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With iPads, a New World of Music for Kids With Learning Challenges

With iPads, a New World of Music for Kids With Learning Challenges

| June 14, 2014

On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences.

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Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

| June 9, 2014 | 65 Comments

One school in Pennsylvania is using open-source tools wherever possible to keep students close to the code behind the machines they use. This stance is opposite to the very restrictive policies of many schools, but could allow students more freedom to explore what makes devices work.

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The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

| May 7, 2014 | 27 Comments

The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.

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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

| April 14, 2014 | 19 Comments

Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.

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What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning?

What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning?

| February 13, 2014 | 24 Comments

One principal in an affluent Bay Area School is striving to do more than just “enhance” classroom learning with iPads.

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What Students Think About Using iPads in School

What Students Think About Using iPads in School

| February 13, 2014 | 85 Comments

Students weigh in on how devices change what happens in class, how they think about learning and how they organize their school work.

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Checklist: Are You Ready for iPads In Your School?

Checklist: Are You Ready for iPads In Your School?

| November 15, 2013 | 19 Comments

The rush to purchase iPads often precedes the careful planning and preparation that’s so crucial to their success as educational tools. Technology alone is never the answer. Instead, iPad use needs to be integrated within a holistic approach to 21st-century education that encompasses a thorough and ongoing review of the skills and competencies required in our rapidly changing society and the educational processes that best help students acquire them.

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How Much Freedom to Give Kids With School-Issued iPads?

How Much Freedom to Give Kids With School-Issued iPads?

| November 5, 2013

As more school districts roll out tablet computers to students, they’re debating how much to restrict access to certain websites and games. Some districts shut down wide parts of the Internet, but others are trying to take a more nuanced approach.

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Ideas for Using iPads for Digital Storytelling

Ideas for Using iPads for Digital Storytelling

| October 31, 2013 | 4 Comments

Schools have begun to recognize the importance of multimedia use in education. Fortunately, with its built-in microphone, camera, and a host of multimedia apps, the iPad is an extraordinary tool for creating and integrating multimedia into education.

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Rolling Out an iPad Pilot Program, With Eyes Wide Open

Rolling Out an iPad Pilot Program, With Eyes Wide Open

| October 25, 2013 | 11 Comments

One of California’s poorest school districts, the Coachella Valley Unified southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-K through high school. It’s an ambitious effort that administrators and parents hope will transform how kids learn, boost achievement and narrow the digital divide with wealthier districts.

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