Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

Kansas is ranked No. 5 but not in a good way.

Kansas has the fifth largest percentage cut in public school funding in the nation based on a comparison of spending before the Great Recession and now, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities.

The research organization’s findings echo concerns raised by the Kansas Association of School Boards and other school advocates on education funding in Kansas and will likely add fuel to the political debate over Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts, which have significantly reduced the flow of revenue to the state budget — 50 percent of which funds public schools.

“If we are falling behind other states in school funding, we must be deeply concerned about falling behind in preparing students for success in postsecondary education and the workforce,” said KASB associate executive director for advocacy Mark Tallman.

Tallman also noted, “This week, KASB released a new report showing that states spending more on K-12 education have higher academic results.”

The CBPP’s national report said the lack of funding will hurt the economy and student achievement “at a time when producing workers with high-level technical and analytical skills is increasingly important to the country’s prosperity.”

Budget experts say Brownback’s tax policies will lead to dramatic revenue shortfalls as early as next year. Brownback, a Republican, has said the tax changes would create jobs and stimulate the economy, but present economic indicators aren’t showing this has happened. Brownback’s Democratic opponent, Paul Davis, has said already-approved future tax cuts should be frozen and school funding restored to pre-recession levels.

According to the CBPP, adjusted for inflation, Kansas is spending 14.6 percent less per student now than before the recession. Kansas is tied with Wisconsin for the fifth deepest cut in the nation.

KASB has done an in-depth analysis of school funding. KASB research shows total school district funding per pupil declined 8.5 percent between 2009 and 2013, and current operating funds were reduced more than 11 percent per pupil over the same period.

“The report confirms regular school operating budgets are falling behind inflation,” said Tallman.  “It is important to understand why the numbers in this report may differ from other state and national statistics on education funding. KPERS retirement contributions and state aid for bond and interest and capital outlay do not appear to be included in the CBPP definition of per pupil state funding.  These programs have increased substantially in Kansas, while funding for general operating budgets has not.”

The national study done by the CBPP found that at least 30 states are providing less funding per student for the current school year than they did before the recession hit.

Oklahoma had the largest cut at 23.6 percent, followed by Alabama, 17.8 percent; Arizona, 17.5 percent; and Idaho, 16.2 percent.

In other words, 44 states have done more than Kansas to add funding to public schools since the recession.

Missouri registered a 3.6 percent increase in per pupil spending, while Nebraska had a 1 percent increase, and Colorado, a 0.2 percent decrease.

The largest increase was 31.6 percent in North Dakota, which avoided the recession because of an oil boom there.

The Washington, D.C.-based CBPP also criticized the Brownback tax changes in an earlier report. The center describes itself as a policy organization that works on federal and state fiscal policies and programs that affect low- and moderate-income families. It is sometimes described as left-leaning.

Source: www.kasb.org

See on Scoop.itTechnology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads and MORE

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

Free Apps LogoThanks to Mark Coppin for sharing these free apps……………

There are a lot of free apps today. Remember to download before they go back to paid status.

Mark Coppin, MS
Assistive Technology Director
2013 White House Champion of Change
Apple Distinguished Educator
RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional
Anne Carlsen Center

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:

Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks. Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year. Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way. 

Source: googleforeducation.blogspot.com

Ger all the Details: http://goo.gl/ArwpMk

See on Scoop.itTechnology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads and MORE

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

LithiumCard: The Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank (iOS)

Source: deals.ipadinsight.com

This light little on the go charger is amazing, I bough one and now have bought several more for my family.  They are absolutely worth the money!!

You will not be disappointed: http://goo.gl/y1BwbQ 

See on Scoop.itTechnology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads and MORE

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

Thanks again the Mark Chopin for the great share if Free apps this week.

Quite a few free apps today. There is a wide variety of apps in this group. Remember to download as soon as possible before the apps go back to paid status.

Have a great weekend!!!!
Mark Coppin, MS
Assistive Technology Director
2013 White House Champion of Change
Apple Distinguished Educator
RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional
Anne Carlsen Center
Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

Published on Sep 15, 2014

http://macmost.com/e-1029 You can use Keynote to build a simple multi-page website. When you export as HTML, the resulting files can be uploaded to a web host. To make a presentation behave like a website, you need to create buttons and link them to other slides. You can also turn off regular presentation navigation and add other web and email links. Sites created this way are relatively basic, but can be updated easily.

