all the different ways universities and higher ed use WordPress here. 1. Numerous schools host their entire school website on WordPress. The more traditional school website look is achieved by Nanjing International School website using their own custom theme on an Edublogs Campus network. Where as Mapleview Heights Elementary uses the more traditional approach we see when schools set up their website on You can even map your school blog to your own school domain using domain mapping! 2. We explain how to set up a class website in 30 minutes or less here. 3. The Top 10 Ways Blogs and WordPress Are Used in Schools
The OER world map is an operational service, which allows to: input data through web formsdisplay data on a world map with basic functionalitiesfulltext search with several filters (e.g. for geographic area, country, resource type) This prototype was developed by hbz and Felix Ostrwoski from February to April 2014 with funding by the Hewlett Foundation. The Prototype The prototype consists of two applications (Drupal viewing/editing frontend and a JavaScript map) which are themselves based on an application programming interface (API) that enables programmatic interaction with the data. The prototype is mostly based on data from two different sources: OpenCourseware Consortium (OCWC) member data: The people at OCWC were very helpful in providing us with and explaining the OCWC member data. Along with this data collected from pre-existing sources, there is also some manually added data. At the end of the project, the data set the prototype is based on includes information on Data model Citation Open Educational Resources World Map Open Educational Resources World Map
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8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms 8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. At the very least though, we can extrapolate from what these promising technologies and predict how schools will adopt them in time to come. However, just as the original intentions for new technology often give way to innovative and unpredictable usage, we can never be sure if a twist is waiting for these rising stars. Recommended Reading: Major Tech In Education Trends In 2013 [Infographic] 1. We’re still waiting for Augmented Reality to take the world by storm by way of Google Glass, gaming and awesome apps for astronomy. It’s expected to wow audiences with its AR capabilities, which allow users to see additional information layered over what they see through the lens. Read Also: 5 Top Augmented Reality Apps For Education A New Way To Teach 3.
The world of educational technology can be intimidating. Bloggers help make sense of this ever-changing industry with wit, insight and tactical advice. EdTech is proud to recognize this latest crop of the top K–12 IT bloggers. This year's 50 entries are a mix of veterans from years past, fresh picks by our editorial staff and nominations from readers. One of our goals for this year's list was to highlight blogs from a wide range of educators and experts. From innovative teachers to statewide school tech directors and technology departments at individual schools, this year's list is EdTech's most diverse ever. If you'd like to check out the Must-Read IT Blogs from previous years, view our lists from 2014, 2013 and 2012. Did your blog make our list? This year, educational technology guru and speaker Michael Gorman led a prolific eight-part series covering more than 70 STEM classroom resources. Follow: @mjgormans | Read the blog: The 2015 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs The 2015 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs
Top 10 Sites for Educational Games Top 10 Sites for Educational Games There's no denying the appeal that online games have for kids. Despite the stigma games hold, many online educational games not only enhance the joy of learning, but also strengthen skill sets. The following are my favorite educational gaming sites on the web. Funbrain- One of the most popular educational gaming sites around. Not only does this site cover a variety of subjects, it also caters to K-8th graders, and has nice teacher resources as well.Game Classroom- Excellent, safe, teacher-approved, state-standard-aligned games for grades K-6. Also, lots of teacher resources,including videos, lesson plans, worksheets, and more.Gameaquarium- Great site for games for kids K-6 in all types of subjects. David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment.
101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools. There has been a surge of new scholarly communication tools in recent years. But how are researchers incorporating these tools into their research workflows? Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer are conducting a global survey to investigate the choices researchers are making and why. Insights from these surveys will be valuable for libraries, research support, funders, but also for researchers themselves. Are we witnessing a major overhaul of scholarly communication rules and tools? Avalanche of tools Almost half of the tools in our database of scholarly communication tools were created since 2013. Simple model We use a simple model to get a grip on this abundance and variety of tools. Global survey To investigate the choices researchers themselves make in this respect, we are currently engaged in a global, multilingual survey asking researchers across all disciplines, career stages and countries for their tool usage for 17 research activities in their workflow. Workflows and interoperability
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Innovations in scholarly communication - data of the global 2015-2016 survey - Zenodo Dataset Open access Bosman, Jeroen ; Kramer, Bianca Bosman, JeroenUtrecht University LibraryKramer, BiancaUtrecht University Library (show affiliations) Innovations in scholarly communication - data of the global 2015-2016 survey. This data set contains: Full raw (anonymized) and cleaned data files of the 2015-2016 global Survey on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. The data files contain >3,000,000 cells, and thus cannot be opened in their entirety in Google Drive. Many new websites and online tools have come into existence to support scholarly communication in all phases of the research workflow. A full description of data collection, survey response and methodology is in a data publication in F1000 Research: Kramer, Bianca & Jeroen Bosman (2016) Innovations in scholarly communication - global survey on research tool usage. Contact:
Content is a print concept – Dave's Educational Blog I’ve been saying annoying things like “I don’t believe in content” and “what do you mean course ‘content?’ I don’t even know who’s going to be there” for a number of years now. There’s a part of me, as George Station will attest, that just likes the sound of certain words put together. The bigger part of me has always struggled with the word. There are fundamental claims made, I think, when we use the word content. I have this idea (totally unverifiable) that our current educational use of ‘content’ came to us from print – that it is a concept that only makes sense when arguments are, as Socrates would say, ‘no longer able to defend themselves.’ Why don’t I say writing, you might ask, instead of print? When Europe starting peeking its way through the veil of the dark ages, one of the first things we hear about learning comes from the court of Charlemagne. You can totally see why he wanted to make sure people did EXACTLY as they were supposed to. to So… here’s the think piece.
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