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27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice (Updated)

27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice  (Updated) | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it

“ As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …”


Via John Evans, Anna Hu , John Purificati, Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
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Some real gems in this list that can change the way you teach for the better. These apps include ones to support flipped instructions, that help students choose a path through the content, that help organise and sort out daily tasks, and that allow publishing to a global audience. A fantastic list. 

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Leslie Sigmon McIntosh's curator insight, September 1, 2014 7:00 AM

Good to know

Mindy Terry's curator insight, October 21, 2014 8:46 AM

Some great apps with checking into.

Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, February 4, 2015 4:02 PM

A garder dans ma boite à outils !

Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads...
A collection of articles, information and tutorials for all things technology, curriculum and pedagogy, currently being explored at Prendiville Catholic College, Australia. Follow me on Twitter: @prendielearning
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Reboot ICT teacher training to halt the computing brain drain

Reboot ICT teacher training to halt the computing brain drain | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
The shortage of computing experts in Australian schools has serious implications for our future as a player in the knowledge economy. In New South Wales the number of high school students enrolled in dedicated…
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I trained as a specialist ICT teacher, and I see very few colleagues who did a course similar to mine. Teachers are being asked to take programming, robotics and coding classes without having the training and/or interest in these themselves. 

How do we stop young bright things going overseas and using talent there?

 

'The digital industry, estimated to be worth $19 billion, includes software programming, computer games, digital videos, websites and animation. We do not have a shortage of talent in this country, but the lack of job skills here is causing many companies to look overseas for their talent.' 

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3D printing enters schools

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A local software firm is educating students and teachers alike about the benefits of this emerging technology.
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Makers Empire have designed and tested software for 3D printers in schools that is so simple, Year 1s can do it. We are now at the inflexion point where this technology can be readily accommodated into the classroom without a lot of specialist knowledge to drive it. 

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iPads in schools! They just play games!

iPads in schools! They just play games! | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
20th Century pedagogy + iPads = Gaming So, you're in your classroom and annoyed that the kids are playing games on the iPads. You have devised a strategy and at random intervals, you ask them to do...
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This is one of the BEST articles I have read in a while that deals with what happens when 21st century devices are matched with 20th century pedagogy. 

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We're educating our youth into unemployment: Dan Haesler

We're educating our youth into unemployment: Dan Haesler | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
Despite long-term unemployment in Australia being at a 16-year high, little acknowledgement is given to fact that the school system isn't preparing these kids for the "real world".
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This article appeared in the Age yesterday and gives clear evidence why education needs to change. I saw Dan speak at the EduTECH conference in Brisbane, and he has some excellent ideas on what is happening in schools, and why the approach to learning is currently deficient. 

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Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube

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Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube.


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If you are having trouble accessing Youtube or the videos load slowly, here are some alternatives where you might find that video instead. 

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Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's curator insight, March 29, 2015 9:28 AM

Nice list to those alternative, thanks toRichard Byrne. http://iurl.no/r002z

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Extra Credits - How Games Prepare You for Life - Education: 21st Century Skills - YouTube

Games give players agency and teach the core 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity better than any tradition...
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Hoe does gaming build 21st century skills like collaboration, communication and critical thinking? What is the link to help teachers use games in the classroom?

We often get caught up as teachers with students who are not doing the right thing with their iPads - and students have to be taught how to use the technology well. But, when they can use the tech as learning AND entertainment, they will retain their learning more effectively. 

I love the idea of it and am searching for ways in which to build gaming into a class - so the students do not even realise they are learning. 

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Lessons | TED-Ed

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Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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I'm sure many of us have seen TED Talks before - but there is also TED-Ed, where you can build a lesson around an inspirational or informative video. I have linked to the lesson archive here where you can search for topic by subject. There are some wonderful videos in History, Arts, Religion, Science and more! Search and see if there is anything that suits your subject area. 

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Bitly - The Power of the Link

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Bitly Brand Tools: Own, understand and activate your best audience through the power of the link.
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I have been using bitly for years to shorten links for students. Instead of writing the long version of the link on the board or even putting it in Coneqt, this way reduces error and gets them to where I want them to be on the web. Bitly can also collect a bunch of links and then you can distribute them to others with one short link. 

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Tech is Ruining Our Memory, But Why?

