Groundbreaking news on the use of mobile technology in education. via Eduware, Inc.

Quizzing Students With ClickerSchool Virtual Clicker

Quizzing students has never been easier than with Eduware’s very own ClickerSchool Virtual Clicker. Our clickers can be used on the iPhone, iPad and online. After joining ClickerSchool and creating your own session, you’ll be ready to quiz your students. Here’s how to easily quiz your students—straight from your phone!

After having students log on with the session ID, you’re ready to begin the quiz. Your first question will appear on your screen with options to share all of the answers at once or to share them individually. Once you’re done sharing answer options you can start polling your students for responses. 

You can then stop polling when all of your students have responded. ClickerSchool Virtual Clicker then allows you to show response distribution (for your entire class & individual responses) and to share the correct answer.

Once the session is complete, you can email students their answers—it’s that easy!

To download our app for FREE on iTunes head over here.



Introducing the New Era of Clickers

With the start of the school year just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for lesson plans and handy tools to use in class. More than ever before, it’s crucial to create interactive lesson plans that allow students to actively engage with their education. What better way to do this than to use clickers? 

As more iPads are introduced to classrooms nationwide, it’s important that clickers (and other educational technology) keep adapting. This is exactly why Eduware has introduced its newest ClickerSchool Virtual Clicker app. 

The ClickerSchool Virtual Clicker app allows teachers to use live polling in the classroom through their iPads. This app allows you to use your iPad as a virtual clicker. In order to get started, setup an activity at ClickerSchool.com where you will receive your unique session ID. 


Classroom Ideas for Learning with the iPad

Our friends at Interaction Education have started a column titled iPads in Education. There are some great posts over there, including a link to the document below: 

iPads for Learning Getting Started

For more info, read the source here




58 Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom (an open Google Doc)

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Fees for Technology: Are You Willing to Pay?

With budget cuts rising among public schools, some institutions are looking to charge parents for supplemental features, such as technology. The Wall Street Journal published a piece that noted on the rising cost for public school families. 

Public schools across the country, struggling with cuts in state funding, rising personnel costs and lower tax revenues, are shifting costs to students and their parents by imposing or boosting fees for everything from enrolling in honors English to riding the bus.

At high schools in several states, it can cost more than $200 just to walk in the door, thanks to registration fees, technology fees and unspecified “instructional fees.”

Do you think parents should take care of technology costs?

For more information, read the source here


Toning Down Mobile Device Distractions in Class

Photo courtesy of DeSales University

Mobile devices are making their way into classrooms everywhere and some teachers are struggling to keep them from becoming distractions for their students. Many are mobile tech friendly but the distraction factors remain a main concern. Queens University of Charlotte professor and blogger Dr. John McArthur gives teachers some advice on maximizing classroom space where technology is involved. He says:

Classroom space should work for us, not against us. As the evolution of classroom space continues, many professors find themselves working in innovative environments like studios, computer labs, and modifiable classrooms. To effectively facilitate learning in such spaces, teachers must harness the power of the space instead of being paralyzed by it.

In order to achieve this, McArthur gives four strategies teachers should use in the classroom: (1) encourage lab time to be experimental, (2) employ energy shifts, (3) invade space and (4) direct confrontation. By using these strategies, McArthur argues that students will be more inclined to pay attention in class and use the technology sources they have at hand to their full potential. 

What type of strategies do you use to tone down the distractions?

For more information, read the source here



Round 1! Chromebook vs. iPad2 [Poll]


Google and Apple are back in the ring again, this time for portable electronic devices. Google’s Chromebook manufactured by Samsung and Acer enters the ring this summer, June 15th and is looking to shake up Apple’s dominant market share in the portable electronic market sector. Both companies are looking to become the ‘go-to’ device for technology in the classroom. Apple has traditionally seen dominance in the educational sector, but Google’s Chromebook with it’s priced-to-move subscription based model and competitive stats is looking to make its mark. We’ve made a handy comparison guide below. Take a look over the side-by-side and vote in our poll bellow letting us know which one you would pick for your classroom. As always, we appreciate your feedback!

Get ready for Round 2 (on Monday), where we will compare their usage in the classroom!



Chromebook Looks to Beat Out iPads in the Classroom

Photo courtesy of Sam Churchill at http://www.flickr.com/photos/samchurchill/5710504603/

Google’s newest investment, the Chromebook, is being geared towards educators in hopes of being the mobile device of choice in the classroom. Chromebook looks to appeal to school economically, with the devices being rented out at $20 per student per month in a three year contract. It is also set to be entirely Web based and will work with Google’s Apps for Education.

The Chromebook doesn’t just mean that a student will have her or his own laptop to use at home and at school. This is a device that is built around the Web, in terms of its operating system and in terms of its purpose. The devices that are available via the Chromebook for Education program will have 3G and wireless capabilities, which is important as many students may not have access to the Internet at home.

So big question is, are you for iPads or for the Chromebook? 

For more information, read the source here


Should We Worry About Ad Exposure in the Classroom?

Photo courtesy of Mary Woodard <http://www.flickr.com/photos/mimiw/1435094110/>

Ed Tech blogger John McLear is worried about ads in the classroom and believes this a matter of e-safety. As more classrooms become mobile tech learning savvy, students are being exposed to ads on the websites they use. McLear adds:

The problem is that kids younger than 8 years of age struggle to see the difference between an Ad and content.

Quoted from Pediatrics:

Research has shown that young children—younger than 8 years—are cognitively and psychologically defenseless against advertising.6–9 They do not understand the notion of intent to sell and frequently accept advertising claims at face value…

Do you think educators and parents should worry about students’ exposure to ads in the classroom?

For more information, read the source here.


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