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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Useful Tools and Apps to Help You...

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Useful Tools and Apps to Help You...
July 18, 2014 Here is a list of educational tools you may not have heard of, but may be useful when assembling your classroom curriculum. Project Gutenberg A library of over 45,000 free ebooks in various formats, like EPUB, Kindle, HTML, and plain text. In this reverse image search engine, you submit an image to find where it came from, high resolution versions, and more. Annotate videos or create slideshows of pictures and text, then share your animated lessons or digital stories. A free GPS-aware app from Google that alerts with info you as walk near places of interest. Students and teachers can keep a digital portfolio of photos, videos, notes and other documents with this app. This collection is Curated by assistant professor and teacher-librarian Joyce Valenza.

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Apple's iTunes U update lets teachers create entire lesson plans on iPad Apple has updated the iTunes U education app to further enhance the ability for teachers to create lesson plans and instructional materials on the iPad. iTunes U is now integrated with iWork, iBooks Author and all other Apple educational applications. In addition to more than 750,000 educational materials readily available in iTunes U, teachers will be able to pull content directly into their lessons from other applications.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Video Tutorials for Teachers on U... July 3, 2014 Talking about augmented reality technology in teaching and learning the first thing that comes to mind is this wonderful app called Aurasma. Since its release a few years ago, Aurasma gained so much in popularity and several teachers have already embraced it within their classrooms. For those of you who are not yet familiar with how Aurasma works and how to use in it in your class, the video tutorials below will help you out. Aurasma is an augmented reality app that’s changing the way millions of people see and interact with the world. Bring tagged images, objects and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content, such as video, animations and 3D scenes ( called Auras).

16 Apps That Will Motivate Even Your Most Resistant Readers For every kid who is caught hiding beneath his covers with a flashlight and a novel at midnight, there is another who has to be begged and pleaded with to read. And the latter might need a little extra—shall we call it encouragement?—to become a great reader. To help, we've rounded up a list of the top apps that not only teach essential reading skills but also motivate kids—even the most book-phobic—to read, read and read some more. Apps For Early Readers Word Bingo: Who doesn't love a good game of BINGO? 11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year The new school year is here for many teachers. For those who haven't started school yet, the new school year will be here soon. If you've set the goal of trying something new in your classroom this year (shouldn't that always be one of our goals), here are eleven techy things teachers should try this year. 1.

An Often Untapped Source of Digital Devices for Classrooms Perhaps you've heard that Apple recently released a new iPhone (#sarcasm). This is a good time to remind you of an often untapped source of digital devices for your classroom. Ask your students' parents to donate their old phones to your classroom when they upgrade their mobile phonphonees. You will probably find that most of those phones can at the very least be used for taking pictures to be used in multimedia projects. The odds are also good that most of the phones you collect now will have some type of web browser.

CSI: Hidden Crimes Elevate your Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag experience with this unique companion app. Turn your tablet device into a second screen that provides you with features that further immerse you into this Caribbean world. PLEASE NOTE: To get the most out of your app, you will need to sync with your copy of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on your gaming platform. *** Assassin's Creed IV's companion app is pretty rad – Destructoid 4 Free Web Tools to Boost Student Engagement When students use tool technologies to create content, their engagement is largely based on how successfully teachers craft the learning assignments, rather than on the technology itself. This is different from what happens with other types of technologies, such as tutor technologies (e.g. software for learning). Here, student engagement depends principally on technology, taking teachers almost completely out of the equation.

12 Puzzle and Quiz Creation Tools for Teachers There are many different sites on the internet that allow you to create your own puzzles and games to use either directly in class, or which can be linked to/embedded into your VLE. I’ve been doing some trawling ahead of a training session I am running soon, and here are a few of the best ones that I’ve found. There are others out there, but the focus specifically for my session was KS4 and 5, so these links are aimed at older students. If you have any other favourites, please add them to the comments!

13 Great Resources for Finding Free Public Domain Books April 27, 2014 We all love to cuddle up with a good book and read a chapter or two before we fall asleep. That was before the massive uptake of ebooks and the widespread of ebook readers and tablets. Now that life becomes excessively digitized, digital reading is virtually the norm. The importance of digital reading, not only for us but for our students as well , is well documented in the education research literature. As Malloy and Gambrell (2006) pointed out, the future is already here: " Many elementary students are already adept at searching and surfing, using reading and spelling in ways not explicitly taught. Reading online is not only something that many students do in their leisure time but is also a skill they will need to develop as they learn to research and create in their middle school years and beyond. " (p. 482).

Great Educational Web Tools for Paperless Classrooms December 20, 2014 Few classrooms are entirely digital or paperless, though more and more are striving towards a middle-ground that can replace some of the workflow tedium with technology while remaining focused on their students. If that sounds like you, here are some digital classroom resources to consider.

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