Who Owns Your Education Data?(and Why Does It Matter?) Audrey Watters @audreywatters #ETMOOC
I have given a number of talks lately on this topic: who owns education data? (And will give a couple more next week -- on a panel at SXSWedu and then, a related but expanded version as a keynote at WebWise.)
I'm not sure why the topic has resonated so deeply with me lately -- perhaps it's all the talk outside the ed-tech sector about the promises of big data; perhaps it's the metaphor of mining vis-a-vis data mining; perhaps it's this new obsession with becoming "data-driven" that I hear politicians posit for schools and students (and thus all the ed-tech products that follow suit); perhaps it's that I am both intrigued and concerned by the emerging field of learning analytics; perhaps it's because I continue to be frustrated by our lack of attention to terms of service and to control of our content (which is data); perhaps it's that I struggle with thinking through exactly how to navigate the personal and the public demands for sharing education data.
Anyway, last night I facilitated a session as part of ETMOOC, a MOOC about education technology and media, organized by Alec Couros. Here's a link to the webinar recording and alink to my slides, along with the wonderful visual notes taken by the even-more-wonderful Giulia Forsythe.
"As other teachers who have used iPads for years already know, there are some very cool educational apps out there, and recently I have been exploring various screencasting apps to record lessons for my classroom. I have also had tons of fun playing with all of them over the winter break, screencasting from my couch about goofy things (mostly involving my two glorified throw-rugs of dogs) with my husband shaking his head at me from his armchair."
There’s no question that the iPad has become a superb tool for artists of all kinds, including professional musicians, who have been spoiled by the presence
Samplr is something of a toolbox; it is a collection of sample manipulation tools packaged together in the form of an integrated kit with effects, layers and a basic envelope system. While it attempts to remain accessible even to those who are just looking for something to play with, Samplr offers enough tinkering capabilities to serve more advanced digital audio professionals as well.
Before you can do anything with the app, Samplr will walk you through its functionality in a brief and informative tutorial. It aims to explain what each component of the interface is responsible for, and while the visual hierarchy of elements could be clearer, the interface is easy to navigate once you get a grip on things.
Now that Tumblr's blackouts are behind it, the company is back to focusing on its product, particularly its mobile one. A growing channel that, by the way, recently helped propel the blogging platform over 20 billion monthly page views.
For those who’ve already been Tumbl-ing on the iPhone, the new support for iPad will be familiar. First and foremost, because the app has “native” support for the iPad, it means that you no longer have to deal with the slow load times of your local browser. So, because of that, the user experience is more frictionless, more responsive and just feels more, well, native.
Like Tumblr for the iPhone, the new app includes familiar features like one-touch re-blogging, pinch and zoom to enlarge photos (and larger photos in general), multi-blog management, offline support, and so on.
However, the upgrade also brings some new iPad-specific additions as well, like its new navigational sidebar that remains in-view as you peruse through the Tumblr universe. A new Path-esque pie menu pops out of the sidebar, allowing for enhanced posting options, as well as landscape and markdown support.
"Dropbox is really going in for the whole social photo phenomenon right now. First, they were making it easy for your to save your photos in their cloud storage by letting you automatically sync them to Dropbox when ever you connected your device to your computer. Now, they’ve totally redesigned their iOS app to be more photo-friendly."
Introducing a new iPad application that allows you to view, create, and share a new kind of media: a creative canvas without boundaries — an Infinite Canvas. Break the sequential barriers often found in traditional presentation software and dive into rich non-linear content — comics, graphic novels, creative portfolios, magazines, photo journals, children’s stories, real estate brochures, art gallery tours, travelogues, tutorials — that shows more than just a single path from A to Z. Your iPad is more than a book…
Immerse yourself in an illuminated manuscript, select different directions, follow various points of view, or explore branching stories. Zoom in or out of the story’s roadmap with a simple tap. Use a single swipe to move up, down, left or right. Your iPad becomes a window looking into a larger, multi-dimensional space. Craft your own adventure…
... witzige Idee: eine iPad App als Nachfolger von Hypercard, der wegweisenden Hypertext-Software von Bill Atkinson: "Break the sequential barriers often found in traditional presentation software and dive into rich non-linear content — comics, graphic novels, creative portfolios, magazines, photo journals, children’s stories, real estate brochures, art gallery tours, travelogues, tutorials — that shows more than just a single path from A to Z. Your iPad is more than a book…"
Want to edit video on your iPad? Apple's $4.99 iMovie is the go-to choice for most folks. But now there's another option, and it won't cost you a penny. Pinnacle Studio 2.0 for iPad used to be Avid Studio for iPad, and it used to cost $4.99, same as iMovie. Now owned by Corel, it's now free -- and even better than before. Pinnacle Studio lets you arrange and edit your photos and videos, ultimately turning disparate elements into a cohesive whole. If you've ever worked with Pinnacle Studio on your PC, you'll feel right at home with the app's similarly straightforward interface. Though you can work with it in portrait view, landscape offers the better layout, with the top half of the screen devoted to your media and a preview window and the bottom half reserved for storyboarding. To build a movie, you simply drag a photo, video clip, transition effect, title, or song to the storyboard or timeline, then arrange those elements to your liking. The app also lets you trim clips, overlay sound effects and voice recordings, add custom pan-and-zoom effects, and so on. It supplies a handful of motion and static titles, but you can edit things like colors, fonts, and sizes to create more-customized text. Unfortunately, I could find no way to overlay a title on a photo or video; it seems you're limited to title cards that bookend them.
