A collection of articles, information and tutorials for all things technology, curriculum and pedagogy, currently being explored at Prendiville Catholic College, Australia.
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Students live in an information saturated world. The most effective way to keep them safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them how to be their own filters.
Melissa Marshall's insight:
FINALLY, this has been said. What is the point of restricting access to the point that children do not know what to do if they encounter content that is not for them? While we need to protect young children, we also need to allow older kids to make choices and decide in their own mind whether it is wise to continue.
A summary of Apple's announcements for the launch of its new products: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and ApplePay (where you can use your phone to make purchases). It is all very interesting - but this is an American site so keep in mind the prices are not realistic for us. Expect to pay nearly $1000 for the new top-model iPhone. :/
This presentation contains strategies to allow students with mobile devices to have engaging discussions in the classroom. The video is by the EdTech Pirates, who presented at ISTE - they were very good!
Take notes synced to audio with the bestselling AudioNote app. AudioNote combines note-taking and voice recording software to create a powerful tool that saves you time while improving the quality of your notes. Available for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android.
No university can today afford to offer an introductory course for its paying students that is not of superior quality to what the same students can get for free from an open online course - this is something that needs to be considered. You can do introductory courses in all sorts of things - and it is actually ok if you do not finish them. I wonder if all universities will go MOOCs for their introductory subjects in a few years? I have studied online for the last 2 and a half years and honestly do not see what the benefit of going to the campus would be (plus, I don't have the time).
For the first time in our history, we see personalization of learning for each individual student as a reality. With new technologies growing at a breakneck pace, we’re excited to work with our schools to see what this decade will become.
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This chart tracks some of the big changes in education technology that have happened since the beginning of the 1980s. From simply having computers to do information processing to having mobile devices that connect and are integrated, what we do with computers in schools has undergone a real shift.
The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and students more creative learners.
Here is a great presentation filled to the brim with simple ideas for using iPads - from Tellagami (recorded animation) to TodaysMeet (backchannel) to Fotobabble (recording voice over a picture). Some of these are ones we have used at school before, others open up new channels we are yet to explore!
Following Bolt, Instagram is back with another new mobile app. It’s called Hyperlapse and promises iPhone owners an easy way to record tracking shots and stunning time-lapse videos. These two shooting techniques are... Keep reading →
It's hard for many of us living here in the early 21st century to imagine a world without satellites. Well, in fairness, we don't really think about satellites at all. Much like electricity or tap water, we only remember how vital they are when they stop working. Our GPS devices, smartphones, and modern military infrastructure all depend on satellites.
But before they ruled our world, experts were predicting how they might radically alter the way we communicate. And as with many predictions that we look at here at Paleofuture, they got a lot right, just not in the form that was initially imagined.
The February 17, 1962 issue of the Sunday comic strip Our New Age (in this case, run on a Saturday in the Chicago Daily News) envisioned the fantastic advancements that the introduction of satellites would allow. Everything from the decline of "old fashioned mail" to the rise of video-conferencing from home was predicted by Athelstan Spilhaus, dean of the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and author of the comic strip.
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Teacher-recommended iPad & iPhone apps that foster student creativity, such as iMovie, Photogene, Book Creator, Puppet Pals, VoiceThread, Doodle Buddy, etc.
Melissa Marshall's insight:
This page includes a list of apps with a sort description and what they can be used for. Many of them are free and would assist students in improving presentations, working collaboratively and thinking differently about their work.
An app-smash is just using more than one app to creat eWhen app-smashing on iPad, students and teachers use multiple apps to create individual pieces of content that are then merged or smashed together into one culminating product.
An app-smash is the use of more than one app to create a product - so for instance, using clips from Explain Everything and Tellagami within an iMovie. It is very effective and gets students thinking about making creative content (PLEASE no more default iMovie templates!)
Tip: Use Keynote to make engaging text-slides to import into iMovie as images. This way, you can customise more fully and have more freedom over the layout.
Going Google On iPad: What To Expect by TeachThought Staff Maybe you love Google. You use Gmail, use YouTube like a television, and consider Google Search your second brain. But while you like Google’s first-party...
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Here are some ideas on how you can integrat Google into iOS (these two don't always play nice!) Google services such as Youtube, Gmail, Google Apps for Education (GAFE) actually play pretty well together on iPads - here is a slideshow with some ideas.
This method of teaching harnesses both teacher expertise and flipped, student-lead learning, all enriched with technology. It is beginning to sit quite well with me as I have noticed some students still want to take notes, listen and learn from you - the expert teacher in this case is still valued! This could also be supplemented with teachers online and so on!
"The bulletin boards throughout Green Hills School may look normal — with colorful paper and pictures covering them — but hover a tablet or smartphone loaded with a special app over them and they turn into learning tools, complete with videos and interactive lessons.
“I didn't want there to be all these passive areas throughout the school,” Superintendent John Nittolo said. “I wanted there to be chances for people to interact, to manipulate, to find info that changes so it's not static.”
The brainchild of Louis Rossi, the school's mathematics and ThinkSTEM coach, each bulletin board — technically known as “Augmented Reality Interactive Boards” — gives students an opportunity to learn away from the classroom."
Use of QR codes and Aurasma can create an augmented reality where students simply need to hold their iPad up to an image or code to receive information. These are great for scavenger hunts and any activity students need to gather ideas, but here is an idea to use them with bulletin boards. This is hopefully something we can do in the Library soon!
It is always a good time to introduce students to new web search strategies or review the ones they already know. The folks at Canva put together a nice infographic about how to be a Google Search Star.
A great infographic to remind kids on how to find precisely what they are looking for. Remember, Google is not a person - do not ask it questions! Instead, use precise keywords and get familiar with the Advanced tools.
We love EdPuzzle for introducing quick ways to make personalised videos, without ever actually having to make those videos! Use a clip from Youtube, Vimeo or another service, crop it, add questions and pauses, then share it with others. Students at Prendiville are already using this tool in some classes.