December 2012


There are a lot of repetitive best of apps postings out there, but this one I think has apps that are – in my opinion – considerable more unique and functional for the secondary classroom.

The best of the season to my followers and readers of my posts.

12 of the best educational apps of 2012 – The Next Web.

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via The Greatest Gift – YouTube.

via The Greatest Gift – YouTube.

I recently came across Visual.ly, but have not had time to spend more time on the website. Visul.ly is more powerful than PowerPoint – and a more interesting way to deliver information – since it is designated motion graphics. Visul.ly will certainly make the presentation of information more interesting, and I think keep viewers attention longer since the audience doesn’t have to listen to the likes of me. Just kidding.

via Visual.ly.

Is Keeping the “End in Mind” stifling Innovation and Creativity of Students

The uploaded article discusses the processes leading from initial idea to the adoption in society. I will be discussing the need for process skills as critical to a prosperous future.

I am reminded time and again how important that problem solving, using creative insight in conjunction with technology is to the success of businesses. Moreover, it is increasingly demonstrate how important  these (and others of course) are to economic success.

As this article points out, innovation is a “process” not and end. That too often society mythologizes the individual inventor in the garage instead of the  multiple steps, which includes failures, setbacks and so on.

Where am I going with this? Well, in the conventional way of teaching, we teach with the “end in mind.” The “end” is too often marks and grades that will help to be competitive in the world of work. And I think the elephant in the room is the cult of the “grade or GPA.” I cannot count the number of times that I have discussed with my students how important the Learning Skills are on a report card, or interim report. In other words, the process skills (as I will call them) that demonstrate his/her ability to progress with his/her work. Yes, mastery of curriculum is necessary, nevertheless, when students get into higher education they are going to have to demonstrate their ability to work collaboratively, pick up the slack of a coworker and show initiative. Additionally, they are going to be expected to be a solid problem solver and innovate to be a valuable member of the company team. These are all processes not immediate rewards in the form of marks.

Will students be prepared for this brave new world?

 

32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.

 

15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps | SpyreStudios.

 

This website is so new that the pain hasn’t dried yet.�Hot of the Electronic Press:

Be one of the first to begin an education social network.

http://sulia.com/

via A New Type of Social Networking – Sulia.

It can be a challenge to find Android apps for education. Here are a few that may be helpful for your students.
Do your students struggle with their organization? Perhaps helping them use their Smartphone technology as I say, “a tool not just a toy.”
School Helper is an extremely useful app, which provides everything that a student needs to keep his school life organized. No matter if you want to insert your timetable for looking it up, calculating your average in a subject or just write down a little note to a topic, with School Helper it’s easy as never before.

This App has won the junior prize at the first international app art awards, initiated by the center for art and mediatechnology in Karlsruhe.

The app supports english and german, if you want to have another language please write me and I’ll try to translate it.

Features:
– Add Widgets to your homescreen (timetable, homework & exam)
– Insert your Timetable
– Display an overview of a subject
– Direct access to the next homework/exam from the mainmenu
– Enter your marks
– Weight your marks
– Calculate the needed mark for your desired average
– Display an mark overview for all subjects
– Enter your homework
– Prioritize your homework
– Write down some notes
– Insert your next exams
– You have more than one week? activate it in settings

If you still find some german words, please report them to me!

School Manager Helper is an app that will help you in organization of time.

You will have some tool like Note, Recorder, Web, Calendar, Calculator,Votes,Times,Bt Chat..
The app was created with the idea of doing something simple, immediate and graphically beatiful.

(Free) School Helper: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onedroid.schoolhelper

HomeWork & TimeTable app for students.
Widgets for timetable and homework.

NEW APP PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE INTERFACE TO GOOGLE CALENDAR.

1. HomeWork app to keep track of your homework and Timetable.

2. The app has five(5) main screens:
– Main Menu
– List with all homework assignments, sorted on date, with counters for the amount of homework not “done” yet.
– List with all Exams, sorted on date,
– Timetable for the current day
– Timetable for the current week

3. You can define your own subjects/lessons.
You can define the start and end times of the lessons.
Upto 20 lessons per day.

You can define contact information for each subject.

HomeWork (Free) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=klwinkel.huiswerk

School Helper is an extremely useful app, which provides everything that a student needs to keep his school life organized. No matter if you want to insert your timetable for looking it up, calculating your average in a subject or just write down a little note to a topic, with School Helper it’s easy as never before.

This App has won the junior prize at the first international app art awards, initiated by the center for art and mediatechnology in Karlsruhe.

The app supports english and german, if you want to have another language please write me and I’ll try to translate it.

Features:
– Add Widgets to your homescreen (timetable, homework & exam)
– Insert your Timetable
– Display an overview of a subject
– Direct access to the next homework/exam from the mainmenu
– Enter your marks
– Weight your marks
– Calculate the needed mark for your desired average
– Display an mark overview for all subjects
– Enter your homework
– Prioritize your homework
– Write down some notes
– Insert your next exams
– You have more than one week? activate it in settings

If you still find some german words, please report them to me!

School Helper (Free): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onedroid.schoolhelper

 

 

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