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Very simple and potentially very useful web tool. Dead simple for the tech-challenged and those with little patience.
Works with desktop/ laptops but not with iPads. There is limited iPad screen-sharing functionality with the Join.me app. With that app, you can view another’s screen, but the iPad screen cannot be viewed.
via Quick Screen Share.
- Quick Screen Share – Quick & Free Screen Sharing (freetech4teachers.com)
The folks from Nuance Communications, the provider of Dragon voice recognition, have released their free iPad notes app – PaperPort Notes. A notes app that has
Mr.V’s Two Cents: You can read a brief description of my views regarding copyright protections here.
Mr.V’ Class Trials: There was a long period of time during my early to middle years of my career where I would avoid using video or films in class. A major reason for my distaste of this medium was the technical barriers to a smooth integration into the lesson.
‘Barriers’ you say? YES! My early teaching years witnessed the development and use of plastic film strips, reel-to-reel projectors, VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, and mechanical slide projectors. It was so bad that the introduction of the overhead projector within the middle years was viewed as cutting-age, almost space-age, technology. Yes, the technology has changed, but the fundamentals of planning and delivery of lesson content within 42 minutes has not. Nearly all of these devices were used by me and all suffered from catastrophic failure when put under stress.
‘Stress’ you say? YES! Here you have a person trying to incorporate all the elements of a well-organized lesson within the time allotted. To spice up this academic performance I would incorporate a few slides- BAM! The slides get jammed. How about a reel-to-reel film? BAM! The strip pops off the threader and now I have a mound of plastic spaghetti on the floor. How about a National Geographic VHS tape? BAM! The constant rewinding of the tape to the exact 10 minute segment I wanted to show entangles the tape among the VCR player’s gears. The VCR innards are now carefully preserved in a layer of brown plastic.
Then comes the 1990s and a digital revolution. Many of the old hardware issues disappear. Increasingly powerful computers, digitization of content from analogue to digital formats, and an increase in my salary (so I can buy all this new stuff) liberates me in the classroom. Video and audio are no longer shunned.
I would invest my own cash in purchasing CDs and DVDs to use in class. While the old problems disappeared, a few new ones popped up. Again, choosing and selecting the exact segment of the media to play for my students was taking too much time. Even the scene selections within DVDs wasn’t meeting my demands for efficiency and expediency. Technology advanced further and software, like Handbrake, was developed. I had found a solution to the issue.
Handbrake, and software within that category, allow users to copy the digital content found on DVDs. Through customizations within the software (see an image of Handbrake’s dashboard below), that content can now be played on a computer and/ or digital media player. I then edit the content using a digital audio (Audacity) or digital video (iMovie, Movie Maker) program.
In class, I now have the exact audio/ video segment I want to use and I present it using a projector, PC, and over the last 18 months, with my iPad. All this and a diminished probability of hardware failure!? Life is good!
Mr.V’s Two Cents: I fully support the rights and claims of content creators. Intellectual, professional, and commercial content must be respected on par with property that falls under the jurisdiction of statutes that protect (physical) property rights.
As an educator and an American citizen, I have values that recognize the importance of making information accessible to all. This is one of several social & political equalizers in our society. Equal access DOES NOT mean justification for theft of property. What it means is that content should be accessible in a manner that does not discriminate (economically, politically, socially, etc.). In other words, content should not be ‘more’ accessible to one sector of society than another. To put it another way, content should not be inaccessible to one sector of society, but accessible to another.
The solution? I don’t know! Is there a solution? I truly believe there is. However, like the founding fathers, it must be an evolutionary process. It must be ‘experimental’ in nature and democratic in execution. A good place to start is the Creative Commons licensing initiative. I recommend to teacher and student alike to read and employ the initiative. Better yet, contribute to its evolution and eventual, universal, integration
Full Disclosure: Have I ever used another’s work (music, image, content, etc.) without expressed permission or monetary compensation? Yes. Why? I was young and ignorant of property rights. I viewed the Internet in a different manner than the ‘physical’ world where I would never steal (candy, money, jewelry, electronics, etc.) from another. Over time, I became aware of laws (moral and statutory) and attempted to use the tools at hand to halt this illicit practice of mine. Since then, I have, and continue to strive, to undo as much of the damage as possible.
Mr.V’s Two Cents: I wish to echo the author’s impression of the pedagogical quality of iPad apps. The glowing reviews and summaries in the iTunes Store must be part of the selection process. As an educator, you are not paid enough to accumulate the discretionary income to purchase apps that ultimately fail in the classroom. This has been a major contention of mine since I started my quest to integrate the iPad into my teacher activities (attendance taking, assignment recording, grade calculations, etc.) and classroom activities (slide presentations, video analysis, review sessions, etc.) in 2010.
Visit this and other resources on the Web to discover new apps and uncover the realities that often never get summarized in the iTunes App Store. The more “real-life” cases you can find concerning an app’s use in the class, the better your choices will be and fewer of your hard-earned Dollars (Pounds, Dinars, Won, Rupies, Rubles, Pesos, Euros, RMBs, etc.) will escape your pockets.
Quickoffice Pro HD Is Now Capable Of Viewing And Editing Office 2010 Documents
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