How to get online for less on your iPad or Android tablet The tablet market is hotting up. With the Microsoft Surface, Google Nexus 7 for Android and Apple’s new iPad Mini (and new iPad for that matter) for iOS just released, consumer choice has never been better. But whichever platform you’re a follower of there are some key things to consider before you dip a toe in tablet town. One of the primary sales points of any tablet is its convenience – the ability to take with you a fully-fledged big screen and internet-enabled device that’s small enough for a large pocket or small handbag. Depending on your budget and needs, you can choose between a WiFi only or WiFi and 3G/4G enabled model. WiFi only models are cheaper, but can limit your ability to get online and negate the point of you buying a tablet in the first place. [Related: Get the best deals on tablets here]WiFi only tablets There are plenty of good reasons to opt for a WiFi-only tablet. The new iPad Mini for example is £100 cheaper as WiFi only, while Google’s Nexus 7 is £40 less. MiFi
10 Steps to a Successful School iPad Program The following is a guest post by Sam Gliksman, one of SimpleK12's presenters. Click here to watch Sam's Webinars inside the Teacher Learning Community. Portions excerpted from new book, "iPad in Education for Dummies" by Sam Gliksman 10 Steps to a Successful School iPad Program iPads have certainly become a highly desired commodity in education. Stated simply, technology alone doesn’t have the capacity to improve education. Well-planned technology deployments have the potential to have a remarkably transformative impact on schools and students. 1. Do you have adequate incoming Internet bandwidth to connect all the devices and use them at the same time? 2. It’s the question that’s rarely discussed before the decision is made to rush out and purchase new technology. 3. There’s a natural inclination to stay in your comfort zone. Technology however has the capacity to empower students and address 21st-century learning objectives. 4. 5. It’s important to remember that iPads are not laptops.
30 Posts About Free Education Technology Tools & Resources | Emerging Internet Technologies for Education The Internet Is Rich With Free Tools for Educators. Here’s A Bunch. I’ve been meaning to put together this list of the many free apps that I’ve blogged about, and make it available as a tabbed section on the site. I’ve got the list mostly together now and realized it would make for a nice mid-week post. All of the articles below reference free technologies and/or resources. The posts are simply listed in alphabetical order (I haven’t quite decided how best to organize them otherwise). Of course, the king of free tech for educators is blogger Richard Byrne and his “Free Tech For Teachers” site. Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):5 Reasons Why Educators Need To Embrace Internet Technologies8 Engaging Videos Advocating Better Integration of Technology in Education5 Educator Guest Posts This Week on Microsoft’s Teacher Tech Blog —————————————————- Upgrade your IT knowledge with pmp dumps. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post
Thinking of Creating an App for your School? Are you thinking of creating a mobile phone app for your school? Having an online web presence is what most schools nowadays would see as an essential resource. And nowadays, with more and more mobile phone owners in a school community, a natural extension might seem to be having a mobile phone app for the school too. Why would a school wish to have a mobile phone app? It can be simply an extension of the online web presence – but websites sometimes don’t display properly in mobile phone screens and so it may be that all that is required is to ensure your existing website can be viewed on mobile devices. Or to ensure your website is designed in such a way that it automatically recognises that it is being viewed on a mobile device and presents a version of the website optimised for better viewing on a mobile device (that might mean fewer graphics displaying so essential information loads quickly and navigation buttons with larger font sizes). So, Mobile App or Mobile Website?
Rebirth of the Teaching Machine through the Seduction of Data Analytics: This Time It's Personal Notions of mechanized teaching machines captured the imagination of many in the late 19th and 20th century. Today, yet again, a new generation of technology platforms promise to deliver “personalized learning” for each and every student. This rebirth of the teaching machine centers on digital software tutors (known as adaptive learning systems) and their grand claims to individualize learning by controlling the pace, place and content for each and every student. This time around, however, it is personal. Personal choice, with centralized control, in an increasingly data driven, standardized and mechanized learning system, has long been a fantasy for many technocrats desperately wanting to (re)shape K-12 teaching and learning with technology. Technologies have amplified our desires for choice, flexibility and individualization in North America, so it is easy to be seduced by a vision of computers delivering only what we want, when, and how we want it customized. The History The Seduction
Teacher Resources: Quizinator for Teachers, Instructors, and HomeSchoolers 10 Great Apps for a Teacher’s New iPad Did you receive a gift of a new iPad this year? If so, you’re probably spending this holiday vacation week trying out all kinds of new apps. Here are ten that I recommend getting started with. Evernote is the Swiss Army knife of iPad apps. I subscribe to the RSS feeds of a few hundred blogs and websites. If you want to make your own short instructional videos for students, Knowmia Teach is an app you have to try. Box is another service that I use for file storage and sharing. It took me a while to come around to Pinterest, but now that I have I really like it. Haiku Deck is an iPad app that all students and teachers should have installed on their iPads. Skitch for iPad is an app that I use when I want to quickly edit, create, and or draw on an image. A couple of years ago a friend of mine set a New Year’s resolution to watch one TED Talk a day. You may have noticed that this list is comprised entirely of free apps. Chrome is the browser that I use 90% of the time that I’m on the web.
The Top 10+ Sites for a Successful 1:1 Laptop Program: Experiences from the Trenches Greetings from Rock Valley, Iowa, the land of cows and corn! As we wind up our school year this week, I have begun reflecting on just how much our approach to educating kids has changed since becoming 1:1 in our middle and high schools. A year ago, I had a classroom of 6th graders. This year, I have transitioned to the role of the district's Technology Integrationist. I was once worried about switching jobs because I might not be busy enough (I'm a type-A, first born). Certainly I must have had a moment of insanity? This open-source software has been our platform on which each teacher is to put his or her classroom information, coursework, links, etc... Google Drive and Google Apps have been a dream. This little sweetheart became my new best friend this year. Wikispaces has been a gem. I suggest this site for those who are willing and able to help those less tech-y. Probably the coolest, free journaling web tool I've run across. I am a big fan of StudyLadder.
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Using the ShowMe app on the iPad's with my class Welcome back to Term 4 here in New Zealand - only 8 weeks to go before the Christmas break - so much to fit in and such little time to do it. I am still fizzing from all of the wonderful things I learnt at ULearn in Rotorua. The ShowMe app on the iPad's is one I downloaded when it first came out but have not had the time to learn more about it or use it. Some of you might remember the work I did with my class with i-can-animate earlier this year making Numeracy videos to show how to use strategies - some of which are on ShowMe makes this video process easy and fun to do. The children picked it up in 10 minutes and made these video's on our first day back in small groups to "Tune in" to what we know about addition and subtraction. Here are some of the video's the children made: Please leave some feedback and leave some links of similar things you have done in your class - I challenge you to put ShowMe in front of your kids and see what they come up with :)
The new Chromebook v. The iPad By Tyler Desharnais As you know BHS uses iPads as our primary technology for learning, but we also have some Chromebooks for use in the library. BHS recently got the newest version of the Chromebook that may outshine the iPad in the learning environment. So how does the new chromebook compare to the iPads we currently have? The Chromebook has full access to all of Google’s services such as Drive, Gmail, calendar, sites, and many others, while the iPad has limited access to just a few of these features such as Gmail, Drive, and search. But as with the iPads there are some drawbacks such as less control over what students do on the devices. Like this: Like Loading...
15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have Check the learning goals below and share with us your feedback. Enjoy 1- My students should be able to create presentations . Here are the apps to help you achieve this goal : Sliderocket Idea Flight3- Slideshark5- SlideGrabber6- Prezi Viewer4- Xavier Presentation 2- My students should be able to create digital stories. 1-StoryKit2- Talking Tom & Ben News3- I Tell a Story4- Scholastic Storia5- Talking Tom Cat6- Toontastic7- Our Story8- Bunsella Bedtimes Story 3- My students should be able to create eBooks . 1- Book Creator for iPad2- eBook Magic3- Demibooks Composer4- Story Patch5- Creative Book Builder 4- My students should be able to print their docs right from their iPad. 1- Epson iPrint2- Print Magic3- ACT Printer4- Doc Printer5- Air Sharing 5- My students should be able to create videos . 1- Animoto Video2- Videolicious3- Vidify app4- ReelDirector5- Magisto6- Super 87- Vintagio8- iMovie 6- I want to Improve my students reading skills. 11- My students should be able to screen share .