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iPads Used in Classrooms Across U.S.

Students at Roslyn High School on Long Island received iPads this year, not by their parents for Christmas, but by their teachers. As part of a pilot program, the school provides iPads to teach history through “Jeopardy”- like games and complex math problems with step-by-step animation.

Larry Reiff, an English teacher at Roslyn, said, “It allows us to extend the classroom beyond these four walls.”

Roslyn High is not the only school to use tablet computers. Schools across the nation are jumping on this technological bandwagon.

However, using technology to inspire students to learn is not a new idea, and parents and scholars alike question whether or not a tablet computer helps students learn faster.

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Immersive German Helps Beginners Get Momentum

learn german appLearning another language is a horizon-broadening experience, but it can be hard to get started. Fortunately, new tools powered by mobile devices are helping students learn foreign languages by new and exciting methods. The Immersive German app for iPhone and iPad is one of these tools.

Some of my readers may remember me geeking out over French-Language apps from Erasmos because I’ve spent a lot of time studying French, but I have to say I know very little German. Immersive German, as you might expect, takes an immersive approach to teaching a German and uses as little spoken English as possible. It uses pictures an spoken words to convey lessons. There are ten lessons which teach you very basics, which is perfect for a beginner like me.

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New Mac App Store Makes Getting Homework Tools Easier

Mac StoreThe Mac App Store is now open for business, right on your own desktop. If you’re using a Mac computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you may have noticed that there’s a big software update ready for you to download.

The new App Store, which works much like the App Store you’re already familiar with on your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone, offers the same great advantages for your laptop or desktop computer. The App Store makes searching for new apps easier, facilities installation and also helps you keep purchased applications up-to-date.

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Top Education News Stories for 2010

News Stories of 2010As 2010 draws to its close, we took a look at the most read news stories on EduInReview.com. As you may know, our blog covers a very wide range of topics, from advice on applying to college to education legislature in Washington. This list is created by our readers: these are the topics you are searching for and reading about.

1. IPad EBook Reader to Offer Textbooks

Released in April of 2010, the iPad was one of the most discussed tech developments of the year. The tablet computer offers far more interactive capacity than a standard e-reader, and book publishers leapt at the opportunity to make their digital textbooks iPad-compatible.

2. IPad Textbooks and IBookstore to Change How College Students Consume Books

Although a report from OnCampus Research found that by the fall semester of 2010 only four percent of college students were using an iPad to study, the potential for growth in the eduction sector is great. Schools around the globe are adopting the new technology, using digital books to supplement traditional classroom materials.

3. 30 College Date Party Ideas for a Can’t-Miss Event

Parties are a staple of campus life, but just getting a keg every weekend isn’t going to cut it. This thorough list of themes is sure to give you inspiration for the next date party your sorority or fraternity hosts.

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Colleges Reaching Students Through Every Social Media Angle

The Team at YourCampus360 are New York City-based experts in higher education marketing technology. The company leads the industry in creating virtual experiences that connect schools with prospective students across all of the most popular platforms: EDU websites, mobile devices, Facebook, YouTube, and more.

Higher education institutions have always been trailblazers of interactivity in marketing. In fact – yes, it’s true – colleges and universities adopted social media (Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter) into their existing marketing plans at an even faster rate than most traditional Fortune 500 and Inc. 500 companies. Marketing to teens, theirs is a perpetually changing landscape. So what’s new on the scene?

It should come as no surprise that these places of learning are filled with great learners, researching, testing and adapting as each new generation’s needs and expectations change. With so many college-bound high school students researching colleges online, from their laptop, their iPad, their smartphone, schools are learning to meet prospective students where they tend to spend most of their time, and integrate this message across platforms. Interactive maps, virtual campus tours, high quality video, and mobile and Facebook applications have become the new hot higher education marketing tools.
But it’s also easy to get too bogged down in the details: whether Android is beating Apple this week; whether teens care about Twitter; which gadgets are giving students online access in a newer, sleeker skin. It’s not that the details are disposable…it’s just that they’re more malleable than you might think.

