With the iPad starting to really make its presence felt within our school division, there has been a lot of questions asked regarding the multi-syncing of Apps to a number of iPads. No one seems to know exactly where we stand with this. I just came across the following link which does a pretty good job of describing the legalities of syncing one app to a number of devices. The link is this interpretation is – http://wiki.canby.k12.or.us/groups/ipodusergroup/wiki/2b8ad/Purchasing_Apps_Apples_Volume_Purchasing_Program.html. It would appear that we’ll have to register for the program to be able to reap the benefits of getting the educational discount.
I mentioned ‘infographics’ in the last blog entry. I believe that by having students create an infographic for whatever topic would be a really educationally rewarding activity. The research and the creation of the final ‘graphic’ would be a very involved process that would ultimately lead to a demonstration of an acquired outcome. The following link – http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/awesome-free-tools-infographics/ offers the visitor access to tutorials on how to create infographics. As well, they present the ’10 awesome free tools to make infographics’ which are:
- StatPlanet – http://www.sacmeq.org/statplanet/ (allows you to create some amazing interactive visualizations – graphical based)
- Hohli – http://charts.hohli.com/#cht=p3&chs=320×240&chd=s:&chf=bg,s,FFFFFF|c,s,FFFFFF&max=100&agent=hohli.com (a simple intuitive online chart maker!)
- Creately – http://creately.com/ (lets you make easy-to-make diagrams and flow charts)
- New York Times’ Visualization Lab – http://vizlab.nytimes.com/ (lets you use statistics from recent NT Times articles to create visualizations in various fromats)
- Many Eyes – http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/ (lets you upload your own data or use data already stored on the site to create visualizations )
- Google Public Data – http://www.google.com/publicdata (lets you easily take public data and transform it into an infographic of your choice)
- Wordle – http://www.wordle.net/ (lets you create word visualisations using text you enter)
- Tableau – http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/ (is a free Windows-only software for creating visualisations)
- Gapminder – http://www.gapminder.org/ (is a free Adobe Air (cross-platform by nature) application to ensure you have current data on major world issues and can create visualisations for your purposes. Data is updated yearly and released with new versions of the application)
- Inkscape – http://inkscape.org/ (is a free vector graphic software available for many platforms. This is the ideal free option for the creation of your overall infographic. Simple and intuitive, you should have no problems importing your visualisations and combining them with other visuals to create your masterpiece)
You might recognize some of these – for instance ‘Wordle’. It has been around for a while but it is still a very valuable tool to access.
This week, a number of administrators from the district will be attending a workshop which revolves around ‘Inclusive Education’. Like everything else, one can find a lot of resources by searching on the internet. I’d like to share a LiveBinder that has a lot of links to information and resources to assist schools in their development of an inclusive environment in their schools. Here is the link – http://livebinders.com/play/play/116468. Have a look – there is a lot of information here!
How about some more links to help you in the classroom:
- Science links from the latest Vantage periodical – Vantage Sept 23.11 Science focus
- Math links also from Vantage (2Learn) – Vantage Links – Math related October 2011
- I like this article about the 21 signs that you are a 21st century teacher – 21 Signs You R a 21st Century Teacher
- I really want to get into using gaming in the classroom. Have a look at this article – Five Reasons Why Video Games Power Up Learning
- Last but not least – have a look at this link regarding the use of social media in education – Ten ways schools are using social media effectively – http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/10/21/ten-ways-schools-are-using-social-media-effectively/