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  • Sara 2:30 pm on January 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Free ebook on creating education projects 

    Learning Freedom and the WebMozilla, the organization behind the open source Firefox browser, has released a free ebook called:

    Learning, Freedom and the Web – written by Anya Kemenetz and supported by the MacArthur Foundation

    Lots of great chapters and profiles of education innovators, new web tools, and examples of learning projects.  And best of all … it’s free!


    • professorshanks 9:56 am on January 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool. Love this sort of stuff.

  • Sara 11:26 am on October 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Draw A Stickman 

    If you’re feeling a case of the mid-semester blues, writer’s block, or just generally grumpy, give yourself 3 minutes at this website:


    Works on iPad and PC.  Very fun!

    • Heather 9:52 pm on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I needed that giggle! Thanks!

    • Nancy 7:11 pm on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You are the best! Thank you!

  • Sara 10:03 am on July 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Sharing Bookmarks and Links 

    Some of you might already be using Diigo for keeping track of bookmarked websites.  If you’re not using it, check out the Education Basic plan – a free service for educators to use with students.  You can highlight text on web pages, add sticky notes with your own comments, or give the web page a summary in your bookmark description.

    You can also add these features to your iPad with the Diigo Web Highlighter for Safari.

    I’ve started tagging some of my Diigo bookmarks with “bcuedtech” for anyone interested in news from the world of educational technology.  Please feel free to use this tag on bookmarks you want to share.  Any Diigo bookmarks with the bcuedtech tag will show up in the new sidebar widget on the BCU iPad Pilot blog.  You can see all my bookmarks at http://www.diigo.com/user/librarienne.

    Are you already on Diigo?  Have any tips or suggestions about using it?

  • Todd Knealing 11:03 am on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Course on “Online learning today and tomorrow” 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield is hosting an open, online course about online education and technology starting next week. Week 4 is about online learning apps and mobile devices, week 7 will discuss the cloud and it’s uses. The course will last for 8 weeks in total.


  • Sara 8:28 am on June 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Travel Book in iBooks 

    From an iTunes email this morning:

    Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2011 is available for free on the iBookstore until June 14. Download your essential guide to the best places to go and things to do around the world on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

    Check It Out

    Try following this link on your iPad, which will open up the iBooks app directly and take you to the Lonely Planet’s book description.  From there,  just click on the “Free” button and it will be added to your iBooks library!  It’s a beautiful 200-page ebook, full of color photos.  Available free till June 14th.



  • Sara 11:59 am on May 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Lazarus Extension 

    Also unrelated to the iPad … ever filled out an online form, only to lose all the information? The Prof Hacker blog has a link to a browser plug-in that can recover all that great stuff you typed up. From their blog post:

    “Do yourself a favor then, and immediately install the Lazarus: Form Recovery extension, which automatically saves everything you write on the web in an SQLite database on your computer. If your computer or browser crashes, simply reopen the web page, right-click (or your one-button mouse equivalent) in the form you were using, and you’ll be able to restore the lost text.

    Lazarus can be configured to meet your own needs or privacy concerns. For example, you can limit the number of days that autosaved text is retained in the database, you can disable Lazarus for specific sites, and perhaps most importantly, you can password-protect and encrypt your Lazarus database.”

    The blog post: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/recovering-lost-in-browser-writing-with-the-lazarus-extension/33354

    The Lazarus Extension: http://lazarus.interclue.com/

  • Sara 10:47 am on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple AcademiX 

    The PDF presentation slides from last week’s Apple AcademiX online conference are online now:

    At least three of the presentations are all about iPads in universities and another presentation looks at using iTunes U content. Interesting stuff and I’m looking forward to the videos being available soon, too!

  • Sara 1:34 pm on April 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Notes from Bev’s Visit 

    President Bev Wharton came to our session on Monday to share her notes from the Academia Apple Conference that she and Bill attended in California just a couple weeks ago. Hopefully Apple will be sending out presentation notes / slides soon and she will forward those along when she receives them. These are just quick bullet points from the notes she shared, which were also quick bullet points, so if it seems like there is some context missing, that would be why. I have added links and additional information where I could find it.

