"There have been several posts on the web discussing what makes the most sense to purchase for the classroom, an Apple TV setup or an Interactive Whiteboard. While it’s great to say one is better than the other, I would like to show you the differences between the two setups and break each setup down into categories to see which outperforms the other."
Apple has just announced the iPad mini and that means they've fully entered the small tablet space. Priced starting at $329, however, they didn't obliterate it as some (including yours truly) thought they would.
"This afternoon I Stumbled Upon a good Slideshare presentation from Mike Amante who I had the pleasure of meeting during ISTE 2010. Mike's presentation Creative Uses for Ipad in the Classroom offers a nice run-down of the apps and examples of using them in the classroom. The presentation includes some QR codes that you can scan to get the lists of apps that Mike recommends. Take a look through the presentation as embedded below and you're likely to find a new app or idea that you can use in your classroom. "
QA International (QAI) have announced its Virtual Human Body App, available on iPad since last December, is now a universal app, optimized for viewing on iPhone and iPod touch, including support for the new 4" Retina display on iPhone 5.
"For the first few weeks of school, I focused on teaching the preschool and pre-k classes how to properly handle the iPads. For this activity we used small books to model the proper ways in which to pass the iPads. The three rules that we focused on were as follows:
1. Always pass the iPad with two hands. 2. Only use clean hands on the iPad. 3. When tapping the iPad, tap gently."
"QR codes are being used more across the world and especially in learning.
There is a great opportunity for students to create and use QR codes on the iPad to extend learning across a range of curriculum subjects and specifically for demonstrating understanding of their own work or extending their understanding of a topic."
"I did a quick search, delving a few pages deep in the results, but couldn’t find what I wanted. I thought that it would be useful if a trailer could be planned in advance, rather than shoot footage and hope that there was enough of the various types of scenes to fit the trailer templates. I know that we should design a trailer around our content, but it is also nice to be able to create one quickly from the templates."
Online, in workshops, and even with friends, I frequently get asked What can the iPad actually do? as a sort of challenge to the worth of the device. I would rather that they ask, What can you actually do with an iPad?
This is a great toolfor creating short animated movies with text to speach or longer more complex animation. Lots of characters and different sets. Your movies can then be downloaded or embedded into blogs.
This is a very cheap app (less than a dollar) for annotating video and adding commentary to any clip that you have recorded on your mobile device. The video clips can then be emailed or uploaded to youTube.
"I have had the privilege of being able to plough new ground in my classroom with a class set of iPads. I now have over a year of experience in using them with my students everyday. Over that time I have had alot of trial, error and troubleshooting. But now into my second year I have the benefit of being familiar with iPads strengths and weaknesses. All of the apps in my list of 15 Ways to Use an iPad are ones that I have used with students."
"Today as I was going through my feeds I stumbled upon this awesome slideshow on how teachers can use iPad in their classroom. I know we have already written a lot on this topic here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but sometimes you find new and creative ways others include in their use of iPad and that is the case with the one below. It has some novel ideas as to how teachers can use iPad for instructional purposes."
"The idea of students sitting in front of PCs learning how to use Word is as dead as the proverbial dead parrot. It is already an antiquated model of learning – like chalk or fountain pens with ink-wells; it has a whiff of the twentieth century about it, rather than preparing our students for the future."
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