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iTunes U for iPad Retools the Learning Experience

iTunes U for iPad Retools the Learning Experience | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

The all-new iTunes U app lets teachers create and manage courses including essential components such as lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and syllabuses and offer them to millions of iOS users around the world.

Read the entire story via macrumors.com at http://goo.gl/Yr8n8

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My View: Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

My View: Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

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by Greg Green,  principal at Clintondale High School in Clinton Township, Michigan. I’m a principal at Clintondale High, a financially challenged school near Detroit.

 

At Clintondale High School, our education model wasn’t working, and the people suffering most were students. We recognized that a change was needed and applied for a grant from TechSmith, a local company that makes screen and lecture recording software. They provided us with some technology licenses and helped us create a flipped class structure, which we first implemented in the ninth grade and eventually put into action for the entire school.

 

At Clintondale High School, we have been using this education model for the past 18 months. During this time, our attendance rate has increased, our discipline rate decreased, and, most importantly, our failure rate - the number of students failing each class - has gone down significantly. When we first implemented this model in the ninth grade, our student failure rate dropped by 33% in one year.

 

In English, the failure rate went from 52% to 19%; in math, 44% to 13%; in science, 41% to 19%; and in social studies, 28% to 9%. In September of 2011, the entire school began using the flipped instruction model, and already the impact is significant. During the first semester of the year, the overall failure rate at the school dropped to 10%. We’ve also seen notable improvement on statewide test scores, proving that students’ understanding of the material is better under this model.


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Apps in Education: 10 Essential Science Apps

Apps in Education: 10 Essential Science Apps | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Once again, Apps in Education has provided an outstanding list of apps for classroom integration.  Gregory provides you a list of 10 Essential Science Apps.  He includes Molecules, The Elements, Frog Disection, iLab Timer and more.  So, check out this posting and enjoy science!

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iPaddiction: Logical (Math) Apps To Complete After An Assessment

iPaddiction: Logical (Math) Apps To Complete After An Assessment | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

In developing my resource library on iPads, apps, and integration examples I learned of this site iPaddiction.  May I say it is one of the top 10, if not Top 5, resource sites collected.  One of the great features deals with the use of videos where the instructor interacts with the students as they explain a variety of apps.  

To show you the wealth of resources available on iPaddition, lets start with "Logical (Math) Apps" Here is a short quote from the site: 

"Students complete assessments at different times during the class.
iPads offer the solution! iPads offer many apps.

Logical thinking apps are fun and challenging for students.
Students used the apps below to enhance their thinking today."

 

Logical Math Apps list: http://goo.gl/wCfKD 

Paperport App Review: http://goo.gl/rP53r 

 

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Sync iTunes with Android - How to Transfer iTunes Music to Android

Sync iTunes with Android - How to Transfer iTunes Music to Android | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
How to get iTunes music/podcasts to your Android phone or tablet? Use iSyncr to transfer/sync iTunes to Android.
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Infographic Of The Day: The Magic And Madness Of The Creative Process | Co.Design

Infographic Of The Day: The Magic And Madness Of The Creative Process | Co.Design | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
RT @FastCoDesign: RT @neigerdesign: Infographics about the creative process always make me think one thing: how long did this take them?
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iPad Recommended Educational App Lists

iPad Recommended Educational App Lists | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

This is a collection of lists of sites that provide recommended lists/reviews of educational apps.  The compiled resources are curated by Lisa Johnson via Scoop.it.

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FlipSnack | PDF to Flash page flip - flipping book software

FlipSnack | PDF to Flash page flip - flipping book software | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
FlipSnack is a flipping book software that lets you convert PDF documents into Flash page flip digital publications that you can embed into your website.

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Educational and Assistive Technology Consulting Services — EdTech Associates

EdTech Associates offers customized technology consulting services for education with an approach to technology assessments, planning, budgeting and grant writing.
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Digital Learning Day :: Home

Digital Learning Day :: Home | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Technology has changed the way we do everything from grocery shopping, to listening to music, and reading books. It’s time to take action to leverage this potential with more innovative uses of technology in our nation's schools to ensure every student experiences personalized learning with great teaching.

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Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps

Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

In this post JD Lasica provides 10 steps for creating a digital story.  Here is an overview of the steps.  

