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College Degree on Your iPad?

The release of the iPad mini by Apple has some people talking about it as a game changer in education. I do not agree with what they are saying, but then again I might be wrong. The price for one thing is not where it needs to be, if one takes into consideration competing products from its rivals Amazon and Google. I believe they should have introduced it at a lower price or maybe come out with special pricing for educators; specially when we are experiencing shrinking technology budgets at all levels in education.
Having said that, there is no denying tablets are changing the way we learn. The question is how do we choose which device is best for our educational pursuits. The answer in my opinion lies with the user and how comfortable they are with using the technology. The infographic below clearly shows the effect iPad’s are having on education. This might be true for baby boomers and those out of work due to the job market. There is also a growing number of apps and online content that have started to replace traditional classroom lessons. Do you believe we should be worried about this as educators? I will let you be the judge on that. 
 I would love to hear your comments on how tablets are influencing the way we teach and how our students learn.

College Degree On Your iPad
via: OnlineDegrees.org

Top 5 Educational Twitter Hashtags

There are well over 500+ education related hashtags on Twitter, so it is increasingly difficult for educators to navigate this vast maze of information. The power of Hashtags cannot be underestimated as they help connected educators narrow down all the possible topics available. They are also instrumental when learning which interest groups to follow.  This brief infographic shows the top 5 educational hashtags currently being used on Twitter.

top 5 twitter hashtags

I personally use the #apits hashtag to curate all my Twitter posts. This helps educators in my PLN who are not tuned into the Twitter feed to keep track of my posts. Think of this as a personal indexing system for your digital presence online. Have fun and keep on learning! Please Follow Me! on Twitter @AnibalPahecoIT

The Making of a Great Teacher

A great teacher in my opinion is somebody who can connect with their students at a personal level. This Infographic from TopTeachingColleges.net breaks down the elements in the makeup of a great teacher. I had many teachers in my lifetime, but there is one teacher that always come to mind when I think about this subject.  Mr. José Angel Iturbe was my Sculpture teacher back at the Central High School of Visual Arts in Puerto Rico. Mr. Iturbe was very strict will all of us in class, but always took the time to figure out what made us tick as individuals.

I owe him a debt of gratitude for the many life lessons he imparted onto me and the rest of the class. I will always remember him for doing everything possible to ensure each of his students success. He did not have favorites and encouraged all of us to be the best on our own individual merits. He was so dedicated to the class that, at times, he even bought art material so we could do our work. This was a huge sacrifice for him because back in the 80’s as a recently married art teacher he was not making that much money. It has been a quarter of a century since I graduated High School and he still teaching, sharing his knowledge of visual arts and commitment to his students. So, Mr. Iturbe, this one is for you and every teacher in the world who continues to make a difference in their students life. Thanks for everything you do for us!
The Anatomy of a Great Teacher
Source: Top Teaching Colleges

Educators… There’s an App for That

The new academic year just begun, and many of us are already scouring the Internet and its many App Stores in search for the next “It” app we can use in our classrooms. I am in favor of teachers doing this because most educational apps are great sources of information and come loaded with multimedia features that enhance the delivery of your subject.

I always get asked to recommend apps and am hesitant to do it because what might work for one educator might not be the right solution for another. With that in mind, the guys over at AvatarGeneration have developed a pretty awesome infographic to give you a feel for the current state of educational apps on the iTunes walled garden; by their count there are over 121,000 educational apps when you combine both iPhone and iPad apps. This number alone is a justification for pause, and the main reason why I suggest starting out small and taking the time to further research apps for your subject in order to see if it meets your needs.

The one thing we should keep in mind though is not to think of apps as bells and whistles, but resources that could further help with the engagement of our students. If you are thinking about integrating apps into your teaching curriculum start with one or two apps for your subject. This will serve you well during the experimentation process and help you manage the flow of information generated by students using the apps. I would also recommend keeping a list of what worked and what didn’t as this will help you narrow down the search for specific features you might be looking for in future apps. So go ahead have you pick and enjoy the thrill of the hunt for educational apps.

My Brain on Apps

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator

If you are not a Connected Educator you should be thinking about the many reasons why becoming connected is a good thing. I am of the opinion we should meet our students in their element, and for Millennials is all about connectedness.

They do not want you to give them a paper assignment, they yearn for a text message, an email, a Facebook like, a Google+ circle for your class. What they need is for you to engage them and provide the inspiration needed to guide them through the learning process. In order to put things into perspective please, take a look at the infographic below courtesy of Powerful Learning Practice Network and feel free to visit their site as they are hosting many activities throughout the month of August for educators wanting to be part of the connected movement. Enjoy It!

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Envisioning The Future of Education Technology

Why Look at Education? Education lies at a peculiar crossroad in society. On one hand it has the responsibility of anticipating real-life skills by preparing us for an increasingly complex world – but education methodologies can only be formalized after practices have been defined.

This dichotomy is particularly aggravated when it comes to technology, where fast-paced innovation and perpetual change is the only constant. This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades. Despite its inherently speculative nature, the driving trends behind the technologies can already be observed, meaning it’s a matter of time before these scenarios start panning out in learning environments around the world.

Who made this? This visualization is the result of a collaboration between the design for learning experts TFE Research and emerging technology strategist Michell Zappa.

This infographic can be purchased as a poster, downloaded as a .pdf or high resolution .png image 

Source: Envisioning Technology 2012-2025

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

There is much talk these days about how to harness the power of Social Media into our education curriculum. The myth that teachers don’t want to use it is just that, as we can see in this infographic the integration of social networks in our classrooms continue to grow and there seems to be no shortage of options for those wanting to embrace the medium.

An interesting aspect in all of this is that Facebook and YouTube seem to be the platforms of choice among educators while the adoption of Pinterest seems to be growing faster that any other network. I would also recommend using Twitter as it provides a live feed of information that is easily categorized through the use of favorites, hashtags and lists you can customize by topic.

Infographic provided by: OnlineColleges.net

What Type of Learner are You?

Here is a great infographic about the different learning styles and how all of our students learn in a different way. This in my opinion should be at the center of our teaching style strategies. One of the many things I do before sitting down with faculty (my students) is to figure out which is the best way for me to transmit knowledge to them in a way that fits their learning style. I spend time getting to know the person as an individual in order to figure out what makes them tick. This approach has worked for me many times before, and it could work for you as well.

 What Type of Learner Are You?
Infographic courtesy: OnlineCollege.org

Get Moore out of Google

One of the most efficient ways our students can use to conduct research is through the proper use of Google search. The problem is most students do not learn how to search properly, nor do many colleges teach the proper methodology involved in doing searches. The guys over at HackCollege.com have come up with a great Infographic on how to get more out of Google searches so I have decided to share it with all of you.

Source: HackCollege.com