Saturday, December 4, 2010

Learn iPhone & iPad App Development

iPhones and iPads are sure to be on some students' holiday present wish list. If you have students that receive one of those as a holiday present or if you buy one for yourself or someone on your shopping list, turn that present into an educational opportunity by send them this link to a free iTunes U course about developing apps for iOS. Developing Apps for iOS is a twenty-three part course offered by Stanford through iTunes U. Each segment of the course is a video lecture with diagrams when appropriate. You can also access the course's website for PDFs of the hand-outs from the course.

Thanks to Open Culture for the information.

Tools and Resources Supporting Effective Search

Google Certified Teacher Lucy Gray recently published the slides from her presentation Tools and Resources Supporting Effective Search. The slides offer some great tips about using many of Google's lesser-used search tools. View the presentation below.
Earlier this week, Lucy also posted a link to Google's Search Help. The video introduction to Google's Search Help is worth watching once for the geeky "entertainment" factor.

Resources to Help Schools Understand Social Media

Updated December 4, 2011. In the time since I published this post last year I contributed to a book on this topic. What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media was edited by Chris Lehmann and Scott McLeod who inspired this post.

Earlier this week Scott McLeod asked When will schools begin using social media? Who's doing it well right now? Scott's point is that schools are still using a communication model of broadcasting instead of conversing with parents, students, and other stake-holders. In the comments on Scott's post there are some examples of schools using social media. Unfortunately, those examples are still the exception to the rule.

One of the reasons why more schools are not using social media is because their leaders don't understand social media. Too many of them think that social media tools are just about sharing what you had for breakfast (BTW, I had oatmeal) or sharing pictures from parties. Sure, social media can be used for that, but it can also be used for growing bigger ears and listening to your constituents so that you can get a pulse of the community and respond to your community's needs.

To help school leaders understand some productive uses of social media, here are some resources to check out.
Chris Brogan is one of the leading experts on the use of social media for organizations. His book Trust Agentspresents a great case and examples for individuals and organizations. You should also check out his blog.

Social Media in Plain English is a Common Craft video explaining the basic concepts of social media.
Social Media and the Work Place is a brand new video from Common Craft that explains why and how organizations use social media.

And of course, if you haven't seen the following videos or passed them along to the people that need to see them, I encourage you to do that.

Social Media Explained Visually.

Social Media Revolution 2011.

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine. I hope everyone had a great week of learning and teaching. As I do every week, I've compiled a list of the most read posts from the last week.

Here are the most popular posts of the week:
1. A Benefit of Collecting Students' Work Online
2. Seven Ways to Build Your Own Educational Games
3. Animate Text with Wondersay
4. 10+ Alternatives to
5. Wylio - Creative Commons Images for Bloggers
6. Browse the Web Using Gestures
7. Why Can't We Walk in Straight Lines?

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