Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 - What a year...!

Free iOS Apps Today - December 31, 2012

Happy New Year! The following educational apps are free today...

LexicEN English Dictionary & Thesaurus
  • LexicEN is a fast, offline dictionary
  • Features:
    + Over 75,000 Timeless Quotes across 200 Categories.
    + Gorgeous User Interface.
    + Facebook, Twitter, Mail, SMS  
Toca Band
  • Play with sounds and create your own band!  
King of Logic HD
  • Children's activity that focuses on recognizing patterns
The Opposites
  • An exciting word game which challenges children (ages 7+) to match up pairs of opposing words in increasingly difficult levels. ‘Opposites’ starts with easy word pairs, like 'up-down', but as players level up they are challenged with more complex and abstract pairings, until they are dealing with rare descriptive and technical words, from biology, economics, politics, medicine, poetry and classical Greek prefixes!
Baby Learns Addition HD

The Animal Dudes
  • Educational, fun activities for preschool children
The Animal Shows
  • Educational activities for preschool children
Baby Farm HD
  • Educational Activities for preschool children
ConjuVerb Spanish Verb Conjugation Helper
  • ConjuVerb makes it easy to look up Spanish verbs. ConjuVerb contains over 600 of the most used verbs in Spanish. We don't waste your time with verbs that are rarely, if ever, used. You can focus only on the most important verbs!
Little Adam's Adventures Vol. 1 (Children's story book)

The Little Nancy Story (Children's story book)

The Nine Colored Deer (Children's story book)

Little Red Riding Hood HD (3D Pop-up Book) (Children's story book)

iReading HD - Jack and the Beanstalk (Children's story book)

iReading HD - The Little Match Girl (Children's story book)

Paddington Bear (Children's story book)

Animated Kids Songs 2
  • 78 animated kids songs.  All resources have been installed locally, it needn't to use network when playback.  Supports background playback 
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Children's story book)

Jazzy ABC - Music Education for Kids
  • Apple's Staff Favorites and What's Hot in Education ★ Learn about music instruments and letters in a fun and interactive game!
The Kissing Hand (Children's story book)
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the children, parents and educators in Newtown, CT. In support of the 1,600 copies of "The Kissing Hand" physical book being donated to the children of Newtown by Tanglewood Press, we are offering the digital book app free to children everywhere for a period of time. We hope this story about the power of love will offer comfort to your family as we all heal.
Itsy Bitsy Spider - All in one educational activity center and sing-along

Kern Kelley's Google Forms for Teachers

Google Form Templates:   If you are logged into your Google Account, these form templates will automatically copy into your Google Docs Dashboard.

Many of the forms are designed to work with an iPod Touch. For more information about educational uses of that device, go to

Test and Quizzes
  • Self Correcting Spelling Quiz - This form allows a teacher to enter 20 words and once the quiz is completed, it self corrects and analyzes the data. 
  • Virtual Inbox - A form that collects the web address of students work and organizes it by school and grade.

Administrative Forms 
  • Administrative Observation Walkthrough - This is an teacher observation form that the administrators can use. The iPod Touch provides an easy way for data entry, then they can complete the observation in the spreadsheet once complete.
  • Technology Survey  - This is the survey we give to staff and students at the beginning of the school year.
  • Three Minute Administrative Walk-Through - This is an teacher observation form that the administrators use in my district. The iPod Touch provides an easy way for data entry, then they can complete the observation in the spreadsheet once complete. 
  • Homework Check - This is a detailed form that teachers input student scores and the spreadsheet coordinates the results based on which assignments the teacher was using. 
  • Discipline Form - This forms allow teacher entry of disciplinary actions. Note: We use avatar names when entering information.

  • Story Board - Used by student groups to write and produce a video project.  
  • Booklist Template - Used by teachers to keep track of the names and quantity of books read by students. 
  • Word Find Template - Not a form, but spreadsheet where the user can create a custom word find.
  • Auto-Email Form - This form takes the data entered into it and sends it to the email address asked for by the form
  • Observation Record - This Form and Display Spreadsheet show when teachers are observed so they are not always done the same day or class.

