"Thinglink http://thinglink.com/ was a big hit in the workshop that I facilitated yesterday in Bettendorf, Iowa. Thinglink can be used to turn any static image into an interactive, multimedia image. Yesterday, we used PicMonkey and PicCollage to create collages about what a good learning environment looks like to us. After creating those collages we saved them as PNG files and uploaded them to Thinglink where we added videos, audio files, and links to articles to enhance our collages and make them interactive."
Thinglink is a great tool offering visualisation with links to related resources. It could be used by a teacher to provide resources to explore or even better by students to find and explain a subject or topic.
“10 Useful Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes and Polls ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Digital Technologies for Teachers and Career Practitioners curated by Dr Peter Carey (10 Useful Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes and Polls...”
Via Nassain Turvey
Last week during World Book Day, my school had a Dr Seuss themed week. As I teach each class ICT during the one day, I decided to develop pupils awareness of their audience during a short book review activity. I told the pupils that not only would their class teacher be reading their book reviews but the rest of the school and parents would be listening to them. After a few blank faces glared back at me, I explained that their reviews had to be recorded into their iPads and could not be longer than 30 seconds. We used Croak It app to record the reviews (it limits the recordings to 30 seconds) and then shares that recording as a web-link. These links were then put into the QR code creator app, printed and put with the front covers of the books. If you want to record longer than 30 seconds and have images displayed while you listen to them then you could use Shadow Puppets which also creates a web-link or AudioBoo which makes a QR code for you. If you want pupils to attach a GarageBand song to a QR code then you can save the song into something like box.com app using the open in tool and create a web link from there. We then displayed the finished front covers around the school, in the weekly newsletter and library.
Via Adam Foster, Sue Gorman
"This picture was drawn in response to a post called 'Drawing On A Napkin: Is This How iPads Function In A Traditional Classroom?' by the esteemed Terry Heick. Mine was not drawn on a napkin, but on Notability. And, to answer that snarky Johannesburg based iPad trainer who cannot believe I can do what I do using the iPad, yes I did create it myself! This is what I think iPads are 'for' in education. Let me know what you think."
Via John Evans, mrsjgarcia, Jim Harmon, Jenny Smith
"The interest in inquiry-based learning seems to ebb and flow based on–well, it’s not clear why it ever ebbs. In short, it is a student-centered, Constructivist approach to learning that requires critical thinking, and benefits from technology, collaboration, resourcefulness, and other modern learning skills that never seem to fall out of favor themselves. Regardless, St Oliver Plunkett Primary School has put together two very useful images that can help you populate your iPad–or classroom of iPads–with apps that support both inquiry-based learning (the second image below), and a more general approach to pedagogy based on Apple’s uber-popular tablet (the top image)."
Via John Evans, Jo Laretive, janelle mcmahon
"Are you relatively new to iPads in the classroom? Are you looking for some tips to help you navigate the new iOS 7? Today we take a look at 10 Features Every iPad Owner Should Know, so that you have the knowledge and confidence you need to shine in front of your students."
"Today there are a countless number of tips and tricks when it comes to effective online course design, that it can become confusing where to start. These theories can range from actionable steps to philosophical diatribes, both of which provide their use, but equally are confusing as to where to begin."
"This infographic outlines some of the key components to creating an online course."
"The 'Massive' in MOOC refers to class size, but one might think it stands for cost savings as well. MOOCs are free for students who register and cheap for those who seek credit. Few colleges and universities plan to grant credit for MOOCs, but of those who do, the cost to the student is typically a few hundred dollars per course; sometimes, it's only the price of paying for a proctored exam."
For years, I spent my summers teaching sailing and leadership skills to high school students on a 50-foot boat in the Caribbean. I cherished the three months without phones, television, or computers – both for myself as well as my students. As an adult, I value any time unplugged. However, on my last hiking trip, …
Are your kids struggling with math? Math 42 by Cogeon is a great math app designed to help and support students with every steps when solving an algebraic equation. A great app for math support that shows student aged 10 to 16 how to solve problems!
Whiteboard Lite is an app that has changed the way students work in my classroom. With a simple tap of a button, two iPads on the same wireless network can turn their screens into one. I h...
Via Dr. Joan McGettigan, Nassain Turvey
Augmented Reality allows you to expand the experience of the real world with information, video, sound, GPS data, and so on. If well utilized, it can be much more than just another cool tech thing
Via Kel Hathaway
"Using tablets in the classroom–whether iPads, Androids, or surging Windows devices–is largely a matter of workflow. If you can forgive a mixed metaphor, the traditional classroom sees the teacher as the both the director and the bottleneck of all productivity. They create assignments, assess proficiency, respond to assessment data, and refine planned instruction in light of constantly changing circumstances. This is challenging in any context, but in 1:1 and mobile learning environments, it’s even more complex. With tablets, every student has both an information portal and a digital printing press. This means they can reach both communities and potential collaborators. The above graphic from @ipadwells addresses this issue with a helpful graphic that visualizes a workflow, while offering up representative apps for each step of the process."
Via John Evans, Carlos Pinheiro
In the early 1900s students practiced their math and writing on slate tablets; 100 years later students are using electronic tablets to learn as schools incorporate iPads and digital skills into the curriculum.
"The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will this fall package some of its online courses into more cohesive sequences, just as edX prepares to roll out certificates of completion using identity verification. Seen together, the two announcements may provide a glimpse at what the future holds for the massive open online course provider."