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Getting Content Off the iPad

"Collecting" student work

Chris Loat offers some good solutions to this perennial problem in his blog post (visit link to view his suggestions.)

"One of the most common questions I am asked by teachers is 'How do I get the student work off the iPad?' While there are a number of solutions to this, there is not an easy one that works for all situations. Below are some solutions to this question, and hopefully one of them will address your situation."


Telling the difference between Google ads and search results

How savvy are 12 to 15 year olds in reading search results?

We still have work to do in helping our students be better searchers!

"In the tests carried out by Ofcom earlier this year, children were shown screenshots of Google search results for the term "trainers" and asked whether the results at the top of the page were either a) ads, b) the most relevant results, or c) the most popular results. Despite the fact that these topmost search results were outlined in an orange box and labelled with the word "Ad," they were only recognized as such by 31 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds and 16 percent of 8- to 11-year-olds."


The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools | Will Richardson

Help kids develop into powerful learners

A message we've heard before about the disconnect between what we know kids need to learn, and how we typically structure the school day and activities.

"Will Richardson: 'We know how to help kids develop into powerful learners. Now, we just need to make that happen in schools.' A parent of two teen-agers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education.  Will has authored four books (with two more on the way), including "Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning" and "Information are Everywhere".



Carnaval, mardi gras, Carnaval...

Doing a "Carnaval" Theme in February?

Don't forget to check out the "Carnaval" items at DRC.
Here's an NFB link to stream a short "archival" video from 1956.

See below for some additional online resources to explore:

The Official Carnaval Site

The Québec Region Tourism site:

360 panoramas (with sound)
(It's like being there!)

Chanson du carnaval (karaoke)

Lots of clips, both official and personal
(See also suggestions in sidebar of Youtube)

a Carnaval Lesson Plan



Google Gives You a 360° View of the Performing Arts

Stand virtually on the stage in these videos.
"Through a series of 360-degree videos, you can now  "stand, virtually, on the stage of the Palais Garnier, among the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet",  "journey to Stratford-upon-Avon and keep up with the Royal Shakespeare Company" or "go onstage at Carnegie Hall, where the video places you in the middle of the Philadelphia Orchestra."

Click and drag to view the performance from every possible angle from your vantage point.



iPad Lessons for teachers - video playlist

Short, bite-sized, iPad inservice

Looking for short, bite-sized, iPad inservice?  Then "iPad Lessons" is the channel for you. The goal is to provide simple, convenient video tutorials that fit into a teacher's busy schedule. These videos are short and to the point. Watch them over and over again until you feel confident.


Shadow Puppet - a 30hands alternative

Tutorial & download links

The most recent update of 30Hands significantly changed the free version of their app. (You can now only make five slideshows on each iPad and only export 3 times.)  Now what!? You might want to try Shadow Puppet. The app is fairly easy to use and it allows students to create and export narrated slideshows much like 30 hands.

Some features:
  • Cites photos sources used from the internet.
  • Text can be added to each image.
  • Music tracks can be added.
  • There is an option to "redo" a recording on a page. (but you must decide before moving to the next slide.)
  • You must save to preview.

A Tour of High-Quality Open Education Resources (OER) for Writing

Abundant, rigorous and delightful (yes, delightful!) writing lessons

"Here is a list of some useful Secondary and higher education writing curricula/pages. In order to appear in this post,  the writing courses and lessons had to be free, permanent and public, support the writing process and encourage student inquiry (among other things)"


Kiddle - Custom Google Search for Kids

Designed specifically for kids

"Kiddle is a Google Custom Search where the results are illustrated with big thumbnails making it easier to scan the hits. Thumbnails also serve as visual clues which are helpful for kid users. The large Arial font offers better readability for kids and the results use safe-search parameters."