Today is Digital Learning Day. Didn’t realize it? You’re not alone. Do not, however, mistake the lack of awareness about the day with a concurrent lack of enthusiasm about the role of technology in educating preK-12 students.
From Apple Distinguished Educator and special education expert Mark Coppin:
"When looking for apps for students on the autism spectrum (ASD), it is important to look at all educational apps and not just those that are tagged as autism apps. They have many of the same learning needs that other students have. This list was developed to provide apps based on common learning characteristics and traits that are typical for students with ASD. It is important to remember that all students learn differently and selecting apps should be based on the unique learning needs of the student.This list is only a sampling of apps available for each skill area. This is not, nor is it meant to be a deﬁnitive list. This list is intended to give you a starting place and a rationale for picking certain apps."
In Subtext teachers and students can exchange ideas as they read, right in the pages of almost any digital book or document. You can also layer in enrichment materials, assignments and quizzes—opening up limitless opportunities to engage students, foster analysis and writing skills, and assess student progress. Better yet, you don’t need to change the way you teach. Just use our built-in tools to apply your favorite teaching strategies and techniques. It’s that easy!
"Recently I wrote this article, discussing the pros and cons of different screencasting apps. However, 9 days later Apple's updated operating system, iOS6, was released. This allows users to upload video to websites. Now that this is an option, here is workflow that will help you get student screencasts turned in more efficiently and allow you to provide grades, feedback, through the same platform."
"Creative writing is something students get to learn by the frequency of practice, the more they practice the better they become.Some students develop a negative attitude towards writing because they were never been shown the real joy they can get in engaging in such an act. The traditional way of teaching writing is no longer working. We can not provide a pen and blank paper and expect our students to produce solid pieces of writing. This is a process of commitment, students need to feel connected to the writing task they are immersed in, they need to love it and to love it they need to see why they need to write after all."
"For a devoted Google Drive user like myself having Google Drive on my iPad is a must. Last week I had some questions from readers about how to use Google Drive on their iPads. This weekend I put together a short guide to using Google Drive on your iPad. The guide is embedded below. I am using Scribd to host the document and you can download the guide from Scribd.http://www.scribd.com/doc/124848004/Google-Drive-for-iPad "
"I recently received this request for help from one of the members of my iPad Academy Master Class. (The Master Class is a series of video tutorials for learning to use the iPad). Perhaps other are struggling with just how to view a video attached to an email message. Here’s the request and my reply (edited for clarity). Corri confirmed this solution worked."
When iBooks Author, Apple’s multimedia e-book authoring tool, was unveiled in January, it was hailed for how easy it is to use and its ability to create rich, multimedia, and interactive educational content. Initially aimed at the textbook market—though at the launch Apple’s Phil Shiller also said iBooks Author could be used to create any kind of book—over the past year iBooks Author has been adopted by a wide-ranging and growing number of trade book publishers as well as educational publishers. Almost a year later, the iBookstore offers a steadily growing list of books “Made with iBooks Author,” and is being used to create a growing number of visually oriented titles. Those using iBooks Author are even okay with the fact that the titles they create can only be sold in the iBookstore.
"This week, Grade 5 began a unit on Volume, Capacity and Surface Area. On a weekly basis, I take combined groups from the 4 grades consisting of the higher achievers, while the classroom teachers concentrate on the mainstream group and students needing more individual instruction to achieve success. I made a conscious decision this week to focus on using iPads with my group to explore both volume/capacity as well as surface area."