Innovating education with technology.
Summer has come to an abrupt close for most of us and we're all readying for the beginning of a new school year. With the advent of a new year, many of our network users have started posting blogs and asking for help in the forums. Your comments and advice will help a colleague in need and be appreciated by the entire community.
Here's a summary of recent activity and requests for assistance:
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Added by Sam Gliksman on August 28, 2011 at 2:46pm — No Comments
WikiNodes immediately became one of my "must have" education apps from the moment I first used it. It's an iPad app that uses a visual "map" interface for searching and browsing Wikipedia. This generation of learners have a clear preference for information that is presented visually and WikiNodes provides a wonderfully unique and imaginative interface for handling and moving through Wikipedia…Continue
Added by Sam Gliksman on July 25, 2011 at 8:43am — No Comments
I've been using Twitter for around a year and have found it to be an indispensable source of professional contacts and information. Although I highly recommend the use of Twitter, the point of this post is not to proselytize. Twitter is however a fantastic mechanism for measuring "the pulse" on any subject, event or person. People follow others with like minded interests…Continue
Everywhere I turn schools seem to be buying iPads. Critics, even in this forum, question whether investment in a relatively new and untested technology can be justified, especially given the current economic climate. To some degree, I think their scepticism has merit.
Buying iPads for your…
Apple held it’s widely anticipated Worldwide Developer Conference recently and as expected, took the opportunity to disclose the upcoming release of many new product features and services. Chief among them was the announcement of the new iOS 5 mobile operating system and a new wireless data synchronization and…Continue
A number of iPad apps allow you to use your device as a second monitor for your computer. One of the more popular apps is Air Display. At the time of writing Air Display was selling on the App Store for $9.95 - that's fairly…Continue
Added by Sam Gliksman on June 9, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
People spend about a third of their iPad usage time surfing the web (1). The default browser on the iPad is Apple's Safari browser and frankly, it doesn't match up very well with browsers we're accustomed to using on desktops. There are however some excellent and popular alternatives available. Some other web browsers for the iPad include the following apps:
I recently came across the incredible Guitar Improvisation video below. It's an amazing piece of music that was completely created using GarageBand on the iPad. In fact, there have been quite a few popular music videos recently that feature artists creating music using iOS apps. In a second video below, the band Atomic Tom use their iPhones to perform on a New York City subway. A third video features a teenage girl creating music using GarageBand on the iPad.
Most of us grew up in an age where knowledge and information were primarily conveyed in textual format. Think of the encyclopedias we used. Photos were used but largely as an enhancement to articles that were text-based. Worse, the high cost of full color printing meant that the images that were used were usually in black and white.
Research has long shown however that people memorize and learn more effectively when information is presented visually and in color. Studies…Continue
I've had many requests from network members that would like to connect with other schools using iPads. I've put together a short Google form to help facilitate the process of connecting schools.
SIGN UP: If you have a 1:1 iPad program at your school, please fill out the following short form to be listed on our network of schools.
Registration form: …Continue
You hear it repeatedly. You can't throw technology into schools without training and support for teachers. If you purchased a truckload of iPads for your school then you better have a plan for developing teachers that are skilled in using them ... but what does it really mean to be "skilled"? If I know all about technical specifications, how to download and synchronize apps, how to configure my iPad - does that make me skilled? What constitutes effective professional development? How do we…Continue
Mobile digital devices rocketed to popularity around 10 years ago with the release of the iPod. Mobile computing went mainstream with the release of the iPhone in 2007. With the release of the iPad just one year ago,…Continue
I've written in the past about the fact that one of the most underrated educational benefits of the iPad lies in it's ability to connect people. Whether through Facebook, Twitter, Facetime or others, mobile devices allow us to develop "learning communities" beyond the boundaries of any physical location. In giving workshops to educators and parents, I often highlight the concept of learning community as one of the most important advances of a 21st century education.
Whatever your philosophy regarding frontal teaching methods and the uses of Smartboards, there’s no denying two facts:
What if you could create a parallel experience using nothing more than an iPad and a $50 piece of software? One software product with a matching iPad app claims that it…Continue
Planning is imperative for any technology initiative - iPad or otherwise. You need to ensure that you clearly understand and communicate how the technology integrates with your overall pedagogical objectives. Too many institutions purchase technology and then search for ways to utilize it ... or leave it collecting dust on the shelf.
Planning needs to consider both infrastructure needs and the educational applications of the new technology. Without the proper…
It's almost a year since the iPad was first released and we have been using them in a high school pilot program since September. Our intent was to explore different ways that the iPad could be used by students and the hope was that we could also transition to using e-Books instead of paper textbooks during the course of the year.
The pilot has been a source of observational and anecdotal information. After four months I felt we should get a more precise evaluation of how students…Continue
Added by Sam Gliksman on December 30, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments