Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps Published Online: January 25, 2012 By Jennie Magiera In the fall of 2010, I was awarded a grant that brought 32 iPads to my classroom. I had high hopes that this would revolutionize teaching and learning in my class. These devices would help me to create a magical, collaborative learning environment that met all my students’ individual needs. The iPads arrived two days before my students, and I quickly made plans to integrate them into our curriculum. I asked myself: "What have we been doing so far with this technology?" The problem, I began to realize, was my own understanding of how the iPads should be utilized in the classroom. A year and a half later, I know a little more about what that really means. Break down to rebuild. Redefine with a goal in mind. • I created interactive video mini-lessons to increase differentiation. • I used online student surveys and audio/visual apps such as Toontastic to allow my students to voice their emotions, curiosities, and academic goals in private.
Apps To Help You Deal With Too Many Apps When you see as many apps as we do at RWW, you begin to feel like it's all been done. So many of the everyday jobs for apps to do can already be done by at least one app (if not dozens). How many ways can you share photos with your friends? How many social networks and check-ins and restaurant-discovery services do we need? Lately, we've started to see a new class of app emerge just for managing these tasks across their various apps. The idea of apps for our apps sounds ridiculous, but some of them are neat, and some are downright lifesavers. Viewing Photos A photo app called Pixable exists just to pull the photos from your Facebook and Twitter feeds into one attractive place. Hopefully the creators will roll Instagram, Google+ and a few other services into this app. Videos For viewing all the videos in your various social networks, Showyou is amazing. Showyou is available for iOS devices and the Kindle Fire. Files If you need to find files that could be anywhere, Greplin can help. Places
iPad Evaluation Mr. Kremer's Blog Dark Side of the iPad ~ Collecting student projects is difficult! Since its release the iPad has garnered arguments regarding whether it is primarily a device for consumption or creation. I have always believed that it is a device capable of creation. One simply needs to consider apps such as Avid Studio, DemiBooks Composer, Pages, Keynote, Minecraft Pocket Edition, Art Rage, SketchBook Pro, Comic Life and many others. These and many other apps all allow the user to tap into their talents and produce output of which they can be proud. Of course the iPad is also a worthy consumption device. [Note: A number of readers have begun adding comments below which may also interest you. The Dark Side Yet, the iPad has a dark side. Which interface!? Imagine that the students have created an elegant report in Pages, a short movie in Avid Studio or a sketch in Art Rage. Transferring files is not easily accomplished, if at all. Why? So, what are some of the stumbling blocks? Educators and other iPad users have written about this dilemma. This is madness. iTunes DropBox
Android Apps - Essential Android App Reviews & News from Recombu Apps 6 days ago | POSTED IN Android The Olympics may be over but the 2012 summer sporting season is only just getting started. Come 3 o’clock tomorrow from Upton Park to Emirates football stadiums across the country will be brimming ... last week | POSTED IN Android Gamers the world over who’ve spent any time in front of a mouse and keyboard over a console controller should be familiar with the Steam brand. 2 weeks ago | POSTED IN Android As movie franchises go, you can't get much bigger than Batman. 3 weeks ago | POSTED IN Android The Olympic games are finally here. 1 month ago | POSTED IN Android With the Olympic Games finally here, London is bracing themselves for the slew of tourists and athletes expected to engulf the city for the duration of the event. If you've managed to get this far in life without coming into contact with Angry Birds, it’s safe to say that you’re not of this earthly realm. This weekend the British Grand Prix is taking place at Silverstone. Popular Apps
iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 2 – Writing Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com ( ) Writing and technology has been a controversial subject for many traditionalists in education. “Spell check stops children from learning to spell”. “All students do today is copy and paste from Wikipedia and Google searched articles.” ” Children need to handwrite all their drafts”. The key words in that last sentence are of course publishing and writing. Which leads me once more to the star of “Mr G Online”, the iPad. I’ll preface this discussion by saying that many of my suggestions can certainly be carried out on laptops or indeed desktop computers. What is writing? A breakdown of genres, their processes and products I’m not going to use some perfectly expressed term written by literacy professors to impress anyone. Now originally, communication was verbal. iPADS AND WRITING Specific apps allow for effective and engaging planning. The Composing/Editing stage Final thought
Four reasons for blogging Even though blogging is becoming more and more popular among scientists and researchers, I still notice some doubts and hesitation among my peers when it comes to blogging. Some people react by saying "Who am I to speak up?", some think it is an (innocent) waste of time on the internet, others think of it as shameless self-promotion. Over the past nine years, I've been having blogs here and there, but I never really made a solid habit out of blogging and I always ended up discontented with my own writing and deleting posts and even entire blogs - until this blog which is now a little over one year old. Although I did not have a strong motivation to start this blog (it was initially part of my day zero project which didn't lead to much), I have found the following reasons along the way to keep writing here: 1. A main motivator for writing posts here, is self-reflection. 2. 3. 4. 5. Recently, I've been receiving some emails about sponsorships, but I've been declining.
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