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Best EdTech of 2014

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Designing Apps for Children: Guide to COPPA and Mobile Apps This is a guide on how to design your apps for children aged under 13 (and websites, since apps are a subset to the web) on the privacy front and under the rule of COPPA 2013. This guide has one goal: we want to help you find your way to the app stores as fast as possible and would like to help you become compliant with privacy regulations. Below you will find a very comprehensive guide that runs you through the most important aspects of COPPA. For our US readers: this information is provided as a general guide to the issues, and is not legal or technical advice In a nutshell: If you develop apps or run websites directed to children under 13 years of age and collect their personal information you are very likely to fall under COPPA and should therefore follow its rules. 1.

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2013 Science 360 by the National Science Foundation Level: ALL (grades K-12)Platform: iOS Website Science 360 is a science and engineering news app designed to engage the user in visual explorations through photos, videos, and text. There is new content added weekly by scientists, engineers, and the National Science Foundation. Free Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads Why the iPad Excels at Digital Storytelling The iPad is an ideal device for digital storytelling, so it is no wonder that there are so many apps dedicated to just that purpose. It has two cameras for photos or video, a built-in microphone, and a high resolution touchscreen. When combined, the iPad becomes a powerful multimedia story building tool that is capable of producing high quality results with minimal effort.

The iPad Effect: A Top-10 List » Third Graders, Dreaming Big It’s only been a few months, but I’ve already noticed some drastic changes in our classroom when the iPads roll in…. I’ve labeled these Top-10 phenomena as being The iPad Effect, as they seem to occur every Tuesday and Thursday…. 1. What is Blended Learning? - Solutions and their Importance So, what is blended learning and why is it still so important? Before we define blended learning, it is important to look at the concept in perspective. The rhetoric that technology will revolutionise training has been echoed repeatedly over the years. Computer-based training (CBT), videos and CD-ROMS all represented some form of an extension of the classroom. With the advent of e- learning, computers and the internet became a key component in extending and expanding training.

ScreenChomp Serve up Tasty Screen Videos with your iPad Our first experimental app helps you create bite-sized video nuggets everyone can learn from. This recordable whiteboard is just the canvas you need to jot your ideas down and share them – with the world, or just a friend or two. Helpful to anyone, but developed with teachers and students in mind, ScreenChomp records your touchscreen interactions and audio so you can… Send helpful tutoring videos home with students Allow kids to create videos that help their classmates Explain complexities from afar Record your most recent brilliant idea Share doodles with friends and family

The Top Educational iPad Apps Every Teacher and Student should Know about ( 100+) When it comes to searching for educational apps to install on your iPad it feels like you get drowned in an avalanche of apps and resources from which you emerge empty-handed. Everyday new apps go viral and to keep up with the updates in this field is really a daunting challenge. Thankfully, there are many trusted educational resources ( this blog is one of them ) where educators and teachers can get to discover and learn about new useful apps to use in education. 10 Free Google Chrome Extensions Teachers Should Try If you use Google Chrome as your go-to web browser, you may have seen a little icon for the ‘Store’ (like what you see on the right) when you attempt to open a new tab. Never clicked that? Only clicked that once or twice but never took the plunge into the wild world of the Chrome Web Store? In an effort to help you truly surface the best Google Chrome extensions for teachers of all stripes, I thought it might be useful to showcase some of my favorites.

34 Smart Ideas For Using Smartphones In The Classroom 34 Ways Ideas For Smartphones In The Classroom By Category by John Hardison first appeared on In continuation of last week’s article, Part 1: 44 Better Ways to Use Smartphones in Class, here is a new list of thirty-six additional ideas to help leverage the power of these tech gadgets in the learning environment. In this blog post, I have attempted to avoid any redundancies. Please join me in helping educators everywhere creatively use smartphones by contributing any overlooked uses and supportive responses via this survey. Top 20 Must-Have Educational iPhone & iPad Apps Used By Real Teachers in the Classroom - iPhone app article - Shara Karasic With the advent of the 2011/2012 school year, teachers who have access to mobile technology are scrambling to find the best education apps for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. Educators use apps for everything from communicating with students to inspiring creativity to dissecting virtual frogs. Luckily, we have lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious who share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school. These are the education apps most listed by educators on Appolicious. 1. 3D Brain (iPad, iPhone. Free)

The Australian Curriculum v7.2 Digital Technologies Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum by rows Years 7 and 8 Band Description Learning in Digital Technologies focuses on further developing understanding and skills in computational thinking such as decomposing problems and prototyping; and engaging students with a wider range of information systems as they broaden their experiences and involvement in national, regional and global activities. By the end of Year 8, students will have had opportunities to... Read full description › By the end of Year 8, students will have had opportunities to create a range of digital solutions, such as interactive web applications or programmable multimedia assets or simulations of relationships between objects in the real world.

Once Upon a Time … An Overview of the Children’s Book App Market – Guest Post by Julie Brannon This post originally appeared in the December 2011 edition of The Social Media Monthly. Author Julie Brannon is a marketing specialist with a focus on book apps. Readers of online newspapers are accustomed to finding interactive media interspersed with their daily reading which can now include videos, interactive graphs, social feedback and other enhancements. Publishers of digital books are beginning to experiment with mixing various media into their books as well. A great place to glimpse existing innovations that move toward this digital future is in iOS children’s book apps. Nosy Crow produces some of the most innovative children's book apps on the market by successfully integrating story with interactivity.

11 Best Educational Apps for Kids Since my husband got an iPad for work, we’ve found that educational apps are a great learning tool for the kids. Since I’ve only downloaded educational apps, they’re forced to choose an educational option. (Insert evil mom-laughter here –> Ha, ha, ha.) So, without further ado, here are my mom-approved, kid-tested eleven favorite iPad educational apps for elementary-aged kids, not including eBooks.

Scootle: A one-stop shop for digital curriculum resources Educators are now well aware that we live in a world that is 'both technologically rich and information-rich' (MCEETYA, 2005). The education community is still exploring how to apply this wealth of new knowledge most usefully within schools, and individual teachers are also finding their way within a range of programs, policies and research findings. Scootle, developed by Education Services Australia, allows jurisdictions to give their teachers a quick, approachable way to find and use digital curriculum resources in their classrooms, and their school leaders a means to oversee this usage and draw on it for future school-level planning. Scootle helps educators to provide individualised learning to cater to students’ diverse needs, facilitate collaborative student learning and create additional means for teacher collaboration within a school.