Archive for Category: "Mobile ED"
Hey EdReachers! You may have noticed one of our Founders, Scott Meech on HuffPost Live today! Scott was part of the segment Technology in Schools, and did a great job of making the case for BYOD and the legacy of devices in schools.
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 [...]
We are excited to be back for our first podcast of 2012 and talking about QR Codes. There are so many exciting, fun and free ways to create and use QR codes in the classroom, and we spend a few minutes discussing and trying them out. Make sure you check out the show notes for links to all the ideas and tools. Show Host: Anne Truger (@atruger) Show contributors: Patrick Black (@teachntech00) Tricia Lazzaro (@tlazzaro11) Deb Truskey [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 APPcessories.info is [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
From Teaching All Students The EdCeptional Crew is taking a few days this week to visit the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference in Schaumburg. This conference focuses on helping all individuals be more independent in their education and life in general. What has struck me about being at this conference is the focus on independence. I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on helping students be more Independent, in a session called Independence for All. This session focused [...]
Tonight we focus on iOS 5 and many of the accessibility features that have been added. Some of our favorites are text expander, Siri & volume as a photo shutter. Show Host: Anne Truger (@atruger) Show Guest: Tricia Lazzaro (@tlazzaro11) Show contributors: Patrick Black (@teachntech00) Deb Truskey (@debtruskey) Subscribe to The EdCeptional Podcast on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach Podcast Feed The complete show notes are now on the EdCeptional Wiki.
This week on The EduNationCast: We lament in the aftermath of Steve Jobs’ death and what that could mean to school districts who have lots of Apple buy-in. Diane shares a great tutorial tool called Tildee.com, James shows how YouTube is launching kids into space with youtube.com/spacelab, and our Final Question tonight: Should schools be like Google offices? This Week’s Contributors: Adam Bellow, Jim Sill, Diane Main, James Sanders, and Dan Rezac. The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki. [...]
Here at EdReach, we are big fans of the educational tool Qwiki. (Did you notice the Qwiki of the Day on the sidebar?) For those of you who have not yet have the pleasure of experiencing Qwiki, it is a fantastic tool that allows you to learn about literally millions of different topics in a matter of moments. According to Wikipedia, “Qwiki is a platform that creates interactive, on-the-fly, multimedia presentations of information.” Basically, Qwiki lets you quickly learn about [...]
I’m excited to announce that next year my school, Southfield Christian, is launching a 1:1 iPad initiative in our high school. All students in grades 9-12 will receive an iPad to take home and keep for the entire school year. We have been planning and preparing for this even for over a year. Our decision to go with the iPad had to do with the cost:feature ratio, ease of use, maintenance track record, and power consumption. We were very excited that [...]
Just about one week. That’s how long Google+ has been open to “invite only” status, though that admittedly is still a bit on and off. Fortunately, some of us on the EdReach network were able to get in and are continuing to play around with all that this new social network has to offer. John Sowash started us off with our first in a series of posts on Monday about how Google+ could be used in Education. For this second post, [...]
Last week Google re-entered the social media field with the launch of Google+. Initial reactions have been positive, a good sign for Google which has struggled to find it’s place in social media. What does Google+ mean for educators? For students? For schools? This is one of the topics that the EdReach team will be exploring this week. This week we will be featuring a series of posts related to Google+, from a basic overview for those who haven’t had [...]
In this episode, Chad & Tammy interview Junior High School Social Studies teacher David Freeburg regarding how he uses iPod Touch devices in his classroom with students. We cover a handful of things to think about, tricks and tips. We also share some brief Android tablet news and review some apps that we’ve been playing with. Show Host: Chad Kafka (@chadkafka) Co-Host: Tammy Lind(@TamL17) Special guest: David Freeburg (@whizbang) Subscribe to The EdReach Podcasts on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach [...]
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 [...]