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Transforming Teaching at Fresno State with Tablets -- Campus Technology

Transforming Teaching at Fresno State with Tablets -- Campus Technology | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
This tablet program was as much about helping faculty integrate technology into their courses as it was about outfitting students with computing devices for their academics.
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Report: Students Believe Tablets Will Transform the Future of Higher Ed -- Campus Technology

Report: Students Believe Tablets Will Transform the Future of Higher Ed -- Campus Technology | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
The vast majority of undergraduate and graduate students believe tablets will transform the future of higher education, but most still rely on laptops and smartphones for school work, according to a new study conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pearson.
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Keep taking the tablets? Assessing the use of tablet devices in learning and teaching activities in the Further Education sector | Fabian | Research in Learning Technology

Keep taking the tablets? Assessing the use of tablet devices in learning and teaching activities in the Further Education sector | Fabian | Research in Learning Technology | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Keep taking the tablets? Assessing the use of tablet devices in learning and teaching activities in the Further Education sector

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John Clayton's curator insight, February 19, 2014 12:52 PM

An interesting article on the use of BYOD (or in this case supplied) approaches.

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Tablets enhance learning - Fiji Times Online

Tablets enhance learning - Fiji Times Online | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

THE opening of a new Digital Learning Centre in Niusawa Secondary School on Taveuni has been hailed as a window of opportunity into the future for the students.

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Peter Mellow's curator insight, February 24, 2014 6:14 PM

Great job Jennie! Well done! :-)

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21 iPad Apps Available on Android Tablets

21 iPad Apps Available on Android Tablets | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
So many teachers have asked me about Android apps and I thought this would be a great way to share some of my favorites.  Each link will take you to my overview of the iPad version of the app - jus...

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Study Finds That Tablets Increase Homework Completion by 29%

Study Finds That Tablets Increase Homework Completion by 29% | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

" Project Tomorrow andKajeet for Education recently conducted the Making Learning Mobile Project, a study of mobile learning among 136 fifth graders at Falconer Elementary School and 130 eighth graders at Stone Middle School during the 2012-13 year. Results show that students’ approach to work improved across the board."


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Tablet Study Sheds Light on Importance of Students' Socioeconomic Levels

Tablet Study Sheds Light on Importance of Students' Socioeconomic Levels | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
An analysis of tablet programs in schools in two of the nation's largest districts highlights the value of students' previous technology experience.

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Tech-savvy kids can't push a pencil

Tech-savvy kids can't push a pencil | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
PRIMARY school children are losing their handwriting skills, as touch-screen pinching, swiping and typing and a lack of physical exercise leaves them with underdeveloped arm and hand muscles.
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Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Tablet

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Tablet | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
If you're in the market for a new tablet, the good news is that there's a tablet for everyone, regardless of needs and budgets. The bad news is that finding the right tablet can be tricky.
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Tablets to reach 70% of Australians by 2017

Tablets to reach 70% of Australians by 2017 | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
More than 5 million Australians now have tablets and contrary to the predictions of Steve Jobs, smaller models are set to dominate.

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:25 AM

Institutions need mobilization strategies, othewise they will get pushed around by student demand and end up with messy uneconomic systems. Take control institutions and have your say. #Institution voice

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Microsoft’s Surface Is a Sleek Tablet With Clumsy Software — Review

Microsoft’s Surface Is a Sleek Tablet With Clumsy Software — Review | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
In its Surface tablet, Microsoft wanted to build a device just as good at creating work as it is at organizing it. The hardware is brilliant, but the software is another story.
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Challenge of creating on tablets

Challenge of creating on tablets | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
As a range of new tablet computers go on sale, creatives weigh in on the ups and downs of making content on the touch-screen devices.
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Opinion: Tablets are changing the tech you use, whether you own one or not | Digital Trends

Opinion: Tablets are changing the tech you use, whether you own one or not | Digital Trends | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
The rise of the tablet has heralded changes big and small across the tech ecosystem, from a booming market for cloud storage to the fall of Flash.

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Teaching with Tablets

Teaching with Tablets | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

Welcome to our Teaching with Tablets course. This is an interactive and participatory online course on how to make effective use of iPads and tablets for teaching and learning. Our course is aimed at educators across all levels, from Primary to Higher Education, from NQTs to experienced practitioners. Anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome.

 

It is a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas and encourage you to try them within your teaching. We would like you to leave each session with a new idea to try out in practice and then share your experiences on the Google+ community. In turn you can learn from the experiences and gain ideas from fellow professionals.

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How tablets and apps are transforming education

How tablets and apps are transforming education | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Teachers are still learning how to harness the educational potential of the thousand of apps on offer.
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Top of the tablets revealed

Top of the tablets revealed | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Apple's iPad Air has come out on top of a review of 28 tablet computers by Consumer NZ, which recommends the lighter, smaller, higher-resolution portable computer as the best buy. - New Zealand Herald
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The 60-Second Guide To Teaching With Tablets - Edudemic

The 60-Second Guide To Teaching With Tablets - Edudemic | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Getting tablets into the classroom is only the start of the battle. Once you get the funding and deployment all squared away, you still need to actually use them properly. That's what Edudemic authors write about every single day, but it's still a tough (and new) problem for many.
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Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments

Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

"Myth 1: The Digital Generation Needs Technology False. Many talking heads, whether on Twitter or at conferences, feel the need to validate technology integration by deeming it necessary for the next phase of students' lives. While I do believe that technology integration should be part of the educational context, this assertion should not be the reason to incorporate devices and applications into your curriculum. I like to quote Chris Lehman anytime technology integration comes up. Chris said, "Technology should be like oxygen: ubiquitous, necessary and invisible." Technology should not stand out; it should simply blend with dynamic teachers and the engaging curriculum they design. To validate technology integration simply because this generation gets it and needs it is a thin assertion. In fact, many students deemed "digital natives" prefer analog formats for learning and organizing. Integrate technology because you know it is purposeful and helps create engaging learning environments for students.....

