While nearly every reading app comes with an easily accessible stash of free public domain books a user can read from within the app, I get my free e-books from Project Gutenberg and read them in iBooks.
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"The idea of teaching persuasive writing using the APP store was designed to be part of the Guest Marker Project and the “guest” who had kindly agreed to mark the work was Katie Hart, Head of External Sales at 2Simple Software (@2SimpleKatie)."
Kristine Nannini spent her summer creating wall charts and student data sheets for her fifth grade class—and making $24,000 online by selling those same materials to other teachers. Teachers like Nannini are making extra money providing materials to their cash-strapped and time-limited colleagues on curriculum sharing sites like teacherspayteachers.com, providing an alternative to more traditional — and generally more expensive — school supply stores. Many districts, teachers and parents say these sites are saving teachers time and money, and giving educators a quick way to make extra income.
"When it comes to deciding how or whether to use iPads, schools typically focus on budget issues, apps, networking logistics, check-in and check-out procedures, school and district tech-use policies, hardware precautions, and aspects of classroom management. But it’s also important to think about instructional use, and to that end, consider the following questions."
"The National Education Technology Plan, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement. It presents five goals with recommendations for states, districts, the federal government, and other stakeholders. Each goal addresses one of the five essential components of learning powered by technology: Learning, Assessment, Teaching, Infrastructure, and Productivity."
Through a survey conducted earlier this year of over 1,000 high school students, faculty and district IT professionals, the education technology scene learned of exactly how much technology is currently integrated and how strongly educators wish for more.
Have you ever thought of teaching your students how to create an ePortfolio ? Well if you have not then it is about time to take the idea seriously. There are actually several reasons why you should...
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"A great day of shared learning at Corpus Christi Primary Cranebrook to explore iPad use across the curriculum for student learning. Corpus Christi currently has about 60 iPads across the school, and held a professional learning day for staff to extend the use for student learning they already have with their iPads and develop more iPad lesson plans."
"The federal government, book publishers and the technology industry are considering a large-scale effort to push tablets into public schools, raising questions about hidden costs to implement such a program."
""Is anyone going to Ulearn this year? Well if you are you might be able to catch a workshop by Allanah King called ‘Transforming Learning With Your Ipad’. If you aren’t going like me (Boo Hoo) she has kindly made it available for us to see on her blog! http://allanahk.edublogs.org/ ; "
Three educators explain how the slide-sharing app Nearpod--which lets teachers create and share presentations on students' iPads--is changing the face of lesson delivery at their schools.
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Want to create your own interactive eBook for the iPad? It's actually really simple using the iBooks Author program that Apple provides for free! Writing eBooks has so many awesome business applications and benefits.
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"Times have changed for the world of education and technology over the past 100 years. Sure, that’s easy to say. But how can you visualize just how much things have changed? Thanks to the U.S. National Archives, there’s now photographs that will likely open your eyes. In the early 20th century, photos were taken of children working with machines / technology as part of child labor. Controversy aside, the pictures are an interesting window into a much different time. Back then, businesses were free to use children for cheap work despite the dangerous conditions."
"Before you starting writing me blistering e-mails, rest assured that I am not advocating the boycott of iPads. But I'd like to suggest a little restraint--or perhaps more effective communication--around what appears to be a buying craze among our nation's schools. It seems like every month, at least, we have a new story on thejournal.com about the latest school district that has gone out and bought a boatload of iPads. Indeed, we reported in late July that Apple sold twice as many iPads as Macs to schools in Q3 2012. So I get that these devices are popular. My question is: What is the plan for using them?"
"To help state leaders get started on the road to reform, the Foundation for Excellence in Education assessed each state’s alignment to 72 metrics which were developed based on the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning. While all 72 metrics are important, 7 are transformational."
There are a lot of folks out there who feel your pain, and to ease it just a bit, they've created Apps to share your screen. There are a ... Air Sketch is great for presentations in the boardroom, classroom, or on the go.
"This is an application that has me excited in so many ways that I think it’s a can’t miss for any mathematics teacher using a computer. Calling itself a dynamic geometery application, Sketchometry http://sketchometry.org/ is really something to play around with."
"Earlier in the year I created a Scavenger Hunt for our Open House. It was a HUGE hit in our classroom. My kids keep asking me when they will get to scan again, so I have been working on a few new ways to integrate the QR codes into our classroom as well as looking through a few things my team created last year."
"Over the last few months, we have found that List.ly is one of the best ways to find educational apps curated by other educators passionate about integrating iPads in the classroom. Here are 3 lists we love and why:"