Read to Lead: How to Digest Books Above Your “Level” I shouldn’t be able to read most of the books on my shelf. I never took a single classical history class and I cheated through most of Economics 001. Still, the loci of my library are Greek History and Applied Economics. And though they often are beyond me educationally, I’m able to comprehend them because of some equalizing tricks. This is how I break down a new book: Before the First Page Break out of the School Mindset Almost everything you learn in the classroom is tainted by the fact that ultimately teachers have to test you on it. When you read History of the Peloponnesian War, the countries involved in the conflict between Corinth and Corcyra is not really worth remembering. From Seneca: “We haven’t time to spare to hear whether it was between Italy and Sicily that he ran into a storm or somewhere outside the world we know–when every day we’re running into our own storms, spiritual storms, and driven by vice into all the troubles that Ulysses ever knew.” Ruin the Ending Read the Intro
10 ways to use iBook Author in education EdTech Published on December 29th, 2013 | by Mark Anderson Obviously not exhaustive, but a few more ‘creative’ ideas for using Apple’s brilliant free piece of software, iBook Author rather than the traditional ways you might use it. 1 – An obvious use it to write your own iBook about your teaching practice, so that you can share your ideas with the wider education community. 2 – It would be a really effective way of collecting and presenting the work of an action research group, so that you can publish your findings if appropriate. 3 – Students can also be able to use iBook Author, and it would be an excellent culmination to an extended project, or learning aim that had to have a public outcome. 4 – You could use iBook Author to write about what your school has been doing to reach other stakeholder groups, such as governors or parents. 5 – Enrichment groups could also use iBook Author to encourage other students to participate in their activities. What do you think?! About the Author
iPad in the Classroom – Can we make it simpler? | dedwards.me With many educational institutions choosing to use tablets for learning, it can be quite intimidating for teachers when faced with so many applications. The diagram below serves to illustrate that less than 20 core apps can play a significant part in the learning process and hopefully temper any trepidation. (with thanks to Greg Hughes @deepexperience1 for his ideas and input) The apps indicated serve to enhance or modify existing practice with scope to be transformational. The extent to which the learning environment can be changed is up to the educator and students. Twitter and Skype are part of many students’ lives, with immediate contact and communication a must. A PDF annotator and Skitch (with the ability to annotate images) might take a little more getting used to, but are invaluable to the educator with tablets in the classroom. Perhaps the most important collaborative tool however is GoogleDrive. (with thanks to dc12norfolk) (with thanks to Ron Bosch) (with thanks to XMA4education)
Por qué usar Keynote en vez de PowerPoint ¿Office o iWork? Es lo mismo de siempre, así que hoy vamos a mojarnos un poco. PowerPoint lleva más años en el mercado que Keynote, pero el programa de Apple brilla con luz propia con sus presentaciones. Vamos a exponer las ventajas que aporta Keynote sobre PowerPoint y comprobaremos que deberíamos considerar el uso de Keynote si queremos empezar a hacer presentaciones espectaculares. Hoy volvemos con nuestro especial de iWork vs Office en el que os mostramos por qué razones preferimos usar uno de los programas de la suite de Apple en vez de su homónimo en Microsoft Office para Mac. Si el otro día hablábamos de Pages y Word, hoy vamos a sacar a relucir los aspectos más positivos de Keynote y por qué deberíamos usarlo si somos usuarios de OS X en vez de PowerPoint. Quizás la batalla más grande está precisamente entre estos dos programas, ya que la diferencia de las presentaciones entre uno y otro son bastante grandes, y una presentación hecha con Keynote brilla por sí misma. Keynote Remote
Excellent iPad Apps to Create Interactive eBooks for Teachers and Students Yesterday when I was talking about the 22 rules for effective digital storytelling, I mentioned writing stories as one motivational factor that helps students get engaged in their writing.Students find it easier to connect to their writing when it centers around their own experiences they have lived in their immediate environments. Another strategy to use to enhance your students writing and get them motivated to write is to provide them with simple and easy to use platforms to publish their work. Knowing that their final product is going to be published somewhere for others to view and read may drive them to write diligently to satisfy their writing egos. There are actually several web tools that students can use to publish and share their writings with others, here is a list of the best platforms you can recommend for your students. 1- Creative Book Builder Creative Book Builder enables everyone to create, edit and publish ebooks in a few minutes on the go. 2- Book Creator for iPad
