7 essential criteria for evaluating mobile educational applications As an instructional designer, I have had the opportunity to not only design online and face-to-face training programmes but also to evaluate eLearning courseware and suggest improvements in order to validate its relevance and effectiveness. Graphic design, instructional strategies, assessment instruments, media integration and interactivity levels are some of the aspects I often consider when evaluating eLearning. Now, as I am making a transition from eLearning to mLearning design, I have started to rethink how to approach the creation phase and also, the evaluation of prototypes and mobile apps. In this post, I´d like to share some criteria I have drafted by drawing upon some of the basic considerations to evaluate learning products and by applying them to mobile apps. Criterion 1: Content Besides, the app’s focus has a strong connection to the learning purposes, which have been narrowly defined. Criterion 2: Personalization Criterion 3: Meaningful Feedback Like this: Like Loading...
24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know If you’re a teacher or administrator who has been to an educational conference or sat in on a product demo featuring the latest classroom innovation, you know that the intersection of schools and technology is littered with buzzwords. From mLearning to mobile apps to asynchronous instruction, the ed-tech landscape is equal parts high-gloss marketing and roll-up-your-sleeves instruction. In the face of increased pressure to improve student performance, how can K–12 educators cut through the promotional hyperbole and put the focus where it should be — on classroom improvements? It helps if you speak the language. This Ed Tech Cheat Sheet, which we first encountered on the Mr. Are there any other terms you’d like to see on this list? L'école passe à l'ère du iPad (vidéo) | Justine Mercier | Actualités régionales Au Collège Nouvelles Frontières de Gatineau, les élèves de trois groupes utilisent une tablette en classe, autant pour le français, les mathématiques, l'histoire ou les arts plastiques. Cette école secondaire privée a pris ce virage technologique en débutant par un projet pilote, en septembre dernier. Dès la prochaine rentrée, près de 40% des élèves y traîneront un iPad en classe. «On a pu observer des conclusions qui étaient satisfaisantes, comme la motivation des élèves et leur organisation, indique Roxane Saumier, directrice des services pédagogiques par intérim. Sarah-Jessica Bergeron n'avait jamais touché à un iPad avant d'en obtenir un pour l'école. « C'est bien plus facile pour l'organisation et c'est bien plus le fun d'apprendre quand tu peux vraiment toucher les affaires, lance la jeune fille. [...] Éric Morneau avait pour sa part déjà manipulé une tablette Apple, mais jamais pour des travaux scolaires. Stimuler la créativité
9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class 1- Uniflip UniFlip converts your magazine, brochure or catalog from its original PDF format into an exciting, professional multi-media digital format with pages that flip. 2-Joomag Joomag is a web tool that lets you create your own magazines using a simple online editor. You can draw shapes, write texts, add rich media elements like video and audio players. 3- Scribd Scribd is known for being a reading library where you can search for and find ebooks and slides but it is also a magazine creator which allows users to upload their own content and turn it into a magazine 4- Issuu This is like Scribd above. 5- Zinepal This tools lets you create an ebook or magazine from posts and articles of a blog. 6- Build A Newspaper This one is a professional platform that provides teacher based templates to create mazagines. 7- Fodey This is most simple of all the tools mentioned here. 8- Open Zine 9- Calameo Publish your magazine, presentations or documents and share them with the world.
How To Be A Terrible iPad Teacher I published this off my site: teachingwithipad.org about a month ago. I hope you enjoy the read. Please leave any comments that may be useful. The following is a list, written in the first-person, of ideologies or stances from a Terrible iPad Teacher: 1. 2. 3. 4. Above: A search for "Education" in the App store yields over 10,000 results. 5. 6. Above: Explain Everything records visual and audio for your classes Above: Haiku Deck offers beautiful (and free!) 7. 8. Above: While the pre-installed apps on an iPad are great, there is just so much more available 9. 10. All of us have been guilty of at least some of the list at least once. Further reading: iPads: Creation vs. iPad is right for PE! iPaddiction: Creation Apps Used on the iPad Do you have any other tips for iPad teachers? Did you like this post? Authors: Steve Lai (@sly111) is a French Teacher from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada in his twelfth year of teaching.
The greatest creative writing activity ever UPDATE: This post was awarded the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for February, 2013. Thanks to all those who voted for my work, you’re awesome. This post is a response to a question posed on the British Council’s Teaching English page on Facebook: ‘Have you got a favourite lesson plan or class activity that you come back to and use again and again? What does it consist of? Ok, let me dive straight into it. First, I’ll describe the activity, and then I’ll tell you why it’s great. 1. How long have you been on the planet? 2. You are going to write a paragraph that tells a story.Your paragraph will be a response to these questions.Any sentence you write is OK, but you must follow the sequence of questions.You can ask me for help while you are writing. 3. What kind of language might we use to answer the first question? 4. Twenty minutes is long enough for most to finish. 5. Why does this work so well? 1. ‘When did you arrive on the planet?’ You can equally make it more complex: 2.
The Ultimate Printable Guide To The Apple iPad There are a lot of quick and useful guides about the Apple iPad. Designed to be simple and show you how to do a couple quick things, these guides are helpful. But it’s rare for such a detailed guide to be made available for free and be actually up to date. It’s useful. Click the image(s) below to view the full-size PDF version of the guide. Alternative Video Use in the Flipped Classroom Guest post by FLN executive director, Kari Arfstrom. Recently, you may have heard about flipped learning. If you read any professional journals or education publications over the summer break, most of them have written at least one story on this new ideology. Every education blogger seems to have an opinion on the topic as well. National news organizations like CNN and NPR have covered it, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, which has done multiple stories. Your local newspaper or TV station may have run a story on a school in your area. Survey says: Flipped learning boosts grades, attitudes, satisfaction You may have decided to flip your classroom (or are thinking about it) to increase student interest and learning, to stave off doing the “same thing day after day,” and to utilize past technology purchases that can finally be realized as increasing satisfaction for both teachers and students. Where and how to use video: 6 styles with examples Can’t see the video?
Le iPad en classe : solution miracle? | Opinions Avec le temps, on s'est rendu compte que les possibilités de la tablette électronique sont immenses. Plus intuitive qu'un portable, surtout auprès de jeunes enfants, la tablette numérique a aussi l'avantage de la portabilité (plus petite, plus légère) et, combinée à un accès souvent facile et rapide à Internet, les possibilités en sont décuplées. On constate aujourd'hui que la jeune génération semble avoir une affinité particulière avec ce gadget, plusieurs l'adoptant bien avant l'école, souvent avec encore la couche aux fesses! Des résultats L'intérêt pour l'intégration d'une tablette numérique comme l'iPad en éducation n'est pas dénué de fondements. - dans un district, 266 enfants de plusieurs garderies ont été évalués sur leurs aptitudes en littératie. - dans une école primaire, toujours en mathématiques, des jeunes de cinquième année ont testé un jeu utilisant les fractions. Des considérations Cela ayant été démontré, des bémols s'imposent.