Bamboo DiRT - Tools for Doing DIgital Research

Google Earth for Educators

"Welcome to the Google Earth for Educators Community, a site to share, connect & learn This site is brought to you by Google and made especially for Google Earth educators and students. Come join and help us build it!"

EmergingEdTech Video Blog

The EmergingEdTech YouTube channel features tutorial videos focused on helping teachers use technology in the classroom.  In 2012, EmergingEdTech videos (there are now over 8o videos) were watched more than 56,000 times, and viewers spent over 35,000 minutes (that’s over 583 hours) watching them.  Some examples of the video titles you can watch are...

Using The iPad As A Digital Whiteboard (Plus 4 Cool Free Apps To Use To Try It Out)

Google Image Search will let you use an actual picture as your search parameter, how cool is that?

Starting A Blog Using Blogger

Five Fun Free iPad Apps for Elementary School Teachers And Students

Tutorial – How to create a speaking, animated avatar with (it’s fun, free, and easy!)

Starting A Blog On Edublogs

Announcing the 2012 Free Education Technology Resources eBook

10 Excellent iPad Applications for Teachers

US Ed Dept Report - focus on how to evaluate digital tools/resources for their impact on learning

Scooped by Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) onto iGeneration - 21st Century Education

Grading Overload: 12 Time-Saving Assessment Strategies

A helpful post by Kim Haynes on  "There’s a faculty meeting tomorrow, a parent-teacher conference the next day, you have to prep your materials for that project next week, and – almost forgot – you still haven’t graded the assignments from two weeks ago, plus a new stack of papers walks in with today’s students. And somewhere in all of this you might actually want to see your family or catch a movie while it’s still in the theater.

Sound familiar? Don’t despair – try these tips to avoid grading overload"

Click here to read the entire post...

The Best Teacher Blogs of 2012

From the Educational Technology and Mobile Resources blog:  "The blogs mentioned in this list were the finalists for  Edublogger Awards 'Best Teacher Blog for the year 2012. Check them out and try to subscribe to the RSS feeds of the ones you like. Enjoy."

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Scratch & ScratchEd - programming for kids and teachers

ScratchED -

Scratch -

Large List of Downloadable Computer Repair CDs

Quoting from the link above:

Large List of Downloadable Computer Repair CDs

"One of our Technibble forum members, PcTek9, and a handful of other Technibble members have compiled a large list of CDs for various computer repair tasks. In this list, the following types of CD are available for download: Antivirus Boot CDs, Recovery Disks, Hardware Diagnostic Boot CDs, Network Testing/Monitoring, Data Recovery Boot CDs and Special Purpose CDs.

Some of these are free to download, some are not. Be sure to read the EULA for the CD’s you download and the applications you use to make sure you are allowed to use them in the manner you plan to use them in. Many of the CDs contain a variety of different programs and some of the applications are free to use as you please, but some of them disallow commercial use. So be sure to read and abide by the EULA for whatever you use.

Also, some of these CD’s may set off an antivirus false positive due to their virus removal, password cracking, system file changing nature. Konboot is one such CD that will set off antivirus software. Its best to scan the CDs that are setting off your antivirus using a site like and make your own decisions."
Click here to see the listing.  The list is a couple years old, but still a good one...

Site: Curiosity in the Classroom

From the site:

Spark curiosity in the classroom.

Discovery Education and Intel have teamed up to create Curiosity in the Classroom, a program designed to guide teachers and students on a journey through life's biggest questions.


Access free lesson plans and videos designed for 6th-12th grade students. Engage them in the mysteries of science and introduce them to cutting-edge careers in science and technology.


Explore Careers

Hear directly from today's innovators about their careers and how they questioned the world around them.

Quizzes & Resources

Join your friends and classmates in discussing and debating the questions of life.

5 online web tools for sharing large files

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning posted a blog post on sites that let you send large files that your email would refuse to handle:  5 Great Web Tools for Sharing Large Files
  1. Transfer Big Files
  2. File Dropper
  3. Let's Crate
  4. We Transfer
  5. Just Beam It

Some interesting leads to iPad resources...

Good day!  I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas.  Happy New Year to you!

I was going through resources I receive every day and found the following leads educators have shared for iPods, iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices such as Android and Kindle...

