Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.
"In recognition of the widespread use of iPad sin schools and general education, Apple recently released a new "Apps for Teachers" http://bit.ly/16HvwHx category in the App Store. You'll find them listed among a wide and extensive list of categories under the "Education Collection" banner."
The overall academic performance of U.S. students will never equal that of our toughest international competitors if we continue to focus on high-stakes tests alone, write Marc Tucker, Linda Darling-Hammond, and John Jackson.
Take part in Earth Science Week 2013! Held October 13-19, ESW 2013 will promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences. “Mapping Our World,” the theme of ESW 2013, engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact.
"FluencyFinder http://www.fluencyfinder.com/ the popular educational iOS app for determining Reading Fluency has just recently released their long awaited update.
What is FluencyFinder? FluencyFinder is a fantastically simple teaching tool for educators wanting to assess student’s Reading Level (Grades 1st-8th). This is done by printing out a Reading passage (6 per grade level w/ more on the way) and then having the student read while following along on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone). The teacher will begin the assessment by starting the app timer and then tap (+) or (-) as a student makes or corrects a mistake. When the student is finished the teacher will end the timer and then press the finish assessment button to get instant real-time results. These detailed results will include WPM, word counts, number of mistakes and more."
At some point in my life, a few years back, Facebook became much less....interesting to me. Much less cool, even. I thought it was me. I assumed I was getting old and that my friends, acquaintances, and I were just doing less interesting stuff.
"In this age of social media, edtech, smartphones, tablets and MOOCs, software applications play a larger role than ever in the learning environment. In fact, apps have reached such a level of ubiquity and everyday integration that a number of software companies are turning out apps that can help students create apps of their own. Here’s a list of 10 software tools that can jumpstart a student’s knowledge and skill in computer programming:"
Schools have a tendency to shy away from actively teaching digital citizenship due to time constraints in the curriculum, concerns about student-teacher interaction online, as well as anxiety over students having ready access to social media...
"Today while I was reading a short article on the importance of videos in education, it dawned on me to compile a list of some of the best video creation tools to share with you here. I do have a separate section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning where I have been featuring a plethora of video tools . But today's collection is somehow different not only because it contains the cream of the crop but also because these tools are all web based.
All of the web tools below do not require any software installation and you can work on them right from your browser. I am pretty sure you will find them very useful particularly when working on video projects with your students. Please have a look and share with us if we have missed any important title. Enjoy!"
Scientific American (blog) Teachers and App Designers Join Forces Scientific American (blog) Starting this week, developers from a dozen high tech startups are entering New York City classrooms to help teachers brainstorm solutions to educational...
"Who makes the things that we buy? Few of us know. They seem untouched by human hands. Occasionally there's a news story, a documentary film, or an artwork showing the hidden ingredients in our coffee, t-shirts, or iPads. They often 'expose' unpleasant working conditions to encourage more 'ethical' consumer or corporate behaviour. followthethings.com is this work's 'online store'. Here you can find out who has followed what, why and how; the techniques used to 'grab' its audiences; the discussions and impacts that this has provoked; and how to follow things yourself."
Via Seth Dixon