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Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

Digital Writing Workshop - Digital Writing, Digital Teaching Dear Educator: Tomorrow (well, technically today by the time I am done writing this) is the second annual Digital Learning Day. Cool. I’m all for digital learning, as the title of my blog implies. But, as we prepare for the onslaught of tweets, blog posts, videos, webinars, and other celebrations, it is worth exploring the definition of “digital learning” that the group is promoting, as well as the background of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s president, Bob Wise. First, the definition, straight from their website: Digital learning is any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience. In this sense, I read the definition of “digital learning” to mean content that can be delivered to students at a low-cost and, presumably, without certified teachers in place to facilitate their learning. All of this hubbub about DLDay thus raised major concerns for me — as a teacher, teacher educator, author, consultant, and parent. Kids?

Stanford University make app development course available for free Stanford University has released its mobile app development course online for free, giving developers an opportunity to learn more about Apple's iOS outside the classroom. A series of lectures, slides and videos, from its iPad and iPhone Application Development (CS193P) course, are available to download from iTunes U. The US institution has posted six lectures lasting an hour each, covering topics including iPhone APIs, object-orientated design, memory management and Objective-C. App developers that are unfamiliar with iOS will need to know the basics in Objective-C language in order to complete the course. Those that take the course will witness the same lectures as students, but will not receive Stanford credits on completion or have access to course tutors. “There’s something about developing for the iOS platform that’s really exciting and fun because it runs on devices that everybody has in their purses or pockets,” Instructor Paul Hegarty said in the Stanford Report.

2¢ Worth Listen A few weeks ago I worked and attended North Carolina's ISTE affiliate conference. I opened the NCTIES conference with a breakfast keynote address and Marc Prensky closed it with a luncheon keynote the next day. Sadly, I missed the second day of the conference. I would first offer some constructive criticism to NCTIES , and to all such ed-tech conferences across the nation and around the world. The only idea I can think of is to have one or two session rooms devoted to unconference topics. Now to the surprises It was in the student showcase, a part of most ed-tech conferences that I often miss, using it as an opportunity to visit the exhibitors or dash up to my room for something or other. She then began telling me what they were doing, describing some of the communication skills they were learning as well as social studies and character. “No software. After my hesitation, she continued, “..the game master.” Seeing this was energizing to me. Donna Hitchings, Snaderson HS, WCPSS

2008: The Shift is Coming, Mobile Content Creation Looking at these various studies, its clear that mobile content delivery will soon be a requirement of doing business and a potentially lucrative one at that. It being the end of the year and all, I'll venture a forecast that by 2009, most large companies will be struggling with creating an engagement model around mobile content. The top mobile activities right now are IM, music purchasing, tv watching, and content uploading -- clearly, people are doing more than simply consuming media on their mobile devices. What's your brand experience on mobile? Nothing? Sure, the first, truly engaging content and services provider will open up such a massively fungible advertising platform, but there's still a lot of room for providers to gain a competitive advantage by simply opening up to this medium, without the ads. Speaking of mobile content delivery, you can now subscribe to my updates using Viigo -- just click on the link on the sidebar under 'Updates Your Way.'

Webinars – Google Apps for Education Generale Scopri tutte le funzioni e i vantaggi offerti da Google Apps for Education. In questo seminario registrato online potrai: Sapere perché altre organizzazioni sono passate a Google Apps Sapere come altre organizzazioni utilizzano questi servizi Guardare una demo di Google Apps for Education Guarda ora Caso di successo Ascolta direttamente dalla Arizona State University il racconto della migrazione a Google Apps for Education, seguito da una sessione di domande e risposte in diretta con Google e ASU. Relatore: Kari Barlow, Assistant Vice President, University Technology OfficeCategoria: Istruzione superioreData: 25/6/2009 Quando la University of Notre Dame ha eseguito la migrazione dei suoi 15.000 studenti e 150.000 ex studenti a Google Apps, ha realizzato un risparmio di 1,5 milioni di dollari e ha incrementato la soddisfazione degli studenti del 36%. Relatore: Katie Rose, Program Manager for Enterprise InitiativesCategoria: Istruzione superioreData: 13/8/2009 Data: 18/11/2009

Q&A: Tomi Ahonen on why mobile marketers shouldn't obsess over apps Wearing a fedora, bespoke Hong Kong suit, and shirts with “007” embroidered on the breast pocket, Tomi Ahonen stands out in a crowd. A former Nokia executive, and almost certainly the most prolific business writer to fixate on monetizing mobile technology, Tomi has been writing about mobile marketing since 2002. He has written the first business book on 3G: m-Profits: Making Money from 3G Services, and more recently The Insiders Guide to Mobile. Tomi explains why mobile marketers shouldn't obsess over apps, but start with the basics... What are the biggest challenges for mobile marketers in the US? American smartphone sales have just passed the point where more than half of all new phone sales are smartphones. The installed population of smartphones is only 31%, meaning that if you do anything that works on every smartphone, every BlackBerry, every iPhone, every Android, every Windows, you are still abandoning 69% of the U.S. population. The problem is much bigger on the client side.

Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students The following are what I believe are the rights of all student to have with regards to using technology as an educational tool, written as a student to their teacher: 1) I have the right to use my own technology at school. I should not be forced to leave my new technology at home to use (in most cases) out-of-date school technology. If I can afford it, let me use it -- you don’t need to buy me one. If I cannot afford it, please help me get one -- I don’t mind working for it. 2) I have the right to access the school’s WiFi. 3) I have the right to submit digital artifacts that prove my understanding of a subject, regardless of whether or not my teacher knows what they are. 4) I have the right to cite Wikipedia as one of the sources that I use to research a subject. 5) I have the right to access social media at school. 6) I have the right to be taught by teachers who know how to manage the use technology in their classrooms. 8) I have the right to be accessed with technology. About Brad

Build your own private social network for your college or university. The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Student Life Network Quick Pitch: Student Life Network is a private student social network. Genius Idea: Builds a private student social network for colleges and universities to build and grow an active online community. Remember when Facebook was only for college students? That's why TJ Donnelly started Student Life Network, a free private student social network for colleges and universities across North America. Student Life Network offers a private place for students to interact and communicate with other students from their college or university. Sell anything from books to cars on the campus marketplace. TJ Donnelly, president and CEO of Student Life Network, owned two of the largest student travel companies in North America — Breakaway Tours and Impact Educational Tours.

Google Cloud Print: It's Actually Awesome, and Here's How to Set It Up Since I don't plan to buy a Wireless printer for now, the only GOOD use I can think of this is to print directly from my phone WITHOUT mail-myself/dropbox-ing the file, turn on the PC, login, search the file, open the file, print, close, etc. etc. etc.) so I did this: (Keep in mind that this procedure is useful to me ONLY BECAUSE I am already in my house, and thus, I just pick the printed pages and turn off the PC and Printer): Preliminary Steps: 0) Sign to Google Chrome Print. 1) Enable Wake-On-Lan on the PC. 2) Create a Scheduled Task: Open Google Chrome when Power on the PC. 3) Allow the task to start without need to login. When you need to Print: 4) Send Magic Packet to the PC to Wake it up. 5) Print to Google Cloud Print. 6) Shut down PC* —If you know an easy way to turn-off the PC from Android without, say, remote controlling it with TeamViewer, PLEASE TELL ME! —By now, you already know that chrome.exe must be running for the whole business to work (point 2).

Assessing the Impact of iPads on Education One Year Later Sam Gliksman Mobile digital devices rocketed to popularity around 10 years ago with the release of the iPod. Mobile computing went mainstream with the release of the iPhone in 2007. I don’t believe Apple anticipated the demand for iPads as educational devices. The site is an online network that provides guidance on educational usage, allowing users to ask questions and gain from others’ experiences. The Promise Form factor : Anyone that has used an iPad can attest to its compelling form factor. Consumption or Production? Much has been written about the opinion that iPads are great consumption devices but are less stellar at allowing students to express themselves creatively. Also, as the application market matures we’re starting to see an evolving depth in the creative opportunities. Some Considerations Sharing : iPads are intensely personal devices that record your digital footprint – logins, preferences and more. The Immediate Future

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