"Thanks to all who attended my presentation at the ESD on January 11th. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about managing an iPad roll out in your district. You can find links to various resources below."
"Taking this as a starting point, some individuals and organisations have come up with a number of applications that can be used to assist children with learning difficulties. The apps currently on the market cover a variety of developmental issues — including emotional, social, organisational and basic skill learning.
Below is a selection of apps I discovered and tested that are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. For the full selection, view the gallery."
"The whole ‘kids coloring’ books has changed now that Crayola has come to the iPad. They released a fun stylus last year, which several of us have, just for fun. Now, they have rolled out a literally endless number of pages coloring book. The basic Crayola Lights, Camera, Color! HD app converts any image you have on your iPad (or take with the iPad2 camera) to a line art, ready for coloring. Included 64 crayon colors, 24 colored pencils, 10 Crayola markers and even an eraser."
"OnLive, Inc. introduced the company’s latest cloud initiative last week with the debut of OnLive Desktop, a free App Store offering that brings a touch-friendly Windows 7 experience to the iPad, complete with full-featured Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. "
"After having become familiar with various apps, I’ve decided that it is time to put my bulky laptop aside and use the iPad almost exclusively in my history lessons. I have resolved not to go out of my way to accommodate the iPad, but to teach in a way that I would normally. If I am to discover new ways of doing things in lessons along the way, so be it."
"Readers in the Pacific Northwest and certain portions of the midwest will understand: You hear of an awesome celestial event, set your alarm, wake at 3am, run outside, and it's all clouds as far as the eye can see. Galileo saw moons orbiting Jupiter with just his crummy telescope, but you can't even make out Orion with all the light pollution. Where the heck do you look when you want to even try to find a constellation? You look in the App Store, silly."
"Introducing an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, current, engrossing, and truly interactive. A textbook created by publishers using a new authoring tool from Apple. A textbook brought to life by iPad.
Watch the iBooks textbooks video
"Apple has set the stage for a textbook revolution with the new iBooks 2 and free iBooks Author software, but as it turns out, that was only the first of the company’s plans to unveil in New York City today -- Cupertino is also introducing a new iTunes U app for allowing colleges and universities to share their knowledge with the world."
"Individual Education Programs (IEP) can be difficult to put in place at the best of times. IEP's are sometime a source of concern and frustration. The more informed people are about the IEP process the better the IEP can be. Parents will normally work with teachers to develop a plan to help the students succeed in school. The IEP assists this process by describing the goals the whole team sets for a student during the school year, as well as any special support needed to help achieve them. Here are a number of apps that make managing and collecting data for the IEP Process just that little bit easier."
"More and more schools are jumping on the digital bandwagon and adopting iPads for daily use in the classroom. Apple’s education-related announcements yesterday will no doubt bolster the trend, making faculty tools and student textbooks more engaging and accessible."
"utting aside for a moment the IP ownership questions regarding content exported from Apple's iBooks Author tool, the company's strategy to increase its presence in education and learning is significant."
"The Apple announcement this week about iBooks Author - the new app that will allow anyone to create and distribute multimedia interactive books has been a long time coming. The initial introduction of PDF documents and then ePub documents into iBooks was always a stop gap measure because of the limitations of each of the individual formats. Anyone could produce these documents but they did not really live up to the promise of what we knew was possible. I knew what we could create in Pages but I was unable to reproduce this in an interactive format to distribute to my students on iBooks."
"Some of the best use I’ve seen of apps on the iPad is where teachers have engaged students using apps in conjunction with others. Filming activities, recording audio, adding the media to Keynote and annotating, demonstrating learning – that said, there are some great subject specific apps out there and in this post I’ll cover some of the apps available for the Humanities subject Geography."
"It's January, which means you're probably thinking about your finances for the upcoming year. Tax season is right around the corner. There might be employment changes coming or large purchases on your mind. Here are five apps to help you keep track of your money as it goes in and out of your wallet."