Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Project Glass: Google’s Augmented Reality Experiment


"We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don't.

A team within our Google[x] group started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment."


Free iOS App Today - 123 Color, International Edition Talking Coloring Book, With Words Spoken in 17 Languages




123 Color International Edition teaches numbers, letters and colors, spoken in 17 languages and dialects:
• Arabic
• Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
• Dutch
• English (American, Australian, and British)
• French
• German
• Hebrew
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Portuguese
• Russian
• Spanish
• Swedish

Free iOS App Today - City Maps 2Go



★★★★★ This top app for FREE! Only today!

★ World's #1 iOS offline map app ★ no network or WiFi required ★ FREE download of 7,800 maps worldwide ★ Ulmon Vector Maps with more content and detail ★ NEW: Wikipedia content!

"One of the best offline maps apps", WSJ
"Quick and easy to download" [2], PPC
"Maps without racking up roaming charges", Macworld

★ City Maps 2Go is FREE today with AppGratis ★
✚ Supports the new iPad Retina display

City Maps 2Go is the #1 App for smart travelers. Maps and content any time, even when off-line. No network or WiFi required. The solution when suffering from bad network coverage, slow connection, limited data volume, or high data roaming cost abroad.

★★★ Works 100% offline ★★★
✚ maps, POI, Wikipedia offline available
✚ search and find streets in the city
✚ no hassle with WiFi, Internet or Roaming
✚ easily spot your location with passive GPS
✚ find thousands of Points of Interest
✚ add or bookmark your favorite places
✚ find hotels and ratings from booking.com
✚ read Wikipedia articles (In App Purchase)

★★★ Wikipedia content ★★★
Included for free, the first paragraphs of 500,000 English Wikipedia articles of the most important POI, attractions and landmarks. An optional In App Purchase adds 200,000 full Wikipedia articles (text and images).

We have you covered: 7,800 maps worldwide cover virtually everything. E.g. all counties, districts, provinces of all major countries like the USA, UK, France, Italy, Germany, and many more countries. And any map on request within a few days. Just e-mail to support@ulmon.com

Map data and POI are provided by OpenStreetMap. To check the level of detail, go to www.openstreetmap.org.

Free iOS App Today - Unix Guide


Free iOS App Today - Violin Studio


Violin Studio is an application with which you can create your own recordings using 3 different string instruments  (Cello, Viola and Violin). Combining bow variations fpr these instruments, you can record your melodies separately for each instrument into different channels and then play them together later on as an orchestra!!!

NASA's Rockets Educator Guide - Important Notice

Important Notice!

Recently, an air pressurized paper rocket launcher being used by an educator failed. This launcher is described in NASA’s Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90. NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum. Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. The point of contact for additional information is James Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Integration at nasaedpartners@nasa.gov. We request that your organization assist NASA in disseminating this information as widely as possible throughout the education community.

Rockets Educator Guide - New 2011 Revised!
  • Audience: Educators
  • Grades: K-12
  • Product Number: EG-2011-11-223-KSC

Few classroom topics generate as much excitement as rockets. The scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical foundations of rocketry provide exciting classroom opportunities for authentic hands-on, minds-on experimentation. The activities and lesson plans contained in this educator guide emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also contains background information about the history of rockets and basic rocket science. The rocket activities in this guide support national curriculum standards for science, mathematics and technology.

The guide contains new and updated lessons and activities.

10 BYOD Classroom Experiments (and What We’ve Learned From Them So Far)

Hi Nathan,  We recently published an article that you may be interested in entitled, “10 BYOD Classroom Experiments (and What We’ve Learned From Them So Far)” (http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/07/10-byod-classroom-experiments-and-what-weve-learned-from-them-so-far/).

After having followed your blog for a while, I feel that this article would align well with your blog's subject matter. I thought perhaps you'd be interested in sharing this article with your readers? Thanks, and keep up the great blogging!

"With budgets tight, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without having to shell out for a device for each student. A solution for many has been to make classes BYOD (short for "bring your own device"), which allows students to bring laptops, tablets, and smartphones from home and to use them in the classroom and share them with other students. It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that don’t have big tech budgets, but it has met with some criticism from those who don’t think that it’s a viable long-term or truly budget-conscious decision. Whether that’s the case is yet to be seen, but these stories of schools that have tried out BYOD programs seem to be largely positive, allowing educators and students to embrace technology in learning regardless of the limited resources they may have at hand."