1. Decide on the story you want to tell

2. Gather your materials

3. Begin writing your script

4. Prep your equipment

5. Create a storyboard

6. Digitize your media

7. Record your voice-over

8. Add music

9. Edit your story

10. Share your story

 

To read the entire post visit http://goo.gl/TDGiY If you are interested in seeing an entire resource of digital storytelling resources consider visiting my LiveBinder:  http://goo.gl/UOWgf

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iBioSeminars: Free biology videos online

iBioSeminars: Free biology videos online | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
iBioSeminars: Free biology videos online
The world's leaders in biology present lectures that start with broad introductions and then progress to research questions and experiments.
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Best Infographics Ideas and Free Tools

Best Infographics Ideas and Free Tools | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Look at pretty much every blog, professional site and presentation these days, and you will notice that most of them have infographics, which are charts that display a visual image in order to supply data to the user.
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Apps in Education: Managing Individual Education Programs (IEP) on the iPad

Apps in Education: Managing Individual Education Programs (IEP) on the iPad | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Are you involved in collecting data and evaluating a students for special education services?  Are you the one having to develop and provide the support within an IEP? If so, consider these apps shared by Gregory Swenson on his Apps in Education blog.  Gregory has provided this list composed of 13 options.  Each app can be used to collect data needed for evaluation as well as assessing student progress.

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Apple's iBooks 2, iBooks Author: Bids to own publishing's future | LA Times

Apple's iBooks 2, iBooks Author: Bids to own publishing's future | LA Times | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Alongside Apple stating that iBooks 2 and textbooks on the iPad would reinvent the textbook as we know it, the iPad-maker announced Thursday that it would also attempt to reinvent book-making by way of an app called iBooks Author.

 

The Apple-made app, available as a free download from the Mac App Store, (ideally) makes it easy to make books for the iPad. But together, iBooks 2 and iBooks Author are moves to capture the future of education and self-publishing, and to continue to build on the success Apple had under the late Steve Jobs.

 

"iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple's iBookstore," Apple said.


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The Best Video Streaming and Live Conversion App for Mac OS X

The Best Video Streaming and Live Conversion App for Mac OS X | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
StreamToMe, our top choice for streaming and live converting video on Mac OS X, is an easy choice for the category because it is, essentially, the only choice.
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Mobile Studying & Online Flashcards on Smartphones

Mobile Studying & Online Flashcards on Smartphones | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Students use smartphones to study more, and more efficiently.
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Your Storytelling Brain

Your Storytelling Brain | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Cognitive science has long recognized narrative as a basic organizing principle of memory. From early childhood, we tell ourselves stories about our actions and experiences. Accuracy is not the main objective – coherence is.


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IpadAppsClarkstown - home

IpadAppsClarkstown - home | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

A Special Education teacher from Clarkstown School District has developed this collaborative wiki in hope of providing insight and resources for parents, students, and educators. There are app reviews as well as other valuable resources collected allowing for differentiated instruction allowing for the development of student learning.

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: 3 Tips on Flipping Your Classroom with #iPads #flippedclassroom

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: 3 Tips on Flipping Your Classroom with #iPads #flippedclassroom | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

How would you flip a classroom with iPads? For fun, here's a quick exploration of 3 ways it might happen with iPad apps. 

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50 Plus Ideas for Using Document Cameras in the Classroom

50 Plus Ideas for Using Document Cameras in the Classroom | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Thanks to Paula Naugle (@plnaugle) for sharing this ETN article on 50 ways to use a document in the classroom.

 

A document camera is one of the easiest and quickest ways to integrate technology into your classroom.  The article provides you ideas broken down by primary grades, middle school, and high school levels.  You will also find a link on the site for downloading a PDF file of all the camera ideas.  

 

May your teachers enjoy these ideas as well as my staff and pre-service students will!

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Bloodrop Gives You a Dropbox Public Share Link When You Drag a File Onto Its Icon

Bloodrop Gives You a Dropbox Public Share Link When You Drag a File Onto Its Icon | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Mac OS X: Sharing a file with Dropbox isn't hard, but it can be a little tedious to open the public folder, drag the file in, and then right-click to copy the link.  Bloodrop automates this process. All you have to do is drag a file onto its icon

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Apps in Education: Go Back in Time with 12 World History Apps

Apps in Education: Go Back in Time with 12 World History Apps | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Are you in the need to getting your students attention in a history course?. If so, take a look at these 12 apps recommended by Gregory Swanson (Apps in Education) that address a wide range of historical periods and sites.   Here is a quote from Greg's post:

"Some of the more interactive apps like War World 11 or Virtual History: Roma lend themselves to individual research projects or even students negotiated activities, other could be used just as starters or as warm up activities. However you use them, these apps give you a set of tools that you can now use in your iPad classroom."

So, take a look at the recommendations and provide feedback to which app works best for your classroom setting.

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New Civil War iPhone App for touring Civil War Battlefields

New Civil War iPhone App for touring Civil War Battlefields | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
New Civil War iPhone app combines stories and photos of the battle of Antietam and challenges readers to compare the historical image with the modern.
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How To Create and Design Outstanding Modern Infographics

How To Create and Design Outstanding Modern Infographics | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
We've talked a lot over the last few days about the power of Infographics as a quick and visual way to capture the attention of text weary blog readers that visit your site.

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