YouTube for Teachers Site Launches

YouTube has launched a channel specifically aimed at teachers at http://www.youtube.com/teachers.

It contains guides on how to use YouTube in the classroom, curated video playlists that will be suitable for teachers to use and a YouTube Teachers Community to receive regular updates from the YouTube team, including tips and tricks for incorporating YouTube in your classroom, best practices from other teachers, and new content uploaded to YouTube.

This is an additional area to the EDU section of the site at http://www.youtube.com/education


Teaching in an App World

img There is no question that the app - those small, easy to download software applications for mobile devices - is changing how we use technology.  "There's an app for that," was one of the most heard phrases in tech circles the past few years. (Apple even applied for a trademark on the phrase which was featured in their iPhone ads.)

The way we design and deploy software is changing and so is how we decide on things like purchases.

The Apple App Store passed its 10 billionth download early this year and offers almost 400,000 apps and the Google Android Marketplace has over 200,000 apps with more than 3 billion downloads. More than half of all Web traffic currently comes from apps.

I am doing a conference presentation this fall (at the NJEDge.Net Annual Conference) on how apps are beginning to change schools and teaching. I have been asking colleagues face to face and online and the answers vary quite a bit. I would love to have you give some feedback on your own observations about this topic (see bottom of post).

The Questions:
1. How are apps (mobile and web apps) being developed & used?
2. How are schools using them now?
3. Where are the opportunities for schools to enter the app world?
4. How are educators reacting to this app world? Are they using them to teach?

In brief, apps are being developed both on campus by both students and web developers, but they are also being built for schools by outside vendors. 

Many schools seem to have as their entry point (and in many cases as their only official use) apps for campus-wide initiatives like admissions and registration.

There is far less evidence of course or discipline-specific app use by instructors. Some publishers and vendors apps (such as Blackboard's Mobile Learn and MindTap from Cengage) may be available to students independent of the school's efforts.



Please share your comments on this post or in the Ed Tech group on Facebook, or the NJEDge discussion area in Facebook.


Sprint Sues Blackboard Over Mobile

Although Sprint agreed to pay Blackboard some millions of dollars last year to offer a free mobile version of Blackboard's CMS software so that it would run over Sprint’s network, things didn't work out as planned.

Sprint is suing Blackboard claiming that Blackboard’s iPhone and iPad versions of Mobile Learn violated Sprint’s right to exclusivity.

Blackboard officials say: the contract precludes their application only from using the cellular signals of other competitors, but using campus Wi-Fi networks is allowed.

Sprint expected students to use the free Mobile Learn software and if they could only do that via Sprint customers, they would be likely to sign up with Sprint.

more at http://seekingalpha.com/article/290299-blackboard-a-tale-of-2-companies