"As you will all be aware I have a major interest, some might say obsession with mobile applications. However one thing that has been lacking is an app that could replace/improve the assessment process that I currently use with my students. In order for an app to be a viable replacement, It would need to not only replicate what is possible using more traditional methods, but it should make the once impossible, possible and it should do it in a simple straight forward manner."
"For iOS version 5.0.1. Get the most from your iPad: LiveBinders app version 1.0 for the iPad gives you quick access to all of the binders you've created and those you've collected on your custom shelves. This version uses Safari browser to present and edit these binders. "
"A fellow ITS, Brad Cloud, was scheduled to conduct an iPad lesson with some recent immigrants at Nimitz Middle School. He mentioned he was looking for an app that would be useful for sentence building. I instantly thought of Read on Sight Free (formerly Word-Blocks) which was one of the apps that we had featured on our Hot Apps 4 Literacy show."
"Bloom’s Taxonomy is by no means the best or only way to categorize websites, apps or other educational tools. However, I often find that for my purposes, it is a really nice way to organize tools so that I can find them later. It also keeps me (and my students) thinking about the learning process and keeps us all from getting stuck in a one-type-of-learning rut."
"iTunes U has been around for a long time, but its expansion last week onto iPhones and iPads, as well as into new content like K-12 curriculum, has truly made this a 2.0 release. And it's very, very good."
"Late last week, Apple announced the launch of a new piece of software, iBooks Author, and a new version of its eBook reader, iBooks 2. It’s a development that promises to accelerate the move to interactive eBooks, by radically simplifying their development."
"For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found eight great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included eight apps for staying healthy in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis."
The idea behind this is to introduce students to a variety of books and form classroom book groups. How does Extreme Speed Booking work? A whole lot like speed dating. Students spend a little time with each book and then rate them accordingly with “I want to read more”, “Interesting”, “Not for me”, or “I’ve already read”. Students can also make a note of how interested they are in reading the book (maybe a 1-10 scale)? This process introduces students to a variety of books, genres and authors. Students may come across titles and authors they wouldn’t otherwise find. It also helps teachers form classroom book groups that are of high-interest and investment to students because they had input.
"Flipboard creates beautiful interactive digital magazines on your iPad based on your selection of social media feeds – from news websites, Twitter, Google Reader, blogs, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, and blogs. It brings reading to life, and it’s FREE!"
"Apps and web apps are only as purposeful as the products and projects that they are used to create. After spending copious amounts of time publishing “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” to iBooks, I felt I should allocate some time to focus on web apps and how they too can be used to support higher order thinking skills."
"Over on Kickstarter is the Jaja iPad Pressure Sensitive Stylus. The project name is ‘Worlds First’ which we can’t say for certain if they beat Adonit in the design release. While Adonit is showing theirs at shows, Jaja is stating they should have a finished product shipping in April. Jaja has hit their requested money so the project will get funded and the stylus should get built. We want these pens so we hope everyone ships on time!"
"For many of us, it can be terribly difficult to wake up in the morning. While there is no real solution to this aside from quitting your job, there are ways to improve the situation. The apps in this AppGuide will track your sleep patterns based on your movement throughout the night and wake you up at the best possible time within the time frame that you set."
"What if your school had the means to purchase a piece of education technology for your classroom? What would you pick?
Given the choice, a school in the UK went right for the iPad (as you probably guessed from the title of this article). Why did they pick iPads? Because that’s what the students, faculty, staff, and parents all wanted to as fast as possible. They had the option to have netbooks, laptops, and other education technology but it was iPads all the way."
"The ‘app’ is more of a enhanced book application called Color Uncovered. It’s purpose is to help you better understand everything about colors. How your eyes see colors, how your mind ‘sees’ colors, how colors play into the impact of a photo and ads. It is actually a very important subject for anyone that snaps a photo from time to time. As well, helpful to our creative and not so creative folks. It’s a all-ages, everyone app… and it’s free."
"While all Apple products come with the built in Calendar app, there are plenty of other options out there that are just as serviceable and more alluring. From unique features to eye-grabbing interfaces, this list will direct you toward calendar applications that will keep you on track and up-to-date with your own life."
"The challenge then with the iPad is like anything else computer related. Can we get the teachers on board? Regardless of Apple’s PR machine telling us how magical and simple it is, despite the fact a toddler can pick one up and play games without batting their cute little eyelids, the fact remains there are still many teachers who haven’t embraced laptops after 15 years of exposure let alone a completely different system present in the iPad."
"Most iPad and iPhone owners rely on their Apple ID password to prevent access to their account details. This won't stop a hacker gaining access to your personal account and log in details. Here's how to hack an iPad."
"Landka’s Back in Time for iPad, which is part edu-app and part digital coffee table book, tweaks Sagan’s metaphoric Cosmic Calendar by collapsing the history of the universe’s 13.7 billion years into a single day."