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INNOVATION WEDNESDAY

            I shamelessly admit that I have learned a lot from Dummies books. Before the proliferation of YouTube videos, if I wanted to learn about anything and everything I would check out the Dummies book from the library.  I have learned much from Pregnancy for Dummies, Photoshop CS6 for Dummies, and Moodle for Dummies.  I have borrowed Guitar for Dummies for my 12 year old son, my husband has perused How to Fix Everything for Dummies, and my daughter just reserved Living Gluten-Free for Dummies.  My newest find is iPad in Education for Dummies. 

            The author, Sam Gliksman, an expert in technology and educational reform, wrote an easy to follow, well organized, clear book for educators. Having your school approve the 1:1 iPad initiative is just the beginning.  Teachers need the tools on how to seamlessly integrate the easy to use touch technology into the classroom. “The teacher does not have to be the expert in the room. 21st century learning is about empowering the students with technology, and letting them create and innovate.”  As we teach ourselves iPad apps or let our students guide us, I have included a few that I have found useful for the blended learning environment. 

  • PDFpen - For annotating PDF documents.  A simple interface allows the user to add text boxes, notes, comments on any document.   
  • Explain Everything – Sceencasting and creating tutorials. Great for flipping the classroom.  Easy to record and include images.  You can even insert a fully functioning web browser. 
  • Evernote – web based digital notebook and all purpose filing cabinet.  It keeps my digital content organized.
  • Keynote – Deliver presentations (like PowerPoint), easy navigation and organization.  Remember to keep slide text to a minimum, pose questions and use imaginative visuals.
  • GoodReader – Handles content from a variety of sources including websites, manuals or PowerPoint presentations.  Downloading, managing and reading files is easy and neat.
  • iTunes U– gives access to thousands of other courses from leading universities, and online digital content.  Great for students to learn beyond the scope of your blended learning syllabus.

 

              Has any expert written Blended Learning for Dummies, or should I add that task to my bucket list? 

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Tags: Evernot, Everything, Explain, GoodReader, Itunes, Keynot, PDFpen, U, app, dummies, More…iPad

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