Jul 31

20 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom

By: TeachThought.com

Classroom-old-2-548x345“When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following list includes 20 ideas that you may not have thought of that can help produce a successful classroom. Each item takes no longer than an hour and can make a big difference throughout the year.
1. Set up your classroom in an “active learning” format (15-30 minutes)
Traditional classrooms are normally arranged in a linear format with all the desks facing one direction. Studies suggest that creating a room with no “obvious” front helps students to take a more active role in learning, rather than looking to the teacher.If your room allows it, arrange the desks in small groups with no obvious front. You can do your instructing from the center of the room instead.” To read further please click here:


Jul 31

14 Ways to Make Teachers, Students, AND Parents Happy with Just One Tool!

By: Erin Klein

parentts“As a classroom teacher, I’m always on the look out for resources that will help my students in class and support the work they do at home as well.  Over the years, I’ve gathered binders full of information, computer files full of information, and now Pinterest boards full of information.  I’m over the moon the FINALLY have a resource where I can curate ALL of my content under ONE place: appoLearning Collections.  ” To read further please click here:


Jul 31

3 Reasons to Use Interactive E-Books for Mobile Learning

By:Sarah Gilbert

augmentpic“Mobile learning is rapidly making its way into organizations across the globe. For many instructional designers and developers, learning about new technology, platforms, and ways of building content can be daunting. We are expanding our skills to include understanding HTML5, responsive design, and device affordances, just to name a few. In the world of native apps versus mobile web, an exciting solution is sometimes overlooked: interactive e-books.

What exactly is an interactive e-book? Similar to a ZIP (.zip) folder, an e-book is a collection of assets, files, and so forth packaged into one independent file. This file can be un-packed and run using an e-reader application, such as Apple’s iBooks, Kobo, Adobe Digital Editions, or Kindle. The most versatile file format for an e-book is EPUB (.epub), but there are others such as MOBI (.mobi) for Kindle and iBook (.ibook) for Apple’s iPad.”To read further please click here:  https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Learning-Technologies-Blog/2015/07/3-Reasons-to-Use-Interactive-E-Books-for-Mobile-Learning

Jul 30

Apps That Improve the iPad Typing Experience

By: Andrew Douch

ipad class“A number of comments on my recent blog post indicated that many teachers and students find the experience of text entry on the iPad to be one of it’s biggest drawbacks. I read those comments and found myself nodding.

As a touch-typist, I am more productive on a physical keyboard when writing more than a few sentences. It isn’t just the speed of typing. There are some things that you simply can’t type! For example, chemical formulae generally contain subscript numbers to indicate the number of atoms of each element in a molecule (eg H₂O). There is no way to type a subscript number using the Apple onscreen keyboard. The same goes for typing many mathematical symbols.

Many teachers don’t realise that pressing and holding certain keys on the iPad keyboard will bring up alternate characters (often the ones you would get by pressing the Option key on a Mac keyboard). For example pressing and holding on the 0 will pop up the option for a degree symbol. These are useful but there are many characters that you can’t access this way. There is no way to type the Greek symbol for Pi π, nor is there a way to type the copyright symbol ©.” To read further please click here:


Jul 30

Revolutionzing Music Edtech


“We now live in a world where services like Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Dropbox and Google Docs are taken for granted and these services are tightly integrated in our daily world of activities. Our expectations are that “if I would make music, the tool must be as easy to use as Instagram, social like Facebook, collaborative and productive like Google Docs and cloud-based like DropBox”. This is what Soundtrap provides to music making!

Soundtrap is a music-recording tool, which is:

  • Easy-to-use; students who may never have made music before are helped by the well thought through user interface

  • Collaborative; students collaborate via video calls from remote locations. Teachers can create group assignments and coach and help their students from where ever they are.

  • Online directly in your browser; you are are not restricted to specific hardware or software. Just open up a Chrome browser, and off you go!

  • Mobile and platform independent; students can work on their music from where ever they are, using different devices. Start a new song on an Android device, invite friends that might be using Mac, Chromebook, Windows or iOS devices. Make music together!” To read further please click here:http://blog.soundtrap.com/education/

Jul 30

12 Of My Favorite Podcasts For Teachers

By: Angela Watson

podcastss“I started my Truth For Teachers podcast in January, and since then, I’ve heard from dozens of educators who are now hooked on the format and are anxious to find other great education podcasts to follow. That makes me so happy! As I wrote in my post PodcastPD: What You’re Missing If You’re Not Listening, podcasts have been instrumental in changing my practice as an educator and edupreneur, and I love to see other people fall in love with podcasts, too! Since Truth for Teachers is between seasons right now, the requests for other podcast recommendations have only increased. (I tried to create 2 bonus extended episodes this summer, but life got in the way and it just didn’t happen, so theJune bonus episode will have to do! No worries though, I’m already gearing up for Season 2, which begins in August.)

And fortunately, there are dozens of top-quality podcasts out there for educators. I had a really tough time narrowing down the selection (especially since many of the edu-podcasters out there are my dear friends!), but here are some of my current favorites.”To read further please click here:


Jul 29

5 Excellent Drawing Apps for kids

By: Med Kharbach

feedback“Kids’ cognition craves drawing  because it provides it with an ample and unrestricted space to exercise its creative performance. With the advance of technology and more specifically mobile technology, drawing has taken unprecedented dimensions empowering kids to take their creative skills  to the next level. There are now a wide variety of great educational apps to help kids enhance their graphic expressivity through drawing and doodling. Below is a sample of some of the best educational drawing apps out there. Check them out and share with your kids. Enjoy”To read further please click here:  http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/07/5-excellent-drawing-apps-for-kids.html

Jul 29

20 YouTube Channels for Educators

YoutubeBy:Kasey Bell

YouTube = Learning at Your Fingertips!

When you want to learn something new these days, most of us head over to YouTube. You can learn just about anything on YouTube: how to fix your dryer, how to create a blog, or how to use Google Docs. For students, often YouTube in their first stop when learning a new skill. Did you know you can also get notifications when new videos have been added by your favorite channels? Or that you can use YouTube as a curation tool to create playlists for your students?
Today, I am going to share with you some of my favorite YouTube Channels. Just about all of your favorite educational organization and bloggers have a YouTube channel. When you subscribe, you can set up notifications when something new has been posted. This is a great way to stay up-to-date with innovative tools like Google Apps. Below are 20 YouTube Channels to get you started!”To read further please click here: http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/20-youtube-channels-for-educators

Jul 29

5 Ways Video Can Increase Student Ownership of Learning

By: Kasey Bell

video learning“In a student-centered classroom, it is important for students to take ownership of their learning and make it meaningful in a way that fits their needs and learning styles. This is much easier said than done. As a teacher, it can be difficult to get out of the way and let students take the reins. Ideally, we must take on the role of partner, guiding and facilitating learning. One crucial piece of the learning process is reflection, which can take many forms, but most agree that time to reflect is critical for learners of all ages.

The Swivl Robot, Swivl Capture App and Swivl Cloud offer the tools to support and make student ownership of learning possible in the classroom. When students are able to create peer-to-peer instruction videos, review performances and presentations, and see progress over time, video becomes a powerful tool to support the learning process. Below are five ways that teachers and students can use video to increase student ownership of learning.” To read further please click here: http://www.swivl.com/2015/07/video-increase-student-ownership/

Jul 29

Wearable technology in the classroom: what’s available and what does it do?

By: theguardian.com

ar4The terracotta brickwork of the Great Wall of China transfixes a group of students, who reach out to touch the stone in front of them. But these children are not in east Asia. Instead, they’ve been magically transported to the historic monument by a virtual reality (VR) headset.They are using Expeditions, a new classroom initiative unveiled by Google in May. The inexpensive cardboard contraption – literally a folded piece of cardboard with lenses attached – turns a smartphone into a VR viewer.More than 100 classes have already used it to transport students to places such as Verona in Italy to study Romeo and Juliet and California to explore a coral reef.“The creativity we have seen from teachers, and the engagement from students, has been incredible,” says Google’s Ben Schrom, product manager for Expeditions.This viewer is one of a growing number of “wearables” – a fuzzy term that refers to any device you can wear (think headsets, fitness trackers and smartwatches) – that could soon be a regular fixture in classrooms. It’s still early days and few schools are even aware of this new breed of devices.” To read further please click here:  http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/jul/28/wearable-technology-classroom-virtual-reality

Jul 28

25 Resources To Teach Programming With Scratch

By:Jon Samuelson


I normally don’t like to create “click bait” blog post titles, but this one seemed to fit. Twenty-five resources can be overwhelming, but there is a good mix of different types of items. There are links to websites with lesson plans, iOS apps, books, videos, and samples of student work to fit your learning style.

