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

VIDEO: Creating a Digital Culture

In this Education Week video, Principal Todd Wirt from Mooresville High School in North Carolina discusses how his school balances new technology and his students interaction with them. Do you agree with what he has to say?


Beginners Guide: iPads in Education

Another great post has surfaced at InterAction Education in their column on iPads in the Classroom. Check it out below:

Slide to Learn - Educators Guide to the iPad, iPod and iPhone

For more info, read the source here.


iPads in Education: Effective?

The iPad as an educational tool has become a very hot topic, yet little has been written on its effectiveness. K. Walsh at EmergingEdTech has done some research and compared the results of several different schools. Here are some of his results: 


  • “Fifth-grade teacher Shawn Alholm said the students have been learning so much by having the iPads, including how the technology works and learning more information about various topics. Alholm said if a student doesn’t know a word or how to pronounce it they can easily look it up. If they want to learn more about a historical person, it’s all at their fingertips. Alholm said there also are educational websites on the iPads that also help students with their mathematics.”
  • “Fifth-graders Ethan Wickstrom and Logan Linhardt both said that using the iPads has been fun and they’ve learned a lot more than they would have without them. The students also said that it wasn’t hard for them to figure out how to use them. With a chuckle, Ethan said that carrying the iPad around is much easier than carrying a lot of textbooks around. It helps you focus more on your homework, said Logan. You don’t rush through it as fast.”


When I added “higher education” to my search criteria, one of the first articles I came across was, “iPads Could Hinder Teaching, Professors Say”, from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The March 2011 article states, “Despite the iPad’s popularity—Apple has sold nearly 15 million of them and just came out with the iPad2 … early studies indicate that these finger-based tablets are passive devices that have limited use in higher education. They are great for viewing media and allow students to share readings. But professors cannot use them to mark up material on the fly and show changes to students in response to their questions, a type of interactivity that has been a major thrust in pedagogy.” (I’m not so sure that there aren’t apps that can provide some of that functionality – KW).

 For more info, read the source here.


Blackboard Adds Apple iOS Notification Support

Blackboard’s addition of iOS notification support could really open up new opportunities for mobile learning integration with apple products in higher education. 

via t.h.e. journal:

Blackboard’s Connect division has announced the latest edition of its notification service, which includes features to speed up creation and delivery of messages and the ability to send alerts via Apple mobile devices. Blackboard Connect 5.0 is expected to be fully rolled out over the next 60 days. The new version of the service integrates functionality from AlertNow, an acquisition of a K-12 alert service that Blackboard made in 2010.

For more information, read the source here.


10 iPad Apps for the 4th of July

Our usual posts focus on mobile devices in the classroom, but we thought it would be fun to do an iPad app round-up for Independence Day festivities. Here is our list, complete with descriptions from the App Store.

Food: A staple for most holidays in the US is food. These apps really focus on what’s great about the 4th of July, grilling and red-white-and-blue foods.

Weber’s On the Grill ($4.99)

Built from the ground up with iPad users in mind, Weber’s On the Grill™ for iPad features 250 classic Weber recipes plus 40 recipes for rubs, marinades, and sauces that are sure to get you fired up. You can tag your favorite recipes, create and share a master grocery list, and even email your favorite recipes to friends. What’s more, you can also launch helpful how-to videos, our handy grill timer, and your make your own personal notes from within each individual recipe. It’s the app no griller should be without.

4th of July Recipes ($.99)

Impress your family and friends with your new-found Over 200 Lip-Smacking 4th of July Independence Day Recipes!

With 4th of July Recipes book, you will find all the tips and techniques necessary to make your Independence Day Recipes like those of a seasoned professional.

Fun in the Sun: It’s likely you’re planning an outdoor adventure for the holiday. The next two apps help you stay comfortable, and plan ahead.

Coppertone MyUVAlert (Free)

When parents have to worry about sun protection, it’s no day at the beach. COPPERTONE® MyUVAlert™ to the rescue! This handy iPhone application helps you with sun protection information for your whole family, offering local UV index forecasts, custom sunscreen reapplication reminders that you set, individualized product recommendations, coupons, sun protection tips and more.

Weather HD ($.99)

Re-invention of how the weather looks on mobile devices. Weather HD is the #1 weather application in the US and 51 other countries. Recommended by The New York Times, The Guardian, Macworld, Gizmodo and more • • • Watch the trailer here.

Fireworks: The first image that pops into most minds when they hear Fourth of July is fireworks. This next app let’s you enjoy a brilliant display from the safety of the iPad screen.

iFirework ($.99)

Just tap the screen and watch the firework show. You can tap with more then one finger to set off multiple fireworks at once.
Looks amazing on the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.
Show it off to all your friends on New Years, 4th of July or any other occasion.

Traffic: Many people like to get away for this 3-day weekend. If you have to travel via interstate, this app may become a vacation saver for you.

