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12 Advanced iPad Tips All Educators Should Learn -- THE Journal

12 Advanced iPad Tips All Educators Should Learn -- THE Journal | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
Are you and your students really getting the most out of the iPad? FETC speaker Luis Perez lists 12 little-known tips, tricks, and settings to supercharge your iPad use.
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A playlist from Sir Ken Robinson, the most-watched speaker on TED.com | TED Blog

A playlist from Sir Ken Robinson, the most-watched speaker on TED.com | TED Blog | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson is the most-viewed speaker on TED.com. His three talks have been viewed an astounding 21.5 million times.
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BYOD School Tells Students, "Buy a Calculator Because You Can Cheat with Your iPads!"

BYOD School Tells Students, "Buy a Calculator Because You Can Cheat with Your iPads!" | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it

Can you believe this? 

 

My daughter goes to a 20th century school that mistakingly thinks it embraces 21st century learning simply because it allows students to bring their own device. This is particularly frustrating to me since I speak on this very subject at schools and conferences around the country. 

 

"Daddy, I need to buy a scientific calculator for math class!" I respond, "Oh sweetie, you're so cute. No one with a brand new iPad mini needs to buy a physical calculator any more. Just tell me what functions you need it to do and I'll help you find the right app." To which she says, "No. We're not allowed to use our iPads or phones. The teacher says we can cheat that way by texting, IMing, or emailing answers to each other." *facepalm*

 

I would like to crowdsource here and ask for comments as to how to best deliver my email to this school's academic director.

 

Thanks in advance!


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Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's comment, May 7, 2013 10:56 PM
totally disagree! teach them to source information from wherever - where does 'cheating' actually fit these days? Isn't crowd sourcing your answer a good strategy - just like you're doing?!?!?
Leslie Kelsey's comment, May 10, 2013 11:01 AM
The teacher could think about creating an assignment that involves much more than crunching numbers, and requires analysis, hypothesis proposal and other key scientific research skills that make using a Sci Calculator out of date - the whole notion of cheating is outdated.
Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:32 PM

Bizarre rationality after adopting a poilcy!

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7 sweet social studies iPad apps I just learned about

7 sweet social studies iPad apps I just learned about | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
I spent yesterday with a whole bunch of excellent K-12 social studies teachers - discussing how we can integrate iPads into instruction. I shared some ideas. They shared some ideas. We did some app...
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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Screw Up an iPad Deployment

Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Screw Up an iPad Deployment | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
I spent a lot of time over the last few weeks working with a ton of teachers. Great conversations. Lots of learning. And not just a little frustration on the part of the teachers. Much of the frust...
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Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone

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Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone
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Apps are ‘game changer’ for autistic - Health - MiamiHerald.com

Apps are ‘game changer’ for autistic - Health - MiamiHerald.com | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, an autism diagnosis was seen as a door tightly shut on a world that communicated differently. Today, people with autism have a powerful key to unlock that door — thousands of apps to help them communicate.

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Making Friends's curator insight, April 9, 2013 11:23 PM

How apps are changing the world of autism interventions.

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Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers

Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it

by Felix Jacomino

 

As I prepare a presentation on 21st Century Skills, I find myself dealing with having to first be clear on what they are NOT. Only because for many, the term "21st Century" is synonymous with technology. In this post, I won't get into the details of why it's not.

 

What I would like to share is my realization that terrible times lie ahead for bad teachers. Conversely, there has never been a more exiting time for a good educator than today and the near future!

 

In order to make a statement like that, I owe it to my readers to give my definition of each type of teacher.

 

Bad teachers:

Do not want to learn new things.

Have "the book" lead instruction and feel the need to always stick to it.

Are comfortable doing the same lessons (the same way) year after year.

Never step out of their comfort zone. Live in their own bubble and do not see the need to live outside of it.

Only teach facts and assess the ability to memorize those facts ("Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer, deserves to be." -David Thornburg). 

Design tests to be easily gradeable.

Think that all progress in education are "fads."

