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How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

DragonBox

A game almost as addictive as Angry Birds, DragonBox combines first rate art design and smooth game mechanics to teach the basics of algebraic thinking. At first glance, it seems like DragonBox is tricking kids into learning algebra. It’s not. Kids are actually doing algebra from the moment they …

Cloud Storage File Backup for Photos, Docs More

Store any file<p>Drive starts you with 15 GB of free Google online storage, so you can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos – …

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“It has to be about a shared interest and it has to be about making, producing and creating,” she said. “The places that we’ve seen it happen most …

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013

• Twitter retains its no 1 position for the 5th year running<br>• Google Drive/Docs moves up to #2.<br>• PowerPoint moves up to #5.<br>• Evernote moves into the top 10 …

Garmin’s New Forerunner 220 & 620 Running Watches Are More Colorful And More Capable

There’s plenty of commotion surrounding the smartwatch space these days, but let’s not forget that some of us have essentially been strapping tiny computers to our wrists for years now. GPS-enabled running watches are a serious tool in a runner’s arsenal, and Garmin recently outed two new ones — …

22 of the Best iOS 7 Features You Don't Want to Miss (list)

iOS 7 will be coming to an iOS device near you this fall and like all new operating systems, expect a bunch of new features and improvements that …

30 iPad Apps Every Teacher Should Be Using

SoundCloud is the world’s leading social sound platform, with over ten hours of music & audio posted every minute by the world’s largest community of …

Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

For example, Blazes and Hounyo, both now high school students in the Washington, D.C. area, each won acclaim for helping to design educational video …

Sylvia Martinez and The Maker Movement: Invent to Learn, Tinker to Teach! #makered #makerspace

The <b>Maker Movement</b> is here.<p>What do 3D printers, Rasberry pi programing units, scrapbooks and woodworking have in common? They are all part of the <b>Maker</b> …

Google Docs: Grading Tips Tricks

Google docs has made it possible for me to go paperless. The decision to remove paper from my life has been liberating! Whenever I train teachers, I …

Nielsen Survey: How Students Prefer To Use Tablets In Schools

Not just for games and movies, tablets are becoming more common in educational settings. A recent Neilsen survey found that 71 percent of students …

50 Chrome Extensions for Educators

Here is a list of fifty or so Chrome extensions that I feel are helpful for teachers and students. You can make a copy of this document to add your …

50 Fab Apps for Teachers

Education—there’s an app for that. In fact, there are hundreds of thousands of apps on the market designed for teaching and learning. As more schools …

Bring it: The most important thing a teacher can bring to school

My <b>air conditioner has been broken</b> all this week. They have ordered a part but we’re not sure if it is going to be here before school starts. If it is …

Circle Gives You Distributed Control Of Your Family’s Internet So You Can Be Human To Each Other

This embed is invalid<p>Let’s not kid ourselves: We don’t control the Internet, the Internet controls us. Any notions to the contrary are foolish at best, but a new Kickstarter project called Circle wants to help families fight back against the Internet’s omnipresence with hardware and software that …

This iPad game actually builds your kids' brains — and tells you how they're developing

Occasionally, when people shout “brains!” they’re not zombies looking for a fresh meal. Sometimes they just want to help you grow, learn, and be the best you can be.<p>Which, of course, is exactly what all parents want for their kids.<p>Seven months after launching the Fit Brains app to help adults build …

As Beautiful As A Golden Age Picture Book, An Anatomy App For Kids

The Human Body, by Tinybop, is a charming app that teaches kids how their bodies work through the power of good design.<p>Good design is often talked about as if it were a secret language spoken only by those sophisticated enough to understand it, but there’s a less self-congratulatory way to think …

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Back to School: Differentiation for All Students

Tried-and-True Tactics<p>I would like to introduce you to the idea of automatic differentiation. It is impossible for a single teacher to provide 35 …

5 Math Apps for Middle School Students

For those parents and teachers looking for apps for middle-schoolers, check out the five apps below that feature everything from Mayan numbers to …

Is Google Actually "Knowledge"?

PBS Idea Channel smarty Mike Rugnetta attempts to deconstruct the definition of knowledge, and how the internet fits into our notion of it. "Having …

Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option

Esteemed education advocate Sir Ken Robinson explains in this short but compelling video why creativity is crucial for learning, and why it will …

To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks!

What she wanted was a classroom where students could move around freely, sit comfortably, and work together. The more she thought about it, the more …

Move Over iPad, Here Comes Google Play For Education

While no prototypes of Google Play for Education are yet available, Yerga unveiled some of the new ways Google will interact with teachers and …

Does Your Breathing Pattern Matter?

New study finds it affects the efficiency of the respiratory system.<p>Discussions about breath and movement usually come up in conversations about yogaor swimming, not running. But when we run, our inhales and exhales fall into a pattern with our foot strike. Does this pattern affect our running? And …

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