As we all know MS PowerPoint provides many robust options for creating presentations. However, despite the wide range of available options in PowerPoint it can be hard to annotate slides during a live presentation.
It used to be that neuroscientists thought smart people were all alike. But now they think that some very smart people retain the ability to learn rapidly, like a child, well into adolescence.
“Until adolescence there are lots of new connections being made between neurons to store patterns and information collected from the environment,” Brant says.
The brain adds many synapses in the cortex. This comes at a time when the brain is especially responsive to learning. This is typically followed by cortical pruning in adolescence, as the brain shifts from hyperlearning mode.
Hewitt agrees: “The developing brain is a much more flexible organ than the mature brain.”
Learning doesn’t stop at adolescence, of course, but the “sensitive period” — where the brain is hyperlearning mode — does appear to come to an end. Learning new things gets harder.
"The Google Drive app for iPad and iOS was updated yesterday, to Version 2.0.0.
Top of the list of changes in this update is a brand new design for the app, that features a new grid view (that can be toggled to list view with one tap) and thumbnail previews for files and photos.There’s also a new ‘Get Link’ feature that provides the link to a file stored in Drive."
The Dropbox app for both iPhone and iPad not only stores all your files but lets you share them with people when and if you need to. From individual files to entire folders, you can easily create links to share content with someone.
Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
Maria Persson's insight:
Cannot rave enough about this app! You'll have to see it for yourself and enjoy the amazing functionality of being able to record with your smart device, altering it, labelling it and then uploading to YouTube seamlessly! Must have teaching tool for students and teachers alike.
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
"Does new technology conflict with or complement established teaching and learning? What is the impact on the teaching profession as we have traditionally known it? Will the power of the internet, with new innovations such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), create an unstoppable ‘avalanche’ of education reform, or are these reforms a false revolution? Can the value of face-to-face quality learning and student-teacher relationships ever really be questioned, at any level of education? Will the class room, lecture theatre, and traditional notion of education space – schools and universities – be usurped by a screen, online and distance learning, or alternative spaces such as the workplace, home, or concert-hall?
Or will technology further enhance and augment traditional teaching skills, supporting them through continual online professional development and enable increased connectivity? Does this mean that teachers have to take on increasingly demanding roles as they integrate new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning?"
This is definately something that anyone in the coming new century needs to learn how to do effectively. Do we want regurgitation or depth of learning from knowledge gained? I value, for example, how Scoop.it allows for the 'web interface' to be looked after, by them ,and the curation and learning happens with us!
Nothing is ever truly free but this PDF converter seems to do the trick...The option to save to Google Drive is problematic but I might need to play with it a bit more. Worth your while to play with if you find yourself needing a conversion.
I think this kind of tool can be really beneficial for creating flipped learning or video orientated learning as the speaker can guide learners to various learning resources on the web. They can also embed visual support for language learners such as text and images and even write over the video as though it were a whiteboard.
Still under review from a personal and professional development perspective ( as a tool for teaching and learning) but there are some who love it and say that it's an invaluable teaching tool. If you have had any successes or failures using this app please feel free to let me know - I love the opinions of others! Thanks.
The open educational resources (OER) trend and the 1:1/Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend are bringing out the best in each other. Open Educational Resources
Maria Persson's insight:
Essentially it is not worth fighting with students to take away their mobile devices when they bring them to school. This article outlines some of the reasons for this by connecting BYODs with OERs.
As budgets are lowered in terms of supplying technological hardward and even software it becomes a matter for teachers, parents and the wider communitites that we all belong to, to engage with understanding how we might better take advantage of the tools at our students' fingertips and the increased access to OERs.
Teaching them to be responsible digital citizens, rather than cyber bullies could be an outcome of having conversations and learning as they BYODs into their learning environments (which could be anywhere - another topic :-)
The Centre for Global Studies in Education at University of Waikato, Te Whare Wânanga o Waikato, Hamilton, is hosting this important national hui in response to recent reports and research on children and young people in crisis in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
This 3 day conference provides an opportunity for all interested groups (e.g. practitioners, teachers, counsellors, social workers, academics, police, paediatricians and agencies) to discuss these vital issues and seek evidence-based solutions for better services for children and young people. This will include:
discussing government policies and initiativespromoting an on-going forumdeveloping a Handbook for Teachersproducing other relevant publications
UNLESS WE ALL HELP TO ALLEVIATE CHILD POVERY AND ABUSE NOW WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO OFFER OUR FUTURE LEADERS.
An enterprising carpenter and a creative puppeteer teamed up on a do-it-yourself project to build a mechanical hand for a little boy. They created an inexpensive prosthetic and published their designs on the Internet.