 

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org
divideThis should make any teacher really happy and especially for Math and Science.  I know many of us have been bothered that it is not easy to add the ÷ on an iOS device. Here is one way you can do this.

If a teacher only has an iOS device…
1. Add the Japanese Kana keyboard.
2. Open up Notes or Pages on your iOS device.
3. Find and type the ÷ sign in Notes or Pages using the Japanese Kana keyboard.
4. Highlight and Copy the ÷ sign.
5. Go to Settings —> General —> Keyboard —> Shortcuts.
6. Create a new Shortcut and Paste the ÷ sign in Phrase.
7. In Shortcut type dv (or any text you choose for the shortcut field).
8. Anytime you type dv you will have a choice to tap the space bar and insert the ÷ symbol.
9. Delete the Japanese Kana keyboard.

If a teacher has a Mac and an iOS device with access to e-mail….

1. Have the teacher create an e-mail on their Mac.
2. Add the ÷ sign to the body of the e-mail. (Option /)
3. Send e-mail to their iPad e-mail account.
4. Open the e-mail and follow steps 4-8

If a teacher has a Mac and an iOS device with the same iCloud account and are using Notes and/or Pages

1. Create a Note or Pages document on the Mac with a ÷ sign. (Option /)
2. Open Notes or Pages on the iPad. (Assuming that iCloud is being used by one or both of these Apps)
3. Follow steps 4-8 from the top set of instructions.
There are other symbols like π, ©, or even  ( option > shift > k). Now, if  you have a trick, add it to comments!
Thanks to my friend Paul T. for this tip!!

 

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

iPad Teacher iBook

 

No.1 iPad Teacher Guide Book
Practical Advice and Pupil Examples
The eBook is divided into skills rather than subjects because many of the ideas can be used across the curriculum with various age groups. Chapters cover:
- Digital Literacy.
- Film Making.
- Teaching with the iPad.
- iPad Workflows and Pupil Examples.
- Stop-motion Animation.
- Screen-casting.
- Using iPad with the Primary Computing Curriculum.
- Using QR Codes and much more.
Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 12.47.07 PMAvailable in over 50 countries and used by thousands of teachers worldwide, ‘iPad Teacher Guide’ provides practical advice and ideas for using the iPad successfully as a teacher and with pupils from Early Years to Secondary education. Written by Adam Foster, an experienced Primary School Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator. Now in this 2nd Edition, the book is fully updated with hundreds of new ideas.
Over 80 Minutes of Video Tutorials
The book also includes over 80 minutes of video tutorials and many classroom based ideas for all year groups and lessons.  All the ideas and strategies included have been tried and tested in the classroom. The book highlights a ‘less is more’ approach and is not just a long list of apps.
Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

Passion. Enthusiasm. Excitement. The unexpected. If you haven’t read Dave Burgess’s book “Teach Like a PIRATE”, you’re missing out on the inspiration and the great practical ideas to create memorab…

Source: ditchthattextbook.com

Thirty days of hooks from the “Teach Like a PIRATE” book. Engaged students. Energized teachers. Sounds like a winner. Will you try it?

See on Scoop.itTechnology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads and MORE

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

 1. Don’t be an Egghead: No one wants to follow an egghead.
Be sure to complete the Twitter profile with a picture and a brief description about who you are and what you do. Include a link to your blog or website so potential followers can find out more about you.  Here is a great example:
 

2. Share Information and Retweet: Don’t just lurk or promote yourself, share ideas and links to resources. Retweet the information that you find valuable. Make sure you have a good ratio of tweets and retweets. Nobody wants to follow your never ending monologue. Just like in kindergarten, you need to listen and share if you want to make friends. 

3. Know your Audience: If you want to use Twitter as a professional learning network, only post information that is relevant to your professional life. The occasional goofy picture is fine, but create a personal account if you have the urge to share your beer can collection or LOL cat fascination. Sharing relevant professional information that highlights your professional interest or expertise will facilitate the development of an active learning community that will support your professional growth.

