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Is the iPad only a consumption device, or can it truly be a productive device for creation? Dan Froelich shares his thoughts, as well as what this means for education.

This graphic time line from the New York Times shows off classroom technology through the centuries, from horn-books and magic lanterns to interactive whiteboards and the iPad.

Vintage Technology is a site that seeks to showcase the evolution of devices in our lives through the archiving of old advertisements from the 1950s.

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE We’ve touched on several video-capture tools and web-based file-conversion tools. Sometimes, though, you just can’t wait for Zamzar to get around to converting your file. Or maybe the video you need to work with is a local file and your online video capture tool won’t work on a local file. In […]

BY BILL FERRIS Samsung will give away 50 SAMCAM 860 document cameras to teachers as part of its Active Learning Grant Program. Award decisions will be based on need, so make sure to spell that out in your application, which by the way, is due by June 1. FYI, the cameras are valued at around […]

BY BILL FERRIS AnyBizSoft has made version 2.5.3 of their PDF to Word program free — a wise move, considering the presence of free alternatives like If you need to convert lots of PDFs into Word docs, this downloadable program is a great choice. It’s fast, and the results are reasonably similar to the […]

BY BILL FERRIS One of the oldest classroom management tricks in the book is to use a timer to keep your students on schedule. Just finished a math lesson? Let them know they have two minutes to get ready for science. Big test today? They have 45 minutes to finish it. A timer sets clear […]

BY BILL FERRIS It’s that time of year again when lazy bloggers rehash old material under the guise of “Best of” lists rather than come up with new stuff. Instructify is no exception. Below are the top 10 Instructify posts of 2009. The rankings were determined via a combination of Google Analytics, retweets, and the […]

BY BILL FERRIS As school budgets dwindle and schools focus on high-stakes testing in core subjects, some schools see art programs as the go-to budgets to slash. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools and projects out there for art teachers that don’t cost a dime. The following are five of Instructify’s favorite free tools […]

BY BILL FERRIS Picking a good color scheme is, for me, like calculus — an ordered, complex set of laws that I’ll never, ever understand. Thankfully I can use cheats like referring to the color wheel, or this slick online Color Scheme Designer. Just move your cursor around the color wheel to find your central […]