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"Google Docs is such an incredible tool for college students, offering collaboration, portability, ease of use, and widespread acceptance. But there are so many options, both hidden and obvious, that there’s a good chance you’re not using Google Docs to its fullest capability. We’ve discovered 52 great tips for getting the most out of Google Docs as a student, with awesome ideas and tricks for collaboration, sharing, and staying productive."
A roundup of educational articles, apps and tutorials for educators looking to integrate iPads into the classroom.
For teachers, some of which are just beginning to use tablets and mobile devices in class, these resources can be invaluable in promoting more interactive classrooms and understanding how best to use and control such products. Below is a collection of tutorials, lesson plans and applications for educators to utilize.
"We keep playing with different options to get text into our iPads to take notes, keep track of tasks and share our creative work. Earlier this week we covered a new solution to better manage our meeting notes with, MeetingMaker. Today we learned that the folks that brought us TextKraft now has released 1a Easy Writer. While TextKraft is an advanced tool with word suggestions and look ups as you type, 1a Easy Writer is more for the quick note taker and editing smaller documents on the go. 1a Easy Writer is showing in the iTunes store for no charge right now, not sure how long that deal will last.
"1a Easy Writer has a quick access bar above the iPad’s keyboard to cut down on the need to drill through one keyboard to another for features and often used typographical characters:"
By Aiden Levy
"Some people have asked me “how do I integrate the iPad into my English classes?” I respond by providing some iPad related tasks that link and work well with the text types taught in Australian primary schools."
Levy speaks about these ideas being useful for primary grades. Of course they are, but many of the apps and ideas are equally at home in upper grades as well. Some very clever thoughts here. -JL
By Danny Nicholson
"With more and more schools (and teachers) getting iPads, I’m increasingly being asked how a teacher can hook up their iPad to their interactive whiteboard.
"There are several ways to use your iPad. The first is as a way to control your computer, and the other two involve connecting your computer directly to the projector, removing the IWB from the equation.
"None of these methods let you connect your iPad to your IWB. That’s not possible right now."
Robin Good: YouDazzle is a new online collaboration service which allows you to share files, manage private meeting rooms, do screen sharing and have real-time discussions with your team members.
Key features include:
a minimum of 20 GB of storage File sharing Screen-sharing Unlimited private rooms Unlimited guests Analytics Dropbox Integration Custom Branding
PCWorld writes: "The company uses third-party public clouds, hosted by Amazon Web Services and DropBox, to not only store files in a cloud, but allow for multiple users to access them during Web meetings.
YouDazzle features password protected online "rooms" that store files that can then be shared by a host with invited members to a meeting.
The software also supports screen sharing and a discussion feature that allows for real-time conversations during the online meeting.
The company's software is integrated with Dropbox APIs, which allows for documents that are stored in DropBox to be edited in the application and stored back into the cloud."
YouDazzle, which released the product this week, has a free version, allowing one user to host a single meeting. (*Credit card required)
For $20 a month, a user can host an unlimited number of meetings, while for $40 up to three hosts can access the software and for $100 a month up to 10 hosts can start online meetings."
(Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/253389/youdazzle_combines_social_collaboration_cloud_storage.html ;)
Pricing: https://www.youdazzle.com/pricing ;
Try it out: https://www.youdazzle.com/ ;
Robin Good: Forget Google Drive coming next week. I have just been testing for a few days Bitcasa, which promises unlimited storage for $10/month (free while in Beta) and I must say I have been quite impressed.
Once installed on your Mac or PC, Bitcasa makes itself available to "cloudify" any folder/directory you want with a simple click and then it works in the background to upload and copy all of your files to the your infinite storage drive.
You can sync-up different computers and portable devices and get access to all of your precious files from anyone.
To show how eager Bitcasa really is to receive tons of your files and to backup hundreds of gigabytes of stuff, Bitcasa has installed on my Mac a little utility (with my approval) that automatically offers me, everytime I plug in an external hard disk, to cloudify its contents.
I have already cloudified over 20GB without a hitch and now I can see them from all my computers.
If you need to work or collaborate with othe people, are on the move, and can't carry around a suitcase of hard drives, Bitcasa may provide an ideal solution at a very accessible cost.
Very promising. 9/10
Sign up to get in: http://www.bitcasa.com/ ;
Full recording of 90-minute Webinar presented by Lea Anne Daughrity. Numerous links added by participants at bottom of homepage. LiveBinder of reading and viewing selections provided by the presenter, also on the homepage.
