"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."
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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:
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.)"
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.
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...
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.
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