Welcome to iF Poems- an app for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch that is a collection of 270 classic poems with audio. Aimed at school-age children and adults of all ages, these brilliant poems are classics to pass down the generations. ...
Lehrer Roland Siegfried lässt seine 9.Gymerklasse am Progymatte-Schulhaus in Thun mit iPads, also Tablet-Computern, arbeiten. Im Interview erzählt er über seine Erfahrungen.
Via Klaus Meschede, KMZ Wildeshausen
The Problem with Reading Perhaps the biggest challenge for myself as an English and Media Studies teacher, and educators more broadly, is the constant fight against the steady decline of reading ...
Perhaps the biggest challenge for myself as an English and Media Studies teacher, and educators more broadly, is the constant fight against the steady decline of reading ability, and the capacity for reading for pleasure, that we find each year in our schools. Without wishing to sound like a jack-booted CBI spokesperson (who seem to exist only to reduce corporate taxes and demonise the state education system), there is undoubtedly a decline in reading that has a pervasive effect on our students and their life chances; affecting their capacity to read both functionally, and as equally importantly, to experience the imaginative delights that reading literature has to offer. I am sure many teachers could provide lots of anecdotal evidence of a decline in reading habits (by this, I must stress ‘traditional’ reading – web reading is in rude health in many aspects), alongside some hard statistical evidence.
So much have been written about Bloom’s taxonomy; one click in a search engine will flood your page with hundreds of articles all of which revolve around this taxonomy. Only few are those who have tried to customize it to fit in the 21st century educational paradigm.
As a fan of Bloom’s pedagogy and being a classroom practitioner, I always look for new ways to improve my learning and teaching, and honestly speaking , if you are a teacher/ educator and still do not understand Bloom’s taxonomy then you are missing out on a great educational resource.
The following article is a summary and a fruit of my long painstaking research in the field of Bloom’s taxonomy. The purpose is to help teachers grow professionally and provide them with a solid informational background on how to better understand and apply Bloom’s taxonomy in classrooms in the light of the new technological advances and innovations.
Bloom’s taxonomy of learning as Wikipedia has put it is “ a classification of learning objectives within education proposed in 1956 by a committee of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom ”.
Although it received little attention when first published, Bloom’s taxonomy has since been translated into 22 languages and is one of the most widely applied and most often cited reference in education.
Bloom, being convinced of the importance of thinking behaviors in the processes of learning, had spearheaded a group of brilliant educational psychologists to undertake the task of classifying educational goals and objectives. They first came up with a general framework which later on turned into a taxonomy of three domains:
1 – The cognitive : The intellectual or knowledge based domain consisted of 6 levels . Associated with the verb to THINK 2 – The Affective : Emotional or attitudinal based domain and consists of 5 levels. It is associated with the verb to FEEL 3 – The Psycho motor : The physical skills based domain and consists of 6 levels.
LectureTools is a student response system that also allows students to take notes linked with the slides and videos presented in class, answer instructor generated questions and pose questions to the instructor. All notes, questions and activities are instantly synchronized with the LectureTools web application.
Instructors use the LectureTools web application to upload slides and videos and add interactive questions. Students can use this app or the LectureTools web application to participate in class. Developed at and licensed from the University of Michigan, the LectureTools application has been independently shown to increase student engagement, especially in large classes.
Earlier in the year, I spent a few hours planning with Mrs. Deforrest (a secondary ELAR specialist). She shared with me this fantastic resource she had created for her teachers. It was a deck of brightly colored cards on a keyring.
Each card had a vocabulary instruction strategy ranging from a Frayer model to a Word Analysis Chart. I instantly perused the deck and started assigning an app to each strategy. Pondering what the best iOS method would be to deliver this new tool, I set this post aside for a few weeks.
My intention was to provide teachers with a quick reference iVocabulary Toolkit of apps they could use to teach and support vocabulary instruction in a variety of ways while modeling a tool (flashcards) that could be used in a myriad of settings.
Teacher: The simplest way to disseminate one deck of cards to multiple students (on campus devices or their own personal devices) is to create a deck using the online version of Quizlet. Users can create unlimited decks with a free Quizlet account. Teacher Username: As students will be searching by their teacher’s username to locate the deck, I would recommend creating a username that is short and simple. Deck Visibility: If you are creating the deck with the intention of making it accessible to your students, make sure you select the option “visible to everyone”. Images: If you would like to include images in your decks, upgrade to Quizlet Plus for $15/year and unlock the ability to upload your own images or import from Flickr. Deck Accessibility (Computers): If you are in a classroom with computers or if you have access to a lab, you can grab the embed code for the deck and paste it on to your teacher or class website for students to study and review. Deck Accessibility (Mobile Devices): If your class has access to mobile devices, review the directions below using the app Flashcardlet (Flashcards*) to access the sample iVocabulary deck(s). iPhone/iPod Mobility: iPhone/iPod Apps that interface w/ Quizlet iPad Mobility: iPad Apps that interface w/ Quizlet
A long time ago (nearly two years, to be precise), when iPad.AppStorm wasn't even born, we looked at OmniFocus for the iPad over at iPhone.AppStorm and we liked it very much - giving it a prestigious 8 out of 10 rating.