Do not learn new things... oops, I already wrote that! It bears repeating because SOOOO much can be learned from other colleagues!

 

Good teachers:

Care whether their students find the learning relative.

Are ALWAYS looking for new ways to engage their students.

Embrace quality professional development as often as they can.

Learn from and share with other educators.

Have gotten this far into this post and are nodding their heads ;-)

 

My hopes are that we QUICKLY get to the point where teachers who do not inspire and engage will be seen as employees who are simply not doing their jobs and be let go. Or, they may move to schools that don't "get it" (yet) and find a safe haven there for now. Either way, it's time for ALL teachers to pick a side. And yes, there's plenty of room on the "good side" for bad teachers to make the change. Here's hoping!


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Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:32 PM

Interesting good vs. bad

John Rudkin's curator insight, February 8, 2014 3:07 AM

Interesting take, and of course true, i.e. "technology" is not 21st Century.  It is almost a constant - technology facilitates (or can, used correctly) good teaching, and offers opportunities to add variety, flexibility and relevance.  Used badly it can be irrelevant.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 8, 2014 10:30 PM

Diferencias entre Buenos y Malos Profesores

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Tip of the Week: Podstock is a family of learners

Tip of the Week: Podstock is a family of learners | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
Let's be absolutely clear about this. This is a commercial. Plain and simple. It is a blatant attempt on my part to suck you into the Podstock family. And I feel pretty good about that. But if you ...
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iPads for Learning with Featured Speaker Wesley Fryer

iPads for Learning with Featured Speaker Wesley Fryer | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
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Some of the premier ed-tech speakers facilitating this day! 

 

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Innovative Ways the Autism Community Uses iPads

Innovative Ways the Autism Community Uses iPads | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
The iPad is an especially useful communication tool for young people with autism.
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Apple Unveils New Lists Of All-Time Top Apps As It Counts Down To 50 Billion Downloads

Apple Unveils New Lists Of All-Time Top Apps As It Counts Down To 50 Billion Downloads | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
A couple of days ago, Apple began counting down to the 50 billionth app to be downloaded in the App Store.

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I want my students to use iPads in Math Class...

I want my students to use iPads in Math Class... | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
EdTechTeacher provides professional development services to teachers, schools, districts, and administrators.

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Unstoppable Learning : NPR

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Learning is an integral part of human nature. But why do we — as adults — assume learning must be taught, tested and reinforced? In this hour, TED speakers explore the ways babies and children learn, from the womb to the playground to the Web.
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An Open Letter to All Educators: I don't understand

An Open Letter to All Educators: I don't understand | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
There's something I don't understand and I need help figuring it out. Will you help? We, as teachers, want to help our kids be better people in the world, right? That's our purpose? To help kids to...
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Murally is Google Docs for Visual People

Murally is Google Docs for Visual People | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
I know that some research is suggesting that there really aren't such things as visual or auditory learners. Well . . . that research is wrong. Cause I'm a visual learner. No question. I don't list...
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Special Education Apps | Best iPad Apps for Kids | Educational iPad Apps - A4CWSN.com

Special Education Apps | Best iPad Apps for Kids | Educational iPad Apps - A4CWSN.com | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and carers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products...
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25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity -

25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity - | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
iPad use in formal learning environments, by all accounts, is soaring. Due to the almost magical ways it promotes interaction, that makes sense. But when…
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Ten Things Educators Should Know About Introverted Students

Ten Things Educators Should Know About Introverted Students | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it
I've been doing more interviews on introversion this year as a result of the success of my eBook, "The Introvert's Guide to Success in Business and Leadership" and my Harvard Business Review Blog P...
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9 iPhone/iPad Apps Every Parent Should Have | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

9 iPhone/iPad Apps Every Parent Should Have | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers | ESSDACK - iPads for Learning | Scoop.it

This is the twenty first century; this is the world of advanced technology. You know every day new technology is introduced and every technology is better and faster than the old one.


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Stephanie 'Anderson' Eckel's curator insight, January 13, 2013 11:34 PM

I may be a teacher, but I'm also a parent!