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Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools

Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools
Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr: jhaymesisvip Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have gained popularity as educational tools in part because of the belief those devices could cut across the digital divide created by socioeconomic boundaries. Now a new study reinforces that perspective, finding that students’ access to mobile devices, in this country anyway, is more often a question of parents’ attitudes toward mobile learning than a family’s income or the mobile device provisions of that family’s local school district. The report published by Grunwald Associates and the Learning First Alliance with support from AT&T, found that, according to data from a representative nationwide sample of nearly 2,400 parents, more than four in five K-12 students at least occasionally use some sort of computing device, including mobile devices like tablets or smartphones, or laptop computers. Income did affect the number of computing devices per household, however. More from the study: Related:  iPadTIC and technology

iPad in Education Innovative ideas for using iPads in education Inside Thinglink EDU Examples Photo: Also Thinglink EDU Examples The unexpected success of failure How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads / Jonathan Wylie It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. STILL One of the Best Kept Secrets: Pinterest! / Teachers With Apps One of the best kept secrets about social media for edu­ca­tors and stu­dents is Pin­ter­est!

17 Ways Teachers Are Using iPhones In Education Think iPhones don’t belong in the classroom? Well, think again. Technology in higher education is going mobile, and smartphones are becoming more and more ingrained in daily life for faculty and students alike. At Education Dive, we have already looked at the role of Apple’s iPad in schools , as well as some of the major app releases that educations should be paying attention to. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

BYOD Toolkit (1 May 2013 Jisc Legal has published a BYOD toolkit in response to the rise in learners and employees using their personal computing devices (typically smart phones and tablets) in the work and learning environment. The toolkit includes a variety of resources: 1. Your Staff, Mobile Devices, Law and Liability To some extent bring your own device (BYOD) is already happening in your institution. 2. Students will increasingly expect that all information and services currently available from a university or college desktop will be available to them via their mobile device. 3. This paper provides a quick reference for managers as to the main legal risks which need to be assessed against your institution’s risk strategy before opening your institution’s ICT system to mobile access by staff and students using their own devices. 4.

When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom The following post is written by EdTechTeacher’s Shawn McCusker and Beth Holland. They will also be leading EdTechTeacher Summer Workshops in Atlanta , Chicago , and Boston . When we work with schools embarking on 1:1 programs, losing classroom culture often tops the list of concerns. Turning OFF an Elementary Classroom “1-2-3 look at me!” We’d had enough technology, and now it was time to re-engage as a class. Over the years, I established different routines with different groups of students. In an elementary classroom, children bouncing out of their chairs, loud screeching noises, and then occasional slew of waving hands amongst shouts of “it isn’t working” make it obvious to put away the technology. When and Why to Add Technology Though failing to include any technology in the modern classroom is wrong, including too much, or employing it ineffectively, can be equally problematic. At its best, technology enhances, extends or deepens the learning taking place.

Can These iPad Apps Teach Your Kid to Code? - Lauren Goode - Product Reviews The pillars of elementary education in the U.S. — reading, writing, math — have remained the same for a long time. Now another skill set is increasingly coming into focus: Computer programming. This week, I tested two new mobile apps, Kodable and Hopscotch, that are aimed at teaching young children the basic skills necessary for computer programming. What is programming, exactly? Coding tools for kids and beginners are hardly a new thing, but many earlier applications are browser-based, while these apps capitalize on the gravitational pull that tablets seem to have on kids. Kodable, which launched late last year, is aimed at kids in kindergarten through second grade. I found it easy to get the hang of Kodable, which is based on Basic, an early and simple programming language. Hopscotch, on the other hand, is more advanced, aimed at kids age 8 and up. Since I’m a few years beyond fourth grade at this point, it’s tough for me to approach these apps exactly as a child would.

48 Free Education Apps Sorted By Grade Level 5 Useful iPhone Apps For Student Bloggers 10.32K Views 0 Likes Student blogging is a wonderful way to get into the world of online writing and learning. These iPhone apps for student bloggers will enhance their skills. 6 Interactive Storytelling Apps For Younger Students Digitally Confident | Adults Our phones have become an integral part of our lives, and have fundamentally changed the way we work, the way we navigate the world, and the way we communicate with friends and family. But do smartphones with all their interactive, location, and connectivity features and apps compromise our privacy and information security? Justin Cappos, an assistant professor at NYU-Poly, is an expert in the field of cyber security, and he does NOT own a cell phone. He argues that the smartphone is the ultimate tracking device, and that pre-installed and cheaper applications may be aiming to monitor your mobile behavior rather than keep you entertained. Watch below as Cappos and his colleague Prof.

