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tl;dr – This is about a new digital lesson I made with Christopher Danielson and our friends at Desmos. It’s called Waterline and its best feature is that it shares data from student to student rather than just from student to teacher. I’ll show you what I mean while simultaneously badgering publishers of digital textbooks. (As I do.)

Think about the stretches of time when your smartphone or tablet is in airplane mode.

Without any connection to the Internet, you can read articles you’ve saved but you can’t visit any links inside those articles. You can’t text your friends. You can’t share photos of cats wearing mittens or tweet your funny thoughts to anybody.

In airplane mode, your phone is worth less. You paid for the wireless antenna in your tablet. Perhaps you’re paying for an extra data plan. Airplane mode shuts both of them down and dials the return on those investments down to zero.

Airplane mode sucks.

Most digital textbooks are in airplane mode:

Textbooks authored in Apple’s iBooks Author don’t send data from the student’s iPad anywhere else. Not to her teacher and not to other students.HMH Fuse includes some basic student response functionality, sending data from the student to the teacher, but between students.In the Los Angeles Unified iPad rollout, administrators were surprised to find that “300 students at three high schools almost immediately removed security filters so they could freely browse the Internet.” Well of coursethey did. Airplane mode sucks.

The prize I’m chasing is curriculum where students share with other students, where I see your thoughts and you see mine and we both become smarter and life becomes more interesting because of that interaction. That’s how the rest of the Internet works because the Internet is out of airplane mode.


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Registration for iPad Media Camps in Summer 2014 is available, including early-bird pricing! Locations this summer include Illinois, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. These workshops are geared specifically to K-12 classroom teachers. College/university faculty can also benefit from the workshop’s focus on iPad-based multimedia products students can create to demonstrate what they know and can do.


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Teachers who are fighting for stronger tech integration in their schools often come against opposition from people who believe technology not have a positive effect on student learning. This is particularly true with iPads, devices that many people see as a device for content consumption, not creation. Below is a list of studies into iPads and learning, with dot points about what students the study relates to, the subjects involved and the results.

http://goo.gl/CA3C35

 


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From Mark Choppin, come an amazing list of Free apps today. Thanks mark for sharing.

There are some great deals on free apps today! The Functional Communication System by Conover is normally $20. There are several apps on the list that are normally $7-$8 and are now free. Toca has their Toca Band app for free. There is also a behavior tracking app that is free. Remember to download as soon as possible before they go back to paid.

Mark Coppin, MS, Assistive Technology Director
Anne Carlsen Center, www.annecenter.org

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If you’re unfamiliar with the “EdCamp” movement, the time has come to familiarize yourself.  (Keep reading, friends.  I promise clarity ahead.)

If you are familiar with the “EdCamp” movement, you’re likely a diehard, a believer, a self-proclaimed EdCamper… and proud of it.

For those of you who are unacquainted with the term, here is the gist: Professional development has historically been a stinky thing.  (That’s not to say that it is always stinky.  Sometimes, there are flashes of

brilliance.  Sometimes, PD strikes just the right note.  Sometimes, PD is awesome. But, more often than not, it reeks of poopy whiffs.)

An “EdCamp” is a deliberate effort to reverse some of the core features associated with traditional “Professional Development.”   I expect that the infographic below will clarify some of these differences:

http://goo.gl/wvIbfY


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Our kids live on social media these days. One crucial way to make learning relevant is to meet ‘em where they live, which means finding social media sites that work in the classroom. Social media organically dovetails with subjects like language arts and social studies, but tech savvy teachers know that collaboration can work in any classroom.

Not all social media sites are equal — and not everyone is comfortable turning their students lose on Facebook or Twitter. Here are 10 Top sites that are safe while still engaging.

10 Best Social Media Sites For Students & Teachers

http://goo.gl/PYQRFw


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Microsoft has brought the popular Office suite to the iPad, including full featured versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Each app is offered as a free download through the App Store for iOS, but there are some functionality differences between the free and paid subscription plans. To put it simply, the free plans of the Office apps can only view, copy, and share contents, while the paid plans are necessary to gain complete editing and new document creation across the Office suite.

http://goo.gl/VVpV4S


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Cyndi Danner-Kuhn‘s insight:

As eCommerce has continued to grow over the past decade, comment spam on blog websites has also increased dramatically. There are several reasons for this, but the primary one is financial: In an attempt to increase the “page rank” (Google search engine ranking) of different websites, unscrupulous people have employed comment spamming methods to try and increase the number of links which connect to their website(s). In addition, some comment spammers attempt to add links to malicious websites which run scripts that install malware on unsuspecting web visitors’ computers. Comment spammers earn money doing both these things. Many comment spammers write computer programs which automate the process of leaving spam comments on websites, so interactive websites like blogs often employ “captcha” prompts which require users to type a phrase or series of characters and numbers that machines / algorithms are unable to decipher. In this way, captcha systems force commenters to “prove” they are human and not a computer software program. This is an ongoing game of cat and mouse, where the evil comment spammers and the “good” website software developers try to outwit and outsmart each other. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a coder to take advantage of the work of many SMART and GOOD coders who have developed programs that keep comment spam to a minimum. In this post, I’ll describe several different options for doing this with WordPress websites.


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This post was co-authored by Patrick Larkin and Beth Holland. Social media pervades all aspects of modern society, particularly with the rapid influx of mobile devices. If used in meaningful and appropriate ways, it can transform a student’s learning experience, improve communication with parents and community members, as well as support professional growth. However, teachers …


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The Global Education Database is a fresh way for everyone in the education world to simply find the best resources and then quickly learn how to use them.

By learning from peers around the world, you can quickly figure out how to use all the best tools for exactly what you need.

The GEDB is run by Jeff Dunn (co-founder and Chief Learner) and Jimmy Leach (co-founder and Chief Tech Know-It-All). They have a combined 25 years of education and technology experience.

Now it’s your turn. Share your insight on any product page.Get started by creating account today!


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Teachers who are fighting for stronger tech integration in their schools often come against opposition from people who believe technology not have a positive effect on student learning. This is particularly true with iPads, devices that many people see as a device for content consumption, not creation. Below is a list of studies into iPads and learning, with dot points about what students the study relates to, the subjects involved and the results.

http://goo.gl/CA3C35

 
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This is going to be one of my most ambitious posts yet, as I have curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning (a.k.a Gamification).  I’ve done posts on educational iOS Apps and Educational Online Games but I have never combined the two and curated a list that specifically deals w/ GBL.  The resources below will vary from drill and practice to all out epic adventures in 3D virtual worlds, to help Gamify a classroom.  One theme I have noticed is that the subject of Math uses the concept of Game Based Learning quite often.  I hope you enjoy this list as much as I have in creating it.


Cyndi Danner-Kuhn‘s insight:

http://goo.gl/tljQO

*This list is in alphabet order.
** mobile app


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What it is: HOLY SMOKES! This is the coolest new tool! I’ve spent the morning building out our Anastasis Tagible page (link at the bottom of the post), and I feel like my head is spinning with possibilities.

Tagible is a brand new video manager site. It allows you to create a completely customized channel for all of your school/classroom videos. Videos can be imported directly from your YouTube or Vimeo channel. Once you set up the import feature, Tagible automatically imports any video that is added to your channel. Best of all, Tagible gives you the ability to tag videos with categories and then tags within that category; videos and customized channels are really easy to create. The channel that you create is easy to share with anyone through social media or it can be embedded directly on your school/classroom website.


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A few years ago, I did an evaluation of mind mapping/brain storming tools.  There weren’t too many products on the market at the time.  If you’ve been a computer user for a while, I’m sure that you…


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Recently, there were a number of references to a new product that filled my reading.  The product was called Stormboard and it claimed to be different.  That was enough to get me to take an in depth look at.  I like what I see.

http://goo.gl/4MyeMT


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30 completely FREE apps including seven McGraw-Hill apps andGrandma Loves Bugs!

 

Hello everyone! We’re back this week with an amazing 30 completely free apps, including seven freebies from McGraw-Hill, Grandma Loves Bugs, Pet Vet, Spelling Monster, Jenga, The Cookie Next Door and apps for the alphabet, spelling, shapes, emotions, colors, times tables, grammar, and more! – Ron

Thanks for sharing, from Smart Apps for Kids.  This is a great site and shares lots of good resources.  You might want to subscribe to their Free App Alert email.   http://www.smartappsforkids.com