From the Technology for Every Classroom blog:  Idioms on Ipads.  "Pushing students to the next level in ELA often involves an understanding of idioms.  English Idioms Illustrated and Idioms Lite are two great apps that can help bring idioms (age old sayings) into modern times."

From the iGameMom blog: Best Educational Apps for Kids – Elementary Natural and Animal Science

Also from iGameMom's blog:  How to Make the iPhone or iPad Read the Text Aloud for You. 

Tom Vander Ark has compiled a recent list of iPad Resources, Sources & Tools:
36 Lists of iPad Resources 
39 sites for using iPads in classrooms
10 iPad Apps Everyone Should Have- from PC Magazine
10 Must Have iPad Apps for Students and Teachers
10 Ways to Use iPads in Your Classroom
40 iPad Apps Librarians Love
40 Most Awesome iPad Apps for Science Students
50+ iPad Apps By a Geography Teacher
62 Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom
100 Incredibly Useful and Free iPad Apps
Best Academic Reference Apps for the iPad- some pay, some free
Five Ways Readers Are Using iPads in the Classroom
How to Access Over 30,000 Free Books For the iPad
How to Set Up Class iPads and iPods
iPad Apps- from Teach With Your iPad Wiki
iPad Apps for Kids in the Classroom
iPad Apps for Physical Education
iPad Apps for Social Studies-civics, government, geography,U.S. & world history
iPad Resources I Can Use- comprehensive LiveBinder
iPads in the Classroom- Kathy Schrock’s web site
iPads in School- this blog is all about just that
iPads in Schools LiveBinder- comprehensive site
iPads in Science
Math That Moves: Embracing the iPad in the Classroom- New York Times
Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs
Pros and Cons of iPads in the Classroom from Forbes Magazine
Quick List of iPad Resources For the Classroom- from Steven Anderson’s blog
ScreenChomp- app for the iPad; share lessons on your iPad
Snag Films iPad App- free full length documentaries
Top 20 iPad Apps for Teachers
The Ultimate Guide to Using iPads in the Classroom
The Ultimate Guide to Using iPads in the Classroom- from Edudemic
Using My iPad in the Classroom This Year- the Nerdy Teacher
18 Ways iPads Are Being Used In Classrooms Right Now
5 Brilliant Poetry Apps for Students
30 of the Best Educational iPad Games: Kid’s Edition
Tim Bedley’s 80+ iPad Apps
12 Sources & Tools for iPad
iPads in Education Daily
iPads For Education
iPads in Primary Education
Mark Anderson’s blog
A Day in the Life of the iPad Classroom
The Debate Over iPads in Education
ShowMe: presentation software and instructional resources
Chromatik: learn, practice, record, share music
ClassDojo: classroom management
MasteryConnect: formative assessment
Edmodo: social learning platform
Common Sense Media has compiled lists of Essential Apps for Kids and Teens: Starter Kits for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire where you can browse the guide by device or by age group.

TheNextWeb says, "The Next Web covered thousands of apps throughout this year, from nifty new browser extensions, to the latest game-changing Android and iOS apps, so we sifted through the archives and pulled out some of best educational apps of 2012…just for you.  Don’t miss our other 2012 lists for more great recommendations."  One interesting list is 12 of the best educational apps of 2012.

The Teacher With Apps blog shared a list of the 12 best math apps of 2012.

Symbaloo has a gallery of secondary math apps.  From the site:  "60+ Free apps to support MS Math:  Row 1: Vocabulary,  Row 2&3: Math Games,  Row 4: Algebra Games,  Row 5: Surprisingly Edu Games,  Row 6: Tools,  Row 7: Notetaking / Annotation / Student Products"

Here are a couple of leads to iPad lesson plans:

The TechChef4U blog shares a lesson on using Keynote to zoom in and out to solve square root problems.  From the blog post DIY Prezi: "After I completed a round of teaching Evernote to Fiske’s class, I strolled down the hallway to say hello to Mrs. Yenca (otherwise known online as Mathy Cathy). She waved me in and I decided to stay for a while. Now, I have to say that her normal teaching methods are on par with a rock star. She knows how to orchestrate a lesson and keep students engaged like none other. BUT, today, I too fell under the spell and was mezmorized and floored by the app-tivity."  There is also a link to 475+  iPad Lessons Pinned on Pinterest!

