Why (And How) You Should Create A Personal Learning Network What Is A PLN? Through the use of my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) , I came across several great examples that both define what a PLN is, and explain the value of creating one for yourself. According to a wikispace about creating PLNs, “Personal Learning Networks are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. 1) set their own learning goals 2) manage their learning; managing both content and process 3) communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals Simply put: A PLN is a system for lifelong learning. ” Why Start Your PLN Now? Teachers in our district, especially freshmen teachers, have a ton on their plates this year. Here are some ways that educators are using their PLNs: 10 Easy Ways to Kick Start Your Personal Learning Network Thanks to a fellow blogger/teacher named Kate Klingensmith, here’s a directory of some resources you can use to start developing your own community of connections and resources: Resources
A Friendly Guide to Deploying iPads at Your School For personal use, the iPad is a breeze to set up. Turn it on, connect to a wireless network, enter your Apple ID, and you’re ready to go. If you’re already a resident of the Apple ecosystem, your apps are waiting for you in on a “Purchased” list in the App Store and backups of your other devices are available via iCloud for download to your current device. If you’re a new convert, getting started and downloading apps is a relatively painless experience. There is also a lot to like about iOS. It’s a lean, mean operating system. That said, deploying iPads at any kind of scale is just short of maddening. First, kindly allow me to give you some background. Consider this a freshman level tutorial. On paper, Lion Server should work. Apple Configurator is a fickle mistress. Some caveats: Apple Configurator has three modes: Prepare, Supervise, and Assign. Prepare mode has a few options that you can tweak to your tastes. Step one is to get your iPads updated to iOS 5.1 and turn on supervision.
39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom Pages - Menu This Blog Linked From Here Sites to Follow Friday, October 7, 2011 39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom How Much Did Steve Jobs Change the World? 5 Great iPad Apps For Early Childhood Teachers10 iPad Apps Everyone Should Have- from PC Magazine10 Must Have iPad Apps for Students and Teachers10 Ways to Use iPads in Your Classroom40 iPad Apps Librarians Love40 Most Awesome iPad Apps for Science Students50+ iPad Apps By a Geography Teacher62 Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom100 Incredibly Useful and Free iPad AppsBest Academic Reference Apps for the iPad- some $$, some freeA Day in the Life of the iPad ClassroomThe Debate Over iPads in EducationDigital Storytelling with the iPad Posted by Julie Greller at 7:24 AM Labels: ipads, ipads in the classroom, using ipads in the classroom Newer PostOlder PostHome
From Smoke Signals to Tweets: How The Evolution Of Communication Is Changing Your Classroom The following post is written by Beth Holland & Shawn McCusker from EdTechTeacher. Be sure to sign up for one of the last remaining spots at their iPad Summit! From quill and ink, to slate and chalk, to pencil and paper, to typewriter, to computer, to iPad…. each evolution of technology has allowed students to make their thinking visual, articulate their ideas, demonstrate their understanding of concepts and skills, collaborate with their peers, and communicate in complex and modern ways. Each advance has made it possible for those who master them to go a little further and to communicate a little more effectively. Andrew Carnegie was “discovered” because of his ability to use the telegraph – the peak of communication at the time – to unravel a rail snarl that paralyzed his company. Edison created a way for people to record themselves, and others, and share these messages widely. Bill Gates invented a way for people to visually interact with data on their computers. Classroom Applications
A great How-to Tutorial on Creating Student Portfolios on iPad Using Google Drive App This is a post several of you have been looking for, I know this from the emails I have been receiving from you. Now you have a great video tutorial on how to use Google Drive app to create documentation, spreadsheets, tutorials, and PDF annotation all from the palm of your hand using your own iPad. Yes Google Drive app for iPad was not performing quite good when it was first introduced but since then several updates have been added to it that tremendously enhanced its overall functionality. Related Google Drive app per se can only do so much but when you tie it in to other apps such as iMovie, Explain Everything, Notability and Book Creator, you will have a strong armed battalion of productivity suite to fire up any multimedia project you want to use with your students. Watching the video tutorial below you will get to learn how students can easily create a complete portfolio using Google Drive app for iPad. This video tutorial is created by Edtech Teacher
Snapshot: ICT integration and e-readiness in education A review of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics’ survey on ICT integration and e-readiness in education across the Caribbean and Latin America. Over the last few months, particularly after the release of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations results of the June 2012 sitting, there has been extensive debate across the region about the quality of education, and the extent to which computers are assisting with instruction and learning. As healthy as those debates might be, they are often based on conjecture and anecdotal evidence, and do not necessary provide a clear picture of what obtains in individual countries, or across the Caribbean region as whole. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Institute for Statistics (UIS) has published the results of its 2010/2011 study, ICT in Education in Latin America and the Caribbean: A regional analysis of ICT integration and e-readiness. Methodology Key results Conclusion
Great Resources on how to Use iPad in The Classroom After reading Teacher's Best iPad Resources you might be searching for some practical ideas on how to use iPad in education.Well we have answers to your queries. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has compiled a great list about how teachers use iPad in classroom and education. I have personally bookmarked and read all of these resources, and being myself a teacher and educator, I can not but highly recommend these reads for you. These are articles that have been featured in teachers blogs and online newspapers. Upon reading these samples here, you will have an idea about how some teachers use iPad in their classroom. 1- Top 7 Guides on how to Use iPad in Classroom 2- How to Set Up Class iPad Touch Devices 3- iPad in The Classroom Transforms The Learning Process 4- A Day in The Life of The iPad Classroom 5- 5 Ways Readers are Using iPad in The Classroom 6- Ushering iPad into The Classroom 7- The iTouch and iPad in The Classroom 8- 14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in The Class
Students Think They Can Multitask. Here's Proof They Can't September 26th, 2012 By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD With easy access to all sorts of technology, students multitask. So do lots of us for that matter. But students are way too convinced that multitasking is a great way to work. They think they can do two or three tasks simultaneously and not compromise the quality of what they produce. The question is, how do we get students to stop? In an experiment involving 62 undergraduate students taking a principles of accounting course, half of the cohort was allowed to text during a lecture and half had their phones turned off. View clip from Is there a solution to students multitasking in class? Sign up today and get articles like this one delivered right to your inbox.