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

Minecraft: Education Edition for iPad coming to classrooms next month

Microsoft has today shared that it will be releasing Minecraft: Education Edition for iPad to enrich classroom learning around the world next month.<p>Announced in a blog post, Microsoft said that students will be able to create, experiment, and document their learning with Minecraft: Education …

Education Technology

A free Photoshop alternative: No, it's not GIMP

Many users don't see the point in purchasing Photoshop when there are free alternatives for photo editing, such as GIMP. But Photopea could be a …

Tutorials

Don’t rain on the idea of online classes for snow days

IT IS August, so snow is not the first topic of conversation that comes to mind. But recent news about a school district’s decision to abolish snow days — mandating instead that students do assigned classwork online — is worth discussing. Not only that, it is something that other school districts …

South Carolina

Do students lose depth in digital reading?

<b>(Getty/mediaphotos)</b><p>Paper or tablet?<p>Naomi Baron<p>August 13, 2018 12:00am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Do students learn as much when they read digitally as they do in print?<p>For both parents and teachers, knowing whether computer-based media are improving or …

Pedagogy

9 Updates for Google Classroom (and 3 more to come)

When Google Classroom launched in 2014 it was immediately a valuable tool to save educators time and increase connection with students. Since then</b> …

Education Technology

Amazon’s kid-friendly storytelling app is now free, and works with Alexa

‘Alexa, tell me a bedtime story’<p>Amazon’s chat-style fiction app, Amazon Rapids, is now free, giving parents and kids unlimited access to the hundreds of stories in its catalog. Previously, the company charged $2.99 monthly for that privilege. Some of these stories will also be available to listen …

Apps

Google Lens is a student's best friend: How to copy-paste text from the real world

Google Lens is one of the more underappreciated Google services out there, and nowhere is this more true than in education. Sure, Google Lens can …

Google Lens

When did Apple’s built-in apps get so good?

It used to be that the first-party iOS apps were only used by people who didn’t care enough to download something better. Mail, Notes, Contacts, the Calendar — all of these were immediately dumped into a junk folder by experienced users, to be replaced with a proper app. But something happened …

Logitech's school-targeted Crayon stylus is so good, Apple should copy it for iPad

Apple's latest iPad push to take on Chromebooks in schools didn't just come with a new Apple tablet and software, but new specialized accessories. These accessories, announced by Apple at its education event back in March, are made by Logitech, not Apple: a super-rugged keyboard case called the …

USB-C was supposed to be a port paradise, but it’s become a nightmare

When the transition to USB-C began, we were all promised a better life. Connections would be faster and simpler. One connection to end all …

The Key to 21st Century Classrooms Isn't Tech. It's Evolved Teaching.

I often hear people question whether teachers are willing to embrace technology, but if we really want to transform teaching and learning, I think …

iOS 12 is more evidence you should buy an iPhone, not an Android phone

If on September 20, 2013, you walked into an Apple Store and purchased a brand-new iPhone 5S, and have kept using it ever since, later this year you …

Top 5 TED-Ed Lessons on creativity

“Do schools kill creativity?” asks Sir Ken Robinson in the most-viewed TED Talk of all time (more than 51 million!). In the video, Robinson …

How to instantly share files with AirDrop for iPhone or iPad

AirDrop lets you quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones, iPads, and Macs.Using Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to broadcast, discover, and …

Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency

“GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” said Laszlo Bock, former head of HR at Google. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and GPAs and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t …

Pedagogy

Playlists: A Path to Personalizing Learning

One reason I am such a big advocate for blended learning is that using the various models allow me to spend more time on the aspects of my job that I …

If Google Forms Can Google It… It’s Obsolete

Google Forms Auto Predicts Your Answer Choices Google Forms came out with 6 updates to making Google Forms Quizzes. One of the updates is Google …

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent …

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

While I am a huge advocate for the purposeful integration of technology in schools, we must resist the temptation to think that this is the solution …

Education Technology

Full version of AutoDesk’s SketchBook app for iOS, Mac, Android & Windows is now FREE

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Today, the folks over at AutoDesk have announced that the full version of its SketchBook app for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows …

Where Classroom Design Meets Design Thinking

When educators first consider redesigning learning spaces, they might immediately conjure up mental images of free-flowing Starbucks lounges or …

Design Thinking

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Why should educators across all grade levels and subjects integrate coding computer sciences into the curriculum? That was the theme of my last blog. …

Education Technology

Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live

Snoozing, nudging, hover actions, and a new sidebar — it’s a mobile app on the web!<p>The world’s most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today. Google is making official the changes we saw leaked earlier this month, with email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode making their debut …

Apps

Adobe Spark Activities for Elementary Students

Creation in the classroom is essential at every age. All students have stories to tell about their learning, and I’m so excited that the Adobe Spark …

Cultivating Chromebook Creativity in Schools

This month, the Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Team attended (and presented at) the Iowa 1:1 Conference in Des Moines. You can see resources from …

HP takes on the iPad Pro with its way cheaper Chromebook x2 convertible

If you’re in the market for a large tablet, you couldn’t do much better than Apple’s excellent – if ridiculously expensive – 12.9-inch iPad Pro. But now, HP has a new contender in the game, in the form of its $599 Chromebook x2.<p>The 12.3-inch convertible device is the second Chrome OS-powered tablet …

IPad Pro

Why Effective Digital Learning Shouldn’t Disrupt Traditional Teaching Techniques

In my work as a digital learning specialist, I’m charged with helping teachers try new classroom strategies and learn to use the technology tools …

Teaching

11 Tips for Working on the iPad

In a recent episode of Connected, we rounded up some of our favorite "iOS little wonders" and Myke was surprised by one of my picks: the ability to launch individual notes on iOS through shared links. The ensuing discussion inspired me to assemble a list of tips and tricks to improve how you can …