iPad Apps for School | The Best iOS Apps for Students and Teachers 2012 iMore editors choice awards iMore honors the very best iOS devices and features, news and events, apps and accessories of 2012 They're what change the way you have fun and get things done. What make you replace what's in your pocket, in your lap, on your Home screen, in your workflow, and on your mind. What challenges your preconceptions, has you instantly forget what came before, and make it impossible to imagine how you'd do without them. They're the devices, events, apps, and games that affected us the most, and they're our 2012 editors choice award winners. Device of the year: iPhone 5 The iPhone 5 was rebuilt from casing to processor. iPhone 5 review Story of the year: Tim Cook's Apple Some years it's one single event, one person, one thing, that stands out from all the rest. Failure of the year: Apple online services It would be easy to point the finger at iOS 6 Maps as being the single biggest point of failure for Apple this year. iPhone social app of the year: Twitterrific 5 iPad utility of the year: 1Password 4
Internet Security | Cloud Security Solutions 6 Helpful Tips For The 1 iPad Classroom by Ben Lovegrove, inkids.com.au While most educators and teachers are aware of the benefits that can arise in the classroom through the use of iPads and tablets, budgetary constraints can often limit the way that technology can be used to augment learning activities in smaller schools (or school districts). In many cases, schools find that the money required to buy iPads for an entire class would be better spent on other equipment or products but this doesn’t mean that the classroom should be an iPad free zone. There are countless benefits to be gained from having one or two iPads in the classroom a single device can still be a useful asset for your classroom for lesson planning and supporting curriculum. There are several ways that teachers can make effective use of a small number of iPads in a classroom here are some ideas to get you started. 6 Helpful Tips For The 1 iPad Classroom 1. 2. 3. 4. Again, only 1 iPad is required. 5. 6.
25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty In case you haven’t heard the news, we’re putting out a special mini-issue early next week. It’ll be available in the Edudemic Magazine iPad app and, best of all, FREE to subscribers! If you’re not (yet) a subscriber, it’ll be just $0.99. The following is an excerpt from just one of the articles in the mini-issue. So you’ve got one or a few iPads that you want to use in the classroom. 15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps Mindmapping is the process of drawing up diagrams that show relations between various ideas, tasks or information. For many of us this shows to actually be a way of taking notes that can be more useful than just writing down keywords or sentences like we do on a to-do list. By drawing mind maps you actually visualize your tasks and how each task can influence each other in a better way, making your brain remember more easily and/or come up with new ideas. The Tools There are various tools for mindmapping out there, both free and paid versions. The ones that require any installation, can be run on all platforms that support Java unless something else is specified. Freemind ↓ I found the application quick to install and very easy to understand, – which is probably why it is one of the more popular. You can download Freemind here. Xmind ↓ Xmind has a more professional business-like look compared to FreeMind. You can download Xmind here. Bubbl.US ↓ Web application. MindMeister ↓ Freeplane ↓ Bookvar ↓
6 Best iPad Security Apps The best iPad security apps are here to protect all sorts of content stored on your tablet. Whether its pictures, music, files, folders, documents, emails or any other type of data, you can be sure that they’ll be out of harm’s way and away from prying eyes, just as long as the software options sit snuggly in the gadget. Like any other tech device, the Apple slab is also susceptible to various threats like viruses, internet malware and harmful external factors. So if you want to keep your slate secure, do give our array a glance and download an app or two that fits your requirement list just right. 1 – Find My iPhone: Don’t worry. Thereon, you can choose to remotely lock your device, erase the data or opt for displaying a message or playing a sound at full volume, even if your device was on silent mode. Price: Free 2 – 1Password for iPad: From declaring a free app, we now move on to the next contender in our iPad security apps roster which will cost you a little under $10. Price: $9.99
