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iPods in classroom inspiring young minds

Students show off the iPods they use as part of classroom learning at Timaru South School.
Students show off the iPods they use as part of classroom learning at Timaru South School.

Timaru South School students sit in class each day with a world’s worth of knowledge in the palms of their hands.
The school launched a programme at the beginning of the year to distribute iPod Touch technology to students for classroom use. The iPods are equipped with still cameras, video and audio recording and internet capability, and they run applications that dovetail with several areas of the curriculum, including science, maths and reading.
“It’s touch technology and that’s the technology of now,” principal Mike Hogan said. “It’s interactive and gives immediate feedback. It’s a medium kids respond to hugely.”
The initiative began in August when the school supplied iPods to its teachers with instructions to take them home and test them out for classroom use, Mr Hogan said. But now it’s the students themselves who are driving the programme – and in some cases, doing the teaching.
A group of nine student “techies” take home iPods after school and on weekends to test out new apps. They give feedback to teachers about which apps they liked. They also teach a few students in each classroom how to use new apps, and those students, in turn, teach the rest of the class.
Full Text: iPods in classroom inspiring young minds | Stuff.co.nz.

Mobile Phones Increase Student Achievement and Engagement

Students texting

Cell phones are a terrific tool to support student engagement and achievement in reading and writing.  To follow are some ideas explaining how teachers are doing just that by using cell phones in the way they are most commonly used among youth — for texting and group texting.  We will also look at a newly emerging trend…using cell phones to write novels.
Our students are reading and writing more than ever. In the 21st century, this reading and writing often takes place through the lightening fast thumbs of teens.  Although some parents and teachers complain that text messaging is ruining the language, research is showing that it is, in fact, a benefit to students phonemic awareness, spelling, and use of words (Yarmey, 2011; Plester & Wood, 2008,  Malson & Tarica, 2011; Fresco, 2005; Dunnewind, 2003; Miners, 2009; McCarroll, 2005; Elder, 2009). When we rethink and revision what is happening when our teens and tweens text, all sorts of learning possibilities emerge.
[Great ideas of how to use texting in class, more suitable for secondary and tertiary students]
Full Text: The Innovative Educator: Using Cell Phones to Increase Student Achievement and Engagement with Reading and Writing.

14 Ways to Use Garageband in the Classroom

Garageband is a great app that I think any student or teacher using an iPad should consider buying. It is a multi-track audio editing app that is as robust as you will ever need (unless of course you teach audio production). Later this week I will be posting a new page full of Garageband resources for teachers, students and learning. For now, you can get your brain juices flowing by reading the list below, watching the embeded ‘how to’ videos,  and then go start playing with Garageband yourself!
Full Text: 14 Ways to Use Garageband in the Classroom « EdApps.ca.

Skype Announces Collaboration to Further Empower Teachers

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Helping to educate and inspire the next generation of thinkers, Skype joins forces with Penguin Group, New York Philharmonic, Science Museum London, Peace One Day, and Save the Children to provide teachers with educational content and access to expert speakers via video calling. This collaboration marks Skype’s latest initiative to reach its goal of connecting one million classrooms globally through Skype in the classroom, a free online community that helps teachers use Skype to enrich experiences for students.
“Skype in the classroom is excited to collaborate with stellar, like-minded organizations to bring relevant content directly to innovative teachers who are looking to create unforgettable shared learning experiences for their students,” said Tony Bates, president of the Skype Division at Microsoft. “We are dedicated to making education accessible via technology, and will continue to look for ways to remove barriers to communications and connect to classrooms across the globe.”
Skype in the classroom strives to enrich students’ learning experiences to discover new cultures, languages and ideas without leaving the classroom. Skype in the classroom now features each individual organization’s dynamic content, projects and available guest speakers, including:
Penguin Young Readers Group will connect authors, such as Adam Gidwitz, Caroline Lawrence and Nancy Krulik, with students for discussions about books, reading and writing;
The New York Philharmonic offers live interaction with musicians and educators, beginning with an exploration of Billy the Kid -the man and the legend- through the lens of Aaron Copland’s 1939 ballet;
Registered teachers have the opportunity to link directly to the free Skype supported Peace One Day Global Education Resources and to inspire and educate their students about the importance of peace in the modern world. Students can also connect with Peace One Day Founder, Jeremy Gilley and listen to his inspirational story, questioning him on all aspects of his incredible journey to institutionalize Peace Day, 21 September;
Save the Children and the Science Museum, London will have individual projects on Skype in the classroom by the end of the year.
“As a global leader in children’s publishing, we are thoroughly committed to seeding a student’s growing mind and help them fulfill their dreams,” said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker, “We are honored to collaborate with Skype in the classroom as we understand the monumental impact we can offer teacher’s educational curriculum.”
With more than 28,000 registered teachers and counting, in over 190 countries, Skype in the classroom has enabled hundreds of thousands of students around the world to take part in valuable shared learning experiences. Skype offers an immediate way to help students discover new cultures, languages and ideas, all without leaving the classroom. Through programs such as this and its work with Donors Choose, The Education Foundation and Peace One Day, Skype in the classroom supports Microsoft’s commitment to create opportunities for youth through technology, training, and experiences that empower them to imagine and realize their full potential and make a real impact for a better tomorrow.
To join Skype in the classroom and view these exclusive resources, teachers should:
Sign up at education.skype.com using their Skype account details
Create a profile which includes their interests, location and the age groups they teach
Once complete, teachers will have full range to explore the Skype in the classroom organization microsites, utilize vast content from these organizations and engage in conversations with select guest experts.
For more information or to register for Skype in the classroom, please visit http://education.skype.com .

Education Scotland to look at Tablet and Mobile use in Classrooms


Education Scotland is to look at how tablet computers and mobile devices are being used in classrooms and consider how they could be introduced in schools on a wider scale.
The Scottish Government body will take stock of how existing schemes are working before providing recommendations to Education Secretary Michael Russell.
Almost 20 schools across 10 local authorities are already using devices such as iPads and Android technology to aid learning.
Full Text: Classroom technology use analysed | Orange UK.

Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources (Free eBook)

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Free mobile learning guide for schools and educators wishing to implement mobile devices in their classroom.

  • What is Effective Mobile Learning?
  • Which Mobile Learning Device Should I Choose?
  • Get Parents on Board!
  • How Do I Convince My Leadership to Lift the Ban?
  • Lack of Resources? Some Options
  • BYOD/BYOT: The Bring Your Own Devices/Technology Movement
  • Multimedia Resources
  • Geolocation
  • QR Codes
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Apps for Research
  • Apps for Collaboration
  • Further Resources

Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources Ebook


50 QR code resources for the classroom

QR code

As mobile learning and technology is more readily integrated within classroom settings, QR codes can be used as an interesting method to capture a student’s attention and make lesson material more interactive.
Quick response codes, also known as ‘QR’ codes, are simple, scannable images that are a form of barcode. By scanning a QR code image through a mobile device, information can be accessed including text, links, bookmarks and email addresses.
In the classroom, QR codes can be used in a variety of ways — from conducting treasure hunts to creating modern CVs. Below is a number of articles, tutorials and lesson plans designed to help educators.
[some good resources here]
Full Text: 50 QR code resources for the classroom | ZDNet.