I was looking at my collection of drawing apps which I could use as a whiteboard space for outlining concepts and jotting ad hoc material. I have quite a few and tested them out as pseudo-whiteboards / slates. I don’t tend to do lots of Keynote style presentations and like to have a more freeform set of tools. I came to a free app from Evernote which I hadn’t previously used much, called Skitch.
See on Scoop.it – Curtin iPad User Group Editing video on the go with the iPad and iMovie is pretty simple. Below I've grabbed three different free tutorials from Youtube that show you how to use the app.
Nahe zu 1 Jahr ist es her, dass die Schüler der Oberstufe am Kurt-Körber ein unglaubliches Geschenk in Empfang nehmen durften. Nun, wo das iPad 2 zum Schulalltag dazu gehört, wollen wir noch einmal die gesammelten Erfahrungen Revue passieren lassen. Um diesen Weg auch für sie nachvollziehbar zu machen, haben wir eine PDF Datei (für sie downloadbar) erstellt sowie 3 Interviews geführt und ein auch Video, dass ihnen überspitzt die Vorher – Nachher Situation erläutern wird, online gestellt.
Flashcards Deluxe ist eine mächtige, aber dennoch einfach zu bedienende Karteikarten-App für Ihr iPhone, iPad oder iPod touch, die Sie zum Lernen beliebiger Inhalte verwenden können. Ich selbst betreibe damit meine Chinesisch-Studien und bin laufend dabei, die App zu verbessern – für mich und andere.
Eigene Stapel erstellen
Es gibt drei prinzipielle Möglichkeiten zum Erstellen Ihrer eigenen Karteikarten:
1) in einem Textbearbeitungs- oder Tabellenkalkulationsprogramm 2) auf quizlet.com
Zwei intelligente Lernmodi, die automatisch auf die weniger gut gewussten Karten abzielen: „Kurzfristiges Ziel“ und „gestaffelte Wiederholungen“ (entspricht SuperMemo) Integration von Quizlet.com – Durchsuchen Sie über vier Millionen Karteikartenstapel und laden sie die gewünschten Stapel direkt herunter Eingebautes „Wörterbuch“ Ihrer Karten, welches es Ihnen erlaubt, andere Begriffe beim Lernen nachzusehen
... Karten in Kategorien unterteilen Katen mit bis zu fünf Seiten Diashow-Modus Drei Antwort-Level: „Richtig“, „falsch“ und „sehr sicher“ (im Gegensatz zum normalen richtig/falsch) – für ein effizienteres Lernen
... Guter Support! Antwort auf Fragen oder Feedback ist Ihnen sicher Wenn Sie die App noch nicht gekauft haben: Es gibt eine freie Lite-Version, die Sie gefahrlos ausprobieren können.
Wenn Sie eine Textverarbeitung oder Tabellenkalkulation verwenden, können Sie auf folgenden Wegen Karteikarten an die App übertragen:
diese Website Google Docs Dropbox USB / iTunes
Karteikarten von anderen Nutzern verwenden
Wenn Sie einen von einem anderen Nutzer erstellten Stapel verwenden möchten, können Sie die riesige Bilbiothek von quizlet.com direkt aus der App heraus durchsuchen. Die App hat jedoch auch ihre eigene kleine „öffentliche Bibliothek“, die sie durchsuchen und daraus Stapel herunterladen können.
Fragen oder Kommentare können direkt an den Autor et@OrangeOrApple.com, oder über die „Feedback“-Seite gesendet werden.
The app development market is exploding. More and more companies are creating “educational apps”. In some cases, they are simply digital versions of a book or a web based tool. Some seem to have “no educational value” ...
The app development market is exploding. More and more companies are creating “educational apps”. In some cases, they are simply digital versions of a book or a web based tool. Some seem to have “no educational value” to it at all, but are still sold under the label of “education”. Although, I usually don’t resort to borderline cuss words, I really liked the expression of “crapware”, Sarah Perez over at TechCrunch used when she was reviewing a new app for the Pre-School/Kindergarten crowd.
That being said, TinyTap is still a lot better than much of the kids’ apps crapware out there in the iTunes App Store. And it’s hard not to fall in love with the concept at the very least. Instead of burning up brain cells with the mind-numbing games out there, TinyTap enables kids to become game creators, not just players.
I have teachers ask me frequently about app recommendations for different subject areas.
“What app could I use to teach subtraction?” “What app would you recommend for my students to practice writing?” “I want to use iPads in my Science class. What app is good for that?” I usually sigh to myself, when I receive questions like that. While I am not against in suggesting apps ( which I love doing), I am not comfortable with the level of disconnect between the teacher (who knows her/his students best) and the curriculum related skills and objectives and pedagogical relationship that needs to be in place for an app to be a match to use in a classroom or with an individual learner.
I want teachers to be able to, not only ask for and use an app, because someone else recommended it, but I want teachers equipped with the curiosity and the knowledge of:
the value an app can bring to a learner (and being able to articulate the value) the connection from the app to curriculum content (and being able to demonstrate the depth of that connection) the possibilities the app can bring in order to amplify (take a look at a previous post: The Next Step: Amplification ) the difference of using an app to automate and substitute a task versus informate and transform (previous post: Enhancement-Automating-Transforming-Informating ) how to evaluate apps for their transformative potential?
