Jonathan Wylie

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Teaching Computer Science Without Computers

In Finland, students can learn the basics with a set of knitting needles.<p>The Finns are pretty bemused by Americans’ preoccupation with whether to put iPads in every classroom. If a tablet would enhance learning, great. If it wouldn’t, skip it. Move on. The whole thing is a little …

Education

Twitter's new tabs feature makes its Windows 10 app more like TweetDeck

Twitter killed off its TweetDeck for Windows app nearly a year ago, and now the company appears to be testing a new TweetDeck-like feature in its core Twitter app for Windows 10. <i>MSPoweruser</i> has spotted tabs inside the official Windows 10 Twitter app, allowing you to bring up profiles, lists, direct …

Microsoft Windows

Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

A few months ago, I noticed an increased amount of discussion around the notion of blended learning. Many of these conversations started on a similar …

Learning

5 Ways Tech Can Distract From Learning and How to Overcome the Challenges

Does learning with technology always represent real knowledge and achievement? When does technology actually distract from learning instead of …

Windows 10's Mail and Calendar app finally gets a Focused Inbox

Taking a cue from Outlook on iOS and Android, the Windows 10 Mail & Calendar app is getting a few new features that might actually make desktop email manageable again. The latest version now includes an intelligent Focused Inbox, plus a new mentions system to help users find what's really important …

Microsoft

What You Might Not Know About Adding Video to Google Slides

Recently, Google added the ability to add Google Drive video files to a Slides presentation. It’s a great new feature for schools, but it’s not what …

Google

Apple will launch 4 new iPads in March, report claims

Hold on to your seats, iPad fans: Apple might revamp its entire iPad lineup as soon as March 2017.<p>According to a report from <i>Macotakara</i>(link partially in Japanese), Apple will launch a quartet of iPad Pro machines, in four sizes: 12.9, 10.5, 9.7 and 7.9 inches.<p>The 12.9- and the 9.7-inch models will …

iPhone

EduTech: The best iOS apps for keeping track of assignments, due dates, and more

<i>EduTech is a new 9to5Mac weekly series that will focus on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments</i> …

Apps

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Driven”

In my last post, “Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings”, I was reminded of how powerful comments are on a blog, and why blogging is a hugely …

Pedagogy

Twelve ways to make yourself a Gmail genius

Transfer money, search more accurately, or engage with your appliances: tips and tricks to enhance and customise the world’s most popular webmail service<p>Show me what I want to see<p>Want to see more of your inbox at a glance? Click the cog-wheel at the upper right of the Gmail web interface, then …

How-To's

Turn Your Text-Based Class Discussion Up to 10 with Twitter

« Using Data to Determine When a Do-Over Is Necessary | Main<p>So the day of the text-based discussion has arrived and all of the students have had time …

Pedagogy

How to create a video - student guide: Planning & storyboarding your video

When making a video, one the most important elements is to plan your video using a storyboard technique.<p>A 'storyboard' is a "graphic representation …

Australian Universities

5 examples of personalized learning in action

As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms across the nation, it is easier than ever for students with different learning styles …

Learning

Organize Your Desktop Background!

I wish I could take the credit for this awesome idea, but I actually stumbled upon it when I was on Pinterest searching for desktop wallpaper. If …

How To Quickly Create a PDF on iPhone & iPad

PDFs are an incredibly useful file format because they work on all devices and can be read with free or built-in software that you probably already …

iOS

Is Technology Being Integrated Effectively?

In many cases, there seems to be a tendency to water down expectations when it comes to integrating technology. During a recent presentation on …

Pedagogy

Apple's Tim Cook: Classroom tech 'not a substitute' for teaching

Apple chief executive Tim Cook believes the increasing presence of technology in the classroom is a "compliment to tradition teaching and not a …

Education

10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom

<b>10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom</b><p>by <b>Ashley McCann</b><p>Although still an emerging technology in terms of recognizing its full potential, …

Virtual Reality

5 Radically Different Approaches to Technology in Schools

Not long ago, I was checking email when a Google doc notification popped up. It was from my son Will, who was then in second grade. The document he was sharing was a school project about the ancient Romans. I had no idea my 7-year-old knew how to research bygone civilizations, let alone use and …

Education Technology

9 Essential #EdTech Ideas to Share With Your Team

Technology is playing a bigger role in classrooms and schools in this country and around the world. Here are a few thoughts to keep technology in …

Want to get better at coding? You just have to play this game

Coding is the new English. At least, that’s what websites like Codecademy want you to think.<p>But maybe you’ve held off on trying to improve your coding skills, because you still thought it wasn’t fun enough. Turns out there’s no excuse for you anymore.<p>With Codingame, you practice your coding skills …

Software Engineering

7 Places to Find Free Music & Sound Effects for Multimedia Projects

Royalty Free Music hosts music tracks that can be reused in numerous ways. Royalty Free Music charges the general public for their downloads, but …

Book Creator is coming to the web

Since it’s launch in 2011, Book Creator for iPad has gone on to become one of the best-selling Education apps on the App Store, with over 25 million …

8 Smart Ways to Teach Current Events in The Classroom in 2017

Current events are being curated and edited for student access in amazing ways all over the internet. This kid-focused curated material means you …

These 3 Ideas Will Completely Change How Education Works

Underemployment may be a thing of the past.<p><i>How will education change in the next 10 years? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy, on Quora:</b><p><b>Mastery</b> …

Education

What Effective Blended Learning Looks Like

Blended Learning<p>A high school algebra teacher in Lawrence, KS, has her students watch Khan Academy videos for homework, and when they come to class …

How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom.

The creative power of an iPad in the classroom is limitless with its ability for students to show their learning in a multitude of creative ways that …

9 Common Myths About Online Degrees

Earning a degree usually entails sitting in classes, meeting with fellow students in study groups and stopping by your professor’s office to ask …

DriveSlides is a free extension for the Chrome browser that turns a folder of images into a slideshow. After installing, it’s very simple to use: While viewing a Google Drive folder with images, simply click the DriveSlides button. Within a few seconds a new Google Slides presentation opens and each image in the folder has been placed on its own slide. It would take a good bit of time to accomplish what DriveSlides does with one click.