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Dwayne Abrahams

Getting started with Apple's Podcasts app | How To - CNET - 35 views

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    Apple made mention of a standalone podcast app earlier this month, but most figured it would arrive with iOS 6 this fall. Not so. Earlier this week, Apple released Podcasts. It's free and universal, designed for both the iPhone and iPad.
Dwayne Abrahams

APPitic - 1,300+ EDUapps - 61 views

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    APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.
Colette Cassinelli

Literacy Journal: Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? - 41 views

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    Is only one iPad in a classroom worth it? This question keeps reappearing on the EC Ning and in other blog spaces.

    The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom. It is an even larger YES if the Mac device has the most current operating system. Having a computer to which the iPad can sync is not absolutely necessary, but it is a Best Idea. If you are not feeling confident, get your IT person or another teacher to help you out with setup. I am focused here on apps to install for MS and HS - and then what to do with them.
Jorge Gonçalves

iPad Perks: Top 5 Ways the Device can Help you Excel in Online Learning - 53 views

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    The holidays are fast approaching and if you're unsure of what you would like to ask Santa to bring you this year, you might consider putting the iPad or even better-the iPad2 on the top of your wish list. It's a pricey gift (starts at $499) but it's an investment well spent, especially if you are an online student. That's because not only can it help simplify your everyday activities, but it can also be a vital instrument that can help you achieve success while enrolled in an online program (and can be used long after graduation). To learn the top 5 reasons for using an iPad as an online student, continue reading below.
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Dwayne Abrahams

Apple - Education - iPad Learning Resources - 53 views

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    Hands-on teachers, meet hands-on learning.
Steve Ransom

Website Survey: 'Mac vs PC' stereotypes broadly true | MacNN - 25 views

  • Mac owners broadly knew: that they see themselves as hip, liberal, verbally-oriented, more adventurous and more creative, while PC people see themselves as very mainstream, conservative (in the general sense of the term, not just politically), math-oriented and less comfortable overall with computers and technology.
  • Mac users can seem trendy, shallow, arrogant or pretentious -- the favourite soft drink picked by Mac users was San Pellegrino Limonata, while the PC users chose Pepsi -- and from a Mac person's view, PC users tend to be rigid, close-minded, conformist and boring.
  • Mac users are 80 percent more likely to be vegetarian; PC users prefer Harleys to Vespas by 70 percent; PC users love the cute captioned cats of I Can Haz Cheezburger, while Mac users get their smiles from Boing Boing
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  • Mac users are better educated (67 percent of Mac users completed a four-year degree, while only 54 percent of PC users did so), more liberal (58 versus 36 percent), more urban (52 percent said they live in a city while PC users tended to live in rural or suburban areas) and younger (18-34 demographic) than their PC counterparts (who tended to be more in the 35-49 demographic).
  • PC users, the survey found, like fitting in over "making their own mark" (twice as often as Mac users); prefer staying at home to "partying"; enjoy mainstream TV shows (such as "The Tonight Show") and TV channels (The History Channel, Syfy, USA) much more than Mac users (who tend towards edgier shows like "Parks and Recreation" and channels like Bravo, Showtime and HBO); they prefer to be "later adopters" of technology and are twice as likely to find it a "struggle" that's akin to learning a foreign language, and PC users tend to stick with well-established brands in everything from restaurants to painters, while Mac users bent towards the newer, more fashionable trends.
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    Who's hipper? Mac folks, of course - more educated, too!
Karen Vitek

Turn Your iPad 1 or 2 into an Interactive Whiteboard (Practical Practice) - 107 views

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    "I'm talking about using the iPad as a control surface to actually control your computer desktop, write on your computer desktop, and project all of that in front of the classroom just as a regular interactive whiteboard does. The only difference: no interactive whiteboard is needed, and you can do this wirelessly using the first generation iPad as well as the second, and that's correct, without tethering your iPad to the projector or the computer with wires."
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    I'm definitely going to try this! I'm hoping it works better than a slate.
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    I use TeamViewer and I can controlo form my Ipad my Mac or my PC
    With my connect Mac/PC I can use several programs and Show my Ipad in e-blackboard
Jim Farmer

Apple - Education - Central Elementary School Profile - 15 views

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    Using the iPod Touch in schools. Improving literacy.
Jim Farmer

Apple - Education - Resources - Teachers and Administrators - 21 views

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    Education specific resources for teachers and admin. How to put apple products to work for you.
Dimitris Tzouris

Diagnosing the Tablet Fever in Higher Education - 10 views

  • So it's worth taking a careful look at whether the company will once again create a new category of device that make waves in education -- as it did with personal computers, digital music players, and smartphones -- or whether the iPad and other tabletss might be doomed to remain a niche offering.
  • Mr. Jobs did mention iTunesU twice when listing the kinds of content that could be viewed on the iPad, referring to the company's partnership with many colleges to offer them free space for multimedia content like lecture recordings. But he otherwise focused on consumer uses -- watching movies, viewing photos, sending e-mail messages, and reading novels published by five trade publishers mentioned at the event. That does not mean that the company won't later promote the iPad's use on campuses, though, since it waited until after iPods and iPhones were established before beginning to work more heavily with colleges to promote those in education.
  • the biggest impact of the iPad would be in the textbook market.
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  • only 2 percent of students said they bought an e-textbook this past fall semester.
  • The City University of New York, for instance, is looking closely at encouraging e-textbooks as part of an effort to lower student costs. "At end of the day, it's how do you drive savings for our students, who are feeling a great economic impact," said Brian Cohen, CUNY's chief information officer.
  • If students do buy them and begin to carry them around campus, they could be a more powerful educational tool than laptop computers.
  • Jim Groom, an instructional technologist at the University of Mary Washington, expressed weariness with all the hype around the Apple announcement. He said he is concerned about Apple's policies of requiring all applications to be approved by the company before being allowed in its store, just as it does with the iPhone. And he said that Apple's strategy is to make the Web more commercial, rather than an open frontier. "It offers a real threat to the Web," he said.
  • He also pointed out that several PC manufacturers have sold tablet computers before, which have been tried enthusiastically in classrooms. Their promise is that they make it easy for professors to walk around classrooms while holding the computer, while allowing them to wirelessly project information to a screen at the front of the room. But despite initial hype, very few PC tablets are being used in college classrooms, he said.

    Now that Apple's long-awaited secret is out, the harder questions might be whether the iPad is the long-awaited education computer.

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