100 Useful Tips and Tools to Research the Deep Web By Alisa Miller Experts say that typical search engines like Yahoo! and Google only pick up about 1% of the information available on the Internet. 50 Must-Download Apps For Lifelong Learners Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-08-13 Long after degrees have been conferred and careers have been launched, many folks just can’t seem to quit school. For them, life provides an overstuffed cornucopia of educational opportunities that don’t necessarily require hefty loans and navigating different professorial strategies. Those with a lust for learning who happen to also enjoy testing the limits of what the iPad offers definitely don’t have to worry about finding resources to pique their fancy. Hundreds, if not thousands, of apps are out there just twitching for users to fire them up and absorb a mental nugget or two. History and Geography
Fantastic Apps We have spent lots of time working with teachers and using our own experiences sourcing the best apps for you by subject. This subject specific list is aimed at Secondary level education (ages 11 – 18), but many of the apps are primary school ready, particularly the more general Must Haves and Activities sections. For specific Primary Level apps – visit our Primary Pages You can browse by subject below, and to read more just click on the little App Store button and you will be taken right to the App Store to read more and download if you like what you read. We also maintain a Diigo list, thats a set of internet links we add as we find them to all sorts of app pages and suggestions – check it out here
Tests Document Readability This free online software tool calculates readability : Coleman Liau index, Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, ARI (Automated Readability Index), SMOG. The measure of readability used here is the indication of number of years of education that a person needs to be able to understand the text easily on the first reading. Comprehension tests and skills training. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 5 New Useful Grading Tools for Teachers The best thing about web2.0 technologies is that they are dynamic and lively. Some of them do have a relative short life span and they cease to exist after a short period of time but the majority continue for much longer.As a reviewer of such web tools I always make sure to be abreast of the new releases. I love to discover new tools and try them out before sharing them with my readers here. In fact the web is teeming with these tools and it will continue to be so as more and more publishers and developers are having free access to software that used to cost a lot in the near past.
Evaluation Rubric for Educational Apps Harry Walker is the principal of Sandy Plains Elementary School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Fourth and fifth graders at the school are piloting one-to-one computing with iPod touches. In addition, Harry is a doctoral student at John Hopkins University. 10 Ways to Teach Innovation Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the box thinking. The burden of reinvention, of course, falls on today’s generation of students.
10 Must-Have Apps For iPads In The Classroom My students love using their iPads in the classroom! iPads in the classroom provide student with the opportunity not to be restricted to the traditional way of learning. As a teacher, it is a wonderful feeling to see students being engaged and interacting in their learning. Since our school’s 1:1 iPad initiative in all Math and Science classrooms, I have become passionate about finding technology tools that will motivate and inspire my students to learn. Great use of iPads technology tools directly impacts the learning environment of the classroom. The following is a list of free apps and websites that I have found that really motivates and inspires my students to be actively engaged in their learning.
Why Schools Are 'Blending' Learning Judy Beard, principal of Whittemore Park Middle School in Horry County SC, was so convinced that she had to implement “blended learning” to help her students achieve the common core that she started implementing blended learning before they had the funds to purchase the technology. “It’s not about technology. It’s about instructional practice,” Ms. 10 Apps for Documenting Learning One of the things that really excites me about the iPad is the ability of the students to show their learning. I am not talking about the end product here, I am talking about the act of learning that can be shown by students recording their processes. It is often about the student putting the information they have learnt into a context. It is this contextualisation that helps the students create meaning. Here is a perfect example from a young 1st grade student who talks us through his investigation into transport.
Rita F. Pierson: WATCH: How A Teacher Encouraged Her Students With An 'F' TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new op-eds, thoughts and responses from the HuffPost community. Watch the talk above, read the blog post and tell us your thoughts below. Become part of the conversation! This blog was produced in collaboration with TED for the TED Talks Education Special. The one-hour special, which will include talks by Sir Ken Robinson, Geoffrey Canada and Bill Gates, will air on PBS on May 7 at 10pm EST.
Top 35 Must-Have Educational iPhone and iPad Apps Used by Real Teachers in the Classroom - iPhone app article - Shara Karasic For the 2012-2013 school year, teachers with access to mobile technology are teaching kids with these great education apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Educators use apps to let their students do everything from practicing their math equations, to determining a leaf’s parent tree, to joining Paul Revere on his ride. Lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school. (See picks for 2011/2012.)
Planning for Digital Content Toolkit If your district is making the move toward a digital curriculum, you will likely want to consider implementing a learning management system. A learning management system (LMS) is an online platform that enables the delivery of materials, resources, tools, and activities to students both in and out of the classroom environment. It allows teachers to offer tailored instruction that can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere without geographic constraints. Are you a mosquito magnet?- Read, listen and learn a little English! « Tiny Texts How do mosquitoes choose their victims? Summer is great but, if you ask me, it would be even better without mosquitoes. The little nuisances bite your skin, suck your blood and leave you with an itchy red patch. They seem to prefer certain parts of the body, like legs and ankles, but do they have a preference for certain people?