Read the entire article:

Pics4Learning - free image library for education


Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.
The Pics4Learning collection is intended to provide copyright friendly images for use by students and teachers in an educational setting. The original photographers of each image retain the copyright to these images and have graciously allowed their use in this collection. The images may not be sold as an image collection or partial image collection. Images in the Pics4Learning collection may be used by teachers and students in print, multimedia, and video productions. These could include, but are not limited to, school projects, contests, web pages, and fund raising activities for the express purpose of improving student educational opportunities.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Utah Event at the Leonardo - Exploration and Water

Exploration and Water
A discovery based teacher professional development workshop presented by:
NASA & The Leonardo

Where: The Leonardo
When: August 9th and 10th, 9:00-3:00

Using a cross-curricular approach we will focus on the concept of exploration while delving into the design of vehicles for space and the examination of the role of water in our understanding and exploration of earth and space. We will discover varied content and pedagogical approaches that contribute to understanding exploration.

Using NASA curriculum and the Leonardo’s newest exhibit Water; Nature’s Driving Force, we will build rovers, discover how water informs exploration, create art, experiment with water chemistry and learn about the new rover -- Curiosity -- scheduled to land on August 5th, 2012. Along the way you will find new ways to explore writing, art, history and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)!

Participants may receive USOE re-licensure points.

Please send registration form (click on the image above and then print it) and check or money order for $25 (Payable to ‘The Leonardo’) to the address below. A $25 gift certificate for The Leonardo retail shop will be issued to participants upon completion of the workshop.

The Leonardo
Education Department
209 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801.531.9800 ext 129

Utah Event - Public Invited to Mars Landing Party

July 26, 2012

Patrick Wiggins, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

Dr. Tabitha Buehler, U of U Dept. of Physics & Astronomy 

Public Invited to Mars Landing Party

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), NASA's next mission to Mars, is set to land it's rover named Curiosity on the Red Planet the night of Sunday August 5th and the public is invited to come along for the ride.

NASA's Solar System Ambassador Program, the University of Utah's Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Salt Lake Astronomical Society will present a free Mars Rover Landing Party starting Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. and continuing into the wee hours of Monday morning.

NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador to Utah Patrick Wiggins says the event will feature telescopic views of the planets Mars and Saturn, a replica Mars rover attendees will be able to operate and computer simulators that will enable would-be rover operators to try their hand at landing and operating a couple of Mars rovers.

But Wiggins thinks the highlight of the night will be live, edge-of-your-seat coverage of the landing via satellite feed from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  Coverage will begin at 9:30 p.m. MDT with the landing currently set for about 11:31 p.m.

Although scientists should know almost immediately after touchdown how the landing went there's no way to know for sure when the first pictures will be returned.  It is possible the first pictures will come down within minutes of the landing but some mission scientists are saying it could take a couple of hours.

The event will be held in the University of Utah's Language and Communications building, Room 1100, which is located on campus at 255 Central Campus Drive.

MSL's landing follows the spectacular successes of NASA's two Mars Exploration Rovers named Spirit and Opportunity which touched down in January 2004 for what was planned to be a 90 day mission.  But the little "Rovers that could" outlasted almost everyone's expectations with Spirit operating until 2010 and Opportunity continuing to function to this day.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Free iOS Apps Today - Books

Lulu in Polynesia  - http://itunes.apple.com/app/lulu-in-polynesia/id510098538?mt=8

PAPERCUT - Enhanced - http://itunes.apple.com/app/papercut-enhanced-reading/id459776726?mt=8

Magic Ink - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - http://itunes.apple.com/app/magic-ink-wonderful-wizard/id407899179?mt=8

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - http://itunes.apple.com/app/the-raven-by-edgar-allan-poe/id408529373?mt=8

Catching the Neighbor’s Candle Light to Study - http://itunes.apple.com/app/catching-neighbors-candle/id438175362?mt=8

The Ugly Duckling Interactive Danish Fairy Tale by H.C. Andersen - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ugly-duckling-interactive/id407760066?mt=8

iReading HD - The Emperor's New Clothes - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ireading-hd-emperors-new-clothes/id377852289?mt=8

iReading HD – The Nutcracker - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ireading-hd-the-nutcracker/id483983526?mt=8

iReading HD - The Fisherman and the Golden Fish - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ireading-hd-fisherman-golden/id375350362?mt=8

iReading HD – Peter Pan - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ireading-hd-peter-pan/id388962080?mt=8

iReading HD – The Little Match Girl - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ireading-hd-little-match-girl/id472159221?mt=8

iReading HD – Monkey King Caused Trouble in Heaven - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ireading-hd-monkey-king-caused/id465246044?mt=8

iReading HD – The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ireading-hd-wolf-seven-little/id409755280?mt=8

iReading HD – Little Red Riding Hood - http://itunes.apple.com/app/ireading-hd-little-red-riding/id404141199?mt=8

