Can we use primary sources and technology to promote civic engagement? Richard Hartshorne and Scott Waring of University of Central Florida say yes.
They shared a great set of resources to help you structure your use of technology in the classroom. They didn’t really share specific examples about civic engagement activities with these tools – mostly a review of the different tools – but they do have one lesson idea online.
All of the tech tools are free and easy to use: Read more
The iPad tablet is not a silver bullet that will solve all of your instructional problems but it is a very handy tool for lots of stuff. It’s moved from a simple collection device to one that can create, collaborate, and communicate with others.
But there always seems to be something new to learn about it. The Kensington folks, makers of iPad cases, have created a handy infographic to help you take advantage of some of the iPad’s ins and outs.
Check it out: Read more
We all know Netflix. Hard copy DVDs delivered to your door and on-demand, online video streaming. Depending on your account type, it’s basically unlimited access to video content, anywhere / anytime. Pretty wesome stuff for minimal amounts of money per month.
Is it possible to do the same thing with books?
Oyster says yes.
The new app lets you “rent” unlimited books for $9.95 per month and access them on your iPhone or iPad anywhere / anytime. Think Netflix for books. Pretty sweet. Read more
I’ve had a ton of fun over the last few weeks, working with teachers across the Midwest on the best ways to integrate iPads into their instruction. I’m convinced that teachers need both content-neutral and content-specific apps to be successful. Content-neutral apps such as Pages, Notability, and Paper 53 provide the tools you need to create and share products.
Content-specific apps can introduce and reinforce the stuff in our curriculum. Find six of my latest content-specific favs below. Some free. Some not. But all so cool, you’ll fall in love. Read more
Have iPads? Getting iPads? Confused a bit about how to actually use iPads?
You’re not alone. Tons of schools are jumping on the mobile tablet bandwagon. But they often jump on without giving teachers a whole lot of training. The infographic below – created by Tony Vincent and posted on his awesome Learning in Hand site – can be a jumpstart to learning more about how the iPad can impact teaching and learning. (Head over there and get the large six page version or a huge 24 page version.)
It highlights seven ways that you can use iPads in the classroom: Read more