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"The summer is quickly winding down & a number of teachers will be returning to their classroom with new mobile devices (iPads). Throughout the summer I have been conducting workshops on iPad integration with EdTechTeacher and I thought it might be helpful to pull together a back to school list of apps structured around specific classroom goals. While many schools may already have an Apple VPP program already in place, I know a number of teachers will also be purchasing the apps themselves. Therefore, I will do my best to include both a pay & free app for each objective."
Stories About Me is an Apple iPad application designed specifically for kids with autism, kids with special needs and disabilities, and early learners in general. The application helps the users to create situational stories about themselves, and to share what they think and feel with others.
Camera features on cell phones, tablet computers and even MP3 players have made it easy for everyone to capture their lives in a series of images. You can take a more professional approach to photography with some high-quality apps such as:
Easy Release - a release form you can give your subjects ($9.99)
Pocket Light Meter - yes, a light meter for free.
Adobe Photoshop Express - the mobile equivalent to the desktop version of Photoshop. (Free)
Impression - watermarks your photos right on your device before you upload them to social media ($1.99)
Photoaf Panorama - Android app that lets you stitch together scenes as a panorama (Free)
Google unveiled its “next dimension” of mapping technology today by announcing that full 3-D imagery will soon be making its way to iOS devices. In the event, according to Engadget’s live blog, the company demoed the feature on an iPad.
As mobile learning and technology is more readily integrated within classroom settings, QR codes can be used as an interesting method to capture a student’s attention and make lesson material more interactive.
Quick response codes, also known as ‘QR’ codes, are simple, scannable images that are a form of barcode. By scanning a QR code image through a mobile device, information can be accessed including text, links, bookmarks and email addresses.
In the classroom, QR codes can be used in a variety of ways — from conducting treasure hunts to creating modern CVs. Below is a number of articles, tutorials and lesson plans designed to help educators.
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"It is very easy to find a list of recommended apps for general or subject specific use. However, one of the iPads greatest strengths is its ability to help personalise learning for all. The following ideas are only a snapshot of the potential of the iPad when addressing the needs of each student (soldier)."
Collection of resources realted to iPads in K12 education curated by Kathy Schrock. There are lots of lists of suggested apps generated by multiple schools. if you have some time to spend just browsing, this seems a good place to start.
For many kids, especially visual learners, algebra is an enigma that confuses and discourages. Fortunately, technology has a way of providing help and the iPad as an educational tool is very useful with the right apps.
A short slideshow about the difference between artificial and augmented intelligence and the "glacial pace of AI" compared to the web. Also to consider: AI + CI (Google's PageRank, for example) -- Howard
«A new report has been published by Toronto-based Higher Education Strategy Associates with the superb title The State of E-Learning in Canadian Universities, 2011: If Students Are Digital Natives, Why Don’t They Like E-Learning? It's a study of Canadian students' attitudes to e-learning and finds, not surprisingly that today's students are not so enthusiastic towards universities' net-based courses as we would expect. Despite growing up with the net and labelled as "digital natives" by generalising parents, they are not automatically attracted to the e-learning on offer.» by Alastair Creelman
Go inside Manor New Technology High School, part of the New Tech Network of schools, where an unwavering commitment to an effective schoolwide PBL model keeps both students and teachers motivated and achieving their best.
Portfoliogen is a great service for teachers. It is a free online tool that allows teachers to create their own customized portfolio webpage. This means that you have a user friendly platform designed specifically to host and organize all your materials into one place. You can also share your portfolio with your colleagues and peers using the generated URL.
"Have you or your students ever considered creating digital portfolios on the go? Well now with the new mobile technology everything is possbile. There are a variety of apps that can help you create and organize portfolios and sketchbooks and some don't cost you even a penny. Apps in Education has compiled an awesome list of such apps though they are not 100% perfect but they can help you alot. I have picked out the free apps and reviewed them down ."
"The Common Core State Standards have brought text complexity measurement to the forefront of many educational reform agendas," said MetaMetrics President and co-founder Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. (pictured above)
"As schools and districts begin to implement the new standards, the education community as a whole must utilize proven text measurement tools -- like Lexile measures -- that will allow all stakeholders to realize the promise of college and career ready standards."
MetaMetrics(R), developer of the widely adopted Lexile(R) Framework for Reading, is pleased to announce that more than 100,000 educators and other individuals have registered to use its free Lexile Analyzer(R) to determine the Lexile measure of various classroom and personal texts.
Quantitative Measure of Text Complexity
Lexile measures evaluate how complex a text will likely be for a reader to comprehend so that the reader can be matched with texts that best complement his or her unique ability level and reading goals. In the past two years alone, users have analyzed nearly one million text files.
The Lexile Analyzer measures text complexity by evaluating various characteristics of the complete text, including word frequency and sentence length. Generally, texts with longer sentences and words of lower frequency have higher Lexile measures, while texts with shorter sentences and words of higher frequency have lower Lexile measures.
Common Core State Standards
The importance of measuring text complexity has gained national attention now that nearly all states have adopted and are implementing the new Common Core State Standards.
The Common Core stresses the need for students to engage with texts of appropriate complexity as they advance through school.
The English Language Arts Standards utilize Lexile measures to evaluate text complexity and provide Lexile bands for reading comprehension development to help inform curriculum and assessment decisions that will ultimately prepare students for college and career text demands and to guide publishers in creating grade-level content.
To date, the number of words examined by the Lexile Analyzer exceeds 1.5 billion.
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