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iPad AND iPod Resources and Lessons

iPad AND iPod Resources and Lessons

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The 55 Best Free Education Apps For iPad Finding apps isn’t difficult. Finding education apps is only a bit more challenging. Finding free education apps is also possible. Finding free education apps worth downloading is a different story entirely. The following is our list for the 55 best apps for learning we can find.

Flexbooks help Georgia district keep up with math mandates A new flexbooks program will be implemented this fall in math classrooms across a suburban Atlanta school district to keep up with changing state requirements and reduce textbook costs. Henry County Schools is using Edgenuity software on newly purchased iPads in its math classrooms, nicknaming the program “flexbooks” because teachers and administrators will have the flexibility to create customizable math content for each classroom and student, says Assistant Superintendent Aaryn Schmuhl. Parents will also have access to the content online so they can help students with homework. “We’re not just putting tablets in the hands of the students,” he says. “In this case, administrators and teachers are able to control what applications and resources are on the tablets in each classroom.” “There was a lot missing in the textbooks when it came to meeting the latest standards,” Schmuhl says.

Obama wants schools to speed digital transition The Obama administration is asking every U.S. school to accelerate the transition to digital textbooks. Obama's goal: an e-textbook in every student's hand by 2017. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will recommend today at a summit of industry and education officials that states modify the textbook adoption process, allowing K-12 schools to use taxpayer funding once reserved for printed books on iPads, Kindles and the like — as well as software. They'll begin pushing publishers, computer tablet makers and Internet service providers to work together and lower costs if they want to sell their products to the nation's 50 million schoolkids.

Langwitches Blog The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), but writing did not seem part of what Middle School Math was about. How could “blogging” go beyond taking a digital image of a Math problem on paper or a quiz and writing about ”how the student felt about solving the problem or passing the test?”

WeJIT – The Power in We Anyone can create an instant public or private collaboration around any topic of interest. Spread your topic-based discussions, debates and decisions via your Social Networks.Amplify the conversations and collaboration around topics in sports, politics, pop culture and more.Build an instant community around topics of interest.Empower students to engage their peers in meaningful discussions and collaboration. Drive topic-based discussion, debates and decisions within your group or organization without an inbox full of “Reply to all” email.Make quick and easy tactical decisions that include input from all appropriate team members, without the need for more meetings or complex software.Empower teachers to engage their peers in private online discussions and collaboration on any topic. The WeJIT is to collaboration what Google is to search. Richard Lang, Chairman & CEO, Democrasoft, Inc.

Integrate iPads Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy With This 'Padagogy Wheel' You’re going to want to turn on your printer and fire up a PDF viewer. This is just that good. It’s called the Padagogy Wheel and it offers a fantastically useful perspecitve on how to figure out which iPad apps work with Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. Created by Allan Carrington , this thing is a monster and deserves some focused attention. So I’d make a personal plea to save the hi-res image (below) or print out the PDF ( available here ) and then spend your long weekend closely examining this thing. The Padagogy Wheel takes an expanded approach Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and offers 62 iPad apps that fit into the organized chaos that is Bloom’s.

Mobile Education and the Wireless Industry At the recent CTIA WIRELESS show in New Orleans I was so astounded by how wireless has truly revolutionized the area of mobile education that I thought it would make sense to briefly investigate the intersection of mobile broadband and education. We visited a local public school in Arlington, Virginia to get a sense of how they are integrating this new tool into their lesson plans. We also just filed a paper with the FCC describing the benefits of mobile education and highlighting several of the advantages that arise out of employing mobile devices in a classroom setting. Gone are the days of blackboards and chalk and in are the days of iPads and smartphones. We visited a math class where everyone in the room had their iPad, Nintendo DS or iPod Touch out, ready to participate in the next interactive activity to facilitate the day’s lesson.

Quick List: iPad Resources For The Classroom One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in these devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more. In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme (last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom.

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