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Taking a French Class? We’ve Got the Apps

French Language AppI took a French course just about every year of my education, from second grade to my senior year at Sarah Lawrence College. I’d like to imagine that I’ve been exposed to a lot of strategies of teaching French, many of which are less exciting than others. I was recently sent two apps that aim to help students learn aspects of the French language from Erasmos: French Gender and French Numbers. I would have benefited greatly from these tools.

Even as an advanced speaker of French-as-a-second language, I know that gender is something I still struggle with using correctly. During the year I spend studying in Paris, I used my dictionary to look up the gender of words constantly. The French Gender app for iPhone comes with an impressive reference section that includes 66 word-ending possibilities, color-coded by gender. Click into each ending to find a list of examples and a list of exceptions, each accompanied by its English translation. You can also click each word to hear it pronounced. There’s a section to practice your ability to apply these rules. For those who want to give the app a test-run before purchasing, you can try the free version which only includes six word-endings.

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Punflay Expands Their iPad Library with Rhymes for Tots

rhymes-for-totsPunflay, the creator of the Kandy Fish picture book app, has expanded its digital library for kindergarteners and preschoolers with a nursery rhyme app. The Ryhmes for Tots iPad app features animated versions of classic children’s rhymes, including “Humpty Dumpty”, “Jack and Jill” and “Hickory Dickory Dock.” Each rhyme is currently available for 99 cents, and each comes with five related activities.

I took a look at the “Humpty Dumpty” rhyme. During the animation, children can see the words and hear them at the same time, which can encourage reading skills. The additional activities include a rhyming game, a matching game, a simple puzzle, connect-the-dots, and a shape search.

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Students Still Prefer Print Textbooks

college-students-cant-afford-e-readersA recent study conducted by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores, found that 74 percent of college students still prefer printed textbooks over their digital counterparts, even as media attention focuses on the e-reader market. In fact, only about eight percent of students own an e-reader, and more than half don’t intend to buy one.

The survey found that only 13 percent of the students questioned had purchased an e-textbook within the past three months, essentially accounting for the fall semester of 2010. Of those who did buy a e-text, the vast majority used them on laptops: 77 percent. About 30 percent of students read their e-books on a desktop computer, and only 19 percent use a Kindle or Nook. Tablet computers, like the iPad, are the least commonly used, at about four percent.

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Kandy Fish Is an Interactive Picture Book for iPad

kandy-fishReminiscent of The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, Kandy Fish from Punflay is an educational iPad app that’s aimed at teaching preschoolers colors and shapes. The main feature of the app is an iterative picture book that kids can either watch as an animated cartoon or experience in a “book” format with a voice-over feature that reads the text as the user turns each page. The colorful fish teach a lesson in color, shape and direction.

The app also features four age-appropriate games. “Kandy Kolor” is a virtual coloring book, depicting the pages of the picture book. Preschoolers and kindergartners will enjoy this activity, although older users who wish to color “inside the lines” may find the touch-screen capacities on the iPad somewhat limited for drawing. The “Color Pots” game develops color and matching skills, and the “Kandy Fun” game helps kids identify patterns. The “Kandy Time” game teaches preschoolers about shape and direction. “Kandy Time” is slightly less intuitive than the other games, so kids might need a parent or older sibling to show them how to play.

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Samsung Releases the Galaxy, a Strong Competitor for Apple’s iPad

samsung galaxySo, you haven’t bought into the Apple frenzy and bought a new iPad? iPads are pretty cool devices that can be very useful for students. I have seen many students at my school who have switched from a heavy laptop to a lighter iPad to do their homework on campus, but, if you have not been impressed with the iPad and are holding out for something better, you will be pleased to hear that Samsung has released it’s own tablet computer- and this new tablet has some features that the iPad does not.

Samsung announced on September 23, 2010 that it would soon release it’s new tablet, the Galaxy. The Galaxy is a 7-inch touchscreen tablet, similar to the iPad. It will be available through Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Spring Nextel, and AT&T.

The Galaxy is an improvement over the iPad because it has two cameras – one that is front-facing and one that is back-facing. This allows users to use the Galaxy to  take pictures or possibly video-chat with other users. Read the rest of this entry »


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