I’m a bit late writing this week’s post as I had a few off campus conferences to attend this week including Apple’s Technology Update yesterday in Plymouth Meeting. Â The conference focused on iOS 5 (if you haven’t updated your iOS device, I suggest doing so!) & the new Mac OS – Lion. Â Our team normally tends to hold off on new OS installs while others fight through the bugs, patches, and fixes that always coincide with an update of this magnitude. Â With that said, I hope to begin a Lion pilot some time soon to test out some of the new features including iCloud. Â Click below to checkout some of the new features of Lion & iOS5.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we can make the best use of our iOS devices here at SCH, and I think the #1 idea that I can come up with is a rather simple one….get them in the hands of the kids and let them drive the pedagogy. Â Cause we all know that an iPad is way cooler than a laptop, furthermore we all have a lot to learn from our students. Â I have a few videos for you including two of child prodigy Adora Svitak, all I can say is wow! Â One is from her Ted talk last year and other is a display of Adora teaching 21st century skills to teachers! Â Although this doesn’t directly relate to the iOS discussion, the topic relates to what I’ve been thinking about, simply look at the title “What adults can learn from kids” Â Here’s the description of the Ted talk directly from the Ted Web Site “Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.” Â The last video has received a lot of press, some good, some bad, and while I understand both points of view, I think it’s a fascinating video and would love to here some of your comments. Â Feel free to add them in the comment box below the blog.
Adora Svitak: Â What adults can learn from kids: (The George Bush comment is great 🙂
Adora teaching 21st century skills to teachers:
I’m going to add a new section to my weekly Daytime postings called “Digital Tools” where I’ll provide a couple new tools that may help your teaching, or that I just think are cool. Â Sadly, my life has come to a point where I think “Digital Tools” are cool….man, I had a good run of “coolness” up to this point! Â Below is my progression of said “coolness” over the past decade, or at least how I’ve envisioned it..
OK, so on to the new section: DIGITAL TOOLS
The first tool is called “Channel” and it allows users to surf the Web together. Â Basically a user enters a URL into “Channel,” a unique link is created for the user to share with teachers, friends, etc. and the users can begin sharing the browsing experience together. Â Users can, chat, watch videos, share images, annotate and much more!
The next tool “Boxify” is a great file sharing site (no, not napster!) that will allow users to share files via a simple Web link. Â One of the great bonuses is that there is no signup required, so just logon upload a file and share the unique link that Boxify creates for you. Â I’m thinking this could be a great tool for iPads given that they don’t play very nicely with Google Apps (GApps works, it’s just not very intuitive). Â Below are links to the Boxify site as well as a quick Lifehacker write up.
Now that I’ve had you read my entire post, I’m sad to say that I won’t be able to have any dedicated Daytime sesssions this week. Â However, I’m happy to set aside a few minutes to meet with you face to face if you have any questions, concerns, or even better…ideas!!!
FINALLY, please feel free to add any tools that you use or would like to test out. Â I’m hoping this will be a community effort where we can all share some of our resources. Â Enjoy the rest of the week and go Eagles!!