Funny Stories - Under The Sea - http://itunes.apple.com/app/funny-stories-under-the-sea/id441515851?mt=8
Three Character Classic-Confucius Took on a Teacher-By Tinysky - http://itunes.apple.com/app/three-character-classic-confucius/id445302906?mt=8

The Little Mermaid's Surprise  - http://itunes.apple.com/app/the-little-mermaids-surprise/id441890029?mt=8

Head over heels! - http://itunes.apple.com/app/head-over-heels!/id417194721?mt=8

The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss - LITE - http://itunes.apple.com/app/cat-in-hat-dr.-seuss-lite/id409977857?mt=8

The Three Star Catchers - http://itunes.apple.com/app/the-three-star-catchers/id375624342?mt=8

Grimm's Fairy Stories Illustrated - http://itunes.apple.com/app/grimms-fairy-stories-illustrated/id314881531?mt=8

A Day in New York City with Noah by StoryBoy - http://itunes.apple.com/app/day-in-new-york-city-noah/id361350870?mt=8

Snow White Storychimes  - http://itunes.apple.com/app/snow-white-storychimes-free/id404183968?mt=8

Star Battalion HD - The Comic Book - http://itunes.apple.com/app/star-battalion-hd-comic-book/id402792037?mt=8

Jingle All The Way - http://itunes.apple.com/app/jingle-all-the-way/id400534148?mt=8

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (book) (Update) - http://itunes.apple.com/app/adventures-sherlock-holmes/id352226623?mt=8

The Art of War by Sun Tzu (audiobook) - http://itunes.apple.com/app/art-war-by-sun-tzu-audiobook/id373773528?mt=8

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (audiobook) - http://itunes.apple.com/app/adventures-tom-sawyer-by-mark/id379847519?mt=8

Toy Story Read-Along - http://itunes.apple.com/app/toy-story-read-along/id364376920?mt=8 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2012

“Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences” is the theme of this year’s Earth Science Week, Oct. 14-20, 2012. The American Geosciences Institute hosts Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with various sponsors.

During Earth Science Week, educators are encouraged to bring some aspect of earth science into their classrooms, and to take their classrooms outside. Each year, local groups, educators and interested individuals organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.

To learn more about Earth Science Week, find activities in your area and to order an educator kit, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/.

If you have any questions about this event, please email info@earthsciweek.org.

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover

In a few weeks, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars. What will this rover do? Curiosity will look for things that sustain life: signs of long-term water in the past or present and the right chemical ingredients for life (e.g., carbon-based molecules, the chemical building blocks of life). Use this historic occasion to introduce current real-world science and engineering to your students.

Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (That's 10:31 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Aug. 5.) That evening, Mars will be visible in the night sky with a telescope or with the naked eye. Take this opportunity to host a Mars-gazing party! Just after sunset, Mars will be roughly 150 million miles away from Earth, and the Curiosity Rover will be only hours away from arriving to this distant orange dot in the night sky. Submit your events to http://www.nasa.gov/mars.

-- Looking for activities to get students excited about the upcoming landing? A number of short, hands-on activities relating to the mission are available at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/soi/.

-- For a basic overview of the Red Planet, visit the following websites:

Basic Information on Mars

Mars Image Collection

3-D Images of Mars

-- Want to know more about the area where the Curiosity rover will be landing on Mars? Visit the following websites to learn more about Gale Crater.

Destination Gale Crater: August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT

Gale’s Mount Sharp Compared to Three Big Mountains on Earth

National Parks as Mars Analog Sites

-- The Curiosity rover will landing using a bold new landing technique. Check out the "Seven Minutes of Terror" video at the link below to see how rockets, parachutes and a "sky crane" will help Curiosity make a soft landing on Mars.

-- Live media coverage of the Curiosity landing begins at midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on NASA TV. To find NASA TV on your local cable provider, or to view the coverage online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv.

-- Curiosity also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

For up-to-the-minute mission information about the Curiosity rover and progress toward its Mars landing, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Educator Conference

Bring “Curiosity” Into Your Classroom! Join in the historic landing of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity at Gale Crater Aug.3-5, 2012, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Bring the excitement of Mars exploration to your classroom with standards-aligned, STEM-based, hands-on activities and take home image-rich learning materials. Mission team members will share their stories, and you can see mission control, rover test beds and more. Then, view Curiosity’s anticipated landing at 10:31 p.m., Aug. 5.

For more information and to register, go to: http://marsed.asu.edu/curiosity.

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout July 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

NASA Mathematics for Middle School (Grades 6-8)
July 27, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
  • Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate NASA education products and resources related to mathematics. Materials discussed will cover graphing, ratios, simple algebraic manipulation and simple statistics. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Putting NEON to Work for You, Part 2 (Grades K-12)
July 31, 2012, 7 - 8 p.m. EDT
  • Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss explains how to use the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON’s, most important feature: the interest groups. Participants will role-play several scenarios to find out how NEON's various tools can be used to find NASA activities that align to state-specific standards.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
Aug. 1, 2012, 11 a.m. -noon EDT
  • Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share NASA's Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program, astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Students predict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth's gravity, putting Newton's Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receive copies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 6-12)
Aug. 1, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
  • Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he demonstrates simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle and high school levels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton's Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 2, 2012, 10 - 11 a.m. EDT
  • Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Curiosity: Roving Mars (Grades 2-8)
Aug. 2, 2012, noon - 1 p.m. EDT
  • Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will share an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and its rover named Curiosity. Scheduled to land on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, Curiosity is twice as big as rovers Spirit or Opportunity and weighs nearly a ton. The work the mission is designed to accomplish is equally large.

Exploring Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-12)
Aug. 9, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
  • Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

"Flying to Mars… In an Airplane?" (Grades 3-9)
Aug. 16, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
  • Aerospace education specialist Brian Hawkins will present an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission with its Curiosity rover and explore the proposed Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Survey of Mars, or ARES, mission. ARES is also known as the Mars Airplane. Two hands-on activities will be demonstrated during this session.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

Remind 101


Remind101 is a safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.

This program works with any phone, not just smartphones. Teachers give parents a code to register for their class. Parents text or email that code in and they are registered for the class. Any message that is sent by the teacher will be received through text message or email. Teachers are able to schedule events in advance that will be sent to their students on that day. Teacher are also able to see when a message sent as well as who received that message. The best part about remind101 is that it is completely free as well as private. No teachers’ or students’ numbers will be involved.

InfoGraphic - A Teacher's Guide to Social Media

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media
From: OnlineColleges.net

The DLP Music Program - Free Music Courses and Lessons


The Dallas School of Music is proud to provide FREE comprehensive music courses and lessons for students of all ages wanting to Discover, Learn, and Play Music.

Start your FREE membership today

TED: Ramesh Raskar - Imaging at a Trillion Frames Per Second

Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Register Now: Free Design Thinking Workshop for Educators (7/30 - 8/31)

Join Edutopia, IDEO and Riverdale Country School for this five-week, (FREE!) virtual course.
By Edutopia Staff

As educators, we are designing every single day -- whether it’s finding new ways to teach content more effectively, using our classroom space differently, or developing new approaches to connecting with parents.

At Edutopia, we are inspired by some of the change we've seen using Design Thinking. That's why we're teaming up with IDEO and Riverdale Country Day School -- two organizations that live and breathe this innovative process each day -- to produce the Design Thinking for Educators Workshop.

Design Thinking Workshop Schedule - Workshop Schedule

July 30 - August 3 (Week 1): Introduction to the Design Thinking Process

  • What is Design Thinking? How does it work?
  • We'll do some exercises to familiarize ourselves with the process and help us get into the Design Thinking mindset.

August 6 - 10 (Week 2): Discovery & Interpretation Phase
  • I have a challenge. How do I approach it? I learned something. How do I interpret it?
  • We'll define a group challenge, prepare research, and gather inspiration. To interpret, we'll tell stories, look for patterns, and frame our opportunities.

August 13 - 17 (Week 3): Ideation
  • We have a better understanding of our challenge. What are some solutions?
  • Now we brainstorm. No idea is wrong or too stupid. This week, we generate ideas, and refine them.

August 20 - 24 (Week 4): Experimentation & Evolution
  • I see an opportunity: What do I create? I tried something new: How can I use it?
  • We'll create prototypes and refine them using real world feedback.

August 27-31 (Week 5): The Future
  • In our final week, we'll work to apply Design Thinking in our school or community setting.
  • At the end of the five weeks, the content will be archived, but we will continue the conversation about Design Thinking in education on Edutopia.org and social media.

COST: Free!

Thanks for joining us!  Click here to sign up...

Free iOS App Today (July 25) - Bizzy Bear Builds a House (Children's Book)


Free iOS Apps Today - Songs for Kids


Free iOS Apps Today - Expert Math Apps


11 Photoshop Tutorial Sites

Top 100 Tools for the Twittering Teacher (Updated for 2012)


Shared by Tim Handorf of BestCollegesOnline.com

"In 2009, we shared our favorite tools for teachers on Twitter, with 100 resources for managing feeds, finding followers, and tackling classroom groups on the social media site. Since then, many tools have been revamped, replaced, or simply aren’t available anymore. Clearly, an update is in order, so we’re proud to present a new list for 2012, featuring the very best tools available to Twittering teachers today."

Click here to read the list of 100 tools updated for 2012...

TechRepublic: Five YouTube video downloaders worth a look


Summary of the applications reviewed:

Solid YouTube Downloader and Converter
YouTube Downloader
Free YouTube Downloader
GetGo YouTube Downloader

Force iOS to use YouTube site instead of app


This short MacWorld post tells you how to force your iOS device (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) to use the m.youtube.com site rather than the outdated YouTube app that came with your device.

30 Mobile Apps Reinventing Music Education


Elena Verlee from OnlineColleges.net suggested I share this with you...

Mobile technologies are playing a big role in the classroom, in virtually all kinds of education. Music is no exception, as a wealth of new applications for tablets and smartphones have made it possible to learn, share, and have fun with music education just about anywhere. Whether you’re a music teacher looking for new tools to share with students or a student looking for new ways to practice and learn, here are some of the apps that we think are helping to revolutionize music education, offering fun, information, and instruction anywhere, anytime.


These apps make learning to play an instrument loads of fun.
  1. Sound Recall: Even young kids can enjoy this musical game, which asks young musicians to identify and repeat a series of pitches.
  2. Piano Man: This application is similar to Rock Band or Guitar Hero in that it challenges users to play a selected song as notes come up on the screen. Users can even play against each other to really test their skills.
  3. Simon Sings: This ear trainer game asks players to identify the musical notes being sung by Simon, repeating multiple notes back in the correct order just to make things a little more challenging.
  4. Scale Tapper: Scale Tapper is a great way to introduce a variety of music topics to learners, including music theory and transposing keys, with some fun games to boot.
  5. Rhythm in Reach: Need to work on your rhythm and note-reading skills? This app can help, with games that test both and can be played anywhere a smartphone can be used.
  6. Rainbow Music Notes: Young music learners will love this application that makes learning notes fun through games, colors, and feedback.
  7. Percussions: It may not be as educational as others on this list, but this fun application, packed with 18 types of percussive instruments, can help to make any music-making experience more fun.
  8. What Note Is This?: Reading music can be a valuable skill for a young musician, and this app can help to build that ability, testing and motivating note-learning on a piano.

Useful Tools

Look up basic reference information or share audio recordings with the help of these applications.
  1. Chord Detector: If guitar is your instrument of choice, check out this application. It allows you to take any song and get a quick readout of the chords and fingerings that go along with it, so you can learn to play just about anything.
  2. Recorder: Teachers can model techniques or pieces for practice or students can share their progress through this application, which makes it simple to record and share music (or anything else you’d like).
  3. SoundCloud: Capture your practice, songs you’re writing, or anything else, and upload them to the Web using this app. Then, easily share them via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Foursquare for feedback.
  4. Guitarist Reference: Look up chords, scales, triads, notes, and a wide range of other guitar-related information through this excellent reference guide.
  5. Newzik HD: Newzik is a mobile songbook and notion book that allows you to read lyrics, chords, and scores as you play an instrument.
  6. Music Theory Calculator: This application isn’t really a calculator, but like a calculator, it does help to make figuring things out a little bit faster. Packed with the names of scales, chords, and intervals, this app is a must-have reference tool for any learner.
  7. Alto: Alto is an impressive instruments guide, including the registers, transpositions, playability, and sound characteristics of dozens of instruments.
  8. Scales & Modes: This interactive visual and audio reference tool is perfect for learning music theory, offering access to diatonic scales and modes as the touch of a button.
  9. Fingering: Fingering is an ideal learning accompaniment for those playing brass and woodwind instruments, as it shows where each note should be played on a given instrument.
  10. Notion: Whether you’re new to writing music or an old pro, this application for iPad is an amazing way to help you write, playback, and edit any score that comes to mind.

