"Not long ago, a teacher had nothing more to rely on than knowledge, textbooks and a few markers. Technology has slowly changed that in the past few years, with the Internet, multimedia programs and computers increasing their presence in the classroom. But with the rise of tablet tech, the student-teacher experience is facing a subtle revolution: joining the trend makes students feel as if they’re part of an environment that’s desirable because people speak their native languages. As the iPad becomes a teaching tool, classrooms are transformed into contemporary settings."
"Apple has launched its annual 12 Days of Gifts app, offering a new free song, app, book or movie every day from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6.
The app, http://bit.ly/Jaetpb which is available in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and other territories, is simple enough to use: Download it, choose your iTunes store location, and you'll see a counter showing you how many days have to pass until your first gift arrives"
"For the past three years, I’ve been running a series called “My Must-Have Mac Apps” that, once a year, would list the apps that I found indispensable on my Mac. This year, considering the changes that I went through from a workflow perspective, I thought it would be appropriate to start focusing on iOS as well. I’d like to start with the iPad."
"Endless Reader http://bit.ly/1glBZgK is a fun iPad app from the same developers that brought us the popular Endless Alphabet iPad app. http://bit.ly/19yBLv9 ; Endless Alphabet helps students learn the letters of the alphabet. Endless Reader picks up where Endless Alphabet leaves off and helps students learn to read and spell."
"One of the most iconic freedom fighter has just left us a couple of days ago leaving behind him a huge legacy for next generations to learn from. Nelson Mandella's life was a genuine fight for human rights and justice and it was thanks to his civil activism that apartheid was abolished in South Africa. The fight for freedom cost Nelson so dearly, 27 years of his life was spent in prison. The lessons we can draw from Nelson's eventful life experiences are inestimable and here are some of the teaching resources I have curated fro you to help yu teach your students about this legendary man."
"Here are some great new ideas to use your iPad in your classroom, K-12 and beyond! The iPad, as we all know, is a great tool for education. We are hoping that you can use at least a few of these new and creative ideas."
"As with all of the trends I’m covering in my year-end review, neither the “Learn to Code” nor the “Maker Movement” are new. I’ll say it again: read Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms, published in 1980.
Last year, I wrote about “Learning to Code” and “The Maker Movement” in two separate trends post. This year, I’m combining the two. This decision shouldn’t be seen as an indication that interest in either has diminished. To the contrary."
"Spellyfish is a pair of iPad apps designed to help students learn phonics. Spellyfish Short A Words focuses on teaching students how to recognize and spell consonant-vowel-consonant words that contain the letter “A” and the short “A” sound. Spellyfish Short I Words teaches students to recognize and spell short consonant-vowel-consonant words containing the letter “I.”
"It’s easy to wind up with a lot of apps installed on our iPhones and iPads, and if you’ve ever wanted to see every single app on an iOS device you have probably noticed there isn’t any obvious way to do so without connecting to iTunes or looking at the Storage Usage list in Settings. Well, obvious is the operative word there, because it turns out there is a very simple trick to list all apps installed on any iOS device with the help of Spotlight, and the list will include both third party apps downloaded from the App Store as well as the Apple defaults that come preinstalled on all iOS devices."
"There’s a serious demand for coders and IT professionals today. A good developer is worth his or her weight in gold. My students are interested in gaming and creating apps, but not enough Rhode Island students graduated with a computer science degree last year to fill increasing demands. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that computer programmers with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn over $71,000, and software developers with a bachelor’s over $90,000. By comparison, entry-level pay for teachers with a bachelors’ is half as much."
"This week many educators across the globe will be leading their students through an 'Hour of Code' . For those who have not stumbled across an 'Hour of Code', the aim of the December 9-15 campaign is to introduce learners to computer coding for one hour in order to inspire a greater number of students learning a skill many educators feel is essential for the future of innovation.
Organised by the US Computer Science Education Week team, Code.org has developed a number of resources to support educators to participate in an 'Hour of Code'. The campaign is in no way limited to the US, rather it has grown into a global movement supported by many well know technologists. This post highlights three fun, well structured options you might consider to engage your students."
"iPad, as some argue, is leading a silent but radical revolution in the world of education. It is now being embraced by a budding host of schools as the official learning device in the classroom and though we are still in the embroyinic stages of the integration of this device in instruction, yet the first results coming out 1:1 programs using iPad are promising.
You might be already using iPad with your students or may be thinking about using it in the future, but wherever you are in this "iPadded revolution ", make sure you tap into the full educational potential of this versatile gadget . In this same vein, and to help you better make informed decisions on the whats, hows and whys behind your use of iPad in your teaching, I am sharing with you some excellent book apps I have recently downloaded. These could be somthing you would want to read in the coming Christams break. Enjoy"
"Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is Amount, a simple and lightweight unit converter app. Want to quickly see what 20 dollars is worth in British pounds? Or what 1 cup is equal to in fluid ounces? How many miles are equal to 100 kilometers? Amount is your friend – for these and lots more similar sort of quick conversions."
"I was having a discussion recently with someone about trends in education, and the topic of augmented reality came up. Without re-hashing the entire conversation, it basically boiled down to this idea “Isn’t augmented reality mostly something in the movies”?
"The following is a personal review of iPad apps that family and friends have recommended to me. These apps are all focused on creative writing: some favor markdown language, others are great PDF annotative apps or additions to your favorite note taking apps and one is a great companion to blog writing. I have not been asked to review the app by the developer nor do I have any financial stake in their product."
"If you are like me then Dropbox is one of the tools you use on everyday basis. The cloud-based facilities it provides are too valuable to be missed and barring Google Drive, no other web tool provides as powerful and free cloud-based services as Dropbox. However, Dropbox per see can only do so much and there are several third party tools to use with it to increase your productivity"