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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This is a presentation called 'Mobile is Eating the World' and it is not far wrong. Amazing stats and interesting info to back up the assertation that this will be one of the most solidified options for learning very soon.
"Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is Command – C, a superb little utility app that let you copy and paste between iPad and Mac – in both directions."
Great and unique apps are a big part of what has made the iPad such an amazing device, With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of one outstanding iPad"
Craig Badura, a PK-12 Integration Specialist in Aurora, Nebraska, has developed a series of App Task Challenges. Each Challenge is a an easy to follow guide that gives teachers the opportunity to create products with an app.
This site is amazing! It provides a page of questions, videos and prompts on a variety of topics, and then allows students to explore and contribute. Wonders can be filtered by grade/subject matter and the results can be published online for others to view. Awe-inspiring!
I have been organising my reading lists for 2014 and there are some fantastic suggestions on this page. Also, I have ordered the book above - 'Things Come Apart -A Teardown Manual for Modern Living' by Todd McLellan - out of sheer fascination. It contains beautiful photographs of everything from a typewriter to an iPad, in its smallest pieces, either carefully laid out or exploded! My dad will love it (it's for his Christmas present) but I may end up getting another copy for myself!
If you have ever tried to send files through email, you would understand it when we say "simplicity counts".
Melissa Marshall's insight:
Bang. Want your image file or document straight away? Flickr is complicated, Dropbox is slow and Photobucket is riddled with ads? Try some of these tools. My favourite is pastelink.me for its utter simplicity, or try DropIr. Makes it nice and quick for generating links, storing stuff online and sharing content.
Another iPad app that creates video lessons. Good for quick, sketch-up style lessons or to illustrate a short point. Once the video has been made, it can then be uploaded to Youtube or the local school drives and/or shared as a link in SEQTA.
Vancouver teacher Brad Ovenell-Carter has been doodling notes in Moleskine notebooks at conferences for a while, causing heads to turn. People used to ask him for copies and he would snap a photo and send it to them.
When the iPad came along, Ovenell-Carter migrated his "sketch-notes" to his tablet, using a stylus to draw into an App called Paper (he preferred its simplicity to higher-end tools for graphic designers). That’s when he became an exemplar for the growing sub-culture of paperless learners, doodlers, iPad-only learners, live-scribers or — his personal favorite — "sketch-noters." Their craft raises new questions about the future of learning and even communication.
In March of 2012, Ovenell-Carter was at an education conference doodling on his iPad and someone next to him suggested he Tweet out the notes. "So I did," he said. "I decided I would tweet them out and if they make sense to you, great. If they don’t, no sweat. They are just my notes." His Pinterest page and Twitter feed have ramped up with enthusiastic followers.
Sketch-noters have their own club called Sketchnote Army, led by Milwaukee-based designer Mike Rohde. He’s been championing sketch-notes since 2003, authoring The Sketchnote Handbook. His Sketchnote Army site profiles sketches from the growing community that includes more than 1,300 Twitter followers. Another practitioner, Rachel Smith, gave a popular TEDx talk about "Drawing in Class" that explored the potential for taking visual notes, a hobby-turned-profession for her, which she calls "graphic recording." She argues that visual note taking only requires listening for relevant points to jot down and doesn’t require immense artistic ability.
"As is the case in every last two weeks of December, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning posts a series of articles featuring the best articles and apps that have been reviewed and shared in this year. The selections are based on the popularity of these tools among teachers and educators, and the amount of interaction they generated at the time of their release."
"The Maker Movement, a technological and creative learning revolution underway around the globe, has exciting and vast implications for the world of education. New tools and technology, such as 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computing, e-textiles, “smart” materials, and programming languages are being invented at an unprecedented pace. The Maker Movement creates affordable or even free versions of these inventions, while sharing tools and ideas online to create a vibrant, collaborative community of global problem-solvers."
This is what I have been researching over the break - the Maker Movement and how we can use materials and ideas to problem-solve and invent. I am convinced this is one of the primary ways in which we can really teach students relevant content and to encourage creativity.
"So, what are QR Codes, you ask? Well, you know what barcodes are, like when you buy something at the store and the clerk scans a code to enter the item and amount into the till? The QR (Quick Response) Code is kind of like that, except that it offers much more information. Quite often the QR Code will give you a link to a website, or a text message, image, etc. To read the QR Code, you need to install a QR Code Reader onto your device. There are many available for free. I like using i-nigma, seen below. Simply open the app, point it at a QR Code and your device will do the rest. Try it with the code above. It should take you back to this blog."
A QR Code Reader has been added to the App List for 2014 at Prendiville. This is a great little article on what QR (quick-read) codes are, what they can do, and some suggestions to teach with them/ Treasure-hunts, fact-finding and excursions will never be the same!
35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students If there is one thing teachers lack, it’s time. And while using technology to automate learning has been frowned upon by many, using...
Catchbox is a new throwable microphone designed to liven up audience participation, and in turn reduce the faffing around that seems to occur whenever a conference turns to questions from the audience.
The brightly coloured padded cube houses a wireless microphone that doesn’t mind being tossed across a room or passed from person-to-person crowd surfing-style. In fact, it’s actively encouraged. That’s because, along with being able to sustain being dropped, the device has been engineered to automatically mute the sound when flying through the air or if it falls.
These tools help you grab both still and moving images from your device. This is particularly useful for videos in a flipped-classroom environment, and means you don;t need to do any fancy editing in order to get the effect you are after.