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Hack Education iPad Insight | iPad blog for app reviews, news, tips,how-tos Free Technology for Teachers 25 Education Blogs Perfect For Parents (And Just About Anyone Else) School reform, college, and getting involved as a parent are all important topics for parents to stay on top of, and these blogs all offer great ways to do so. We’ve discovered 25 of the best education blogs for proactive parents, and we encourage you to check them out. PTO Today : On the PTO Today blog, you’ll find out how parent leaders are making schools great, with ideas, news, opinions, and tips for the PTO world. The Answer Sheet : From the Washington Post , The Answer Sheet offers a school survival guide for parents. Through the Parents Education Network, you’ll learn about how parents can educate, collaborate, and empower for kids in school.

12 Keys to Finding Quality Education Apps Millions of apps vie for educators' attention. And with limited time and budgets, it's not always easy to find the ones that will keep students' attention and teach them at the same time. As school districts search for the few quality apps that will fit into their curriculum, instructional technology staff at three elementary school districts shared how they measure and find quality apps. What is a quality app? Not all apps are created equal. "It has to be engaging, but it has to be more than just fun, and it has to be content-related," Kliesen said. Instructional Technology Coordinator Nadine Norris from Community Consolidated School District 15 — the third largest elementary school district in Illinois — defines quality apps as: stable; easy to use; flexible; integrating text and images; updated periodically; and integrating seamlessly with the cloud. When the apps integrate text and images, students communicate in a way that's engaging for them, Norris said. Checklist for app hunting

Blog Silvia Zanatta wrote how she incorporated the Classroom Habitudes into her 7th grade classroom in a wonderful post last year. Here, she updates us on her progress of using Heartbreak Mapping and the transformation she’s seen in her students—and her school. One year ago, Angela Maiers asked me to share my students’ work and experiences around Following Their Heartbreak, and what resulted was a blog post that she graciously published on her website. I began to share how these ideas were changing not only my practice, but how my students viewed their value and worth in the world. Creating an environment in which the Classroom Habitudes flourish. To begin the current school year, I was asked to deliver a Professional Day workshop on the Classroom Habitudes, You Matter, and ways to empower our students to show their genius every day. Incorporating artwork into the lesson. Encouraging diverse ways of expressing the Classroom Habitudes. Journaling about the Classroom Habitudes.

Tablets 2012 | Compare Best Android Tablet Computers | Apple iPad2 and iPad Alternatives - TopTenREVIEWS Tablets Why Buy a Tablet? The top performers in our review are the Apple iPad Pro, the Gold Award winner; the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Silver Award winner; and the Google Pixel C, the Bronze Award winner. Here's more on choosing a tablet to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of the best tablets. Tablets: Computers Built for Mobility At first glance, a tablet might look like a step down from a full-size laptop or desktop computer. The biggest factor that distinguishes tablets from other types of computers is their size. For alternatives to tablets, our main computers section includes reviews for a variety of product families like business laptops and ultrabooks. Tablets: What We Tested, What We Found In our review, we looked at top-rated tablets designed for average home users. Gaming & Tablets For families with young children or teens, tablets are useful devices for both schoolwork and gaming. How Much Speed Do You Need?

This Teacher Texts When I left the Google Teacher Academy in July, one tool I was anxious to try out with my students was Google Voice. For those of you who don't know about it, Google Voice is a great free service that allows students and teachers to connect via text message and voice calls. There are a variety of options for how you set up a Google Voice account and myriad ways to use it. This post is based on my experience. Your mileage may vary. And there are a lot of other great ways teachers are using it too. If you are thinking of trying GV here are a few more things I really like about it.

Dan J Gallagher 21st Century Student Handbook: Teaching Today’s Web-Centric Kids 2/27/2012 By: James Careless Lots of schools are talking about the importance of preparing their students for an increasingly inter-connected, Web-centric world. Here are some districts that are “doing” it. Some of their advice may be able to help the reader avoid mistakes, etc. Creating ePortfolios Increasingly, job recruiters are not satisfied with paper portfolios: They want to know what prospective employees have achieved online. The best e-Portfolios are those that contain a wealth of materials compiled over time. “These portfolios represent purposeful collections of student work that serve as evidence for their individual abilities,” says Ken Holvig, the school’s Head Computer teacher. “Our seventh graders have responded to the challenge by building robust documents rich with chosen artifacts and personal reflection,” Holvig notes. Developing Internet Literacy Susan Luft is a first grade teacher at Fox Meadow Elementary School in Scarsdale, NY. Chats and Tweets as Teaching Tools

Parents in the Loop Via the Class Blog When my kids were in school the proverbial answer to “What did you learn today?” was, wait for it… “nothing”. Do any of you get that response from your kids? mitigate this and keep parents ‘in the loop’. I recently visited with a Kindergarten teacher, Amy, who started a class blog this past school year. Ofelia, a parent of a Kindergarten child, stays in the loop via class blog Ofelia appreciates that the blog “makes learning visible”. Amy, a Kindergarten teacher, talks about starting and using a class blog Amy chose to create her blog on the District private site to protect her students’ privacy. Lori, a parent of a Kindergarten child, talks about the impact of a class blog Lori enjoys sitting with her daughter, looking at the pictures, and talking about what she does throughout her day at school. There was a lot of interest in the post I wrote recently about student’s blogging. I think the power of blogging is remarkable. an audience.

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

- My Ten Most Used Apps to Become Fluent on the iPad 0 Comments March 25, 2012 By: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano Mar 25 Written by: 3/25/2012 7:13 AM ShareThis It is no secret, that I enjoy my iPad tremendously. Fluency on the iPad, like language fluency, does not necessarily come natural to most people. I see too many educators (administrators and teachers), who with an iPad at their disposal, are using the iPad: as a paper weight on their desk, leaving them in their car or forgeting the device at homefor playing games onlyto hand it over to their kids at home to play withas an after-thoughtas a “translation” tool (figuring out how to do something the same way they are used to doing on their desktops or laptops)and are frustrated that is does not come easy and natural to themand are not putting in the time (consistently) to become skilled to gain iPad literacy and fluency I view the iPad, not as a replacement for my laptop, but as a: I want to share my favorite apps that help me be a fluent (-ish) user of the iPad. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.