Reflector 2: Perhaps the Best Choice for Mirroring Your iPad in the Classroom

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Reflector 2 is an awesome application for your computer that allows you to mirror your iPad in the classroom. It offers some amazing features that make it stand out in my opinion as the best mirroring solution.

I love using my Apple TV in my classroom for many reasons, as outlined in several posts published on Wired Educator, and the wonderful application Reflector 2 by Squirrels doesn’t replace it completely. Reflector does, however, in my opinion, serve as a better solution for mirroring if you already have a computer hooked up to a projector.

Here’s why I love using Reflector 2 to mirror my devices:

Nozbe Productivity App Free for Educators!

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My favorite productivity app is free for educators.  I have tried every to-do app in the iTunes store, and I could not find one at any price that worked right for me. I thought I was destined to use the paper notecard for eternity.  That was until I discovered Nozbe.

I enjoyed using Nozbe so much I recommended it in my list of Best Productivity Apps for Educators, post, and I even signed up for the Pro-Plan for $9.99 a month.  (This tells you exactly how much I liked Nozbe, because I don’t like paying for apps and services.)

Now I have discovered that the Nozbe Pro-Plan is free for teachers. This is awesome!

Nozbe is simply the BEST productivity app and to-do list I have ever used. I create a to-do list, and project lists, and I can even assign or share project responsibilities with a colleague or student.

Here are the details from Nozbe about how you can apply for your FREE Nozbe account: 

A Robotic Cameraman for Your Classroom? A Review of the SWIVL

Jon Smith Explains How Classrooms Can Benefit Using SWIVL

This is a guest post from my friend and colleague Jon Smith. Jon Smith is an amazing educator who shares his passion for technology and learning with educators globally through his presentations, writings, and strong voice in social media. He is the Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance Schools. Follow Jon on Twitter here.


What is Swivl?

Swivl is an automated video platform that uses your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) or Android devices to record lessons, lectures, presentations and evaluations.  The Swivl is a small, round-shaped piece of electronics that connects to your iOWE swivlS device and records using the iOS or Android device’s camera.

What’s in the box?

The Swivl comes with a main base station, power adapter, multiple adapters to use depending on the iOS or Android device being used, a USB cable, stereo mini plug and microphone/control lanyard.

Cost? 

$399 – Swivl with Free Cloud

This is the basic package for automated video, heads up feedback and wireless projection (ex. Apple TV). Base, Marker, Charger, Lanyard, 3x grips with Free Swivl Cloud.

WEP 0006: Ditch That Textbook an Interview with Matt Miller

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 6.38.08 PMAn interview Matt Miller about using resources to supplement or replace your textbook  and creating learning materials that really engage students. Lots of takeaways from today’s episode, but the focus is primarily to get you thinking about how you use your existing textbook and a look at other possibilities. Matt is the author of Ditch That Textbook.

How Can I Learn to Code with Swift?

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There has never been a better time to learn to code than now.

First of all, there has never been so many excellent resources for learning how to code. Computers are in nearly every home, and if not, students can find them readily available at most schools and libraries. There is an incredible list of free resources for coding and some of it has even been gamified, making progress rewarding with badges and levels. The paid content is inexpensive and excellent as well.

One of the greatest reasons that I think this is the best time to learn how to code, is Apple’s announcement of a new programming language called Swift.

Swift has leveled the playing field for everyone. It just came out. Apple has provided an incredible amount of free resources to learn Swift. You don’t need to know any coding to use Swift.

Do I need to Learn Objective C in order to learn swift? 

Apple Creates New “For Educators” Section in iTunes Store

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Thank you Apple.

Apple published a brand new section in the iTunes Store today titled “For Educators” providing a huge collection of Apps, iBooks, iTunes U courses, and other educational resources just for teachers. I am so excited to see this great resource for many reasons. What a great location to direct a teacher that just received an iPad!

While there have been sections in the app store for recommended apps for high school, middle school, and other areas of education, this is the first time an iTunes Store section has combined a variety of resources aimed directly at educators. The new “For Educators” section recommends apps, iBooks, iTunes U courses and other educational resources for educators.

The “For Educators” page is designed to be a good first place to look for apps, books, courses, and collections of interest to professionals in the field of education. This education resource brings together content to help educators in their professional practice, highlighting lesson ideas, activities, sample courses, success stories, and professional development materials.  The resource links to curriculum by level and subject.

I visited the new site, and here is my one word review: AWESOME.

www.itunes.com/ForEducators

How To Back Up Your Computer

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Sooner or later, you are going to wish you had backed up your hard drive and important files. It’s inevitable. You might accidentally delete an important file or your hard drive could fail. Are you prepared?

I am always surprised to learn that most people do not backup their work. They always say, “I’ve been meaning to do that.”

What are you waiting for? It’s not expensive, difficult, nor even time consuming.  More importantly, it will save you time, money, and a lot of heartache when the bad time arrives and you need your backup.

Here are the steps I take to ensure I have everything protected and backed up: