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Apple - Press Info - Apple Announces Updates to iTunes U

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Fantastic News..... iTunes U does it again.

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5 reasons to try iTunes U now! - Educate 1 to 1

5 reasons to try iTunes U now! - Educate 1 to 1 | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Despite being around for some time now, iTunesU remains …
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iTunesU is simply one of the most valuable educational resources on the planet. Apple brought this to life just a few years ago - and it is the best kept secret to everyone outside of HE!

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Apple - Prince George

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http://www.apple.com/education/real-stories/prince-george/#video-prince-george Great video.

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Home Retail Group - News and media

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10,000 free tablets and broadband as part of new digital skills workshops
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Apple Responds to 'Masque Attack' Targeting iPhones and iPads After US Government Issues Warning

Apple Responds to 'Masque Attack' Targeting iPhones and iPads After US Government Issues Warning | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Apple responds iPhone and iPad threat called Masque Attack saying it is not aware of any user being affected
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Hang on?  Have they or haven't they?

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MONKEYmount for iPad Classrooms

MONKEYmount for iPad Classrooms | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
This is a great choice for classrooms who want to combine the features of annotation or screencasting apps with a document camera.
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This is a great choice for classrooms who want to combine the features of annotation or screencasting apps with a document camera.

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Office 365 adds storage, MDM enhancements

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In an effort to entice more enterprise customers, Microsoft beefed up Office 365 with MDM and free unlimited storage.

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Microsoft is upping the ante for IT shops in need of more storage availability and mobile management controls in Office 365 plans.

The company will beef up its Office 365 storage and management capabilities to entice IT customers to weigh Microsoft's full slate of mobile product offerings. It will soon introduce mobile device management (MDM) capabilities directly in Office 365, plus free, unlimited storage in OneDrive for all Office 365 customers.


While the changes could pique IT's interest in Office 365, integration with existing systems will be key to whether or not Office 365 is a good fit for organizations.

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For example, the real value of the unlimited free OneDrive storage depends on how it is integrated with other business applications outside of what Microsoft already offers, said Imran Shaikh, IT program director at Vista Equity Partners LLC in San Francisco.

"Free storage is great, but what is the use case?" Shaikh said. "Can I use it for business, or are we just talking about users offloading PC data to the cloud?"

Indeed, these are attractive options for businesses that already have Microsoft products in place, said Wes Miller, vice president of research at Directions on Microsoft, an IT analysis organization in Kirkland, Wash.

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The MDM capabilities come from Microsoft Intune and include security and management policies for devices, such as ensuring corporate data syncs only to devices managed by IT that connect to Office 365. Selective wiping of corporate data and jailbreak detection are also included with management in the Office 365 administration portal. MDM for Office 365 is also built into Office productivity apps for policy-setting and control.

"Odds are, a good-sized business will have already done the work for single sign-on and gotten all these things in place anyway for Office 365," Miller said. "Now, you'll be able to manage Office 365 for free using the same infrastructure as Intune."

MDM for Office 365 doesn't contain the full capabilities of Intune, however. Microsoft suggests customers consider Intune for more advanced features like mobile application management for Office mobile apps (such as restricting copying and pasting between apps) and comprehensive MDM features such as bulk device enrollment in Office apps and email profile deployment.

Microsoft wants customers to enjoy the MDM for Office 365 experience so much that they pay for Intune or the full Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) with Intune as opposed to going for a third-party MDM company, Miller said.

This continues a trend with Microsoft, as items like Rights Management Services within Office 365 and Azure Active Directory Basic are free but require that enterprises buy EMS to get full capabilities.

Whether these offers from Microsoft fully catch on depends if enterprises buy into Office 365 and Windows 10, Miller said.

MDM for Office 365 will roll out in the first quarter of next year for Windows Phone, Apple iOS and Google Android devices, the company said. It will be included in all Office 365 subscriptions.

Free OneDrive storage may not be enough for IT

In addition to the added MDM capabilities, all Office 365 customers will receive free unlimited OneDrive storage. Previously, customers were capped at 1 TB of free storage per user. While Microsoft has started rolling this out to consumer editions already, unlimited storage for OneDrive for Business customers will be added to the Office 365 roadmap, and customers will begin receiving the unlimited storage next year.

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None of Microsoft's enterprise file sync-and-share competitors deliver free storage, with Dropbox and Box each offering 1 TB of storage for $15 per user per month.

Free unlimited storage might be an advantage for Microsoft, but it may not be enough to entice enterprise customers to buy Office 365 licenses.

"The real value of file sync-and-share is not the amount of storage offered, but rather the variety of integrations, depth of security and level of collaborative features a platform offers," said Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research Inc. in Toronto.

The greatest strength for OneDrive for Business is integration with Office applications and Outlook, Lepofsky said.

While IT may worry about what users may or may not keep in their unlimited storage in Office 365, Microsoft also introduced extended data loss prevention capabilities to OneDrive for Business, as well as SharePoint Online, Windows File Share and Office applications. For OneDrive for Business, these include policy enforcement such as restricting and blocking access to sensitive files.


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"That's really good news for enterprises that may have been threatened by [unlimited storage in OneDrive for Business]," Miller said.

Microsoft recently updated its pricing for enterprise Office 365 licenses, with subscription plans ranging from $5 to $15 per user per month.
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iPads + project based learning = limitless possibilities - Daily Genius

iPads + project based learning = limitless possibilities - Daily Genius | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.

My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience. . .

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Ideas for PBL in elementary classrooms!

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Thx John Evans!

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Women in computing: the 60s pioneers who lit up the world of coding

Women in computing: the 60s pioneers who lit up the world of coding | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the success of the world’s first computer programmer. But did you know that the UK’s leading software pioneeers were also women? Their story is inspiring for young women today, writes Naomi Alderman
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Celebration time. I can think of a few that held the others back as well! "Twitter? ... What good will that ever be in the public sector?"

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Starbucks uses cloud to manage innovation and disruptive technologies

Starbucks uses cloud to manage innovation and disruptive technologies | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Starbucks coffee chain innovates IT strategies to hone its competitive edge using cloud services, says IT director Robert Teagle
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I imagine some Starbucks card holders will worry about this.

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7 Tips to Effectively Use Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Tips to Effectively Use Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

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Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. 

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Great resource to share with students

 

Stephan Hughes's curator insight, October 21, 9:29 AM

Could be useful for student teachers who have to prepare academic articles as part of their research methodology subject. 

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Forget Wearables — Here's the First Real 'Thinkable'

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The Muse brain-reading headset: Looks a little silly, works wonders for meditation.IMAGE: INTERAXON

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The hot tech category of wearable devices is not only way too broad, it's too stressful to even think about. Should you strap on a Jawbone Up or a Fitbit Flex to count your steps? Should you buy the Moto 360 now, or wait an interminable amount of months for the Apple Watch? Will Google Glass get you beaten up in public, or just make you look like a complete idiot?

If your head is overheated with such concerns, you may be a perfect candidate for the Muse — the first consumer-focused headband that is not so much a wearable, but more of a thinkable. The Muse's one and only goal, for the moment: To look at your brain activity and help you stop thinking so damn much.

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The Muse, formerly an Indiegogo campaign, costs $299 — not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, although that's still $50 below the bottom-end Apple Watch. But what you get for that money could pay for itself in therapy sessions and mindfulness classes.

The Bluetooth-connected Muse headset, when used in conjunction with its iOS and Android app called Calm, is the best gadget yet for teaching you how to meditate like a Zen master.

You've probably seen more than enough studies on the value of meditation — it can lower your blood pressure, relieve migraines, reduce the risk of heart attacks, help conquer anxiety and depression, make you more creative, and so on.

Then you try to meditate, and discover why we're not all happy healthy Buddhist monks. Meditation practice can be calming and uplifting, but it's more likely to be profoundly boring, confusing, soporific, stressful, even a little scary. Dark thoughts arise unbidden from the tangle of your chattering mind; you try to let them go. But are you trying too hard? Are you thinking about thinking? You're supposed to concentrate on your breath, but are you breathing correctly? What does that even mean?

No wonder so many of us fail to incorporate meditation into our daily routine, as much as we know we'd benefit. It's much easier to fool ourselves into thinking that a little chill-out time is all that's required — kicking back on the couch with a smartphone or tablet in hand, playing a little mindless Candy Crush Saga.

And that's the beauty of the Muse — it operates in that space in your life taken up by smartphones, couches and Candy Crush. You need only use it for three minutes a day. It is meditation as a game — but not any kind of obnoxious, overwrought game. It's blissfully simple and has great repeatability.


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The hardest part is putting the headset on and getting the right fit. It's not the plastic headband part, but a narrow strip of flexible metal around the inside that's actually reading the faint electric signals in your brain. Adjusting the pieces that fit behind your ears help make this metal strip snug.

You do have to accept that any kind of brain-reading headset is going to look a little bit silly, by definition. You do have to accept that any kind of brain-reading headset is going to look a little bit silly, by definition. Still, InteraXon, the Canadian company behind the Muse, has done a good job at minimizing the silliness factor. By contrast the Epoc Emotiv, the last brain-reading device I tried (designed for gamers, with a $399 price tag), makes your head look and feel like it's being hugged by a plastic octopus.

But the Muse is as thin as it can be at the front, at least; the white version especially looks like something Apple might design (and undoubtedly will; look for Apple to reveal its own "thinkable" in about a decade's time to a breathless world.)

There's a large button on the inside of the right behind-the-ear piece that handles the Bluetooth connection with your iPad or iPhone. Pairing was seamless and faster than most Bluetooth devices. Five colors appear on the screen when you've got all the sensors lined up correctly. For me, this took less than a minute. (The colors aren't strictly necessary, since a tiny map of the headset on screen at all times will tell you which sensors aren't picking up any signal from your buzzing brain.)



If you're at all concerned about the apparent simplicity with which a $300 gadget can read your brain and what that means for the state of privacy in the 21st century, don't worry — and don't reach for the tin foil hat just yet. The electric signal your thoughts give off is so weak, it can be interrupted by any muscle movement in your head at all, even moving your jaw and blinking. (Take that, NSA mind-readers!) That's why the Calm app asks you to close your eyes and sit comfortably whenever it's actively trying to look into your head via the Muse.

It starts by calibrating itself to your chattering brain. A soothing voice asks you to think of three categories of objects, such as fruits or musical instruments, in quick succession. However, InteraXon told me the categories don't matter — it's just a way of lighting up your frontal lobes. The Muse can't actually tell whether you're thinking of a pomegranate or a piccolo (yet).

Armed with readings from the unquiet mind, the app then takes you through a three-minute meditation session. When you're calm and focused on your breath, you'll hear the sound of breaking waves. If thoughts start to crowd into your head, you'll hear a gust of wind — not like gale-force wind, just enough to nudge you back to the quietness of simply breathing. When it's over, you get to see how much of the time your brain spent in three categories: Active, neutral and calm.

If you're very lucky and extremely calm, you'll hear the sound of birds — the more Zen, the more birds. I was rather proud of the fact that I got three birds during my first session with the device. Then I took it home to my wife, who got 19 birds on her first try. Curses.


IMAGE: MASHABLE, CHRIS TAYLOR
Yes, more than one person can use the same Muse headset. This is perhaps one of the strongest features of the device: You need only buy one per household. InteraXon says one Muse will support up to five smartphones and tablets.

And yes, this will probably engender a little friendly competition between spouses, siblings and friends. Yes, that does seem inherently odd. We're not sure what the Buddha would make of the notion of competitive Zen, but hey, it's just harnessing the energy of humans doing what humans do, and turning that toward positive ends.

Of course, the only way to compete effectively is by clearing your mind of the competition. The less it matters, the better you'll do. There's a lesson even professional athletes could stand to re-learn.


IMAGE: MASHABLE, CHRIS TAYLOR
Each session provides you with a few hundred points; you have to earn 5,000 points before unlocking more advanced features of the Muse. That isn't just gamification for gamification's sake— it allows the device to get to learn the patterns of your brain activity a little bit more.

And that's good news for the future of Muse.

To grow and evolve beyond a single app, the device needs to attract developers. What else could you do with an advanced brain-reading headset, other than meditation and games? Devs may want to clear their minds before figuring it out.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

TOPICS: GADGETS, MEDITATION, TECH, WEARABLES
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Apple TV update adds design tweaks, Family Sharing, and Beats Music app

Apple TV is considered an iOS device, which is a thing people sometimes forget, so it too has been updated with a new version of the software today. The first thing you'll notice is a slightly...
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Don't forget Apple TV.

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The world just got flipped again.... | LinkedIn

The world just got flipped again.... | LinkedIn | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
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Eloquently, Geoff just hit the nail on the head.  Great insight, and the key to the innovation of invention.

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Supporting with digital confidence

Supporting with digital confidence | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Supporting with digital confidence is paramount when looking to develop colleagues in your school. While you may know that CPD is happening 24/7/365 online, many won't. Making it so that teachers feel empowered in their…
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ICT has to be reliable, it has to work the way you expect it to. It needs to have familiarity.  Then it delivers Trust in that 'working' results in confidence growing for the user.  Before you know it you have a revolution on your hands........

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Home Retail Group - News and media

Home Retail Group - News and media | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
10,000 free tablets and broadband as part of new digital skills workshops
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10,000 free tablets and broadband as part of new digital skills workshops - See more at: http://www.homeretailgroup.com/news-and-media/news.aspx?smlbus=1519&smltab&smltype=2077&smldate=2014&keyword=tablet&article=6432#sthash.UIKinfCt.dpuf

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Teaching With YouTube

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9 Tips For Smarter Teaching With YouTube

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But Mediacore is even more brilliant!

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What will the tablet of the future look like?

What will the tablet of the future look like? | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Edtech is progressing at an incredible speed, and it can often be difficult to see what’s ahead. Dominic Norrish, group director of technology at United Learning Dominic Norrish takes a look at what we can expect for tablets and 1:1 learning.

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More about how to ensure you choose the right path....

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 15, 3:32 AM

Deceptive title for an article which is really about 1:1 tablet computing in schools and how to choose the correct model for your school.

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Arcadia pupils' chance of a lifetime

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Arcadia Public School pupils have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to document environmental policy as it is made.
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Stephen Heppell is at it again. A real learning experience. 

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Government launches education ICT tender | PublicTechnology.net

Government launches education ICT tender | PublicTechnology.net | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
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So, who is pitching on Apple's behalf in the UK?  I'd like to know.

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Argos provides free tablets and broadband to get UK online

Argos provides free tablets and broadband to get UK online | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Argos will provide 10,000 UK adults with free tablets and a year’s worth of free broadband to encourage those lacking digital skill to use the internet.
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10,000 tablets will hopefully make a dent in the 20%?

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UK's Guardian thinks that the Apple Watch will beat Google Glass, as Glass is a Fascinating Failure - Patently Apple

Here are two giants of the technology industry, with respected worldwide brands; they vie for top position among the best-known and most-valued technology brands. And they’re both moving into the wearable technology space.
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"Flick of the wrist, and you're gone baby" was famously the lyric of Killer Queen by Queen. It could have been written for the this competition. Or is  it even a competition?

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Wilshaw: Outstanding schools 'enjoy' Ofsted inspections - Education - TES News

Wilshaw: Outstanding schools 'enjoy' Ofsted inspections - Education - TES News | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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"Bring it on" is, I doubt, a morning assembly rallying cry.

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10 things to know about the state of tech in education

10 things to know about the state of tech in education | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

UKThe current state of tech and education is in flux. Here are 10 things to know about what's happening now.

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The UK is catching up to the USA....... in ways we should not be proud of. Well 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (if I knew what it meant?) 7 and 10,

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

The choices are endless. Should I set up a class blog or a Twitter account? Should I use Edmodo? Test out cell phone use in the classroom? How about Google Docs? Prezi? 

 

 


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Will check out Ming but hopes this works  better than their video about it.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 17, 9:49 PM

Some good basics here. 

Shannon Resendez's curator insight, September 18, 8:52 AM

A teachers evaluation of best practices using classroom technology.

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'Growing Divide' Between Technology in UK Classrooms and Teachers' Abilities

'Growing Divide' Between Technology in UK Classrooms and Teachers' Abilities | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Virgin Media Business says only 15% of teachers are 'totally computer savvy'.
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........this is no surprise at all, and the figure is consistent.

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