Also have a look at MathyCathy's Blog – Mrs. Cathy Yenca

Although I haven't had much time to explore it, another blog that I ran across was i-Pads for Schools.  It looks like it might be worth looking further.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Salman Khan talk at TED 2011

Free iOS App - Creatures of Light for iPad


This companion app for the popular new exhibition Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence offers a close look at some of the extraordinary organisms that produce light. Enjoy interactive animations, photo galleries, and videos that reveal the beauty of this amazing natural phenomenon, how it works, and how scientists study it. Each chapter of the app, which is adapted from the iPad content featured throughout the exhibition gallery, is set to a symphonic soundtrack composed exclusively for Creatures of Light.

Free iOS App - NOVA Elements


Did you ever wonder why the periodic table is shaped the way it is, what gives each element its own unique set of properties, or even how elements combine to make everyday objects such as a cup of coffee? With “NOVA Elements,” explore an interactive periodic table, play a game hosted by David Pogue, or watch the two-hour NOVA program, “Hunting the Elements.”

What's New in Version 1.02

This release improves video functionality, general usability, and includes other minor fixes.
If you’re unable to hear audio in the app, go to your iPad’s “Settings” menu and select “General" > “Use Side Switch to:”> “Mute”. Then, turn mute off on the side switch.

iTunes 2012 App of the Year - Paper (It's free, too)

Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web. Try it free—buy additional tools from the in-App Store.

Paper was designed from the ground up for touch and creating on the go. No fussy buttons, settings or other distractions. Paper works the way you think, like a familiar notebook or journal. Have all of your ideas with you in one place.

Productivity meets beauty. No settings. Always beautiful—like great tools should be. Just pick up a tool and instantly begin to Sketch, Write, Draw, Outline and Color. Draw comes free with Paper.

Our custom ink engine reacts to your movements to optimize each tool for the process of creation. Get a range of expressions from a single tool without fussing with settings for great handwriting, beautiful coloring, and sketching that just works.

Built for the new iPad's brilliant display. With a full 2048x1536 canvas, see stunning details in your creations you couldn’t before—like pencil texture and watercolor edge bleed.

Share your ideas instantly. Stream pages to Tumblr, send them over email, or share pages with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

What's New in Version 1.2.5

★ Page Fill—Drop a color from the palette onto page
★ Pogo Connect support on iPad Mini
★ Bug fixes

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Free CloudOn App Now Available for iPhone


CloudOn brings Microsoft Office® to your iPhone & iPad and links it to your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.

If that isn’t enough, the built-in Adobe Reader and File Viewer lets you open and view virtually any file type, including PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.

And, because we know your work isn’t always just for you, you can easily email files to your contacts directly from the workspace.

CloudOn provides you the files you want and the applications you need in a single workspace – made for the device you love.

The CloudOn Workspace allows you to:

• Use Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® on your iPhone and iPad to create, review and edit documents.
• Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.
• View virtually any type of file, including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
• Share files as links or attachments via email directly from the workspace.
• Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, etc into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files.
• Use the FileSpace to see a log of all the activity on file including edits, notifications and notes.
• Track changes while reviewing Word documents.
• Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks.
• Display and edit transitions in PowerPoint slides and present in full presentation mode.
• Open files directly from your iOS email accounts as well as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive.
• Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes.

What's New in Version 3.0.0

•  iPhone support, including iPhone 5 and iPod Touch
•  iPad Mini Support
•  Support for SkyDrive

Seasons Greetings from the UCET Board of Directors

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 - 6th Annual Survey

Free Vocabulary building tool for teachers to use in Classrooms

7 education technology topics in 2012 that will be hotter in 2013

Dec. 19, 2012
From his blog:  "Universities found themselves in a state of flux in 2012, facing new disruptions from online learning platforms, thanks to Coursera and edX, as well as a looming problem in student debt and increasing costs incurred from expansion.

Big-name schools such as the University of Texas and Columbia University chose new partners, while debate bubbled up at the University of Virginia, going as far as to lead to the temporary ousting and reinstatement of President Teresa Sullivan. The year also put a spotlight on a number of terms that educators should be familiar with by now. Here are seven ed tech topics that everyone should know by heart, because they are bound to play even bigger roles in 2013:"

Click here to see his blog post and list...