Scratch was developed by MIT a little over eight years ago. It uses a visual programming language that is easy to start for students of all ages. Teachers can start with the Scratch Jr. app for the iPad. That app, linked on the list.ly below, is designed specifically for 5-7 year olds. The only way to learn new skills, is to dig in and give it a try. I love the summer for this reason. It gives me the chance to keep up and learn something new. I am going to try Minecraft with my daughter, Gwen, after I finish up this blog post. ” To read further please click here:http://www.ipadsammy.com/techlandiaradioblog/2015/7/26/25-resources-to-teach-programming-with-scratch

Jul 28

Homework might be routine, but tech can make it meaningfull

homewoerk2By: Tricia Kelleher

“Homework – the lot of schoolchildren across the ages. In the minds of many adults, there is a correlation between the amount of homework set and the progress made. Work is given, completed, marked and returned, providing a comfort blanket of visibly “doing something”.But pressure from the Department for Education and Ofsted can mean that homework is caught up in broader issues of school improvement and data; there is certainly little time to think imaginatively about it. But what if we could? What if we had tools that could change the dynamic of learning beyond the classroom?Homework has undergone a makeover in our school – simply by adding tablets to our teachers’ toolkits.” To read further please click here: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/jul/26/homework-might-be-routine-but-tech-can-make-it-meaningful

Jul 27

Redefining the Web Quest using Augmented Reality

By: Jeff Herb

aurasma“The Web Quest is the tell-tale internet activity that quite likely started many educators with teaching using technology. The internet-based and typically worksheet-accompanying activity has been a staple in classrooms for years. Inherently, the concept is pretty good. You give students some guiding questions and some resources; they then find answers to your questions and learn about both the content and about information acquisition as well. But, with today’s tech and what we know about student learning, the web quest could be so much more.

One area I struggle with web quests is the fact that students are pretty much bound to a computer to complete the activity. They find their relevant sites, fill out their sheet, and call it a day. Where is the critical thinking, the creativity? Look no further than Augmented Reality and an app called Aurasma.

What it does:

Aurasma allows users to use their device’s camera and the Aurasma app to find ‘triggers’ that contain embedded information. For instance, if the stapler on my desk was a trigger image setup in Aurasma, when I point my phone at the stapler it could be set to load another image, link, video, or animation.” To read further please click here:


Jul 27

How You Can Encourage Teamwork in Any Elementary Classroom

By: Erin Klein
happy-classroom“I’ve used ClassDojo for a number of years in a number of ways.  What I love about ClassDojo is they’re always evolving.  This is a company that truly listens to their users and builds what they need.
You may be familiar with the ClassDojo idea of awarding or deducting points for children based on a child’s behavior.  If this is how you know ClassDojo, I highly encourage you to stay tuned over the next few weeks as you will notice the platform evolve into a tool that better aligns with an engaging, student-centric classroom environment.In our second grade classroom, we work hard to model behavior that is indicative of a respectful and responsible learner who has integrity.  These are our school’s core values.  ClassDojo has made it easy to create awareness within our classroom for students to understand what these concepts “look like” when being practiced.  For example, because we have always used ClassDojo as a whole class or small group model, when we notice a friend being respectful, we share it when appropriate.  This way, we can all begin to see these behaviors in action.  Plus, it fills our bucket when our efforts are noticed by others.  We don’t need a gold star or a cookie – that’s not what I’m saying.  But, let’s face it… when someone thanks us for doing something or acknow ledges we’ve made an effort, it feels good to be appreciated.  It’s about creating an environment where positive behaviors are valued, noticed, and appreciated. ” To read further please click here:http://www.kleinspiration.com/2015/07/how-you-can-encourage-teamwork-in-any.html

Jul 27

6 Ways To Teach Growth Mindset From Day One Of School

By: Angela Watson

airplane2“Imagine if your new class this fall was full of students who would:

  • Be willing to try new things
  • Stick with hard tasks and not give up
  • Push themselves to do their best work, not just what’s “good enough”
  • Believe in themselves and their own ability to learn

Here’s the great news–these are traits that we can help develop in our students by teaching them about how their brains work.Many students enter our classrooms believing they’re either smart or not smart, good at reading or math, or not good in those areas. This belief that our basic qualities like intelligence and talents can’t be changed is called a fixed mindset. Often our students figure: Why bother trying at something that’s hard for me? I’m not naturally good at it, and I can’t really do anything about that. 

Our students may not realize that their brains have the ability to change and grow through their experiences (neuroplasticity). Students need us to teach them that the human brain is like a muscle that can be trained through repetition and practice. When students realize this, they develop a growth mindset: the belief that abilities can be developed through commitment and hard work.

And once they have a growth mindset, they can learn anything.”To read further please click here:


Jul 26

Using BYOD In Schools: Advantages And Disadvantages

By: Sandip Kar

byod2“Do you remember how classrooms used to be during your school days? The blackboard, the whiteboard, chalks being used by teachers to impart the lesson; you being given paper copies or writing down notes with your pen. However, copies, chalks, and blackboards are fast becoming more and more irrelevant every day that passes by, thanks to the advance in technology. More and more schools and other educational institutions are using technology at a brisk pace; and to make technology an integral part of the classroom, they are implementing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using BYOD In Schools
So, what is this BYOD policy? BYOD was primarily a policy that was embraced by the IT departments of various organizations. According to WhatIs.com,

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the increasing trend toward employee-owned devices within a business.

But BYOD has permeated educational institutions as well. And these days students are asked to bring their own devices to schools.” To read further please click here: http://elearningindustry.com/using-byod-schools-advantages-disadvantages

Jul 26

7 Ways to Increase a Student’s Attention Span

By:David Reeves

groupss“Children often struggle to pay attention, but when they are given a task they view as challenging or hard, they are even more likely to give up before truly trying. If you notice a child that is regularly losing focus during challenging tasks, here are some strategies that might help increase that attention span and improve the overall outcome of tasks.

1. Include Physical Activity

Kids who struggle with attention often do better if they are given brief breaks for active play. Taking a break to bounce on an exercise ball, breaking up learning into chunks, and outdoor play times, or providing a quick stretching or jumping jacks break in the classroom, can all help the attention-challenged student stay focused. Starting with 15 minutes of active play before a challenging task can also help a child stay more engaged.” To read further please click here:  http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/7-ways-increase-students-attention-span

Jul 26

Creating iBooks in the Classroom

By:Nikolaos  Chatzopoulos

ipad class“Textbooks are an irrevocable part of every classroom, and sometimes, they constitute the classroom, school, or district curriculum. Teachers rely on them to teach concepts, and use them to illustrate examples, share ideas, and assign homework and class work.However, any teacher who takes his/her job seriously will tell you that there is no textbook in the world that is perfect. This statement couldn’t be more relevant today, because the many changes the Common Core Standards introduced to our nation’s educational system has made many of the mainstream books and textbooks insufficient.But, what if teachers could write their own books? What if they could write their own textbooks that complement, and in some cases, replace, the always expensive and often outdated textbooks, bypassing the slow textbook adoption policies of large states and districts around the country?” To read further please click here: http://dailygenius.com/ibooks/

Jul 26

33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom

By: GDC Team

formative assess“I came across a great blog post the other day – Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think – that told the firsthand account of a teacher, Steven Anderson, who implemented formative assessment in his classroom. He used a sticky-note version of an exit ticket to elicit evidence of student learning and in his words, “what a difference that made.”

Formative assessment is ‘easier than you think’ and with all the digital tools and apps now available for mobile devices it’s even easier. We’ve shared some digital tools before and with the five tools that Steven shared combined with our earlier suggestions there are now 33 digital tools that we’ve uncovered that are free or inexpensive and help teachers implement formative assessment in their classrooms. Here they are:

A few of Steven’s discoveries:

Lino – A virtual corkboard of sticky-notes so students can provide questions or comments on their learning. These can be used like exit tickets or during the course of a lesson.

Poll Everywhere – Teachers can create a feedback poll or ask questions. Students respond in various ways and teachers see the results in real-time. As Steven indicates, with open-ended questions you can capture data and spin up tag clouds to aggregate response. You should note that Poll Everywhere has a limit to the number of users. Mentimeter (which we’ve listed below) does not which makes it a little more functional.” To read further please click here:http://globaldigitalcitizen.org/33-digital-tools-for-advancing-formative-assessment-in-the-classroom

Jul 25

There’s No Substitute for These 3 Things in Education

By: Scott Rocco

classroom 6“Everyone is looking for something different, an alternative to do things better, faster, more efficiently. We are in a period of time where our time is so valuable that we must maximize it by finding ways and things that help us to free up more of it. We can buy cleaning solutions that work faster and make things cleaner than the old stuff we used for years. We can use over the counter medicine that cures what ails you days faster than the “other stuff”. Or at least that’s what the commercials and advertisements tell us.