Learning and Practice

These applications will help you practice and learn new skills.
  1. iNote Trainer: This musical training game helps aspiring pianists improve their note-reading skills by challenging them to correctly identify notes as quickly as possible.
  2. Guitar Pro: This fully-featured app for iPad is an amazing tool for guitar players at any level, offering the ability to easily display, play, and write guitar tablature.
  3. GuitarLab: Budding guitarists can use this application to get guitar lessons in a wide range of styles, complete with tablatures, right to an iPhone.
  4. TabToolkit: Those learning guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards can use this application to learn to play their favorite songs.
  5. iLovePiano: This application can be a great introduction to learning piano. It features lessons on note names, piano key names and locations, note representations on sheet music, and ear training.
  6. Karajan: Karajan can help music learners train their ears, with activities that help iPad and iPhone users learn to recognize intervals, chords, scales, pitch, and tempo.
  7. Tenuto: Use the 12 customizable exercises in this app to practice and enhance your musical abilities, from learning the keys on a piano to recognizing chords.
  8. Jammit: Jammit can help music students gain an appreciation for how popular music is mixed and played, with functions that range from scrolling scores to the ability to separate out all the instruments from a given song.
  9. Play By Ear: Help give yourself the ears of a musician by trying out this ear training app. It offers call-and-response training that will help you develop your ability to understand and play any music you hear.
  10. Do Re Mi Ear Training: Here you’ll find another ear training app, which can help musical novices with the recognition, memory, and transcription of different pitches.
  11. APS MusicMaster Pro: There isn’t much this fully featured app can’t do for musicians. It comes complete with a PDF viewer, chromatic tuner, pitch pipe, audio recorder, metronome, timer, and loads of reference tools for a wide range of instruments.
  12. Guitar Practice Pad: Guitar players can use the Guitar Practice Pad app to tune their instruments, play scales, use a metronome, or even record backing tracks.

Google Search Education


Google Search Education: Empowering Digital Citizens:  The new Google Search Education hub is a free site with materials for teachers to help their students learn skills to search the web, which connects students with the world’s content and other citizens. Visit their site to access lesson plans, videos, and more.

T|H|E Journal and Campus Technology Go Digital




About Undroppable

Dear Friends,

UNDROPPABLE is a social media campaign and feature length documentary "in the making" to highlight inspiring students who are going through a lot, but somehow are able to muscle through and graduate no matter what. Students are graduating everywhere against great odds. These brave individuals are truly rock stars in their communities and they deserve a media platform to share their stories. UNDROPPABLE is here to change the conversation around the importance of supporting education at all costs. If we truly want to fix our world economy, we need to fix education first. Our schools are UNDROPPABLE, our students are UNDROPPABLE, and education is an issue that is UNDROPPABLE!

Jason Pollock
Creator - Undroppable


Fund for Teachers - Grant Opportunities


Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

10 Great Flashcard Making Tools for Educators

Source:  Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Blog Post

"Flashcards are awesome learning tools. They elicit students  engagement and spark their motivation. They also help teachers teach about different subjects and simplify key concepts. You might have already tried some with your students and probably are looking for more ways and tools to create easy to use flashcards in your classroom. Well, we have a great list for you to bookmark and refer to whenever you need to create a flashcard for any learning purpose. Check out the tools below, they are among the best web applications out."

Summary of the tools reviewed:
1- FauxFlash
2- Flashcard DB
3- FunnelBrain
4- StudyDroid
5- Braineos
6- ProProfs Flashcards
7- Flashcards Friends
8- Cobo Cards
9- Study Stack
10- Edisco         

Infographic - Critical Thinking Skills

Monday, July 23, 2012

Free iOS Apps Today - July 23, 2012

Free iOS Apps Today - Children's Books

Narcissus and Echo: HelloStory

Jeff the Mis-fish

Dragon and Wolf - An Interactive Children`s Book

The Wild Swans - Interactive Book iBigToy

Sunday, July 22, 2012

9 Great New Web Tools for Teachers


From Educational Technology and Mobile Learning post...

"Everyday new web 2.0 tools emerge and some others die. It is thanks to the existence of such tools that internet became interactive and users shifted from the basic role of just passive consumers of digital input to active participant in the creation of the digital knowledge. The fact that this information revolution has radically transfomed education is no novel news to teachers and educators. The use of technology in education has become pervasive and the more we continue to invest in this field the better our instrction become.

