If you happen to travel with your iPad or tablet and use it to present, you might be interested in a portable stand. Until recently, iPad stands where not very portable and impractical for me to take on my travels. Now I have two great options that fold flat and fit in my backpack: Justand Go ($79.00) and Belkin Stage Portable ($87.99).
Breakthrough science requires pioneers. People who combine brilliance with courage, even in the face of daunting opposition. The women who paved the way for modern scientific exploration exemplify this spirit; grappling not only with fundamental questions of the universe, but with discrimination and societal constraints that often stripped them of scientific credit. You may know some of those names--Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace. Here are 14 more, paired with contemporary women doing trailblazing work in the same field with support from the National Science Foundation. This list is by no means comprehensive. Dig deeper into any of these stories, and you'll find many more amazing women in STEM.
I’m sure you have all heard some version of the Benjamin Franklin quote above. With today’s students, living in a fast paced world, this quote is something to keep in the back of your mind when crafting engaging lessons. If there is any way to get students truly engrossed in their learning and reflecting on what they learned, you will see much better results with engagement and retention.
Recently, in Bethany Klone’s 3rd grade classroom students began work on the following math standard: Comprehensive Geometric/Measurement. How does a teacher go about teaching this concept and how does the teacher make it meaningful for the students? Involve them in the learning process.
Minecraft, Mojang’s breakout game of building and exploration, is being distributed for free to schools in Northern Ireland. The initiative was organized as part of the annual CultureTECH festival and funded by the country’s Department of Culture, Arts, and Leisure. (via The Guardian)
200 schools and 30 libraries and community organizations will be supplied with download codes for MinecraftEdu, an educational version of the game created by the company TeacherGaming, which was formed by a group of American and Finnish educational game developer’s soon after Minecraft‘s launch in 2011 to facilitate its use in the classroom.
There are more and more free Wi-Fi hot spots available to us than ever before. However, for the most part, coverage is generally spotty and/or intermittent on free public Wi-Fi networks. In addition, there can be privacy concerns, not to mention overloaded networks that easily become more trouble than they’re worth in the first place. In situations like these what options do you have if you want to surf the internet on your iPad and you’re away from your fast, secure and reliable home network? For the sake of argument, we are going to assume that your iPad is a Wi-Fi only version, but the process is the same regardless which iPad you own.
""Technology is in no way a synonym for ‘outstanding.’ But, it is something that can facilitate that outcome again and again. It can seem melodramatic to say things like ‘iPads have changed the world,’ but they have. The very fact that there is a debate within educational establishments across the world as to whether they and their likenesses are the key to unlocking the future of learning should show all the sceptics that technology is not going away. It is something that needs to be embraced and explored. So what does an outstanding iPad lesson look like?"
"Sometimes you just need to emphasize something. One of the best ways to do so when you’re texting is to make the words you really need to get across in all capitals. Or maybe you just want to shout at someone, and an ALL CAPS sentence will certainly get that across for you"
John Bokla says it was during the time he was studying architectural engineering – and struggling with the design courses – that he came up with the idea for i3D Creatives, a 3D design education firm and a platform designed to teach children between 8 and 15 years old how to use 3D printing.
In the age of digital learning, exit tickets are no longer confined to small slips of paper collected by educators as students leave their classrooms (although this method is still fine). There are numerous digital tools at the disposal of educators to collect this valuable performance data from their students.
Here are ten digital exit slip tools to choose from.
So, what does research suggest works? Are there any ‘best bets’ that we can use as a starting point to evaluate and improve our practice? And how might a 1-to-1 mobile learning project contribute to such improvement? According to the Education Endowment Foundation’s Toolkit (from here on EEF) and the Sutton Trust’s most recent report on what makes great teaching, these are some of the elements of teaching that research suggests contribute to improved outcomes, accompanied by ways in which mobile technology might, on occasion, help along the way:
A recent study has found that kindergartners who use iPads in school are likely to score higher on literacy tests than those who do not.
