“There are fifteen punctuation marks in the English language, each of which serves a variety of purposes. A couple months ago, I charted each of the fifteen punctuation marks in order of how much each punctuation mark does. As insightful as that may (or may not) have been, that chart didn't provide an example for all the ways to use punctuation marks. So my solution? I wrote a sentence for every single way to use each of the punctuation marks. And what better thing to write about in each sentence than America's favorite food?”
Via Ana Cristina Pratas
"Multitasking now provides full on background processing for every app — and intelligently so! Basically, iOS waits until it thinks you need something, then makes sure it's there when you do. If one app needs access to data, it organizes other apps that might need access too. This all combines to let your iPhone and iPad stay responsive, and your battery life stay long-lasting. But what happens when something goes wrong, or you decide you want to quit or kill an app and its processes? Easy! With the multitasking card view, you can close up to three apps at one!"
"Back in April, my 10 year old daughter (Rachel) shared a Google Document with me which was her fourth completed book, and her longest finished chapter book to date. She titled it, “Mature Little Me.” Inspired by Chris Simon, the STEM teacher at Independence Elementary School in Yukon, Oklahoma, from 2011-2013, it’s a fourth grade adventure story with some invention/maker flavor. Back in April I didn’t set aside the time needed to help with some edits and get it published online for Rachel, both as an eBook and a print-on-demand book via Lulu.com. This evening I spent about 3 hours editing and publishing her book, and learned a BUNCH as a result. I’ll attempt to document much of that learning in this post."
"From the makers of the extremely popular Reflector (also featured onteachingwithipad.org) comes an exciting new application called Slingshot. If used to its full potential, Slingshot can bring together both educators and their students to collaborate and make presentations in a whole new way.
AirPlay mirroring has been an excellent feature in the classroom to promote wireless mobility while you circulate among your students. The features of Slingshot takes this capability one step further. Now, anyone who joins a session that you host will be able to see your screen as you teach (providing that they have a compatible device). The possibilities of this are plenty."
"Most iPhone and iPad users know that you can tap and hold onto any text within iOS to select it, then by using the little draggable bars, you can adjust the size of the text selection rather easily too. While this is great for selecting a single word, a sentence, and even a small block of text, it’s not so great for choosing to highlight large groups of words like a lengthy paragraph, or just a generally large block of text. But not to worry, it turns out that iOS has a much better way of selecting large text blocks in one fell swoop, and it uses an easy to remember tap gesture that seems to be so little known that it’d almost qualify as a secret."
"I just received an email from one of the readers of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning asking about some good iPad apps for creating citations and bibliographies. I have gone through my archive and compiled the short list below. Enjoy"
"The philosophy behind the maker movement is to explore and create with purpose. It’s about embracing a child’s natural curiousity and supporting the notion of learning by doing. As it should be in every classroom, play is a key component in the maker movement.
Makers believe it you can imagine it you can make it."
Media teachers have a plethora of technology available for use in their duties, but which tablet to use? Finham Park School’s Head of Creative Arts Mike Gunn shares why he lives and dies by the iPad when it comes to media studies.
"Here are some of my favorite apps to use with Elementary students in the classroom. These are apps that promote creativity and critical thinking for the Project Based Learning classroom. I have also linked student examples of how these apps have been used by educators and students. The examples do not necessarily reflect Project Based Learning, but will give you ideas on how you can use these apps within the framework of your Project or Product Based Learning activities."
"Here is a great and comprehensive directory of free image sources compiled by The Edublogger. This collection is specifically created to help teachers, educators and students have instant access to a wide variety of web resources where they can search for and access free images.The sources featured in this directory are organized according to these 4 criteria:"
"Engaging kids in creative video productions allows them to develop communication skills and enhances their technical know-how. It also gives them an avenue through which they can practice multimodal expressions and present information in numerous ways.This multimodality in communicating information does not only help students understand topics much better and at a deeper level but is also an elemental feature of the 21st century learning."
"ClassroomPDF for the iPad is a PDF App tailor made for a teacher's workflow. It is ideal for grading PDF documents and presenting them in class. In addition to a silky-smooth handwritten ink engine, unique One-Tap Covers let you hide answers on the page and reveal them when needed. This is great for impromptu quizzes and motivating in-class discussions."
"Have you ever thought of using iPads in your classroom? iPads as we all know, is among the best tools that can be used to teach students effectively. Here's a list of a lot of apps for the effective use of iPad in the classroom."
The best video editing apps for iPad to help you shoot, edit, and share your movies! Looking for the best iPad apps for video editing? From basic trimming to adding transitions, titles, and effects, video editing is a breeze on the iPad due to its larger screen real estate. Whether your next video is a montage of your last family vacation or a school project, the App Store has...
MagicalPad HD has gone free today for a limited time. It used to cost $4,99. The MAC version of this app whose regular cots is $39.99 s now 30% off. I hope you would grab and install the iPad app of MagicalPad HD since it's free because the powerful features it provides are just what every teacher needs to take his/her productivity level to the next stage.
"Recently I had the distinct privilege of working with Julie Freed, Grant Wood’s Assistive Technology guru, to present a number of iPad apps that can be used to help improve the reading and/or writing skills of students in special education. Interested? Here are some of the apps we talked about, along with the reasons why we picked them."