Review: Chromecast in the Classroom
Jul19

Review: Chromecast in the Classroom

The Chromecast is a small, portable streaming device that is backed by Google’s Chrome browser.  A winning combination right?  But how does it fit within the classroom environment and infrastructure? Strengths Small form factor – The Chromecast looks like an oversized thumbdrive that essentially plugs right into the HDMI port of a data projector or display. This makes for an easier installation as there is no need to stow...

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A multiple user solution for your classroom iPad? Try Google’s Passcode Lock
Jul18

A multiple user solution for your classroom iPad? Try Google’s Passcode Lock

iPads (as well as the iPad Mini and iPod Touch for that matter) can be compelling tools for learning but as teachers look to use an iPad or group of iPads among a group of students and across several classes, these iOS devices do not initially present themselves as a tool for multiple users.  Essentially, media files saved locally on the camera roll or photos application are accessible to all users.  Currently, iOS 7 does not have the...

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iPod Touch in the Classroom? Is it a good alternative to the iPad?
Jul02

iPod Touch in the Classroom? Is it a good alternative to the iPad?

I love the resources, tools and interactivity of the iPad within the learning environment but how does the smaller and cheaper iPod Touch fare in the classroom?  Educators looking to purchase an iOS device (or devices) for their school or classroom can currently select from 3 different sizes or form factors.  Although my preference has been the full size iPad (now the iPad Air) sporting the 9.7″ touch screen, there are...

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Goodbye Surface RT: Back to the Drawing Board
Jul01

Goodbye Surface RT: Back to the Drawing Board

Microsoft’s Surface event on May 20th, 2014 outlined the future for the Surface tablet and unfortunately the Windows RT-based Surface does not seem to be in their plans moving forward.  For schools and educators who were looking to the Surface RT tablet as a versatile yet affordable tool to support learning, it seems time is running out for this struggling tablet.  Looking back, it can be argued that there were several signs...

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Google Cloud Print: A Hopeful Solution for Wireless Classroom Printing
Jan19

Google Cloud Print: A Hopeful Solution for Wireless Classroom Printing

  First and foremost, I would suggest that schools need to print less. There is a huge cost (and potential waste) for schools that still rely on paper media to provide resources and course materials to students. But I concede that there are occasions whether at school or home where a hard copy of a document is required. For those looking to print from their iOS device, AirPrint is a technology that allows the user to wirelessly...

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