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The 10 Fastest Growing Apps This Year: Flickr is right after Vine

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th October 2013

http://ow.ly/q4BV7

Posted in Android, Digital literacy, educational technology, information technology, instructional technology, iPAD, media literacy, mobile apps, mobile learning, social media, technology, technology literacy | 1 Comment »

“whiteboard screencasting” and “lecture capture” apps: please enter your choices and suggestions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th October 2013

Greg Jorgensen emailed us with his new darling:

Explain Everything - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.morriscooke.explaineverything

and raises a very good question:

What do we know and how do we organize our tools and apps for whiteboard screencasting and lecture capture?

Screencasting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-learning#Screencasting

Screencast
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screencast

Greg’s choice of the day is atop of a list from the Ed Tech/y and Mobile Learning web site:
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/6-useful-ipad-apps-for-creating.html

next on that top-6-list are

Teach

Show Me

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

Doodlecast Pro

Pixntell

Doceri (http://doceri.com/) is a very promissing app, which Bob Lessinger was pushing to be installed on campuos computers (being free), but it is ONLY iPAD-bound (not even iPHone or iTouch)
In addition to Doceri: Stage : Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera and Splashtop Whiteboard per: 3 Apps to Turn Your iPad into Interactive Whiteboard ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is a neat table about the compatibility (iOS and Android) for several of these apps:
http://www.elcamino.edu/administration/staffdev/training/whiteboardscreencasting.pdf

Here is another good resource from Alaska. The screencasting apps reviewed are the same as above, but other good sources regarding a pedagogy involving the technology.

A broader approach to this issue (Presentation & Screencasting Apps) on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/itechservices/presentation-screencasting-apps/

More apps and possibilities, as well as “how-to” directions here:
http://castingoutnines.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/how-i-make-screencasts-the-whiteboard-screencast/

Here is an useful blog entry, comparing  ExlpainEverything with Educreation –
http://freebiologyschool.blogspot.com/2013/04/explaineverything-app-better-than.html

More apps:

Lecturnity ( http://www.lecturnity.com )

Tegrity http://tegr.it/

FlySketch http://flyingmeat.com/flysketch/

http://presentationtube.com/
a lengthy review is available here: http://smorgastech.blogspot.com/?goback=%2Egde_2038260_member_5807615489219772416#%21

Posted in Android, design, Digital literacy, digital storytelling, distance learning, distributive learning, educational technology, gaming, information literacy, information technology, iPAD, learning objects, media literacy, mobile apps, mobile learning, open learning, technology literacy, whiteboard screencasting app | 3 Comments »

Gaming in Higher Education: EDUCAUSE 2013 welcomes Jane McGonigal

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd October 2013

The Awesome Power of Gaming in Higher Education

EDUCAUSE 2013 welcomes Jane McGonigal and considers the potential of games in education.

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2013/10/awesome-power-gaming-higher-education

1. Foldit

The University of Washington’s Foldit game enables anyone to contribute to scientific research through virtual protein folding. The university’s game developers posit that human gamers’ propensity to not give up on a gaming task – resiliency – make them much more adept at solving complex protein structure prediction and design than supercomputers. And in some ways, they’ve already proven that to be so. Foldit game participants have been named in several published scientific journal articles, including one that describes how a protein structure could be solved and used in the treatment of HIV.

2. Urgent Evoke

The rich, interactive universe of Grand Theft Auto was the inspiration for this game, developed for The World Bank as a way to teach Sub-Sahara African youths to solve social problems in ways that also could provide a sustainable living. The platform is free and available online and can be used by schools to teach social entrepreneurship. A graphic novel serves as the game’s centerpiece, and players build out their gaming profiles as a comic or graphic novel might retell a superhero’s origin story. Participants complete projects in real life to solve real problems, such as securing a community’s food supply or establishing a sustainable power source, then progress through levels of the game. Those who successfully complete their 10-week missions ultimately earn certification from the World Bank Institute. In 2010, 50 student participants saw their entrepreneurship models funded by the World Bank, including Libraries Across Africa (now Librii), a franchise operating in Ghana.

