"Desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone/smartphone, there sure are a multitude of options when it comes to classroom technology. You may be stuck with one or the other, but if you have a choice, what option will be the best for your students?"
"The interest in inquiry-based learning seems to ebb and flow based on–well, it’s not clear why it ever ebbs.
In short, it is a student-centered, Constructivist approach to learning that requires critical thinking, and benefits from technology, collaboration, resourcefulness, and other modern learning skills that never seem to fall out of favor themselves.
Regardless, St Oliver Plunkett Primary School has put together two very useful images that can help you populate your iPad–or classroom of iPads–with apps that support both inquiry-based learning (the second image below), and a more general approach to pedagogy based on Apple’s uber-popular tablet (the top image)."
I was going to include these thoughts as part of my weekly reflection about using iPads in the classroom but the further my mind delved the more distant I seemed to get from the basic pedagogy which I was trying to record in those weekly posts.
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"Further recognition of the massive adoption of iPad by so many schools around the world, Apple have just launched two new sections on their iPad App Store. One section is aimed at teachers and parents with apps for the children, broken down in to different age groups and learning activities. "
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"One of the most powerful capabilities of iPads is the capacity to collaborate asynchronously on multimedia creations. By combining a creation tool (Explain Everything) and a collaboration tool (Google Drive), students and educators across the country - and world - have the ability to create, share, combine, and publish collaborative projects entirely from iPad. To highlight this capability and have educators, and students, from across the world participate in a global collaborative project, Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher is facilitating the Global Screencasting Project. The scope of the project is the English alphabet, and anyone who would like to participate needs to simply claim a letter of the alphabet by completing the Google Form below."
Wondering about speech to text iPad apps? That's a bit different than text to speech or OCR to speech solutions previously featured in this blog.
For now, these are the options I've seen that are focused on speech to text:
Dragon Dictation (Free) - "Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages"Voice Texting Pro (Free) - "...Speak into the microphone and convert your speech into text. Then directly send your message to e-mail, sms, Twitter or Facebook. You can also send it to your clipboard (copy) and paste the dictated text in any other application."Speech Notes (Free) - "Speech Notes is a note taking app that can convert speech with the help of internet connection. Just tap on mic button and once done hit again to start converting voice to text." Voice Assistant ($1.99) - "Voice Assistant Translates Your Voice into Text and Sends It to Virtually Any Other iPhone/iPad App" via LifeHacker
Jim Lerman's insight:
I think this is just such a powerful technology. I'm constantly amazed at how few people use it. I wrote most of my last book using speech-to text-software. It is such a timesaver!
Dragon Dictation (Free) - "Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages"Voice Texting Pro (Free) - "...Speak into the microphone and convert your speech into text. Then directly send your message to e-mail, sms, Twitter or Facebook. You can also send it to your clipboard (copy) and paste the dictated text in any other application."Speech Notes (Free) - "Speech Notes is a note taking app that can convert speech with the help of internet connection. Just tap on mic button and once done hit again to start converting voice to text." Voice Assistant ($1.99) - "Voice Assistant Translates Your Voice into Text and Sends It to Virtually Any Other iPhone/iPad App" via LifeHackerAn interesting note: Evernote on Android allows for speech/voice to text using Google's text transcription service. Read more about it here." http://www.mobileburn.com/21397/news/how-to-automatically-transcribe-voice-notes-for-evernote-catch-and-other-apps-on-android"
"Wondering what will happen if your school brings iPads into the classroom? Is your district discussing the purchase of iPads as opposed to laptops? Here at Bellevue Public Schools in Bellevue, Nebraska, we have dipped our toes into the iPad arena and have discovered some amazing and inevitable elements from our experiences!"
Welche Apps machen Smartphones und Tablets (von iPhone bis Samsung Galaxy Tab) zu digitalen Musikinstrumenten? Dieser Frage gehe ich in einem dreiseitigen Artikel in der “Schweizer Musikzeitung” in... Smartphones und Tablets verfügen, verglichen mit Laptops oder Computern, über eine große Zahl von eingebauten Sensoren. Zum Musizieren eignen sich, neben der Bildschirmsteuerung per Touch, das Mikrofon, ein Beschleunigungssensor in allen drei Achsen, ein digitaler Kompass, die Digitalkamera und ein Gyroskop, das die Lage des Gerätes im Raum erfasst. Dadurch ist es möglich, Hör- und Seherfahrungen sowie taktile oder gestische Aktivitäten einzubeziehen. Um die Funktionalität einzelner Sensoren zu verdeutlichen, sei hier eine Auswahl an spezialisierten Musik-Apps (für iOS/Apple) vorgestellt:
A flipped classroom is sometimes the best teaching/learning model some teachers have to use with their students. The use of technology in a flipped classroom should never be regarded as a supplicant of the teacher but only a complimentary element that increases students learning outcomes. I have talked a lot and in more details about the flipped classroom and have also devoted an entire section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning for tutorials, guides, and presentations on the use of a flipped learning methodology. I invite you to check it out HERE.