It seems that many teachers in the 1:1 learning environment express frustration over getting materials both on an off of their students' devices. Box.com is a free and cloud-based solution that can greatly streamline these management issues and allow teachers to focus on fostering the 4 C's of 21st Century Learning: Collabortation, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication.
When groups engaging in project or challenge based learning activities are... More →
I have always believed that educational technology has two main roles. It allows us to put more knowledge in our heads and it allows us to share it out. The tools work in tandem and once kids develop an understanding then we ask them to share it. When the time comes to share what they know, one of my go-to apps is Pic Collage.
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With the Google Voice app you can easily put a new spin on formative assessment. By installing the app and then signing up for a free customizable number (I was even able to get my last name in mine.) teachers can create a feedback hotline for students and parents to leave comments, reflections, or questions.
Here is an easy example. A teacher asks her class to read three poems by... More →
Learning Gems is an educational app development company based in Portage, Michigan and working to produce a number of offerings on the Android platform and for other devices.
At last check the outfit had three pages of apps available in the Google Play Store. Apps range in price from free "lite" versions to $2.99.
I caught up with Learning Gems' Robert Gleasson this week in Detroit at the 2013 MACUL conference.
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I remember standing in Casa Grande Junior High School with slicked back hair and rolled up jeans on 1950's day in 1985 and telling a classmate, "You know, someday we'll be sending our kids to school on 80's day." Well, those days are here and for those of us who fondly recall the 80's and 90's enjoy the nostalgia of that era the rise of computer and video games are... More →
Social media has become so prevalent that it seems like our lives are bombarded with bursts of tweets, pins, check-ins, quick links, hashtags, and Instagrams. What too often gets lost is the substance behind all of those short posts...and there is substance. No really. There is.
The cliché knock on social media is that it is just self-absorded nothingness post after post about where someone is eating... More →
Techsmith's Coach's Eye app may have been designed for coaches and athletes to analyze athletic performance but it harbors a lot of potential for any teaching situation. It is also one a very select number of apps on the Android platform that can be used to annotate video or flip learning.
I have been looking long and hard to find an app on the Android platform that... More →
On Monday January 21, Google users discovered a powerful new search tool had been unleashed, the ability to search for applications. Tell the powerful search engine what you are looking for and let Google search not only places like the Play Store but all app review sites and blogs.
In the example on the left, I searched for Android Whiteboard apps and was handed a couple of suggestions quickly as well... More →
One of the most powerful learning tools on the Sony Xperia tablet is its camera. In this video the Sony support team highlights a number of features housed in the tablet's camera application including shooting panoramas, editing photos, and accessing the camera quickly from the lock screen.
Learn the basics of these features and more here.
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So...your students have created great content on the Xperia tablet and you want to share it on a large HD monitor or HD projector, here is a quick walk-through from the Sony support team.
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In this video Sony Education Ambassador Andy Losik shows some of his fifth graders hard at work and having lots of fun learning seventeen different professional camera angles. Five groups of students are all handled a different device. The Sony Bloggie and Xperia tablet are among those in play. The overall goal is not to create Hollywood masterpieces but to gain tech literacy with many different devices and platforms.
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As a long time leader in the home electronics market, Sony knows that for many watching TV now involves having some type of laptop or mobile in one's lap as well. The Xperia tablet is the ultimate viewing companion because has a universal remote for many household and classroom devices built right into it. Sony takes the viewing experience a step further with an amazing app called Watch Now... More →
TeachersParadise.com Studios offer a number of Android apps. One set of their Pre-K through Second Grade handwriting offerings not only help young learners refine their small motor skills, but one set in particular helps them practice their sight word recognition.
The Kids Handwriting HWT series uses the “Handwriting Without Tears” methods and has four apps that allow children to progress naturally. What is unique is that instead... More →