"Giving an open-ended task is always an interesting issue for teachers. There is a risk involved. Will the students run with the task? Will they stay on track? Will they handle the technology or be distracted by it?"
"IdeaStorm is a free iPad app for quickly creating sketches and diagrams. IdeaStorm allows you to create individual sketches and collections of sketches. To create a sketch just tap the “new drawing” button and start drawing. You can choose from three line thicknesses and five colors to use in your drawings. All drawings are automatically saved in the app."
"Throughout my different experiences working with teachers integrating technology in their classrooms I noticed that several of them still do not know about the powerful features that YouTube has. The fad that YouTube is a mere video hosting platform is still pervasive among many while, in fact, most if not all of the features provided by premium video websites are also found in YouTube and for free."
"The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012)."
"f you haven't seen them yet, here is a round-up of some good educational iPad apps that have been recently released. During my online meandering I come across hundreds of apps and I bookmark the ones I deem important to share here with you. the purpose behind these lists is to keep teachers and educators abreast of the latest releases in the world of educational iPad apps. Have a look and share with your colleagues."
"Playing YouTube videos and audio in the background of iOS is an easy way to listen to a song or show that you want to stream to your iPhone, but the ability to play that stream in the background has changed a bit with the newest versions of iOS."
"Schools don’t have to kill the creativity Sir Ken Robinson laments in his popular video. To follow are a few ideas that can teachers can share with parents, or use in their classrooms, to provide young people with the inspiration to be creative. "
"I love my iPad, but I’m a Google girl at heart. Safari works fine, and I have no issues with it. But Google Chrome just fits my teaching so much better. It has several features that just make it super easy to access and perfect for elementary classroom use."
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"Make Beliefs Comix is one of my favourite web tool for creating comics to use for educational purposes. I have also featured it in my recent post on the best web tools for creating educational comic strips. What I like the most about this web tool is that it does not require any sign up or registration so you don't have to worry about your students sharing or using their emails.
Now with the free Make Beliefs Comix iPad app, students can easily make comics on the go and share them via email or store them in the camera roll."
"The Access Model is based on a strength of tablets, and that is 1:1 access to the people, content channels, models, and instant feedback that tablets can uniquely provide. In most circumstances, this access is ideally asynchronous and self-directed.
It makes little sense to use tablets to provide a learning experience similar to the one provided in its absence. This makes both the tablet’s performance and the learning experience clumsy and ineffective.
A key factor in teaching with iPads then is to rethink the learning process using the potential provided by both 1:1 screen access, and the mobility and personalization they allow."
"iOS 7.1 is out today and you can update your iPad by heading over to Settings -> General -> Software Update. This dot update marks the biggest and bug-fixinest improvement to iOS since the release of iOS 7 last year"
"Google Drive is a powerful productivity suite with an increasing potential in education. From storing documents to creating stunning presentations and drawings, Google Drive empowers you with the necessary tools to enhance your productivity and augment your workflow. I have been sharing several guides and materials on how teachers can tap into the power of this platform and this section aggregates all I have shared in this regard so far."
"In order for students to tackle the multi-step word problems they'll be asked to solve as early as elementary school, they need to have mastered their addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. By answering 4 + 12, 15 - 5, 9 x 7 and 18 / 3 quickly and accurately, students can focus on reading word problems to figure out what the question is asking them to do. There are tons of fun apps that help children build their math fluency through games and flashcards. Check out some of these fantastic math apps."