Tech is Ruining Our Memory, But Why? | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
Joanne Orlando explains the reasons why tech may be hindering our memory in this article featured on Stuff NZ.
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We are now reading more than ever (3 times more since the 1980s) and have access to more infomation than ever before. What is this doing to our memories, and are we really better off handwriting our notes? I type notes, just for the ease I have with then rearranging, sorting and sharing them. This article is about learning how to work well and prioritise our attention. 

Thanks to Greg Port for the original share. 

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5 App and Mobile Use Guides for Parents

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Edutopia blogger Matt Davis has curated a list of resources for parents for using mobile devices and apps with children, tweens, and teens.

Via Chris Carter, Jim Lerman
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This article contains several guides that are excellent for parents and caregivers. From apps to share with kids to fun, engaging family apps, to smartphone safety and information, there is a lot here. It is a little Americanised but the advice is very sound. 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 25, 2015 7:36 PM

I use parent guides so that I can better work with my middle school aged daughter to choose safe, effective apps over less useful alternatives.

Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 2015 10:54 PM
Thank you all for sharing. We need methods of cutting through the noise to find useful information.
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Students Can Build Digital Portfolios with Seesaw for iPad

Students Can Build Digital Portfolios with Seesaw for iPad | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
Cross-posted from my other blog, FreeTech4Teachers.com From the developers of the popular iPad app Shadow Puppet Edu comes a nice new app called Seesaw. Seesaw is a free iPad app through which stud...
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A nice tool for building digital portfolios. We can now do this using Coneqt, but this gives another way in which students can submit work simply by scanning a QR code to join (no accounts) and then uploading it to a space in Seesaw. 

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Who just said, "digital natives?"

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It has now been 14 years since Marc Prensky first used the term "digital natives" to refer to people born after 1980, never having known a world without the internet, and social and digital technol...
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Ah Prensky again!

His paper is now 14 years old - the one that divides our technological skills into age brackets. He cited no research, foresaw sweeping changes to education and a few other things. This is a great article that really seeks to nut out what today's students actually need. 

Apparently, it is technology, but it is not MORE technology....

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iPad Literacy 101: Best iTunes U Course for Teachers with iPads

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Preview and download the course iPad Literacy 101 on iTunes U.

 

"The design of this course is to introduce teachers to using the iPad most efficiently. This course looks at iPad basic operations as well as advanced configurations and use as a teaching tool.  This course also outlines some key applications for use in the classroom. This course is geared toward 8-12 teachers and technology coordinators, but is applicable with some modifications for the junior-high grades. Many of the methods shown here are also usable by parents and students.  We will also look at some of the basic ways your iPad can be used as a teaching tool, consumption, creation and curation device. The iPad 101 course is designed by a teacher for teachers - to make them more efficient users of the device."


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This iTunes U course is one of the best designed for teachers to get the most out of using an iPad in the classroom. There are some ideas in there I had not thought of, and it contains very useful guides. Might be a good thing to add to your list of holiday to-dos!

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It's Not About the Device, It's About What You Do With It (EdSurge News)

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Education technology devices have become symbolic of the efforts to transform US education through blended and personalized learning--and desktops, laptops, and tablets are quickly becoming ubiquitous in education.



Devices are crucial as a conduit for content; however, they do not directl
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Devices do not make a difference to HOW students learn but they do make a difference to the RESOURCES available to students - this should always be our focus. 

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An educational tale of youth, energy and freedom to learn

An educational tale of youth, energy and freedom to learn | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
Schools are about herding students in the one direction, but for born innovators and entrepreneurs it is a culture clash that often stymies their creativity and saps their energy.
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Innovation seems at odds with schools at the moment - although there have been some great steps forward. What might help foster a community of innovation at your school, so that the best minds find it a space to grow, rather than one they have to leave? The story above illustrates this choice and gives recommendations to schools. 

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Top 7 features coming to you with iOS 9

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Apple enthusiasts can look forward to new multitasking capabilities, better battery life and overall smarter devices with the company presenting its latest mobile operating system update, iOS 9, on Tuesday.
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iOS9 will feature longer battery life, split view for apps, proactive Siri integration, Picture in Picture and a few other interesting things. The overall look will be very much similar to iOS8, but finally you can do more than one thing at a time on iOS instead of flicking between apps. 

