One area that I have not written much about on this blog is educational apps. This is mostly due to the fact that my school has one first generation iPad and two iPod Touches for the entire school. We also ban cell phones and other electronic devices, so these are not available for use in the classroom unless the teachers specifically plan for the kids to use them for a lesson or activity, hand them out to the kids and collect them at the end of the lesson. Apps in the Elementary Classroom
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10 Beneficial Facebook Pages For Educators To Check Out A selection of Facebook Pages providing resources and dialogue focused on education and instructional technologies. Like most Facebook users, many educators use Facebook to connect with friends new and old, but the Internet’s most popular site can also be a great learning (and teaching) tool. There are many Facebook pages that have been created as a resource to collect, share, and disseminate information about education and education technologies. Here’s 10 of our favorites.
An iPad and Apple TV can combine to provide an advantageous alternative to more expensive, traditional interactive white boards. Guest writer and High School Principal David Mahaley is using this approach and offers his insights, and observations from educators in his school. With the integration of the iPad into the instructional environment, teachers and students have discovered many new ways in which the device can expand and enhance the learning environment. With the iPad, the Apple TV can offer a flexible, complete, and cost efficient alternative to the traditional interactive boards populating our classrooms. As a school administrator and teacher, I have explored the Apple TV and its offerings as an alternative to one of the many types of interactive whiteboards currently available to instructors.
The next big shift in technology is the growth of wearable tech. We’ve already embraced mobile technology to the point that application vendors and technology support teams are thinking “mobile first”. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops are an increasingly common sight in the classroom, a change that has only come about in just the last few years.