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

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

And YouTube's photo slideshows will vanish too.<p>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 …

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 …

Instagram

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 …

Accessibility

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 …

Education

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

Can the MacBook Pro Replace Your iPad?

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the MacBook Pro and, in particular, whether it can replace an iPad Pro for getting real work …

Laptops

10 Valuable Digital Age Skills to Take Beyond School

In the past, we’ve talked about the critical 21st-century skills students need and why. But what about other digital age skills? What about other …

Personal Branding

iOS 11 will change how you'll use your iPad forever

As simple as possible, but no simpler<p>iOS 11 is the most ambitious software update from Apple in a very, very long time. It’s ambitious because it’s packed with so many new features and technologies that it will be impossible for me to cover them all here. It’s ambitious because those new features …

iOS

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2017

The 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are …

17 Hidden Safari Tricks for iPhone and iPad

Taking on its closest competitor, Google Chrome, Safari offers comparable features that allow you to browse the web with ease. However, Safari …

iOS

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, …

Education

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 …

Using Digital Games — And Empathy — As Teaching Tools

Empathy

How to set up two-factor authentication on all your online accounts

Just about any account you own on the internet is prone to being hacked — and one of the easiest ways to add an extra layer of security is to enable two-factor authentication. Also known as two-step verification or 2FA, the process gives web services a secondary access to the account owner (you!) …

Cybersecurity

Create Apple Watch Faces With Canva

Here's a simple graphic design project that you or your students could quickly put together in next to no time - custom Apple Watch faces. These …

Smartwatches

Get started with Team Drives

What can you do with Team Drives?<p>Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any …

iOS 11 turns the iPad into a legit Mac replacement

<i>Updated 27 June, 2017: This post now includes details about the iOS 11 public beta.</i><p>Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote this June was so packed that even two-and-a-half hours didn’t seem like enough time. And yet the biggest announcement wasn’t new hardware, or a new app. It was an …

iOS 11: The MacStories Overview

At this year's WWDC keynote event, Tim Cook took the stage in San Jose to reveal the eleventh major version of Apple's flagship mobile operating system. iOS 11 includes a number of improvements across the board, but with significant emphasis placed on increasing productivity for the iPad.<p>Alongside …

The iPad looks like the future of the MacBook with iOS 11

Apple hasn't been shy about where the iPad is headed. With the traditional tablet market on the decline, the company started repositioning its slate as more of a laptop replacement with the iPad Pro a few years ago. The emphasis on a keyboard accessory and stylus, Apple's Pencil, evoked Microsoft's …

Kids Need to Learn To Code: Here's How to Do It Right

<b>No matter their interests, Kids will find fun in coding</b><p>Guest Post: Laura Giuggio, Technology Integration Specialist<p>My motivation came from a …

ASUS announces another Chromebook Flip, this time for schools

Chromebooks are growing more and more popular in the classroom, due to their simplicity, cost, and easy management. ASUS already revealed a new …

littleBits’ latest kit is ready to teach kids coding skills

In March, tech startup littleBits announced the Code Kit, which would make it a little easier to teach kids how to code, both at home and in the classroom. Today, the Code Kit is finally on sale for a price of $300 (educators can email education@littlebits.cc for a 5 percent discount). Code Kits …

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds coding app now supports robots, drones, and toys

LEGO, Sphero, and Parrot are onboard<p>Apple today announced that its education programming iPad app, Swift Playgrounds, will soon support robots and drones. That means young kids and students will be able to write their own Swift code to control any number of real-world toys and machines. The company …

Programming

Time to ditch the desktop? Best productivity apps, accessories, tips and tricks for iPad Pro

From Adobe and Google to Microsoft Office, our guide to the best productivity apps for the iPad Pro.<p>While many of us use iPads to watch movies on the …

New Surface Pro Vs Surface Pro 4: What's The Difference?

Microsoft has launched a new Surface Pro. It’s name? The ‘new Surface Pro’ – yes, really. The bizarre name echos Apple’s 2012 ‘The new iPad’ and will provoke criticism that it isn’t worth the ‘Surface Pro 5’ brand (it isn’t). Nevertheless Microsoft’s new machine makes subtle and important upgrades …

Microsoft

Readdle’s new drag-and-drop feature shows how Apple could improve multitasking on the iPad

Readdle is a developer known for its productivity apps like Documents, PDF Expert, Scanner Pro, and Spark. Today the company announced an interesting update to those apps, which adds the same kind of drag-and-drop features for managing files on a traditional desktop computer to its iPad apps.<p>The …

Apps