Yes, our time is very important. Especially when it seems as if things are happening faster and are more involved than they were just a few years ago. However, in the world of education here are three things with no substitute or alternatives. They just need to be done the way they have always been done.

  1. Committing to doing the hard work in education –” To read further please click here;https://evolvingeducators.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/theres-no-substitute-for-these-3-things-in-education/
Jul 25

Is “LMS” in need of an extreme makeover?

By: Melissa Greenwood

llms“Learning management systems do not look like they did five or 10 years ago. The evolving nature of LMS has created a range of options for K-12 schools, colleges and universities and even corporations seeking to use technology in teaching and learning.So what is the next generation LMS? Ask 10 educators, and you’ll likely get 10 different answers. Still, it’s a question swirling around in the education stratosphere.Higher education nonprofit EDUCAUSE in a recent white paper dubbed the next iteration of LMS in higher education the “next generation digital learning environment” — or NGDLE.The authors note that it will not be a “single chuck of code;” but rather will include five core functionalities: interoperability and integration, personalization, analytics, advising, and learning assessment, collaboration, accessibility and universal design.This gives us — and our readers — a jumping off point for the discussion. In the coming months, SmartBrief will collect ideas from K-12, higher education and beyond to help facilitate a conversation about these evolving digital learning platforms.” To read further please click  here:


Jul 24

Exploring Microsoft OneNote for Teaching and Learning

onenote“Kelly Walsh

“Share, Brainstorm, Collaborate, Organize, for free, with OneNote.

After being introduced to Microsoft OneNote at the UB Tech 2015 conference, I found myself really curious to learn more about it and take it for a test drive. My interest comes from two perspectives – one, as a tool for productivity within my department, and secondly, as a tool for teaching and learning.OneNote is a unique tool that makes it easy to gather lots of information in one place, and is great for collaboration, sharing, projects, group work, and much more. It is free for use in education, and is often included with MS Office (depending on which version you have).Focusing on teaching and learning, I searched the web using phrases like “Microsoft OneNote in the classroom”. I sought content from educators (as opposed to materials directly from Microsoft), to get an independent perspective.Here are some of the better resources I found about using OneNote for instructional purposes. I thought these were informative and hope you will too!If you aren’t aware of OneNote, this is a good way to learn a bit about this highly capable and unique tool. If you’re just getting started learning about OneNote, I think you’ll find some useful information here. ” To read further please click here: http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/07/microsoft-onenote-for-teaching-and-learning/

Jul 24

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science

By: Danny Nicholson

AR5“Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations.This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models.The tech is still in its infancy. At the moment you still need to view things through some kind of device – a tablet, phone or webcam. Can you imagine what this would be like when viewed through something like Google Glass? But that’s something for the future.There’s many different apps out there, but here are a few of my favourites that could be used to teach Science.

Elements 4D

Elements 4D is an AR chemistry app for iOS and Android devices which provides a fun way to look at various different chemical reactions.The app uses blocks that are inscribed with the symbols of 36 elements from the periodic table.

Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2015/07/4-great-augmented-reality-apps-for-teaching-science/

Jul 24

7 questions to ask regarding whether education technology improves learning

By: Terry Freeman

blackboard“Does education technology improve learning? The intuitive answer to those of us involved in education technology is “of course it does”. However, the evidence from research is not conclusive. I think the reason is that it’s actually very difficult to carry out robust research in this area. As the impact of education technology has often been a topic for discussion in the Naace andMirandanet mailing lists, I thought it might be useful to try and clarify the issues as I see them.But is she learning better? The question “Does education technology improve learning?” naturally leads on to a set of other questions that need to be addressed:

What Education Technology?

The question as stated is too broad. A computer is not the same as a suite of computers. It’s not even the same as a laptop, which is not the same as a handheld device. Software is not the same as hardware, and generic software, such as a spreadsheet, is not the same as specific applications, such as maths tuition software.”To read further please click here:


Jul 24

Getting started with e-portfolios

By:Lisa Gray

eportfolio“Many educators see e-portfolios as vital to learning, teaching and assessment. Our quick guide takes you through the basics.

