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Roland Gesthuizen

'Bring your own device' catching on in schools | Curriculum | eSchoolNews.com - 3 views

  • With access issues in mind, allowing students to bring their own devices from home can offer educational benefits, as well as some surprisingly positive results when it comes to creative thinking and classroom behavior.
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    "Mobile devices are now found in the hands of most children, and school leaders are using that to their advantage by incorporating devices that students already own into classroom lessons and projects."
John Pearce

Apple Releases Apple Configurator for Businesses & Schools - 2 views

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    Following today's Apple Event, Apple has just released Apple Configurator, an app that "makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution." Apple Configurator is likely of the same variety as what Apple uses in its own stores to reset its showroom devices, but now it's available for organizations and schools to make updating and resetting devices effortless. This should break down a few major barriers that kept organizations from widely adopting the devices before.
Nigel Coutts

Tinkering with Old Technology - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    As technology evolves and its inner workings increasingly disappear from view, replaced with solid-state parts hidden by glass, aluminium and plastic, our understanding of what makes the world operate is similarly impeded. When machinery from just a few decades ago is viewed a world of moving parts, linkages, cogs and levers is revealed. These mechanical objects contain an inherent beauty and inspire curiosity in ways that modern devices with their pristine surfaces and simplified design language do not. Opportunities to explore devices from the past open our eyes and lead us to new questions of how our devices function, how machines do the jobs we need them to do and how engineers solve problems.
Rhondda Powling

10 Ways To Use Mobile Devices in the Classroom | Edudemic - 1 views

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    "It is pretty much a given these days that students have mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers. Leveraging what your students already have and already know how to use is a smart idea - even if you aren't implementing a full-on BYOD classroom environment. There are many ways to have students use their mobile devices in the classroom in a format geared towards learning rather than for leisure. The infographic in this post takes a look at ten fairly general ways to use devices in the classroom. The general nature of some of the recommendations makes it a great starting point if this is a newer concept for you or for a particular group that you're working. "
Tania Sheko

Make BYOD Meaningful « doug - off the record - 5 views

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    There seems to be a great deal of discussion about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) lately and where it might fit into the big scheme of things - if only students were allowed to bring their own personal Device into the classroom with them. 
Tony Searl

Educational Technology Debate - 3 views

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    Posted on June 2nd, 2010 Back at the turn of the century, education was gripped by the diffusion of amazing hand-held devices for children. These tools, at first considered an expensive and delicate novelty, soon became standard for every child in wealthy education systems and from there defused around the world to nearly every classroom. This is actually a description of slate tablets in the early 1800's, but it could aptly describe the technological revolution we are seeing in education today with low-cost ICT devices.
John Pearce

Rutgers University Project Uses Scratch to Make Household Appliances Easily Programmable - 1 views

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    "Scratch is often cited as one of the best introductory languages for teaching kids - or anyone, really - to code. So it's no surprise that a Rutgers University honors class called "Programming for the Masses" would utilize Scratch as part of its goal of making programming a more accessible, everyday skill. What is unique - and if I may say so, pretty fun - is the direction that a research project, an outgrowth of the class, has taken since. The project is called Scratchable Devices, and with it, computer science Professor Michael Littman and some of his students are working to make it easy for anyone to program their household Devices by using Scratch."
Roland Gesthuizen

Ewan McIntosh: iPad Learning for All the Wrong Reasons - 5 views

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    "The iPad itself is a great device -- I love mine and it's changed the nature of computing on our couch. It is the ultimate in personal computing; it is not, as my wife and I have discovered, very good at being a shareable device"
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    Interesting iPad review. Good reason why kids need these tablet computers in the hands, not locked up in school labs or libraries.
John Pearce

iPads in Education - Exploring the use of iPads and Tablet computers in education. - 6 views

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    "Tablet computing and personal electronic devices such as iPads promise to have a dramatic impact on education. This Ning network was created to explore new and innovative ways iPads and other portable devices could be used in schools and colleges."
Roland Gesthuizen

iPads @ school « Tim Kitchen's Blog - 2 views

  • The iPad is not the be all and end all, but it comes close.
  • I believe it won’t be long before we see iPads and equivalent replacing laptops and laptops replacing desktops in schools. The days of the traditional school computer laboratory are numbered.
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    It is important to understand that an iPad is not a laptop replacement. It is also not a shared device, not really suited to a class set however it a wonderful personal asset for teachers and students in the classroom. I've been lucky to have had an iPad now since day 1 in Australia and I'm a big fan of them as a support for teaching and learning. I see the iPad and devices like them being essential companions for students and teachers in the near future.
John Pearce

Don't be scared of "Bring Your Own Device" | Digital Learning Environments - 6 views

