If you're looking for some conflict resolution tips to use in school and the classroom, these are some of the best you can find.
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by Jeff Sommer
"It turns out that upgrading an iPhone every two years on a 24-month phone service contract, as I’ve been doing, doesn’t cost $199. This year it will cost me at least $649. In fact, it could cost considerably more than that if you add the miscellaneous charges that your phone carrier may impose, and the discounts that it may withhold.
by Connie White
"How do students best learn? How do teachers best teach?
by Bakari Chavanu
"It’s time to do less typing and more talking with the new real time voice-to-text feature in iOS 8.
"Relatively little has been said about the new real-time dictation function in iOS, and in previous versions it may not have been worthy of the highlight. But with the recent iOS 8 update, Apple has restored bragging rights when it comes voice dictation and mobile devices.
"Past iOS dictation implementation wouldn’t show the text you dictated until you tapped the Done button, which meant activating the feature several times for long form dictation. Well, not anymore. For me, the new voice-to-text feature works more efficiently than Dragon Dictate on the Mac."
Jim Lerman's insight:
I have been a user of Dragon Naturally Speaking for about 8 years and have found it very, very useful -- both for myself and in teaching. Having an effective, "free" voice-to-text capability opens up fabulous opportunities for students to express themselves. The advent of easy voice to text moves writing in a whole new direction. I know because I dictated most of the last book I wrote and several recent funding proposals. It takes awhile to learn how to dictate efficiently and effectively, which has little to do with the software learning your voice patterns and much to do with developing a different though process.
by Dan Haugh
"VideoNot.es is an online app that syncs note-taking with videos for quick and easy reference. VideoNot.es syncs with your Google Drive to automatically synchronize your notes with whatever video you are watching. Users can then click on their time-stamped note to instantly jump to the appropriate place in the video. VideoNot.es works with Coursera, Udacity, EdX, Khan Academy, Vimeo, and YouTube.
"VideoNot.es is a great addition to any student/researcher/teacher’s toolbox. The dual panels make writing while watching a video simple and efficient. Additionally, its seamless integration with Google and Google Drive make this tool even more attractive. Making the backups readable in Google Docs might draw more users"
by Nathan Garvin
Summary by MiddleWeb by SmartBrief
"Blending music and short journal prompts helps students build their confidence in writing, educator Nathan Garvin writes in this article. Garvin, a middle-school teacher in Texas, describes an assignment in which he plays a song while showing images to the students and then asks them to write about the image they chose as the best match for the song. "It's a simple journal prompt that can lead to creative, deep, and original writing," he notes."
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by J.D. Biersdorger
"Q. A few months ago I digitized my slide collection. Unfortunately a few dozen slides had the image top-side down. Is there any app that can reverse (not rotate) these, so I don’t have to fish through the Big Pile of Slides again?
by Ben Stegner
"The next iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system is upon us, and it brings all kinds of improvements. Since iOS 7 was a mostly cosmetic upgrade, iOS 8 focuses on new features. Highlights include handy additions like interactive notifications, Siri’s well-deserved Shazam support for identifying music and better integration with the upcoming OS X Yosemite.
"But one of the most freeing features found in the upgrade is the ability to (finally!) change the default keyboard. No longer are you bound to Apple’s stock keyboard, but can instead pursue alternative methods of entering text.
"We’ve taken a good look at what’s available at this early stage, and how to get them set up."
Jim Lerman's insight: A comprehensive comparison of the alternative keyboards currently available. Nicely done, very informative.
by Ira Socol
"One of our high school teachers told the story of our summer "Pop Up MakerSpace" in a borrowed doublewide in, umm, a "socioeconomically challenged mobile home community." Also a community where speaking English can be a rare thing. We honestly didn't do much planning, he told people, we borrowed the space from a church, we hired someone quickly to add electrical capacity for lighting and computers, we borrowed a variety of tables and seating from the closest high school - also a laptop cart. We brought in lots of cardboard, lots of tape, lots of scissors, some wires, some soldering guns, some hand tools, oh, and a MiFi. And we began. "C'mon in and make stuff," we told the community, and the kids came. Kids 4 through 19, including he remembered, two kids who came within 12 hours of their family arriving in the country. And as they "made" they learned vocabulary - "you're making a house? that part is the gable." "you're making a circuit, let's talk about the wiring..." They learned the mathematics of measurement, the science of geometry and the physics of electricity. "And the kids loved it so much, their parents started coming, and learned to use the sewing machines we had borrowed, and in the end they took over one room of the trailer and started their own cooperative business making things."
