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EduGAINS - Ministry Support for Ontario Teachers

On the advice of Doug Sadler, I have decided to post highlites from
ENTRY POINTS, the newsletter that supports Digital Learning in the
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.
The first of these posts is about the EduGAINS website
* Please click to access this 2-page document Enjoy

Exciting Possibilities with E-Books

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board was in the news in Saturday's Windsor Star and other local media Monday when they discussed their plans to use electronic textbooks as way to support student learning with technology.  St.Christopher Catholic Grade School was the site selected to demonstrate the new iBooks 2 app among others.  Grade 6 students were working in the school's 21st Century Learning Environment and helped demonstrate how they use iPads in there school. There are many pilot projects like this one all over the board with new ones starting all the time.

These new E-Books offer improved learning opportunities by bundling interactive components as well as text.  Students can interact with E-Books through audio, video, and physical actions such as moving the ipad in different directions or even blowing into it to make wind.  Coupled with the board's WiFi installations across the board these opportunities and projects have become a reality.

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The Sad Truth About Your Beloved Electronic Device

Have you ever heard of Foxconn? Probably not. But, as it turns out, everyone of us probably has several devices that was manufactured at one of their three factories. These factories are less like a factory than  a city. They are that big. Said to employ well over 500,000 workers, they produce products for Apple, Dell, Toshiba etc etc. Most major brands have their products built there.

That's not the story though. Yes it's pretty amazing, logistically speaking, that all of that gets done but its the way it gets done that is the story. As seen in this Huffington Post article, the working conditions are appalling. The way the workers are treated is one of the subjects of a one man show in New York by Mike Daisey called "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs". In it he talks of how he went undercover to talk to workers at Foxconn. A special version of part of the show was created especially for NPR's This American Life. The entire one hour program can be heard below.


iBooks 2 - The Future of Textbooks?

Announced today at New York's Guggenheim Museum, iBooks 2. According to the article seen here from CNET, this will give a "new textbook experience". Some of the interactive features included:

"text with embedded movies..."rich, engaging" layouts...portrait/landscape mode switches for more or fewer graphics....the ability to tap on words for definitions...searching for keywords throughout a questions with immediate feedback...highlighting with your finger...pop-up spaces for note taking...instant study cards. "

Major publishers already have books available, however not for Canadian books yet. But if you want to try one out now, you can download "Life On Earth" for free (for a limited time)

Not to worry though, you can create your own with iBooks Author. This is a free App that lets you create your own eTextbooks from Word files, images, video and widgets. Note, however, this is a Mac only APP and you need to be running OS X 1…

Is this You?

I think I saw myself in both the presenter and audience (and maybe the computer tech) on this one.

Attend MIT for Free

Now that I have your attention let me say that the title is a bit of a misnomer. As it turns out MIT will be starting a new online program in 2012 called MITx. Now that in itself is nothing too exciting. Just about every university has some sort of online program. So what is special about this one. Well this is what MIT says:

organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pacefeature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communicationallow for the individual assessment of any student’s work and allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITxoperate on an open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to make it continuously improving and readily available to other educational institutions. That is all very well and good but still what's the big deal, you say? Well, it's FREE. That's right, you, your neighbour, mom, sister, pastor, mechanic and any othe…

Copying Content Between Prezis

Many times when you are making a prezi, you would like to combine content from different prezis. This is easily done using keyboard shortcuts, but you will have to open two different browsers to accomplish this. Step #1 - Open up the prezi that will be the combination of content from other prezis in your preferred browser (eg. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari)
Step #2 - Open a second prezi in a different browser... yes, you may access your online account in 2 different 'places'.
Step #3 - Choose the 'stuff' you would like to copy, press ctrl+C to copy it to your clipboard.
Step #4 - Go back to the first prezi and paste it in - ctrl+V.

A few notes:
You may select several 'objects' at once by holing the shift key and then clicking on different items
The formatting of the content that is copied and pasted will be changed to the theme of whatever prezi you are working in
Although there is an automated SAVE feature, I suggest you SAVE after each 'paste' to assu…