3. Find the Future: The Game

Not all games must be played out in a virtual space. This game – developed by McGonigal with Natron Baxter and Playmatics – combines real-world missions with virtual clues and online collaboration, resulting in young people working together overnight in the New York Public Library to write and publish a book of personal essays about what they learned.

“The game is designed to empower young people to find their own futures by bringing them face-to-face with the writings and objects of people who made an extraordinary difference.”

Participants spend a night wandering throughout the library’s stacks and research materials, scanning QR codes to prove they found and interacted with the objects of their clues or missions. One 2011 participant, upon discovering the library’s early draft of the Declaration of Independence wrote an essay called a “Declaration of Interdependence.”

 

More on Jane McGonigal on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjSVo8N31r4

http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t3y7EeBhxg

 

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7 Important Traits of a Great Mobile Learning App

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 22nd October 2013

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2010/12/7-important-traits-of-a-great-mobile-learning-app/

The best learning apps have the following attributes:

1) They’re interactive. Touchscreens beg for touching.

2) They’re designed for shorter playtimes.

3) They’re focused narrowly by age and relevant to what they’re learning and their motor skills.

4) They’re fun, engaging children by making them laugh — but too too much.

5) They’re inter-generational, allowing a way to involve parents.

6) They’re modifiable, giving kids options to personalize.

7) They have built-in goals, to keep kids coming back with incentives.

Posted in hybrid learning, information technology, instructional technology, learning, media literacy, mobile apps, mobile apps, mobile devices, mobile learning, social media, technology, technology literacy | No Comments »

ECAR STUDY OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, 2013

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 8th October 2013

Key Findings

See the 2013 report for a full list of key messages, findings, and supporting data.

  • Students recognize the value of technology but still need guidance when it comes to better using it for academics.
  • Students prefer blended learning environments while beginning to experiment with MOOCs.
  • Students are ready to use their mobile devices more for academics, and they look to institutions and instructors for opportunities and encouragement to do so.
  • Students value their privacy, and using technology to connect with them has its limits.
p. 10 students are generally confident in their prepraredness to use technology for course work, but those who are interested in more tech training favor “in calss” guidance over separate training options.

Educause’s ECAR Study, 2013

http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/ecar-study-undergraduate-students-and-information-technology-2013

Infographic:

http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERS1302/Eig1302.pdf

Posted in distance learning, distributive learning, hybrid learning, information technology, learning, mobile apps, mobile apps, mobile devices, mobile learning, MOOC, open learning, privacy | No Comments »

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 7th October 2013

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/

A Resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators

Posted in distance learning, distributive learning, educational technology, hybrid learning, instructional technology, interactive apps, mobile apps, mobile apps, mobile learning | No Comments »

How Teens Deal With Privacy and Mobile Apps

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 28th August 2013

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/08/how-teens-deal-with-privacy-and-mobile-apps/

Seeking outside advice about how to manage privacy settings is a big indicator of whether a teen is taking steps to protect his or her privacy; 70 percent of teens have sought privacy advice from an adult or outside source. Of those “advice-seekers” who have mobile devices, 50 percent turned off location tracking features, as compared to 37 percent of teens who did not seek advice on privacy.

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Smart Phones Set To Overtake Feature Phones This Year Read

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th June 2013

Smart Phones Set To Overtake Feature Phones This Year
Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/06/11/smart-phones-set-to-overtake-feature-phones-this-year.aspx?=THENU#Cw4uJQkubJWM3y1J.99

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10 iPAD apps for sketches and doodles

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st May 2013

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/10-ipad-apps-to-create-beautiful.html

Study: Doodling Helps You Pay Attention

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1882127,00.html

 

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CRS (clickers) presentation

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th April 2013

Today,

  • iClickers
    Foster, Steve <Steve.Foster.contractor@macmillan.com> 
  • Top Hat Monocle
    Steve Popovich <steve@tophatmonocle.com>
    and
  • Turning Technologies
    Jordan Ferns <jferns@turningtechnologies.com>

presented their products

Presentation is available online http://media4.stcloudstate.edu/p26841238/

clickers

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