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How to work with styles in iBooks Author [Video] | Inkslinger Industries

How to work with styles in iBooks Author [Video] | Inkslinger Industries | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

"We explore paragraph styles, character styles, and list style in iBooks Author. We show you how to lay out your book so that last minute changes are a piece of cake."


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22 History and Geography iPad Apps for Kids « Imagination Soup | Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids

22 History and Geography iPad Apps for Kids « Imagination Soup | Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

As a History and Geography teacher I am always looking for resources to share with students, parents,  as well as my peers.  Melissa Taylor of http://imaginationsoup.net provides a nice variety of Geography and History options covering a range between grade school and high school. 

 

A couple apps that jump out at me are: Egyptian Hieroglyphics Decoder and The Civil War Today.  Both take the interested parties to resources and interactives that one will not find in a textbook.  So, be sure to check these and the other 20 apps out.  

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Collaborative software for the iPad – iPad whiteboard

Collaborative software for the iPad – iPad whiteboard | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Whether it be in the educational scenario or possibly for a business use, an iPad whiteboard application can be very useful for project collaboration. You do have some online collaboration tools available, I believe there is one within Google docs. When you have a situation when two or more people are working together, it can be very beneficial to have a single workspace."


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3 Infographic Styles to Get Your Message Across in 60 Seconds or ...

3 Infographic Styles to Get Your Message Across in 60 Seconds or ... | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Have you ever suffered from information overload? Your eyes glaze over and then you start drooling at your screen until you snap your head back and hope no.
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Picle – Free App for Multimedia Presentation or Digital Storytelling

Picle – Free App for Multimedia Presentation or Digital Storytelling | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton has share an app that can level the playing field for almost every learner.  Picle is a free app that helps learners put together digital stories or multimedia presentations easily by combining photos with audio narration and sound.  Imagine the creativity that could be generated with learners having the ability to express and share what they know with this easy to use app. As for teachers, Paul points out that they could present information to learners in multiple ways.

 

Paul has shared a video he created with Picle in his blog.  Check it out!


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You can now record your iOS device's screen with Display Recorder

You can now record your iOS device's screen with Display Recorder | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Display Recorder is the first iOS app allowed in the App Store to record the screen of your iOS device. Here's how it works. Read this blog post by Jason Cipriani on How To.
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Engage Students with Flipped Video Tasks

Engage Students with Flipped Video Tasks | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

One of the major criticisms of this method though is that a dull unengaging content doesn't suddenly become engaging because it's on a video on the web, so how do we get students to engage with the content and make sure they watch it in a challenging and interactive way.

Vialogues is a useful tool for attempting to do this (though dull content will always be dull) because it enables you to create interaction around the video that actually gets students to think about and engage with the content. 

 

Via Nik Peachey www.scoop.it/t/learning-technology


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Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind | Langwitches Blog

Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind | Langwitches Blog | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Silvia (@Langwitches) has created another amazing Scribd project.  This project provides an excellent illustrated resource explaing the process of evaluating iPad apps. 

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How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World? | Powerful Learning Practice

How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World? | Powerful Learning Practice | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

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iPad Academic – Animating and Explaining Cell Division in a HS Classroom

iPad Academic – Animating and Explaining Cell Division in a HS Classroom | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Multiple apps can be used in conjunction toward a larger learning goal, and at an advanced level. This is a biology project, but has potential application in drama and digital story-telling, as well. The purpose of this exercise is for the students to show their understanding of the main concepts of meiosis and to gain fluency with the required vocabulary. Students use three creative apps together: Explain Everything, iMotion and iMovie.

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The Best iPad Note Apps [Best Of] | Cult of Mac

The Best iPad Note Apps [Best Of] | Cult of Mac | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Tris Hussey, article writer for Cult of Mac, provides details and screenshots of the Top 5 apps he would recommend for note taking. I completely agree with Tris' recommendation of Notability.  I have been using it myself and like how I can handwrite notes, type, integrate photos, and organize by categories.  The other apps look promising too!  Those are Noteshelf, Remarks, Wacom Bamboo Paper, and FiftyThree's Paper app.