In diesem Zusammenhang kommt selbstorganisiertes Lernen (SOL) zum Tragen. Ob "selbstorganisiert", "selbstgesteuert" oder "selbstgestaltet" - das zentrale Prinzip lautet: Jede Schülerin und jeder Schüler sollte in die Lage gebracht werden, eigenverantwortlich, ihre/seine schulische Bildung voranzutreiben. Das ist inzwischen auch Konsens auf breiter Ebene, wenn man die Diskussion um Bildungsstandards oder SOL in der Bund-Länder-Kommission verfolgt."
Will Kelly takes a look at the CaptureToCloud iOS app, which lets you capture web content directly from your iPad. ... I do a lot of web research, and a lot of it takes place on my iPad. However, I hadn’t found a solid solution for using my iPad until I was introduced to CaptureToCloud. This free cloud service allows you to browse, share, and capture your entire CaptureToCloud library from any smartphone or tablet. They also offer paid subscription options.
The free CloudToCapure iOS app includes the following features:
- Capture web pages while browsing the web from your iPad. Any content you capture from a mobile device is accessible using a PC or other device.
- Use a CleanView option on-demand to save a clean version of the web page.
- Create topical categories by content, which is especially useful for setting up research files by project.
- Share content from your iPad or other mobile device whether you are online or offline with anyone (they don’t have to be a CaptureToCloud user).
- Full access to all of your CaptureToCloud content from your iOS device.
While the CaptureToCloud app runs on the iPhone, it’s much easier to use on an iPad.
Backspaces is an app for telling stories with photos and words
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Great stories and storytellers are featured in the app, and on our website.
What a nice holiday gift from NASA: it's an interactive e-book available in the iBookstore called Hubble Space Telescope: Discoveries, featuring beautiful images, video and animations relating to the space telescope that is giving us striking new views of the universe we live in....
"These new e-books from NASA will allow people to discover Hubble and Webb in a whole new way - both the science and the technology behind building them," said Amber Straughn, an astrophysicist on the Webb telescope project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "They collect all of the amazing resources about these two observatories in an excellent product that I think people will really enjoy."
The e-books are highly interactive and include image galleries and videos. Tracy Vogel of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., is part of the design team that put them together. "For instance, the readers can watch a galaxy collision simulation video, manipulate a telescope model to see it from all angles, or flip through a gallery of planetary nebulae - all right there on the page," Vogel said.
There’s no question that the iPad has become a superb tool for artists of all kinds, including professional musicians, who have been spoiled by the presence of robust apps for audio development.
As the iPad becomes increasingly powerful, developers are becoming more ambitious with their designs, as evidenced by the realtime sample manipulation app, Samplr. But does their reach exceed their grasp?
Overall, Samplr is certainly one of the most capable, enjoyable and rewarding audio tools to hit the App Store in recent memory, and will serve most users perfectly well in its current form.
Heiko Idensen's insight:
...let it rock :-) and sample and remixand scratch your sounds of silence
Happy Holidays! We wanted to share the gift of learning so we've added 'adding' to the iPad. Learnist for the iPad is now the easiest way to create a multimedia, social lesson on any topic.
Curate a lesson with videos from YouTube, Vimeo, lessons from ShowMe, Quizlet and Khan Academy, Wordpress blogs, Wikipedia articles, live UStreams, Scribd docs, Soundcloud audio, Slideshare presentations, Amazon books, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Slideshows, Google Maps and eBooks, and more, into a sequenced lesson to learn anything.
You can also use the HD camera on the iPad to take photos and create a how-to guide, share an experience or explain anything you can take a picture of.
Thanks for all your feedback and support!
Summary: - Create boards and add learnings on iPad - Add learnings via image, photo gallery, url or web search! - Bug fixes and performance improvements
Heiko Idensen's insight:
... now its possible to use the iPad as as a productivity tool
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