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#Ladygeeks #24: Next Gen Tools, NY Google Summit, and iPhone 5s October 3, 2013 8:57 am

#Ladygeeks #24: Next Gen Tools, NY Google Summit, and iPhone 5s

This week we will be talking about the Next Generation skills (as they are now calling it) and showing our favorite tools and projects to that support creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, global connections, information literacy and communication. We will also be previewing the NY Google Summit and looking at the 5s with Mike Amante! Check our website for links to everything in the shownotes.

Top 10 Video Apps for your iPhone or other mobile device April 10, 2012 1:43 pm

Top 10 Video Apps for your iPhone or other mobile device

I had a life changing experience this past January. No, not one that will live in infamy. And no, not one that is really a big deal anymore for many people. But for me, it’s been a game changer. I bought my first iPhone. Now while I love all the ways I can use it to call, text, email, tweet, research, play “Words with Friends”, etc. some of the most fun I’ve had with it is as a video creation […]

Apple On the Horizon February 23, 2012 1:56 pm

Apple On the Horizon

In the Apple world there have been and will be some fairly major announcements. Some like Mountain Lion were announced last week. Others like the iPad 3, will be forthcoming in the next few weeks or months. Some I am hoping for may not be coming at all. The next few months will tell. So, what do we know? Last week Apple announced the next iteration of OS X which will be called Mountain Lion. The most common question I […]

One more thing… One more really big thing! January 29, 2012 8:14 pm

One more thing… One more really big thing!

I offered my opinions on last week’s Apple Education announcement on the MacReach Podcast. Although I felt the things announced were okay, I saw a lot of holes that needed to be filled. The big thing that I missed was something that was not explicitly stated during the announcement. It was hinted at, but not a lot of detail was given. That thing was the change in how content can be provided to and through iTunesU. The change in this process […]

We’re All Products of Our Own Personal Learning Experience January 26, 2012 6:04 pm

We’re All Products of Our Own Personal Learning Experience

We are products of our own personal learning experience. We are products of our environment. What happened to us in our past, what we were exposed to, how we felt about school growing up, all play an important role to how our current beliefs of education are perceived. I do believe perception is reality. Whether as a parent, pundit, educator, or by-standing observer, we all seem to have a strong opinion about how schools today in America should operate. Our […]

Postulating on Apple’s Education Announcement January 18, 2012 12:00 pm

Postulating on Apple’s Education Announcement

Most of the education world understands the impact Apple’s hardware and software has had on learning. If speculation is correct, tomorrow’s Apple Education Announcement could redefine the future of student learning in a similar  fashion to Josiah Bumstead’s 1841 observation regarding the blackboard: The inventor or introducer of the blackboard deserves to be ranked among the best contributors to learning and science, if not among the greatest benefactors of mankind.(1) Speculation surrounding this event (as with any of Apple’s announcements) […]

iAm Video Project January 10, 2012 8:21 pm

iAm Video Project

Who are you? What do you care about? Who do you care about? What/who do love/like? What do you aspire to be? What does your digital footprint look like? Each semester I ask my broadcast technology students to create a final video project that is unlike anything they have produced so far. Yet, I ask them to implement all the skills, techniques and processes that they have already learned to successfully complete the assignment. I always wait to tell the […]

Top Apps for Professional Development December 26, 2011 8:00 am

Top Apps for Professional Development

I was recently asked to lead a professional development session for a school that is starting to roll out iOS devices for teachers and students. Over the course of the year, staff at this school will be receiving a significant amount of professional development to help them better utilize the technology that is available to them. The focus of my session was iOS Apps for professional development. I scrolled through my iPad and made a list of the Apps that I use […]

iPad EdResources December 20, 2011 11:17 pm

iPad EdResources

As 2011 winds down, I have spent a good deal of time thinking about all of the online resources and tools that have helped make this past year a successful ‘Year of the iPad’ in my school district. And with an upcoming winter vacation ahead for many educators next week, I thought it might be nice to share out some of my favorite resources for using iPads, iPods, and iPhones in the classroom. Although there are many, many fantastic resources […]

There’s an App… and an Accessory for That! December 6, 2011 7:38 pm

There’s an App… and an Accessory for That!

What happens when you combine an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with apps and accessories? You get APPcessories! Everyday, it seems like more and more companies are coming up with innovative accessories to make iOS devices more fun and educational at the same time. With so many available, it is difficult to know what is good or not so good. Luckily, Jonathan Nalder has started to review some of these iOS apps and accessories from an educator’s standpoint. His website is […]

Top 10 Educational Videos of 2011 November 28, 2011 1:00 am

Top 10 Educational Videos of 2011

Another year is coming to a close. And with the New Year approaching, it’s a great time to reflect on topics and issues that impacted our learning in 2011. I traveled all over the country again in 2011 speaking to K-12 educators on the power that video can have on student learning. I have personally witnessed the amazing influence video has had on my own students’ learning during my past nine years in education. 2011 was no exception in the […]

Giving Thanks for Apps that Assist November 23, 2011 12:46 am

Giving Thanks for Apps that Assist

A colleague of mine recently asked me to share my top ten favorite apps for “Special Education in the Inclusive Classroom”, which is actually something that I am asked to do quite often. Unfortunately, that list does not exist. In the realm of using technology as assistive technology for individuals with special needs, it is extremely important that it be about the individual. What are the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and specific needs? What environment is he/she working in? What task […]

5 Opportunities to Get iPods & iPads Into Your Classroom November 15, 2011 10:09 pm

5 Opportunities to Get iPods & iPads Into Your Classroom

Educators often question how they can acquire iPods and iPads to use in their own classrooms, especially when so many districts are experiencing serious budget crunches. Many feel that that it just isn’t possible because their districts don’t have the money or don’t believe mobile technology is worth investing in. I know how you feel; I have been there. And here’s my advice: stop waiting for the district, and start taking your own steps to make the change in your […]

Why Social Media Is Not Embraced November 14, 2011 1:26 pm

Why Social Media Is Not Embraced

I recently read a blog entry on the frustration that more teachers don’t use social media in their classrooms. The writer, a recent college graduate, wondered why? Why is this technology not embraced? It is after all our students’ language. Why do so many schools say “power down” or “lids down?” Or some will say, “using social media has no place in schools. That’s playtime.” I believe educating our educators is the only way to change the culture of teaching. Many […]

The iPad 2 and Apple TV … Ed Tech Industry Killer? October 21, 2011 10:00 am

The iPad 2 and Apple TV … Ed Tech Industry Killer?

What would you rather get for your classroom, an iPad 2 and Apple TV or an Interactive Whiteboard? Are your teachers asking for Interactive Whiteboards? Hold on to that discussion and don’t answer until you know all of the possibilities! I think we now have the ability to put together a very highly effective digital classroom with the combination of iPad 2’s, a digital projector, and an Apple TV. All of this can be done at a fraction of the […]

EdReach Show #36: Education Gets Siri-ous October 13, 2011 8:00 am

EdReach Show #36: Education Gets Siri-ous

This week on EdReach: We begin to uncover the true educational potential with Siri in IOS5, as well as reflect on Steve Jobs death, now that we are much more removed from the date of his passing. Also, we debate how he will and should be remembered. Finally, Vlingo,, and some fantastic picture book apps as well in our One Thing to Share this Week. Show Host: Daniel Rezac Show contributors: James O’Hagan, Scott Weidig, and Greg Garner The complete show notes […]

MacReach Show #25: Thank You Steve for Thinking Different October 5, 2011 10:48 pm

MacReach Show #25: Thank You Steve for Thinking Different

Thank you Steve for Thinking Different. Tonight’s show was focused on remembering a true visionary: Steve Jobs. This special edition of the MacReach Show looks to honor a creative genius who changed the world as we know it. A very special thanks to Kelly Dumont,  Scott Meech, Kim Zimmer, Dan Rezac, Andy Losik, Mark Hammons, Greg Garner, and Scott Weidig for joining in to share how Steve impacted their lives. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. […]

MacReach Show #24: Don’t Forget About the Mac App Store! October 3, 2011 8:37 am

MacReach Show #24: Don’t Forget About the Mac App Store!

Don’t Forget About the Mac App Store! In this episode, we discuss this Tuesday’s big Apple Event, the Mac App Store, and how you can use the App of the Week, Creative Book Builder, on your iPad to make your own iBooks! Show Host: Meg Wilson (@iPodsibiities) Co-Hosts: Kelly Dumont (@KDumont) and Mark Hammons (@MHammons) Subscribe to the MacReach Podcast on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach Podcast Feed View the complete show notes here on the EdReach MacReach Wiki