Archive for Category: "Mobile ED"

An Introduction to Google+ July 5, 2011 3:14 pm

An Introduction to Google+

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, […]

Google+ In Education July 4, 2011 8:00 am

Google+ In Education

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 […]

Mobile Reach #6 – iPod Classroom Management Tips June 22, 2011 3:27 pm

Mobile Reach #6 – iPod Classroom Management Tips

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

App Review: iChromy June 6, 2011 9:53 pm

App Review: iChromy

Chrome has been my primary browser for nearly three years. I love the omni box, lightening load times, and the tabbed browsing. On my iOS devices, however, I have been forced to use Safari– until now. On May 26 the social bookmarking website Diigo announced that they were launching a Chrome-inspired browser for the iPad. iChromy looks and feels a lot like the Chrome browser including tabbed browsing and an omni box. The announcement by Diigo highlighted some of the key features […]

MacReach Show #16: Summer Kicks Off With the iCloud! June 3, 2011 12:39 am

MacReach Show #16: Summer Kicks Off With the iCloud!

Kelly Dumont and I welcome Andy Crozier to talk about the iCloud, iWork, and lots of apps! MacNews: Apple Addresses “Mac Defender” threat with security update… Steve Jobs is presenting the iCloud, iOS 5, and Lion at the WWDC! EdMac: iWork makes it way to the iPod touch and iPhone… Summer math apps! Summer e-Pub reading: Connections Summer Development: Creating ePub eBooks for Students post My Underwear app, all kinds of fun! App Challenge: We take a look at how […]

EdReach Show #23: Arrive early and (B)ring (Y)our (O)wn (D)evice. June 2, 2011 8:00 am

EdReach Show #23: Arrive early and (B)ring (Y)our (O)wn (D)evice.

This week we summarize and add our two cents to the Bring Your Own Device conversation started by Judi Epcke and Scott Meech, and highlight some of the interesting comments that came up during those posts. To add on to that, we bring in our new segment, Keynote Review, and discuss how Chris Lehmann’s thoughts from last year’s TEDxNY keynote on a student centered learning environment comment on the BYOD discussion. We ask some really thoughtful questions like: is forcing […]

Summer Development: Creating ePub eBooks for Students June 1, 2011 2:19 pm

Summer Development: Creating ePub eBooks for Students

Summer in the United States is almost here! Teachers and student will be basking in the glow of the sun, spending time on the beach, relaxing and resting up, AND getting a head start on preparing for the next school year. (Not to mention summer school). Even outside of summer school, summer vacation provides tremendous opportunities for learning and creating. With the tremendous explosion of eReaders (both inside and outside of schools) there is not a better time to buildout […]

iBroke My iPhone and Lived to Talk About It May 29, 2011 9:45 pm

iBroke My iPhone and Lived to Talk About It

Preface to post: I am passionate about using iDevices to improve the learning experience, and I personally consider my iPhone to be my lifeline. To people who know me well, this is common knowledge. Denial. As my iPhone 4 slowly slid off a stack of papers just out of my reach, I had the perfect view as I watched it drop and land face down. I heard gasps escape from every person in the crowded room. My first thought: it’s […]

MacReach Show #15: APPsolutely Comical! May 26, 2011 6:49 pm

MacReach Show #15: APPsolutely Comical!

Kelly Dumont and I cover the good and the bad this week in the world of Apple… and have a few laughs along the way! MacNews: Mac malware?!?! Yes, unfortunately it is true. Apple responds by posting instructions on how to remove the Mac Defender malware… not a good sign of things to come. 500,000 apps in the App Store! We discuss a very cool infographic celebrating the half of million apps currently available in the App Store. EdMac: It is […]

Education Can Rock Too May 22, 2011 9:47 pm

Education Can Rock Too

After having lunch at a Hard Rock Cafe recently, I am more hopeful than ever about how technology can be used in education in the very near future. I am an avid supporter of allowing students to use touch screen devices to enhance the learning process, so I was absolutely delighted when my party was seated directly next to something that resembled an 18 by 4 foot iPad hanging on the wall. While waiting for our lunch, we were invited […]

MacReach Show #14: Can an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away? May 19, 2011 8:29 pm

MacReach Show #14: Can an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

James O’Hagan joins Kelly Dumont and I for an episode focused on health… Can mobile devices help us? Can they harm us? Mac News: More world records for Apple! Surprised? We’re not. Fear of a Wireless Planet… is it all about the headline? With the rise of iPods, iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices, should we be concerned about using all this Wi-Fi around children? Graham Brown-Martin provides some insightful resources surrounding this topic. James shares a suprisingly interesting graphic about […]

MacReach Show #13: Apple is Taking Over! May 12, 2011 9:10 pm

MacReach Show #13: Apple is Taking Over!

WOW… Apple apparently knows what they are doing! Scott Meech and Kelly Dumont join me for a conversation about how Apple is taking over in the world of tech… Mac News: Even the Queen has an iPad! Apple bumps Google as the most valuable brand… Is the iPad2 launching the two-screen revolution? EdMac: Should schools be teaching students how to make apps and publish their own content? Appcelerator website iOS Dev Center Man in Space app Helicopter Taxi app Toca […]

MacReach Show #12: Summer’s Coming & the iCloud is Right Around the Corner May 5, 2011 9:24 pm

MacReach Show #12: Summer’s Coming & the iCloud is Right Around the Corner

Judi Epcke and Kelly Dumont join in this week to share their thoughts on Apple’s possible iCloud, summer tech plans, and some great ideas about using iPads with students. Mac News: Apple’s new iCloud: Is the current MobileMe service due for an overhaul? iWork.com …is there a better way for students and teachers to collaborate? EdMac: A about storing and/or utilizing school technology during the summer… App Challenge: This week Judi recommends an awesome App of the Week. It was super easy […]

Teacher StratEdgy: More on QR codes May 5, 2011 2:00 pm

Teacher StratEdgy: More on QR codes

We have talked quite a bit about QR codes on the EdCeptional Podcast and the crew and I thought it would be good to elaborate more on them.  Quick Response (QR codes) were developed originally for the car industry as a high speed way to track inventory.  They’ve taken off recently for many reasons (easier to read by camera phones & their free!).  Think of them as a way to connect the physical world with the digital. There are 4 […]