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Stickyboard 2: a giant whiteboard with a never-ending stack of sticky notes

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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The popular whiteboard app Stickyboard 2 is free today and only for a limited period of time (its regular price is $9,99). Needless to mention that this sale is available at least here in Canada and the States. Stickyboard 2 is an excellent whiteboard app that enables you to easily capture your ideas and record your notes in sticky notes form. The app provides a bunch of versatile features that make iPad sticky note taking a simple and intuitive process.

To start adding notes on Stickyboard 2, you simply double-tap on its interface then start writing, outlining or sketching your notes. You can use different colours and sizes and in case you like drawing, you might want to use the marker tool to draw free form. Additionally, Stickyboard 2 offers a very large and zoombale board to record all of your notes. You can zoom by pinching and pan with 2 fingers. You can also select and drag notes around with your fingers. When you finish working on your sticky notes, you have the option to email them as PDF file or as textual content.

Stickyboard 2 has a wonderful organizing feature called 'Magic Arrange' which lets you arrange your notes in a neat and elegant way. "Just select a bunch of notes, then swipe with 3 fingers to instantly arrange them into neat piles, or fan them out into a grid, columns, or rows."

View, edit and share Word, PowerPoint and Excel docs on iPad

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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WPS Office Free is one of the best free iPad apps you can use to view, edit and create Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. It is fully compatible with Microsoft Office, PDF and several other document formats. WPS Office also supports a number of file formats that include doc, docx, ppt, xls, xlsx, tif, rtf, pdf and zip.

Some of the features WPS Office provides for users include: supports wireless printing and Bluetooth keyboards, allows you to share presentations and documents with other devices using AirPlay, AirDrop, DLNA or WIFI, open and edit documents directly from popular cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and WebDAV, export office documents and presentations to a PDF and many more.

WPS Office supports 6 languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese. And just recently, WPS Office becomes available for Apple Watch and even supports remote presentation control right from the Apple Watch! 

Zondle: a great web tool and mobile app to use in a game-based learning approach

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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zondle is another great web tool and mobile app to use in a game-based learning approach. zondle allows you to create, play and share educational games to support teaching, learning and assessment. Zondle works with different age groups and is available in many languages. As a teacher you can create a topic (sets of questions) to meet the learning needs of your students. There are over 20 different types of questions you can use and you can even include images, audio and video to support your teaching. Some of the things zondle offers to teachers include:

Zondle Team Play

Zondle Team Play sessions alternate between the teacher using PowerPoint-style teaching materials to introduce new concepts, and the students playing game rounds that enhance their understanding of those concepts. The game rounds exploit the neuroscientific principle of ‘uncertain rewards.

Assessment

In zondle, the same topics (sets of questions) can be set as formative assessment (for students to play in games, to consolidate their learning) and as summative assessment (in a plain question interface, to measure exactly what your students know). Assess exactly what you want to assess, view results for individual students or whole classes, and output results (to Excel and other systems) - all without any marking!

Behaviour Rewards

With zondle, you can easily reward good classroom behavior (even when students are not playing zondle games)!Rewarding good behavior helps promote a positive learning environment, can help focus students on their learning, and can add some extra fun to the classroom!

Gradebook

Monitoring student achievements and progress is easy with the zondle Gradebook. In one powerful tool, you can see what topics (sets of questions) that you’ve set, who has played those topics and when, what they achieved and what their progress has been over time (all without any marking!).

Check out zondle website for more features. Zondle is also available for iOS. While zondle is free, there is however, an updated notice in the site announcing that the folks in zondle are considering turning their platform into a low-priced subscription service at some point. 

A great pic collage App for Digital Storytelling

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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Layapp Pro is a wonderful iPad app that allows users to design beautiful photo collages and turn them into exciting stories. This is a very good app for students to use for digital storytelling. Layapp Pro is free today and only for a limited period of time. Download and try it to see if this is something you want to use with your students in this school year.

Layapp Pro offers a set of powerful photo editing features that are normally found in a professional photo editor. You simply choose your pictures and use the app’s tools to customize them the way you want. You can adjust collage patterns, change things such as indent size, shades, thickness…etc, then apply filters and effects and when it’s ready sign it in and decorate it with stickers before you share it with others.

Other interesting features provided by Layapp Pro include:

  • More than 80 backgrounds patterns and frames to choose from
  • A large number of text fonts to use with your collages
  • Easily change photos inside collage
  • Add a wide variety of stickers and text to your collages to make them more expressive
  • Auto Layout function enables you to create your collage instantaneously: just choose the pictures and the app will suggest the best collage options
  • Create collages in the shape of a rectangle, triangle, circle, and even heart
  • Share your collage in instagram, facebook or import it to any other application

We learned about this App from Apps Gone Free

A handy tool for turning PowerPoint presentations into interactive lessons.

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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Office Mix is an excellent PowerPoint add-in that allows teachers to create engaging and interactive presentations using multimedia materials including images, links, videos, audio and text. Office Mix offers a number of features that would turn your PowerPoint presentation into a live interactive online lesson. Some of these features include: screen recording, directly writing in the presentation as you would at a whiteboard, creating interactive quizzes and polls and many more.

As a teacher, you can use Office Mix to record yourself explaining a lesson to students using both audio and video. You can also use its screen recording functionality to create instructional videos and tutorials integrating your own voice-over. Office Mix is also a great tool for flipped classrooms. Check out this page to learn more about how teachers are using Office Mix in their classes.

Watch this video to learn more about Office Mix

Integration of ICT in learning-teaching

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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The use of information and communication technology (ICT) such as Internet applications, video technology and various computer attachments and software programs have caused many changes in society. These changes have not just been of a technical nature but more importantly of a structural nature. Many of the major institutions of our society have changed and the way we live our daily lives have been impacted. However, the impact on education may just beginning to be felt as teachers integrate this new technology into their teaching. In the early stages of the use of ICT in teaching, looking at the experiences of teachers at a high school in the forefront provides some clues as to what possibilities and problems may be presented with this new technology. The purpose of this study is to answer the following research questions: "How does the use of ICT change the work of teachers?"

Download the document here

A Competition that makes a difference

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good intends to support innovation in the key area of artificial intelligence and robotics as part of the UAE’s commitment towards the National Innovation Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It offers a first of its kind global platform for innovation, focusing on the practical side of this technology in areas of much relevance to the society such as health, education and social services.

"Humanity is on a journey. From the discovery of fire to the industrial revolution, we are on a constant voyage of discovery. Robotics and artificial intelligence are the next step." (His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Video > Robotics for Good

Create professional looking educational screencast and tutorials for your class

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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Screenflow is a powerful and easy to use screen recording and editing software for Mac users. The app comes in with a set of advanced features allowing you to make high quality video screencasts. Screenflow allows you to record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, iOS device, microphone and your computer audio.

As a teacher, you can use Screenflow to to flip your classroom and create instructional video tutorials. You can also use it to create dynamic and rich media presentations to share with students. its intuitive interface and the simple yet powerful editing tools makes it an ideal application for teachers keen on designing professionally-looking screencasts and tutorials. You can easily edit your video, add additional images and text, insert music and apply some transitions before you publish your screencasts to the web or directly to popular social media sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and or save them in Google Drive or Dropbox.

Screenflow is a bit pricy. It costs $99 but is definitely worth its money.

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