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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 newlit.org.

iPads in Education 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

iPad Apps and Bloom’s Taxonomy   I felt it was worthwhile to update the Top Post (over 25,000 views) on Langwitches: Bloom’s Taxonomy for iPads I have added links to each app represented on the visual. Remember: Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers. describenamefindnamelisttell Suggested apps: Understand: Demonstrative understanding of facts and ideas by being able to: explaincomparediscusspredicttranslateoutlinerestate Suggested Apps: Apply: Using new knowledge. showcompleteuseexamineillustrateclassifysolve Analyze: Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. compareexamineexplainidentifycategorizecontrastinvestigate Evaluate: Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas or quality of work based on a set of criteria justifyassessprioritizerecommendratedecidechoose Suggested Apps Create: planinventcomposedesignconstructimagine Related Bloom's Taxonomy and iPad Apps 21. In "Featured Carousel" 7. 29.

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.

ShowMe - The Online Learning Community The Complete List of iPad Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials The Apple iPad is an amazing tablet, and to help you get the most out of it, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of every tip, trick, and tutorial for you. Read on for more. Note: This article was originally published earlier this year, but we’ve updated it with a real lot more content since then, so we’re republishing it for you. We’ll be keeping this page updated as we find more great articles, so you should bookmark this page for future reference. How to Maximize Your iPad’s Battery Life So you got yourself a shiny new Apple device, but you’re so addicted that the battery is running out way too soon—what you need is a couple of tips to keep your battery running for as long as possible, and we’ve got them here. How to Maximize Battery Life on Your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch How to Lock the Screen on Your iPad with iOS 4.x How to Lock the Screen Orientation on Your iPad (with iOS 4.2) How to Pause an iPad App Install How to Force Reboot and Quit Apps Multitasking on the iPad iPadPeek

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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