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Siri, It Seems You Finally Have Some Competition -- AppAdvice

Siri, It Seems You Finally Have Some Competition -- AppAdvice | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
Siri needs to start worrying. After a long wait, the Google Search app for iOS has been updated with some interesting and improved voice search capabilities.
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Schools Abandon Textbooks To Go All iPad

Schools Abandon Textbooks To Go All iPad | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it

Apple says schools in more than 600 districts have bought iPads for all of their students. We meet one principal, Patrick Larkin of Burlington High School, who decided to stop buying textbooks and use the devices instead.

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iPads In High-Povert Classrooms Help Advance Students

iPads In High-Povert Classrooms Help Advance Students | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
Attendance is up, disturbances are down, and kids are actually taking care of their high-tech school supplies.


Apple: IPads In High-Poverty Maryland Classrooms Help Advance Students.

In its blog “The Switch,” the Washington Post (11/18, Tsukayama) reports on a new promotional video from Apple, showcasing the use of iPads by every student and teacher at four high-poverty middle schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The video focuses on Buck Lodge Middle school, where students use video, presentations, and educational software daily; 400 Buck Lodge students are permitted to take their tablets home, with the school seeing few drawbacks, better attendance, and decreases in behavioral problems. Apple reports that 175% more students at Prince George’s schools are at “advanced” math levels compared to similar schools without iPads, while 35% more reached an “advanced” reading level.

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16 Presentation Tools for Educators on iPads - ClassTechTips

16 Presentation Tools for Educators on iPads - ClassTechTips | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it

"Here are 16 of my favorite presentation tools for teachers and students! Which ones are your favorites?"


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Presentation Tools.

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Educational apps for iPad in 2014!

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Common Core test creates 'perfect storm' for guidance counselors

Common Core test creates 'perfect storm' for guidance counselors | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
PARCC Implementation To Impact New Jersey Guidance Counselors.

The Gloucester County (NJ) Times (11/3) reports that as New Jersey schools transition to the Common Core-aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, high school guidance counselors will be on “the front lines,” since the test will be used as a graduation exit exam starting in 2019. The piece notes that Assistant Education Commissioner Bari Erlichson addressed the issue at the Educational Information and Resource Center, or EIRC, in Glassboro on Friday morning, speaking “to a group of administrators and guidance professional about the nitty-gritty details of PARCC.”

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The issue is not the Common Core assessments, but the decision by NJ to use the results of the assessments as barriers to graduation.

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How to pick the best education apps for your classroom - Daily Genius

How to pick the best education apps for your classroom - Daily Genius | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it

"Figuring out which apps work best in your particular classroom is not easy. There’s a painstaking process of trial and error that teachers must go through (usually during the summer break or professional development sessions)."


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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads

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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads

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9 Great iPad Apps to Grow and Manage Your Personal Learning Network

9 Great iPad Apps to Grow and Manage Your Personal Learning Network | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
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Student Performance Stalls on SAT, Improves on AP Tests

Student Performance Stalls on SAT, Improves on AP Tests | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
The College Board's first combined release of data from three of its college-readiness testing programs illuminates "missed opportunities" for students with academic potential, the board says.
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Teaching iPad Videography From 3800 Miles Away

Teaching iPad Videography From 3800 Miles Away | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
Friday I had an opportunity to share a videoconference about iPad Videography from my home in Oklahoma City with a group of about 15 homeschoolers in Nenana, Alaska, which is almost 4000 miles away...
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Web Tools to Use in Class: How to find the tools and do what you want!

Web Tools to Use in Class: How to find the tools and do what you want! | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
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Acceptable Use Policy: iPads In The Classroom

Acceptable Use Policy: iPads In The Classroom | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it

"Chances are, if you’re teaching a group of younger students (elementary or middle school, though high schoolers are certainly not known for being super careful with their devices either), you’re likely concerned about how they’re handling your expensive classroom iPads. There are a ton of “tough” tablet cases out there designed to save your device when it is dropped/banged/slammed/smacked/otherwise injured, but just trying to protect them for when that happens isn’t getting at the root of the problem. Teaching students how to properly handle their devices so that they don’t get broken (or are less likely to, since obviously accidents happen) is a necessary approach (though I’d still recommend padding those iPads to high heaven in whatever case is most appropriate for your classroom needs)."


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16 Apps That Will Motivate Even Your Most Resistant Readers

16 Apps That Will Motivate Even Your Most Resistant Readers | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
For every kid who is caught hiding beneath his covers with a flashlight and a novel at midnight, there is another who has to be begged and pleaded with to read.  And the latter might need a little extra—shall we call it encouragement?—to become a great reader. To help, we've rounded up a list of the top apps that not only teach essential reading skills but also motivate kids—even the most book-phobic—to read, read and read some more.

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Create Talking Pictures On Your iPad

Create Talking Pictures On Your iPad | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
DMD Topic is a neat iPad app for quickly creating short videos. To create a video you simply take a picture or import a picture from your iPad's camera roll then start talking about the picture. Yo...
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The Most Frequently Used Apps On My iPad

The Most Frequently Used Apps On My iPad | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
Over the weekend on FreeTech4Teachers.com I shared a list of my most frequently used desktop apps. That post was fairly popular so I think that a similar post about iPad apps is in order. These are...
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New Software Allows Teachers To Control Smart Boards From iPads -- THE Journal

New Software Allows Teachers To Control Smart Boards From iPads -- THE Journal | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
A new version of Smart's Notebook software will let teachers move about the classroom as they change and manipulate images on whiteboards.

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Students, teachers adjust to iPad initiative

Students, teachers adjust to iPad initiative | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
The AP (11/3, Cook) reports on the fits and starts that have marked the progress of “an ambitious iPad initiative” in the school district in Dothan, Alabama, noting that “students, teachers and administrators are negotiating the learning curve involved with” the $2.6 million program. Administrators have been challenged by such issues as internet capacity and a lack of broadband in students’ homes, and a constantly evolving “blacklist” of prohibited apps. Moreover, some education publishers have failed to deliver on their promises to provide quality content.
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1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review

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1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review


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The Franklin Academy High School implemented a 1:1 iPad deployment a the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Over the course of the next two school years, the pilot was expanded to include all grades 9-12 in the high school. This deployment has reached 475 high school students and all teaching staff. Our K-8 program deployed iPads across the grade levels in the form of class sets and mobile carts.

This study targeted our 1:1 deployment at the high school to investigate the impact the device has had on teaching and learning. The survey used to gather the student data was administered in April of 2014. Students included in the survey used the device anywhere from 1 to 4 years. The students use the iPad while at school and home.

Results of the survey hope to shed light on the impact the use of the iPad has had on academic gains as well as the development of the most important non-cognitive skills our program is founded upon.

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11 Tips for Managing iPads in the Classroom

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"I am starting to see the light… and somewhat emerging from the fog of iPad enrollment and technical logistics. After a full weekend of ACL (yes, the TechChef does find time to enjoy in the Austin music scene), I spent half a day with Randolph ISD sharing some timely tips for managing iPads in the classroom. As I am never one to hoard resources and I imagine that there our other teachers and districts that might benefit from some tried and true management techniques, I thought I would crank out a blog to share these with the greater edusphere."

 


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School finds keys to easier iPad deployment

School finds keys to easier iPad deployment | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
Many people think of iPads in education as devices that need to be locked down. But at Immaculata-La Salle, we're doing things differently.


Fla. school finds key to easier iPad deployment 
It took a Florida school roughly one month to roll out iPad 3 tablets for students, which Fredy Padovan, education-technology director and technology-integration coach and presenter, said led officials to opt this time for an iPad Air deployment that took just over two hours. The school used the Device Enrollment Program offered by Apple to help enroll and supervise Apple devices. eSchool News (free registration) (10/10)

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5 Powerful iPad Apps to Help Teachers Organize Their Workflow

5 Powerful iPad Apps to Help Teachers Organize Their Workflow | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
There are now a wide variety of iPad apps that you can use to organize your life and create an effective workflow. In this regard, I handpicked for you some really interesting apps that you should definitely consider to enhance your productivity. These apps provide a bunch of excellent features such as : easy ways to create to-do lists, scheduled notifications, reminders, notifications of upcoming tasks and events, and many more. Some of these apps are also integrated with Google and Google Apps accounts .

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Love a bit of organisational brilliance! Thanks for sharing @joevans

 

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5 Ways Teachers Can Use their iPads Professionally

5 Ways Teachers Can Use their iPads Professionally | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
This is a guest post from Jennifer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) and EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site. iPads are powerful tools for teachers in the classroom. In addition to being robust, mobil...
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20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator

20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it

Do you have a set of defined, school wide instructional practices? I bet you have defined practices for attendance, discipline, fire drills, cafeteria, bus drills, and registration. How can we call ourselves professionals when the very business of which we are about--teaching and learning--has no defined practices?

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6 Must-Have Apps for Tech Leaders

6 Must-Have Apps for Tech Leaders | School Leaders on iPads & Tablets | Scoop.it
These tablet tools will help technology directors and coordinators make the most out of their mobile devices.

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Los Angeles iPad rollout for schools slowed by technical challenges: report

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles public school student has been slowed by technical challenges, with curriculum that was supposed to be built into the technology often incomplete, an independent report has found. The report marked a potential setback for a program that Superintendent John Deasy last year heralded as a civil rights initiative to help his district's largely disadvantaged students,

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