Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind The app development market is exploding. More and more companies are creating “educational apps”. In some cases, they are simply digital versions of a book or a web based tool. Some seem to have “no educational value” to it at all, but are still sold under the label of “education”. The 15 Education Technologies To Know About This Year What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013? It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn permanently. 1.
GO4ST8Physics Our organization was developed over twenty years ago by physics teachers for persons interested in physics education in the state of Minnesota. There are no dues, just an interest in sharing ideas that can improve physics education and the persons attending the meetings. There are usually 4 meetings a year. We have had people attend who live in northern Iowa or northern Minnesota and we try to accommodate these participants by scheduling meetings from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturdays (the 2nd Saturday of odd-numbered months). It is usually easier to attend a meeting on a Saturday morning versus a weekday. An important part of the meetings is the networking that is developed. Why Collaboration Is Useless for Problem Solving Collaboration is basically the grownup word for "playing nice together." That makes it easy to assume that more collaboration has got to be better than less. Unfortunately, collaboration doesn't always work. Sometimes, it actually shackles your ability to solve a problem.
SocialEdCon Ed Tech Unconference Attendees Share Conversation, Web 2.0 Tools Hundreds of educators attended SocialEdCon, the fifth annual unconference held before the ISTE annual conference and exposition at the San Diego Convention Center earlier today. SocialEdCon is organized onsite based on the interests and expertise of participants. Topics at this year’s event covered a wide range of issues, including social media and student bullying, building online courses, professional development strategies, effective blended learning, and organizing virtual conferences. “It’s just a really engaging day.
Download YouTube Videos Using Google Chrome [Updated 10-8-12] - Interlocked Pieces The Google Chrome extension I use to download YouTube videos is Chrome YouTube Downloader. This extension is not available in the Chrome Web Store so you will have to install it yourself. If you would like to add this to your Chrome here is what to do: First, go to the extension’s website. Then, click the “Add to Chrome” button and a .crx file will be downloaded to your computer. Using Technology to Make Back to School Communication Easy! When I first started using remind 101, I immediately loved the platform and the thoughtfulness behind it. The concept was beautiful in it's simplicity: A safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. Easy to use, easy to manage, safe communication. 100% free.
ISTE 2015: Google Classroom Expands With API Tools and Share Button Google developers made a splash early on Monday at ISTE 2015 with two big announcements for Classroom, its popular assignments management tool for teachers. Photo: D. Frank Smith The ‘Washing Hands’ of Learning: Think Pair Share A blog about something really obvious but worth spelling out. After 25 years of teaching, I’ve been through a fair amount of dodgy INSET/CPD. As a result I am something of a ‘visiting speaker’ sceptic. However, it hasn’t all been bad; far from it. Some ideas have been very influential such as the ideas behind CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education) developed at Kings in the 1990s; also the principles of formative assessment that have trickled into our collective consciousness as teachers since ‘Inside the Black Box’. Whilst some ideas have helped me to frame an overarching philosophy for teaching or have augmented my armoury of teaching tools, there is one simple strategy that has transformed the way I teach every lesson, every day: