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Education

11 iOS 11 Features for iPad Educators

Apple describes iOS 11 as “a giant leap for iPhones but a monumental leap for iPads.” Whether you agree or not, there are a number of fantastic new …

iOS

iOS 11 is a second chance for QR codes and NFC to hit it big

Apple’s flashy new iPhones are hogging the spotlight right now, but iOS 11 is arriving before they do – on September 19, the major mobile software update will be available for existing iPhone and iPad devices. It’s bringing a lot of new features, especially to the iPad and iPad Pro, but it’s got …

IOS 11

The college lecture is dying. Good riddance.

<i>This is the first in</i> The Vanishing University, <i>a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America.</i><p>Right now, this very morning, thousands of young adults in the United States are scrambling through the same minor hell. They’ve woken up to the very last in a series of …

Learning

The Google Drive app for PC and Mac is being shut down in March

Google will end support on December 11th<p>The aging Google Drive app for desktop is officially deprecated as of today, Google announced in a blog post. Support will be cut off on December 11th and the app will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. Users who are still running the Drive app will …

Google

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

MAPLETON, N.D. — One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo.<p>Her name is Kayla Delzer. Her third graders adore her. She teaches them to post daily on …

Education

There's a teaching method tech billionaires love — here's how teachers are learning it

Over the past few years, Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings have all endorsed a teaching method known as "personalized learning."<p>It involves students guiding their own lessons with the help of technology, while teachers take on more of a coaching role if …

Learning

Know Students Better: A Visual Guide to Formative Assessment Tools

When teachers know their students well, they can build strong connections that lead to better learning. Knowing students’ interests, strengths, and …

Teaching

Do You Really Need To Keep All Those Photos and Videos?

Through my experiences in schools across a variety of contexts I’ve learned that if we don’t share really practical and productive ideas for managing …

I am not that good with technology and you probably aren’t either.

Years ago, I was having a conversation with someone who I knew as a brilliant mind in using technology. They were heavily recruited by both Microsoft …

OF-10

10 Instagram tricks you probably didn't know

So, you feel like you've moved on from being an Instagram newbie and want to know the more advanced tips and tricks? You've come to the right place. Here's what you need to know to step up your Instagram game.<p>1. You can save other people's posts<p>I don't know how many times I've seen someone's post …

iOS

Kids Should Know How to Code

But it can't be done on the cheap.<p>During a recent White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked that “coding should be a requirement in every public school.” He’s right. But turning an aspiration into a reality -- whether in the classroom or in the Apple store -- …

Education

Are We Designing Girls Out of Education Technology?

This week, a software engineer at Google was fired for writing a widely-derided internal memo, critiquing the company’s diversity efforts for …

Gender

The Ultimate Chromebook Chart for Teachers

August , 2017 For those of you using Chromebooks in their instruction, the chart below is a great resource to keep handy. The chart is based on …

Chromebook

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Teens

iOS 11 Camera Guide: All the New Features and How to Use Them

If the update to the iPhone’s built-in Camera app as part of last year's iOS 10 overhaul focused on enhancing photographic creativity, iOS 11 expands …

Here Are the iOS 11 Features You Should Be Excited About

Set to arrive on your iPhone and iPad this fall, Apple iOS 11 brings a number of new features to the platform. Below are the ones we think you'll love the most.<p>The next version of Apple iOS is set to deliver a number of groundbreaking features, especially for iPad users. We spent some quality time …

iOS

10 ways we’re making Classroom and Forms easier for teachers this school year

We’ve seen educators do incredible things with G Suite for Education tools: creatively teach classroom material, collaborate with students, and …

Adobe launches new '3, 2, 1 ... Photoshop!' tutorial series on YouTube

Adobe launched a new YouTube tutorial series for Photoshop beginners this week. It's called '3, 2, 1 ... Photoshop!' and it covers some basic tips on …

Google Earth's fantastic new app is now on iOS

Google Earth got its biggest update in years back in April, but only on Android and the Web. Now the same new features have come to iOS.<p>As a refresher, that update introduced detailed 3D maps for various locations that allowed you to virtually fly through a landscape. You can even shoot shareable …

Google Earth

Google keeps a complete list of almost everything you've looked at on the internet

Google could have a complete list of almost everything you've ever looked at.<p>The site collects information on your searches, browsing history, …

Google

YouTube's built-in video editor is going away in September

Do you use YouTube's own web-based video editor to cut together your YouTube videos?<p>Statistically, you probably don't. Google has noticed that less than 0.1 percent of all YouTube creators are using that particular feature, and so it -- and YouTube's Photo Slideshows feature, which I can't say I've …

Video Editor

Ten tips that will make you a master of Instagram

It is one of the fastest-growing social networks, but are you making the most of its photo and video features? Get some handy hints<p>When Instagram was launched in October 2010, it was an app for applying stylish “filters” to your photos and sharing them with friends. Six and a half years (and a $1bn …

Social Media

Kano's Pixel Kit is a charming introduction to coding

We all know the importance of code. It's the backbone of computing, the internet and so much else we come into contact with on a daily basis. But learning to code is still a tricky and poorly defined pursuit. I've booted up Codecademy a few times, only to try a couple of courses and realise I have …

Raspberry Pi

Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility - Accessibility

Karwai Pun is an interaction designer currently working on Service Optimisation to make existing and new services better for our users. Karwai is …

Standards For Educators

7b<p>Use technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that accommodate learner needs, provide timely feedback to …

All you need to know about Slide Over, Split View in iOS 11

Slide Over and Split View have been overhauled in iOS 11, making them more powerful but also more complex. Both have been available since iOS 9, but — without drag-and-drop — they were little more than a convenient way to view two apps at once. Now, Slide Over and Split View are essential, allowing …

iOS

5 Ways to Avoid Disasters When Collaborating in Google Drive

How do you feel about having your students collaborate in Google Drive?Having students collaborate in Google Drive is one of my all time FAVORITE …

Google Drive

17 STEM toys that teach kids to code

Games for your future tech giant.<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> WorkingMother.com.<p>In response to concern over kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), companies have been churning out cool toys that teach them coding and logic skills. The idea: get kids hooked on …

Kids