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A List of Great Checklists Every Teacher should Have Checklists are tools that we the teachers and educators use probably on everyday basis.Obviously, they have several advantages as shown below and I personally love them. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been publishing some great checklists over the last couple of years. We have decided to go through all of them and come up with the list below. Some of the checklists are new and have been included here for the first time. Some advantages of Checklists ? As we said before, checklists have several pluses and here are some of them : Checklists provide you with a roadmap of the trajectory your work, plans..etc will takeThey organize what should be accomplished so that nothing is left behindThey give a sense of priority to the things that need to be done firstThey also help you attain your objectives and plan for next ones Here are some important checklists you need to have . 1- Teaching with Technology A Basic Checklist Download it HERE
The iPad and Parental Engagement in Education Parents have a very different perspective. Whilst educators wax lyrical about the potential of the iPad for learning, there are concerns from parents about its impact on their child. Or so we thought. All parents of iPad trial students were asked to complete a questionnaire, attend a focus group meeting and email any further thoughts to inform the decision making progress for future iPad use. Below are direct responses to questions from the focus group where parents were encouraged to discuss with each other the various advantages and disadvantages of the iPad for learning. Have you noticed any change in the way your child approaches learning?. As suspected the increased motivation and collaboration we have witnessed from students has also been observed at home. What are the disadvantages of the iPad in the learning process? Blurring the boundary between work and playAddictive nature of the deviceDoes it detract from the need for good handwriting? Like this: Like Loading...
The Big List Of 100 Tools, Tips And Tricks To Work More Efficiently Online By Alyssa Aldersley , visit Buffer . What does it take to be productive? It’s a question I often ask myself and to be honest I don’t have a great answer for it yet. One key discovery I’ve made over the past year or so is that I need to have great habits in place. That’s why I’m working on a solid running routine and on a set wake-up time and sleep time. One other realization I had is that, as I now spend so much of my day working online, there are a heap of new apps being created all the time to help us all become more productive. That’s why I thought of compiling a full list of 100 tools, tips and tricks for you to reflect a bit on your own productivity. Of course, a sure fire way to fail might be to try and use all 100, which Joel pointed out to me when we discussed this post! 10 awesome music sites to get into your zone When Leo recently wrote about Multitasking , one of the most interesting aspects was that music doesn’t actually contribute to us being distracted when we work. 1. 4.
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50 Apps In 50 Minutes LACUE 30hands Mobile is a fun and innovative storytelling app that allows students, teachers and anyone with creativity to easily create stories or presentations based on photos, images or slides using a smart phone or tablet. Different from other presentation apps, 30hands Mobile focuses on the power of storytelling. Like pages in a book, photos or images are dragged around the desktop into the order of the story. Next, the teacher or student records audio over each image. Finally, the story or presentation can be published to the device’s photo area or uploaded to a 30hands collaborative learning site. Uses: In class stories or presentationsSynchronized slide + audio lectures for flipping the classroomAudio-enhanced image portfoliosForeign language "spoken" flashcardsPhoto-enhanced audio interviewsFun photo memories with audioWhatever you can creatively come up with using images + audio Users include Students, Teachers, Presenters, Photographers, Bloggers, Journalists, Artists, Families
Data and Analysis of a High School 1:1 iPad Program. « The Westlake Initiative for Innovation (WIFI) project launched in August of 2011 in the Eanes Independent School District. The objectives – create a culture of digital and global learning, increase the relevance of education in real-world scenarios, and allow for a more individualized, flexible and differentiated learning via 1:1 iPads for every Junior and Senior level student. When the WIFI project began, those may have been the focal points of introducing a new tool into an already successful high school environment, but as our data and focus-group studies have shown us, there were a lot of other unintended outcomes as a result of this pilot. In October of 2011, students and teachers were surveyed about the use of iPads in their classes. Since only those 38 teachers that were actually in the WIFI program were required to have some sort of integrated instruction with the iPad, some students were in classes that weren’t required to integrate these. Survey Questions and Data – Like this: