2012-10-12 Weekly IT Update

This Week:

AppleTVs – Are You Interested?

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Laptops

Google Apps for Education – 20+ Million Users

American Family – Journey Through Time

School Life vs. Real Life – Connecting the Two?

AppleTVs – As many of you are using iPads in your classrooms now, I am starting to get more requests for AppleTVs to be installed. At this point I am trying to gauge how many folks are interested in having one in their room so I can put it in a grant request in the near future. For those that didn’t get to the Tech in Education Professional Development today, you may not know of all of the benefits, but if you wish to project from your iPad to your screen you will need an AppleTV (this is not the same as projecting your computer screen while using the iPad as a Whiteboard). Let me know if you’re interested so I can get an idea of how many are interested in adding this to their classroom.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – If you will be needing a laptop for the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences, please let one of the Tech Team members know. Keep in mind, the laptops that we have available for checkout are at the end of their life and the battery may or may not last the entire time. If you are not in the gymnasium this isn’t as bad, but there are very few power outlets in the gym. We are more than happy to do what we can to help but just keep this in mind when checking out a laptop. Thank you for your patience in this.

Google Apps for Education – So Google Apps continue to grow and grow. They have just released a report that they have surpassed the 20 million mark of people using their suite of apps for educational purposes. As I have focused on iPad and universal apps this semester, next semester is going to be all about Google Apps as I believe they are the future of collaborative learning. Do you want to have your students work together on a presentation? Google Presentation. Do you want your students to give constructive criticism on documents created by their peers? Google Docs. Want to create a quiz using online resources and include multiple types of questions? Google Forms. “Seven of the eight Ivy League universities and 72 of this year’s top 100 U.S. universities (as determined by 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s ranking) have gone Google with Google Apps for Education”. There are a lot of great ways to use these tools and you can take a look into the growing popularity of them here: http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/01/google-says-apps-for-education-now-has-more-than-20-million-users/

American Family – Here’s a neat site that gives a breakdown of the United States Census from 1790 – Current. Each board piece gives statistics and information on that particular period of time in a cool infographic. I have added this to the Social Studies links on the PCHS Technology ALEC page for future use as well. Check it out at: http://www.archives.com/1940-census-facts.html

School Life vs. Real Life – I read an interesting article over at Mind/Shift about creating an educational environment where students do not learn for the sake of learning but instead create something that can be used in the ‘real world’. The article gives several examples which seem like they could be incorporated into any classroom. It proposes ways of merging learning with technology and encourages critical thinking in the classroom. If you’re interested check out: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20121003/articles/210041018 or check out the book Why School?: How

Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere by Will Richardson for $2.99 (Kindle Version)

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