Edutopia - Do-it-Yourself Professional Development: Resource Roundup

From Edutopia:  "Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started."

Click here to see the resources...

Needing Ideas for Teaching? Try the Edutopia Blogs...

From Edutopia: "You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these blogs, please don't hesitate to let us know."

Edutopia Blog Topics

See all Blogs

Brain-Based Learning
Education Trends
Five-Minute Film Festival
Game-Based Learning
New-Teacher Support
Project-Based Learning
Social and Emotional Learning
Student Engagement
Teacher Leadership
Technology Integration

Free to Schools - Digital Passport - Teach and test the basics of online life

Digital Passport is fun and effective.
  • Web-based games and videos engage 3rd - 5th graders in independent learning
  • Modules zero in on critical skills related to digital safety, respect, and community
  • Collaborative classroom activities reinforce online lessons
  • Students earn badges toward a Digital Passport
  • Teachers get robust reports to demonstrate student success
  • Currently available on the web and coming soon for mobile devices
  • Supports responsible use policies and E-rate
  • FREE to your school thanks to generous support from our sponsors

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

eSchoolNews Grant Alert - $120K for arts programs - 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Each year, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards recognize 12 outstanding programs in the United States, from a wide range of urban and rural settings.
Contact Information

  • Grant Organization: The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
  • Contact URL:
  • Eligibility: After- and out-of-school arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities
  • Grant Deadline: Monday February 4th, 2013
  • Grant Value: 12 $10,000 grants

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Free iOS App Today - YouTube Capture

Film and share videos with YouTube Capture:
✓ Easy, fast recording
✓ Touch up videos with color correction, stabilization, trimming, and music tracks
✓ Upload to YouTube, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter simultaneously

2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Students in grades 6-12 propose a design for a space settlement, a permanent community in orbit rather than on another planet or moon. Click here for more information. Proposals are due March 15, 2013.

NASA’s REEL Science Communication Contest

NASA is looking for talented high school students to create videos that engage students in earth science. Click here for more information and registration details. Videos are due February 15, 2013.

RealWorld-InWorld (RWIW) NASA Engineering Design Challenge

RWIW encourages students in grades 8-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through project-based learning and team competition. Important dates include January 31, February 9 and April 26, 2012. Click the link below for more information.

Proposals Now Being Accepted for ISS Downlinks & Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS)

NASA is offering opportunities for schools and educational groups to speak with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to learn about living and working in space. Downlink proposals ( are due January 18, 2013. ARISS proposals ( are due January 28, 2013.

IRIS Challenge: Tracking a Solar Storm

Join the Tracking a Solar Storm Challenge, designed around NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, to guide students as they learn about our Sun’s anatomy, the space weather it generates and why studying the sun is important. Click the link below for information.

2013 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Click the link below to nominate them for this award. Nominations are due January 14, 2013.

MicroGravity eXperience (Micro GX)

Teaching From Space is seeking high quality applications from K-12 educators who desire to perform custom student experiments on a reduced gravity flight. Click the link below for more information. Applications are due January 9, 2013.

Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars (WISH)

The WISH project offers a unique experience for female high school juniors to jump-start their future by engaging in opportunities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Click the link below for more information. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on Jan 3rd, 2013.

Opportunity for Schools to Engage Grade 5-16 Students in Microgravity Experiment Design for Flight to the International Space Station

SSEP Mission 4 to ISS will provide each participating community a real research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to ISS in Fall 2013. Inquiries to participate from interested schools are due December 31, 2012. For more information...

Registration Open for the 20th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

High school & college students are challenged to design/build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team.  For information...

Registration Currently Available for Spring 2013 ePDN Courses

NASA’s LE&RN and Georgia Tech are offering the following free professional development courses online for the spring semester: Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning and Project-Based Inquiry (PBIL).  For information and registration...

Re:Tool - What does it mean?

Every time I describe what I do for a living to a neighbor or community member I get the response, "Wow, that sounds like a dream job!" Teachers really do have the dream job.

