Yes. I know. There are other social media bookmarking sites out there. There are other bookmarking sites out there that I personally like more. And there may even be other bookmarking sites that are easier to use.
I get that.
But I also know that we shouldn’t ignore Pinterest. There are some incredible resources on the Interwebs that I would have never found without my Pinterest account. For saving bookmarks, I use other tools. But for a quick way to browse lots of sites quickly, it’s hard to beat Pinterest.
if you’re not super familiar with Pinterest, the tool is a pinboard-style website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections called pinboards. These pinboards give users a way to organize all of the websites that they find. Because it’s visual, it’s easy to “see” the saved web sites in these collections. You can browse other users pinboards for sites, follow your favorite pinboards, “re-pin” those sites to your own pinboard, or like the different sites.
The handy thing is that you don’t have to have an account to view the pinboards of Pinterest users. Obviously you won’t be able to save the stuff you find but if you don’t want to create a free account, just do a “site search” on Google using the following keywords:
Apple is bringing the iBooks application to the desktop – Hooray!
For the last 3 years, the iBooks application was limited to iOS devices, meaning you could only read iBooks on your iPad or iPhone. But with the release of OS X Mavericks, you (and your audience) can now read books from the comfort of your desktop or laptop computer.
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We thought so And we’ve got some helpful ideas for you to get the most out of the update!
Lucidpress is a slick new service from the same team that developed Lucidchart. Lucidpress is a slick tool for collaboratively creating multimedia documents.
If you watch the video below you'll notice that Lucidpress has some similarities to Google Documents. In fact, you can use your Google Account to sign into Lucidpress and you can use items stored in your Google Drive account in your Lucidpress documents. Lucidpress has commenting and sharing features that are similar to Google Drive too. What makes Lucidpress different from Google Documents is the selection of layouts and the layout customizations available to you. I look at Lucidpress as being the best of Apple's Pages and the best of Google Documents combined into one slick service.
iPad, this mystic gadget that has been making the news since its launch a few years ago, has now secured a strong foothold inside different educational settings. Its sharp design, practical portability, and the sublime sense of mobile gadgetry it bestows upon its users and, above all, its widespread among learners , all of these factors combined made this tablet an indispensable tool in the learning toolkit of students.
Video Conferencing is an excellent addition to any teacher's set of classroom tools. Video Conferencing allows you to bring an expert into your class. It lets your students collaborate with students from around the world and it gives you the opportunity to participate in virtual excursions. Video Conferencing also lets your students connect with other schools to discuss issues relevant to them, things like social justice, sustainability projects or even outreach programs. So here is a list of apps that allow you to tap into the positive benefits of Video Conferencing and connecting to the world outside your classroom
If you don't use Evernote, check it out. It's free, easy to use, and cross platform. I used it for lesson planning, lesson notes, class notes, student notes and logs, and more as a teacher. As a CIO I use it for meeting notes, project management, contacts, web clippings, research and much more.
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's insight:
http://goo.gl/vpH0yn I am hooked on Evernote, it is super useful. I have to admit it took me quite a while to wrap my brain around using Evernote, but once I did, I am sure I couldn't get along without it. If you haven;t tried Evernote yet, give it a go, I promise you will discover its possibilities.
Level it Books is a fantastic iOS app that allows users to scan a book's ISBN and get a reading level for the book. This is ideal for educators, parents, or librarians wanting to know which books are appropriate reading level for their kids or students. Also, Level it Books will not only tell the reading level and Lexile, a teacher can use it to create a digital library of books and manage their students' (create class rosters) reading level data.
Mashpedia is an interesting service that matches reference articles from Wikipedia to materials from YouTube and news websites. The purpose of drawing materials from multiple sources is to provide users with a comprehensive view of news stories and reference topics. Mashpedia also presents Amazon lists of books related to your chosen topic.
Technology in education isn’t just for older students. There are a ton of resources out there for early childhood educators and their students, and many young children are already able to use the technology available to them. They’re even calling today’s preschoolers “Generation C”, aka the connected generation.
In years past, parents were supposed to prepare their young students for kindergarten so that they would be well equipped to start their formal education. Kids were supposed to know how to count to ten, grip a pencil, identify shapes and colors, and so on. Today, students entering school have a few more items on their must-know list – all related to technology. How much should kids really know when it comes to technology? What is the appropriate amount of device usage for young students? Has device usage increased as much as we think it has over the years?
The handy infographic below takes a look at all of the issues surrounding technology for children. Keep reading to learn more!
SnapWidget is a free widget that you can customize to display the pictures from your personal Instagram account or the pictures tagged with a hashtag that you've specified. You can choose how many pictures you want the widget to display, how big the picture previews should be, and customize the borders around the widget. You can see my SnapWidget widget below.
A couple of easy to remember keyboard shortcuts will dramatically boost your productivity when navigating around documents and webpages throughout OS X, giving you the ability to instantly jump to the beginning or end of a scrollable document. These are universal on all Macs and should work regardless of what keyboard you’re using.
This year marked the beginning of the Los Angeles Unified School District's massive $1-billion iPad deployment. Putting one of the Apple devices in the hands of all 640,000 of its students is an ambitious move by the nation's second-largest school district—perhaps even too ambitious for the seemingly short time frame in which it was launched.
The rollout only began less than three months ago, but the program has already hit a few notable, and very visible, speed bumps. Still, these bumps in the road are useful for any other districts planning a 1:1 device initiative. Here are four things every district can learn from the nation's largest iPad deployment:
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Out of curiosity, Nicholas Dadario weighed his backpack last year when it was filled with textbooks for his high school freshman honors classes at Archbishop Stepinac High School.
It weighed 35 pounds.
That backpack is going to be much lighter this year. Stepinac in White Plains has become one of the first high schools in the country to drop all textbooks like dead weight and replace them with a "digital library." When students started classes Monday, they were zipping to an app or website on their tablet or laptop and had instant access to all 40 texts in the Stepinac curriculum, not to mention all sorts of note-taking, highlighting and interactive features.
"It's not only lighter, but you're mobile," said Dadario, 15. "You can bring your computer to your friend's house, wherever, and you're all set."
At Anastasis Academy we are a 1:1 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school with EVERY student using technology throughout the day every day. Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship are important topics for us because it is so integral to what our kids do while they are at school. Whether or not you have a 1:1 program, these are topics that shouldn’t be overlooked! Don’t assume that because your students are fairly savvy when it comes to learning technology, that they will automatically pick up on digital literacy. Digital Literacy isn’t a topic that should be relegated to school either, it is essential that parents learn about digital literacy so that they can echo and enforce good technology use at home. This week we will have a week of intensive digital literacy training for our students. Being a BYOD school means that these topics come up as we go through the year often, it is nice for us to have an intensive week to refer students back to throughout the school year. So much of digital literacy echoes good safety practices in “real” life. As such, we spend time discussing online and offline safety practices during this week and have our local school deputy join us. When I was a technology teacher, I would end this week with an Internet Driver’s License, students had to pass a safety quiz in order to get their license. This was their ticket to being able to be online in my class. Students could lose their license for inappropriate online behavior. This was always popular for kindergarten through fifth grade students! Below are our favorite resources to use. We choose a different digital literacy topic for each day of the week, follow along or mix it up to meet your own needs!