4.  Use #Hashtags to Avoid Being Overwhelmed: Your Twitter page can look like a fast moving springtime creek once you start following more than a hundred people. Searching by #hashtags can make it easier to find the information you want. A Twitter list is a curated list of Twitter users that you can create or subscribe to. Once the list has been created you can view the Tweets just from the people on the list. This is a great way to follow the Tweets of people from your school, district, or educational speciality.

#BrockTechies = Brock Teacher Candidates
#Newteacher = New Teachers
#NTchat - New Teacher chat
#OntEd = Ontario Education
#CanEd = Canadian Education
#EdChat =  Education Twitter Chat
#EdTech = Educational technology

#Hashtags enable you to search the Twitterverse to find Tweets related to a specific topic. Searching by #hashtags is the most efficient way to find educational resources. Use the guides listed below to find the #hashtag for what you are looking for.
Mindshare Learning Guide to Canadian Education HashtagsEdudemic A-Z List of Education Hashtags5. Follow the Teachers, School Leaders or School Districts You Would Like to Work With: The quality of your Twitter experience will depend on who you follow. Be sure to follow the school district you would like to work for or where you will complete your practicum. This will ensure that you are informed about current district initiatives.

Source: www.drcamillerutherford.ca

See on Scoop.itTechnology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads and MORE

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) gets lots of love these days, though there is an increasing number of educators that are starting to embrace STEAM too (the A is for Arts). After all, if you ask any engineer or technologist about their work, they will tell you that an ability to think creatively is an important part of their profession. Here are some tools to “STEAMify” your instruction.
 

  • Kodable - Get 30% off a Kodable School Plan when you request a quote for your school today.  KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER!
  • Robo Maths Age 3-6 - Help a robot solve math problems to navigate a maze and rescue kittens in this game for young learners.
  • My Incredible Body - Take a trip through an interactive, animated, 3D tour of the body’s skeleton, muscles, organs, nerves, and blood vessels.
  • Notezilla - Practice reading sheet music by listening to a song and watching its notes in sync on the screen.
  • Make It @ Your Library - Create a makerspace with this series of how-to guides from Instructables that have been curated by librarians.


Want more? Check out these collections of tools created by members like you.
 

  • STEaM Tools - Curated by technology teacher and integrationist Leslie Whittington.


Enjoy these great tools for educators!
- Mike Lee, Co-founder of edshelf

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org


These are the 70 iPad apps I’m using on my STEM iPad cart. More curriculum is available on:
http:/stem.wesfryer.com | Brushes 3, Audioboo, Instashare – Transfer files the easy way, AirDrop for iOS & OSX, i-nigma QR Code, Data Matrix and 1D barcode reader, Kidblog, Singing Fingers HD, All-Star Guitar, cascadr, Beatwave, and SpectrumView

Source: list.ly

http://goo.gl/YTJQQD

See on Scoop.itTechnology in the Classroom , 1:1 Laptops & iPads and MORE

Listen to this Post. Powered by iSpeech.org

A wonderful educator from North Dakota, Mark Coppin, shares apps that are free quite frequently, Here is his list today.  Thanka a ton, Mark

There are quite a few free apps today. Remember to download before they go back to paid status. The developer determines when it will go back to paid status.

The Spelling Cafe Educational App - https://appsto.re/i6gm2wg
World History Atlas HD with 3D - https://appsto.re/i6gM7Cd
Explorium – Ocean For Kids - https://appsto.re/i6gG4tf
Native Numbers – Complete Number Sense Mastery Curriculum - https://appsto.re/i6gm3JV
Touch and Write Storybook: 3 Bears - https://appsto.re/i6gG4tJ
Word Wheel: Short Vowels - https://appsto.re/i6gM4Xb
Phonics Fun: Beginning Sounds - https://appsto.re/i6gG4tg
Have a great weekend!!
Mark Coppin, MS

Tons of FREE apps today

Thanks to Mark Coppin for sharing these free apps............... There are a lot of free apps today. Remember to download before they go back to paid […]
Oct 9, 2014 / Add Comment

Free Apps today!

Thanks again the Mark Chopin for the great share if Free apps this week. Quite a few free apps today. There is a wide variety of […]
Sep 26, 2014 / Add Comment