Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.
In September 2013, the Alliance College-Ready Public School charter school network in Southern California diligently prepared to deploy over 10,000 mobile devices to students and teachers in response to the new California Common Core State Standards and fresh online testing platform. Home office sta
Part of the magic of the magic of the iPad are all the great apps that can turn them into so much more than a tablet. With the maker movement in schools in full force across the country, it seems like students everywhere are excited and interested in learning about programming, electronics, robotics, and more. When apps can help them make and learn, all the better.
You bought your iPad new three years ago, and now it’s getting a bit long in the tooth.
Opening apps can take forever. Sometimes they crash, stop responding, or won’t open to begin with. If you want to extend the life of your little glass rectangle–and make your iPad faster in general–the following tips can help. And all of these tips are simple(ish)–nothing crazy like jail-breaking or changing hardware.
The iPad is a mature device now. It’s not on a one or two-year upgrade cycle and I’d be willing to bet my relatively meager salary that the enormously well-remunerated Cook isn’t even remotely worried.
The iPhone is still an incredible engine for growth within Apple. The iPad is still the tablet that defines how we think about all other tablets. The future of the Apple Watch is far from clear, but it appears to be fitting the company’s well-established playbook for first generation products.
In today’s post we have curated for you a collection of some wonderful iPad games to boost students critical thinking skills and enhance their cognitive abilities. Playing these games, students will be able to engage with a variety of mental and abstract forms of reasoning where they will need to use their strategic and problem solving skills to find answers. While they are so much fun to play they are also a great way to help students approach the world from a critical thinking perspective. Have a look and share with your colleagues.
iPads have tremendous educational potential. If you believe the rumors that are circulating, Apple will be addressing some of the deployment problems in the coming year. Once device management becomes easier, schools can focus their efforts on realizing the promise of mobile devices for learning.
So, you have actually obtained an iPad and it’s beginning to get a little sluggish on you. Quit me if this sound familiar- first, you do your ideal to maximize as significantly storage space as you can collect by erasing old, unused apps. Next off, you determine to unload your photo collection and information to iCloud, or whatever other preferred cloud service you choose. Still not enough? While these are really user-friendly, and also helpful actions, there are still a couple of added approaches available to you to bring your iPad back to life and make it seem like it’s a newer device once more. In no particular order …
Apple is preparing a significant upgrade to its iTunes U educational catalog on Thursday to help teachers communicate with students, handle homework and incorporate educational apps into their course materials.
What started out in 2007 as a repository within iTunes for university video lectures has expanded into a suite of content and apps for students and teachers.
DIY Lake Science is a relatively new iPad app from the Lawrence Hall of Science. The free iPad app is designed to help students learn about lake ecosystems. In the app students will find a small simulation of a lake ecosystem. Students can change the depth of the lake, the temperature, and the general climate around the lake to learn how those changes alter the ecosystem. After using the simulation students can learn more about lake ecosystems in the DIY Lake Science video library.
Lynn University also introduces a digital publishing platform.
ipad-universityLynn University is launching an iPad-powered online bachelor’s degree program, which will be called iLynn.
“Technology has enabled us to reimagine college,” said Lynn President Kevin M. Ross. “We have been using iPads on our campus to improve student engagement and reduce the cost of traditional textbooks by up to 95 percent. Now, we are excited to announce that we are using that same mobile technology in our iLynn program to reduce the cost of tuition by 20 percent.”
The research focused on four central themes in order to evaluate the overall effectiveness of these devices in assisting with learning, and was carried out by researchers from the Technology Enhanced Learning Research group at the Faculty of Education at the University.
1. Impact of tablet devices on teaching and learning generally The study found that benefits included greater motivation, engagement, parental involvement and understanding of complex ideas.
2. Leader and management issues (stemming from a deployment of devices) The study found that teachers are ‘equally engaged’ by the use of such a device, which has a low learning curve enabling them to use it immediately as a teaching tool and a learning tool for themselves.
3. Professional development of teachers and how teachers cope with using new technology The research found that ‘use of the device is contributing to significant changes in the way teachers approach their professional role as educators and is changing the way they see themselves and their pedagogy’.
4. Parental engagement The study showed that parents become more engaged with the school and their child’s learning when the iPad travels home with the student.
The following is a list of Google Apps for iOS (from Google, Inc. and third parties). This list is exhaustive and includes several apps that are not on the infographic Guide to Google Apps for the iPad. Some of these have natural classroom integration, and some are more for personal or business use. Some are optimized for both iPad and iPhone, some are only optimized for iPhone. Each app title is linked directly to the App Store so you can click directly from your device to download each app.
In surprising news today, Launchpad Toys announced that they had been acquired by Google. Ordinarily, this may not be of much interest to educators, but as of today, Toontastic and TeleStory are completely free for iOS devices and that includes all the in-app purchases that were previously a paid upgrade! Both apps are great storytelling apps for any classroom that uses iPads. Both apps are current favorites with educators, but their newly free features are about to earn them a whole lot of additional fans.
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