“ When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad, it was a marvel that had the potential to make big change. It was visually stunning. It was tactile. It shortened some work from minutes to seconds. The iPad’s possibilities in education were seen quickly and have developed over time. It’s easy to say that tech is just a tool, but if we don’t seek how we can leverage its potential, we’re shortchanging our students. In our weekly half-hour #DitchBook chat (10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Mountain, 7 p.m. Pacific), we recently discussed how we can “Ditch That Textbook” with the iPad.”
Via John Evans
At the heart of our development are the concerns of teachers. We gather invaluable feedback from the conversations we have had with teachers in person at the conferences we attend, on social media or by email. Not only does it give us perspective but more importantly it pinpoints what needs to be improved upon.
According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question. There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common:
1. Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectives
2. Academic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutions
3. Learners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning process
4. Teachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutions
5. Learners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner”
"Apple is revamping its iPad deployment strategy to make it easier for schools to share tablets among students, according to an official email obtained by MacRumors.
Under the forthcoming system, apps can be assigned to a tablet without an Apple ID, meaning schools can distribute an app to a large number of tablets at once instead of having to input IDs one by one. "
“ Zing is a new service offering thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.”
Via John Evans
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