Archive for April, 2012

Good Read: 6 Ideas for Deploying iPads in Class

Good Read: 6 Ideas for Deploying iPads in Class

| April 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Learning from her successes and shortcomings, e-Learning Laura offers some important key ideas to keep in mind when using iPads in class. Source: Elearninglaura Here are six pieces of advice I would pass on to anyone leading the Teaching and Learning side of an iPad deployment. I’ve learned as much from our successes as our […]

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Budding Writers Benefit from Sharing Their Work Online

Budding Writers Benefit from Sharing Their Work Online

| April 23, 2012 | 11 Comments

“We just want these young writers to see how empowering it is to be able to share your ideas.”

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Can Anyone Design a Mobile Game?

Can Anyone Design a Mobile Game?

| April 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

ARIS If you’re interested in creating your own mobile games, but are intimidated about taking the first step, teacher Jim Mathews offers a few ways in. Start small. Create something simple before embarking on a more complex effort to design a game or interactive story with lots of moving parts. Experimenting with many simple (and […]

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Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You?

Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You?

| April 20, 2012 | 4 Comments

A new augmented reality platform is connecting students to their community and putting them in the driver’s seat of their learning experience.

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Good Read: Lessons From the Incredible Story of Caine’s Arcade

Good Read: Lessons From the Incredible Story of Caine’s Arcade

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

From the story: “A sudden explosion of community has likely turned Caine into both a mentor and mentee. And the kids who are building and sharing their own cardboard creations can instantly see themselves as part of a real movement.” Source: Macfound 4.14.12 | Nine-year-old Caine Monroy spent last summer creating an elaborate cardboard arcade […]

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Where’s the Joy in Learning?

Where’s the Joy in Learning?

| April 19, 2012 | 10 Comments

Flickr:WoodleyWonderworks A school is not a desert of emotions,” begins an article by Finnish educators Taina Rantala and Kaarina Määttä, published last month in the journal Early Child Development and Care. But you’d never know that by looking at the scientific literature. “In the field of educational psychology, research on feelings is lacking,” the authors […]

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Good Read: The Homework Trap and What To Do About It

Good Read: The Homework Trap and What To Do About It

| April 18, 2012 | 3 Comments

Excellent strategies for parents about how to help kids negotiate homework time: Create a fixed time period, reduce penalties for being late or incomplete, respect teachers’ authority.   “It is critical for teachers to understand that homework assignments are using borrowed ground. Homework requires the tacit permission of the parents to allow it in their […]

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Facebook Groups for Schools Raises Concerns

Facebook Groups for Schools Raises Concerns

| April 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Filckr:Birgerking By Katrina Schwartz The explosive growth of online social media sites specifically targeted at schools has compelled Facebook to edge its way back into the fertile ground of college campuses. Last week, the company announced a new feature available only to students and faculty with an active .edu email address, Groups for Schools. It’s […]

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Pictures, Polls and Videos: How to Use Mobile Phones for Learning

Pictures, Polls and Videos: How to Use Mobile Phones for Learning

| April 17, 2012 | 6 Comments

Kids are using Instagram and Twitter in their daily lives outside of school, so why not let them use it for class studies too? This is just one example of many featured in this second episode of Infinite Thinking Machine, a Web TV show for teachers produced by Computer Using Educators (CUE), which shows how […]

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When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

| April 17, 2012 | 18 Comments

By Frank Catalano Schools have been adopting iPads with lightning speed  — more than 1.5 million have already been distributed to students, a mere two years after the original iPad launch. But beyond Apple’s influence in education, the high-profile tablet appears to be the poster child for a different trend. Call it the consumerization of […]

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