 

Myth 2: The iPad is Simply a Tool False. I recently read a post about an iPad being compared to one of the simplest tools, a hammer. Comparing an iPad to a hammer is a naive way of thinking. The iPad, along with laptops, Chromebooks and other tablet options, all boast advanced operating systems with intuitive design. Despite their intuitive design, tasks as simple as taking notes and saving to the cloud can be a struggle for many in the "digital generation." Don't assume the student body will simply adapt to the device and the applications because they fall under the age of 20. Creating a 1:1 environment takes dedicated professional development for staff, parents and the community, as well as the students who will be using it daily....

 

Myth 3: It's Not a Distraction False. And I believed this statement for a while and felt that unimaginative teaching was at fault, but this is not the case. Plus, teachers deserve more credit for consistently trying to create engaging classrooms with the resources they have available in a variety of contexts. When I asked a few students if they were distracted by the iPad, they paused to consider the question, and then answered. While they said it wasn't any different than looking out of a window or doodling in the margins of a notebook, the device presented a need for added self-control.....

 

Myth 4: Creating or Purchasing Textbooks for the iPad is a Grand Innovation In my last post, I mentioned that we set out to create our own in-house textbook alternative. I also mentioned this became a monumental hill for our staff to climb. Also, the iTunes U options were not something we wanted to add to our budget. Launching a 1:1 initiative to simply add a 19th century tool on a 21st century device is not changing or innovating teaching and learning. It's stale practice. The solution: Net Texts.....

 

Myth 5: Going 1:1 with iPads Teaches One Product False. Many times our EdTech team has been accused of being Apple fanboys and fangirls. While we love Apple design and enjoy the ease of its system, we are not teaching a brand. Our students are learning how to use a device with an advanced operating system that assists with organizing, accessing data in the cloud, connecting and sharing. These skills are more than just device-agnostic. They teach students how to organize their educational workflow in a 21st century context....


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RJ Lavallee's curator insight, January 10, 2014 9:04 AM

Bravo! Practical talk about technology, kids, and education.

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Tablets for Fifth Graders? Teachers Try Different Tactics ~ Mind/Shift

Tablets for Fifth Graders? Teachers Try Different Tactics ~ Mind/Shift | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

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"Schools across the country are increasingly starting to use mobile devices like tablets and smartphones as classroom tools. But some educators are still skeptical that devices will distract students as much or more than they enhance the learning environment. Because it’s still fairly new, there have been few quantitative studies, but Project Tomorrow and Kajeet for Education recently completed a study of mobile learning among 136 fifth graders at Falconer Elementary School, a Chicago public school where 94 percent of students receive free and reduced lunch. The Making Learning Mobile Project study documents how four different fifth-grade teachers and their students used the tablets they were given both in class and at home once the school day was over.

 

"The study finds that students used the tablets for more activities than even they expected. Though only 56 percent of students said they envisioned using the tablet for internet research before the study, that number turned out to be 93 percent after the study was completed. Only six percent of students thought they might use the tablet to create videos, when in fact 39 percent completed video projects. Other common uses included project work, educational games, homework, checking grades, communicating with teachers and classmates, receiving reminders, and organizing schoolwork."

 


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Report: Tablets Will Outsell PCs by 2015 -- Campus Technology

Report: Tablets Will Outsell PCs by 2015 -- Campus Technology | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Tablet shipments will outpace PC shipments for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corporation.
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Tomorrow belongs to the tablet

Tomorrow belongs to the tablet | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Is Apple's next big thing already out there?

 

This raises a more basic question: Why are people willing to spend $329 on an iPad when they can get an Android tablet for $200? It's not because the iPad is prettier or more powerful. It's because it's more useful – because its App Store is packed with more apps than you'll find for any other tablet. Apple says it has 350,000 tablet-specific apps in its store; Google has never disclosed the number of tablet-specific Android apps, but anyone who's ever perused the Play store knows the number is tiny. This is a crucial advantage, because unlike a phone, a tablet is pretty useless without great apps.

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Donald Clark Plan B: Tablets: 7 researched ways they can inhibit learning

Donald Clark Plan B: Tablets: 7 researched ways they can inhibit learning | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it

Given the increased use of tablets in schools and universities, we must also ask whether typing is better on touchscreens or keyboards. Are we missing the fact that touchscreens may inhibit or even damage learning?

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, April 2, 2013 4:16 PM

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Higher Education Tech Forecast Sees MOOC, Tablet Momentum -- InformationWeek

Higher Education Tech Forecast Sees MOOC, Tablet Momentum -- InformationWeek | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
Next waves will include gamification, learning analytics, 3-D printing and wearable technologies, according to the NMC Horizon report on new media in education.
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Apple - iPad mini - Features

Apple - iPad mini - Features | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
iPad mini is the full iPad experience. It has a vivid display, it’s fast and fluid, it works with apps made for iPad, and you can hold it in one hand.
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The Future of Education: Tablets vs. Textbooks

The Future of Education: Tablets vs. Textbooks | Curtin iPad User Group | Scoop.it
The federal government, book publishers and the technology industry are considering a large-scale effort to push tablets into public schools, raising questions about hidden costs to implement suc...
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