The Teacher's Guide To Using Badges In Your Classroom What encourages students to do well in school? Often, it comes down to grades. Many students will work harder in order to earn a higher grade. Colleges want to see good grades. Parents want to see good grades. Unfortunately, some students are not motivated by grades. Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts Boys and girls in the scouting program earn patches for three things: progressing through the scouting program, attending a special event, or accomplishing a specific goal. The patches are a source of pride to the scout who earned them, and they are a way to show off what they have accomplished to others. The values of every organization change, and when that happens new badges are created to encourage members to gain those skills. The Use Of Badges In The Military The Scouts’ use of badges was borrowed from the military which has been utilizing badges for hundreds of years. Video Game Achievements Badges from the video game Crysis – via MadMagnet Some of the achievements are very specific . Targets

10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom If you haven’t heard of 20% time in the classroom , the premise is simple: Give your students 20% of their class time to learn what they want. Yes, that’s it. Below is a list of the 10 reasons you should consider 20% time in your school, and you will not regret making that choice! 1. You will join a great community of learners When I first did the 20% project with my students I didn’t have a community of teachers or learners. 2. One of the major issues we face in schools today is covering a wide breadth of information, instead of allowing students to get a real depth of knowledge. 3. When students in my school have their pitch day, they get to share with the entire class what they are working on. 4. Too often our students complete assignments for the grade. 5. Randy Pausch famously said, “If you think you can’t learn and have fun at the same time. 6. It doesn’t matter if you teach elementary, middle, or high school. 7. 8. 9. 10. Have you seen Caine’s arcade ?

6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads The following post is written by Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher . Join EdTechTeacher at the iPad Summit in Atlanta on April 10-12. The app store is loaded with options that allow students to create content on their iPads. From comic strip creators to mind maps, video editing and publishing, screencasting & digital books, the options for individual student creation are expanding. However, collaboration between students is often a critical component of any classroom activity or project and increasingly there are options available that allow for collaborative efforts across iPads. Below are six ways to support collaboration between student iPads that cover the spectrum of creation options that range from text to digital storytelling to video creation. Explain Everything ($2.99) A flexible and powerful screen casting option, students and teachers can collaborate on screencasts by exporting Explain Everything project files from an iPad. Google Drive (Free) BookCreator ($4.99) Subtext (free) Diigo

Younity Makes All Your Files Available Everywhere You Need Them AUSTIN — We’ve all been there: You get to the office only to realize you left the document you were working on all night at home. Enter Younity, a service that attempts to make all of your files available on all your devices whenever you want them, with no need to intentionally sync those files to make them available. The company started working on the idea in 2010, but raised its first bit of capital and began building a team in late 2011. We caught up with Younity’s CEO and co-founder Erik Caso to learn a little more. What does Younity do? Younity lets you have all your files, on all your devices, all the time — without syncing or planning ahead and without incompatibilities or storage limits, magic folders, configuration or management of any kind. Younity is about easy, instant access to all types of files, but especially media libraries. What made you start the company? It was born out of necessity. While I used (and still use) services like Dropbox, I ran out of storage immediately.

The Teacher's Guide To Google Glass If you’re as excited as Katie and me about Google Glass, this post is for you. We like to take on the latest technology and see how it fits into education. If it doesn’t, we typically don’t write about it or will mention it in passing. But the potential for Google Glass in education is just too great. Once the expensive pair of glasses actually makes it into the hands of a teacher, the typical lecture will become something totally different. What Is Google Glass? Before we start, let’s talk about what Google Glass is (and what it isn’t). How Does Google Glass Work? Rather than give you a lengthy description of the intimate details, I’ve decided to let the Googlers do that. How To Get Google Glass It’s actually a bit late to get in on the beta testing but you can still stay informed and get alerts about when it’ll be available for you. However, there are reports that it’ll be available in 2014 for about $1,500 or so. How Teachers Can Use Google Glass How To Use Google Glass