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Now Available: 98 Tech Problems From the Classroom: and How Students Can Solve Them « Ask a Tech Teacher
Running a tech lab can be frightening. What if there’s a problem you don’t know how to answer? What if the computers break? What if they all break at once?
Several years ago, in an effort to create a practical strategy for technology success, I started tracking how often I got the same tech questions from students. Soon, I extended it to parents who, in a well-intentioned effort to help with school work, often got stuck on a techie issue. Some spent hours on a problem that could have been solved in minutes–if only they knew how to do that.
Reimagining Books: How Citia’s iPad App Compares to a Paper Book
Kevin Kelly’s book What Technology Wants was one of my favorite non-fiction books of 2011. In my April 2011 review, I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. It’s fitting that Kelly’s book is the first to be turned into an iPad app on a new iOS platform called Citia. The result isn’t an ebook though, it’s more like a condensed summary of the book’s main ideas. So is Citia just a modern day CliffsNotes, or something more substantial?
Mozilla Is Building A “Simple” iPad Browser Called Junior | TechCrunch
Last week, Mozilla’s Product Design Strategy team quietly announced a few new projects including something called Junior, a Webkit browser for the iPad with no tabs or search bars. Instead, it uses simple gestures and a simplified UI to change the way we work with the web.
The #Learn365 Project
It has been a great experience to share the learning that has happened in Parkland School Division 184 project this past year. As shared on the site, this project has been modified from the #edu180atl initiative this year that was a great way to bring students and educators together to share the learning that happens every day. Without their open sharing, we would not have been able to do this project ourselves.
The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching
Blogging is one of the eventual realization of web 2.0 technologies. It is the driving engine behind this online information revolution. Thousands of blogs are created everyday and for different purposes. Some people blog to make money, some to share their voice with the world, some to immortalize their life events and diaries, and others blog just to vex and scam people.
The Retina MacBook Pro and the sound of repairability – The Next Web
Apple introduced a new MacBook Pro model during the keynote last week. It’s an impressive beast, but its primary draw is the insanely high-resolution Retina display.
In a manner similar to the last few portable releases from Apple, including the MacBook Air and the iPad, it was almost immediately attacked for its lack of potential upgradeability and its difficulty of third-party repair. But, perhaps because the Retina display is such a high-profile advancement, it seems to have gotten more attention than usual.
Windows 8: You’ll Absolutely Hate It At First (But Give It A Chance Anyway) | TechCrunch
Windows 8 is, without doubt, Microsoft’s most ambitious release in recent memory. It does away with a lot of what users have come to expect from Windows over the years. The iconic Start button is gone, for example. Instead, we now get an operating system that has a bit of a split personality, with Metro replacing the Start menu and offering full-screen apps and a legacy desktop with its usual taskbar, which basically looks like Windows 7.5.
Connect Your iPad to a Projector – Go Wireless with Apple TV & AirPlay Mirroring | iPad Academy
Many classrooms, conference rooms and boardrooms are equipped with computer projection systems. You can easily connect your iPad to a projector with Apple’s VGA Adapter and a common VGA cable. This adapter and cable combination allows you to show content from your iPad on the projection screen. I first wrote about this back in August of 2010.
Educational Technology Guy: Evernote for Education
Evernote is a way to get organized. It is a great, free resource that allows you to easily capture information using whatever device or operating system you use. It then makes this information accessible and searchable from anywhere. Their tagline: “Remember Everything.” It is a digital notebook that allows you to take text notes, clip web pages, upload images and files, and much more.
The 10 Best Script and Handwritten Google Web Fonts | Design Shack
A good script is hard to find. I’m extremely picky when it comes to this particular area of typefaces and tend to hate most of what I see. With this post, you can skip the work of sorting through the crap and cut straight to the awesome scripts that are readable, attractive and perfect for your site.
How Google May Identify Implicitly Local Queries
When you perform some searches, Google might include Maps results within the web search results for those queries, or it might include some local results that change when you change your location in Google. Those queries are ones that don’t include geographic information within them, yet Google somehow decides that there’s some geographic relevance to the terms being searched for.
PhotoShake! – Android Apps on Google Play
Shake it, New things happen!
With PhotoShake, you can easily combine one or more photos to make exciting and fun new images. PhotoShake is a photo editing program that you can use to share photos with family and friends on social networking sites.
The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs – The State of Tech PD in your PJ’s Online Conference
Google Docs makes it possible to create and share documents digitally. This is great for the classroom, but it can also be a management challenge if you have lots of students and lots of docs
………Experimental Blog: Closed Minds in an Open World
It is great that the Funding Council is committed to open – but we need more folks to know this – it should be reflected in institutional policies . It should stretch into schools and FE and other government agencies, who should be leading by example.
Introducing a Game-Based Curriculum in Higher Ed | Emerging Education Technology
The gamification movement is in full-effect with its fair share of proponents and opponents. Those in favor of the idea most often cite student motivation and the ability of games to simulate real world circumstances so that learners can safely explore these environments without endangering themselves or others.
8 Free and simple tools to create video tutorials for Teachers
One of the important digital skills that the 21st century teachers should have is the ability to create video tutorials to share with students.I know some of you might freak out when it comes to putting your digital skills to the test thinking that you could never make it.