As I said before to keep track of the new web tools that are created almost every day is not an easy task for a teacher who already has several other peocupations. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, however, can help you stay informed about these recent releases. In this regard, we have compiled a list of some of the best web tools that are relatively new but have a great potential in education. Check the list below and hopefully share it with your colleagues."

Click here to see the reviews of the 9 sites...

Summary of sites listed:

1- Socrative
2- Late Nite Labs
3- Three Ring
4- Global Scholar
5- ClassDoJo
6- Scientific Learning
7- Lore
8- ClassConnect
9- 19Pencils

ScienceWerkz eBooks for iPad reduced to 99¢ - looking for educator feedback

From a LinkedIN TIE discussion (Technology in Education):

We're looking for those interested in giving us informal feedback for our new line of interactive ebooks called ScienceWerkz - a middle school science product line. You can download a free book titled "Our World of Materials" (as a sample of the line) and request a promo code for another here (while they still last). Also, we have reduced our prices to $0.99 for the next two weeks and may extend it throughout the 'back to school' period if we get a good response.

We look forward to your thoughts and suggestions, as we are prepared to produce many more.

Free iOS App - Lewis Dots (Science)

From http://www.inschoolapps.com/ - Lewis Dots for iPad

Lewis Dots allows the generation and manipulation of chemical structures depicted as their Lewis dot diagrams. Start by adding individual atoms to the canvas and adding them together, matching their lone electrons to others' lone electrons. Dragging and dropping electrons to match them, bonds will be automatically created. Drag and match multiple lone electrons to form double and triple bonds. Heuristics defined by graduate students (in chemistry) at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, form the basis for bond formation rules. Teachers and students alike can use this App in their classes to help draw and manipulate structures that were once tedious to draw by hand. Save your structures and diagrams as images in your Photos App with the click of a button.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Professional Development Sites for Teachers

16 Cool iPad Math Apps (That Your Child Might Actually Love!)

From a Math Insider blog post - Posted by

"Did you know that there are over 4000 “maths” iPad apps on the market?

If you’re a typical iPad owner with kids, it’s almost certain that your children have made it a full time mission to take control of your fragile tablet, firstly by using it at every available opportunity and then by packing it full of wall to wall games. If your iPad is drowning under the weight of mindlessly fun physics games or poor quality educational apps, then check out this list of 16 maths iPad apps that are actually both educational and great fun!"

Read the entire post...

Summary of the apps reviewed...

1 Rocket Math – $0.99
2 ArithmeTick Math Flash Cards – Free
3 Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks – $1.99
4 Kids Ace Math – Free
5 Math Bingo – $0.99
6 Math Puppy – Free
7 Math Drills Lite- Free
8 Team Umizoomi Math – $4.99
9 Intro to Math by Montessorium – $4.99
10 Teach Me – 1st Grade – $0.99
11 Math Evolve – $1.99
12 Motion Math Zoom – Free
13 Doodle Numbers HD – Free
14 Super 7 – $0.99
15 Brain Tuner 2 Pro – $0.99
16 Math Ninja HD – $1.99

Free iOS Apps Today - July 20, 2012

Multiplication 12x12
  • How do you memorize multiplication tables? Regardless of how you do it, it can't be too difficult if you have "Multiplication 12x12 Fun" in your hands. The "Multiplication 12x12 Fun" shows you each question and its answer, one after another. This rhythm based pattern has been tested to be effective in memorizing many tables in the short time. It is fun and simple. Yet extraordinarily effective. It has every methods you can think of it in. You name it, it has it. Best of all, it has three great games to help you memorize the multiplication tables.
New Sliding Tiles
  • Here is one of the most original collection of sliders, comprising 100 hand-crafted puzzles, all with realistic and fun gameplay.  Sliders (aka sliding block puzzles) are highly dynamic and incredibly compact puzzles first popularized in the 19th century. We have constantly been creating this collection of sliders during the past 20 years, and many of them were changed into physical toys or online versions on the Web. Now it becomes available to all iPhone, iPod touch and iPad puzzle lovers! 