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18 advanced iBooks Author tips EmailShare 118EmailShare Last year I started working with iBooks Author and made my first iBook to use in class. A year later, I now have about 8 iBooks under my belt. At the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2013 in Cork I was lucky enough to spend two times a whole hour with people from the Duarte team (the people behind some great iBook Author Text Books and The Inconvenient Truth Slideshow). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.” 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Related posts:
How To Password Protect Your USB Stick: 3 Easy Ways USB thumb drives are small, portable, and can be read on any device with a USB port. These features make them the perfect vehicles to transport data between computers. Due to their portability, however, they are also easily lost. Thus sensitive files callired on a USB stick should always be protected. Unfortunately, you cannot simply password protect your entire USB stick, like you have password protected your Facebook account. 1. As mentioned above, you can’t safely password protect your entire USB stick without using encryption. Many programs, including Word and Excel, allow you to save files with a password. 2. Many tools can encrypt and password protect your data. Rohos Mini Drive, on the other hand, is a tool that will work whether or not you possess Administrator rights. Once you have created a password protected and encrypted container on your external drive, you can open it by clicking the Rohos Mini.exe icon from the root folder. 3. Additional Material
Book Creator, creación de libros multimedia Una de las características mas conocidas de los dispositivos móbiles en las aulas es la gran oportunidad que nos ofrecen como herramienta de creación de contenidos multimédia. Book Creator es una aplicación para iPad que permite a nuestros alumnos crear y publicar libros multimedia. Como tal, la aplicación permite gestionar distintos tipos de contenidos, se puede añadir texto, imágenes, vídeo y audio, ofreciendo a los alumnos una gran diversidad de materials para que ilustren sus aprendizajes de un modo distinto al que estan acostumbrados y en formato digital. Es suficiente tener un dominio básico del iPad para empezar a darle forma a un libro. Se puede elegir el tamaño del libro, el color de fondo, el texto y color y tamaño de este. A partir de este momento el alumno elige las imágenes tomadas por él mismo o guardadas en su carrete. Una vez creados los libros, la aplicación los guarda en formato epub para ser leído en cualquier dispositivo móbil.
Prss is trying to design the iPad publishing app that Apple never built A Netherlands-based company wants to revolutionize iPad publishing. In much the same way that Quark enabled desktop publishing in the eighties and platforms like WordPress and Tumblr allowed anyone to cheaply and easily set up their own blog in the aughts, Prss wants to put iPad publishing in the hands of people who lack programming skills. The app is the latest in a series of tools that democratize publications, giving high-level capabilities to those who want to distribute their message but don’t necessarily have the technical skills. The idea for Prss came after entrepreneur Michel Elings and longtime travel writer and photographer Jochem Wijnands constructed their own iPad publication called TRVL. “In the two-and-a-half years that we publsihed TRVL, we didn’t see something that did justice to the iOS platform,” Elings told me. After devising a “cookbook” of all the features they wanted, with an eye toward capitalizing on the iPad’s native features for interactivity, TRVL was born.
Harold Bloom Creates a Massive List of Works in The "Western Canon": Read Many of the Books Free Online I have little desire to rehash the politics, but the facts are plain: by the time I arrived in college as an undergraduate English major in the mid-90s, the idea of the “Western Canon” as a container of—in the words of a famous hymn—“all that’s good, and great, and true” was seriously on the wane, to put it mildly. And in many quarters of academia, mention of the name of Yale literary critic Harold Bloom provoked, at the very least, a raised eyebrow and pointed silence. Bloom’s reputation perhaps unfairly fell victim to the so-called “Canon Wars,” likely at times because of a misidentification with political philosopher Allan Bloom. That Bloom was himself no ideologue, writes Jim Sleeper; he was a close friend of Saul Bellow and “an eccentric interpreter of Enlightenment thought who led an Epicurean, quietly gay life.” Nonetheless, his fiery attack on changing academic values, The Closing of the American Mind, became a textbook of the neoconservative right. A: “The Theocratic Age” Italy