 

Those of you familiar with any of these apps please share your thoughts and advice with us.  Happy note taking everyone!

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iApps for Those who Learn Differently

iApps for Those who Learn Differently | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

In a world of social media and networking, I am always appreciative of John Evans and Kathleen McClaskey.  These two folks have a great collection of resources focusin on the integration of iPads into the classroom via Scoop.it.

 

This post in particular caught my attention as I am always on the look out for app recommendations.  This post focuses on students that struggle with text.  I am familiar with PaperPort Notes, Cloudon (cloud based MS Office), and Dragon Dictation.  I have seen posts about Book Creator via Wesley Fryer (@wfryer).  However, the two I have recently downloaded and testing out are Idea Sketch (visual mind mapping) and Side by Side.  Side by Side claims to be able to split your iPad screen into 4 different zones allowing for multitasking. 

 

Oh, not to forget, those of you wanting to be able to share files from Pages to Dropbox should checkout the app GoodReader as it will allow those two apps to connect.

 

Enjoy these apps and let us know your thoughts on how they can be used in the classroom. 

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Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | GeekDad | Wired.com

Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | GeekDad | Wired.com | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

By Kevin Makice

 

"Evansville (Indiana) science teacher Brian Bennett describes the Flipped Classroom as an ideology, not a methodology:

 

'Video itself will not help kids achieve more in your class. The flipped classroom is about making connections with learners and differentiating your instruction. If videos are a part of that multi-faceted plan, great. If they are not, still great.'

 

"Sams seems to concur: “Anyone who blindly adopts ‘The Flipped Classroom’ (or inquiry, or lecturing, or unschooling, or whatever) model and never modifies it to meet the needs of his or her students will blindly lead his or her students into educational ruin.”

 

Entering Phase Three

 

Moving a lecture online changes where that information is consumed, not necessarily the degree of student engagement or its effectiveness. Curricula provider Mathalicious critiqued Khan Academy as “one of the most dangerous phenomena in education today.” That argument is not directed at the site itself, but centers around the negative impact Khan may have on innovation. The Khan style of teaching is the same step-by-step process that students have seen for generations:

 

'Khan Academy is great for what it is — a supplemental resource; homework help — but we’ve turned it into something it’s not. Indeed, something it was never intended to be.'

 

"For Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360, the Flipped Classroom movement represents an important progression toward “Phase Three” of education reform: blended learning. Meaning, the digital form moves beyond simply augmenting face-to-face teaching into a peer role where online and offline interaction directly supports learning goals. State legislators are coming closer to endorsing blended learning as a required experience."


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50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About | Edudemic

50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About | Edudemic | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Edudemic has established a great resource at apps.edudemic.com.  This site allows for app exploration through searches, sorting of results by category or price, and even provides the ability to compare.  What really stands out is the ability to embed the directory into your own site or blog.

 

Enjoy and happy searching!

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Creating Word Collages on the iPad, fun and easy. | iGo With My iPad

Creating Word Collages on the iPad, fun and easy. | iGo With My iPad | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Are you a word cloud user of Wordle, Tagxedo or another web based site?  If so, you will like this iPad app option.  Word Collage allows for creation and sharing of designs completely from your iPad. Actually, Word Collage is a Universal app can be used on the iPhone as well.

 

Original post by John Evans on his Scoop it page (www.scoop.it/t/ipads-in-education)  


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VideoScribe HD

VideoScribe.tv is a completely unique way to create engaging animated videos quickly and easily. Often called Whiteboard animation or sometimes Fast Drawing, VideoScribe replicates the stop-motion capture style of drawing ...


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iStimulation: Research on iPad Apps for Children with Visual Impairments

iStimulation: Research on iPad Apps for Children with Visual Impairments | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Special thanks to Kathleen McClaskey for sharing this post on her scoop.it site (www.scoop.it/t/leveling-the-playing-field-with-apps

 

This presentation by Laura Campaña, Director of Infant & Early Childhood Program at Junior Blind of America, was given in March 2012.