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    "Working in technology administration, I have always bowed down to uniformity. I can't help it…it's the way we were all taught in the technology industry. It was routine and comfortable. Everyone got the exact same computer with the same image. Everyone had to login to active directory. Security groups were applied with abandon. I wax nostalgic just thinking about it.Fear of BYOD But those days are coming to an end. This is due to a huge number of factors including ridiculously tight school district budgets, much lower computer prices and cloud computing. I believe more and more schools will soon adopt bring your own device (BYOD) as a matter of economic necessity and recognition of educational potential."
Kerry J

Video Standards Report - 1 views

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    The purpose of the Video Standards Report - 2011 is to provide information to help  e-learning content developers make informed decisions about the use of video formats, codecs and delivery systems for e-learning video content. The report is intended to be used in conjunction with the current VET standards, which are available at: http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/topics/formats.htmWhere possible, this report aims to ensure that VET video standards support current and future needs of VET e-learning practitioners, particularly given the fast-changing digital media landscape. It acknowledges that content items need to:  have a long life span   operate across a broad range of potential platforms and applications   run on a wide range of devices, including portable media-browsing devices. 
Rhondda Powling

10 Online Alternatives to PowerPoint for Creating Great Presentations - 3 views

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    A useful list of online alternatives that let you create interesting presentations on any device. By storing them in the cloud allows you to work on them wherever you are and whatever device you have. It is also very easy to share them or embed into other sites. They do not all have some of the flashier animations of PowerPoint but are still visually interesting.
Rhondda Powling

Survival Tips for Digital Storytelling | Teacher Reboot Camp - 2 views

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    "There are many free online tools to help their students create and learn through digital storytelling. Many of these online tools have free apps available on i-devices and Android devices. Through digital storytelling we motivate our learners to apply, contextualize, visualize, and personalize the knowledge they learn. In the post there are some great free apps, tools, and resources that will help begin creating digital stories with learners. The slide presentation embedded will explain the process and provide you with tips on managing a digital storytelling project." This is a great resource for any teacher thinking about undertaking digital storytelling with their students.
Rhondda Powling

Mobile Digital Storytelling with StoryKit, Storyrobe, and SonicPics #edapp « Moving at the Speed of Creativity - 4 views

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    Post from Wes Fryer. An overview of StoryKit, StoryRobe (both free), and SonicPics (small cost) on iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads)- Some great apps for creating digital stories
Rhondda Powling

http://www.companionlink.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/HistoryOfProductivity.png - 0 views

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    The infographic follows the history of mobile productivity. From the first portable handset. the groundwork for today's app stores laid in the 1990s to today's devices smartphones and tablets.
Rhondda Powling

Glassboard. Private group sharing done right. - 2 views

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    Glassboard is an app for Android, Windows, and iOS phones that enables you to create and participate in private groups. Using the app you can create and participate in as many groups as you like. You can specify which groups can see the content you share and you can share notes, links, pictures, and videos. The content you share and the content others share with you is displayed in a news feed on your mobile device.
Rhondda Powling

Five Alternative Devices To Replace The Now-Dead Flip Cam - 10,000 Words - 7 views

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    Here are a five altenative tools to the Flip camera that can get the job done.
Rhondda Powling

What Do Kids Say Is The Biggest Obstacle To Technology At School? - 8 views

  • The two major obstacles that students say they face at school: filters that stop them from accessing the websites they need for homework and bans on using their own mobile devices (namely cellphones) at school.
  • The majority of parents surveyed - 67% - said that they were willing to buy their children a mobile device for school if the schools allowed it, and parents seemed particularly interested in their children using these devices in order to access online textbooks.
  • there were some interesting differences between what digital skills teachers thought were important and what skills students thought they needed to know.
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    "We don't often stop and ask students - or their parents - what they think their technology needs are. But the newly-released Speak Up 2010 survey has done just that .. The results are pretty fascinating, as they show great adoption of technology among even very young students, but lingering resistance on the part of school administrators to sanction some of those tools into the classroom."
Chris Betcher

Is the Internet hurting children? - CNN.com - 2 views

  • By the time they're 2 years old, more than 90% of all American children have an online history. At 5, more than 50% regularly interact with a computer or tablet device, and by 7 or 8, many kids regularly play video games. Teenagers text an average of 3,400 times a month.
  • The impact of heavy media and technology use on kids' social, emotional and cognitive development is only beginning to be studied, and the emergent results are serious. While the research is still in its early stages, it suggests that the Internet may actually be changing how our brains work.
  • From PCs in school to online schooling Should you bet on Mark Zuckerberg? It goes without saying that digital media have also altered our fundamental notions of and respect for privacy. Young people now routinely post and share private, personal information and opinions on social media platforms without fully considering the potential consequences.
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  • We are at, arguably, an even more important crossroads when it comes to digital media and technology.
  • Movies today -- even G-rated ones -- contain significantly more sex and violence, on average, than movies with the same rating 10 or 20 years ago.
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    The explosive growth of social media, smartphones and digital devices is transforming our kids' lives, in school and at home. Research tells us that even the youngest of our children are migrating online, using tablets and smartphones, downloading apps. 
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