Monday, October 29, 2012

Apple touts educational uses for new iPad Mini - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new iPad Mini, in part, by pointing out its benefits for classroom instruction. The devices cost $329 for a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet -- less than earlier versions of the iPad, which have been popular among schools and are considered the "gold standard" among some educators. On Twitter, however, reaction to the iPad Mini was mixed, with one user posting that the smaller devices do not meet requirements for assessments under the Common Core State Standards. Education Week/Marketplace K-12 (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Amazon launches Kindle-management service for schools - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

  • This is  a great step for many schools who are being crushed by their reduced budget!!  Well worth the time it takes to read it.
    Amazon unveiled Whispercast, a service that lets schools manage a fleet of Kindle tablets and e-readers from one website. The service is part of the company's push to get the Kindle into more classrooms. It lets educators set up and monitor students' user accounts and limit what students can do with the device, the company said. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)/Reuters (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Teaching with the Library of Congress - courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

The Library of Congress makes millions of primary-source documents available online and runs a blog that helps educators adopt those assets for classroom use. A recent Inservice post highlights interesting resources featured in the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. They range from an app based on Aesop's fables to newspaper articles about the Titanic tragedy. Read on.