The New York Times has released its list of 100 Notable Books of 2013. The list includes both fiction and non-fiction works. If you own an eReader, Tablet, or have access to a computer, you can download samples on all of these titles using Kindle eBooks or Nook eBooks. Even better, if your local library offers eBooks as a borrowing option, you can add these charge free to your library!
Tonight, Conected Learning is hosting a free one hour webinar at 4:00pm PST (7:00 EST) on how to get going with mobile devices. It will address organization, workflow, and other key fundamentals of employing devices in your classroom. If you are an educator in a 1:1, shared, or cart environment (with iPads or other tablet devices) this is a great opportunity to learn from the experts.
Your hosts are Don Orth, the Director of Technology at the Hilbrook School, Holly Clark, technology specialist, Beth Holland, technology specialist with EdTechTeacher, and Shawn McCusker, Social Studies teacher and technology specialist.
A great blog, Once an Educator, just posted an excellent blog about the role that tablets can play in education.
In the Philippines now, there’s been talk of schools adapting the use of tablets for basic education. Tablets, being the latest “it” device, are seen as having great potential for teaching. After all, students seem to take to it very well. (On the other hand, students take to everything technology-related very well.)
In the media, however, most of the coverage about the device centers around its capacity to reduce the weight of heavy books lugged around by students. (Case in point: this news report about E-tablets replacing bulky books and this blog post about an all girls’ school in Metro Manila also exploring the use of tablets to replace their books.) In both of these reports, the tablet seems to be touted as no more than an ebook reader–place all of the textbooks in one light and nifty device. Though I’m sure we all agree that the tablet does do that, I think we need to refocus and see all the other benefits of the tablet, over and above its function as an ebook reader.
Read More Here: “Once an Educator: Better Reasons for Using Tablets in Philippine Schools“
iPad initiatives and tablet pilots are making the rounds in education. This is a great blog post about how tablets can be effectively integrated into the classroom.