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Monday, January 23, 2012

iPad and iPhone Apps from the Big Deal Book

Create a Personal Whiteboard
The free Educreations app turns an iPad into a recordable whiteboard. With voice recording, realistic digital ink, photo imports and simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter, you can broadcast your ideas from anywhere. Create an animated lesson simply by touching, tapping and talking. Use it to explain a math formula, add commentary to photos, diagram a sports play and more.
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Make Every Moment Count
Asking children to monitor the effective use of the abstract concept of time is tricky, to say the least. Time Timer is an iPad app that offers a visual explanation of what efficient use of time looks like. For example, students can observe a red shape slowly disappear as they monitor the progress of cleanup time. They can also evaluate what cleanup procedures are the most effective or check assumptions about how slow a snail truly is. The app has several different graphic representations of clocks and time increments from which to choose. The app is available for $6.99 in the iTunes App Store.
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Manipulate Mechanical Gadgets
TinkerBox HD is a free iPad app that gives students an opportunity to invent machines that capitalize basic engineering concepts. The goal is to manipulate the organization of a wide array of mechanical gadgets so that they solve a given problem. Using trial and error, students can arrange and rearrange elements until they design a successful solution. The Invent mode lets users create their own machines. Student can share their creations through TinkerBox News.
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Share Wildlife Encounters
Project Noah connects students to real-world learning while promoting environmental stewardship. With this free iPhone app, students can join the forces of other nature lovers around the world and collect photographs of local plants and animals. They can collect photographic evidence on their own or for organized projects, or “missions,” set up by scientists. Each time students take a photograph, they are documenting that particular species. They will need to be able to classify, describe and create search tags for every image they submit. Project Noah can automatically access a mobile device’s location and include that data with each sighting, or students can choose to enter the data manually.
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Gain Insight into Roman Civilization
The Virtual History Roma iPad app presents a fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome. This capital of the largest empire in the ancient world has been reconstructed in virtual form, which students can explore in a “full-immersion” panoramic experience. The Roma app provides students with insight into Roman civilization, using innovative functions and multimedia content, from the digital reconstruction of the city’s statues to aerial views of the metropolis as it stood 2,000 years ago. The reconstruction of their original appearance, as seen from various angles, is overlaid and compared with their appearance in today’s Rome. The app is available for $9.99 in the iTunes App Store.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Technology Grant - Deadline: February 15

Get Engaging Tech Tools

The Turning Foundation, in collaboration with Samsung Mobile, BrainPOP and Turning Technologies, has announced the Winter 2012 Classroom Improvement Technology Grant. The goal of this joint effort is to help educators develop 21st century classrooms and improve achievement by providing effective, engaging technology tools from multiple industry-leading companies. Grant applications will be accepted from K–5 teachers who are currently teaching in an accredited, nonprofit school building in the United States. Ten classroom awards estimated at $3,600 each will be distributed.
Deadline: February 15, 2012
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Articles and videos from the Adobe Developer Team

The Adobe Developer Connection team published and promoted the following articles and videos yesterday:

- Avoiding common authoring mistakes in Flash Professional

- Situations to avoid when writing ActionScript

- Issues involving project assets in Flash

- Preventing animation problems in Flash

- Avoiding common Timeline errors in Flash

- Preventing problems with buttons and interactivity in Flash

- Common mistakes working with fonts and text objects in Flash

- Strategies for organizing Flash projects

- Avoiding performance issues in Flash

- Considerations when working with preloaders in Flash

- Preventing publishing problems in Flash

- Game of Flex on tablets

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Techchef4u - Apps for learning

Monday, January 9, 2012

Ask Dr. Terry Holliday - Kentucky Commissioner of Education

Twitter Town Hall - Thursday, January 19 with Dr. Terry Holliday

The Kentucky Department of Education invites teachers, administrators, district staff, parents and other education stakeholders to submit questions for Commissioner Terry Holliday's second Twitter Town Hall Thursday, Jan. 19 from 4-5 p.m. ET. 

The Twitter Town Hall topics will be the 2012 General Assembly and KDE’s legislative agenda. 
Questions can be tweeted both before Jan. 19 and during the live event from 4-5 p.m. ET. 
Use the hash tag #AskDocH to send questions.

If you don’t have a Twitter account and would like to sign up for one, visit
Twitter is a free service and also offers apps for smartphones, or  follow along using your computer.

The Twitter Town Hall also will be webcast live. If you would like to follow the Twitter Town Hall via live webcast, click here. To listen and/or watch, you must have Windows Media Player installed on your workstation. Once Windows Media Player is installed, simply click on the appropriate link to hear audio-only or view the video with audio.

To install Windows Media Player on your device, please click the appropriate link below:

Commissioner Holliday looks forward to answering your questions on Jan. 19!