Friday, April 12, 2013

Weekly Roundup - Week of April 8, 2013

This post is kinda tech heavy. I hope you get something out of it anyway.

KnowItAll App - What am I excited about this week? I'm excited about working with our 6th grade teachers to pilot a new app that just came out called KnowItAll that I hope will solve some challenges for our teachers in how to organize learning using iPads with our students. Below is a short video about the app:

I will post any updates and thoughts about the app as we move through the pilot. You can visit their website HERE. The developers have been great to work with and have been very helpful in getting us started.

Meraki Mobile Device Management - We are also piloting Meraki's FREE and HOSTED Mobile Device Management service.  It is proving to be a powerful tool and looks like it can do most of the things we need it to do.  This week we had a webinar with the Meraki folks and they had a great presentation from Lamar Consolidated ISD's Director of Technology Integration Chriss Nilsson about how they are using it on a wide scale.  If you are using or beginning to use many iOS or Android devices in your school I would definitely check it out.

Why Teachers are Trying Out Apple TV in the Classroom - If I were having to equip a new school today with the latest technology I would plan for this:
  • Minimum 65" LCD TV instead of Projector
  • Power and network connections behind TV
  • Apple TV zip tied to the back of the TV
The ideas that Apple TV represents should be taken into serious consideration in any designs of future school facilities.

The Interim Results of the 2013 K12 NMC Horizon Report - I am privileged enough to be a New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador and it is a sincere privilege.  One of the great things that the NMC contributes to education is their Horizon Report.  They produce Horizon Reports for Higher Ed, K12, and Museums.  If you have a chance you can check out the full 2012 K12 Horizon Report HERE.  They have recently released there Interim Findings for their 2013 report and here is the shortened list:
The "Time-to-Adoption Horizon" indicates how long the Advisory Board feels it will be until a significant number of schools are providing or using each of these technologies or approaches broadly.
  • Near-Term Horizon: One Year or Less
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Learning
  • Online Learning
Mid-Term Horizon: Two to Three Years
  • Adaptive Learning and Personal Learning Networks
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Learning Analytics
  • Open Content
Long-Term Horizon: Four to Five Years
  • 3D Printing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual and Remote Laboratories
  • Wearable Technology

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