The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 19: Ramsey Musallam


With almost a half million views to date, Ramsey Musallam’s inspiring message of how he fosters curiousity in his high school students is one of the most popular teacher TED Talks on the Internet. Ramsey sat down with Scott and me to have a casual and candid time talking shop.

Show Notes

Ramsey Musallam’s Blog Cycles of Learning

Infinite Thinking Machine

If This Then That (IFTTT)

Curiosity Article from Stanford

The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark

 

 

The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 18: Kyle Pace


Scott and I had a great discussion with Kyle Pace about effective professional development and Google Apps. Kyle is on the cutting edge of EdTech and trains teachers throughout the United States. This is one episode you won’t want to miss!

Show Notes

Kyle Pace’s Website

Follow Kyle on Twitter

Give Blood, Play Hockey

Common Core Read Aloud Teacher’s Cheat Sheet

 

 

iPad vs. Chromebook




Summary: iPad is still the king of creation tools. Chromebooks are great replacements for laptops due to cloud computing.

I just bought a Chromebook this week so I would know if it was a viable alternative for the iPad in my BYOD classroom. Here are my initial thoughts.

Chromebook Pros 

  1. Light weight: Weighs less than my Griffin encased iPad.
  2. Inexpensive: I paid $199 at Wal-Mart. iPad minis run $329 at time of posting.
  3. Simple to use: Open it up, connect to a wireless, sign in to your Google Account, and your off and running. No Windows OS to make things complicated. Nothing to set up.
  4. Quick on: open it up and it’s on!acer-c7-chromebook-pr
  5. Keyboard: feels right.
  6. Track pad: two finger scrolling, decent size
  7. No case needed: I may change my mind on this, but doesn’t seem as fragile as the iPad.
  8. External ports: 3 USB, Ethernet, and VGA for external monitor or projector. iPad has that dongle thing for connecting to projectors but it pops out super easily.
  9. Can create/edit using Google Apps. You may only work on Docs and Spreadsheets when using an iPad.
  10. A ton of free apps available through the Chrome Store.
  11. Can play Flash.

iPad Pros

  1. WAY more educational apps: Games, student response apps, utilities, etc. 
  2. Two Cameras: Front facing and back side. Chromebook only has the front facing.
  3. Creativity: Video, photography, stop motion, etc. The only way I can see to do this on Chromebook is to use the front facing camera, which would be super tricky.
  4. Drawing: Use a stylus and draw on the screen, or even use your finger. Chromebooks are track pad or mouse controlled, not touch screen. Drawing would be very hard.iPad
  5. Digital portfolios: I use Three Ring a lot. iPads are perfect for capturing student work samples using the camera and mic.
  6. Stronger speakers: As weak as the speaker is on an iPad, it’s better than a Chromebook. I can barely hear the speakers on the Chromebook.
  7. Display: Greater visibility.
  8. Parental Control: Parents can control a lot through the restriction settings. I don’t see a way to do this with the Chromebook.

Conclusion

I will be recommending devices to families in my BYOD class this next year in the following order of preference:

  1. Latest full-size iPad
  2. Latest mini iPad
  3. Android tablet
  4. Chromebook

If families can only afford a Chromebook, then it is definitely better than nothing. I do NOT see a Chromebook as a replacement for an iPad, but I do think it’s a great replacement for a laptop. I am using my Chromebook right now to write this post. It’s so simple for getting online and keyboard input. It’s not something I see as a creative tool for student projects, other than the fact that students can work on Google Presentations using a Chromebook. I love the fact that the computer is just ON right away, and for those who understand cloud computing, there’s really no reason these days to buy a full-blown computer with a large hard drive. I value your input so please leave a comment.

 

The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 17: Bill Selak



Bill Selak is an EdCamp organizer and one of the recipients of the 2013 ISTE Emerging Leaders award. Check out this latest episode of the Bedley Bros. as we learn more about  #EduAwesome EdCamps and what it takes to put one together.

Show Notes

Bill Selak’s #EduAwesome Website. Tons of free resources!

Follow Bill on Twitter

The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 16: Rebecca Wildman and Fred Sitkins



Teacher Rebecca Wildman and her principal Fred Sitkins are changing the face of education through their use of iTunes U for elementary students in Michigan and around the world. Watch as they explain the endless possibilities of this eduawesome platform.


Show Notes

iPad PD Rebecca and Fred’s website where they house their iTunes U courses and a whole lot more!

Flipping PD in iTunes U

Greg Tang Math

GiveBloodPlayHockey.org