Tickle – Learn to Program Air Drones, Robots, Smart Homes, and more!

Source: itunes.apple.com

This app looks really interesting especially if you have one, (or more), of the devices that the app can be paired with. The Scratch like interface is easy to work with and the courses available in app look interesting too. This is another great Kickstarter generated project.  

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Learn how to use Explain Everything with these resources

Explain Everything continues to be the #1 App for mobile devices. Of this, for me, there is no doubt.

With that in mind, I thought I’d make some long overdue screencasts showing how to work with the various aspects of the App.

From organising files to animating elements to importing documents – I think I’ve got it covered. If there’s a screencast missing, please let me know so that I can add it to the list.

In the mean time, here they are… happy learning

Source: ictevangelist.com

Mark Anderson has created this excellent series of videos looking at how to use the great Explain Everything app, (sort of explaining everything about Explain Everything.

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Screencast-O-Matic at TeachMeet Melbourne

Yesterday I had the pleasure to attend yet another of the splendid TeachMeet Melbourne events, this one sponsored splendidly by DLTV. Amongst a range of other very informative presentations I shared some thoughts on using Screencast-O-Matic to develop classroom materials. Apart from being relatively easy to use the software is also available in a free online version which can be used on any browser on any platform. (They also have a Mac download).

Having this free option enables teachers to assign students “work at home”, getting them to create short screencast movies including “How To” tutorials which can then be shared as a resource for all. To promote a learning community, the videos could also be offered up for critique and improvement.

Here’s the slides from the presentation.

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Does Research Support Letting Students Use Cell Phones for Learning?

Teens today.Always on their phones. Lightening fast thumbs sharing content on Snapchat, Vine, Instagram, Twitter and more. While teens, teachers, and parents are familiar with cell phone’s use as a social tool, more and more are discovering they are a great learning resource as well. There’s even evidence and research

Source: education.answers.com

This is an interesting collection of links to a number of studies across a number of areas. Worth a peruse at least.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 14 Resources for AppSmashing with ThingLink

In November I launched the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge to encourage educators to share great ways to combine two or more apps together to create, publish and share content using ThingLink as a presentation tool. The goal of the challenge was to create resources to help educators discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad to better meet our teaching and learning needs.

Source: d97cooltools.blogspot.ca

Thinglink is one of my favorite apps. Susan Oxnevad is another fan who put out this challenge to other educators to share how they use Thinglink as part of an ‘AppSmash’. Here’s the results of these endeavours.

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Google Apps for iPad Users – Summit Resources

Lots of people were turning up at Google Summit workshops with an iPad, only to be disappointed that many things that work on a computer either don’t work at all on an iPad, or work very differently.

Although they have many advantages, its useful to remember that an iPad is not the same as a conventional computer. Many of the things that one can do on a laptop are definitely not the same experience on an iPad. It can be a little frustrating!

Google tools have typically been designed to run in a web browser and aim to be device-agnostic, but that ideal does not always translate well into an iPad experience.  The best experience on an iPad is when you use purpose built apps, and with the right apps it is quite possible to live comfortably in a Google world on an iPad.

Source: www.summitstuff.com

My friend and colleague Chris Betcher is an inveterate sharer. He’s also a regular presenter at Google Summits and other events around the country and beyond. At his school the students use iPads within the classroom. This heady mix means that Chris writes from authentic personal knowledge and experience. In this post, (part of a much more extensive site focussed on things Google. If you’re looking for tips on how to best use Google tools on your iPad then this post is a great summary.

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Project Based Learning

In project based learning students are driven to learn content and skills for an authentic purpose. PBL involves students in explaining their answers to real-life questions, problems, or challenges. It starts with a driving question that leads to inquiry and investigation. Students work to create a product or presentation as their response to the driving question.

Technology can be helpful throughout a project, whether students use iPads, Chromebooks, Android tablets, laptops, or desktops. I’ve written a primer for each of the three major components of project based learning. I share useful websites and apps as I tell you about my take on project based learning.

Source: learninginhand.com

Tony Vincent is just an all round nice guy who really knows his stuff. When he prepares content you know that not only is it extensively researched but that it grounded in theory. In this series of three quite extensive posts Tony tackles Project Based Learning from three perspectives, Crafting Questions, Investigating Authentic Questions and Creating Products to Show and Share Learning. In this case he also goes beyond his mobile focus to include Chromebooks and other technologies. This series is a must read for anyone wanting to ‘get into PBL’.

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