Let’s be the Beatles

Marching with Sgt. Pepper

I often yearn to be immersed in a creative ethos like The Beatles. I am not wanting to hitch a ride on the “Magical Mystery Tour” in this case. Instead, I want the innovative spirit of “Sgt. Pepper” to stand as the norm in education. In essence, I want to be in The Beatles.

What if every school strove to have a “Sgt. Pepper” approach to teaching and learning? How can we as a profession take bold steps against the status quo? What would a school look like if the vision was unified in innovative practices?

The Beatles were featured into Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, as an example of what happens with practice. Teachers most definitely get the practice, and with it, the ability to do amazing things.

Three maker apps

Three Maker Apps to Spark Young Imaginations

…Their comments highlight what the maker movement is and isn’t. It’s not about the stuff: the 3-D printers, the soldering irons, the sewing machines, the iPads, or the craft materials. A successful experience is about learning and innovation.

The first one, Foldify, works well even with a limited number of iPads and the characters created can be used for all sorts of project, like stop motion videos.

Support STEM learning with these 5 ways

5 Ways Parents Can Support STEM Learning

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is becoming more and more important – and with good reason. These are necessary skills in today’s tech-savvy world, and they represent a pathway to some of the most in-demand jobs that our economy has to offer. How can you help encourage (or spark) an interest in these fields with your child? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist, surgeon, or coding guru to do it! Take a look at these five simple tips to engage your child in STEM learning outside of the classroom.

These 5 tips don’t need to be limited to STEM fields, they are good ideas for every educational endeavor.

Using Google Glass to treat autism

Stanford Researchers Treat Autism With Google Glass

As Google retools its Glass experiment, researchers at Stanford are using the device to help autistic children recognize and classify emotions.

In a small office buried inside an administrative building at Stanford, Catalin Voss and Nick Haber are pairing face-tracking technology with machine learning to build at-home treatments for autism. The Autism Glass Project, a part of the Wall Lab in the Stanford School of Medicine, launches the second phase of its study Monday morning.

The software uses machine learning for feature extraction, to detect what Voss calls ‘action units’ from faces.

With the portable power we now have available, we’re only scratching the surface of what’s possible.

7 Photo editing tools for Google Drive and Chromebooks

7 Great Chromebook and Google Drive Apps for Editing Photos

In response to a couple of requests we received from our readers here in EdTech & mLearning, we went ahead and curated for you this collection comprising some of the best photo editing tools in Chrome web store. Most of these apps work perfectly on Chromebooks and some of them are also integrated with Google Drive allowing you to easily edit and save photos directly to your Drive account.

My go to photo app is Pixlr, has enough power to keep me happy while being easy to use.

Asynchronous classroom chats with Neat Chat

Easy Collaboration Tool – Using Neat Chat in Education

Today, it seems archaic to think that it would be difficult to communicate with students online. There are so many ways to connect with them outside of school hours and asynchronously. I just learned of one today that I wanted to share with you that reminded me of my AOL chat room days.  The website is called Neat Chat. It creates an ad-free chat room / back channel easily, and since it was new to me I wanted to share some of its features with you.

Could be a nice alternative to Today’s Meet, especially with the private messaging features.