Make The Best of iPad in Your Teaching with This Wonderful Interactive Guide

October 10, 2015
iPad is a game-changer in education. It provides teachers with transformative means to create immersive and interactive lessons to engage students and enhance their learning. iPad has also opened up new possibilities of learning that were unimagined before and empowered students with a voice and equipped them with the tools to take control of their own learning.

Besides the numerous resources we have been sharing here in our blog to help you make the best of iPad in your teaching, today’s post is highlighting another very good resource to use in this regard. Discovering Educational Content for iPad is a free interactive iBooks book from Apple in Education packed full of helpful tips, tricks, app recommendations, and ideas on how to better integrate iPad in your instruction.

‘This guide will help teachers understand what type of content is available in each of the iTunes stores, how to access the stores from a Mac or iPad, and find tips on how to search each store and education curated collections for the type of content they might use in their classrooms.  The Guide walks through 2 sample lesson topics to help showcase the wide range of materials a teacher might use in a lesson, and encourages creative thinking about using content beyond Apps when teaching with iPad.’

Useful Tips on How to Use iTunes U in Your Class

October 10, 2015
 iTunes U is an excellent app to use in class to help you tap into the educational potential of iPad. It enables teachers to perform a number of instructional activities that include: lesson planning, collecting and grading assignments, annotating PDFs, tracking students progress, offering individualized learning help, and many more.

Additionally, iTunes U is one of the best platforms where teachers and students can access tons of free educational content spanning various topics from mathematics to zoology. This content comes in different forms including public courses and collections from leading universities, schools, and cultural institutions. It is this feature that we want to highlight in today’s post by sharing with you this wonderful guide from Apple in Education called ‘ Discovering iTunes Collections’.

Discovering iTunes U Collections is a free interactive iBooks book that offers teachers and educators tips and ideas on how to use iTunes U resources in classrooms. iTunes U Collections embeds over 750.000 free lectures, videos, books and many other educational resources all of which are organized in this guide into three key areas: 1)lectures, talks, and public programs; 2)instructional media, 3) primary sources. The guide also offers highlights of some valuable resources from iTunes U Collections together with examples demonstrating how to integrate them into your lessons and courses. Discovering iTunes U Collections is free to download and read from iTunes App Store.

3 Good Websites for Educational Documentaries

October 10, 2015
We have recently received a few requests from teachers asking about websites where they can search for and access educational documentaries. Here is our updated list of what we would recommend in this regard. YouTube, which is not featured here, is also another great resource for educational documentaries and there are several channels created by teachers for teachers which can be used for this purpose, check out this page to learn more.

1- Top Documentary Films

This website provides over 3,000 documentaries spanning different topics organized in 25 different categories , searchable by keywords, sortable by rating, comments, and titles and most importantly open for discussion.

2- Documentary Heaven 

Documentary Heaven features a wide variety of documentary films most of which are hosted in other sites such as Vimeo and YouTube. You can use the ‘Browse Documentaries’ button to sift through the collections featured there. You can refine your inquiry using things such as rating or alphabetic order.

3- Free Documentaries

‘ streams full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. For several films, we even offer the ability to watch trailers or to download the actual film.The films are gathered by our researchers as we scour the web for well-produced videos and present them to our viewers. We adhere to all copyright laws and honor the wishes of the producers.’

A Beautiful Visual on The Impact of Technology on Music Teaching and Learning

October  9, 2015
Helpful apps and websites abound for educators of all types - and for music teachers in particular, online resources are indispensable for enhancing both the private lesson experience, and a student's ability to practice on their own! From a guitar student looking for chord charts and tabs, to allowing teachers to connect with students nationwide through video chat, technology has come a long way. Learn more in this infographic from, highlighting how technology has changed the way we learn and teach music.

technology's impact on music

3 Excellent Google Drive Apps to Remotely Present to Your Students

October 9, 2015
Below are three interesting Google Drive apps to use in your class to remotely present to your students. Check them out and share with us what you think of them.

1- Pear Deck

When you present through Pear Deck you are actually creating a live session that students can join from their own devices. As a teacher, you have full control of the flow of the presentation and using your tablet you can even easily move in the class while  going through the slides in your projector screen.Pear Deck has a variety of unique interactive features (e.g. draggable, drawing, text or number, multiple choice…etc) that enable students to actively participate in your presentation and respond to your questions. Students responses can be shared in realtime and  anonymously on classroom projector or interactive whiteboard.

2- Slides- Presentation Remote

De Mobo Slides lets you control your PDF, Google Slides, Prezi, Slideshare and many other cloud presentations all on your phone (iOS and Android).
It is a useful FREE tool for educators, students, public speakers and project managers. All of your presentations are on your phone along with speaker notes, animation selection and a timer. This app will make you a better presenter.

3- Presefy Presentation

Presefy is a free and easy presentation service that lets you broadcast your slides to your audience. Present your presentation slides (PowerPoint, Google Slides or PDF) with any device. Engage your audience as they can see your slides on their mobile or laptop during your presentation.

20+ Educational Tools and Apps That Support 21st Century Learning

October 8, 2015                    
Technology has radically transformed the notion of education to the extent that a label such as 21st century learning is a commonplace in the nascent teaching literature. There are now multiple forms of learning (e.g flipped, blended, synchronous/asynchronous, mobile...etc) that are primarily shaped and mediated by some sort of technology be it web or mobile based. This is, in our eyes, not technological determinism as some prefer to call it but rather an appropriation of the emerging technologies for the service of education. Technology, as we like to think about it,  is  an amplifier of learning. It enhances, extends and creates learning possibilities that, just a decade ago, would have been unimaginable.

The purpose of today’s post is to share with you some of the tools and apps that best epitomize this notion of 21st century learning. This is a work in progress and we will be adding more categories and tools.

1-Apps and websites for learning coding

2- Tools for curating educational content

3- Assessment tools

4- Tools for gathering feedback from students
5- Tools for flipped classroom

6- Augmented reality apps