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Edshelf. 8 Great Free Web Resources Focused on Using the iPad in Education. The popularity of the iPad in our schools continues to grow, and with it, the proliferation of related web articles, tips, how-to's, and so on. This week we searched out some excellent free Internet based web sites and resources dedicated to the use of the iPad in the instructional setting. 1.

Apple's Education Resources for the iPad It should come as no surprise that the iPad's maker has done a good job of putting together pages dedicated to education related applications and uses for it's popular tablet. Here Apple has put together links to apps grouped by Academic Subject. For each subject section, they provide a few specific app examples, plus one or more links to applicable subsets of apps in the iTunes store (e.g. 2. 3. ( This is a unique site, in that it has a great side bar for searching for content. 5. 6. 8.

Bonus! Harvard and MIT Put $60-Million Into New Platform for Free Online Courses - Wired Campus. The group of elite universities offering free online courses just got bigger. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced a partnership that will host online courses from both institutions free of charge. The platform, its creators say, has the potential to improve face-to-face classes on the home campuses while giving students around the world access to a blue-ribbon education.

The new venture, called edX, grew out of MIT’s announcement last year that it would offer free online courses on a platform called MITx. The combined effort will be overseen by a nonprofit organization governed equally by both universities, each of which has committed $30-million to the project. Students who complete the courses on the edX platform will not receive university credit, although they could earn certificates. At a news conference, the leaders of edX described it as a tool that colleges can use to experiment with online courses and study how students learn. L. Plagiarism Detectives at Work (plus 5 Top Plagiarism Detection Applications)

Guest Post collaboratively written with Jennifer Scottson. Since the beginning of time, man has tried to find ways to beat the system and get away with less work. Today’s computer technologies have made it easy for individuals to try to use different methods to get away with turning in work that is not theirs. Technology has also helped to expose this in ways that are more effective and easier to use than ever before.

Plagiarism detectors help to detect and prevent plagiarism and keep people honest in their approaches to claiming works. How do plagiarism detectors work? Most plagiarism detectors work in similar ways. The document that needs to be checked is uploaded into the system and scanned. Who uses plagiarism detectors? Five top plagiarism detectors There are many plagiarism tools on the Internet. 1. 2. iThenticate. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Are you using any of these applications at your school? Jennifer Scottson is a professional writer who enjoys writing on many different subjects.

How To Decide Which EdTech Resource Is Right For You. I’ve spent many years analyzing, understanding, and deploying education technology. As Edudemic grows up into a more professional site (slowly but surely), I’ve noticed that I get pitched a lot of products in hopes that I write a review / share it with you. Terry, Edudemic’s editor, and I routinely go through pitches and submissions to see if they have some worth. We’ve been using a rubric that I thought teachers around the world might benefit from. Basically, here’s the workflow we use: 1) Someone trying to sell / announce an education technology product contacts us. 2) We do some brief research on the product and try it ourselves (if possible) 3) We run it through our ‘review rubric’ to see if it should be added as a product we recommend on Edudemic.

Simple as that! Click here to download the PDF version of our rubric! How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom. Ben Jackson is a writer and app developer living in Brooklyn, NY. He likes clean typography, dirty language, strong coffee, apple pie and comfortable chairs, and he writes about his obsessions at 90WPM. As the post-PC era moves from interesting theory to cold, hard reality, one of the most pressing questions is: How can we use tablets, and especially the iPad, to help people learn? Most of the focus has been on ebooks replacing textbooks, a trend fueled by Apple’s recent updates to iBooks. Specifically, the company released iBooks Author, a tool for creating immersive ebooks on the desktop.

Plus, the new iPad is now the first tablet with a retina screen, making reading and watching multimedia on the device even more enjoyable. But technology is only as good as the system it’s applied to. Not Just a Textbook The iPad (not to mention the iPhone and iPod touch) is a personal, mobile computer capable of performing tasks unthinkable 10 years ago on a high-end desktop. Low-Budget Alternatives.