Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Thursday, 31 January 2013
You can find the document online at http://www.cmec.ca/140/Programs-and-Initiatives/Copyright/Copyright-Matters-/index.html or preview it below.
Friday, 11 January 2013
If you are concerned about your personal privacy and the privacy of the students in your class, you might want to take a look at Clueful. The site has a database of iOS apps maintained by Bitdefender and reports how various apps use your personal and device informations (i.e. your location, whether it accesses your contact list, etc.). The database is searchable. Not all apps from the app store are in the database, but many are.
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
One of the issues that is often raised when discussing the use of handheld and portable apps in the classroom is that of controlling what the students are doing (i.e. "How can I make sure that students are doing what I want them to, and not checking their Facebook accounts?"). While the most effective way to do this is through developing common expectations for the use of technology in the classroom with students and creating a culture in which they are respected, sometimes that doesn't happen quite the way that we anticipate or some students intentionally (or unintentionally with younger students) "accidently" move on from the assigned task or app.
Two resources explaining a method of keeping students "on-app" through the use of the Accessibility settings in iOS devices. Check out the posts below for more info on how to restrict students to using a certain app by requiring a password to switch apps.
- Enable “Kid Mode” on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with Guided Access in iOS - OSX Daily
- More iPad Helpsheets - Ant's ICT (PDF)
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
As Digital Literacy Resource Teachers, we see a lot of different styles of management for the iOS devices that are out in schools. We're consistently asked for ideas for how to manage them best. The challenge is that iPads and iPod Touches are designed to be single-user devices and most often in our school settings, these tools are being shared among students and/or classes. When you have a few iPads in a school, an interested teacher generally takes over management of the iPads, and things work out pretty well. However, when you increase the number of devices in a school, the management becomes much more complex as devices and apps require updating and configuration. In terms of managing the iPads and apps, schools that manage them tighter (i.e. only one person able to add remove apps, restrictions locked down, etc.), seem to be more successful.
Apple has a tool (Apple Configurator) that is designed to manage the deployment of larger numbers of iPads. Unfortunately, it requires that users be integrated into the Volume Purchasing Plan and we aren't there yet as a board.
What are you doing in your school? Do you have any suggestions for managing your iPads? Success stories that you'd like to share? Hard-won advice on "What not to do"? Please use the comments section to share your thoughts.
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Rich Internet Applications are a set of Web 2.0 tools hosted by The Center of Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University. I came across them while looking for a tool to allow students to make audio recordings that would automatically be uploaded to a teacher's Dropbox account (like Dropvox for iOS). Of course, it needed to be free. Audio Dropbox was the specific tool that came up in my search results.
It fit the bill perfectly. After signing up for a CLEAR account, I was able to create an Audio Dropbox following the instructions posted on the site.. You can see what it looks like below, and actually use it to send a reponse to this blog post. The Audio Dropbox can be embedded into any web page, Moodle, blog post, etc. and all responses are stored on CLEAR's servers at MSU. What is nice about this tool is that each student can attach their name to the response, so you can see which response belongs to which student before listening to them (as opposed to Dropvox where the student has no chance to name their file). You can also download the responses as MP3 files.
There are several other tools available on the Rich Internet Applications website:
- Broadcasts - a podcasting tool
- Conversations - asynchronous audio/video conversations
- Mashups - Making multimedia web pages
- QuizBreak - A multimedia "Jeopardy" style quiz tool
- Revisions - A process writing environment
- Smiles - Interactive drill tool
- Video Dropbox - Video voicemail
- Viewpoint - A repository for multimedia
- Worksheets - Create multimedia "worksheets"
Like any online tool, you must consider your students' privacy when deciding how to use these tools and should talk to your administrator before implementing them in your classroom. However, as a set of tools that allows for easy differentiation and meeting the needs of a variety of users, this is one set that is worth taking a look at.
y The Center of Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University
Monday, 5 November 2012
Thursday, 1 November 2012
This link http://mediasmarts.ca/tutorial/thats-not-me-tutorial <http://mediasmarts.ca/tutorial/thats-not-me-tutorial> offers just one sample of the many resources found within MediaSmarts. It deals primarily with media portrayals of ethnicity and race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and Aboriginal people.
The bulk of the resources can be accessed for free by teachers, students, and parents. But there are two resources within MediaSmarts that require a login and password. These include Reality Check! Evaluating Online Information and Passport to the Internet. These two resources have been licensed by OSAPAC. The link to these resources can also be found within BWW, or by simply clicking on this link http://mnet.hypernet.ca/e/
The logins and passwords are listed below.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
One of the most frustrating things that can happen for any user of the internet is to find a great website one day, and then go and try it the next day and find out that it no longer works. For teachers, this is particularly problematic because, while we might do much of our planning at home with a commercial/residential internet service provider, when we get to work/school, we're working behind a firewall or on computers that may not be as up to date as what we have at home. When we can't access a site, we can't really tell if the site is down or it's our school computer or network.
Down for Everyone or Just Me is a great site that has been around for a long time now. It works simply by copying and pasting the URL (address) of the site you want to be able to access into the text box and hit enter. Shortly, you'll have a message confirming that the site appears to be down for everyone, or that they can access the site, and it looks like it's just you.
It's not a perfect solution, because it doesn't tell you if it is a computer issue or a network issue, but it can help you troubleshoot troublesome websites.