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I’ve been experimenting with coding web pages that display random text or
redirect you to a random webpage. The HTML randomly selects from a list of
text messages or a list of URLs. In this post I give you some starting
points and ideas for making your own HTML that changes each time it’s
loaded, clicked, or scanned as a QR code.

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Tony Vincent, form Learning in Had, just amazes me, his blog is such a wealth of innovation.  I did Scratch Jr. with my students a couple weeks ago, they are all going to be classroom teachers soon, but this new idea of Ton’t really has merit.  read the full article on his blog.

 

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iMovie logoYou can crop video in iMovie for iPad.

Here’s what you do:
1. add the video to the project space.
2. Tap the video in the project space to highlight it in yellow.
3. Tap the “Magnifying Glass w/ the +” icon in the bottom right corner of the viewer window. It will turn blue.
4. Pinch to zoom in on the area of the video you wish to see.
5. Tap the Magnifying glass again to deselect. It will turn white again.

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Opening Minds LOGOThe semester is nearing it’s end and I have to reflect and admit I have been distracted and have been resorting to using Scoop-it for most of my blog posts of late. I love Scoop-it, my page is curated with lots of interesting things http://www.scoop.it/t/1-1-laptops-ipads.  But, I have neglected writing and sharing in the way I had originally intended for this blog.  So, New Year’s resolution a bit early, but going to try to return to my habits of working and sharing.  So my fingers are crossed that I can get myself back into the habit, and it is a habit!!

This fall I joined a few Google + groups/communities.  I am finding them to be a wonderful way to LEARN every day.  A little like Twitter, but more involved and you can hold a discussion.  Even had my pre-service teachers explore snd join a couple groups.  But now I am think I need to implement the use in my course. Sadly most college students would not participate unless there is a grade attached.  So now I am looking for a good way to create a group for use in my course and get my students to participate.  Suggestions welcome.

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I have my notifications set to come to an email address, that way I don’t miss the post, sharing, resources and pleas for help.

My favorite communities are

EdTech: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113018638134660266670

Educational Technology: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/118155617276327496151

iBA Collaborative: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112862452781960201400

iPad Ed: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117488594814613383470

iPad Apps: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109535057767699014065

 

 

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I speak at a lot of conferences. It is a rare opportunity when I am able to attend a conference without the responsibility of a keynote or facilitating several sessions. Last week, I was able to at…

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Wes Fryer is amazing and going to be my speaker at the KSU iCamp iPad Day on Jan 15, 

http://coe.k-state.edu/events/icamp.html

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Innovative literacy ideas for Busy Teachers – Free eBook

Pick up some fresh ideas for teaching literacy with this easy to follow collection of resources, ideas and lesson plans to help students improve their reading and writing skills.

 

The aim of this book is to provide simple ideas that can be customised to meet the needs of any age group or ability.  It is a perfect starting point for those that have been doing the same thing for too long when teaching English.

http://goo.gl/H26Wte

Source: www.edgalaxy.com

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Join us with your iPad for an innovative, inspiring day to ignite your creativity!

Make plans now to attend a full-day workshop focused on iPad apps supporting communication, productivity, teaching and learning.

What is iCamp iPad Day?

iCamp is an innovative and engaging day that will take educators through an immersive experience that builds deep understanding of how students create, connect, share and collaborate with iPads. This high-energy hands-on iCamp Day will give you a chance to start networking with other educators while learning new ways to empower students. You will innovate, be inspired and ignited to take their classrooms to a whole new level!

Register Online Today!

  • Download a Registration Flier
  • Space is limited so early registration is recommended!
  • Cost: $45.00 (includes box lunch)

For more details about the Session, Schedule  and our Keynote with Dr. Wesley Fryer………..

http://coe.k-state.edu/events/icamp.html 

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I keep getting get asked about recording the iPad actions like we can on the Mac using QuickTime Player. Now there is an Apple solution, using Yosemite and Quicktime Player.
Steps -
1. Connect your iPad with a Lightning Cable to your Yosemite Mac. (Must be a Lightning cablelightningcable)
2. Open QuickTime Player on you Mac.
3. Choose New Movie Recording from the File menu.
4. In the window that appears click on the triangle menu and choose your iPad from the Camera section.
5. You should now see your iPad on your Mac instead of the FaceTime camera.
6. Click on the Red record button to get started.

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I’ve seen the future and it is math less and it is awesome and it is this PhotoMath app that solves math problems just by pointing your phone’s camera at them. It’s like a cross between a text reading camera, a supremely sophisticated calculator and well, the future. Point and solve and never do math again.

Source: sploid.gizmodo.com

OK, tried it and it really seems to work.  Not sure if that is good or bad, but could be a game changer.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.50.24 AMWith iTunes U, the App Store, and iBooks, teachers can open many windows onto the world, letting students explore the globe from within the classroom. These collections showcase some of the world’s most famous museums and fascinating destinations, providing you with courses, resources, and tools that will enrich your lessons and learning experiences.

Check it out, lots of great resource here to take your kids or yourself on a journey!

 

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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