Christchurch to Clyde March 23

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Searching Better With Google

As I’m back at work as a casual academic, (very casual some might say), I’ve had cause to revisit the world of Google Search via the Search Tools and Advanced Search options in the main Google Search as well as via the Google Scholar Search option. Rather than just share the movies with my students I thought that I should also add them to this blog, so here they are:

A Quick Look At Google Search Options 2016 

A Quick Look At Google Scholar

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Penning in 3D

Some time back I noticed the 3Doodler Pen via Kickstarter and as I had long hankered after a 3D construction option but lacked the funds to purchase a full-on 3D printer this seemed a cost effective entree to the field so I of course backed the project. Since that time there have been a number of developments in the 3D pen arena including upgrades to the 3Doodler as well as other entrants in the field, (notable is the 3DSimo which is another kickstarted option which I have backed). To give you a feel for the options available have a look through this video from Chop Busters which explores their “Top 5 3D Pen” options.

Of late another 3D technology option has reached the market in the form of soft plastic gel pens that can be cured and hardened with the use of small Ultra-violet lights. The most available of these in Australia is the IDo3D pen, which can be purchased from K-Mart in a number of different size packs.

Creative World, (who has developed a number of YouTube movies related to creating with 3D pens), has shared IDo3D Pen Unboxing + Review + Demo

Another option that doesn’t yet appear to have reached the Australian market is the 3D Magic Maker as featured on the MommyandGracie review.

Watch this space.

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Can I Tickle Your Fancy

This last weekend I got to attend and join in with yet another of the great TeachMeet Melbourne events. Amongst a range of presentations, a special shoutout is due to Roland Gesthuizen for his hugely funny retrospective on how he ‘travelled to Mars’ When Bill Called and also Tamryn Kingsley who presented for the first time at a TeachMeet sharing the fabulous work her grade 2 students are doing with Digital Curriculum and in particular Dash, Dot, Bee Bot and the Blue Bot!

In my case I got to share some explorations with the Tickle app and using it with devices including Sphero, Dash and Dot, LightBlue Bean and a Parrot Rolling Spider minidrone. Here are the slides:

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38 Reasons Why Every Educator Needs an iPad Pro

Since its five years of inception, iPad has truly transformed the way we create, the way we learn, and the way we work. And the all new iPad Pro is all set to take the create-work-learn paradigm to an all new level.

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Though this review is arguably a little partisan as it is written by an avowed “big fan of the iPad”, it is nonetheless a quite comprehensive overview of the key new features of the iPad Pro. As such it is well worth a read.

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Cell Phone Parenting Advice | Common Sense Media

Watch videos on cell phone parenting. Get expert advice from Common Sense Media editors.

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This page from the huge resource that is Common Sense Media contains a number of short videos which explore the allure of and downsides of using a range of popular phone apps including Kik, Snapchat, Vine and more. You will also find some Parenting Advice links as well, (plus much more if you explore the whole Common Sense Media site).

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iPad Monthly | professional development | teachers | ipads | resource

The home page of the ipad monthly newsletter.

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The iPad Monthly is a relatively new, (they are five issues in) Professional Development Newsletter created and distributed under the aegis of Paul Hamilton who has been doing great work in the use of iPads in the classroom. Paul’s work is always grounded in classroom practice and one of the great inclusions within the posts in the iPad monthly are links to the Australian Curriculum. At $50 Australian for a 12 monthly subscription it is certainly very cost effective PD. For further information check out the free sample Issue One.

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