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A Great Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Academic Videos

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

VideoNotes is a neat new tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotes allows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your Google Drive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes and collaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document. It enables you to: Watch videos and take notes at the same time, on the same screen; Keep the same shortcuts to play/pause your video while writing notes; Automatically synchronize your notes and video. Just click on a line of your notes to jump to the related part of the video. Read more

5 Things People Must Change About The Way They Lead

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

Leadership is about sharing, giving – making those around you better. Leadership is about uniting and inspiring teams to optimally perform. Leadership is caring about a societal cause that the business can influence. This is what most businesses refer to as corporate social responsibility. Leadership is indeed a social responsibility, yet many people are out of touch with how to be an effective leader. Many people believe that because they carry an important title or have tenure within the organization, others will automatically follow them. Today, leadership is much more than just authority – it’s about being ethical and staying true to your beliefs and values. Read more

8 Awesome Handwriting Apps for iPad

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

Have you ever thought of writing on your iPad as you would do on paper ? iPads are originally designed to support only keyboard writing but not everybody like iOS keyboards.Other tablets require the use of a stylus to do handwriting but again this is not a dependable option . Now let's see what app developers have for us in this regard. There are actually several writing apps that you can install on your iPad and that will allow you to handwrite as easily as writing on a real paper. I have curated a list of such apps and I am sharing it with you below. If you are looking for apps to develop your students writing then check out this resource instead. Enjoy. Read more

10 Wonderful Apps to Teach Students about Earth Day

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

You might have noticed today a doodle displayed in the Google search engine. This animated doodle that Google uses to adorn its homepage marks the Earth Day anniversary April 22, 2013. This is a great occasion for us teachers and educators to celebrate this day with our students and draw their awareness to the importance of saving our HOME from looming dangers. One strategy to use to raise students awareness of the importance of our planet is by sharing with them these beautiful iPad apps . Check out this list of the titles I have handpicked for you in honor of Earth Day. Enjoy. Read more

Why We Need to Reform Education Now

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

What should America do about its disastrous high school dropout rate? That's the focus of TEDTalks Education, the first ever TED/PBS television special, hosted by John Legend, the award-winning musician. The program looks not only at what's going wrong in high schools, but how to put it right. As it happens, the solution is not a mystery; but putting it into practice will involve a major shift in current policies. In 1970, the U.S. had the highest rates of high school graduation in the world, now it has one of the lowest. According to the OECD, the overall U.S. graduation rate is now around 75 percent, which puts America 23rd out of 28 countries surveyed. In some communities the graduation rate is less than 50 percent. About 7,000 young people 'drop out' of the nation's high schools every day, close to 1.5 million a year. The social and economic costs are enormous. Read more

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