by Tasha Candela Expert Educator Columnist, USA As part of my role as an Instructional Technology Coordinator, I share cool technology tools with staff members. With a short description and video tutorial for each tool, I help others feel empowered by the many free ways to engage our students and learn ourselves. Please consider or continue using them within your own classroom. Remind / http://vimeo.com/105682045. If you were to ask me what my favorite app is, I would answer with Remind. Remind is essentially a free text messaging service. It allows teachers to interact with students in a safe, secure way. Once you setup your classes, you can schedule reminders, attach documents, and connect with individuals. As part of their Teacher Advisory Board, I get to test new features and provide feedback on an ongoing basis. According to their website, 1 in 5 teachers in the U.S. use Remind so apparently I am not the only Remind fanatic!
by Ovi Barcelo Expert Educator Columnist, Spain One of the best things I have gotten from apps is the chance to meet some of their developers. Apps now are everywhere, even in the classroom, and we can say so because this new ecosystem has socialized the development of software. Now, (almost) everybody can be an app developer and even achieve great success in the digital world. The coding part is not very difficult and the tools provided by the big companies are user-friendly, in most cases. On this point, I want to highlight Microsoft’s Project Siena (pictured above). This is remarkable in that it is an app to create apps. This simple blank canvas is the typical drag-and-drop environment. With everyday updates, Project Siena allows all kind of users to develop their own apps.
by Ovi Barcelo Expert Educator Columnist, Spain Nowadays it is very difficult to look to the past for longer than 4 or 5 years. We think that Whatsapp, for example, has been around forever when in fact the app is only 5 years old. The same goes for Angry Birds (launched 2009) and Twitter (which was also translated to other languages starting 2009). So, what will be our apps landscape be like five years from now? Can we trust our methodology only in apps? My answer is: no.
by Minnia Feng MSEN Community Manager In today’s classroom, many things may be digitized and live on a screen, but there’s still an undeniable value in the power of exploring ideas through writing. With inking, this was made possible in the digital realm, but what about if you’re leading a brainstorm session with your kids in class and capture some amazing ideas on a whiteboard or chalkboard that you don’t want to lose? Enter Office Lens for OneNote.
by Koen Timmers MIE Expert, Belgium For 14 years I’ve been teaching ICT (web design) at CVO Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Since the beginning, I’ve been passionate about e-learning and decided to post all courseware and tutorials on my own website zelfstudie.be. Today, more than 18,000 members have access to nearly 9000 pages of courseware and external authors are publishing their own courseware to the public at large; it’s a digital educational library which is growing each day.
Bringing you live updates from this gathering of school leaders in LATAM! [8:30am-] Keynote, Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh, Education Leader, Microsoft “We’re preparing students for a fast world, which is why we need to be fast and dynamic. [8:42am] Dr. Cavanaugh explains to us how research has shown that the learning journey consists of three steps that involve technology: Think (Digital Ink– thinking scaffolds, and inking is a way of processing that is happening in highly visual ways) Express (OneNote and Sway- express where they stand in their conceptual understanding Collaborate & Record (Office Mix, OneNote- students work together and their learning is captured) [9:15am] Alberto Cavalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools on how they transformed a school district during a recession: “Our goal- crack the code of eliminating the gaps, equitable and equal access to high quality educational programs, and in the process also bridge the digital divide, eradicate the digital deserts in the community, and by the way, do it all in the recession. If we can do it in Miami, maybe we can …
Hi, everyone! Anyone who’s worked with Millenials probably knows about their affinity for selfies. Turn the camera towards yourself, snap a picture, and admire. But who knew that it could be life-saving? Anaemia is a silent killer, affecting over two billion people worldwide — including 293 million children. The red blood cell deficiency, which accounts for an astounding 20 percent of all maternal deaths, can be difficult to detect – especially where access to healthcare is limited. But thinks to the Eyenaemia app, diagnosing this threat is as simple as taking a selfie. Eyenaemia is the winning 2014 Imagine Cup project and app, developed by Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah, two medical students from Australia. “Every single day in the hospital, we look at ways that we can actually improve things,” says Tang. “We just think, OK, we want to find any possible way that we can solve this problem.” And they did just that. Eyenaemia is an elegantly simple, non-invasive and easily accessible screening tool for anaemia that anyone with a mobile device can …