Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing …
"More students than ever are learning with a smartphone by their side. While some teachers fear that smartphones in the classroom distract students from their lessons, savvy educators embrace the latest technologies to engage with their students and encourage new learning strategies."
Today in this post, I am updating a list of iPad apps ideal for creating books with your students and which I have published a year ago. The list comprises some really practical apps every teacher intent on using iPads in classroom should consider trying them.
"The world of educational technology has been exponentially expanded in the last couple of decades with the birth of several new educational concepts founded on digital media. The digital terminology is growing up rapidly to the point that it becomes hard for teachers to keep track of all the digital concepts that spur up here and there."
A thoughtful visual about ways students should use technology asks the big question: what do you want kids to do with technology?
Technology is a tool. It’s not a learning outcome. Too often do we get distracted by all the activities and action we can perform with an iPad or some other device. We can post to Edmodo! Make a Prezi! Post to Facebook! All exciting things, to be sure. But these are not actually learning outcomes. You could have a 1:1 iPad classroom where your students create a bazillion (it’s a word, I swear) presentations all about how much they’re learning.
But they’re not really learning. They’re using a device.
That’s the idea behind the fabulous visual I saw on George Couros’ blog (great read!) who found it from Bill Ferriter on Twitter all about ways students should use technology. It asks a simple question: what do you want kids to do with technology? The answer(s) are divided into two columns and it’s pretty obvious what the goal of the visual is: to show you that technology is a tool in the classroom and not meant to be the focus of attention. It’s meant to enable, not overwhelm. It’s meant to enhance learning, not box it in.
"Kids are generally very fast tech learners, indeed, but they don’t come to your room knowing as much as some would assert." (10 Truths About Educational Technology | Amplify | @scoopit via @eddebainbridge http://t.co/UUPFb7W0f3)... (3D Virtual...
"Mobile computing has taken over. The higher education community already knows that, but Adobe’s recent report, The State of Mobile Benchmark, uncovered some amazing statistics about the stunning growth of tablets, the true impact of smarthphone proliferation and the future of digital content.
The study goes into great detail and offers suggestions for how any organization with a web presence can act on the report’s findings. Here are a few key takeaways that are particularly pertinent to higher education:"
"Are you planning to give iBooks Author a place in your classroom? The video tutorials below will definitely give you a hand. As you know by now, iBooks Author is one of the formidable apps available in the iTunes store. It allow users to create interactive ebooks and share them with the rest of the world."
Continuing problems with state test scores for the Tennessee Virtual Academy, an online school operated by a private company, and recent launching of the Western Governor University in Tennessee require some attention to the appropriate role of online classes in education at all levels.
"A copyright lawsuit that several publishers filed in June against a maverick scholar’s online research library has prompted a countersuit raising fair-use arguments—as well as a claim that the publishers are trying to stifle innovation."
A few weeks ago I wrote about 21st century learning environment “jargon” being used in the marketplace. Obviously those terms go hand in hand with classroom technology. With school starting back soon, it's interesting to ...
"In just a few weeks, school will start again in most schools. For teachers gearing up for the new school year, here are some instructive articles that may help get new ideas flowing — everything from using free online games, free digital media tools, cell phones, Pinterest and Learnist, and creating your own textbooks."
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