The study, which was carried out in Auburn, Maine early last year, looked at 266 kindergartners who had been given free iPads to use in class as part of an experiment. Out of the 266 students, 129 were given lessons using iPads, while the remaining 137 were taught through traditional methods.
The results, which were published on Apple’s unofficial tech blog, TUAW, showed that in addition to better scores in every literacy test, children who were taught through the use of an iPad also showed an increased interest in learning and were more enthusiastic about going to school."
I have read many articles about which device is the best for education, the Chromebook or the iPad. Let me be clear from the onset: both devices are great for education. I believe there are many myths and flat out fallacies about each device that need to be explored. After using both devices in my teaching I can clearly see the merits of using each. The iPad, however, clearly stands out as the best choice for many reasons, but I feel the one thing most people fail to consider, is that the iPad is also a Chromebook.
You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.” If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs.
Collecting data on student progress is an important part of making decisions about intervention and how to best support the children in our classrooms. Running Record Calculator is an app for iOS devices that helps teachers who are administering this type of assessment. It records students as they read a passage and gives you a quick way to keep track of self-corrections and errors. After the recording finishes you can enter the word count from the passage to calculate words per minute.
Spotlight Search is probably one of the most under used tools on the iPad. I know I have taken it for granted for years. I know it’s there. I know it can be a very useful search tool, and I know that it was enhanced with iOS 8. But, how often do we really ever use Spotlight Search on our own without being prompted? If you’re anything like me, the answer is probably close to never. I know there have to be some seasoned veterans out there who take full advantage of the powerful search capabilities of Spotlight Search–and that’s great. Most of us, however, don’t. So I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite benefits of this built in utility, in no particular order.
Engineering - Go For It! - this site is produced by the ASEE and is completely devoted to promoting engineering. It has resources for educators and students, as well as lessons and career exploration resources.
Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s also learning how to code.
"Do you like doodling? How about some iPad apps to help you create beautiful doodles? The collection below features some interesting applications you can use on your iOS devices to help you carry out a variety of things that include: doodling using different colours, text and fonts, drawing using simple and powerful tools, sketching out your ideas, and sharing your productions in real time."
- Learning in Hand There are already a lot of apps in Apple's App Store for iPad and iPhone (over 1.5 million), and more are added each day. In fact, this month an average of 1,400 apps have been submitted to the App Store. Despite the outrageous number of apps, only a small percentage end up piquing my interest.
The apps I get most excited about are ones that are open-ended. I like to make things, and I love it when an app empowers students (and teachers) to create digital productions. Shadow Puppet Edu, Adobe Voice, and TeleStory are three apps that facilitate creativity. They provide students a way to retell stories, explain concepts, or persuade an audience.
Now that the excitement of the Hour of Code has passed, and you still vividly remember your students' eyes light up while completing their coding challenges, you may be wondering how to keep that excitement going in your classroom. The only thing is, you don't teach computer science -- and you have no idea how to teach coding.
My good friend, fellow French teacher and colleague Sylvia Duckworth and I brainstormed the following. Sylvia has been a huge advocate for using technology in the classroom, and has actively used iPads in her classes for the past couple years. Check out her excellent website, which contains a multitude of teaching ideas using technology as a tool.
I do not use a lot of worksheets in my math program. So much so, that last week, I gave a worksheet during math to my grade 2 students to do and one of my students cheered. CHEERED! For a worksheet! I asked the child in my class why she cheered. I figured that she would have responded with, "I like worksheets." If she had answered that way, I would have been fine with that. I believe that we all have our own learning preferences and some children enjoy doing worksheets. However I would never have anticipated what she said to me. She responded with,
"I like doing worksheets better than using the iPads because I don't have to think as much."
This week I tested two new apps for recording audio interviews. Both of these apps can be used by students without creating any kind of new online accounts. Neither one is entirely perfect, but they're both quite good.
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