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Use Apple Pencil to mark up PDFs in Mail app

Today we’ll learn how to open and edit a PDF right in the iOS Mail app, and then send it on its way, all without opening any extra apps. Given that a lot of PDFs we receive are documents that need to be checked over, or signed, and then returned, this tip is a real time-saver.<p>Instead of waiting …

iOS

Minecraft Code Builder introduces programming to block-stacking students

Microsoft today announced Code Builder for <i>Minecraft: Education Edition</i>. This new extension will teach kids how to code with the help of an assistant within the building block video game.<p>Code Builder introduces the Agent, a tiny sidekick, who executes coding instructions given via programs like …

Programming

6 Steps For Designing An Interactive Pyramid With PowerPoint

How To Design An Interactive Pyramid With PowerPoint<p>The Pyramid interaction is commonly used in eLearning courses as a way of exploring a …

Adobe

Quick, Draw!

This is a game built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. Of course, it doesn’t always work. But …

Machine Learning

Apple’s Clips app is social video editing that’s simple to a fault

It was hard to know what to make of Clips at launch. Sure, Apple launches its own standalone apps from time to time, but it’s never offered up anything quite like this. For Apple, Clips is another play at mobile video editing — a dead simple solution for those who don’t have the time, skill set or …

How Osmo decides to make its tangible, high-tech toys

A huge number of toys today include high-tech and interactive components that keep kids in front of screens. But when it comes to health and educational development, multiple studies have found that kids benefit from things like building with blocks, playing with both hands and looking away from …

Kids

Five Ways to Encourage More Inquiry with Staff

Teachers and staff from a number of private schools in the emirate took part in a morning workshop to find out how to improve well-being among …

Station Rotation Model: Student Designed & Led Stations

One of the benefits of the Station Rotation Model is how easy it is to design activities at different levels to meet the diverse needs of a group of …

Education

4 New Video Options in Google Slides That Will Make Your Day!

Pinterest<p>Video Just Got an Upgrade in Google Slides!<p>This is a super-sweet G Suite treat! Just a few days ago, Google released some new video options …

Google

Creative Commons' New Search Engine Makes It Easy To Find Free-To-Use Images

Credit: “Busted” by Jason Scragz is licensed under CC BY 2.0<p>Busted! You copied an image on your blog that you saw on the internet. You didn’t think you were doing anything wrong but it turns out you were. The image was copyrighted and now the copyright holder is threatening to take you to court …

copyright

Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

Here’s one more app you can delete from your iPhone: that QR code and barcode scanner you only occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do the job instead. The app now includes built-in scanning functionality, which you can access either via 3D Touch on …

A New PD Model for a New Era in Teaching

In 2017, it seems nonsensical that teachers would wait for the latest pedagogy to be made known to them by a board. Social media platforms and the …

Google Docs just got a whole lot more powerful on iOS and Android

With all of the products and services that exist under the Google umbrella, updates are a dime a dozen, but this week has been especially busy for …

Google

The best bluetooth keyboard

<i>By Kimber Streams</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After testing 25 …

Gear & Gadgets

Instructional Coaching: Driving Meaningful Tech Integration

Funding: How They Got Started<p>Hampton High School initially received funds from the state-funded “Classrooms for the Future,” Pennsylvania’s …

Professional Development

GarageBand on iOS is now a more capable music production suite

Apple's GarageBand is a good place to get started with recording, but it's useful for more advanced skill levels as well. The company just revealed an update to the iOS version of the app that gives the software a few more tools for tracking on the go. First, the powerful Alchemy synthesizer from …

iOS

Visualize Your Document Changes with Draftback

Recently, I was introduced to this cool Chrome extension called Draftback. It works with your Google Docs to track the changes you (or your students …

Google Docs

The Need for More Play in School

As I kid I loved play. Countless hours were spent building forts in the woods, creating sand castles at the beach, riding bikes, playing Atari (then …

'Scratch Coding Cards' Make It Easy to Pick up Programming

What if you’ve never stepped foot in a computer science class, but you want your child to know how to code? It can be difficult to pass along …

Lego Boost teaches kids how to bring blocks to life with code

If you've ever wished your childhood Lego creations could come to life, your dreams are now closer to reality. Lego has just unveiled a subbrand called Boost that promises to do just that. The base set contains a combination of sensors, motors and a unique companion app that teaches kids how to …

Lego

From Book Creator to printed book - Book Creator app

Here is a masterclass from a teacher on how to print your Book Creator ebook and get a professional finish.<p>I have been making printed versions of …

Millions of cows to be tagged with unique 12-digit numbers in India

After its people, India now wants its cows and buffaloes to have a unique numerical identity.<p>The government has rolled out an extensive project, wherein 100,000 technicians have set out to tag 88 million cattle with a 12-digit unique identification number, the <i>Economic Times</i> reported.<p>It will work …

India

Top Educational Google Sheets Add-ons of 2016

December 29, 2016 In yesterday's post we published our personal list of what we think are some of the best Google Docs add-ons for teachers. In …

Google

How to Use Flipboard to Commemorate Events

Events can take forever to prepare, but then happen in the snap of a finger. You’re left with just the memories and a few photos on your cell phone. Whether you’re going to a blogging event, a friend’s wedding or a family trip, you can use Flipboard to create a stunning magazine that will allow you …

The Potential of Virtual Reality

Many educators, including myself, routinely talk about the need for innovation in education. If we continue to employ the same type of thinking then …

How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools

It began as just another photo sharing startup founded by a Facebook exec. It ended up in 200,000 classrooms from kindergarten to 12th grade in 25,000 schools across 100 countries. All because of one truism: When a student’s audience is the world, they want their work to be good. When their …

Microsoft and Code.org unveil new Minecraft-themed tutorial for ‘Hour of Code’

Microsoft announced the next effort in a series of educational Minecraft products today: the Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a free tutorial …

12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids

I am joining my friends from Kid Blogger Network in a round up of topics interesting for parents and caregivers looking for fun activities to do with …