If you wish to create a multi-touch iOS app for the iPhone or iPad, then you will need to know how to use xCode Apple development software and the programming language Objective-C. While this is a bold endeavor, it is a massive time and learning commitment that most teachers can’t make.
The average teacher with a creative idea for an app that supports learning may never see it come to fruition due to lack of know-how or lack of resources to invest in its development. Enter iBooks Author.
iBooks Author is Apple’s standard for e-publishing. It is free in the Mac app store and is everything but ‘standard’ when it comes to delivering a polished interactive iBook. The WYSIWYG interface makes it easy to drag and drop text, images, media, and interactive elements on to it’s pages and export a multi-touch book with a push of a button.
While digital books may not be the app envisioned by the teacher, they offer an ‘app-like’ feel of interaction and hold great potential for creating a dynamic learning experience that fosters multiple styles of learning.
For many students, writing a novel summary is not exactly a glamorous assignment. But writing a novel summary using a timeline-based storytelling platform with embedded original content, hyperlinks, videos, and pictures might just make developing re-cap of A Christmas Carol interesting, argues Lake Geneva Middle School language arts teacher Rob Granger.
In lieu of standard re-caps, Granger asks his students to create Meographs, four-dimensional narratives that contextualize stories using maps to provide time and place references to original content. A part of the growing BYOD initiative in schools, Meograph is just one of the hundreds of apps designed to reshape storytelling.
T.H.E. Journal asked eduTecher founder and FETC speaker Adam Bellow and Donna Criswell, an instructional integration specialist at the Sudbury (MA) Public School District, for the most creative storytelling apps available, and we did a little digging on our own, too. The results, listed below, turn students into novelists, artists, and moviemakers, with each tool bringing its own powerful mechanism for transforming the traditional narrative–both inside and outside the classroom.
According to Bellow, students can share these stories with, at the very least, their peers, but also with friends and family and on social networks, “So there’s a real audience out there who can find their stories as well.”
From Jane Hart’s Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies…
A learning tool is a tool to create or deliver learning content/solutions for others, or a tool for your own personal or professional learning.
Here is the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 as voted for by 582 learning professionals worldwide. Below is the slideset available via Slideshare and beneath it the textual list. Other pages are available as follows:
Short analysis of the list | Best of Breed (categorised list) | Winners & Losers 2012
Very good news for Skitch users out there. Evernote has released Skitch 2.0 (free), a very welcome update to the Skitch app. Skitch is a screenshot and photo annotating app that is very easy to use. With this update, all your Skitch images are synced immediately into Evernote into a notebook appropriately called “Skitch“. Beforehand, you had to tap a few buttons for each image to be sent to Evernote. Now, Skitch files will be made available for viewing on all your other devices: Macs, PCs, iPhones, even iPod touch. If you would prefer not to use Evernote, you can still save to Camera Roll, but there won’t be any syncing. However, it only takes a minute to sign up for Evernote if you do not have an account yet. Evernote as a complete service presents countless benefits to improving your organizational skills.
There are tons of apps out there geared toward students. But, not all of them offer exactly the support that students need most. When it comes to academic life, function is often much more important than looks and perks, and way too many apps neglect the basic things students really need. Because most of us don’t have the time to download every academic app and see which work best, I’ve collected some of the apps that have seemed to stand the test of time and have also received rave review from students across the world. Here are some top apps for college students that will always be worth the download:
For students looking for an app that will help them take and organize notes, this is by far one of the best. Students can sync Evernote to their mobile devices and personal computers and take notes from anywhere. It helps organize current thought processes and find old notes quickly and easily. It also records audio notes and includes tons of features designed especially for students. Check it out for free here.
We all love being able to access study materials, textbooks, academic articles, and all other research materials in an online format. The only problem is it makes it harder to physically take notes, highlight and organize our research materials. This is where Diigo comes in handy. Users can read and highlight within text and image files, so it makes it easier to take notes in the same way as you would with physical documents. It’s also great for organizing and sharing resources. Try it here.
This is an absolute must for any college student who does a good amount of writing and researching. This app brings Wikipedia straight to your mobile device and is specifically designed to streamline access on a mobile. Students have access to open source information on the go and it’s really handy to use during class. Download the free app here.
4. Rate My Professors
Whether you need info on a current professor or would like to check out your options for future courses, the first place to go is RateMyProfessor. Designed for both Android an iPhone devices, this app allows students to have access to information about any professor in the database while on the go. Perfect for quick searches during course registration. Try it out here.
Caroline Ross is a former educator who writes for www.accreditedonlineuniversities.com. She is an avid reader and advocate for global education and equality. Please submit any comments or feedback in the section below!
The iPad and iPhone have taken the world by storm. Only very recently have filmmakers started to see their potential in a production environment. The iPad has only been out a few months and we are already seeing it used in some very creative ways.
For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps that our Deal Leader Steve Jobs has approved for the App Store. As more filmmakers explore the possibilities with these powerful mobile devices, we are sure this list will continue to grow.
SimpleDiagrams is a small desktop application that helps you express your ideas quickly and simply. There’s just enough functionality to describe a thought or capture a process.
SimpleDiagrams keeps the visual expression of ideas clear through the simple design of library items and backgrounds. Because the last thing you want to do is overload your audience with over-cooked visuals.
Hating on your complex diagramming software? Come on, you’ve got better things to do. Making a diagram with SimpleDiagrams is simple and easy…dare we say fun. And with a standard friendly visual language, your diagrams are consistent and cohesive.
Drag, drop and size symbols from libraries
Add photos and post-notes
Various background styles (chalkboard, whiteboard, etc.)
Save diagrams on your computer
Export your diagram to PNG
Create custom libraries
And, since SimpleDiagrams is built on the Adobe AIR™ platform, it will run smoothly on Mac and Windows.
Here’s a screenshot of the application in use:
SimpleDiagrams is easy to use and you’ll be creating your diagrams in no time.
Course Builder packages the software and technology Google used to build our Power Searching with Google online course (www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com). The first time we offered Power Searching, 155,000 students registered and over 20,000 students completed the course.
Creating computer based materials can be incredibly time consuming and also very frustrating as websites and web based content can change so quickly, that’s why it is always so nice to discover tools like Textivate which can enable you to create instant interactivity using almost any text you find from around the web.
All you need to do is copy and paste your text into the Textivate window and then click on ‘textivate now’.
Here you can see some text I have copied from the Goldilocks story which I found on the Project Gutenberg site.
Now I get a range of different exercise types to choose from. All I have to do to generate the exercise is to click on one of the square and I instantly have an interactive activity.
Mobile phones managed to mostly kick their classroom stigma once the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and other PDA-cellular hybrids also known as “smartphones,” but you knew that already popped onto the scene. Thanks to the veritable Library of Alexandria of apps available on the respective markets, life can run that much smoother for professionals of all types. And that, of course, includes teachers.
We’ve discovered a seemingly endless collection of smartphone apps that teachers can put to work in the classroom and beyond, creating a powerhouse of back-to-school mobile tools. Read on to discover 50 of the best smartphone apps for teachers, and share any personal favorites we’ve missed in the comments.
Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.