Five useful tools to support music education

Here are five of my favourite apps/online tools that can be used to create, share, or listen to music. In the list below, click on the name of the tool to visit the web site and find out more about what it can do and how to download it. Explain Everything (iOS & Android) This... Continue Reading →

The SAMR model was not created to classify apps

The SAMR model was not invented as a way to classify apps.  This poster continues to be circulated widely among educators over the past few years. Unfortunately, it also continues to perpetuate a misunderstanding of the SAMR model. I use this poster and others regularly in professional learning workshops as a provocation. Discussion about the possible merits... Continue Reading →

Introduction to ScratchJr

[Note: Updated, April 22, 2015] App Name - ScratchJr Cost - Free Website - http://www.scratchjr.org/  Tablets - iOS and Android Developed by - Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University iOS Download - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scratchjr/id895485086 Android Download - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.scratchjr.android What is ScratchJr? ScratchJr is a tablet app that young children can use to create simple programs such as stories, games and... Continue Reading →

What predicts BYOD / BYOT Success?

Our board is making its way through the first year of a standing, open-invitation to all students and teachers to BYOD--bring your own device--to school and use it for teaching and learning (also known as BYOT--bring your own technology).  Schools are very complex environments and it will take time for personal device use to become... Continue Reading →

App Suggestions for Learning Activities in BYOD Classrooms

Even with device neutral assignments or web-based creation or collaboration tools, students in #BYOD friendly schools might still be looking for app suggestions to match the particular learning task they are engaged in.  There are some incredibly detailed resources available, such as Allan Carrington's "padagogy" wheel.  But, if you are looking for something a little... Continue Reading →

The story of our iPad implementation – Teacher reflections and tips

[Note: I am very pleased to include this guest post on my blog.  The following reflection was written by @zikmanistobin and @LynnDesh. It  highlights various issues they faced when implementing iPads into classrooms at the elementary school where they teach.  The tips section at the end is especially valuable, I think, to educators who are either considering the iPad... Continue Reading →

Outstanding iPad Resources for Teachers

[Updated: April 28, 2013] No matter what level of educational iPad user you are, the following list of iPad specific web sites provides a depth and breadth of resources. Apps for Children with Special Needs - This link takes you to the A-Z index of app 'how-to' videos. This site produces an extensive library of... Continue Reading →

Useful iOS 6 features for teachers (iPad specific)

[Updated: March, 2013] With every new iOS release, Apple is building in more and more under the hood.  You are probably aware of many of these features but, in any case, here is a brief roundup of some that teachers whom I work with have found very useful, especially in a one-iPad classroom.  The features outlined... Continue Reading →

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