It is a lot of fun working with teachers and technology. The part I love the most is when I see what teachers are doing with technology in their classroom. Like one middle school music teacher that wanted to teach her students to play guitar by having them practice with a classic guitar piece on the iPod. When first learning, the student couldn’t keep up with he guitarist. This innovative teacher learned that she could convert the song to a podcast in iTunes, then the iPod would play the song at half speed, allowing her students to play along. That is taking a gadget and making it a tool!

I'm sure you have seen teachers, or you might be one of them, that use their iPad as a wireless slate to control their computer.  Perhaps you teach directly from the iPad wirelessly using the Apple TV. This tool is changing the way teachers teach! It is a revolution, but Apple didn't start it, teachers did. Apple may have created the technology that makes this possible, but Airplay wasn't designed as an educational tool.  I imagine a couple of  programmers thinking, wouldn't it be nice to be able to watch someone play Angry Birds™ from their iPad on the HD TV on the wall. Thus, in Oct. 2011, Airplay Mirroring was announced with iOS 5.

Teachers immediately saw the potential. The gears started turning as many educators thought, "If I can mirror my iPad to my projector, I can teach interactively from anywhere in my classroom!" Just one year later, when I visit teachers that are teaching with their iPad, they say things like, "Don't take this away!" or "If I have to go back to the way I used to teach, I'll just retire." Schools can set this system up for a fraction of the cost of traditional interactive whiteboard solutions.

The theme for the UCET conference this year, "Re:Tool, Transforming Gadgets for Education" describes what we do as teachers - we take a gadget that was made for the consumer market and transform it into an educational tool. We live in a world where technology changes at an ever increasing rate. We can't always keep up, but we can look to ways to use the technology around us to increase student engagement and achievement.

Join us at the 2013 UCET conference and "Re:Tool" with great gadget tips and workshops to sharpen the tools you already have.

Robert Gordon
UCET President

Monday, December 17, 2012

TEDx - David Thornburg - A Theater without Audiences - Student Engagement in Learning

Presentation by David Thornburg at TEDx TLN, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ. This video explores how traditional classroom design can impede learning and shows the educational holodeck, a theater without audiences, where students explore projects in depth through immersive, interactive simulations.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hard drive of the future?

We've seen amazing progress over the last 20 years in storage for electronic files.  Remember floppy discs?  The latest innovations have been cloud storage.  I share the following video, which advertises PogoPlug Family - not as an endorsement, but as a harbinger of what's coming...

UCET awarded recognition from NASA

This Is Why We Need To Start Discussing Android In Schools

Katie Lepi, of Edudemic, makes the case for the education community to add Android devices to the discussion and use of tablets and Smartphones in the classroom, asking "What do you think? Has Android officially eaten Apple’s cake or are the numbers misleading and not worth shifting focus away from Apple (yet)?"

Katie Lepi's original post.

Learn English online: How the internet is changing language

An interesting article by BBC News Magazine about technology influencing language.

An excerpt:

"Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing."

Read the article in its entirety here.

Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

See how the world searched with Google's 2012 Zeitgeist:

Infographic: How Does Digital Learning Contribute to Deeper Learning?

Getting Smart created the following infographic that describes how deeper learning opportunities can be created for every student with personal digital learning tools:

Twitter Cheat Sheet for Educators

Learning Unlimited has created this well designed infographic that contains most of the things educators need to know about Twitter.

The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools

From Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand blog:

A quote from his post:

"The researchers found that "personal 'ownership' of the device is seen as the single most important factor for successful use of this technology." They found ownership is fundamental for increasing students levels of motivation, interest, and engagement. Personal ownership promotes greater student autonomy and self-efficacy. Best of all, ownership encourages students to take more responsibility for their learning.
The study also found that teachers using iPads changed their approach to teaching. Pedagogical shifts include:
  • more collaboration
  • more creative expression
  • a strong learning community
  • better support for students of all abilities
  • students take it upon themselves to teach and coach each other 
  • higher quality of teaching perceived by students
  • teachers give better feedback to students about their learning"
Read his entire post with links to the study here... 

Creative Commons licensed photo taken by Lexie

How to Use iTunes 11 to Arrange Apps

With the introduction of iTunes 11, the way to accomplish some tasks, like arranging apps on your iOS device, has changed although the function remains. To access the various services, including rearranging your apps via iTunes, read on.

See Justin Kahn's tutorial here...