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iPads and Arts Education: Rewriting Cultural Narratives with The 524 Project

iPads and Arts Education: Rewriting Cultural Narratives with The 524 Project | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school students from DC and Detroit get acquainted via digital media, sharing their own worlds and learning to appreciate each other's world.
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5 Tips for Using Google Apps on an iPad

5 Tips for Using Google Apps on an iPad | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Certain Google apps play better with Apple than others, here are a few tips for working around their differences.

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Learning and Sharing with Ms. Lirenman: Eight Questions I Ask Before an App Can Stay on Student iPads

Although this is written by a first grade teacher, the criteria she uses to evaluate iPad apps can (and should be) adapted for teachers at any level.

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Education innovation: A case study in what not to do

Education innovation: A case study in what not to do | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Lessons learned from the botched rollout of iPads in Los Angeles schools.
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iOS 7 review: Apple's new direction

iOS 7 review: Apple's new direction | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
David Pierce dives into Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 7.
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I wouldn't normally post a video when an article is also available, but this video is helpful because the reviewer demonstrates so much of what he describes and because the topic is so dependent upon seeing what the new iOS actually looks like. The article, btw, is here: http://ht.ly/oZHB1

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E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks - The Digital Shift

E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks - The Digital Shift | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

I'm often asked how the rise of eBook publishing is impacting the way students use libraries--this article helps to answer that question. It takes a close, detailed look at two high schools and their experiences with eBooks, including textbooks, and the devices and platforms they've used to deliver them to students.

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Which Tech Devices Do Students Value for Different Academic Demands?

Which Tech Devices Do Students Value for Different Academic Demands? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A nationwide survey reveals that students have different views of the usefulness of laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets, depending on the task at hand.
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Spoiler alert: They don't like iPads as much as you think they do. Oh, MLTI, why didn't you ask the kids?

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The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media | MindShift

The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media | MindShift | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

By Justin Reich 

Reich uses what he calls the "Someday/Monday template" to analyze how (and whether or not) iPads can be used by students to effectively conduct focused reading tasks.

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Turn Your iPad Into a Document Camera: Teaching With iPads

Turn Your iPad Into a Document Camera:  Teaching With iPads | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This is from March 2012, but I was reminded of it again today when helping a teacher.  If you're nice to your science teachers, you should be able to wrangle a "ring stand" out of them.

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Let us know in comments if you've tried this or something similar and how it worked!
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4 Predictions for Tablets in 2013

4 Predictions for Tablets in 2013 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
With all kinds of momentum, tablets are blazing a bold trail. What can we expect to see in the coming year?
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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives.
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Marysville school switches from books to iPads

Marysville school switches from books to iPads | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

6th through 8th graders in a Washington State school system have exchanged textbooks for iPads.

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Apple Will Now Let Any Teacher Publish Content to iTunes U

Apple Will Now Let Any Teacher Publish Content to iTunes U | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Apple is upping its bid for its hot-selling iPad to be a teaching device.
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New in iOS 8 for Teachers & Students

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Learning in Hand Show #28 is about some of what's new in Apple's iOS 8.
Instead of showing you the major features you might already know about, I
demonstrate the lesser known additions that teachers, students, and parents
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The Library of Congress Launches New Interactive eBook Series for Students and Teachers, All Materials Free to Access | LJ INFOdocket

The Library of Congress Launches New Interactive eBook Series for Students and Teachers, All Materials Free to Access | LJ INFOdocket | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From The Library of Congress: The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature.
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Best iPad Apps of 2013 - iPad Insight

Best iPad Apps of 2013 - iPad Insight | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"2013 has been another memorable year for the iPad App Store. The number of apps designed specifically for the iPad hit the 500,000 milestone this year and is now well on its way to 600,000. By now, there are excellent iPad apps for just about any purpose. From heavy-duty productivity and business apps to wonderful educational apps, to beautiful apps for working with photos and for creating art, music, videos, and more. And of course we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to great iPad games and entertainment apps."


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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne reviews free apps: Bill Nye The Science Guy, goREACT, Powers of Minus Ten: Bone, Virtual Heart, 3D Brain, Essential Skeleton, and Solve the Outbreak.

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Tablets invade Maine laptop program | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Tablets invade Maine laptop program | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sixty percent of students will use iPads this year, a major evolution after the state let schools choose from a list of technology options.
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More and more of our students will be iPad fluent by the time they get to high school. Also interesting--only 33 districts chose the HP option offered by the state.

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What Teachers Need to Know about The New Google Play for Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about The New Google Play for Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"iPad's monopoly of the ' school tablet market ' is being compromised now after the announcement of Google Play for Education. Google seems to be moving towards displacing Apple's hegemony of this market by providing a suite of productivity management apps made specifically for teachers and students."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Studies of iPad Use in Education

Free Technology for Teachers: Studies of iPad Use in Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne assembles recent research examining the use of iPads in education.

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How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom?

How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The drive to increase technology use in classrooms has many asking whether the investment is more fizzle than bang, and whether it’s too early to tell how wisely the money is being spent.
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Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments

Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In my last post, I shared what we learned last year during our 1:1 iPad and Google Apps for Education launches. In this post, I’d like to dispel myths about 1:1 environments.
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iPad As....

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EdTechTeacher has indexed iPad apps according to student activities, creating a very useful overview of what the iPads can and can't do in schools, and what apps we'd need for specific activities.

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Channylt's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:46 PM

A great article that helps teachers explore how to use the iPad effectively as a powerful learning tool. It very useful in my collating the apps I will select to apply to the SAMR model - an excellent resource for teachers and e-Learning professionals. 

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- Mobile Learning: 50+ Resources & Tips

"I believe mobile devices will transform education. This is why I created the free ebook below, Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Quick Tips & Resources, with helpful tips and several resources to help support this trend. When we equip a classroom with iPads, iPods, small tablets, or cellphones the learning is literally put in the hands of the students. The teacher has to facilitate and walk around the room to manage the learning. Below the eBook are additional links to mobile learning resources. I hope this will help any educator new to integrating mobile devices with the knowledge they need to be successful!"

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