“ After the list of the web based tools for concept mapping, we went ahead and compiled another list for iPad users. We have included the best apps out there for brainstorming and concept mapping which you can use on the go . We hope you like this selection and if you have other good suggestions to add to this list, please share with us in the comment form below. Enjoy”
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“ During our inservice day, teachers were involved with the topic of assessment. With Mrs. Schmidt, I led two sessions on assessment using the iPad. To begin we talked about Assessment For/Of Learning, how assessments look differently with Smarter Balanced in the picture, benefits of iPad Creation Apps for assessment, and how the four C's are required for assessment using certain apps on the iPad.”
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Computer science skills are essential for students who want to be college and career ready when they finish high school. Tynker is a new online curriculum that you’ll want to check out! It uses professional game studio quality content and tools to inspire kids to create projects. As they learn computer programming they’ll have fun creating projects. This includes games, quizzes, and animations that can explain a math or science concept.
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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."
"The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed.Ages 4 to 104."
Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.
My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience. . .
“ Q: If I retire my old iPad for one of the new models, how do I make sure all of my data is off the tablet and none of it is left behind before donating or selling it? A: Apple's instructions and interface to reset an iOS device have a refreshing simplicity — the process itself is identical in iOS 7 and iOS 8. But the documentation and the user experience leave out steps you shouldn't neglect before getting your data off an iPad or other iOS device and restoring it to factory condition for resale or donation.”
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“ A few years ago Explain 3D launched as a website to showcase 3D animations of simple machines. Later the site expanded to include 3D animations of elements of the universe. This week Explain 3D launched a new iPad app for the same purpose as the website.”
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If you ask me about the best iPad apps for creating and sharing presentations and slideshows the five listed below are what I would highly recommend for you. Yes this is a personal view and I know there are tons of other apps out there that can be used for this purpose, but from my own experience of app reviewing and based on my actual use , the apps I have handpicked for you have all the features you need to create a powerful and visually appealing presentation. Check them out and as always leave us a comment if you have other suggestions. Enjoy
One of the great things I love about iPad is that it allows me to keep track of my personal learning network wherever I am with Internet connection. I always have instant access to resources, discussions, and materials shared on my PLN. This ubiquitous kind of connectivity is important to my personal as well as professional growth. To this end, I am drawing on a bunch of powerful iPad apps that, in my eyes, are indispensable to any individual keen on joining 0n-the-go learning trend. Below are some of the apps I am personally using. These apps span different areas from social bookmarking to note taking. Enjoy
The Math Learning Center has so many fantastic free apps that make it easy for students to interact with virtual manipulatives. I absolutely love their Pattern Shapes app which give students the six classic shapes at their fingertips. Distributing buckets of hexagons, triangles and squares can be a logistical challenge in many classrooms. With Pattern Shapes all of your iPad carrying students have access to an endless supply of shapes.
"Here is another basic tip for collecting assignments over email and uploading them to your cloud service provider.
My 75 fifth grade students were given an assignment to create projects using either PowerPoint or Keynote. It was a home assignment, and not one that we did in the computer lab.
To collect the presentations, I told them I did not want everyone giving me a USB, as handling that many different USB keys would be a logistical mess. Email was the best option. Most of them were able to email me without any problems. Handing in a USB would be an available option if they didn't have an email account."
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