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No Flash: Deal Breaker?

I am still amazed by the number of people that claim not having flash on iOS is a deal breaker.  Even though there are apps that let you run flash based sites.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Apple, iPad, Mobile Learning

 

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VoiceThread Mobile for iOS

One of my favorite collaborative tools for the classroom is VoiceThread.  Their site explains the service as:

“A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies. ”

The exciting news is that they are launching an iOS Mobile App in the Fall.  Their goal of the app is “We want to serve the needs of a person with dyslexia or ADHD, an outdoor classroom with mobile devices, a user in the developing world without high-speed internet, a kindergartner, or an elderly lifelong learner.”

No dates have been announced for the official launch, but you can find out more information on their website!

 

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Apple, Collaboration, EdTech, iPad, Mobile Learning

 

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Cell Phones in Schools

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Mobile Learning

 

Lion Anyone?

After reviewing the additional features  packed into Apple’s new Mac OS coined Lion I am ready to make the upgrade.

Anyone else plan on upgrading soon?  Anyone already upgrade and have additional tips, tricks, or hints?

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Apple

 

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Tech Support

I know the following video has been around the Internet for quite awhile, but it has a great message for those of us in technology support positions!  The beginning of the school year can be a stressful time.  We have new devices to roll out, databases to maintain, accounts galore to setup, and training, training, and more training.  Remember the principles listed below to help you and your tech team have a successful start to the school year!

  1. Help them conquer their fears!  Many of our clients (teachers, employees,etc.) are fearful of technology.  I believe this mainly stems from a fear of the unknown.
  2. Clients need to be trained so they feel comfortable with the device they are using.  As a support professional provide training while you are troubleshooting an issue.  This will help solve future problems, and provide the client with confidence to begin troubleshooting problems on their own.
  3. Always have patience!  We were all noobs with technology at one point in time, and we all have our strengths and weaknesses.  Provide a safe environment that no question is off limits.  Build the client up rather than tearing them down.
  4. Have a light heart & smile!  No matter what you encounter in your work day there is always some other person having a worse day than you.  Be thankful for the employment and do your job to the best of your ability!
 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in EdTech, Education, Tech Support, YouTube

 

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Walk on the Moon

On July 20th, 1969 American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.  In honor of this historic day I have included an audio transmission of the event and a list of iPad NASA apps.

NASA App HD: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nasa-app-hd/id387310098?mt=8

The NASA App HD invites you to discover a wealth of NASA information right on your iPad. The application collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of dynamically updated mission information, images, videos and Twitter feeds from various online NASA sources in a convenient mobile package.

Space Images: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-images-ipad/id431166828?mt=8

Discover stunning images and videos of space, stars and planets — including Earth and the sun! — at your fingertips with the Space Images app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a leader in robotic exploration of the solar system.

NASA Television: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nasa-television/id434439506?mt=8

The NASA Television App brings live and on-demand TV programming to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Watch the latest NASA events unfold in real-time or select from a list of recently uploaded videos. Plan your viewing up to a week in advance with the NASA TV schedule, and check out a list of NASA-related programming on other networks.

AstroApp: Space Shuttle Crew: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/astroapp-space-shuttle-crew/id432366873

NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends after 30 years. Celebrate this accomplishment with us. Get to know all the space travelers who flew on this unique vehicle. You can sort by name and mission. The “Suit Me Up” feature allows you to become a Space Shuttle astronaut yourself. Share it with your friends and family.

3D Sun: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3d-sun/id347089078

A major solar flare erupts on the sun. Before long, your phone chirps in your pocket to let you know! Pulling out your phone, you see a 3D view of the sun — a digital reconstruction of satellite images freshly downloaded from NASA’s “STEREO” satellites, orbiting millions of miles away.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Apps, EdTech, iPad, Mobile Learning, Science

 

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Technology is No Substitute!

Link to: 100 Extraordinary Examples of Paper Art

One thing that worries me as an educational technologist is educators or schools using technology just for the sake of saying that they are using technology.  That while trying to keep up with the Joneses schools purchase more technology and cut out important educational experiences such as art, music, career and technical education, physical education, etc.  Of course technology can be used to enhance these subject areas but it should not replace them.

Viewing the linked gallery above I couldn’t help but wonder how much physical art will exist in 50-100 years.  Will all art be viewed on a screen?  I hope not!  While I feel blessed that I am able to access these art works via the Internet and technology a computer rendering of these same images would not be the same.

I hope schools around the world continue to allow children to get their hands dirty while playing with clay.  That we allow students to work with lumber and small engines in shop classes, and we continue to be blessed by amazing musicians playing physical instruments.

Have a great week!

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in EdTech, Education

 

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