Ask3 1.8: What 1.7 was supposed to be

We are pleased to announce version 1.8 of Ask3 is now available in the App Store. You may have noticed we didn't put out a lot of information about 1.7 and part of that is because 1.7 didn't really have everything we wanted in it because we wanted to make sure we had a version of Ask3 that worked on iOS 7 as close the the iOS 7 release as possible. So, Ask3 1.8 is really everything we wanted 1.7 to be but couldn't because we had to split things up a bit. Our goal with these last two releases has Continue reading

Upcoming: 1 to 1 iPad Use With TechSmith and EdReach

Summer is winding down, and we know teachers are looking for tools to start the year off on a good foot. To help you prepare for that new 1 to 1 iPad program (or continue your 1 to 1 program) TechSmith Education will be co-hosting a Google+ Hangout On Air with EdReach on using Ask3 in your 1 to 1 iPad classroom. Rebecca Wildman, an elementary teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator in Boyne City, Michigan, will lead the 45 minute workshop on how she used Ask3 with her students to stimulate and Continue reading

No home Wi-Fi? Ask3 & Videos To-Go.

For me, teaching is the art of improvisation.  Over time, my lesson plan became, "Use plan B." When we made Ask3, we thought:  "Let's make teachers' lives easier by having kids help each other."  Teachers would then tell us about the students who had iPads, but who didn't have Wi-Fi at home.  Hello, plan B. This week we leveled the playing field for 1-to-1 iPad classes.  Ask3 version 1.3 still: - Makes it easy to make a video screencast from your iPad - Automatically delivers the video Continue reading

Screen Capture on Tablets Made Easy

As users of our software will attest, Camtasia makes screencasting a piece of cake on laptop and desktop computers. But did you know that it can also be used for screen capture on tablets running iOS and Android? Today we're serving up three piping hot options for tablet screencasting to suit a variety of needs. So go on, dear reader, and decide which works best for you! Can't see the video? Watch it on YouTube. 1. The Installation Option The first method is, admittedly, the most complicated. Continue reading

Bueller? Bueller? and the Hedge Solution

One of my favorite teachers is Shauna Hedgepeth, aka Hedge. Can't see the video? Watch it on YouTube. // Side benefit:  parents use the video as a refresher and can better help their kids // Over time, Hedge has refined the approach by having students come up to the front of the class and make videos for the other students. Peer teaching is a powerful thing. I confess, we borrowed heavily from Hedge's ideas when we created Ask3. Whether you're trying to get past those Bueller moments, Continue reading

Ask3 + Dan Meyer = the virtue of insufficient information

It's so tempting to make learning formulaic. "Train A is travelling east at 40 mph.  Train B..." We've all done these before. As I watch Dan Meyer's brilliant TED talk, I'm struck by how naturally students' questions will flow when they are not given all the information... in fact, students are not even given the questions. In his example below, he shows a text book problem with all the required data and the requisite questions. Dan finds his students engage more and learn more when he removes Continue reading

Ask3 for iPad: Put an end to homework confusion!

The second students walk out of a classroom they often leave behind their ability to collaborate and problem-solve. Many are unable to get help at home and have to wait to ask questions until the next time they’re in class. Ask3, our new iPad app, aims to solve this problem. Ask3 is a free app that allows teachers and students with iPads to easily share knowledge and collaborate via threaded, text and video conversations. By recording voice, drawings, and images, Ask3 can be used to quickly Continue reading