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1,000 Education Apps Organized By Subject & Price How Students Benefit From Using Social Media 13.56K Views 0 Likes A lot of criticism has been leveled at social media and the effect it has on the way students process and retain information, as well as how distracting it can be. 10 African-American History Month Teaching Resources 1.27K Views 0 Likes This week’s Featured Ten Learnist boards are dedicated to African-American history month. 3 Tech Tips Your Grandma Could Teach You 2.06K Views 0 Likes Those who have been using technology, in some form, have a few tech tips you should know about.

Apps for Professional Development Twitter App (free) Twitter is one of the most active and beneficial social networks on the web. All educators would be wise to join the conversation. If you haven’t used Twitter yet, I would recommend that you read these excellent blog posts: Google Voice (free) Text and call for free! Skype (free) A beautiful app that allows you to make and receive VOIP calls on your iOS device. HeyTell (free) A fun “walkie-talkie” app for quick voice communication. Consumption Apps FlipBoard (free) A beautiful app that turns your RSS reader (such as Google Reader) into a magazine. Zite (free) Similar to FlipBoard, however instead of just providing a beautiful interface to view content you select, Zite tries to introduce you to new content sources based off of sources you currently read. QR Code Readers Quick-Response codes are the strange black and white boxes that have begun appearing everywhere. Diigo (free) Research Apps: Genius Scan (free)

Bloomin' Apps This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place.Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Android, Google and online tools and applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite online tool, iOS, or Android app with others. Cogs of the Cognitive Processes I began to think about the triangular shape of Bloom's Taxonomy and realized I thought of it a bit differently.Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes in and out of the each level as they acquire new content and turn it into knowledge, I created a different type of image that showcased my thoughts about Bloom's more meaningfully.Here is my visual which showcases the interlocking nature of the cognitive processes or, simply, the "Cogs of the Cognitive Processes". IPAD APPS TO SUPPORT BLOOM'S REVISED TAXONOMYassembled by Kathy Schrock​ Bloom's and SAMR: My thoughts

Grading with Voice on an iPad [This is a guest post by Doug Ward, an associate professor of journalism and the Budig Professor of Writing at the University of Kansas. You can find him online at www.kuediting.com and www.journalismtech.com, and follow him on Twitter @kuediting. Doug's previous posts have looked at finding iOS apps, what to do if your Twitter account is hacked, using iPads in the classroom (one, two) and engaging students with music. One of the frustrating things I found in teaching online last semester was the lack of direct contact with students. I found that especially frustrating when I graded assignments. I overcame this in part by using my iPad to add audio comments to grading. Most students liked the voice feedback. Academics have talked about paperless grading for years. I’d never heard about adding short voice comments to PDFs, though, and I initially overlooked the option of voice recording on iAnnotate. I had better luck using iAnnotate. Here’s a video showing how the process works:

What Does Leadership on a Professional Learning Team Look Like? Posted by Bill Ferriter on Thursday, 07/04/2013 As a full-time teacher and part-time consultant on Professional Learning Community implementation, I'm always asked questions like, "What kinds of things can teachers do to move their learning teams forward?" or "What kinds of people make the best leaders for learning teams?" Answering those questions starts by understanding that "moving learning teams forward" depends on three core behaviors: Nurturing Strong Relationships: The most successful learning teams care about each other, y'all. Defining a Clear Vision of What "Forward" Looks Like: Strong relationships aren't enough to move learning teams forward, however. #nuffsaid Moving forward, then, depends on a team's ability to define what "forward" actually looks like. Simple stuff, right? Without strong relationships, a clear vision for an ideal tomorrow, and an ability to translate vision into practical action, learning teams simply WON'T succeed. Does any of this make sense?

5 Fun Free iPad Math Game Apps These free apps offer fun ways for elementary/primary grade students to practice their math fundamentals. We checked out a bunch of free math games for the iPad that can help younger students reinforce their math basics, focusing only on those rated 4 stars or better. There are quite a few of these. As of this morning, there were 92 apps that come up by searching the App Store for “math games” that are free and have ratings of 4 or higher. My Math App Flashcards (link here): This is a great application, providing flash card style testing for multiplication, subtraction, multiplication, and division, with “Starter” and “Advanced” verisons for each function, making it useful across a wide range of grade levels. Math Puppy (link here): This app has 2 games and a calculator. Multiplying Acorns (link here): This is a cute, straightforward game in which you select two digits to multiply together, and then have to select the correct answer from several choices. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post

My 5 Favorite Tablet PC Tips for Educators With all the growing interest in tablet-based computing in schools, I thought it would be timely to share once again “My 5 Favorite Tablet PC Tips for Educators”. These are simple ways you can use a digital pen to support your teaching – especially in math and science, where diagrammatic discussions are key. I also include a tip at the end for using your existing laptop to take advantage of the power of digital ink… As with anything new, especially education technology you’ve never used before, start with someone simple. What’s interesting is that teachers who are doing this have discovered that they make better use of PowerPoint: Because they leave more whitespace so they can draw as they talk, the presentation slows down to the speed of thought. EXTRA TIP: Create your master powerpoint, but don’t present from it; always make a copy, then start marking it up. Instructional Use: Journal is great for facilitating a brainstorm discussion. Looking for ways to be more efficient?

Free Technology for Teachers 16 Ways Educators Can Use Pinterest [Infographic] It’s startling the way that children communicate with their teachers in today’s schools. They’re connecting over Twitter and Facebook groups, handing their assignments in by email and sharing links to research and information all over the place. But does Pinterest have a role to play? An infographic by OnlineUniversities.com takes a look at just that and comes up with a whole lot of ways that an educator can use Pinterest. Pinterest is devoted to organizing images from all over the web into “boards”, and up to now it’s been a lot of collections of fashion, style, celebrities and hobbies. Take a look at the infographic, created by the folks at OnlineUniversities, and let us know — is Pinterest right for the classroom?

10 Revolutionary iPad Apps to Help Autistic Children | Gadgets DNA Teachers and doctors are using iPads as a tool to reach out to children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome and the results are remarkably great. Autistic children are showing tremendous improvement after playing fun-filled exercises on iPad which is less stressful and more fun for both the teachers and the students. Below is the list of 10 best iPad applications to give Autism a voice. Photo Credit: Kelly Nikolaisen Those who don’t know, Autism is a lifelong disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to other people and the world around them. Proloquo2Go – A must have app that provides you with a full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for autistic children who have difficulty speaking. It contains text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary and much more. You can easily customize the app by using picture and photo vocabulary of your choice. “A must have if your child has autism!

A Few Simple Ways To Introduce Reluctant Colleagues To Technology (Cross-posted at TechLearning) Many years ago I helped operate a soup kitchen on San Jose’s (CA) Skid Row. We were well-meaning, but not the most responsible neighbors. On day I was sweeping around the passed-out men and women on our front porch when a police car drove-up. An officer got out and started yelling me, saying that we couldn’t control thing and they received many complaints about us. I’ve often thought about that incident during my nineteen year career as a community organizer and six years as a public school teacher. The issue of educational technology is, I believe, no different. In my community organizing career, I learned that a key to engaging people to move beyond their comfort zone is to first build a relationship — a reciprocal one. 1) Using a Computer Projector. 2) Using a Document Camera. 3) Easily Creating A More Authentic Audience For Student Work. To Make It Easily Viewable By Other Classmates: Kl1P lets you create a webpage without any registration required.

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