Archive for June, 2011

Who Needs Textbooks When You Can iAuthor Your Own iBooks? June 19, 2011 4:58 pm

Who Needs Textbooks When You Can iAuthor Your Own iBooks?

With more and more app developers designing innovative apps like The Elements: A Visual Exploration and Our Choice, it is clear that traditional textbooks are no longer needed as mobile learning devices become common classroom tools. Students can easily have access to updated information in a variety of different ways, whether it is through text, images, audio, or video. There is an incredible amount of content-specific apps, podcasts (have you seen iTunesU?), and eBooks available. And of course we can’t […]

EdGamer 16: Vader vs. Shakespeare June 18, 2011 6:00 pm

EdGamer 16: Vader vs. Shakespeare

EdGamer will not be heard in its entirety. Half of EdGamer 16 has disapparated (Harry Potter terminology) into the unknown. The show will end a little after the 35 minute mark. Gerry and I had a few issues with Skype and all seemed well with our recording until I went to edit the show. Our last Skype hiccup stopped my recording even though the recording program still showed that all operations were normal. I will call this lesson learned. I will now make sure to start a new recording (from where we left off) when Skype gives us trouble. All that being said, the last two topics, Kinect and Who Would Win, will not be part of the audio. The links to those topics will be in the notes on the EdGamer Wiki.

Google Educast Show #20 – Search Is Back Big Time June 17, 2011 5:23 pm

Google Educast Show #20 – Search Is Back Big Time

    Show Host: Jay Blackman Show contributors: Fred Delventhal and Kim Zimmer Subscribe to The EdReach Podcasts on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach Podcast Feed. The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki. Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on our very own EdReach Comment line: That’s: (443) 93REACH.

Mobile Reach #5 – Xoom in Schools June 17, 2011 1:55 pm

Mobile Reach #5 – Xoom in Schools

  Show Host: Scott Meech Co-Hosts: Judi Epcke on Twitter @JEpcke, Tammy Lind @TamL17, Chad Kafka @chadkafka Special guest: Kimberly Bannigan Subscribe to The EdReach Podcasts on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach Podcast Feed. The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki. Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on our very own EdReach Comment line: That’s: (443) 93REACH.  

EdReach Special: The Flipped Classroom for Newbies June 17, 2011 10:00 am

EdReach Special: The Flipped Classroom for Newbies

What is the Flipped Classroom? What is Khan Academy? Should we use these teaching tools and methods in our classrooms? EdReach is all about reaching out to innovative educators and highlighting the cutting-edge techniques that are being used in our schools throughout America and the world. This week I had the pleasure of speaking to John Burk, out of Atlanta, GA. John blogs at Quantam Progress, and has a lot of insight into the online curriculum known as Khan, and offers […]

MacReach Show #18: Great Apps! June 17, 2011 1:49 am

MacReach Show #18: Great Apps!

It’s an all-app episode this week on the MacReach! Kelly Dumont and I attempt to answer some great questions from new iPad 2 owner and EdGamer, Zack Gilbert. We cover some great apps, well worth taking some time to play with over the summer! Here’s what we covered this week: Question 1: “Do you think iOS 5 will help with Google Docs?” Question 2: “Isn’t there an educational discount for the iWork suite apps?” Question 3: “What are the best […]

NeoCon 2011: Underwhelming, Overwhelming and Inspiring June 14, 2011 8:00 pm

NeoCon 2011: Underwhelming, Overwhelming and Inspiring

As a follow up to my last post about a professional development studio concept, I decided to come to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for NeoCon 2011 to see what the interior design world is selling. What I have seen is underwhelming, overwhelming and inspiring. The underwhelming – how many ergonomic office chairs can one attempt to make? On the seventh floor of the Merchandise Mart, it seemed I could not get far enough away from a cheap Chinese, Taiwanese […]

For Summer PD, Facebook is the new Twitter June 14, 2011 8:00 am

For Summer PD, Facebook is the new Twitter

I always try to think of ways that will get teachers excited about sharing their learning experiences. At conferences, taking teachers to the session about the Personal Learning Network is usually fun. They learn about all the social networking tools that will help them. They end up signing up for Twitter- then – never use it again. I think Twitter is really one of the best resources for getting ahead in Ed, however, it’s not for everybody. Even one of […]

EdCeptional Show #13: Summer Thoughts in the Cloud June 13, 2011 9:28 pm

EdCeptional Show #13: Summer Thoughts in the Cloud

Although we had a smaller than usual EdCeptional crew and are all overwhelmed with end-of-year craziness, we decided to keep on rolling!  To start off this week’s show, we each shared our favorite childhood summer activities. Jeremy Brown: I use to go to northern Michigan every summer, where my dad’s family all had cottages.  My favorite activities there were riding my bike, swimming, and yes, pretending to be a lifeguard! Deb Truskey: As a kid, summer seemed endless! We lived […]

Is EdTech the Answer? Rupert Murdoch thinks so! June 13, 2011 8:00 am

Is EdTech the Answer? Rupert Murdoch thinks so!

