Apple has a roll in educational technology since the first computers were introduced in the classroom. The Apple II, HyperStudio projects, the colorful iMac, the countless iPad 1:1 programs. Apple always had some of the (if not the) best products available for education. They are slipping in the education market though. Where Apple has failed… Read more Apple’s Closed Garden is a Problem In Education.
1-1 programs for school districts is nothing new. The idea is to give every student their own device to use. Students are given a Chromebook, an iPad, a Laptop, or any mobile device to use as if it was their own. This gives every student equal access to technology. Along the same lines as 1-1… Read more Pick Your Own Device 1-1 Program
I recently conducted an Introduction to Google Classroom presentation during a professional development day. The PD was aimed at getting teachers more comfortable with Google Classroom and showing them how it helps with classroom management. The PD was done with grade 6-8 teachers in a Google Apps district. Teachers have had access to Google Classroom… Read more Professional Development: Introduction To Google Classroom
TL;DR Yes! Not having social media in schools is not preparing our students for life beyond the school walls, and believing that educations lives in a vacuum. Today, many people are using social media as their primary news source. Students need to be able to use social media in schools so they can learn how… Read more Should Social Media Be Allowed In Schools?
It’s a trend in education that is becoming more and more common. A school district will pick a single technology platform to build from. Are you a Google district? Apple? Microsoft? It’s easy to understand why districts choose a platform. It makes everything easier. It brings consistency across your schools, makes PD easier, makes managing… Read more Education Fragmentation
Google is becoming the most popular platform in education. Many of the school districts I’ve worked for or with are using Google Apps for Education. This gives every person in the district access to Google Drive, but it seems an under utilized resource. Most people use Google Drive as a Microsoft Office replacement. They edit… Read more Google Drive As A Digital Library
I am always researching how Linux and open source software are used in a classroom or education setting. I like to stay up to date with any developments. In reading countless blog posts, Google Slides presentation, and discussion threads, I’ve found a few patterns. Two points in particular are often brought up and used as… Read more The Argument for Linux in Education
J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly, a personal finance blog, has a nice write-up about the cost of ebooks. As well as some of the pros and cons of buying ebooks. The excerpt below is a great little summary of when it’s a good idea to buy an ebook and when it’s still best to… Read more Are eBooks Cost Effective?
In one word, Software. More specifically, Whispernet and Whispersync. Amazon’s own ways of keeping all your ebooks organized and accessible. Accessibility Amazon has created a quality and consistent user experience across multiple devices. Once you buy a book it travels with you, not you having to travel with the book. What do I mean by… Read more Why Amazon Is Winnng the Ebook War
The first installment of ‘10 iPad Apps for the Classroom’ was popular enough, I decided to do a follow up. A lot more time and a lot more Apps have been developed for the iPad since the last article. I’ll highlight some of my favorites and most useful ones. Frog Dissection ($4.99) – A digital… Read more 10 (more) iPad Apps for the Classroom