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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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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Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole by Andrea Jones Minecraft Math – I knew that I needed to explore further. I could not just put it in front of them and say go. So I swallowed my pride, downloaded the “Pocket Edition” of the game to my iPad, and tried to make sense of it. Unfortunately, after a week of trying I was still struggling with basic navigation. I even had my husband…

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A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC

A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC

A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC is relatively simple. You can purchase a license and get the installer from MinecraftEdu.com. Minecraft runs on Java, so you will need to download and install the latest version before running the Minecraft installer. Step 1: Installing Java Got to Java.com and get the installer. I prefer using the Java Developer Kit as it seems to work better when using add…

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World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today

World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today

World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today in App Store The World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is free today. Normally a $3.99, this app is based on the World FactBook data prepared by the US Central Intelligence Agency. This data has been a staple for online research on countries for HS and MS students for years. What makes this app so amazing is the rich and visually appealing way it displays the…

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Easily Convert Old Worksheets to Editable Google Docs

Easily Convert Old Worksheets to Editable Google Docs

Easily Convert Old Tests and Documents to Editable Google Docs 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. What if you want to edit or change those old…

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Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2 In Part 1 of this series, we looked at physically Projecting your MacBook via a projector or display device. Part 2 looks at using the AirPlay technology to project and Part 3 looks at three different devices or receivers that you can use with your projector or HDTV. Macs and iOS devices have the capability to project their screen onto another device in the same network using AirPlay. AirPlay relies…

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PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015

PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015

PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015 PDF Reader Premium is free today. PDF apps are important to current #EdTech work flows because they still follow a paper based paradigm in some ways. Apps like this one help students take digital worksheets or other handouts and annotate them, add images and mark ups, and more. This one is good because it is reliable, supports a variety of features, and is intuitively easy to…

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Projecting Your MacBook or iPad

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 1   Teachers have a variety of options for connecting their MacBook to a projector depending on the type of projector and network environment. The simplest and most reliable method is to connect directly to the projector via an adapter or “dongle” that plugs into your MacBook. Current MacBooks support adapters that connect to the mini display port or thunderbolt port (pictured below). Depending on your projector, you would…

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3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for #EdTech Venturing into the world of using Minecraft in your classroom can be a little murky if you are new to the game. Using Minecraft can help you leverage game based learning to increase cooperation, problem solving, critical thinking, and much, much more. There are 3 basic versions or “flavors” of  the game that most people use in teaching; Minecraft, Minecraft PE, and Minecraft Edu. Knowing some basics about these…

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