Tablets offer both educational and financial advantages to schools.
Tablets are increasingly replacing textbooks in U.S. schools due to their ability to increase student interest, reward achievements and cut costs.
Around 2,000 schools are partnered with Google to use its Chromebooks (which start at $199), numerous districts like Austin's Eanes Independent School District have deployed iPads and NewsCorp. now offers its 10-inch Amplify tablet for $299.
Two of the biggest advantages of issuing digital textbooks via tablets include fast turnaround on the addition of new information to texts and lower costs--Discovery's "Techbooks" cost around $38-$55 per student, compared to an average of $70 for traditional textbooks.
Technology is growing at such an exponential rate, it can be difficult to visualise what the next five years will look like, let alone fifty. We wanted to see just how the future is going to shape up for us.
So we compiled all the best predictions for digital technology, mobile, social media, and big data over the next fifty years into a timeline so you can see exactly what’s in store.
"So, in honor of all of the teachers and educators who follow this blog, I thought I would share and adapt a pin that I found two days ago. A truly sentimental and adorable idea a photographer mother shared. Her daughter was turning 8 and the class used the SMART board to list one adjective that described the birthday girl. I can only imagine how special and uplifting this was for the child as well as touching for the mother. The final product was the picture of the child with all of the adjectives floating around her. Truly, what an amazing keepsake!"
"You might have noticed today a doodle displayed in the Google search engine. This animated doodle that Google uses to adorn its homepage marks the Earth Day anniversary April 22, 2013.This is a great occasion for us teachers and educators to celebrate this day with our students and draw their awareness to the importance of saving our HOME from looming dangers. One strategy to use to raise students awareness of the importance of our planet is by sharing with them these beautiful iPad apps . Check out this list of the titles I have handpicked for you in honor of Earth Day. Enjoy"
Now that’s been followed by a number of new additions and changes to desktop, mobile and its advertising product, which you may or may not have kept up with. Since it’s been an eventful month for the social media network, here’s what you need to know.
My point is that if we use social bookmarking frequently, it becomes a mechanic process. Every time you see something interesting, we press the “share button”, add as many tags, keywords as we can think of, and that’s it. We’ll filter the information later on, no need to deal with it right now. Even if this process doesn’t save time right now. In the future, when you need to retrieve information for any kind of project, and if you have bookmarked it before, the whole process could be a time saver.
Google is so much more than a search engine. It’s a reference book, calculator, even a weather forecaster. Using these tricks, you can find helpful information quickly, plus get to the right links faster.
"To establish how we can maximize the impact of the iPad as a learning tool, we first have to establish what kind of impact we’d hope to have.
In this case, we’ll settle on understanding (as troublesome a term as that might be): Students being able to think critically about chosen standards or curriculum, and apply understanding in diverse, academic and non-academic environments.
The huge importance of iPad as a learning and teaching device lies in the fact that it can be used as a fundamental media production tool with students inside the classroom. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been tapping into some of the areas and ways teachers and educators can use iPad both constructively and productively. We have , for instance, reviewed apps for video creation , apps for storytelling, reading apps, apps to improve writing, and the list goes on.
It wasn’t malicious. The file itself was the size of a small JPEG. It was given the absolute lowest priority. And it was set to self-destruct if anything went wrong. But this small file allowed one single hacker to measure the Internet activity of nearly half a million connected devices around the world, then share the results with everyone.
How was this even possible? The "hacker" barely hacked anything. In reality, they gained access to all these systems because each had the default "root" set as a password. With this access in hand, they ran several tests focusing on Internet structure and activity. And what they created from all this data is a spectacular map that captures a day in the life of the Internet (and all of its users).
What does it take to become a successful online student? It's not easy and there's a new study that has some staggering details to know about.
There’s a handy infographic from Online College that was just built to help figure out the vast amount of data found by the report. It looked at 500,000 courses, 40,000 students, and a few dozen community colleges. The results you can see in the article.