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A resource for educators interested in improving literacy through the iPad and apps
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Schools Abandon Textbooks To Go All iPad

Schools Abandon Textbooks To Go All iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Apple says schools in more than 600 districts have bought iPads for all of their students. We meet one principal, Patrick Larkin of Burlington High School, who decided to stop buying textbooks and use the devices instead.


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The Power of Educational Technology: Arguments for the iPad in Education

The Power of Educational Technology: Arguments for the iPad in Education | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

As we continue to explore the possibility of becoming a 1:1 iPad school, I am starting to put together my arguments in favor of this adoption. Here are some of my thoughts so far. I would welcome your feedback on this document!

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ABCDESK for iPad on the iTunes App Store

It is not just another cute application with a beautiful illustrations and wide range of functions. ABCDESK – powerful tool for your child development and learning, that allows you to adjust more subtly, and is able to evolve with a pace of your child development. ABCDESK will stay engaging, competitive and beneficial over the long period of time, since the parents will change and adjust the content by themselves, according to the level of development and the age of the child. ABCDESK provides the parents with a unique opportunity for co-creation and unmediated participation in your child development.
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Reading: The Core Skill: Reading Remixed

Reading: The Core Skill: Reading Remixed | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Far from killing reading, digital technologies are enhancing the reading experience. Joyce Valenza and Wendy Stephens look at the range of experiences available including teens experiences and opinions about ebooks.


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Why tablets will beat laptops in 2012 | TechRepublic

Why tablets will beat laptops in 2012 | TechRepublic | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
I was one of those doubters who thought of tablets as nothing more than a gimmick.
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Middle school boys who are reluctant readers value reading more after using e-readers

It appears that struggling readers in middle school understand that engagement is needed for reading success, and 21st-century technology may hold a key to that, says the co-author of a new middle-school reading study, Dara Williams-Rossi, Southern...
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Tips2012 iPad App Guide #21: Puppet Pals HD | TPACK iPad Project In Schools (TIPS)

Tips2012 iPad App Guide #21: Puppet Pals HD | TPACK iPad Project In Schools (TIPS) | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Puppet Pals HDis a highly regarded animation / storytelling app for iPad, which is suitable for K-10 students, and has a variety of educational applications.To use Puppet Pals, students select characters, settings, and a title; and then narrate a story while animating the characters and props using their fingers. You can create your own backdrops and characters using pictures from your Camera Roll, and export the finished video files to iMovie, YouTube, etc.

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Will Technology Advance Learning, or Prove a Distraction?

Will Technology Advance Learning, or Prove a Distraction? | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Technology will only advance learning if it is used to support literacy and inquiry, William Oehlkers and Cindy DiDonato write.
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There's an App for That! PBS KIDS® Study Finds Mobile Apps are New Source of Learning

There's an App for That! PBS KIDS® Study Finds Mobile Apps are New Source of Learning | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
As parents search for ways to make the most of the travel time during family road trips this summer, the answer might be as close as their pocket. A new study from PBS KIDS finds that mobile apps can provide an engaging, educational experience for kids. PBS KIDS today announced initial results of a study on the educational benefits of mobile gaming apps in conjunction with the 7th Annual Games for Change Festival in New York. A Rockman et al study found that vocabulary improved as much as 31 percent in children ages three to seven who played with the popular MARTHA SPEAKS app, which was created by series producer WGBH.
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Why the iPad for College Students is more than Angry Birds (especially if they have special needs)

Please meet Ned, a 21-year-old junior at SUNY at Buffalo. If you had asked me twenty years ago where Ned would be today, I would have had difficulty answering this question. When Ned was 18 months, my cousins, who were therapists and familiar with special education, advised me to have Ned evaluated. His symptoms were as follows: little or no language; screaming to a pitch that could break glass; could not drink from a bottle, but could breast feed; could not raise his upper body to crawl; night terrors and, as he got older, the list continued to grow longer. My ex-husband and I took Ned to a facility near our home to have him evaluated. As we waited, I thought the therapists would come in and say, “He’s just fine, go home and give him some time." Three hours passed and in came a physical therapist, occupational therapist and a speech/language therapist. Each one had something to say, from "hypotonic," to "receptive and expressive language difficulties," to "sluggish fine-motor skills." The recommendation: a special pre-school and a classification as a child with a disability. What next?, I wondered.
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Felt Board for iPad by Applicable2U - Digital Story Telling I Education Apps Review

Felt Board for iPad by Applicable2U - Digital Story Telling I Education Apps Review | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Happily we knew Felt Board for iPad had an alternative approach, just take a look at their application icon. Upon entering this application, users will immediately get a craft like feeling as every aspect of this educational app is ...
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The ultimate note taking app smackdown, a new beginning! « Reviews « tabletproductive

The ultimate note taking app smackdown, a new beginning! « Reviews « tabletproductive | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The detailed reviews are done! It is finally time to sit down and pull all of the data together into one master post. I struggled with whether this post was even necessary until I read this post about mind mapping applications for the iPad. I was not going to write this overview post until I found some real value in the way Hans’ post was laid out. In fact, I found his detail enormously refreshing and sorely lacking in most app reviews that rise to the top of Google. So with Hans as inspiration here is my note taking app round up!
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Story Shakers: revolutionary online teaching tool that is shaking up Literacy teaching

Story Shakers: revolutionary online teaching tool that is shaking up Literacy teaching | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Story Shakers is the revolutionary online teaching tool that is shaking up Literacy teaching. Try our homepage storyboard to see how it works - just touch the dice!

