Teaching with Apps "Laptop Kits" for Using Computers in the Classroom This post was originally published in June, but I am "recycling" it again to link up with Debbie Clement's post on Classroom Organization Tips. Check out Debbie's AMAZING (and comprehensive!) post where she discusses tips and materials for organizing your classroom. In order to run smoothly, in my opinion, a classroom needs routines and systems. My thirty-four sixth graders have been lucky enough to have netbooks for the past two years. Having computers in the classroom leads to the need for several systems to keep the use of technology as easy and efficient as possible. It was quickly clear that students were collecting a variety different things necessary for using the computers, particularly ear buds or headphones. And so was the origin of our "Laptop kits." And inside the bag are the components necessary for students to work successfully (and independently) on the netbooks... Some students have traditional headphones (These won't fit in the bag. And WHAT is this?
5 Ways the BYOD Model Can Benefit Special Education Classrooms We have a love-hate thing going with the idea of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) classroom. We love that each student in a BYOD classroom has the ability to work on the technology with which they are most comfortable. And we really love that teachers don't have to deal with the logistics of school-owned technology. But we really don't like the fact that teachers in BYOD schools have to adapt their lessons to work on a variety of mediums and with a variety of platforms. That said, there's a lot to love with the BYOD model, especially when it comes to special education. Benefit #1: Students Choose the Tech That Fits Them Best We all have our technology preferences and the last thing a student needs is to get used to one type of technology at home and be forced to use another at school. Benefit #2: Students Can Download the Apps They Need The big catch with school-owned technology is that oftentimes students aren't allowed to download applications to the devices.
iPad Apps that work with Smartboards The iPad looks amazing when projected onto a large screen. The students in a 1 to 1 iPad classroom gets to see the apps at work. Have a look at the list below to see if any of these might be useful in your classroom. If you have others that should be added to this list please leave a comment with the name of the app and we will add it to the list. Doceri: FREE Turn your iPad and classroom computer into an Interactive Whiteboard with Doceri. Imagine the freedom to move around the room, interact with your students and never turn your back to the class. SplashTop: $5.49 AU This is the ONLY remote desktop app that streams video and audio from your PC or Mac, allowing you to interact with your PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Firefox, Safari, World of Warcraft, and other PC / MAC applications. Exploriments Series:
AIA Drama Blog Under Ten Minutes | How to use Education Technology quickly. ActivInspire is predominantly used as a teacher tool for presenting information to children but it shares many similarities with other tools such as PowerPoint and can therefore be used by children quite easily too. Each page is similar to a PowerPoint slide and it can contain images, information and links to other resources. This video gives a quick overview of how to create a flipchart using ActivInspire. This video is also available to view Vimeo by clicking here. 2Sequence is a tool that is part of Purple Mash. To view this video on Vimeo, click here. Isle of Tune (www.isleoftune.com) is a website that starts with a blank green island. Islands can be shared via a URL and popular islands can be viewed too. To view the video on Vimeo, click here. The Zondle site recently went through some refurbishments. The video is on YouTube, if you can’t access the video, try this link instead. The old Zondle video is here. If you can’t access YouTube, use this Vimeo link instead YouTube: Vimeo:
44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class (Part 1) - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 - This week an online article grabbed my attention. Its title read “94 Percent of High School Students Using Cellphones in Class.” I immediately scoped out the heading and thought to myself, “Finally, teachers are beginning to embrace the powerful little gadgets.” However, it did not take me long to realize the researched article took quite a different slant. One quotation in particular caused serious professional introspection on my behalf. I understand the tougher task of using regular cell phones in class versus internet ready smartphones, however , I could not disagree more with the above quotation. A blessed trip to the ISTE 2011 conference in Philadelphia helped me devise a BYOD classroom management plan and opened my eyes to the infinite educational potential of smartphones in the classroom. However, one of my toughest baseball coaches once said, “Potential and a dollar will get you a Coke.” Use Smartphones to Collaborate Use Smartphones to Communicate Use Smartphones to Create
5 Must-Know Tips For Deploying iPads In Your Classroom If you’re looking to deploy iPads in education, you may think that it’s just a matter of expense and storage. Those things are big, but they’re not the biggest problems you’ll face. In fact, this is one of those situations where money is the least of your troubles. I was chatting with an Edudemic reader this week who wanted to know a few tips and tricks about deploying iPads in his classroom this coming school year. How many devices can use one Apple ID? This is a question that pops up all the time. But long story short, it varies. Basically, you should plan on using free apps for the most part as these are easy to install on any device you have, no matter how many Apple IDs you have / need. How do I store all these various devices? There’s more to storing all these devices than just locking them away in a cabinet you already have. In order to properly store, you’ll also want to have the iPads, Macbooks, iPod Touches, Android devices, etc. all charging at the same time.
Mobile Learning Guide Part 1: Designing it right | Elearning Reports Mobile learning has pushed beyond the ‘what if’ hype to ‘what now’. But how do you get there? We’ve identified a core set of learning design models to help internal teams. Even inexperienced practitioners can quickly understand these models and easily apply them to the vast majority of learning requirements that come their way. Mark Harrison worked with Cammy Bean to put together this guide to present models that combine some of the best principles and leading practices gained from our years of research and experience in the UK and USA. Our guide on designing mobile elearning focuses on: 10 design tips for designing mobile e-learning to make an impact10 examples of where and how to use mobile to best effect It’s part one of a series of free guides on mobile learning in practice. Download Mobile Learning Guide Part 1 (10.47MB, PDF) View part's 2 and 3 of the guide by clicking the links below: