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Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More (EdSurge News)

Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More (EdSurge News) | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a teacher or an administrator, you may be asking yourself, “Chromebooks or iPads for my classroom?” If a school is looking to go 1:1, which one is the better choice?
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Another argument for ensuring that students have access to a range of options for interacting with technology, (anyone for BYO??)

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The Smart Way to Use iPads in the Classroom

The Smart Way to Use iPads in the Classroom | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
The school has an unconventional take on the iPad’s purpose. The devices are not really valued as portable screens or mobile gaming devices. Teachers I talked to seemed uninterested, almost dismissive, of animations and gamelike apps. Instead, the tablets were intended to be used as video cameras, audio recorders, and multimedia notebooks of individual students’ creations. The teachers cared most about how the devices could capture moments that told stories about their students’ experiences in school. Instead of focusing on what was coming out of the iPad, they were focused on what was going into it.

Via Kim Flintoff
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Yet another important read which makes the point that it's important "to recognize that it’s the adults and students around the iPads."

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 15, 2013 10:15 PM

Focusses on K-12 but there are some key insights that can extend into any learning context.

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7 Uses for Your Outdated iPad

7 Uses for Your Outdated iPad | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
While most tablets have a shelf life longer than six months (*cough* iPad 3 *cough*), they all grow obsolete eventually. When the march of technology sends your slate to the junk drawer don't just sell it off.
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iPads in Art Education

iPads in Art Education | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Tricia Fuglestad, Dryden Elementary Art Teacher (Arlington Heights, Illinois) and Suzanne Tiedemann, Brunswick Acres Art Teacher (South Brunswick, New Jersey) joined forces to share what they have discovered on their quest to find practical applications for the iPad in art education. Explore the tabs at the top of this page to see how they have infused iPads into their curricula, student iPad artwork, iPad management and tips, app suggestions and more."

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Tether: The iPad controller for your mac.

Tether: The iPad controller for your mac. | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Get unstuck from the front of the room. If you
present from your mac computer, your life
may never be the same again. Now you can walk
into a classroom, control your computer and
master your presentation directly from your iPad."

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How Green Is Your iPad? [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Green Is Your iPad? [INFOGRAPHIC] | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
It can be difficult to put in perspective the environmental impact of our electronics. Let's take a look at how the iPad measures up.
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Make Your Own Monsters & Learn 3D Sculpting With 123D Sculpt [iPad]

Make Your Own Monsters & Learn 3D Sculpting With 123D Sculpt [iPad] | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"123D Sculpt is another 3D iPad app from the Autodesk 123D series (last time I showed you Catch, for making 3D models from photographs ). Sculpt is specifically made for the iPad – and is free for the time being. Sculpting is a natural fit for the iPad touch interface, and the app is an incredibly powerful way to realize your most horrific nightmarish creature designs, or simply as a fun creative exercise."

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Why Publishers Don't Like Apps - Technology Review

Why Publishers Don't Like Apps - Technology Review | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
The future of media on mobile devices isn't with applications but with the Web.

This article from the web based publisher Technology Review explains why they have abandoned their app in preference for a web based publication.

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LEGO® DUPLO® JAMS for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store

"A great starter app for children ages 2-5 who are just beginning to use a touchscreen.

LEGO® DUPLO® JAMS provides an interactive, musical world for your toddler or preschooler to discover the joy of building. Set to upbeat playroom songs that even parents will enjoy, this app lets children build their imaginations by clicking bricks to explore colorful worlds as they sing along to catchy tunes."

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Why the iPad Is My New Laptop — Shawn Blanc

"Within my circle of friends, I know several people who are also using their iPad as their portable computer. I even have a handful friends who have an iPad as their only computer.

It is not a sacrifice to use the iPad as a primary device. I wanted to take a look at some of the most compelling reasons to use an iPad as your portable, if not your only, computer."

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Apps in Education: Science Probes for the iPad

Apps in Education: Science Probes for the iPad | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"An elementary school in our district recently got 30 iPads and asked for some advice implementing them with students and teachers. In addition to suggesting some starter apps, I recommended that we have conversations with kids around the appropriate use of these devices. While almost every child has used an iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, the exciting learning opportunities these mobile, Internet-connected, media creation devices create also open the door to new challenges. Cyberbullying or inappropriate web publishing happens more through the camera than regular computer use does; the mobility of the device combined with the reality that multiple users are using the device with no personalized, password-protected, network-tracked accounts makes it more challenging to keep track of who is doing what with the device or that the device itself is safe.

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The History 2.0 Classroom: Why Go 1:1 iPad?

The History 2.0 Classroom: Why Go 1:1 iPad? | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"In a response to a well written and thoughtful post that I recently read by @jmcconville1000, "Why the iPad is bad for education", I felt compelled to respond from my personal experience of rolling out a cart of 30 iPads in a shared high school environment.

Fundamentally I believe that an iPad can neither be good or bad. All it can ever be is an iPad. I argue instead, that when used effectively and with specific goals in mind, iPads can have a positive impact on education. Seeing that schools are investing money on these devices, the perspective to adopt is not a combative one, but rather one that explores how to effectively integrate the devices. Whether a school is 1:1, or there is a shared iPad cart, the devices can be used effectively."

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Teachers who just got iPads

Teachers who just got iPads | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
I had the privilege of holding a Google Hangout with Holly Clark (@HollyEdTEchDiva) and Tanya Avrith (@EdTechSchools). It was a great chat, where we compared US, NZ and Canadian school systems. Aft...
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Some more tips on getting started with iPads in a handy chart form from iPads For Schools

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iPads for Teaching

iPads for Teaching | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Welcome to the iPads4teaching site! This site will provide you with tips, tricks and resources for teaching and learning with the iPad.  It does include the links of apps by Bloom's. You can find...
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More goodness from Kathy Schrock. Keep following her for even more great tips and insights, I know I will be :).

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The pen that revolutionises your iPad

The  pen that revolutionises  your iPad | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Robert Yearsley believes his app and pen solves the problem of handwriting, drawing and collaboration on the iPad - and customers believe in him, already pledging tens of thousands of dollars sight unseen.
Collusion, he says, turns the iPad into a useful productivity device for business and education, rather than for just entertainment. It includes a high precision pen and storage of files in the cloud, similar to Google Docs, allowing for real-time collaboration."

 

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Apple-Like Solar-Powered Keyboard Controls Mac, iPad, iPhone

Apple-Like Solar-Powered Keyboard Controls Mac, iPad, iPhone | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac, iPad and iPhone lets you pair up to three devices at a time.
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10 Great Ways to Get More From Your iPad

10 Great Ways to Get More From Your iPad | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Did you know that you can stream movies from your PC to the iPad, use it as a secondary monitor, connect USB speakers and keyboards, and browse Web sites with actual tabs? Here’s how to get the most from Apple’s iPad.
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Typing in the Age of iPads -- THE Journal

Typing in the Age of iPads -- THE Journal | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Efforts to make "typing" on handheld devices like iPads functional are inspiring new ideas for modifying or replacing the typewriter-inspired keyboard format.
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Vernier Video Physics app for iPad.

Vernier Video Physics app for iPad. | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Video Physics brings complex video analysis to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and into the hands of the students. The app allows students to take a video of any object in motion and then by marking it.

Physics will display the path of the ball and provide graphs of Y vs X as well as the X and Y position and velocity as a function of time.
This app is perfect for reluctant students that are not engaged in physics and allows them to use technology and see real life situations being transformed into quite complex graphical physics."

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Helping Students Make Better Movies on iPad (or any device)

Helping Students Make Better Movies on iPad (or any device) | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Of course, the basis for a great film is a great story. I won’t be covering how to write good stories in this post, but in the future I will share some resources that I have found useful. For now, the focus is on the film technique and technical side of making a great movie."

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Staffroom HQ

Staffroom HQ | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Some people have asked me “how do I integrate the iPad into my English classes?” I respond by providing some iPad related tasks that link and work well with the text types taught in Australian primary schools."

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Baby doesn't need tech to learn

Baby doesn't need tech to learn | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Child developmental experts say that the new and disturbing trend of getting toddlers iPads to play with is likely to do more long term harm than good.
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The Wonderful Windosill Turns Your iPad Into A Mysterious Toybox

The Wonderful Windosill Turns Your iPad Into A Mysterious Toybox | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Windosill is more or less a puzzle game, though it’s as much about simple play and understanding as it is about analysis or problem solving. Fittingly, the game begins with a toybox — you’ll be disoriented at first, then come to realise that you can manipulate everything on the screen. However, not all of those things are required to progress — they’re simply there, begging for you to touch and squeeze them. A clock, a plant; a light, a squishy thing with an eye on top. And at the bottom of the screen, a little toy car."

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Clean Energy Hawaii STEM HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store

In celebration of Earth Day this stunning app with content and activities applicable way beyond Hawaii is available free from April 19-24. This is a must have app for any physics teacher.

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