Excellent iPad Apps to Create Interactive eBooks for Teachers and Students Yesterday when I was talking about the 22 rules for effective digital storytelling, I mentioned writing stories as one motivational factor that helps students get engaged in their writing.Students find it easier to connect to their writing when it centers around their own experiences they have lived in their immediate environments. Another strategy to use to enhance your students writing and get them motivated to write is to provide them with simple and easy to use platforms to publish their work. Knowing that their final product is going to be published somewhere for others to view and read may drive them to write diligently to satisfy their writing egos. There are actually several web tools that students can use to publish and share their writings with others, here is a list of the best platforms you can recommend for your students. 1- Creative Book Builder Creative Book Builder enables everyone to create, edit and publish ebooks in a few minutes on the go. 2- Book Creator for iPad
A Simple Guide to All That Teachers Need to Know about Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship is a key component of the technology and media literacy. We should not only teach our students how to be good citizens in the real physical world but how they can be good netizens of the online world as well.Today's learning requires alot of use of technology and most imprtant of all, our students are using technology on a daily basis- text messaging, blogging, Facebooking, Twittering, watching videos, gaming and networking. They live in two different but interconnected worlds. What they do online can have a severe repercussions on their real life if not properly instructed on digital safety issues and this is where digital citizenship fits in. Digital citizenship can be defined as " the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use."It is the combinatio of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age. The role of teachers 2- Google+ Safety Guide for Educators Webliography :
Run What Ya Brung Go to any technology-in-education conference these days and you will eventually hear someone make the following claim: In the future, we will teach using the mobile phones the kids bring to school with them. The idea seems like a good one at face value. Here's how it goes: Schools have invested heavily in ICT and they're still miles behind the state of the art. Kids always have the latest stuff and we can't stop them bringing it to school. It sounds great, right? Kids love their mobile phones, so they'll love whatever we teach with them! Unfortunately, this is technodeterminist fantasy-land. I say this as someone who, at some point each week, fulfils the role of IT director, policy writer, classroom teacher, software developer, systems administrator and front-line tech support. Here's why the "run what ya brung" movement is dangerously wrong: it purports to save money while hiding massive costs elsewhere. It assumes that every pupil has a mobile phone.
SMART Technologies In the fall of 2011, India’s Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) will be launching a new Exploriments product that will integrate students’ iPads with the lessons teachers deliver on a SMART Board interactive whiteboard. Exploriments titles in SMART Notebook collaborative learning software have already received Elite accreditation from SMART’s Software and Content Accreditation Program. These simulation-based, interactive learning units help students understand complex and abstract concepts in physics, chemistry and mathematics. With the Exploriments collaborative app for iPad, teachers will be able to guide the classroom experience from the SMART Board interactive whiteboard while delivering lessons in SMART Notebook software. The collaborative app is currently in beta and will launch in the fall of 2011. Exploriments products are developed by IL&FS Education and Technology Services (IETS), an initiative of IL&FS.
29 iPad Resources, Tutorials, and Guides Every Teacher Should Know about iPad is gaining momentum in the educational sphere and might , in the near future, be integrated as a leading learning method. iPad is part of the gesture-based technology that is widely embraced by teens and which has pushed some school districts especially here in Canada and also in the States to start using the BYOD approach, for the costs of iPad and their apps is still relatively high. As a teacher who has not yet tried mobile technology in his teaching, you might be wondering where and how to start. What resources to use ? 1- Teacher's Guide to The Use of iPads in Education 2- 8 Free Resources on The Use of iPads in Education 3- A Free Comprehensive Guide to iPad Apps Evaluation 4- A Quick Guide on Bloom's Taxonomy Apps for iPad 5- Teacher's Guide to The Use of Google Docs in The iPad 6- A Simple Guide on how to Create eBooks on iPads Using iBook Author 7- Using iPads to Enhance Students Reading Skills 8- Professional Development Apps for iPad
MLearning The term m-learning ("mobile learning"), has different meanings for different communities, covering a range of use scenarios including e-learning, educational technology and distance education, that focuses on learning with mobile devices. Mobile learning is defined as "learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices”  (Crompton, 2013 p. 4) In other words, with the use of mobile devices, learners can learn anywhere and at any time. M-learning technologies include handheld computers, MP3 players, notebooks, mobile phones and tablets. M-learning focuses on the mobility of the learner, interacting with portable technologies, and learning that reflects a focus on how society and its institutions can accommodate and support an increasingly mobile population. M-learning is convenient in that it is accessible from virtually anywhere. History Pre-1970s 1970s, 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010 and beyond
Infographic: The Costs of Self-Publishing Your Book The following piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. With the growing popularity of self-publishing, there is one recurring question I get from almost every aspiring author: “How much should I budget?” This is a really hard question to answer because the term “self-publishing” encompasses a wide range of very different possibilities. For example, let’s say you’ve written a first draft of your novel and just uploaded it to Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing. Now, if you want to have a chance of selling that book, you need to replicate at least some of the steps of traditional publishing and ensure a certain level of quality and professionalism. It’s impossible to say, “Self-publishing your book with cost you $X.” Methodology Before unveiling and analyzing the data, let’s explain where it comes from and how it was collected. The Costs of Editing, Cover Design and Typesetting Key learning points
Your Quick Guide to Teaching with iPads Below is an awesome infographic shedding more light on the use of iPad in education.It provides some amazing facts about the potential of this mobile device in learning and reviews the reasons behind this growing popularity of iPad in the educational circles. I find this infographic to be a nice addition toTeachers Guide on The Use of iPad in Education.Give it some time and read through it attentively and share it with your colleagues. All thanks go to Online Universities for creating this infographic. Slide to Learn Students perform well regardless of reading print or ebooks: Study Students do equally well on a test whether reading from a digital book or a printed one, a new study has found. Research by an Indiana State University doctoral student surveyed more than 200 students. Half of the students used a tablet to read a textbook chapter while the other half of the students read from a printed textbook chapter. The students then took an open book quiz with eight easy and eight moderate questions on the chapter. "Few people have done a lot of research into what I'm doing. Johnson's research specifically examined three questions: Are there any significant differences in reading comprehension test scores of students when using paper texts versus digital texts? "No matter what the format, no matter what the preference, they did well. Men had a mean score of 12.87 out of 16 while women had an average score of 13.60 out of 16. He also found that there was no significant difference on test scores whether or not the participant had past experience on a tablet.
8 Free Resources on The Use of iPad in Education I know that most of you have got a tablet device of some sort but if it happens that you have an iPad then this post will relate to you more. Below is a set of resources dedicated exclusively to the educational uses of the iPad. Emerging Ed Tech has done a great job in providing this list. Check them out. Update : Check out these two new articles of relevant interest : Free Comprehensive Guide to iPad Apps Evaluation and Bloom's Taxonomy for iPad 1- Apple's Education Resources for iPad Apple, the creator and owner of iPad, has provided some great links to education related apps. 2- Apps in Education Blog This is one of my favourite blogs when it comes to looking for iPad apps. 3-iPad Curriculum This is another great website for teachers looking for iPad apps. 4- iPad in Schools This is a resource listing. 5- iPad Educators This is a Ning-based social networl created by Sam Glicksman that provides various resources pertaining to the use of iPad in education. 6- iPads in Education