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Cool finds, new technologies and useful hints for all things online teaching and learning

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

iPad Resources by Lisa Johnson

 While each of these links provided by Lisa Johnson, Instructional Technology Specialist for NEISD, could be a separate post on this blog, Lisa has done an exceptional job of collecting a vast number of resources focused on K-12 technology.  She offers this list as an iPad-focused set of resources but these lessons, ideas, and tutorials can be used in any computer-based environment.

This particular link leads to her iPad Lesson Links page but she offers a great deal more information if you care to peruse the links on the left side of her page!  What an excellent resource for teachers. We are all very glad she shared!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mobile Learning - 99 Resources

For those of you who may be keenly interested in all things Mobile Learning (mLearning or m-Learning as the case may be) here is an extremely useful and comprehensive resource on the subject.  The site is created by Educause so we know that means quality.  The tabs at the top provide access to 19 Publications, 41 Presentations, 17 Podcasts and 22 Blogs all discussing mLearning. Thanks to BSU Master's in EdTech student, Sheila Bolduc-Simpson for sharing!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

iPads in Education

Of course, no good educational technology site would be complete without at least ONE resource on using iPads in the classroom. Since I want to highlight emerging technologies, this is a BIG one!  This site gives teachers tons of great ideas on using iPads in their classrooms. The site is broken down into specific topic areas as well and gives you a list of apps you can get for your iPads based on the topic! Really nice resource site!

Simple K-12

These folks have collected so much great EdTech information on one site it's hard to know where to begin!  There are plenty of free resources, videos, e-books, etc. However, if you really want to delve deeper into their content you will have to purchase an annual subscription to the UNConference! With this subscription you have access to forums, tutorials, you own blog site and so much more.  There is pre-developed student curriculum available as well.  They boast over 500 hours of online tutorials! While this one does come with a price tag, it looks to be worth it with so much to offer!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kodu - Video Game Design

Okay, for all you aspiring game designers out there - young and old - here is a great tool for you to begin with!  Kodu is developed by Microsoft and is a free download.  The site also gives excellent video tutorials on how to begin using this application.  The interface is a bit simplistic but at first glance this appears to be a pretty robust game development application!  But it's easy enough for young people to use too!  This would be a great way to introduce topics on almost any subject while infusing that element of fun into the learning experience.  Also, have the students create their own "worlds" in Kodu and have contests to see who can incorporate the most points from a lesson - really the options are endless!  Looks like another mark for combining fun, technology, teaching and learning in one free application.  Way to go Microsoft!