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  • Is the iPad Coming to Your Classroom? | Teaching Matters
    Apple expert was that there isn t anything in place The device has to be tied to an iTunes account which initially has to be tied to a credit card Districts can t make large volume purchases with a software package pre installed It s all about individual customization Which I guess makes sense Just not for 5th graders So assuming they eventually figure this out what can an iPad do in a K 12 environment Being an open source advocate cheap sake I hate paying for software even if it is only a 99 app So I took a look at what you can get on an iPad for free Safari works great for the most part no flash support which is a nightmare for content providers However flash is supported if installed as part of an app So content providers will have to develop an app for their resources see above paragraph for the catch 22 Google has a great simple app for Google Apps for Education Mail Calendaring and Spreadsheets work great Docs do not you can t edit them The eBook reader is very nice experience The screen is large enough and the device light enough to read a long article without a problem It is somewhat bright but didn t bother me all that much There is a very good app gets you access to over 24 000 public domain classic books Educators can also download a variety of media apps NPR CNN NY Times and a variety of news outlets have apps Youtube Vimeo have apps for video and Wikipedia Worldbook for research Sesame street has a great app for young ones There are also a basic educational tools that could have interesting uses calculators including an impressive graphing calculator musical keyboards drawing mind

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/134 (2016-02-13)
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  • Google Wave and Schools | Teaching Matters
    a complicated application However after playing with it for a couple days my opinion is just the opposite So what is Google Wave The easiest way to think about Google Wave is to imagine real time email or a combination of email and instant messaging You can send and recieve messages just like email but if the person people you are writing to are online you can have a real time conversation with them They can even see your key strokes while you re typing On top of this tricked out email system they have added gadgets to enrich the whole experience These are embeddable tools that allow you to do such things as polling video conferencing even sudoku again all in real time There s even a playback feature if you want to visually see how the conversation took place So what does it do for Schools Teacher conferencing was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of Wave The real time communication tools with the flexibility of email and an archive of the conversation could be very powerful However online conferencing tools could be used for a variety of things parent teacher meetings online debates class to class projects Wave combines a lot of means of communicating mixing together email instant messaging video conferencing polling file sharing all of which will have some great classroom uses So what s the catch At the moment Google Wave suffers from the same problem that Google Apps for Education does there is no student user By this I mean to point out that a user in both Google Wave and Google Apps are equal and have equal access and rights within the system So a student could start a conversation or a Wave with another student do all

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/108 (2016-02-13)
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  • Google's New Assessment Tool | Teaching Matters
    and Fusion Tables is no different It makes looking at data simple if you ve ever struggled with a pivot table in excel you ll appreciate immediately what it does Fusion Tables takes a standard data table either imported from excel or shared from Google Apps and allows you to visualize the data without any technical complexity So imagine you re a middle school looking to improve your students in ELA You ve bought into the data movement you get that there will always be standardized tests and measures but that periodic assessments are also important You even have your teachers on board have setup data teams to meet and look at the data and have worked hard to standardize your rubrics But you don t have any money for a fancy system the ones your district provide you only work with the standardized data and everything else is either paper based or on individual spreadsheets gradebooks So how will Google help First setup Google Apps for education it s free and allows your teachers to collaborate on documents spreadsheets Next create a wiki spreadsheet for your school that has a column for the student grade teacher class and then any and every evaluative point throughout the year That s it no formulas or charts All your teachers easily enter in the data letting Google handle the work flow Then whenever you or your teachers or your data teams want you fire up Fusion Tables and visualize the data Want to look at the 8th grade Or maybe the lowest performing students in the 8th grade Or maybe the lowest performing students in writing conversions in the 8th grade Or maybe it s a specific teacher or student s trending that your curious about It s all right there within

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/node/107 (2016-02-13)
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