"Desmos is a free graphing calculator that originally launched a few years ago as a web app before becoming an iPad app (the web app still works too). Recently, the Desmos iOS app was updated with some good features for students."
Via John Evans
This channel is a video companion to the book "Interactive Open Educational Resources." It has quick start videos that demonstrate how to quickly and effectively [locate the best online, free resources]."
Via Jim Lerman
“ Want to create your own interactive eBook for the iPad? It's actually really simple using the iBooks Author program that Apple provides for free! Writing eBooks has so many awesome business applications and benefits.”
Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Heather Peretz, Kevin Biles
"I feel teachers need to both create tasks that target the higher-order cognitive skills (Bloom's) as well as design tasks that have a significant impact on student outcomes (SAMR). A visual to illustrate that follows.
"Educators will argue they have seen redefinition tasks that only target the remembering level or have a creative assessment that is only at the augmentation level. Of course that is true, but I believe we should be planning for technology tasks, activities, and assessments that include both the higher levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and the transformation area of SAMR model."
Jim Lerman's insight:
SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) is gaining a great deal of attention currently as a way to conceptualize technology integration into teaching and learning. Schrock, one of the web's early and greatest collectors and curators, has gathered a cornucopia of excellent resources.
I personally find SAMR to bear considerable resemblance to the original 5 levels of tech integration posited by the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) project back in the 1980's: Entry, Adoption, Adaptation, Appropriation, Invention. In fact, if one eliminates the first stage (Entry), the two frameworks seem almost identical. Does anyone have anything they'd like to say about this?
We know that we are watched online, our feelings scanned by Google and Facebook to figure out what next to sell us. Now we can get a feel for what that looks like, thanks to a linguistic analysis tool released by a start-up. The results, at least in one writer’s case, are bemusing.
New owner, same problems In case you haven't heard, Microsoft surprised very few people tonight when it announced that it would purchase all relevant mobile-related parts of and license patents from Nokia for about $7.17 billion (€5.44 billion).
"Pixlr Express Plus for iPad is a free app that provides intuitive tools for cropping your pictures, fixing the light balance, removing red eyes, and changing the contrast of your pictures. Pixlr Express Plus also provides some Instagram-like filters that you can apply to your images."
Via John Evans
Here’s a riddle: When is a tweet more than a tweet?We’re all pretty familiar with Twitter’s 140 characters—and of course, a photo is always an eye-catching addition. But what if your Twitter audience could sign up for your email list without ever leaving Twitter, or directly download your new app straight from a tweet? What if a photo and article summary could travel alongside every post of your content?And what if you could do all of this for free, right now?Twitter cards offer all this potential and more. In this post, we’ll go over everything a marketer or small business owner needs to know about Twitter cards....
Via Jeff Domansky, massimo facchinetti
“It can not be stressed enough: social media crowdfunding is one of the most important aspects of your campaign. (RT @crowdclan: It cannot be stressed enough: social media is one of the most important aspects of #crowdfunding!”
"Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming."