Meet Apple Classroom – A Test Drive and Eval

Meet Apple Classroom – A Test Drive and Eval

After waiting for several months, I was finally able to meet Apple Classroom.  This new app integrates with your MDM solution to allow teachers greater focus and control over the iPads in their classroom. According to the description: Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device…

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Scaling Up MDM Architecture

Scaling Up MDM Architecture

It seems to be common sense that you should consider scaling up MDM architecture as your 1:1 grows. However, it took us a little longer than expected to move this direction. My shop currently uses the Casper Suite by JAMF Software. It does a really good job, but like anything, it gets hungry for more resources as it grows. We currently manage over 9,000 iOS devices and about 500 assorted MacBooks. Our MDM is running on…

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Keeping Our Kids Safe on Social Media

Keeping Our Kids Safe on Social Media

KTXS in Abilene reported this weekend that “a convicted sex offender, in custody in Mansfield, is accused of taking two 13-year-old girls and raping them, according to police and jail records. The mother of one of the teens told KTXS that her daughter had met the accused, Robert Harris, 49, on Skout, a social media website, about two to three months ago. In addition, the mother said Harris gave them tips on how to run…

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Intro to Digital Storytelling

Intro to Digital Storytelling

Intro to Digital Storytelling Digital Storytelling is the technique of having students create stories or first-person narratives that use images, narration and music to frame memories and perceptions about what’s being learned. Telling the stories from the student’s perspective is an essential element that makes this technique so effective. Using the digital medium for storytelling gives students an opportunity to create using the tools that are relevant and meaningful in their lives. The ability to…

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EpicWin Great App for Behavior Management Points

EpicWin Great App for Behavior Management Points

EpicWin Great App for Behavior Management EpicWin is a great app for students with behavior management plans that use points sheets. This app was initially designed as a game-based task list for completing chores. Because you can put in the tasks or challenges that need to be completed to earn points, it can be used for much, much more. To-do list with a Role-Playing Game spin Streamlined and fast to use Range of avatars to…

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Google OCR Easily Convert Old Tests and Documents to Editable Docs

Google OCR Easily Convert Old Tests and Documents to Editable Docs

Google OCR Easily Convert Old Papers to Editable Docs Why Google OCR? Teachers are really good at storing old documents and files. As quickly as things fluctuate in education, you may find yourself teaching one way this year, a different way next year, and then going back to the original way the next. Anyone who teaches K-2 can attest to this with phonics v. whole language methods. This is why teachers store boxes and boxes of…

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Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons Part 2

Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons Part 2

Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons for Minecraft PE Part 2 This article is a continuation of part 1 of Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE. Teaching with Minecraft PE has become much more interesting lately because of the development of new mods and apps. Multiplayer Mods for Minecraft PE The Multiplayer Mods for Minecraft PE app allows students to play on hundreds of public modded servers, there are many different types of servers: Adventure Servers, Block Hunt…

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Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons

Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons

Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins &Add-Ons Minecraft PE is a video game developed by the Swedish company Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. To this author, it is like virtual Legos on steroids. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode, creative mode, and adventure mode. Minecraft PE…

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3 Free iOS Math Apps Today

3 Free iOS Math Apps Today

3 Free iOS Math Apps Today: Math Flow Apps AppAdvice.com listed these three free iOS math apps in their AppsGoneFree section and it is easy to see why. Flow Plus, MultiFlow, and Division Flow are three really nice math apps that make drilling math facts more game-like. Normally between $4.99 – $5.99, they are a great app to snatch for free. The basic interface is the same on all three, so this article will review them…

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Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE

Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE

Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for the Portable Edition Minecraft is a video game developed by the Swedish company Mojang. Teaching with Minecraft focuses on the creative aspects of the game that enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. To this author, it is like virtual Legos on steroids. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode, creative…

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