    Apple Academia — Invitations went to private colleges

    • 100 colleges represented, BCU was the only Siouxland university with both President and VP of Academic Affairs
    • It was two to three days long, lots of presentations

    Presentations from previous Apple Education Leadership Summits (http://education.apple.com/summit/):

    Presentations covered aspects of technology in education, with some Apple influence

    John Couch, VP Education at Apple

    • Learning is changing for students
    • “We believe every student is uniquely gifted, learning model is changing”
    • Past – compliance, attendance, correction and one size fits all
    • Future – participative, personal, motivating, individual
    • Before returning to Apple, he turned around a school system from low performance to high
    • Apple’s culture of leading edge change: Apple has or is changing the computer, music, publishing and education industries
    • Apple is putting more faculty development material online:
    • Apple says iPad is content, not technology
    • Future – professors will be connected to students in dialogue, as a guide
    • Learner centered education

    St. Thomas University, St, Paul – putting the MBA program on the iPad

    Anya from FastCompany

    Ron Johnson, Retail and Marketing at Apple … The stores

    • … Making the stores a social experience
    • … Need to create a lot of ideas, don’t let people suck the oxygen out of ideas
    • … Apple says no a lot to stay focused but more and more ideas encouraged, improved
    • Audience challenged the speakers on learning assessment
    • “don’t let middle age ideas stop the students from learning”
    • Great brands inspires people’s spirit; Culture of Relentless innovation, innovation takes belief that you can do it, skeptics settle for just improvement of existing methods
    • For Apple, Open = loss of control in quality of product
    • When they make a decision to change products, they don’t keep making the old one

    Presentations from Duke and Seton Hill; iPad has changed the conversation on campus for both students and faculty, didn’t force it on people but after a year, even naysayers were interested in getting involved

    iPad leveled the playing field – now everyone has the same thing, Seton Hill is a Title III school, use grant funding for iPad project

    Seton Hill University: http://www.ipadonthehill.com/

    Duke University: http://www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/ra/programs-services/ipad-enabled-programs

    Martin Been, Vice Chancellor, Open University, England http://open.edu/itunes/

    • Facebook – how many of us would be in in our jobs if it had been around when we were young
    • 12 year old said, school is like an airplane … Sit down, trust the pilot, and turn everything off
    • Grounded in social justice
    • Technology enables engaged and relevant learning

    Jason Ediger, iTunes U : http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/

    • Spoke about mobile devicees … mobile internet access will be higher than desktop internet access by 2014
    • Transforms the classroom, changes how subjects are taught but not a substitution
    • iTunes U
    • Discovery Education for K12
    • apps and digital books
    • Flash is a click and keyboard based interface, will have to change for touch based interfaces
    • Have moved beyond content consumption into content creation
  • crowleyatbcu 2:59 pm on April 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    If you’re in Omaha 

    The next time your in Omaha stop in the Apple store. I spent about 2 hours there and it was very easy to ask questions and play. All the computers and iPads were out to play with. The store is in Village Pointe.

  • Sara 4:58 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Collaboration Apps 

    Here is my attempt at comparing a few apps for group work.  Do you have others you would like to try?

    App Name Price Show Files? Share on Web Share on App Share w/ computer Notes

    SyncPad Reader

    $10 host;

    $0 guest

    PDF from Dropbox Yes Yes Yes – in web browser, read only Really needs a strong wifi signal to work well;

    Only host apps can edit, but they can edit at the same time

    Share Board

    Share Board Client

    $8 host;

    $0 guest


    Images from Photo Library No Yes No Only shares across 4 devices at a time; works on iPad or iPod Touch
    Sundry Notes Pro;

    Sundry Notes


    $0 w/ ads

    PDF from Dropbox, Evernote, Google No Yes No…? But does have Facebook / Twitter integration? Seems to have a LOT of features, but the interface is not easy to figure out
    Air Sketch $8

    $0 guest

    PDF from other other apps Yes Yes Yes, in web browser on same wifi Sometimes loses connection


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