"My school has gone 2:1. Two devices, one student. Grade 7 students are now walking around with iPad minis in addition to their MacBook Airs. As any avowed Apple-Fangirl, I’ve been excited about this development. But as a teacher, I’ve been wondering how this would look. I was concerned that this was just conspicuous consumption and would provide minimal educational benefits. So while I wanted the pilot to work and I’ve been impressed as always at the thought our school puts into the roll out of new initiatives*, until the iPads were in the hands of my 7th graders, I was unsure it would be worth it.
One week in, I’m already seeing the benefits of being 2:1. I am amazed at how the iPads and computers are being used by my kids and how thoughtful they are with the devices. So as we go through the iPad pilot, I thought it’d be worth while to reflect on a list of things I’ve noticed in the past week."
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
This issue brings together five rather diverse papers focusing on the use of mobile and Web 2.0 technologies in an effort to engage learners. Two of the papers deal with messaging or response systems used by students in higher education, two papers deal with the use of (mobile) social media for professional development of teachers, and the final paper builds a theoretical model for Web 2.0-based workplace learning.
In the best learning environments, sharing work doesn’t just mean posting on the Internet, it means building connections with a wider community, so that sharing becomes part of a set of relationships and patterns of exchange.
"Now that it's the middle of summer, rubrics are probably the furthest thing from your minds. However, unfortunately it won't be long from now that we will be knee-deep in marking. ForAllRubrics https://www.forallrubrics.com/ is one of my best finds online in a long time. This is a free “service” for teachers that works on iPad and iPhone. Now, teachers will be able to create rubrics and easily use their iOS devices to assess all of their students."
"Creating picture stories can be a very effective activity in unleashing students creativity. There are now some great apps that students can use to create and narrate their stories on iPad. I have picked for you two of the most popular apps in this regard.
To create a picture story, students will either use the pictures they have in their camera roll or take new ones and do some customization to them then add audio narration and text before sharing them with others via emails or through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Here are the titles I have for you today:"
Storytelling is a very useful skill. It helps kids reel in listeners and requires them to remember material by heart. Use these fun apps and sites to help kids find their unique voice as storytellers, orators, individuals.
The Verge 8-bit canvas: Pixaki makes pixel art easy with an iPad The Verge iPad app Pixaki attempts to make pushing pixels a much more casual experience with touchscreen controls and familiar hand gestures.
"Dubbed the "tripad", this DIY iPad tripod is unique and costs next to nothing. Sure it’s a bit rough around the edges but it absolutely does the job. Give it a go! There are several steps to this project, so make sure you look at the number images below the steps for easy reference."
"If you’ve ever run into a .zip file on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you will probably have discovered it’s a bit of a dead-end initially, because by default there isn’t much you can do with zips or any other archive format. That doesn’t mean you can’t open ZIP files though, and in fact these archives can be viewed, unzipped, and opened in iOS with relative ease, but you will need to download a free third party app before you’ll have the function included on your device. This will allow you view all of the contents of any zip file quickly, and also decompress the entire archive, or just extract a single file from a larger archive, providing quick access to the zip contents which can be saved locally or opened in another application of choice."
"Welcome back to iPad Summer Camp. Whether your summer is relaxing and filled with free time or packed with busy things (like me – working on a master’s degree!), it’s important to take some time to play with some of the technology that you might be using next year. If you haven’t been following along, check out the introductory post http://bit.ly/14sB8Tp ; and the first project http://bit.ly/1232tMi . Otherwise, onwards to collaborative writing!"
What new learning actually is depends on who you talk to. Project-based learning infused with educational technology. Game-based learning and learning simulations. Self-directed learning and learning through play. eLearning and mobile learning to promote personalized learning for every child.
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