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Einstein's brain is now interactive iPad app

Einstein's brain is now interactive iPad app | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

"While Albert Einstein's genius isn't included, an exclusive iPad application launched Tuesday promises to make detailed images of his brain more accessible to scientists than ever before. Teachers, students and anyone who's curious also can get a look."


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The 30 Best iPad apps for university students and academics (part 2)

The 30 Best iPad apps for university students and academics (part 2) | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
This second part of a three-part series on the best iPad apps for university students and academics discusses apps for conceptualizing and presenting ideas.
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Create & Edit Documents in Google Drive for iPad

Create & Edit Documents in Google Drive for iPad | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

It was rumored last week on TechCrunch and today it is confirmed by Google, you can now create and edit Google Documents using the Google Drive app for iPad. Starting today if you update Google Drive on your iPad you will be able to create new documents and edit documents using Google Drive on your iPad or iPhone. File management just got easier to because now you can create folders and move files into folders using Google Drive for iOS. And although you cannot create or edit presentations you can now view Google Presentations through the Google Drive iOS app.

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oZAPP Awards - Australian App Concept Awards

oZAPP Awards - Australian App Concept Awards | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
The oZAPP Awards is a competition to identify Australia’s best mobile app concepts, with the winners attracting significant resources to build and launch their apps. This website showcases Australian apps, developers and the companies behind them.

 

There is a prize pool to the value of $200,000 directed towards providing the resources for developers to build and launch their apps. This is based on a competition we ran last year called the WApps. Last year, the competition was won by a Curtin undergraduate for Big Help Mob, a volunteer mobilisation tool.

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Naace: Tablets and their use for effective teaching and learning

Naace: Tablets and their use for effective teaching and learning | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

Tablets are becoming increasingly common tools in schools. There's a wealth of options available, a range of web apps or apps designed for different operating systems and so many choices for teachers and students to make that it is sometimes useful to know the range of ways that they are making a difference across a range of different subject areas. Though this range can't be exhaustive or final, given the early stages of widespread adoption, it will provide a starting point for those aiming to use these tools to enhance learning through appropriate and effective use of the technologies available.

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Are Tablets like the iPad Poised to Dethrone Game Consoles?

Are Tablets like the iPad Poised to Dethrone Game Consoles? | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Tablet-gaming is here, and it's a clear and present threat to console gaming...
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Taking the iPad's Measure -- Campus Technology

Taking the iPad's Measure -- Campus Technology | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
As tablets enter the educational mainstream, universities move to evaluate their impact on teaching and learning.
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See what the group is thinking with GroupMap - realtime collaborative brainstorming.

See what the group is thinking with GroupMap - realtime collaborative brainstorming. | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

Real time, collaborative brainstorming with a twist. GroupMap shows you what the group is thinking by combining the views and ideas of individual participants. It provides valuable insight for leading a group, collective learning and effective decision making. Solve a problem, learn together or discover common ground...quickly and effectively.

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yesplease's comment, September 22, 2012 6:47 AM
I can really imagine this being used in the classroom.
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Pinnacle Studio

Get Pinnacle Studio on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

 

KF:  Free at the moment (Sept 13, 2012)

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How To Connect An iPad To A Smartboard

How To Connect An iPad To A Smartboard | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

It’s really simple–so simple that you’re going to feel silly for not having already known this–and if you tweet this out to a colleague without checking out the stunning simplicity of it all, you’re going to feel crunchy (remember that term?) later when you realize it wasn’t quite the revelation you’d thought it might be.

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The school that swapped its laptops for iPads… and wants to switch back | PC Pro blog

The school that swapped its laptops for iPads… and wants to switch back | PC Pro blog | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

 

PM - Interesting article but I have to agree with some of the comments that it appears to be a poor implimentation plan rather than limitations of the hardware. Plus, MS have promisied that Word, Excel and PowerPoint Apps will be coming out in November! Fingers crossed!

 

KF: I think the first impression is that somehow the iPads are the problem - but upon creaful reading there seem to be two much more obvious reasons that problems arose:

1. The deployment strategy did not seem to ionclude any professonal development;

2. Teachers using the devices did not modify their practices to ustilise hte affordances of the devcies ina rich way... token adoption of useful apps but no real reflective decisions about changing how they do things.

 

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Think back to how many people were lamenting the loss of floppy disks.
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How To Start Developing Your Own Apps | Edudemic

How To Start Developing Your Own Apps | Edudemic | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

With the rapid growth of the mobile medium, some colleges and universities are adding specialized undergraduate degree programs in mobile app development. Check out this fabulously useful infographic from Schools.com for more information:

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Essential Mac and iPad Apps for Graduate Students

Essential Mac and iPad Apps for Graduate Students | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
With the exception of one year when I needed to use IBM’s ThinkPad in order to use only Windows-compatible software, I have been using Mac since I was a kid. I started taking lecture notes on...
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Rubric to Evaluate Educational Apps : The eLearning Site

Rubric to Evaluate Educational Apps : The eLearning Site | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

How do you evaluate education apps? Look no further than this great Rubric from Learning in Hand. Criteria include:

 

Relevance: The app’s focus has a strong connection to the purpose for the app and appropriate for the student

 

Customization: App offers complete flexibility to alter content and settings to meet student needs

 

Feedback: Student is provided specific feedback

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Making Sense of the Apple Volume Purchase Program - momswithapps.com

Making Sense of the Apple Volume Purchase Program - momswithapps.com | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Our guest post this week is written by Bob Dronski, creator of EdgeMates, and an IT resource at his local school.

 

"The big kahuna is the Program Manager, who is in charge of purchasing “Volume Vouchers” for the school. These are elegant little cards that are physically sent to the school. (You read that right. Nothing is offered electronically.)"

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Surfing for Substance: 50 No-Nonsense, No-Fluff Websites and Apps for Educators

If you are like most educators, you’re on an incessant prowl for new ways to engage your students. As someone who doesn’t have a lot of time—and is determined to make good use of what time you do have—it is likely that you’re also looking for ways to streamline your curriculum and stay organized. You may be a “tech-head” already, but you don’t have to be to make any of these 50 user-friendly websites and apps a part of your everyday life.

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Print From Anywhere with Dropbox, IFTTT, and Automator

Print From Anywhere with Dropbox, IFTTT, and Automator | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

If you’ve owned an iOS device, you’ve probably wanted to print from it at some point. Maybe it’s a file, maybe it’s a webpage or e-mail–sometimes, the people want their paper copies. And so Apple eventually introduced AirPrint, which allows “AirPrint-enabled applications . . . [to] print to an AirPrint-enabled printer,” at least as long as you’re on the same wifi network. Great, right?

 

I wouldn’t know, because I don’t have an AirPrint-enabled printer, even though it is capable of wireless printing.

 

Faced with the same problem, Dave Caolo rigged a solution that marries three favorite ProfHacker technologies: Dropbox, IFTTT (If This Then That), and Automator. In his post, he offers step-by-step screenshots explaining how to do the following...

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The iPad goes back to school | Macworld

The iPad goes back to school | Macworld | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Two years into the tablet experiment, educators talk about what's working in the classroom.
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iOS 6 Coming Next Week – Here are the Best New Features It Brings to the iPad | iPad Insight

iOS 6 Coming Next Week – Here are the Best New Features It Brings to the iPad | iPad Insight | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
iOS 6 is coming next week. Here are some of the best new iOS 6 features for iPad.

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Higher Education Faculty Name Popular Uses of Mobile Devices | iPad Academy

Higher Education Faculty Name Popular Uses of Mobile Devices | iPad Academy | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Six popular uses for iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices in higher education that address teaching, learning, scholarship and classroom management.

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12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom

12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

Implementing iPads isn’t exactly a just-add-water proposition.

 

While they’re wondrous little devices capable of enchanting learners for hours, to get the learning results you’re likely after will take planning, design, and reflection.

 

It can help to start out by asking yourself some important questions, such as “What can the iPad do that is not possible without it? Put another way, what problems does the iPad solve?”

 

But the learning environment you’re starting with can make a big difference as well. It’s one thing to come up with individual lesson plans high on the wiz-bang factor, but low in terms of sustainability.

Below are 4 distinct areas of instruction and instructional design that can help frame the concept of iPad integration. Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Integration.

 

There is more to the conversation, but rather than overwhelm you (not that you couldn’t handle it), it seemed better to simply start your thinker.

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The iPad Revolution – How Learning Will Never Be the Same Again

The iPad Revolution – How Learning Will Never Be the Same Again | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

Beyond being a media player, a web browser, an expensive organiser and a games console, the iPad has another use, one that’s perhaps more important than any of the others.

 

It is a natural tool for learning and for teaching.

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The 30 Best iPad apps for college students and academics

The 30 Best iPad apps for college students and academics | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
This post discusses my personal best 30 iPad apps for college students, grad students, professors and everybody else in university and academia.
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