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Posted on March 20, 2013 by johnp See on Scoop.it – mrpbps iDevices “I am not sure how much iPading you are doing in your classroom but whether you use iPad just occasionally or you adopt it as a consistent learning and teaching tool, the reference card below will definitely give you a hand in improving your iPad use.
The use of technology in education has evolved rapidly in the last decade, with schools, colleges and universities striving to create high-quality learning experiences through its effective application. In the 1990s, school invested in computer suites, and towards the end of the century began to use the internet. The turn of the century saw the development of wireless networks and, in many schools, a shift towards laptops as a means of increasing student access to computers. Schools and colleges invested heavily in virtual learning environments to provide anytime, anyplace, 24-7 learning for students, with mixed results. Recently, the invention of SmartPhones and tablet devices have brought with them mobility, flexibility and even greater capacity to access learning materials anyplace, anytime.
As much as I love the iPad, iPhone, and iOS, I have to admit that I have become intrigued by some of the new and exciting features offered by some of the competing Android phones and tablets. I do appreciate how easy iOS is to learn, use, and set up. I still feel that iOS is the most user friendly mobile operating system and is still the operating system I would recommend to family members and friends. I think iOS is especially a good choice for those who are new to smartphones and tablets. However, I sometimes wish for some of the more advanced features now being offered on some Android phones and tablets such as an integrated stylus, the ability to run multiple apps on the screen at once, and all the neat things that you can do with live widgets on your app screen and lock screen.
Mike Gunn - Failing to Learn Better: Bring Your Own Device in schools - an implementation strategy Part 1Forgive me in advance, this might be a long one. Cartoon at the end for your efforts? Deal...
currently, to help lead senior leaders through the current maze of possibilities with technology supporting learning. However, several recent experiences have led me to resurrect my iPad series of articles to try to help leaders in the vacuum before my book is complete. All of these topics are explored much more in the book, but I hope to at least make some stop to consider with this article. Some sections of paragraphs I have extracted from the draft chapters of my book. So, the article:
Kanex have recently released meDrive a little box of wizardry that allows you to expand your storage and create your own local cloud using external USB storage. I have manged to get my hands on a meDrive and here is my review. I started looking for a solution to my storage problem a couple of months ago when I realised that my iPad was starting to get a bit full. I have been using the 16gb iPad for over a year now and what with all of the keynotes and videos etc on it the storage was nearly full.
iBook Author is an awesome free app that allows users to easily create stunning multi-touch textbooks for iPad. It provides all the tools one might need to start creating and publishing ebooks including galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and many more. iBook Author provides you with a set of pre-defined templates to help you design the background of your textbook.
Instructional technology takes so many forms. In some buildings that may mean simply having a computer lab of desktop computers. In others, you may find SMART Boards and laptops in every room. And, in some of the more advanced classrooms, you may find an Apple TV serving as a media hub for a teacher (and possibly students) with an iPad. The question, “What can I do with an Apple TV in the classroom?” has been asked of me quite a bit – this post should help to identify how to set it up, what it can do, and some ways you can use it in the classroom.
Online, in workshops, and even with friends, I frequently get asked What can the iPad actually do? as a sort of challenge to the worth of the device. I would rather that they ask, What can you actually do with an iPad? So last week, in preparing for the New England Reading Association Conference and the NYSCATE Mobile Learning Summit , I decided to change my approach. Rather than structure my presentations by tool, or by app, or even by project, I organized myself around desired student outcomes – aka. what students can actually do.
My brother recently built a shelf for my daughter’s room. It is in the likeness of a boat that she will one day spend sunny afternoons on, cruising around Plymouth harbor. He used a saw, a hammer, glue and other assorted tools that I couldn’t explain or name. I am not a carpenter nor am I skilled at building anything with my hands. However, I do know this.
Lenny Gonzales By Terry Heick When it comes to deciding how or whether to use iPads, schools typically focus on budget issues, apps, networking logistics, check-in and check-out procedures, school and district tech-use policies, hardware precautions, and aspects of classroom management.
Teaching our kids to be creative is just as important as teaching them critical thinking skills.Creativity open up students mind to new learning horizons and makes them capable of tackling new and novel situations way better than any explicit instruction would do. We, in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning , strongly believe in the importance of creativity in education and we have dedicated a whole section in this blog to articles covering this topic. We have also reviewed some web tools that teachers can use to integrate creativity in their instruction and today we are going to introduce you to an awesome set of iPad apps that can do the same job but this time for young learners in primary schools. 1- Draw Free for iPad This is a great free iPad app that lets users create beautiful drawings.
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Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates and/or follow me on Twitter . Info on how to contact me is on the About page. Thanks for visiting! I’m delivering some iPad training to a school tomorrow, so thought it might be useful to collate some of the links I’ve been putting together for the session. The session is concentrating mainly on teachers using the iPads for their own professional use, rather than being used as a classroom resource, but a lot of the apps below will be suitable for use by students too.
What do you do when you have an elaborate project, assignment, or paper that needs to be quickly organized? Do you fire up Microsoft Word and whip up an outline? Do you pull out a pen and paper and start sketching? What if you could have the best of both options with a free online tool? It’s called ‘mind mapping’ (“Mind Map” is a trademark of the Buzan Organization .) and it’s basically a fun and intuitive way to visually organize your thoughts.