The Obvious, the Easy, and the Possible Much of the tension in product development and interface design comes from trying to balance the obvious, the easy, and the possible. Figuring out which things go in which bucket is critical to fully understanding how to make something useful. Shouldn’t everything be obvious? Unless you’re making a product that just does one thing — like a paperclip, for example — everything won’t be obvious. You have to make tough calls about what needs to be obvious, what should be easy, and what should be possible. Handy YouTube Tools for Teachers Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000's of topics. I have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube. Some are for the creation end, while some are for the consumption end. Reaching out and asking questions are great ways to learn about the teaching...
25 Useful Tools for Instagram Instagram needs no introduction as it is one of the most popular online photo sharing apps nowadays and has got a huge and loyal user base. It allows sharing your photos instantly online. Instagram is very addictive and interesting and people from all over the world use Instagram. It was first launched as an app for iPhone and was a huge success. Its Android app was also launched last year which has added to the popularity and success of this app. Engage students with interactive images and videos — thinglink ThingLink for teachers and schools Create visual experiences for student-centered learning Start now Trusted Partners Windows Editors and Shells Next up in my #davegoeswindows series, I’m talking about Editors and Shells. Throughout my journey, I’ve used quite a few different text editors and shells. It was unexpected but turned out to be a very welcome adventure. The Quest for Rsync On my Mac, I used rsync over ssh to deploy my blog. I love the simplicity of it.
7 Great Tools for Creating Flipped Lessons from Existing Videos When they are used in the right context flipped lessons can be a good complement to classroom instruction. Not everyone has the time or skill to make effective instructional videos for their students. In those cases you can take advantage of the millions of hours of instructional videos found on YouTube and other video sharing sites. But don't just have your students watch the videos then come back to your classroom. Have them answer some specific questions that you build into the instructional videos that you find online then share with your students.
5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use . EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration. While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them. 1) Focusing on content apps The most common mistake teachers make with iPads is focusing on subject-specific apps.
The 21 Best Designed Apps of 2015 — Startups + Wanderlust + Life Hacking The 21 Best Designed Apps of 2015 And the Must-Know Mobile Trends They Highlight 2015 is officially the year of the smartwatch, with early estimates suggesting that 30 million units will be sold come December. The moment Apple divulged its plans to develop a timepiece, a groundswell of coverage began to dissect the pros and cons: Do we need smartwatches?