Very good news for iPad users frustrated by the incompatability of Flash and Mac products.
The free browser http://www.puffinbrowser.com/ allows you to access any site in full (i.e. those with Flash). After you have exhausted the FREE searches allowed, there is a small fee for the full version. Worth it! :)
This includes ones like http://search.carrot2.org/stable/search, which we encourage both teachers and students to use for research here at CHS.
"Turn any book or document into a digital classroom.Subtext is a free iPad app that allows classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts. You can also layer in enrichment materials, assignments and quizzes—opening up almost limitless opportunities to engage students and foster analysis and writing skills."
For more information on this iPad tool, click here,
" ...Reading has a reputation for being an isolated activity. We often think of people in their pajamas or bathrobes, sunk into a massive armchair in front of a roaring fire, with a mug of hot cocoa in one hand and a page-turner in the other. Books have the unique ability to suck us into a whole new world where our imaginations are the only limit. So how can reading be social?"
Click here for the full article (ignore the ads if you can and read on past them):
"... Unlike other video games, there are few if any instructions in Minecraft. Instead, like the name suggests, the goal of the game is to craft, or build, structures in these 16-bit worlds, and figuring things out on your own is a big part of it. And parents, it’s not terribly violent. Sure, you can kill a few zombies while playing in the game’s “survival mode.” But in its “creative mode,” Minecraft is about building, exploration, creativity and even collaboration."
Click here for the full article:
Did you know ...?
" ... reading for pleasure was more important for children’s cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents’ level of education. The combined effect on children’s progress of reading books often, going to the library regularly and reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree."
Click here for the full article: http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/blogs/create-readers/13-09/reading-pleasure-significantly-increases-children-s-performance-0
Reusing pictures found in Google Images can breach copyright, but you can filter your results so only those images which can be shared legally will be included in your results.
Follow these simple steps to filter your images:
Type in the search term as usual.
It's easy ... when you know how!
Simply type "is:unread" in the Search box and the unread messages will appear, as if by magic.. Good for, if you're anything like me, when you leave a message marked unread to go back to later when you have more time - and then you don't want to spend hours searching for it.
See? Not even 3 minutes, that one! :) :)
I may well be 'preaching to the choir' here but have you discovered the snipping tool in Windows?
Ever wanted just a part of a page/image and have gone through the long process of taking a screen shot, putting it into a paint or drawing program and cropping from there? Want to not ever have to do that again?
DONE! :) :)
“This article by Hope Mulholland for TeachThought offers up what looks like a great list of resources on this very important topic. If you are just wading into the world of BYOD or want to learn more, have a look.”
"BYOD policies–Bring Your Own Device–allow schools to bring technology into the classroom with a “bottom-up” approach. Such an approach can save money, allow students to use their own devices, and encourage a student-centered approach to learning.
Recently we explained that “digital natives or not, technology dropped into the laps of students in schools isn't always as accessible as it might be. By allowing students to bring in their own devices for learning–rather than insisting that they learn both content and device in school–there is an important opportunity to connect with not just their personal lives, but their natural way of doing things.” But when you allow students to bring in hundreds of unique devices into a formerly closed technology setting, chaos can result–which is where, unfortunately, policy can be necessary."
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