Top 10 Ways iPads Are Key to Teaching Kids With Learning Disabilities By now, saying that “the iPad is a great tool for customizing the classroom” wouldn’t exactly be breaking news. But while this holds true for every student, each of whom learns in their own way, iPads are truly a lifeline for students with learning disabilities and the people who work hand-in-hand with them. For these students, iPads act as a translation, communication, and individualization tool with unrivaled effectiveness. In so doing, these devices reduce frustration, build confidence, and, well, just work in teaching students the skills they need to learn to thrive. Let’s take a look at a few more ways iPads are altering the classroom landscape for students with learning disabilities. fPhoto Credit: Brad Flickinger
10 Current Lesson Ideas for BYOD and BYOT - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - BYOD, BYOT, edapps, edchat, EdTech, elemchat, highschool, midleveled, mlearning Two years ago, we wrote about how bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own technology (BYOT) policies were growing in education and the workplace. Teachers are still taking advantage of student owned devices for digital learning – anytime, anywhere. We noticed the original post was still one that is read on Getting Smart quite frequently, but some of the tools and descriptions are out of date. 5 Free Tools to Collect Student Feedback There are several free web tools that teachers can use to gather feedback from their students both formally and informally. You can also use these tools to poll your students about a learning event, assess their level of comprehension, or simply to get to know their opinions about a certain topic. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already posted a list of such tools last year but today we are updating this list deleting the ones that no longer work and including new ones .
MOOC: Stop Complaining and Just Enjoy Them! Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are not for everyone, but everyone can benefit from them if willing to keep an open mind. Stop overanalyzing revolutionary ideas within education and stop searching for the “magic bullet.” Every other Friday I take my son to the local public library. We started this ritual when he was about two years old, and now he’s getting ready for kindergarten. Digital Library Trends for 2015 Libraries in all over the world are undergoing a digital renaissance as major publishers have firmly committed themselves to the concept of making e-Books available. Today, we look at some of the biggest trends facing libraries in Canada, US and United Kingdom. A recent report by the Library Journal has stated that 95% of all US libraries have an e-book collection. That’s up from 89% in both 2013 and 2012, when researchers thought that adoption had plateaued for good. The average number of e-books carried was 20,244 by each library, but that of course was skewed toward large libraries. Medium sized libraries statistically had around 10,434 titles.
How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning Digital Tools Erin Scott Launching a Bring Your Own Device program can be both exhilarating and scary. Effective Apps And Web Tools For BYOD Classrooms Your school probably doesn’t have enough money to give each student an iPad. There. I said it. I hate to be the bad guy in this situation but it’s news that you should know. So what’s a tech-savvy teacher to do? How about try out a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom setup? Turn YouTube into a Classroom with eduCanon You know the Internet is loaded with great videos that can teach just about every subject imaginable. But holding students accountable for watching an assigned video, or making the viewing experience more active, is a challenge. Without standing right over students, how do you know if they’re really watching? This issue is put to rest with the arrival of eduCanon, a free, web-based platform that allows you to build formative assessments right on top of any YouTube or Vimeo video.
Remind101: Free and Safe Text Messaging for Educators This week in Tools of The Modern Educator we take a look at Remind101. Remind101 is a simple service that allows educators and students to communicate via text messages without revealing any phone numbers. How cool is that! What Is It? Remind101 is in that class of application that solves a problem many educators didn’t know they had while at the same time, solves a very real problem that many educators do in fact have: How do I communicate with my students without compromising my, or their privacy. Meet the Tabletarians In March 2011, the Boise Public Library (BPL), ID, used $3,300 in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funding to purchase four iPad 2 tablets and all of the trimmings, such as wireless keyboard docks, barcode scanners, and cases with hand grips. According to “Roving Reference, iPad-Style,” published in the Idaho Librarian in November 2011, “the goal of the grant was to increase staff interaction with customers by giving librarians tools to move out from behind the desk.” As with BPL, many libraries had been looking for ways to showcase librarian and staff expertise and enhance customer service. Having staff stroll the stacks and proactively offer assistance is one way to ensure that even the most reference desk–averse patrons are finding what they need, and Apple’s new tablets—the original iPad had been introduced less than a year earlier—seemed like the perfect accessory for roving reference.
How An LMS and BYOD Changed A School The School's profile The Southport School is a P-12 (K-12) private Anglican school for boys located in Southport on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Established in 1901, the school caters to both boarding and day students and has an excellent reputation for sports and leadership. Historically, the academic strength of the school has been built on the excellence of its teachers, mainly operating in the traditional “chalk and talk” or teacher-led mode. The parents show great confidence in the ability of these teachers to provide a sound traditional education.
10 Unique Lesson Ideas for BYOD and BYOT - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - bring your own device, bring your own technology, BYOD, BYOT, cell phones for learning, ipads in the classroom, lesson, m-learning, mobile learning, texting in class Bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own technology (BYOT) policies are growing in education and the workplace. Teachers are taking advantage of mobile devices for “m-learning,” putting those mini computers in kids’ backpacks and pockets to use. Here are 10 lesson ideas for BYOD and m-learning in the classroom. Answer Poll Questions Through TextPoll Everywhere allows teachers to create a multiple choice or open-ended poll question. Then, students can text their answers and watch the poll populate on the screen.
23 Microsoft Free Teaching Tools for Educators Are you interested in a list of 23 free teaching tools that you can use in your classroom? From helping students learn through interactive 3D experiences to transforming ordinary classroom experiences into immersive education and much more… Would you like to engage your students with free classroom tools in an active learning classroom environment? In the following list you will find 23 Free Teaching Tools that you can use to improve students' learning. Learning Suite by MicrosoftOver 20 of Microsoft's most popular education tools and teacher resources - all in one place!
Five of the Best Free Educational Tablet Apps for SEN Kids All students should be able to reach their full potential in school. We’ve put together 5 of the best free educational tablet and mobile apps that support SEN students in their learning and help them keep up with other students in the classroom. The Clicker Docs app is a great resource to use with any child who is developing their writing skills and is particularly suitable for those who have dyslexia or are reluctant writers. My own 8 year old is a reluctant writer and she delighted in writing and listening back to her own story using the app. She found it particularly useful to review and check her writing by herself and the option to change the appearance of the page made it more engaging for her than using a conventional word processing program.