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KINDERGARTEN IPAD PROGRAM SEES POSITIVE RESULTS

KINDERGARTEN IPAD PROGRAM SEES POSITIVE RESULTS | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Since Auburn is the nation's first public school system to provide iPads to each of their youngest students, the district is closely examining the program through a yearlong research study. Dr. Mike Muir, Auburn School Department's Multiple Pathways Leader, stated, "Too many innovative programs don't prioritize their own research, and even if they collect observations and stories later, they don't make the effort to do a randomized control trial, like we did. We wanted to make sure we could objectively examine the contribution of the iPads."

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Rethinking Testing in the Age of the iPad

Rethinking Testing in the Age of the iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Moving assessments onto mobile devices may open the door to quicker feedback for students and teachers as well as richer data, but integrating them into classrooms can be a challenge.
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App Store - Word Solitaire: Aurora

Look northwards and to the stars for a dazzling display of word creation and traditional solitaire! Drag letters onto each other to arrange them into words. Flip over cards to expose more letters and complete the level by using all provided letters in the creation of words.

 

Acclaimed by critics and users alike for its unique gameplay, the 4.5-star original Word Solitaire has consistently ranked amongst the most popular word games on the App Store for the last couple of years.

 

Word Solitaire: Aurora brings everything from the original plus:

☀ A 250-Level "Campaign" will keep you hooked for months
☀ High-resolution Retina graphics
☀ Full Game Center support
☀ A comprehensive tutorial will help you pick up the game in minutes
☀ Compete against users around the world on the daily puzzle
☀ Configure a game with your own settings in Quick Play mode
☀ Stunning displays of the aurora change each day
☀ All-new twists like wildcards spice up the play


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iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 1

iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 1 | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

The kind of shift in learning the iPad (and other tablets) can initiate is dependent on good teaching practice and preparation. The iPad has an app for just about anything. Students will be able to work out how to use the app. They do that quicker than us. As teachers, its our responsibility to show them what to use it for. It’s why we have to think of what we want them to do as learners, not what can the iPad do. We have to make the iPad suit the learning, not make the learning suit the iPad to justify having it. So think of the skills you want your students to develop and then work out if the iPad can improve that skill. If it doesn’t, don’t use it.

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The Truth About Tablets: Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students’ hands—but it’s not easy — The Digital Shift

The Truth About Tablets: Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students’ hands—but it’s not easy — The Digital Shift | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

"Talk about a revolution. Since Amazon unveiled the first Kindle in 2007, digital devices have dramatically changed the way kids read and even think about books. But it’s less clear how ereaders and tablets will affect libraries and schools. As any librarian who’s dealt with ebook adoption can quickly tell you, “It’s complicated.”


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A Startling Real-World Account of iPad Integration

A Startling Real-World Account of iPad Integration | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

 A Startling Real-World Account of iPad Integration http://t.co/AUR3z9fI 


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PlayTales Launches Dynamic Children's Bookstore App on iOS and Android Platforms - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)

PlayTales Launches Dynamic Children's Bookstore App on iOS and Android Platforms - San Francisco Chronicle (press release) | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
PlayTales Launches Dynamic Children's Bookstore App on iOS and Android PlatformsSan Francisco Chronicle (press release)PlayTales (www.myplaytales.com), the easiest place for parents to find interactive picture books for children aged 1 to 8+, today...
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The Innovative Educator: iPad Literacy Program Increases Reading & Writing Ability

The Innovative Educator: iPad Literacy Program Increases Reading & Writing Ability | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Footsteps2Brilliance (F2B) is an impressive educational game platform that supports students in prek - 3rd grade in learning to read and write. Their Academic Language Program for Students (ALPS) teaches young children the 1,000 key words they will need to develop a powerful reading and writing vocabulary through animated ebooks and games. There is a back end management system tracks mastery of each child's vocabulary and comprehension development as well as standards-based concepts. The program was developed in response to the landmark Hart-Risley study on language development that shows that an underprivileged child enters school with 25% of the vocabulary they need to succeed academically. This program helps to rectify this situation by creating a language rich environment for all children.

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If iBooks Author Is Overkill For Your Simple eBook Project, Try Book Creator For iOS Instead [Review] | Cult of Mac

If iBooks Author Is Overkill For Your Simple eBook Project, Try Book Creator For iOS Instead [Review] | Cult of Mac | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

"So what if you want to make a shorter, simpler ebook? What if your kids want to make one? iBooks Author, for all its benefits, would probably be overkill. Enter, stage right, Book Creator for iOS. This five-dollar app lets you create simple ebooks on your iPad with very little fuss ..."


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Digital Textbooks Go Straight From Scientists to Students

Digital Textbooks Go Straight From Scientists to Students | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

"...Johnston, who runs a marine biology lab at Duke University, wanted the digital tome to show undergraduate students what his scientific field has to offer. But e-book publishers said the subject matter was too niche and the requested features too expensive to make financial sense.

“When we approached them, they essentially told us we were too small,” Johnston said. Frustrated by the experience, Johnston set out to create open source software to publish the book himself.

“We are not going after the biology 101 iPad textbook. We are not trying to build the digital textbook for chemistry,” Johnston said. “We’ve created a simple tool for specialized subjects where there isn’t a textbook, and knowledge advances quickly. Being an open source effort gives academics the flexibility they need.”


The first interactive marine science textbook for the iPad is called Cachalot (French for “sperm whale”). It’s a free, app-based book that covers the latest science of marine megafauna like whales, dolphins and seals with expert-contributed text, images and open-access studies. Through a digital publication system called FLOW, the book also offers students note-taking tools, Twitter integration, Wolfram|Alpha search and even National Geographic “critter cam” videos..."

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Apple No Longer Claims to Own Your Content on iBooks

Apple No Longer Claims to Own Your Content on iBooks | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Apple has clarified the terms of its iBooks Author license agreement in a much less scary and pro user way.

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WA Govt trials iPads in schools | Delimiter

WA Govt trials iPads in schools | Delimiter | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Some of the youngest of Western Australia’s nearly 262,000 students enrolled in 770 public schools will now use the latest in Apple tablet technology to learn about alphabets and numbers.
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App Store - W.E.L.D.E.R.

W.E.L.D.E.R. This stands for Word Examination Laboratory for Dynamic Extraction and Reassessment. Simply rearrange the letters and add in a few to create words (they have over 15000 loaded in the dictionary) Spell the word correctly, score the points and the letters are removed. It is a very addictive game.

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iPads in Auburn, Maine's Kindergartens: A First Look at Their Effect on Learning

iPads in Auburn, Maine's Kindergartens: A First Look at Their Effect on Learning | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

The school year is now almost halfway over, and the early results are in from the district's implementation. The results are good too: iPads increased the kindergarteners' literacy scores.

 

That's the money quote, I suppose, or the headline that I should have utilized -- the one piece of data that some folks are going to take and run with: iPads increased the kindergarteners' literacy scores.

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East Haven schools invest in reading technology

East Haven schools invest in reading technology | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
School officials see the gadgets as a possible answer to the district’s achievement gap, deciding at the end of last year to spend more than $120,000 on 220 iPads and software and equip every school with a set. The thinking behind the investment is that the technology will help teachers identify struggling readers faster, use time previously spent calculating and reviewing reading assessments to work with students or adjust lesson plans, and offer kids another learning tool to use in the classroom.

 

Now halfway through the first school year of the district’s wide-spread iPad use, educators say the tablets are already having an impact.
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Educational Technology Guy: 10 Great, Free Apps for Students for Notetaking and Class Planning

Educational Technology Guy: 10 Great, Free Apps for Students for Notetaking and Class Planning | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Some good and great apps for note taking/studying. Disappointed that one of the ideas was to print paper calendars and share with the students. NOT a 21st century skill.


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Literacy Journal: Only 1 iPad in the Classroom?

Literacy Journal: Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Is only one iPad in a classroom worth it? The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom. It is an even larger YES if the Mac device has the most current operating system. Having a computer to which the iPad can sync is not absolutely necessary, but it is a Best Idea.

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Future of reading? 'Active fiction' lets readers make the call

Future of reading? 'Active fiction' lets readers make the call | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
What if Romeo and Juliet lived happily ever after, or Van Helsing decided Dracula wasn't worth the trouble? In a high-tech twist on Choose Your Own Adventure, "active fiction" imbues readers with precisely that kind of power.

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GeekMom » Blog Archive » IPads in the Classroom: A Case Study in Auburn, Maine – Part One

GeekMom » Blog Archive » IPads in the Classroom: A Case Study in Auburn, Maine – Part One | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

iPads in the Classroom: A Case Study in Auburn, Maine – Part One. Interesting reflections from an interested mother and teacher ...


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SoundLiteracy for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Sound Literacy is the first iPad app that brings your letter tiles in to the 21st Century. It is now being used in 12 countries across the globe and growing quickly.

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iPad in Literacy: Using iPad in the Classroom

http://www.RichardColosi.com In this video you'll see how a first grade classroom uses the iPad to learn literacy skills: * Digital Flash Cards (Photos) to p...
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Blowing Up the Book

Blowing Up the Book | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

A new crop of digital books comes loaded with videos, songs, animated shorts and pop-up graphics. Is this the future of publishing?


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Learning Online Digital shift: e-books rising in popularity « Online Learning Update

By KATIE DAWSON, Indiana Daily Student

The Indiana University eText initiative has saved 5,300 IU students as much as $100,000 by allowing professors to select eTexts instead of traditional textbooks to teach in class. eTexts first became available for faculty to consider for classes in September 2011 but are now available for all classes to use this spring semester. After the IU fee model was developed to charge each student who takes a class using eTexts, an agreement was issued between five publishers to supply eTexts to these students. “Essentially what we’ve done is negotiate a very favorable pricing for students where the publisher drops the price substantially if each student pays for it when he or she takes the course,” Wheeler said. “So if the textbook is originally $100, you would often see an eText fee of $30 to $40.”

http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=85043

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Funny Alphabet - Interactive ABC Game for Kids - Review + Promo Codes! - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod

Funny Alphabet - Interactive ABC Game for Kids - Review + Promo Codes! - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Funny Alphabet – interactive ABC game is a fun learning app to help and support pre-schoolers with their ABC. Bright and colourful it engages kids with cute animation and interactive features. Funny Alphabet : App Review +PROMO CODES GIVEAWAY!

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Digital Storytelling with the iPad

Digital Storytelling with the iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

A starting point for anyone wanting to integrate digital story telling with the iPad. Created by several Apple Distinguished Educators.


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Jonathan Jarc's comment, February 4, 2012 7:47 PM
Thanks for sharing this. I was lucky to work with this fantastic group of educators at an ADE Summer Institute two years ago!