"Have I peaked your interest? Do you know about #makerspaces? As you are already well-aware, technology has dramatically changed the way we live our lives, and no other teacher has seen more changes than the school media specialist or teacher-librarian. According to makerspace.com, makerspaces are "community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone." Places where students can find makerspaces include their school library, public library or local museum. Makerspace.com provides a directory of makerspaces HERE and maker community groups HERE. Does your school have a makerspace you would like to showcase? If so, drop me an email: jgreller (AT) gmail (DOT) com. "
"The only difference between smartphones and laptops is that cell phones are smaller, cheaper, and more coveted by students” (Richtel & Stone, 2009). Students, parents, teachers, principals, and elected officials know it is time to lift restrictions and embrace these tools for learning. Below is their wisdom and the research to support it."
If an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is not recognized in iTunes on Windows, the Apple Mobile Device Service (AMDS) may need to be restarted. Alternatively, you may see the following error when connecting your device: "This [device] cannot be used because the Apple Mobile Device Service is not started."
John Evans's insight:
Had this very problem today and this fixed the situation quickly. Good tip to add to your iPad bag of tricks. - John
" Flipboard is a fantastic ereading tool which has also become a premier curation tool. I’ve created a magazine Education Inspirivation that you can subscribe to in Flipboard by clicking on the Flipboard link: http://flip.it/WaRGT "
"Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash."
- iPad Apps for School"Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion is a free iPad app designed to help students learn to recognize the difference between facts and opinions. The app features a comic book story in which students will read examples of facts and opinions accompanied by explanations of what makes them facts or opinions. After reading the comic students play a series of games in which they practice recognizing the fact that is mixed-in with opinion statements."
"When children are told to "go home and study," many aren't quite sure what this means. "Do I stare at the pages of a textbook? Should I redo old homework problems? Will I remember this new list of vocabulary words if I read them over and over?" Giving students the tools to develop study skills is one step in the right direction."
"I wanted to take a closer look at the iPad Evaluation I previously blogged about in Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use in Mind. The section of Content and Components deserved a closer look and explanation.
You can download the PDF file of the iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom with the following sections of evaluation included:
ConsiderationsContent & ComponentsLogisticsFluencySubstitution vs Transformation Model (based on SAMR model of Ruben Puentedura and Alan November‘s work)Evidence of Learning (based on conversation with Stephen Wilmarth)"
"Teaching primary and secondary students how to program has become a hot topic lately. Even people like United States President Barack Obama to actress Angela Bassett to music artist Shakira have spoken about the value of computer programming in an initiative called Hour of Code.
With good reason too. Technology is a major part of our lives. Knowing how to build new technologies means having the ability to shape its direction. So let’s encourage students not just how to program, but how to write programs that can help our world.
And to start, technology coordinator Holli Scharinger has curated a set of web, desktop, and mobile apps that students can use to learn computer programming."
"Several teachers in our elementary school got AppleTVs installed in their classrooms recently and have questions about how to use it. These are some suggested tips and techniques for getting started. Since wifi network configurations are unique for different school districts, these instructions may be a little different than what you need for your setting. Required steps also depend on how your AppleTV is connected to your projector. The AppleTV used for the steps shown in this post is directly connected to the “HDMI” port of a classroom projector."
" Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Here are “50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities:”
"This review is for danah boyd’s (@zephoria) recent book, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.” I titled my review for Amazon.com, “Should be required reading for parents and educators today.” danah’s book prompted some of the thoughts in my presentation for a local Oklahoma City church last month, “Managing Digital Footprints – For Grandparents.” Note that danah’s stated preference is that neither her first or last name be capitalized… in case you were wondering! Here’s my review!"
"This year’s classes have tinkered with multiple tools and Apps, using the five iPads we access in our classroom, the classroom laptop, and, in some cases, their own devices given our school’s newly expanded rules allowing students to using their cell phones or iPads for academic study when under the supervision of a teacher. The list of what we use most regularly differs some across my sections/classes, but, when I asked them to vote on those tools which have been the most meaningful and essential to their reading work this year, consensus was abundant. The descriptions below were taken directly from their writing about their learning, and students meant for this list to reflect a ranking that builds to their most essential tool."
"When Apple announced Airdrop this past June, I knew it would be a great feature for teachers with iPads. A common complaint about iPads in the classroom was that it wasn’t necessarily easy to transfer student work in the Camera Roll to the teacher. With no USB connection and no SD card slot, how was a teachersupposed to collect student work? Email would work for small files, but videos were much too large to send. Dropbox could be a solution, but that would require students to set up their own accounts, problematic if they are under a certain age. Enter AirDrop, a seamless and very quick way to transfer files via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections between “nearby” devices."
"Could e-books actually get in the way of reading?
That was the question explored in research presented last week by Heather Ruetschlin Schugar, an associate professor at West Chester University, and her spouse Jordan T. Schugar, an instructor at the same institution. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia, the Schugars reported the results of a study in which they asked middle school students to read either traditional printed books, or e-books on iPads. The students’ reading comprehension, the researchers found, was higher when they read conventional books. In a second study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features."
"I consider myself very lucky. My university years coincided with the introduction of mainframe computers. The dawn of PCs occurred when I was at my prime, and now my grandchildren are learning to use the iPad. I know from my own experience as a math teacher that the integration of new computer technology into the classroom is a complex, challenging, and daring endeavor, and also a most rewarding undertaking. Two years ago, the iPad implementation in schools was referred to as the “wave of the future”. At this very moment, the iPad in the classroom is a reality. According to Sam Gliksman, author of iPad in Education For Dummies, “the iPad is a natural fit for education in the 21st century”. There are a lot of publications dedicated to the subject of integrating iPads into classroom. As a mathematician, a retired teacher, software engineer and the developer of iPad/iPhone/Android applications, I have given a great deal of thought to proper use of iPads in teaching, and in the school as a whole. Below is a list of my most important iPad strategies, as seen from my own perspective and from what I have read.
"On the Mac, you may know that a right-click on just about anything can bring up a “Search the web” feature. When chosen, the selected term or phrase, whether from an app or from another web browser, gets quickly searched for using your default browser. This is great if you’re reading something and you want more information about a mentioned subject or topic, but the iPhone and iPad don’t have this ability… or so many thought!"
"As I prepared for an upcoming presentation at a local University I unloaded my test iPad of all its applications and created a new iPad, complete only with apps which I use at school every week. This iPad would become my “essentials” iPad, strategically and efficiently full of apps I wholly recommend to every educator I meet.
I went through the apps and I developed a list, indicating the apps purpose. I found that these purposes consistently fell into 3 categories: Consumption, Creation and Collaboration."
"Team Shake is an iPad app for randomly selecting names to create teams or to select an individual name. On Team Shake you can create rosters by manually entering names or by importing a list of names. When you are ready to choose teams just select the number of teams that you want created, shake your iPad, and then each person is randomly assigned to a team."
"Do your students struggle to come up with topics to write about in their stories? The collection below features some awesome iPad apps that can provide your students with ideas and story starters to get them writing."
"A lot of iPad apps falsely tout that they’ve been re-imagined for the tablet form factor, when they’re really just reconfigured versions of their iPhone counterparts. [Fantastical for iPad](http://flexibits.com/fantastical-ipad/download) is refreshing because it’s the real deal. This app takes the best concepts from Fantastical on the iPhone and Mac — the DayTicker, list, and week view — and adapts them as a dashboard that’s completely unique and tailored for a tablet display."