What are e-portfolios?

They are digital presentations of a student’s experiences, achievements and aspirations for a particular audience – the digital equivalent of a paper portfolio – but the term often refers also to the underlying tools and systems.

However, it is the learning that really matters. Creating an e-portfolio involves skills essential for 21st century learning – organising and planning material, giving and receiving feedback, reflecting, selecting and arranging content to communicate with a particular audience in the most effective way.

It is these rich and complex processes that are of most interest and value to educators.

What are they used for?

Different sectors, disciplines and professional bodies have their own approaches, but our research shows that e-portfolios are valuable at all stages in the learning lifecycle.”To read further please click here:


Jul 22

4 Crucial Lessons New Teachers Never Learned

By: Mark Marnes

google classrooms“If you are a new teacher, these four lessons just might impact your teaching career more than anything you ever learned in college or in your pre-service days. If you are a veteran teacher or administrator, you owe it to your new teacher colleagues to share this with them and challenge them to seriously consider these lessons, as they represent the kind of reform that education sorely needs.” To read further please click here:


Jul 22

Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality

By: Kelly Walsh

ar“Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting and exciting tools emerging in the academic world today.

Here are a handful of videos showing many fun, engaging ways in which educators and students are using this powerful digital technology.

Shaw Wood Primary School use Aurasma throughout the school, and it has been adopted by teachers, parents and pupils alike.” To read further please click here:http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/07/how-teachers-and-students-are-using-augmented-reality/

Jul 22

Teacher’s end-of-term report to parents: your behaviour is getting worse

parenttsBy: theguardian.com

British values

I am becoming increasingly worried that some of our children are being subjected to racist attitudes at home, which they are bringing into school. We spend a lot of time discussing issues such as tolerance in lessons, yet this year I’ve heard children as young as six openly use words like “Chinky”, “Paki” and worse, without any sense of wrongdoing. If your children carry on using this language in or out of school, they’re going to get into serious trouble. And you are, too. Because we report this stuff, and it isn’t us that teaches it to them.

Jul 22

5 Tips To Create Strong Learning Environments With iPads

By: GDC Team

praise“EdTechTeacher’s first iPad Summit was held in Boston in November 2012, and one of the first magazine articles that came out about our the event was: “The iPads in Education Conference That’s Not About iPads.” We loved the title. We will admit it; the title of the iPad Summit was a trick to get people who think they are interested in iPads to get really interested in great teaching and learning, which takes advantage of iPads.

Three years ago, we started seeing schools and districts making major investments in iPads, and we started hearing those same schools ask for help to support teachers as they incorporated these new devices into their classrooms. Those early adopters have been joined by other schools at an incredibly rapid pace, and for these last three years we have studied the practices of the best early adopters and have examined their successes and challenges.

One conclusion we’ve drawn is that there are no must-have apps for every classroom. Every conversation about technology needs to start with the question: “What do you want your kids to be able to do when they leave your classroom, your grade, your building, or your district? What do you care most about? How might technology help you do what you care most about even better?”” To read further please click here:  http://globaldigitalcitizen.org/5-tips-for-learning-environments-ipads

Jul 21

Augmented Reality – The Coolest Instructional Technology You’ve Never Heard of?

By: Maria Politis

arrr“Educators are always looking for new ways to enhance learning and expand the horizons of students in an engaging and interactive way. Gone are the days when class plans were based around exercises from a text book. The world around us is changing rapidly and even preschool age children are becoming more proficient with different types of handheld devices like tablets.

These devices are an integral part of more classrooms every day and are being used to complete homework activities, present projects, upload assignments and participate in classroom collaborations. Many school systems around the world are starting to move into the world of BYOD – Bring Your Own Device, which means that the tech we use in the classroom needs to work across multiple devices and platforms.

Augmented Reality is an example of a technology that can make classroom learning more interactive and enriching. No longer solely the realm of sci-fi films there are now real, practical examples of Augmented Reality used in classrooms all over the world. The ability to overlay digital content and information onto the real world, using triggers like images and locations, opens up a world of rich learning opportunities.” To read further please click here:  http://www.emergingedtech.com/2014/04/augmented-reality-emerging-education-technology/