New Khan Academy iPad App Brings Full Experience and Handwriting Recognition to Users

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Khan Academy’s iPad app just got overhauled making the iPad an even more powerful tool in the Education market.

iPad users now will have the full Khan Academy! Users will have access to session video, choose from from more than 150,000 interactive math exercises, and receive immediate feedback.

Yep, you can now take EVERY course on Khan Academy on your iPad.

It’s most amazing feature may very well be it’s ability to recognize handwriting allowing users to submit answers by writing on the screen.  The app employs MyScript-powered handwriting recognition for this magic to happen.

My Pet Monster: an iBook by Jason Sand, Robyn Torry and Their Classes

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Over the past four months, my friend and fellow ADE, Jason Sand has been working on a new book titled, My Pet Monster.

My Pet Monster is a collaborative project with Jason Sands and his class of eleventh graders, and a second grade teacher, Robyn Torry, and her students. Yes, second graders and eleventh graders working together to publish a book. The second grade students wrote imaginative descriptions about a monster and created an illustration of a monster to match. The eleventh graders reimagined the artwork. 

Eleven Resolutions Every Educator Should Make!

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As educators we set high standards for our students and we motivate them to become their best.  We share and encourage resources to improve the lives of our students. We care passionately about their current and future success.

I encourage my students to create resolutions for themselves each year, and I always set resolutions for myself. (This is a slightly revised post from last year.) This year I want to encourage you to try on these ten professional resolutions:

1) Blog: I want you to create your own blog. It could be a personal blog, one for your students, or maybe one for you colleagues. Share the accomplishments you and your students are experiencing. Share with us what you have learned. Perhaps you can help us solve a problem. Archive your best work. I wrote an article awhile back on specifically why I want teachers to blog.

Mac Bundle! Name Your Own Price!: Black Friday Deal. Only a couple bucks.


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Here is a nice deal that is a name your own price with the bids starting at $1.  The earlier you get in, the less you pay. Here’s the list of apps, but just so you know… Typinator alone is worth it. Go big and 10% of your purchase price goes to a charity of your choice and you’ll be entered to win a Gold iPad 2 & iPhone 6.

Again… this is a name your own price.

The Hour of Code is Coming!

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The Hour of Code is coming.

Most schools don’t teach coding. Most schools don’t even try.  Perhaps teachers and administrators don’t know how valuable  teaching code can be or perhaps schools think that teaching coding is difficult, expensive, would require new positions, or would take away from the current curriculum.

The Hour of Code is a great opportunity to highlight the values, benefits, and ease of teaching coding and impact a few lives at the same time. Students at any age can learn to code.  Kindergarteners through high school are all welcome to join for free and begin to learn to code.  It’s fun.

Please check out and consider joining the hour of code.  You don’t need to know how to code. Host an event this year and consider starting a coding club at your school.

A few years ago I was approached by a seventh grader to start a computer programming club.  I tried to explain to him that I wasn’t the person to start the club for various reasons including knowledge and time.  Thankfully he didn’t take ‘no’ for answer and kept after me until I gave it a try.

My club started with MIT’s free Scratch Programming language which is highly visible, yet remarkable in what can be created. We moved up to several other online coding education options before focusing on Code Academy.

Help! There’s a Google Glass in My Classroom!

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Help! There’s a Google Glass in My Classroom!

No there isn’t, but there could be any day.

Would you welcome your student or colleague wearing the Google Glass device that went on sale to the public yesterday, or would you be cautious and maybe voice your reservations?

Google Glass is appearing in select classrooms across the country, largely in part to Google’s Glass Explorer Program.  Teachers use the glasses to share experiments, give tours, video student projects, and a host of other activities live via Google Hangouts or collect them for later viewing in YouTube.  As more apps for the wearable device are developed for education the possibilities will be endless.

Some schools have created Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs that allow students to take their own technology to school, rather than having the school provide laptops and other devices for them. The programs are popular gaining momentum.  Will Google Glass be a welcome addition to the BYOD programs?  

Suggested Apps for World Autism Awareness Day: Today! Some Free!

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Today, 2nd April, is World Autism Awareness Day.  I am always impressed to see how schools and teachers address autism, but there is always so much more we can learn and do.

I was a link today by Francesc Sistach about a great list of apps to address autism.  Here is what Francesc sent Wired Educator:

 iAutism publishes an exhaustive list of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch apps that can be purchased today at special discounts or even for free.

It will be the fourth edition carrying out this initiative that has served not only to users that didn’t know the existence of these discounts, but also to encourage many app developers around the world to celebrate this day reducing the price of their apps.

iAutism, which was founded in 2010, is a web devoted entirely to the use of smartphones and tablets for people with autism and other special needs. iAutism publishes  in-depth reviews of apps and other resources of interest.

The app list can be found at

Remind 101 Gets a Great Update!

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Remind 101 is one of my favorite classroom tools. Essentially, Remind 101 allows me to send out one-way group texts to my parents and students.  I have been using it to send out homework and project reminders, as well as updates to exciting news in our classroom. It is a web-based application that also has a slick app for the iPhone and Android.  Students and parents register and they can receive a text, email, or both of reminders you send out.  Instead of logging on to a site, the messages you send out go directly to the devices everyone is already holding. Best of all, no messaging you back.  The texts are one-way.

Today, Remind 101 received a great update — Attach.  Attach allows you to attach photos to your messages. If you need to send a picture of a white board, a book, or an awesome project you can now attach it.  This feature was missing until today.  (I actually used DropBox to upload a picture and create a html link to include.  Now I don’t need those extra steps.)

If you are looking for a great way to message all of your student at once and avoid lots of hassles, Remind 101 is awesome and free.  The new Attach upgrade just makes it even better. 


Edmodo: Great for Exit Tickets and Other Formative Assessment!

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I have been using Edmodo now for two full years with my students, and I love it. Edmodo has made some great updates too, which is always a welcome surprise to users. 

For the past two years I have primarily used Edmodo to for collecting assignments and grading them using Edmodo’s awesome annotate feature. As a middle school English teacher, I love being able to have my students submit their work to Edmodo and grade it with comments online. What a great feature! I have used the quiz feature a little bit to make sure students are doing their readings, and Edmodo has been great for allowing my students to share their work with their families at home. Sometimes it is difficult to send a student created video or digital project home, but Edmodo has simplified that, and allowed for great commenting features for a genuine audience. 

Now I am starting to use Edmodo a little differently. My administrators have encouraged and required more Formative Assessments in my plan like Exit tickets. I have found Edmodo is not only a great way to provide formative assessment for me as a teacher, but the students enjoy it as well. 

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