 

"It introduces multiple applications on the iPad iOS platform that have been tested on children with visual impairment. It includes cumulative data collected on iPad use compared to APH Lightbox use with children with visual impairment during a study done by the Junior Blind. The purpose of the study was to investigate the use of the Apple iPad as a means to strengthen or initiate visual engagement, parental interaction, communication, visual attentiveness, reaching adn/or activation among children with visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities."

 

http://www.juniorblind.org/site/iecp-test-presentation

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10 Incredibly Powerful Teaching Tools of the Future

10 Incredibly Powerful Teaching Tools of the Future | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y.

 

Read more:

http://edudemic.com/2012/06/june-edudemic-magazine/

 

 


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iPad As....

iPad As.... | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

EdTechTeacher provides professional development services to teachers, schools, districts, and administrators.  I really like the list of iPad Learning Objectives and how each app is classified. 

 

What apps would you recommend that are not listed here? 

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What is the theory that underpins moocs?

What is the theory that underpins moocs? | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

These are a few of the more prominent attributes of MOOCs that I’ve been involved with. As stated above, there is overlap between our model at that of Coursera/EDx. However, Coursera/EDx emulates the existing education system, choosing instead to transfer it online rather than transform it online. No doubt they will continue to evolve their model and we’ll continue to evolve ours.


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Inkling Finally Brings Its Interactive Textbooks to the Web

Inkling Finally Brings Its Interactive Textbooks to the Web | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Audrey Watters of www.hackeducation.com shares that e-book publisher Inkling has modified some of their offerings allowing them to function on the web and iPad.  Inklinkg has converted several resources to HTML5.  

Thus, the conversion has enabled the feature enhanced interactive e-book app to function multi-platforms.  

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50 Best iPad Apps for STEM Education | Online Universities

50 Best iPad Apps for STEM Education  | Online Universities | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

OnlineUniversities.com released this blog post on May 30th.  They have compiled their recommendations for the 50 Best iPad apps for STEM.  I like how the blog post starts off with "General" STEM apps recommendations and then addresses S, T, E, M individually with apps that meet those individual fields.

 

So, take a look at their list.  If you fill they have overlooked some great STEM apps share them as responses to this post and together we can collaboratively build our own list. 

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Make Your Mac Look And Act More Like An iOS Device [Feature] | Cult of Mac

Make Your Mac Look And Act More Like An iOS Device [Feature] | Cult of Mac | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Cult of Mac provides the steps and script information needed to convert your Mac to resemble the OS of an iPad.  The five areas are:

1.  Dock and Wallpaper

2.  Menubar and Dock

3.  The Finder and Homescreen

4.  Launchpad to work like your iPhone

5.  Pull down to refresh your Mac

 

 

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iRollout of iPads | Mr Lovegrove

iRollout of iPads | Mr Lovegrove | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

I find this post regarding the roll out of iPads to students and staff well organized.  Mr. Lovegrove covers the "Why", "How", and adds links to additional resources they incorporated.  We too have been considering the Griffin multidock stations for our cart alternatives.  

 

Another point he addressed was the home screen of the iPads.  He stated they went with each iPad's wallpaper having the school logo.  I find this a great way of also identifying who the iPad belongs too.  However, to place a twist on this idea, how about having each student design a screen image using school details as a way of encouraging student creativity, pride, and ownership?  Then, have the student body vote on it.  

 

What do you think of students creating a school iPad screen logo?

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How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series)

How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series) | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

By Rob Van Nood

 

"I was using portfolios with limited success and spending a lot of time on them, until Evernote came into the picture.

 

"When I first started researching options, I was coming across a lot of companies that were really expensive, charging a lot for each student’s use. I also knew that we needed an app for mobile devices that would make it easy to capture and document paperwork and I wasn’t finding that in most of the tools I was evaluating. Evernote was free, had an app for virtually every device, and we could get started right away.

 

"After creating accounts for the students [learn more about how to get set up in the Portfolio Forum discussion] capturing and organizing information became insanely easy. Here is how we are using Evernote in the classroom:"

 

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