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What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

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Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.
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An article that is really about the importance of working on your personal learning network (PLN). The more educators you are connected with, know and have an idea of how it is done elsewhere, the more benefit you will be able to bring into your own classroom. These days, your PLN can stretch right around the world!

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Virtual classroom lets students stay at home

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An experiment in virtual learning for students at Nossal High School has proven successful and will be expanded.
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This article was written to explain a trial in which students stayed home during two full school days. In the day, the teachers taught virtual classes in real time, took a roll and interacted with students via discussion boards. The trial has been a success - the Victorian education department is now taking notice. What this does make me think about is the still-crucial role of the teacher with the students, and the less reliance we have on actually being in the same geographical location. Hmm!

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Is Education Technology Frivolous? - Weekly Genius

Is Education Technology Frivolous? - Weekly Genius | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
This week, over here in the UK, a headteacher decided that money being spent on ‘fad’ iPads could have been better spent on teachers. Eight thousand teachers, he reckoned, could have been paid for if it wasn’t for wasting all that money on all that fancy technology. Not that he’s against technology, you understand. It has its place – in IT lessons. So, there, in a nutshell, the cultural obstacle to the wholesale adoption of technology on schools… the idea that spending on tech is frivolous; that tech belongs only to certain subjects; that there’s a choice – robots or
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This is an article that reminds us how far we have come with educational technology. I feel so grateful to be part of a school that has decided to jump in feet first!  

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Lessons with Videos / Subject Support in Education Portal

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EducationPortal is an excellent resource for self-paced tutorials, videos and activities on a range of high school subjects. Students can use the site to supplement what they do in class or teachers can use as stand-alone lessons. Their Mathematics and Science resources are really comprehensive. Do be aware it is a subscription service. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Four Ways to Create Digital Records of Physical Items Your Students Create

Free Technology for Teachers: Four Ways to Create Digital Records of Physical Items Your Students Create | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
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This is a useful resource for arts teachers that want to create records. Aside from the use of Folios in SEQTA Coneqt (something our school will explore in 2015) here are four other tools that allow for keeping records and reflecting on progress. Seesaw is also in this list (profiled further down). 

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Five Best Online Presentation Creation Tools

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You don't have to download an office suite to build great-looking presentations for work, a talk, or school. There are plenty of online options that work well from any computer with a web browser, whether it's your desktop, a PC at work, or a laptop on the go. This week we're looking at five of the best.

Via Maria Margarida Correia
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Get away from 'death by powerpoint' and try something else for your presentations in the new school year. Best of all, no download needed as these are all browser-based. 

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Fantastic Resources for Teaching Using YouTube

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January 25, 2015
YouTube is definitely one of the best platforms for searching and accessing  educational video resources. We have already covered several ways teachers can leverage the...

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Here is a list of all the ways in which YouTube can be used in the classroom - including smart searching, removing distractions around the page, saving edited videos, chopping out unnecessary content by clipping the video, and more. Click the little boxes under the graphic for more info. Many of these tools are free and accessible through a browser. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Twine - An Open-source Program for Writing Choose Your Own Adventure Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: Twine - An Open-source Program for Writing Choose Your Own Adventure Stories | Prendi eLearning - Education, Technology, iPads... | Scoop.it
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Twine: this is a new online software application that allows you to write clickable adventure stories using a sticky-note grid. This will be PERFECT for a python programming project where students need to plan a story before coding. It would also make a great starter in an English class, or a short project as extension. The visual nature of Twine's sticky note interface could help students see how parts of a story work together, and encourage them to think of creative, alternate endings for both their own work and for others'. 

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Knowmia: Curated Videos for Teachers

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Knowmia...

- offers a collection of curated videos that have been vetted by teachers for quality and accuracy;

- has launched with 7,000 videos organized under the main headings of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, and World Languages.

 

Users are encouraged to contribute so I expect that the collection will grow rapidly.

 

Most of the content is drawn from Youtube and Vimeo.

 

There is also a free iPad app, with effective tutorial support, that appears to be a powerful and extremely flexible tool for creating video lessons for upload to knowmia’s collection (Requires iOS 5.0 or later). Hopefully, an Android option will be available soon.


Via John Dalziel
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Lots of great content on Knowmia but do keep in mind that it is a subscription service. 

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