101 iPad Tips & Tricks Use these iPad tips and tricks to do more with your iPad Air, iPad mini and every other iPad running iOS 8. This list of over 100 iPad tips and tricks is broken down by tips to help you get started, use the keyboard better, surf the web on the iPad easier, sync your photos, data and calendars as well as get the most out of your iPad with entertainment apps and services. Whether you just bought an iPad, or you’ve had one for years, these useful iPad tips and tricks will show you new ways to do more with your iPad. Most of these are already built-in to your iPad, but a few will require buying an iPad accessory, iPad apps or signing up for a service.
Using Voki Twittering in PowerPoint with Polleverywhere Polleverywhere.com is a browser-based application that allows for votes and feedback to be solicited from individuals via text messaging and/or Twitter. Results are displayed on the web or within a presentation (PowerPoint slide) in real time. Students will need a Twitter account and access to a wireless enabled device (cellphone, laptop, etc) to participate. Only the instructor needs to have a Polleverywhere account.
Setting a Goal When You Feel Overwhelmed With Technology Options When I visit schools to facilitate workshops there is usually a mix of folks who are off and running with technology use in their classrooms and folks who are just getting started. When mixed together with those who are off and running, the folks who are just getting started can sometimes feel like they have so much to do to get caught up to their colleagues. In those situations I remind folks that they don’t have to learn it all on their own today. I encourage setting a small goal of getting comfortable with one new thing per full month of the school year. If you can work toward that goal, by the end of the school year you will have eight to ten new things in your teaching playbook.
10 New Educational Web Tools to Try Out March 8, 2014 Once every two weeks I feature here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning a list of some of the new educational web tools I have been bookmarking. These are basically tools other teachers and edubloggers have reviewed in their websites and blogs and which I think are worth sharing with you and keeping you posted about the latest in the world of educational technology. 1- Exam Time ExamTime is changing the way students learn by providing free study tools for students and teachers. ExamTime has been developed to help students make studying more than just a mind exercise. It can be a “do” activity.Students and teachers all around the world are creating Mind Maps, Flashcards, Notes and Quizzes using ExamTime.
Excellent Videos OnThe Use of Augmented Reality Apps by Students Below are some good videos I got a few days ago on examples of how some augmented reality apps are being used with kids to help them improve their learning. If the concept of augmented reality if all new to you then here is a brief definition of it: Augmented Reality is exactly what the name implies: an augmented version of realty created by mixing technology with the known world. It might be a distorted, augmented, or less augmented version of the actual world but in its basic form, augmented reality is a simulation or rather a way of superimposing digital contents into the real context. You can learn more about the importance of augmented reality in education from " Teachers' Guide to Augmented Reality ".
II. Information Literacy Quiz Answer Key If you have had the opportunity to look at our Information Literacy Quiz, here are some suggested answers and follow-up activities to use with students. For each suggested answer in the Information Literacy Quiz, look for Follow-up Activities for Teachers and Students 1. List 4 major search engines and a major directory. We won’t attempt to list them all here.
9 Word Cloud Generators That Aren't Wordle The use of word clouds in the classroom is a powerful way to really get through to visual learners. The details about the following nine word cloud generators will give you a fair idea how, as an educator, you can get the best out of them. A quick note: Wordle is quite easily the most popular word cloud generator out there. It’s free and easy to use. It does require Java though so Chrome users might have some trouble. how to use Videos in Classroom A lot of content online is in video format and the recent stats speak for themselves: People across the globe upload 48 hours of video to YouTube every minute, which translates to nearly eight years of content every day. And that’s not taking into account any other video-uploading site. You like it or not, videos are becoming a primary source of information for students : Beautifully produced videos from NOVA showing the miracles of science; inspirational TED Talks on topics ranging from sustainability to gender inequality; behind-the-scenes views of the international space station on Reel NASA; a walk through the world’s most impressive art collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) -- these are all part of the rich mix of content that gives students access to a world of subjects. As teachers and educators we need to learn how to leverage the power of videos in our classroom teaching as well as in our professional development plans. Below are some picks from this guide .
Google Calendar Explained for Teachers November 1, 2014 Google Calendar is one of the best free web tools I have been using for few years now. As a teacher, you can use Google Calendar for a wide variety of purposes. You can, for instance, create events and share them with your students and parents; you can use it to share important dates and information with students. You can also create reminders about assignments and share them with your class, and if you have a classroom blog or website, you will also be able to embed your calendar in it. Flipped-Learning Toolkit Thinking about flipping your classroom? Flipped-learning pioneers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams walk you through the steps you need to take to make blended learning a reality. Read More About Flipped Learning Video lectures at home? Homework in class? Welcome to a new world of active learning, where teachers can be there when students need them. Visit Edutopia's Flipped Classroom page for all of the best Edutopia resources on flipped-learning techniques.
10 Pinterest Boards We are providing you with some great boards where you can have instant access to educational resources, links, and ideas you probably have never known before. Check out the boards below and share with us other boards you know of. 1- Free Technology for Educators This is our official Pinterest board where we have created 6 interesting pins. We pin every single post we publish here so if you want to stay updated about our work make sure you follow us. 2- My Future Classroom