This is a comprehensive presentation of ideas and techniques by a skilled practitioner. -JL
By Jeff Smith
Links and brief descriptions to more than 50 apps and tutorials for screencasting and screencapture. Jeff Smith is one of the web's best collectors of education resources. You can be confident this list is comprehensive and up to date. -JL
"If you’re always on the hunt for new ideas to implement in the classroom or want to keep up with the latest news in education, then turn to Twitter. With teachers tweeting in droves, if determining whom to follow first is overwhelming, start by checking out these top 25 teachers, educators and experts on Twitter. By following their tweets, you will gain access to education news as it happens and numerous tips, activities and resources to use in your classroom or with your children."
From the website:
"Did you know that your iPad can actually play back Flash-based eLearning courses and presentations? Even though the native support of Flash is not provided on iPads and iPhones, there is more than one way to use either of the devices to share your Flash projects."
This site contains a great overview of Socratic Seminars and some very useful rubrics and documents to support them.
"The list of recommendations presented below is based on scientific studies of students in grades 4–12. The strategies for teaching writing are listed according to the magnitude of their effects. Practices with the strongest effects are listed first.... All of the strategies are potentially useful, and we encourage teachers to use a combination of strategies to best meet the needs of their students."
"Windows users now have a way to wirelessly mirror iPad and iPhone to their computers with AirSever. Similar to Reflection for Mac, AirServer is software installed on a desktop or laptop that turns that the computer into an AirPlay receiver with no Apple TV required. There's absolutely no software to install on iPad or iPhone because AirPlay mirroring is built into iOS (but currently only on iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, and iPhone 4S)."
By Amy Todd
"There are a few options for creating photo slides shows in the iPad. Almost all allow the use of photos you have on the iPad and most allow some level of editing of the photos in the slide show. What has been missing on the iPad compared to doing photo slides shows on the desktop is the Ken Burns effect. That is the effect where a view starts in close on one part of a image then zooms out to see the full image or to another part of the image. The effect, while simple when viewing it for what it does, creates quite an impact to bring simple images to life.
"With the Universal app Slideshow Builder, we can add the Ken Burns effects to photos in a slide show we can distribute through the cloud."
By Kelda Richards
"Attached to the end of this post is a PDF of a Keynote presentation to accompany a hands-on workshop I have run twice now on using the iPad to create learning content for pupils along the ‘flipped classroom’ model."
"When used effectively, technology plays an important role in enhancing the learning process. Teachers can use digital devices to present supplemental material for lessons or to encourage students to take a more hands-on role in their education.
"Even with all of the benefits of technology in the classroom, however, educators must use caution to ensure that students are focusing on the lesson and not giving in to distractions. Here are seven ways that teachers can use to help students pay more attention when using technology:"
By Richard Byrne
"Earlier this morning on Twitter William Blackledge asked me for some advice about starting a blog. It's hard to make all my advice fit into 140 characters so I compiled this list of blog posts about blogging that I've written in the past. Hence the title All of My Blogging Advice in One Place.
"What I've Learned from 5,000 Blog Posts11 Things You Should Know About BloggingSo You Want to Reuse a Blog Post?So Your Content Got Stolen, Now What?How Do You Keep Up With All of This?About Accepting Advertising as an Ed Tech Blogger (or as a blogger in general)
"From Sue Waters, What You Want to Know About Blogging."
Robin Good: Meetings.io is a new videoconferencing service which allows you to meet up with to 5 people in your own branded and persistent collaboration room.
There is no software to download or install as Meetings.io is completely web-based.
Meetings.io also include other key collaboration features such as:
Free to use. No registration required.
Key features: http://meetings.io/features ;
FAQ: http://meetings.io/help ;
More info: http://meetings.io/ ;
"If This Then That is a helpful website that I learned about from Kern Kelley during a Google+ Hangout last night. If This Then That helps you automate tasks like saving your Pinterest pins to your Evernote account, set text alerts for Google Calendar events, and sending email attachments directly to your Dropbox account. There are thousands of formulas, recipes is what IFTTT calls them, available in the gallery of recipes. The recipes are all contributed by the community of IFTTT members and you can contribute too."
By Steven Anderson
"When it comes to mobile learning there are loads of great sites for apps for kids and teachers. Everything from apps organized by Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to apps organized by grade level and subject area. But what you might not know, especially if you are an administrator is that there are some great apps out there for you."
By Bryan M. Wolfe
"Weebly, one of the leading website creation providers, today (5/3/12) announced the launch of their new app for the iPhone/iPod touch."
"Map a List which turn Google Spreadsheet information into Google Maps placemarks. The finished product is a Google Map of the information you've selected from your Google Spreadsheets."