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My Pinterest board of MacBook Air 11″ cases

Last year, I thought the CaseCrown Book Cover Clip On Case was the perfect always-on case for our current 6th graders to use with their brand new MacBook Air 11″ laptops. Our students use the same machine for their 3 years of middle school, and then the school sells them back to Apple. This CaseCrown faux-leather cover is only $20 on Amazon. There are also other brands marketing the same case (Acase, SmackTom).

The CaseCrown cases have held up remarkably well! I totally though the elastic straps at the top would have snapped by now, yet somehow they are all intact. However, my two reservations have to do with the fact that the top corners of the laptop are exposed and some of the laptops are developing dinged/curling edges (as kids are clearly occasionally dropping their machines). Also, I don’t know if I love the snap at the front. I see fidgety kids snapping/unsnapping this closure during class discussions when their laptops are shut. It’s a super annoying sound when you notice it.

So, I have a begun a search for the perfect (or at least) better case. I’m going to be purchasing a few test models this week. Gina Marcel (K-2 Ed Tech here at The School) suggested I gather interesting models in a Pinterest board (see below). I’d love suggestions if you know of other great cases to consider…

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Amazing headphones with built-in microphone and one input/output jack for laptop or iPad via @fpgina

Gina Marcel (@fpgina) told me to test the new headphones she bought for the K-2 division at The School at Columbia University. They are the Universal Multimedia Headset with Microphone made by Gear Head. After playing around with them, I agree that they are truly amazing and useful. Up until now, I’d been buying USB headphones for the kids to use with their laptops. These are way better as they have a universal 3.5mm jack for input/output so they can be used on our iPads and other devices as well as our laptops. Also, the package comes with an adapter and connector if you really need that kind of thing. Thanks, Gina!

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Just uploaded all of our @TEDxYTheSchool videos to the #TEDxYouth YouTube channel!

Saturday was the 3rd annual TEDxYouth@TheSchool. I am grateful for so many people who helped make this day a success:

  1. The inspiring students, artists, performers, and activists who spoke to my community: Rebecca Marratta and Aidan Ryan, The School’s Concert Choir led by Rachel Klem, Gabriella Singh, Bree Person, Hannah Sachs, Finding Green NYC, Rodda John, Sophia Edelstein, Moranda Rasmussen, Devin Carthan, Matt Vorzimer, Laura Sjogren, Jacob Schmidt, Keith Jensen, Yadira De La Riva and Wade Colwell-Sandoval
  2. Flik Independent School Dining (@FlikISDining) for providing breakfast and lunch
  3. The School at Columbia University (@The_School) for hosting us and keeping us warm and secure
  4. The support of our Head of School, Amani Reed, and our three Division Heads, Kathryn Kaiser (K-2), Kevin Fittinghoff (3-5) and Belinda Nicholson (6-8)
  5. Monica Amaro, Charles Colten and Zoe Paraskevopoulos for helping to gather and prepare our speakers, and Katie Reimer and Lynette Wilson for assisting at the event
  6. Claire Sexton for taking photos
  7. Gina Marcel (@fpgina) for handling the video and livestreaming station
  8. Don Buckley (@donbuckley) for helping me in all ways as usual
  9. Katy Gartside (@katygartside) for live tweeting from the @TEDxYTheSchool account
  10. Jazmin Sherwood for her organizational and problem solving skills
  11. Kate Berten (@k8berten) for stepping in to lead Keith Jensen’s @paintpenart workshop as he has been out of town due to an evacuation by Hurricane Sandy
  12. The students, parents, and guests who came and enthusiastically participated

You can watch the 15 videos from the window above or visit the playlist on YouTube.

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App Share in the Library with faculty from @the_school

These were the things shared by faculty who attended the App Share in the Library this afternoon:

LetterReflex – shared by Joyce Tsang (@jyc_nyc)

Does your child get his b’s and d’s mixed up? How about her p’s and q’s? LetterReflex provides a fun way to help overcome common letter reversals. The first activity, Tilt It, uses kinesthetic learning to teach left from right. The second activity, Flip It, allows them to practice what they learned while honing their letter discrimination skills.

iPevo document camera shared by Gina Marcel (@fpgina) allows anyone to demo stuff on their iPad (until our AppleTV is up and running)

iBooks Author also shared by Gina, though Don Buckley pointed out that when you load a book on iTunes, Apple owns the content.

Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an amazing new app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.

FlipBoard shared by Hil Szanto (@hilszanto)

Named Apple’s iPad App of the year and one of TIME’s Top 50 Innovations, Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Flip through your Facebook newsfeed, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends and much more.

iDesk shared by Nadine Renazile (@infobirdie)

iDesk allows you to make flow charts, org charts, Venn diagrams, mind maps, take notes, sketches and do other diagrams with no constraints. Draw a shape, type a text, stylize it choosing from 50+ Fonts.

eClicker also shared by Nadine

eClicker is a personal response system that allows teachers to poll their class during a lesson. It provides teachers with the real-time feedback they need to be sure their messages are being received. Developed for smartphones and laptops, eClicker leverages the hardware already in the hands of many students providing a low cost polling solution for the classroom. All you need to get started is the eClicker Host app running on an iOS device, a Wi-Fi network, and students with internet-enabled devices to participate.

MindNode also shared by Nadine

MindNode is a very easy and intuitive application for collecting, organizing and outlining your thoughts and ideas as mind maps.

Popplet shared by Tabitha Johnson (@tabletj)

Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet’s super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas and sort them visually in realtime. Quickly and easily!

Flubaroo also shared by Tablitha

Grade online assessments in a single app (@flubaroo)

Vlingo shared by Don Buckley (@donbuckley)

Looking for a voice powered virtual assistant on your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4? Look no further. In addition to search, messaging, voice dialing and directions, Vlingo integrates with your Facebook and Twitter accounts making it the most social assistant available. All functionality is now 100% free, so download Vlingo today to explore everything Vlingo can do for you.

Forms shared by Nancy Wong (@scampnyc)

Forms is a client of Google Forms (Google Docs). The Form you created on your PC can be viewed in the most suitable layout for iPhone/iPad.

Corkulous shared by Jenn Dare (@jenn_dare)

Corkulous™ idea board is the incredible new way to collect, organize, and share your ideas. Access your ideas anywhere on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with built-in iCloud support. Share your ideas with your friends and family by storing your cork boards in Dropbox. See the demo video: http://www.corkulous.com/

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