Word Ladder for iPad – my favorite iPad word game – got updated today, to Version 2.2.0.
This update adds one nice new option – the ability to turn the game timer on or off. So if you enjoy the game but don’t enjoy the timed aspect of it, you can just turn it off. I think it’s a good choice to let this be an option.
The only other item listed on the change list for this new version is ‘minor bug fixes and performance improvements’.
I did a review of Word Ladder for iPad back in December of last year, and I’m a huge fan of the app. If you enjoy word games and haven’t had a chance to try out Word Ladder yet it’s really well worth a look. Here’s the definition of a word ladder, which is the challenge the game is based on:
First popularized by Lewis Carroll, a word ladder is solved by altering a single letter in a chain of clues.
The start screen is now the same as on the iPad app. It is the classic Google search box reimagined for the touchscreen. It's just a plain, off-white background, the iconic Google name (and even a mobile-friendly version of the day's Google Doodle), and three other buttons: "Apps," "Voice" and "Goggles." Voice search lets you speak your query aloud, and it's impressively accurate. Goggles lets you search visually using the camera. It recognizes text and objects, and it's learning more over time.
The "Apps" section is a launcher for all the various Google Web apps, which is probably why this app is so good. Google's other native iOS apps, like Gmail, Translate and especially Voice are weird, hobbled versions of what Google's Web apps can do in the browser. Google+ was, too, until its recent redesign, which is pretty but still slow and lacking features. The main Google app for iOS has always been fast, pretty and rock-solid. You get the impression that Google wants users to do all their Googling inside it.
Our ELA and ELL teachers were scheduled to conduct a Super Saturday session for ELL students. They had requested that I support them with some apptivities that would focus on unfamiliar vocabulary. The passage (written by Mr. Wayment) was originally included as a handout. ... I simply converted the document to a PDF, gave it a public URL in Dropbox, and suggested it be completed in an app like Neu.Annotate PDF or PaperPort Notes. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neu.annotate-pdf/id407107609?mt=8
... Not only does integrating the iPad provide the teachers with an engaging paperless lesson, apps like PaperPort Notes also provide a way for students to provide responses both in written and auditory form. ... Consider having students answer the following question “Do you think it was right or wrong for the people at the wake to laugh about things that Mr. Ortiz had said and done?” using the voice recording feature.
StoryLines for Schools is an award-winning game of 'telephone' with pictures. Featured by KQED's MindShift in their "10 Awesome Apps for Learning", and by Apple as a "New & Noteworthy" education App. ... Learn new vocabulary and language concepts that are grade-appropriate, and spark your creativity in a safe, enjoyable manner.
"OneVoice, an iPad app that helps those with disabilities communicate, released a new version with support for 22 languages. This makes OneVoice the only professional augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that supports a language besides English. Finally giving voices to users all around the world.
The languages include German, Spanish, Brazilian Portugese, Arabic, and many more. Some languages have a single speaking style called a voice. Others like French have six unique voices so that users can find something that most closely matches their speaking style.
Until now, professional quality AAC applications have solely been in English, overlooking other languages. So the new languages provided by OneVoice open up a whole new communication opportunities to children around the world."
Tablet-Computer sollen ja aufgrund ihrer guten Bedienbarkeit und vor allem aufgrund des einfachen und schnellen Zugangs zu Informationen das Lernen fördern. Diese Hypothese wird heute oft wiederholt. Die Frage ist, was einfacher und schneller Zugang bedeutet? Bezieht sich das eher auf die Gerätefunktionen und weniger auf Lernfunktionen?
Zudem besteht eine grundlegendere Problematik darin, dass Informationen verarbeiten, nicht gleich Lernen ist. Der Zugang zu guten Lernmaterialien ist noch rar, besonders wenn wir formale Bildungskontexte und deren obligatorische Literatur einbeziehen. Hier gibt es aber vielversprechende Anzeichen, dass sich die Situation rasch bessert. Mehr dazu aber später in diesem Blog.
Vorher beschäftigen mich zwei andere Fragen im Lernkontext, sie bilden quasi eine Voraussetzung um Lernen mit entsprechenden Devices neuester Generation überhaupt zu fördern:
Ist die Usability von Tablets so gut, dass die Studierenden keine Probleme haben, sie im Lernkontext zu nutzen? Und die von unseren Studierenden gewünschten Lehrtexte, können diese auf dem Tablet gelesen werden?
... Unsere Evaluationsstudie mit Studierenden hat gezeigt, dass zwei Drittel keine/kaum Probleme mit der Bedienung der Tablets hatte und ein Drittel einige/viele Probleme. Interessant daran ist, dass ganze 70% der Informatikstudierenden im Feld keine Einführung zu den im Studium verwendeten Apps wollte, während von den Wirtschaftsstudierenden umgekehrt ganze zwei Drittel eine solche Einführung wünschten. Spielt hier die Medien und Informatik-Kompetenz eine Rolle?
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