iPad Apps that Support 21st Century Learning

Do you wish you could visit one place to learn a lot about iPad apps?

Check out the cool post, 100 Top Educational iPad Apps Every Teacher and Student Should Know About, at the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning blog.

The post includes an awesome image (small copy at right) with live links to each of the apps. The image, designed by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, is a terrific aid for exploring apps. It’s organized by each type of 21st Century literacy including: Continue reading


Three IPad Apps for Serious Movie Making

Video literacy, including knowledge of movie making, is required for 21st Century learners be they students, teachers, or parents

The iPad video camera combined with the iMovie app or the program on a computer is one of the best ways to get started. Most of us will be completely satisfied with this setup. However, for those educators who have already figured out ways to use video and sometimes find themselves bumping up against the iPad’s video limits, other options are available.

If you  are one of those 21st Century educators who wants to do more, check out a great post about  more advanced iPad movie making apps over at Matthew Needleman’s Creating Lifelong Learners blog. The apps are somewhat expensive, $29.99 — a lot more than the 4.99 price for the iMovie app.  However, the three movie making apps reviewed  by Needleman after hands-on exploration time do much more than iMovie when it comes to pre-production, video editing, and even shooting the clips.

Check out the apps below by visiting Needleman’s blog post.

  • Artemis
  • Storyboard Composer
  • Movie*Slate

Getting Started with Media Lit in Your Classroom

Media Literacy guru, Frank Baker, published a thoughtful essay, Getting Started with Media Literacy: Easier Than You Think, at  the USA Today Teacher’s Lounge. This essay seeks to provide  some clarity for teachers who seek to address media literacy in the context of their courses.

Baker oversees the resource-rich Media Literacy Clearinghouse website, an excellent places for teachers, youth leaders, and parents to discover materials that address media issues and digital kids.

Best Quote

Media literacy is about critical thinking. It is also about understanding and appreciating the process and techniques used to create media messages.  Media literacy is also about recognizing that young people’s media/technology ( e.g. mobile phones, MP3 players, iPads) and youth culture (e.g. music, video, video games, films) are the hooks for both engagement and meeting those all important teaching standards.

Most Popular ED Twitter Hashtags from the ISED/ISEN Communites

One of the best ways to peer into the world of Twitter is by searching on a variety of common terms or “hashtags.” Please click on the links below to see the latest tweets on these topics.

I duplicated this list from the  independent school ISEN (ISED) Ning connected community, which in turn borrowed it from a November Learning resources page (but the November page hashtags were not clickable). ISEN editors added links to the here.


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46 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom

Check out some of these interesting ideas!

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AU Professor Peter Will Present on Copyright and Fair Use

GDS alum parent and American University (AU) Law Professor, Peter Jaszi, a widely known advocate for educators’ copyright policies and fair use understanding, will present at the March 20, 2012 Technology Tuesday session from 3:30 – 5:00 at the Lower School. He will discuss copyright law, fair use policies for schools, teachers, students, and school libraries, and describe ways that teachers can make the most of fair use opportunities.

The HS faculty is invited to the Lower School campus or teachers can participate from the HS campus via Skype. (A location will be announced.)

Professor Jaszi Co-Authored this Book

For years Professor Jaszi has been active in the development of educational fair use best practices — media literacy, research libraries, and others. Read about research libraries best practices and media literacy best practices  (includes NCTE).

Read this PBS MediaShift article.  Peter Jaszi is the author of Reclaiming Fair Use, co-authored with Patricia Aufderheide. In addition to law school teaching Peter is active with the Center for Social Media at AU.

Peter has asked us to send him links to various faculty and student projects and to collect copyright/fair use questions.  He has already explored our website Media Gallery.

His current thought is to present for 30 to 35 minutes and then answer questions, and he is happy to return for a second presentation.

Peter’s son, Ned, a GDS Class of ’99 alum, has spent quite a bit of time as a videographer making documentaries, and is now working on an MPH at Emory.

Questions are welcome!  E-mail mweston@gds.org

Digital Media – New Learners of the 21st Century

I want to recommend this PBS program from February 2011 to you. Click on the full episode link below to view.

“Digital media is increasingly present in kids’ formal and informal educational settings, becoming as common as pencils and notebooks were to their parents. Teachers and parents wonder: What are students doing with these technologies?

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century addresses this vital question, taking viewers to the frontlines of what is rapidly becoming an education revolution. The film, targeted at parents, teachers, and anyone concerned about education in America, explores how exceptional educators are increasingly using digital media and interactive practices to ignite their students’ curiosity and ingenuity, help them become civicly engaged, allow them to collaborate with peers worldwide, and empower them to direct their own learning.”

Watch the full episode. See more Digital Media – New Learners Of The 21st Century.