Learning about earth science from a textbook is nothing like experiencing it in action. Through videos, pictures and other interactive material, students can better understand the concepts they are learning in earth science class.
"These are my notes from Dan Alig’s presentation at the 2012 EduCause Conference, “He Gets an iPad, She Gets an iPad, Everybody Gets an iPad! Now What?” Dan is @dalig on Twitter. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. Dan is the CIO of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania."
"Our apps never stop evolving. Every few weeks, we release an update that adds something new or improves an existing feature. It’s not often that we launch a complete redesign. In fact, it happens only once every few years. That’s what we’re doing today with our huge, new Evernote 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch."
"TextGrabber + Translator turns your iPhone into a multifunctional mobile scanner with translation capability."
An inexpensive app that can actually turn an iPhone and IPad into a scanner. You simply take a picture of a document with your device and the app uses Optical Character Recognition to create an editable text file. Just take a picture of the text, and you can immediately edit it or translate, share via e-mail and SMS, or post directly to your account at on Facebook, Twitter and Evernote.
Not only that, but it can translate documents from more than 40 different languages. This app can also be very useful for anyone who prefers or needs to read (and manipulate) digital text documents rather than print documents.
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For a long time now I have been looking for a tool that enables instant polling in the classroom or in the lecture room. I specifically wanted something that; doesn't require registration (especially from the people I'm polling), updates very quickly, works on any platform from computers to mobile devices
It looks like I have finally found what I've been looking for and best of all it's free. The tool that I have found is Mentimeter and it does all of the above.
"It is absurdly easy to get hacked. All it takes is clicking on one malicious link or attachment. Companies’ computer systems are attacked every day by hackers looking for passwords to sell on auctionlike black market sites where a single password can fetch $20. Hackers regularly exploit tools like John the Ripper, a free password-cracking program that use lists of commonly used passwords from breached sites and can test millions of passwords per second.
"Chances are, most people will get hacked at some point in their lifetime. The best they can do is delay the inevitable by avoiding suspicious links, even from friends, and manage their passwords. Unfortunately, good password hygiene is like flossing — you know it’s important, but it takes effort. How do you possibly come up with different, hard-to-crack passwords for every single news, social network, e-commerce, banking, corporate and e-mail account and still remember them all?"
A version of Microsoft Office designed for Apple's iPhone and iPad is now expected to arrive on the iOS App Store in early 2013, offering free document viewing, while a subscription will be needed for editing.
"Pearson, a major textbook publisher, continued its push into digital education on Monday by introducing a service that allows instructors to create e-textbooks using open-access content and Pearson material.
A beta version called Project Blue Sky will begin in the spring with the help of Gooru, a nonprofit search engine. When an instructor enters keywords for the subject he or she is teaching, the system sends back a list of Pearson content, free educational content, and material from other commercial providers."
Most interesting about this article is the comments section below the article
"This looks like an attempt to contain the urge that many of us feel to try DIY eTextbook making as a way to address the high, inelastic pricing of textbooks, digital and otherwise." Frank Lowney
"Aptly named, "Project Blue Sky", because nobody will ever use it; Pearson reps won't sell it; and, yet another cynical use of "open" by certain publishers (like OpenClass, which lies dormant) to make it look as if Pearson is helping students save money..What Project Blue Sky is probably going after is part of the grant money that will ooze out of places like California's recent decision to include for-profit bidders on funds" rwejd
"I just have two questions. Will the e-books be accessible to students with disabilities? Will the Pearson content be accessible? If My___Labs are any indicator, they probably won't be. " karen_sorensen
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