ASL Baby Sign
  • This fun ASL Baby Sign app offers over 170 ASL videos plus an interactive A-Z Picture Dictionary that's completely customizable.
Happi 123 HD - A Math Game for Kids by Happi Papi
  • Happi 123 teaches counting, addition. subtraction, number series and pattern recognition in a non-linear fashion. You can start with the easiest level or jump right into something more difficult. Each level, or more correctly, practice area has an accompanying puzzle that reinforces the concept further.  
Exam notes
  • The best application to study and be successful in your exams.
Calc Lite Spreadsheet for iPad
  • One of the most mature and powerful spreadsheets on the iPad is now available in a Lite version...free of charge! Take advantage of Mariner's 20+ years of spreadsheet development experience! 
  • Multifunction voice recorder App! With more recording formats to choose from and convenient functional playback mode. From high-sound-quality Linear PCM to file-size-friendly AAC, you can choose your favorite recording format. Want to listen to what you have recorded? You will find a lot more convenient functions in the playback mode.  
Awesome Files
  • From the makers of iExplorer, Awesome Files gives iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users an intuitive and effortless way to manage documents, multimedia files, and other objects directly on iOS devices. Providing an attractive and elegant front end with powerful app architecture, Awesome Files lets you take control of how your files are created, transferred, manipulated, and stored, so you can enjoy greater productivity and steer clear of frustrating file problems.  Combine with Awesome Files Connect, available freely, to unlock the app's WiFi features.
  • Knowtes is an elegant, versatile and innovative text editor that includes a web browser with offline reading list, document and web page translator and a simple sketch tool. It's an excellent way to write your notes, research papers, blog posts, articles, long emails, reports, poems, etc. Manage and capture with your iPad the online information and collect, organize, and share it quickly and effectively. 
Children's Books

Tinman Arts-I’m Scared Of The Dark
Sick of Being Sick
Top 80 Classic Books

The Frog Prince-Interactive Book-iBigToy
The Meaning Of Life

Blighty: The Inch High Samurai

Emperor’s New Clothes - Interactive Book iBigToy

Little Red Riding Hood - Interactive Book iBigToy
North Wind

The Tree I See - Interactive Storybook

Even Monsters Get Sick

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Everyday Geography: 365 Reflections on Why Geography and GIS Matter

In 2011, beginning on New Year’s Day, as president of the National Council for Geographic Education, I wrote one tweet everyday beginning with “What is Geography? 1 of 365” and posted them to my Twitter page. OK, I confess that I actually posted multiple posts every day, sometimes up to 10. There is just so much on this topic to write about!   And I continue these efforts in 2012.

My goals in the series were several. First, I sought to point out as organization president how the NCGE serves the geography education community, and has been doing so since 1915. Through its webinars, book and journal publications, annual conference, curriculum, research, partnerships, and networking opportunities, the NCGE supports excellence in teaching and learning geography. Second, I wanted to provide evidence of the diversity of geography. Those outside the geographic community might have an incomplete or even erroneous view of geography as a discipline. I wanted to nudge people beyond thinking of geography only as the location of things, to provide an idea what geographers study and what they care about. I explored themes of scale, patterns, and relationships, topics such as watersheds, energy, ecoregions, climate, and population density, and discussed different regions while on work travel to Salzburg Austria, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Minneapolis, and elsewhere. Geography is diversity in people, landscapes, issues, skills, and themes.

Third and perhaps most pertinent to the UCET community, I aimed to show that geography is a high-tech and rigorous discipline that uses everything from scientific probes that measure soil moisture, weather conditions, or water quality, to surveying equipment, to GPS, to remote sensing imagery, to GIS, and much more. I created numerous videos that demonstrated how GIS can be used for teaching and research. Geography uses quantitative techniques such as through spatial statistics as well as qualitative methods. Fourth, I wanted to show that geography is fun. I included links to videos of me discussing geography while skiing down a ski slope, in the middle of a wind farm, on a street median in Manhattan, kayaking on the St Croix River, touching the K-T boundary in Red Rocks Park, and in other fascinating places. Fifth, I sought to show that geography is a rich body of content, a specific set of skills and abilities, and a way of seeing the world—a spatial perspective.

Sixth, above everything else, I sought to show that geography matters. As we must grapple with complex global issues that increasingly affect our everyday lives, such as sustainable development, energy, water, natural hazards, political instability, and food security, the study and application of geography is more relevant to our world than ever before. GIS is a fundamental tool that can help us understand and solve problems related to these issues. Those applying the geographic perspective can and are making a positive impact on people and the planet.   To reinforce that point, I have created over 1,000 videos on my YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/geographyuberalles.  These include videos ranging from how to map your GPS track and add photos to it, to geographic reflections while I am hiking in the desert, next to a waterfall, or in the middle of a city.

I hope my postings were helpful to educators and even to the general public. How might you use these postings, and your own postings and activities, to demonstrate to the wider community that geography and geotechnology matter to education and society?

- Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Manager

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