Last week the Wall Street Journal posted an interesting article in which Mr. Rupert Murdoch (who owns News Corp.) criticizes K-12 education as being “stuck in the Victorian age.” He then went on to encourage business leaders to invest in educational technology which he believes represents a “$500 billion industry”. Murdoch also argued that schools “need to incorporate more personalized learning” and that technology would provide a scaleable platform to achieve such goals. He went on to emphasize the goal […]

10 Reasons Education Should Be EDcited About iOS 5! June 12, 2011 8:41 pm

10 Reasons Education Should Be EDcited About iOS 5!

Mobile learning is a popular topic in education right now, and Apple just took it to a new level with iOS 5, their newest operating system for the iPod touch, the iPhone, and the iPad. A new operating system means new features for iDevice users. Apple’s announcement of their upgraded operating system for iOS devices has started a new discussion with educators using them: how will these new features impact education? We are just beginning to learn about the new […]

EdGamer Episode 15: Will U Wii U? June 11, 2011 6:00 pm

EdGamer Episode 15: Will U Wii U?

What does “Will U Wii U” mean? Check out EdGamer Episode 14 for some serious game talk and some seriously goofy phrases. This week we look at Wii U and dual screen gaming on the iPad as new gaming platforms that blur the lines between home and mobile entertainment. Then we spend some time discussing the iOS Game Center and finish up with a killer review of the E3 conference held in Vegas this week. Will U Wii U? U will have to tune in to find out!

Google Educast #19 – Apple vs. Google: Which Cloud Is For You? June 10, 2011 12:00 pm

Google Educast #19 – Apple vs. Google: Which Cloud Is For You?

                                    Show Host: Jay Blackman Show contributors: Chris Atkinson and Daniel Rezac Subscribe to The EdReach Podcasts on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach Podcast Feed. The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki. Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on our very own EdReach Comment line: That’s: (443) 93REACH.  

MacReach Show #17: Yup, the iCloud is iAwesome. June 9, 2011 9:44 pm

MacReach Show #17: Yup, the iCloud is iAwesome.

Apple did not disappoint at this year’s World Wide Developer Conference. EdGamer, Zack Gilbert, joins Kelly Dumont and myself for a special WWDC edition of the MacReach Show as we take a look at the impact of Lion, iOS 5, and the iCloud in education. We all appsolutely agree with Scott Weidig when he says that the upgrades are magical. What a great way to kick off the summer!

iCloud for Education June 9, 2011 7:47 pm

iCloud for Education

iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices — automatically. It’s the easiest way to manage your content. Because now you don’t have to. With it being the last week of school for many, not everyone may be aware of the possibly landscape changing announcement Apple made on Monday at it’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Widely anticipated was information on the next version of OS X: Lion. Additionally, expected […]

Students Need Clear Learning Targets [Resources Included] June 9, 2011 12:00 pm

Students Need Clear Learning Targets [Resources Included]

The hot and humid breeze of summer is upon us all.  For teachers and administrators it is a time to reflect and think about what changes we will make next year.  Throughout the year you probably have read some blog posts and articles that may have resonated with you, and now summer presents an opportunity to reflect on ways to implement those ideas for next year. I read an article in Ed. Leadership a few months ago that has continued […]

EdReach Show #24: It Khan’t Be! An Alternative to Khan Academy? June 9, 2011 8:00 am

EdReach Show #24: It Khan’t Be! An Alternative to Khan Academy?

This week’s show brings us more signs that Wikipedia is getting stronger and more relevant to today’s educators and higher educators. Also, we touch briefly on Apple’s iCloud, and the implications it has on schools using Apple products, as well as how it compares to Google Docs. Then we get introduced into an alternative to Khan Academy called Project Euler. What is Project Euler? We try and decipher that, along with a very tough math problem. Finally, we get into […]

Why Education Gives Me a Rush June 8, 2011 12:00 pm

Why Education Gives Me a Rush

In the winter of my sophomore year in high school a friend of mine, Brian, was driving me to a performance.  We were part of a dance ensemble in high school.  It was something like Glee, but not as fancy.  Brian was driving his Porsche 914, it was the Porsche that had the engine in the back and it was very light.  I think he took me along because I added weight to the car, which helped with the traction. […]