From DSC:
The other day, I mentioned how important it will be for institutions of higher education to increase the priority of experimentation. Clicking on the graphic below will give you an example of the kind of vision/experiment that I’m talking about.

(Though, more practically speaking, to operationalize this type of vision would actually require a series of much smaller experiments; I just wanted to present the overall vision of how these pieces might fit together).

 

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Also relevant is this upcoming event from educause:

 

1/8/13 addendum resulting from a Tweet from a great colleague, Mr. Travis LaFleur (@travislafleur), UX Designer at BiggsGilmore

 

 

A list of all the best iPad apps teachers need ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning / educatorstechnology.com

Excerpt:

We have been doing a lot of  reviews of educational  mobile apps. We particularly focused on the ones that work on iPad and we tried to cover almost all the fields from digital story telling to apps to teach creativity. Our purpose is to provide teachers with a repository of apps to choose from  when trying them with their students in the classroom. Check out the categories below and click on any title to access the correspondent apps it contains. Enjoy!

10 great apps for a teacher’s new iPad — from ipadapps4school.com by Richard Byrne

iPad resources, sources & tools — from GettingSmart.com by Tom Vander Ark

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The iPad: A useful resource to help students with learning disabilities — from utorbright.com

Excerpt:

Story Builder
Math Bingo
Proloquo2Go
Super Duper: What Are They Thinking
Conversation Builder

To better understand how the iPad can positively impact a child’s learning experience, here is a video of a nine year-old boy named Leo who is using an iPad app called First Words. Leo has autism but he is doing exceptionally well with spelling and pairing pictures with words.

Further references mentioned:
http://www.squidoo.com/ipad-for-autism

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/14/tech/gaming-gadgets/ipad-autism/index.html

 

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Understanding dual screen content apps: A market overview [Costa]

 

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10 steps to a successful school iPad program — from ipadeducators.ning.com by Sam Gliksman

Excerpt:

iPads have certainly become a highly desired commodity in education. Apple is reporting that schools are purchasing iPads by a ratio of 2:1 over MacBooks. However, that rush to purchase the latest technologies often precedes the careful planning and preparation that’s crucial to their success as educational tools.

Stated simply, technology alone doesn’t have the capacity to improve education. It needs to be woven into a holistic approach to education that encompasses thorough planning and ongoing review of the skills and competencies required by the rapidly changing society that characterizes life in the 21st century.

Well-planned technology deployments have the potential to have a remarkably transformative impact on schools and students. Here’s a list of ten vital elements of a successful iPad implementation in schools.

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“Mom! Check out what I did at school today!”

If you’re a parent, don’t you love to hear the excitement in your son’s or daughter’s voice when they bring home something from school that really peaked their interest? Their passions?

I woke up last night with several ideas and thoughts on how technology could help students become — and stay — engaged, while passing over more control and choice to the students in order for them to pursue their own interests and passions. The idea would enable students to efficiently gain some exposure to a variety of things to see if those things were interesting to them — perhaps opening a way for a future internship or, eventually, a career.

The device I pictured in my mind was the sort of device that I saw a while back out at Double Robotics and/or at Suitable Technologies:

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doublerobotics dot com -- wheels for your iPad

 

 

Remote presence system called Beam -- from Suitable Technologies - September 2012

 

The thoughts centered on implementing a growing network of such remote-controlled, mobile, videoconferencing-based sorts of devices, that were hooked up to voice translation engines.  Students could control such devices to pursue things that they wanted to know more about, such as:

  • Touring the Louvre in Paris
  • Being backstage at a Broadway musical or checking out a live performance of Macbeth
  • Watching a filming of a National Geographic Special in the Fiji Islands
  • Attending an IEEE International Conference in Taiwan
  • Attending an Educause Conference or a Sloan C event to get further knowledge about how to maximize your time studying online or within a hybrid environment
  • Touring The Exploratorium in San Francisco
  • Touring the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago
  • Being a fly on the wall during a Senate hearing/debate
  • Seeing how changes are made in the assembly lines at a Ford plant
  • Or perhaps, when a student wheels their device to a particular area — such as the front row of a conference, the signal automatically switches to the main speaker/event (keynote speakers, panel, etc. via machine-to-machine communications)
  • Inviting guest speakers into a class: pastors, authors, poets, composers, etc.
  • Work with local/virtual teams on how to heighten public awareness re: a project that deals with sustainability
  • Virtually head to another country to immerse themselves in another country’s language — and, vice versa, help them learn the students’ native languages

For accountability — as well as for setting aside intentional time to process the information — students would update their own blogs about what they experienced, heard, and saw.  They would need to include at least one image, along with the text they write about their experience.  Or perhaps a brief/edited piece of digital video or audio of some of the statements that they heard that really resonated with them, or that they had further questions on.  The default setting on such postings would be to be kept private, but if the teacher and the student felt that a posting could/should be made public, a quick setting could be checked to publish it out there for others to see/experience.

