Unless you had your computer turned off yesterday, you missed all of the big announcements from Apple. Perhaps one of the most speculated was the inclusion of a higher resolution screen on the MacBook Pro. I was mildly interested in it; after all the new iPad came with that type of screen at about the same price as the previous product. I wasn’t expecting such a price tag though. Whoa! $2249 as a starting price? Of course, there’s more than the screen and, while the other products in the MacBook Pro line got enhancements, they didn’t get the display. Interesting. While I get that there are people who wish to edit in the high def world (“The Boy” is one of them), that’s quite an investment.
But, that’s not what I’m writing about here….it was this story that really caught my eye. New iPad Feature Prevents Students From Cheating On Tests
It’s a use of a feature designed for Guided Access to help those who are easily distracted stay with a desired application. Granted, there may be some students with needs who need to be locked into one application. I’m not sure that there’s much need after that. After all, I know a certain 2-year old who knows that when Talking Tom wants to sell some in-app stuff, he just taps the X and goes back to tapping away at Tom’s feet.
But, to use this “feature” to keep students from “cheating on tests”?
That really rubs me the wrong way. Here’s why…
- If you’re progressive enough in your classroom to have this sort of technology, you’re progressive enough to have an assessment that doesn’t rely on simple lookup for answers – you’re creating something meaningful with the product;
- Hopefully, you’re using “Open iPad Tests” like you would “Open Book Tests” and allow for lookups based upon student work. For me in the computer science classroom, that’s really important. Do you need to know how to write a Bubble Sort from memory? I’d be more impressed if you were able to incorporate that routine into a more involved program;
- There’s no mention of a mass control of the feature ala Net Support School where a teacher can control all connected devices from a central console;
- That pretty much scuttles a BYOD program. Imagine the letter to parents – “We’re a BYOD classroom. In order to participate, you must not have an iPad that doesn’t support iOS6, you must have all updates installed, and you must allow me to go in and configure your child’s iPad so that she/he may take the test”
Of course, if you’re having difficulty convincing people to buy technology, you could always point out this feature. Everyone who’s gone to school can appreciate the educational drill and kill that is “Parts of the Microscope”. Get the tech and do amazing things with it!
Panoramio – Photos of the World
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iPads in Schools – LiveBinder
Huge collection of iPad resources for education
12 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Your iPad – Business Insider
The iPad is a more capable device than a lot of people may realize.
Despite iOS being a scaled-down operating system, there are loads of features buried inside of it, and it’s robust enough to run some powerful apps on top of it.
Create the Environment | Connected Principals
I had the amazing opportunity to speak to the Alberta School Boards’ Association (ASBA) and share some of the work that we have been doing in Parkland School Division, and some of the things that I see happening around the world with innovation
Student starts petition to reinstate teacher who gave zeros – Edmonton – CBC News
A student has started a petition to get suspended physics and science teacher Lynden Dorval reinstated at his Edmonton high school.
New iPad Feature Prevents Students From Cheating On Tests | Edudemic
During Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, we noticed a big update to a little-known piece of the mobile operating software on iPads. In an effort to improve accessibility, Apple created a functionality called ‘Guided Access.’ It’s basically a way for you to take granular control over parts of the iPad that you never could before.
Go to school, get a Lumia 900: all incoming Seton Hall University freshmen to receive a Windows Phone – Engadget
Granted, this’ll be just one more way for upperclassmen to quickly identify the newbies, but all incoming freshmen to New Jersey’s Seton Hall University will be given a Nokia Lumia 900 upon orientation, as a means to integrate technology with the school’s curriculum
A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers
Digital storytelling, the practice of combining narrative with digital content, is gaining more ground in the educational field.Many schools and educational centres all around the globe are including learning method in their curriculums and the results are really promising : more of students engagement and a bigger degree of motivation.
BBC News – Shakespeare lessons for three year olds
Any concerns about Shakespeare not appealing to the young are being challenged by a project bringing The Tempest to nursery-age children.
The Honor Roll: 50 Must-Read K–12 Education IT Blogs | EdTech Magazine
Our list includes a diverse mix of voices. You’ll recognize some industry luminaries, but you’ll also find some less familiar names. All 50 blogs offer valuable insights that enhance and advance the K–12 discussion. We also created a list of the best higher education technology bloggers here.
Urban Elementary Students Publish Their Own Math E-textbook | Getting Smart by %author_name% | %tag%
Jon Smith, or @theipodteacher as I’ve come to know him, caught my attention on Twitter this week. Students in Mr. Smith’s sixth grade classroom at Gibbs Elementary in Ohio’s Canton City Schools just published their own math textbook, released just days ago on iTunes!
Apple is good about lying with statistics when the truth hurts – Neowin
Oh Apple, you are really good at creating hype and even building products. We love competition in the field and because of it, you force the marketplace to be innovative and push boundaries but at the same time, you love making yourself look like the champion in all things but sometimes, the truth hurts.
Linus Torvalds: Windows 8 Secure Boot Doesn’t Destroy Linux | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
Many Linux lovers are worried that Microsoft’s new Secure Boot technology will make it more difficult to get the open source operating system onto machines that originally ship with Windows 8. But Linux founder Linus Torvalds believes that the complaints are overblown. The bigger issue, he says, is that Secure Boot can be hacked.
iPad Not Required: Macs Can Now Wirelessly Mirror Displays | Edudemic
Up until this point, we’ve recommended that classroom have at least one iPad so they can take advantage of a critical piece of interaction in the classroom: wireless video mirroring. By mirroring, I mean the ability to show your display in real-time on other screens. Like a mirror.
6 Keys to Engaging Students Online — Campus Technology
While some instructors think online teaching will be a breeze, the truth is that the best teachers work really hard to connect with students. CT shares tips from an insider.
Google launches Metro-style Chrome browser for Windows 8 — and it rocks | VentureBeat
Google has released its first attempt at making its popular Chrome browser work with Windows 8′s Metro-style design aesthetic, and because the app ignores some of Microsoft’s Metro mandates, it’s actually quite good.
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