Beat the Traffic HD (Free)

Beat the Traffic® is the easiest way to enjoy a hassle-free commute in the USA and Canada.
Quickly check the latest road traffic conditions in your area and discover the best route to take to avoid traffic jams, all for free!
You are more than 1 million users to have downloaded Beat the Traffic on you phone!
Become a fan on our Facebook page to win redeem codes for Beat the Traffic plus

History: It’s so easy to forget the historical context of this holiday and our nation. These next two apps put the historical context back into the holiday.

Declaration of Independence ($1.99)

The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, announcing that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

Our America (Free)

Take an iPhone trip around the country using the Our America App. Share amazing photos from across the United States and use them to make your own digital postcards. Take photos of America’s unique and captivating landmarks or browse original photos taken by others in different states. It’s entirely up to you. Celebrate the beauty of Our America this 4th of July and show what’s most important to you in being proud to be an American!

Photos: However you choose to celebrate, you’re likely going to want to snap some photos. This next app is a lauded alternative to the built in camera and photos app for the iPad.

Camera+ ($1.99)

It’s all about one thing… GREAT PHOTOS!

Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos.

Everybody has a creative side… Camera+ will help bring that creativity out in you, all with a fun, innovative, and beautiful design.

Music: What’s a celebration without music? Customizable and adaptive radio player Pandora puts your favorite patriotic tunes at your fingertips. Here is a station to get you started.

Pandora (Free)

Pandora Radio is your own free personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone or iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.



Tips for ISTE 2011 Attendees

Twelve-time ISTE attendee Vinnie Vrotny has some pretty sensible tips for anyone attending this year’s conference.

In less than a week, I will be heading out the door to attend my 12th NECC/ISTE conference, attending my first in 1993 (pre-Internet days). I am really looking forward to the conference although my experience has changed. This year, I will be involved with the ISTE Independent School Special Interest Group (SIG-IS) leadership which I volunteered for this winter and conducting two 3 hour workshops, one Monday and one on Tuesday.

 My goal for ISTE is to maintain a balance between my own learning, connecting with others while living a rounded lifestyle. In order to achieve those goals, I am sharing the 8 tips which I try to follow:

1. Meet new people – It is easy to stay with friends and colleagues who are familiar and comfortable. It is easy to live in the Blogger’s Cafe or other ISTE Playground. However, in order not to stagnate, it is important to meet and have a meaningful conversation (15-20 minutes) with people who you have never met or are on the extreme periphery of your Learning Community.

2. Seek out New Voices- It is also easy to go through the conference program and select either the spotlight sessions or sessions given by other members of your Learning Community. However, also find two to three people who you don’t know, either in the poster or paper sessions. Sit, listen, or converse with them. It is amazing how much this can benefit your learning. Seek a diverse set of voices.

3. Celebrate Connections and Friendships - Yes, it is important to reconnect with those who most of our communication is done virtually, through Twitter, Skype, or other networks. It is important to celebrate those friendships face to face while you have the chance. Take time and acknowledge them.

4. Exercise and Sleep - It is important to keep moving. As John Medina, the opening keynote will support, we are creatures who need to move. Sitting in seven sessions, for over 6 hours, is not what most of us do. We wander and move. So find the time to exercise. Walk to the conference center, rather than take the bus. find a way to walk. In both Washington D.C and Denver, I found a bikes that I could rent for less than $10 per hour. Take a ride, go for a run. Likewise, it is important to get sleep, at least 6 hours. Your body cannot stand the increased stimuli from the ideas, sounds, lights that you will be experiencing.

5. Eat balanced and healthy - Your mother told you to have a variety of colors on your plate, not just fried foods. It is important to eat your fruits and vegetables to maintain yourself at the conference. That is not to say that I am going to skip a Cheesesteak in Philly next week. But find a way to balanced set of meals, which includes breakfast. Even if this is not a normal part of your routine. In D.C., I found a great Asian place  just outside the conference center, with a great noodle and tofu dish and in Denver, I found a great salad place (I usually disdain salads) that provided the balance to the heavier foods eaten later.

6. Don’t be afraid to share – even when you may have a contrary idea. Don’t let network celebrity get in your way and keep you quiet. You have great insights to share and ideas to test and build. That is why you are going to ISTE in the first place, right? This one is I really have to work on. I tend to be be quieter and shy in larger conferences. Don’t be shy and afraid to ask.

7.  Look to the periphery - on the vendor floor or in one of the cafes or playgrounds, look to the periphery. This is where I find the best new ideas, products, and people.

8. Stay true to yourself

I look forward to the ISTE experience. Maybe, we can connect.

For more information, read the source here


Teacher Creates iOS App That Randomly Calls On Students, and Asks Questions Based on Their Current Learning Level



Source: pe.com

A Corona teacher has developed a handheld-computer application to call on students randomly and ask them questions that are easy or hard enough for their current learning level.

It technically works on the iPad, but was designed for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Not too shabby for $2.99. Here’s the iTunes store link.


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