A new analysis of published research suggests the practice of meditation may provide as much relief from some anxiety and depression symptoms as antidepressants.
This might be fun to try, since we’re at the beginning of the year and for many of you it’s a time for personal renewal.
Need an iOS app to get you started? One of my favourites is The Mindfulness App. You can set daily “mindfulness notices” to help you get in the habit, try a guided 3 or 5 minute break when you need it, or start/end the day calm with a 5 minute body scan.
Use your phone to create .pdfs of paper docs or pages and upload them to Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox. OK!
Teach Real Algebra Instead of Wasting Time with Fun Apps
No one codes who doesn’t understand algebra — you know, the hard stuff that looks like a Slavic language with some numbers thrown in. To get a lot more kids, especially ill-prepared urban kids, into the bright future that comes with computer science, someone had to build up their math first.
So later on, Schanzer would create Bootstrap’s curriculum. Because — buyer beware! — most of the apps and programs that currently promise to teach kids algebra are fun, but a total waste of time.
“When you hear, ‘This is so amazing! These apps teach kids to program!’ That’s snake oil. Every minute your students spend on empty engagement while they’re failing algebra, you’re assuring that they’re not going to college. Studies show that the grade kids get in Algebra I is the most significant grade to predict future income.”
image via flickr:CC | Ben Clinch
Got a mac? Use these apps to help keep you focused on tasks, make sure you take breaks, and boost your productivity!
Are you designing for mobile?
Does your school make use of digital learning tools that are specifically designed to be accessed via all mobile technologies? Is interoperability guaranteed across all device types?
Is your school developing its own apps for learning? For example, does your library have an app? Your science department? Not just a Web presence … I’m talking app, available in iTunes or in Google Play?
Is your school developing a mobile Web experience for your community that projects the expertise and the value that is your school, and showcases student learning and accomplishment?
I’ve been keeping a list of local schools that are using apps, and I’ve carved out some time this summer to do some personal development on creating apps. Conduit’s App Maker wouldn’t even require much time.
Have you created an app for your school or taken an online course to learn how? I’d like to know what you used, or if you took a class would your recommend it?
Today is World Autism Awareness Day.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now estimates that a staggering 1 in 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys, in the US has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Edudemic shared 4 apps that can aid autistic students to better communicate with parents, teachers, and caregivers.
- AutisMate is an app for iOS and Android devices that focuses on improving both communication and behavioral skills in both verbal and non-verbal individuals.
- Proloquo2Go is a full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for anyone who has difficulty speaking.
- TouchChat is an augmentative and alternative communication app, quite similar to Proloquo2Go.
- Autism Tracker Pro offers useful tracking for families that have an individual with autism. It allows you to track important items like mood, behavior, food, health, and more so that you can look at patterns, progress, and just keep track.