Real world. Engaging. Passing over more choice and control to the students so that they can pursue what they are passionate about.

 

 

 

5 ways to show your iPad on a projector screen

 

 

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The best screencasting apps for the iPad — from jonathanwylie.com

Excerpt:

However, by far my favorite of all the apps is ExplainEverything.  Unlike the three I just mentioned, it is a paid app [$2.99], but you get so much for your money that it is a compelling choice for all schools using iPads. You can record your video over multiple pages, re-record audio as you please, use the page sorter to rearrange or see your pages at a glance. You can have almost any pen color you can imagine, a choice of 5 pen widths, control over pen transparency and choice of two pen tips. The app has a built-in laser pointer, shape tool and text tool with more fonts that you could ever need. You can even insert a web browser and record a live website as part of your screencast.

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The single most important factor for iPad success in schools — from the Learning in Hand blog by Tony Vincent

Excerpts:

The researchers found that “personal ‘ownership’ of the device is seen as the single most important factor for successful use of this technology.” They found ownership is fundamental for increasing students levels of motivation, interest, and engagement. Personal ownership promotes greater student autonomy and self-efficacy. Best of all, ownership encourages students to take more responsibility for their learning.

The study also found that teachers using iPads changed their approach to teaching. Pedagogical shifts include:

  • more collaboration
  • more creative expression
  • a strong learning community
  • better support for students of all abilities
  • students take it upon themselves to teach and coach each other
  • higher quality of teaching perceived by students
  • teachers give better feedback to students about their learning

 

An interesting augmented reality app:

Some other innovative apps:

  • Nuclear — with thanks going out to Mr. Steven Chevalia for this find/resource
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Nuclear lets you learn, play, discover and explore the chemical elements at the atomic scale.

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http://robotsapp.spectrum.ieee.org/

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  • Solar Walk — with thanks going out to Mr. Steven Chevalia for this find/resource
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The Wider Image app from Reuters

 

From DSC:
Publishers — take a look at what Reuters is doing here; consider offering such a constantly up-to-date stream of content that fills up digital “textbooks.”

 

Addendum:

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Note Anytime app

 

Note Anytime – Write stylish notes, mash up handwritten text or typed text with photos and high resolution graphics; scale from a piece of paper to a whiteboard, then output to your favorite social networks. Take a Note Anytime! By MetaMoJi Corporation

Nuance Communications Inc. : Nuance introduces PaperPort Notes 2.0, new iPad app unites speech recognition and text conversion — from 4-traders.com
Most complete notetaking app can now grab text from images taken with iPad camera

Excerpt:

BURLINGTON, Mass., – November 20, 2012 – Nuance Communications, Inc. today launched version 2.0 of its PaperPort Notes app for the Apple iPad, introducing the ability to capture text from an image taken with the iPad’s built-in camera and instantly transform the words into accurate and editable notes. With a simple tap of a finger, it is easy to grab text from a picture or image of a sign, PowerPoint presentation, business card, receipt, or a handout.

 

Description (from iTunes)
PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information. Now you can combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone.

PaperPort Notes brings you a complete note taking experience on the iPad that you won’t want to ever be without.

  • Quickly take typed and/or free hand notes
  • Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking
  • Convert scanned documents from the camera or photo albumn into editable text using the Nuance OmniPage Cloud service
  • Leverage powerful annotative tools to quickly mark up documents
  • Never miss another detail by adding audio page by page within your notes
  • Combine full documents, individual pages, content from the web and notes into a single document.
  • Powerful search, copy/paste, reordering and bookmarking tools allow you to quickly navigate your notes while staying organized
  • Access and share content using your favorite cloud storage services
  • PaperPort Anywhere connector provides access to files stored online or within PaperPort Desktop
  •  Much more… Follow us on twitter for tips and updates @PaperPortNotes

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10 excellent iPad apps you should download right now — from Mashable.com by  James O’Brien

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 ClickShare from Barco- the one click wonder

— With thanks to Custer for this resource

 

How to use ClickShare, the wireless presentation and collaboration system for meeting rooms

 

 

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— from universalmind.com – also see this posting re: the above iPad table
With a special thanks going out to Mr. Brad Kortman at Calvin College for these resources

 

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26 iBooks Author how-to videos — from freetech4teachers.com by Richard Byrne

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Addendum on 11/19/12:

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Gift guide: Explore Shakespeare iPad apps — from techcrunch.com by Natasha Lomas

Excerpt:

The Explore Shakespeare iPad apps are interactive versions of Shakespeare plays, made on behalf of venerable British publisher Cambridge University Press. In addition to the full text of either Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet, you get an entire audio performance, plus photos of productions, glossaries and textual notes, plot synopses, academic articles, study activities and more. A perfect gift for students, or anyone with more than a passing interest in the bard.

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