Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Special Education Section of the App Store - iPad Edition

Yesterday I pointed you to a Special Education section in the App Store. Here’s a second link that features apps specifically for the iPad.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Apple Adds Special Education Section to the App Store

Apple has added a Special Education section to the app store. The new section includes ten categories: Sign Language, Communication, Accessible Readers, Diagnostics & Reference, Emotional Development, Seeing & Hearing, Language Development, Literacy & Learning, Organization, and Life Skills.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Keynote for the iPad - How to Add Presenter’s Notes to Your Slides

Apple’s Keynote presentation program for the iPad was recently updated. The update includes a number of improvements but two features are still missing - a good size slide preview and the ability to include presenter’s notes. Edwin Lam, developer of the app 2Screens - Presentation Expert, shows how you can add these features. The process requires a few steps and uses the 2Screens app rather than the Keynote app for presenting. You lose any transition effects (slides simply appear) but you gain the ability to annotate the slides while presenting. Tip - lock your screen rotation when using to help avoid crashes.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Burley Elementary School Tech Coordinator and Teachers Blogging About iPad Initiative

Fellow Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Carolyn Skibba is the Technology Coordinator for the Burley School in Chicago. She recently asked me to take a look at the blog she set up to document Burley’s iPad implementation. I did and you should too. Burley teachers and students are using iPads in five first and second grade classrooms. Carolyn and the teachers are sharing what they and the students are learning.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Discovery Education Offers Streaming Content for the iPad

Discovery Education, a provider of streaming videos and other resources for the classroom, has added streaming to the iPad. The new iPad version offers more than 33,000 educational videos in an HTML5 player, and will add other multimedia elements in upcoming months. Discovery Education streaming is now available in about half of U.S. schools. Educators may remember them as United Streaming.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

History Textbook Content Moves to iPad in “Beyond Textbooks” Initiative

Some 300 students in four Virginia school districts will use Apple iPads loaded with interactive media and applications to replace traditional history textbook content. The project is part of the Beyond Textbooks initiative, designed to explore the potential of wireless technology and digital textbooks to enhance teaching and learning.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

iPads in Higher Education - Ambitious Project at University of Minnesota

Later this month, the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development will issue iPads to all freshmen, about 450 total. Students are receiving the devices this fall so they can be prepared to use them for spring coursework. Faculty will examine how iPad use relates to student retention, engagement and learning outcomes. Private funding, not tuition, is paying for the devices.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

iPads in Higher Education - Faculty Learning Communities at Indiana University

I’ve reported on iPad projects and pilots at colleges and universities in previous posts. Indiana University is approaching the integration of iPads through Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). The primary goal of an FLC is to explore best practices in teaching and learning. Each FLC has eight faculty and three FLCs are working on iPad integration. These 24 faculty will share iPad kits of 25 iPads per kit. Faculty and students will use the iPads to explore their role and value in teaching and learning. Faculty are supported by IT and staff from centers for teaching and learning. FLC members meet every two weeks to discuss their experiences and will produce a report in January 2011 on findings from the Fall 2010 term. A final report on FLC findings is due June 2011.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

iPads in Education - Apps, Articles and the Agile Space

Ian Wilson writes about iPads in Education. His site offers recommendations for apps in art, geography, history, literacy, numeracy, music, productivity and science. He also comments on why schools should use iPads. Most intriguing is his description of “technology spaces” as a means of classifying five broad categories of educational technology devices. He contends the iPad defines a new space between mobile and portable devices, what he refers to as the “agile” space. Worth reading. I’ve added Ian’s site to my list of Resources, found in the lower right corner of this page.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

E-textbook Experiments - Comments from Creators and Users

In recent weeks I’ve written about both Inkling and Reed College. Lynn Neary at NPR brings us a story concerning e-textbooks that addresses both topics. The CEO of Inkling talks about the future of textbooks, a Reed College professor compares Kindle and iPad pilots at Reed, and three students comment on the iPad as a replacement for textbooks and other course readings.

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