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App Gems: Honorable mentions It isn’t that hard to come up with a list of App Gems winners. The difficult part is keeping that list down to a manageable length. When Macworld editors first meet to discuss our awards for great iOS apps, the number of nominees runs in the triple digits. From there, we whittle down the names to just a handful of winners. The following apps just barely missed the cut—but they still deserve your attention if you’re on the lookout for outstanding apps for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. AirPort Utility: Apple shrunk down its wireless network configuration tool to fit on iOS devices, offering a welcome mobile utility for setting up and troubleshooting your Wi-Fi network. Al Yankovic: When I Grow Up: This mobile children’s book isn’t just a delightfully written, Seuss-quality rhyming story sure to entertain kids and their parents; it also features a stunning narrative performance from Yankovic himself, interactivity on every e-page, and several funny built-in mini games.

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation - White Paper Series Hiller Spires and Melissa Bartlett June 2012 Since technological advances are driving much of the change that we see in information and communication, researchers and educators are attempting to answer two important questions: What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century? How do we design instruction that enables educators to cultivate digital literacies for themselves as well as their students? Digital literacy should be positioned as an entitlement for students that supports their full participation in a society in which social, cultural, political, and financial life are increasingly mediated by digital literacies (California Technology Assistance Project, 2008). View pdf Click here to view similar resources. For information about the New Literacies Collaborative, visit

iPads in Education iPads in our classrooms: reflections after 2 weeks | Laura Doggett It has been a busy few weeks in the MFL department at Berkhamsted. We have seen the class sets iPads arrive and everyone in the team has now used them in lessons. I thought it would be a good time to share some initial thoughts about the experience thus far! The Students Unsurprisingly, the students love them. The Learning Students have done some gorgeous digital work with the iPads and I am really pleased with the initial quality of output, especially from some KS3 classes. The Teachers My team in MFL have varying levels of confidence with ICT and I have been really pleased with how they have got stuck in. Result: over two weeks 57 classes were taught across the two sites using iPads. Being able to teach a lesson in their classrooms with all their usual expectations and resources and adding a layer of technology on top has certainly been rewarding and we are finding the benefits of a hybrid approach to technology: books and paper resources share desk real estate with the iPad very well.

ncom_ind_prod_paprpt_ppt Digital note-taking done right Take note taking to a whole new level by leveraging your iPad to capture handwritten notes, typed text, images, web content, and audio. PaperPort Notes even allows you to take advantage of the world's leading voice recognition software (Dragon Dictate) to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking. In addition to the many ways PaperPort Notes enables you to capture information, it also allows you to combine it with other content from the web, your favorite cloud storage system, or even PaperPort Desktop. You won't want to ever attend another meeting or lecture again without it. The results: Increased productivity. Features Features: Tech Specs Tech Specs: Hardware: iPad OS: iOS 4.2 or later 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)

What I Wish I’d Done Before Deploying iPads to 735 Middle Schoolers, Part 2 | Terice T. Schneider's Digital Home We planned. We met to go over the plans. We talked. What we didn’t do was address some of the simple day-to-day things that we never thought would be an issue. When offering professional development to teachers on integrating iPads, give them training on a management system like Texas’s Project Share from Epsilen (which is releasing an App soon), Edmodo, or Schoology or even eBackPack. Teachers also want to know how to deliver content to their students. Everyone agreed that the better way to do this would have been to choose one, train how to use it and stick with it for a year. Finally, give your teachers clear expectations, not only of the iPad use in the classroom, but of how classroom management should look. We had an expectation that the iPads would be used multiple times a week if not daily. Some tips we used for classroom management are: “Apples UP!” I hope these tips will help those of you deploying iPads next year.

50 really useful iPad 2 tips and tricks An absolute gem of an article by John Brandon and Graham Barlow from MacLife on 30th March over at TechRadar. This is going to become my iPad manual from here on in. Customised iPads for all iPad 2 tips and original iPad tips - get 'em here! With great new features like two video cameras, a faster processor and a thinner design, the iPad 2 is the world's best tablet device. iPad 2 review It's also fully capable of running the latest version of Apple's iOS operating system and great apps like iMovie and GarageBand. 1. iOS now supports folders. 2. Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar along the bottom of the screen. 3. The internet got mightily upset when Orientation Lock was replaced with Mute on the iPad during the last iOS update. 4. If you're carrying around sensitive data, you can now enable a feature that'll erase all the data on the device if someone inputs the incorrect passcode 10 times. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Look Mum – No Cables! iPad2 Mirroring In The Classroom We had a big day last week. A day when long term planning in a school and taking a measured risk paid off. Let me explain… One of the most underrated and significant developments of iOS5 has been the ability to mirror the iPad2 onto any screen via AppleTV. This development signifies a break away from the shackles of cables and allows the iPad, iPod or iPhone to become an even more natural addition to the classroom. Yet our decision to invest in this concept started many months ago, when mirroring was still a rumor. Ringwood North Primary School was allocated a new learning space as part of the ‘Building The Education Revolution’ initiative in 2010. A new area, new teaching team and 138 students on a 1 to 1 iPad program with no projectors or displays. The months that followed proved challenging at times, but allowed us to see the how the students and teachers interacted with a new space without the predefined notion of allocated display spaces. Setting Up & Managing The AppleTV

ShowMe - The Online Learning Community 2012 Apps for Teachers People often ask what apps I would recommend for Teachers? There is no simply answer that fits all. What I do is give them an insight into the apps that I have on my iPad that I use all the time or that I use in preparation for my lessons. They probably say more about my own teaching style than I would care to reveal. My students have always use Prezi exceptional well to zoom in and investigate the detail and then pull back to see how it all fits within the curriculum outcomes. Dropbox: FREE Dropbox is a free service that lets you save any file to your Dropbox and it will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! Flipboard: FREE Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Socrative: Teacher and Student App FREE Socrative brings smart clickers to a whole new level. Who has what?

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