 

Story Shakers gives you thousands of different options for storyboards in a range of writing genres including stories, non-chronological reports, instructions and newspapers.


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iPads for Learning Getting Started

iPads for Learning Getting Started - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), text file (.txt) or read online for free.
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Learning and Teaching with iPads: iPads in learning journal articles

Learning and Teaching with iPads: iPads in learning journal articles | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

When this school started investigating the use of iPads in schools at Catholic Education Parramatta there was little in the way of journal articles published about their use in learning and teaching. The staff utilised what range of resources they could find on blogs and websites and via networks.

 

Recently SCAN journal published an article on of their staff members wrote around the school's experience in using iPads in learning and thought it would be timely to look at what was available for schools from educational journals to supplement material they find elsewhere on the web and to assist further in their decision making on whether to go with iPads as a learning tool and/or to get teaching and learning ideas.

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Forget school bags, bring ipads to class|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

Forget school bags, bring ipads to class|Society|chinadaily.com.cn | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Students in Nanjing city, in east China's Jiangsu province, will soon experience a fashionable way of study.
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A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market — The Digital Shift

A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market — The Digital Shift | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

The list is meant to be a helpful, not comprehensive, resource. The focus is whether or not publishers are in the library ebook marketplace. It is not meant to be a listing of all possible ways to acquire ebooks for a library collection.


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Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Prevail?

Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Prevail? | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

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"Just a few years ago, the idea of using a mobile phone as a legitimate learning tool in school deemed far-fetched, if not downright blasphemous. Kids were either prohibited from bringing their phones to school, or at the very least told to shut it off during school hours.

 

"But these days, it’s not unusual to hear a teacher say, “Class, turn on your cell. It’s time to work.”


"Harvard professor Chris Dede has been working in the field of education technology for decades, and is astonished at how quickly mobile devices are penetrating in schools. “I’ve never seen technology moving faster than mobile learning,” said Dede, who teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

"That’s not necessarily surprising, given that a staggering 80 percent of teens have cell phones. This penetration of mobile devices in the consumer market has also wrought what Dede describes as a “sea change” in the education landscape."


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28,000 EPISD students to use iPads in fall - El Paso Times

The iPads, which will be kept in classrooms at 39 EPISD schools that the grant targets, are likely to be implemented in instruction at the start of the next school year, said Sandra Garza, EPISD's director of English language arts-early childhood programs.
"You have apps for preschool kids that teach them motor skills, letter recognition and preliteracy," Garza said. "All the way up to higher grades, e-books come into play that students can access."
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Digital textbooks get a boost with new offerings | eSchool News

Digital textbooks get a boost with new offerings | eSchool News | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

"Apple recently made a splash when it unveiled its iBookstore, featuring digital textbooks for high school math and science education from McGraw-Hill and others. Now, Discovery Education has given digital textbooks another jolt with the release of its own high school science offering—and a middle school social studies product as well.

 

"Discovery Education’s new “Techbooks” expand on an instructional delivery model that Discovery launched for K-8 science in 2010. Much more than just digitized versions of static textbooks, the Techbooks include videos, embedded assessments, and other interactive features that leverage the power of the internet, the company says."


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Survey on Students and Tablets | Pearson Foundation

Survey on Students and Tablets | Pearson Foundation | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Among the findings:

 

• Students agree that tablets will transform the way college students learn in the future.

 

• More students are reading digital books, and a majority of college students now prefer to read digital books rather than print.

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How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom

How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
As the post-PC era moves from interesting theory to cold, hard reality, one of the most pressing questions is: How can we use tablets, and especially the iPad, to help people learn?

 

Most of the focus has been on ebooks replacing textbooks, a trend fueled by Apple’s recent updates to iBooks. Specifically, the company released iBooks Author, a tool for creating immersive ebooks on the desktop.

 

Plus, the new iPad is now the first tablet with a retina screen, making reading and watching multimedia on the device even more enjoyable.

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Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

The appeal of technology can lead to inappropriate
uses in early childhood settings. Technology and media are tools that are effective only when used appropriately. The appeal of technology and the steady stream of new devices may lead some educators to use technology for technology’s sake, rather than as a means to an end. Technology should not be used for activities that are not
educationally sound, not developmentally  appropriate, or not effective (electronic worksheets for preschoolers, for example). Passive use of technology and any type of screen media is an inappropriate replacement for active play, engagement with other children, and interactions with adults. Digitally literate educators who are grounded in child development theory and developmentally appropriate practices have the knowledge, skills, and experience to select and use technology tools and interactive media that suit the ages and developmental levels of the children in their care, and they know when and how to integrate technology into the program effectively. Educators who lack technology skills and digital literacy are at risk of making inappropriate choices and using technology with young children in ways that can negatively impact learning and development.

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More Than an iPacifier? Kids with iPads

More Than an iPacifier? Kids with iPads | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

A large percentage of parents seem to agree. One third of parents surveyed by iYogi stated that they would consider buying or have already bought an iPad for their child and would allow their child and average of at least two hours of use a day, and even $14 of App Store purchases a month. Of these “iWilling” parents, 92% would allow iPad use for school activities, 88% said their child performed well in school and 57% of those with two or more children would use it as a digital pacifier.

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Ky. educators report gains following iPad adoption

Ky. educators report gains following iPad adoption | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Student engagement has increased since a Kentucky elementary school adopted a one-to-one iPad tablet computer program, educators there say. Principal Cheri Smith said the devices, which allow students to submit answers anonymously, also have helped increase their confidence and teach them about responsibility. "Technology doesn't increase achievement, but technology increases engagement and engagement in turn increases achievement," said teacher Jonathan Stovall.

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