While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives.
Ruth Garner's insight:
'Increasingly a 21st century education is less about place and more about space. And the iPad has become the leading device in which students can navigate and create exciting new worlds'
Ian Glover Explores whether iPads and similar tablets are the best medicine for pupils with special educational needs. iPads and Apps are invaluable for helping teachers to find differentiation activities in the classroom - particularly for those pupils who are a little more challenging when it comes to engagement. When every pupil in a class has an iPad soft out puts of increased engagement, motivation, parental involvement as well as improvement in attainment have been found. However, iPads have a significant role to play with pupils who have communication difficulties and special educational needs - if there is support and knowledge available to set them up for individual users. This can take a lot of time and energy - but well worth if children can gain more independence in all aspects of their lives.
We're back with our monthly retrospective retrospective look at some of the more notable iOS apps to hit our radar over the past month.
So without further ado, here’s a quick ...
Ruth Garner's insight:
What can be of use here for personal learning? Haven't checked these out but Recur is a reverse to-do list that helps you keep track of things you have done. Explore is a multimedia story telling tool which stitches related content together and clipcam is a short video maker that helps stitches short clips together before publishing. Worth checking out.
"Just as interactive white boards and iPads are changing how you interact with students, online applications enhance (and increase!) parent engagement in the classroom. Here are top apps and tech solutions that are trending in the classroom and helping get more parents involved:"
While your LMS discussion tool helps to foster student interaction, you may feel limited by its structure and capabilities. It’s time to bring some variety into the way students interact with you and each other.
Passwords have gotten so complicated that even people with ferociously sharp memories can struggle to recall the eccentric combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. There are passwords for personal e-mail, work e-mail, bank accounts, Twitter, and Facebook, and woe to anybody who uses the same one for those two malware magnets. On top of that, it's recommended that you regularly change your passwords so they don't get compromised. Passwords are a pain, but LastPass slices through the Gordian knot of password management with a deft and effective cross-platform browser add-on/app/online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure. Although I prefer it on Chrome and iOS, LastPass is also available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, your descktop, and on Android.
The bottom line: Effective, secure, and easy to use, LastPass offers a broad base of password-management features for free that can be expanded when upgrading to the premium version. It's an essential add-on for modern Web browsing.
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