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By Jonathan Wylie | The best ideas for integrating technology in K-12 Classrooms

Teach Your 3-Year-Old to Code With Cubetto

Teaching kids to code is becoming a part of many high school curriculums, after-school programs, and online activities. Parents may think they have …

Education

How to use Workflow, the app that Apple just bought and made free for everyone

Apple bought an app called Workflow on Thursday. The app automates stuff you do all the time on your iPhone and iPad and turns those tasks into a simple button.<p>But instead of killing the app, as Apple usually does when it acquires a startup, Apple made it free.<p>Basically, Workflow is like a Swiss …

iOS

Apple’s New iPad for Education

Apple has released a new version of the iPad that could be working its way into schools near you soon. It replaces the iPad Air 2 and is simply …

iOS

Redesigning Literacy Instruction in a Student-Centered Classroom

Presented by Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist; and Shaelynn Farnsworth, Education Services Consultant for AEA 267 in …

Toronto school board connects the dots for 21st century learning

Self-reflective toolkit empowers teachers to move forward one lesson at a time<p>When the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) made a bold …

Education

Social Media: Is Avoidance Really The Answer?

Over the holidays, I had a very interesting conversation with a relative. She shared some thoughts about “why educators should not be using social …

Social Media

5 Ways to Show YouTube Videos Without Related Content

Anyone who has ever opened YouTube in front of a classroom knows the feeling of dread that comes with hoping that the "related" content in the …

For Online Class Discussions, Instructors Move From Text to Video

For many students, participating in online class discussions feels like a chore—a box to check off for participation points rather than a lively …

Education Technology

Why it’s a terrible time to buy an iPad

In the market for a new iPad? You might want to hold off for a bit, because new iPad models — and possible price drops — could be on the way.<p>Apple hasn’t yet made any statements about its 2017 product lineup, but the Silicon Valley tech giant will likely hold an event this spring to introduce new …

iPhone

Educators on Flipboard Starter Pack

If you are just getting started on Flipboard, or want to learn more about using Flipboard in the classroom, this post is for you. Discover how to create a magazine, find your tribe, and use Flipboard in school. Enjoy!<p><b>1. MagMaking 101: How to Make a Magazine for your Class</b><p>Creating Flipboard …

How Google Chromebooks conquered schools

NEW YORK (AP) — The Google Chromebook, a type of stripped-down laptop, isn't a practical mobile device for many people — mostly because it basically turns into an expensive paperweight whenever it can't find a Wi-Fi connection.<p>Yet Chromebooks have defied expectations and made major inroads in an …

Chromebook

How to use Gmail templates to answer emails faster

What's more of a time-suck than spending all day writing email?<p>You could probably name a few things like vacuuming, getting lost in subreddits, and browsing through Instagram. But still, nothing is worse than wasting your life away responding to emails.<p>Just look at this statistic from an Adobe …

Productivity

Tools to Let Students Share their Thinking

Sometimes it’s hard to get some kids to speak up and share what they think and understand about a topic. Playing snowballs is one of the tools that I …

Pedagogy

iPad Diaries: Optimizing Apple Notes

<i>iPad Diaries is a regular series about using the iPad as a primary computer. You can find more installments here and subscribe to the dedicated RSS feed.</i><p>I've been using Apple Notes every day since its relaunch with iOS 9 in 2015.<p>Apple's refreshed note-taking app landed with impeccable timing: it …

iOS

This AR-enhanced globe would be a fun addition to any iPad-equipped classroom

Geography is cool, whatever the kids say. In fact, the only thing cooler is augmented reality. So what if I told you there was a gadget that combined these two cool things into one?! It’s called the Orboot, and it actually looks like it would be a lot of fun, provided your classroom is nice enough …

Education Technology

13 Important iPad Tips Every Teacher Should Know about

March 6, 2017<br>Here is a handy inforgaphic we designed specifically for teachers and students. The visual is based on a post we published here a few …

How a single typo brought the web to its knees

This week, an Amazon Web Service (AWS) failure caused a massive outage all over the internet. Today, we know why: a typo.<p>The company released a detailed report today explaining what happened. An employee entered what they thought was a routine command to remove servers from an S3 subsystem. By …

Amazon Web Services

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education

My student teachers and I have been making some initial attempts at trying out Google Cardboard with my English Language Learner students (I bought a …

Virtual Reality

YouTube says people now watch 1 billion hours of video every single day

We’ve all been down that rabbit hole of endlessly watching YouTube videos (I blame the suggestions bar). Perhaps a bit too much; YouTube says people now watch <i>one billion</i> hours of video every single day.<p>YouTube says it hit that milestone at some point last year, showing viewership continues to …

You Tube

Episode 21: Going Open with Josh Allen

We love hearing feedback, so tell us what you think and send us all your suggestions for future episodes to podcast@gwaea.org. You can also record a …

Going Native- Back to the Mail App

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the iOS Notes app and all of the improvements made to it over the last few years that brought me back to it. Now its time to turn our attention to the iOS Mail app, which has also gotten some recent love from Apple over the last two years. Looking back, Mail was …

iOS

Is the iPad Dead?

After three consecutive years of iPad sales declines, is it time to give up all hope of a sales recovery?<p>Less than four years ago, it seemed …

iOS

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID on your iPad

If you’re running the beta for iOS 10.3 on your iPad then you’ve most likely already received a push notification from Apple encouraging you to enable Two-Factor Authentication for your Apple ID. Apple began pushing these persistent notifications sometime yesterday. Simply opening them and …

Apple

Getting Personalized Learning Right the First Time

<i>By Karla Esparza-Phillips and Ace Parsi</i><p><i>This post is the second in a three-part series. Read the first post here.</i><p>Facing the daunting challenge of …

Learning

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. You don’t have to be …

Ripping Learning off the Page

Virtual reality is a powerful, low-cost, easy-to-access resource for teachers. You can create deep, meaningful learning experiences for students with …

Virtual Reality

In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers

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 tilting-at-windmills, …

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