Each of us has a story that can move others. As you learn this skill of story-telling, you will be able to tell a compelling story that includes elements that identify yourself, your audience and your strategy to others. In addition, you will gain practice in hearing and coaching others to tell a good story.
Jim Lerman's insight: Quite an interesting approach to storytelling. This is a workshop for how to design and tell stories to organize and motivate people to engage in the environmental movement. It is very specific and planned in specific detail. It is certainly helpful in an educational setting as well.
Also, a quick note about the Venn diagram. To me, the most interesting parts of Venns are where the circles overlap. What does this Venn tell us where Us and Self overlap, where Us and Now overlap, where Now a and Self overlap, and where Us, Self, and Now overlap. If you can name these intersections, you are demonstrating excellent command of the storytelling topic under consideration.
Microsoft has long offered discounted and even free Office offers for students and educators, but even its excellent Student Advantage program—which gives them Office for free—requires that the school initiates the service, creates the account and then orders the Office 365 license on behalf of the student. So now, Microsoft is taking away the middleman and making it easier than ever for students and teachers to get Office 365.
via The Scout Report
"Watchup wants to reinvent the way you watch the news. Starting is easy- just turn it on and, based on your location, newscasts begin to play. As you pick and choose what draws you, Watchup learns your interests, and feeds you more on that. Meanwhile, it suggests contextualizing articles to accompany the broadcasts. Think of it as Pandora for news junkies. Available for iPhone (iOS 7.0 and later) and Android (3.0 and up)."
If you’re running Windows 8, Chrome is easily the best browser you can be running — so what happens when you run into issues during installation?
"Installing Chrome on Windows 8 isn’t as simple as you might think. Let’s run through a few of the choices you have and issues you might run into while trying to install it."
by Meredith Powers
"MaKey MaKey is an "invention kit," that allows users to turn anything capable of conducting a small amount of electricity into a touchpad which can be connected to a computer or other electrical device (lamp, blender, etc.). It’s designed for ages 8+ to provide a starting point for learning to use electronics.
"MaKey MaKey offers a lot of inventive possibilities to encourage creative thinking and it provides hands-on learning experiences for computer science concepts. The kits are reasonably priced compared to other intro-to-electronics products (e.g., littleBits Base Kit, Squishy Circuits, Discover Electronics) and they are extremely easy to use."
by Vindu Goel
"Virtual reality is virtually here — although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency to induce motion sickness.
Screen recorder is convenient and safe software that allows to take PC screen video capture of high quality, with or without sound. The program has no viruses, spyware and unwanted applications. Screen Recorder has been tested by the advanced antivirus systems that proved it is absolutely secure software in its segment.
Via Nik Peachey
by Meera Nair
"Last semester, I discovered Genius.com (formerely RapGenius), a new site that allowed media-rich digital annotation for text. Several of my students had used the site to annotate rap songs and were enthusiastic (and a little bemused) when I suggested we use it in our class.
Jim Lerman's insght: A very informative and detailed article about a fascinating way to approach the study of fiction using online digital media site Genius.com
by J. Robinson
"I suppose the question many would ask is: Why should I get an iPhone 6+? Well, if you're like me, it brings the best of two devices together: phone and tablet. I actually have found myself using the iPhone 6+ for many tasks I had relegated to my tablet. Overall, my early experiences are mostly positive. I am hoping for a little better case as these devices become more popular."
by Shea Bennett
"Twitter’s search tool is an incredibly powerful part of the system but it’s criminally underused. Indeed, many new users aren’t even aware that you can search on Twitter, and those that do often aren’t aware of the more advanced aspects of the feature.
by Brandon LeBlanc
"Have you ever had something on your phone that you really wanted to show to your friends and family, but they had to huddle around you and your PC, tablet, or smartphone just to show them? This happened to me last weekend when my parents were visiting from out of town and I wanted to show them photos from my wedding this last summer our photographer took. Today we’re announcing the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, which connects to an HDTV, monitor, or projector and will let you easily share content from any Miracast-enabled device – including many PCs and Tablets running Windows 8.1. With the Wireless Display Adaptor, I don’t have to worry about getting everyone to huddle around a device. All the content I care about, along with audio, is easily shared on the big screen."