More iPad Apps for the Classroom

This list of apps from John Clear, IT Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools, is of those he regards as essential for the classroom.  All are free except iMovie.

Flipboard Evernote Dropbox! Edmodo Skype
iMovie Aurasma iBooks
Google Earth Idea Sketch iView
Nearpod Socrative Educreations
Lino SlideRocket iZip
USB Disk iMotion HD CloudOn

How to Google Search for Free to Use Material

Just because it’s online does not mean that it is free to reuse.  It may be copyright.  Here’s how to search for material that you can reuse…attributing the source, of course!

  • Using Internet Explorer, go to Google and start your search
  • Once the research results are on the screen, go to the cog icon, drop down the arrow beside it and choose Advanced Search

  • At the advanced search screen, scroll down to Usage Rights, drop down the arrow beside the box and choose Free to Use or Share.

Twitical Thinking

An article in Educause Review July/Aug 2012 explores what happens when a higher ed teacher uses Facebook and Twitter in undergraduate and graduate courses without becoming friends or followers.  Because Nicol Howard experienced problems with contacting students via Facebook, Twitter became the social network of choice, and thus the term Twitical Thinking evolved.

Was it successful?  A key take away from the experiment was stated “Continuing efforts using social networks in university classrooms will inform future theories on their effective use and best practices.”

Mobile learning fails to compute

Although a third of students found mobile devices an “important component of academic success”, many universities had not enabled mobile-enabled their services.   These are findings, reported in the Australian 4 July 2012, from an Educause report  conducted across 200 universities and colleges.

Web 2.0 Tools and Blooms Taxonomy

In his wiki Educational Origami, Andrew Churches, Curriculum IT Coordinator at an Auckland School, outlines Blooms taxonomy and explains what Web 2.0 online tools fit the Blooms levels of thinking skills.

For example, for the creating level of Blooms, there is a list of tools for video production, image manipulation, project management, game creators, podcasting and more, as well as start sheets.

The site is a little messy, but worth browsing for digital resources aligned to pedagogy.

Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education 2012-2017

The New Media Consortium and Griffith University has just released The Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education 2012-2017.  This Horizon report, a first for the Australian higher education sector,  forecasts those emerging technologies which will become mainstream within one year or less,  two to three years,  and four to five years.

One Year or Less:

  • cloud computing
  • learning analystics
  • mobile apps
  • tablet computing

Two to Three Years

  • digital identify
  • game-based learning
  • open content
  • personal learning environments

Four to Five Years

  • digital preservation
  • massively open online courses
  • natural user interfaces
  • telepresence

Download and read the report at  The rationale and trends are outlined, and one page is devoted to each of the technologies, giving examples of use in the institutions, as well as further reading.

At the website, you will also see a link to download the K-12 Horizon report.



We all know about the inspiring TED talks.  But now TED has a new project aiming to invite exemplary educators to submit lessons, not more than ten minutes long, with a view to animating them.    The resulting short videos are fascinating and engaging lessons.  Find out more at

Introducing TED-Ed