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10 Jan 2012
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Hot Apps 4 HOTS: TCEA 2012

In preparation for our “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” workshop which will be offered at TCEA 2012, we have created an ePub to serve as the framework for the course.

Screenshots of "Hot Apps 4 HOTS" ePub compiled in Turbo Collage App

 
The ePub includes 9 task cards. There is a task card for each level of Bloom’s taxonomy. (If an app was only available on the iPad 2, we included a secondary task card to be used with the iPad 1). Each task card includes:

  1. Bloom’s Level & Definition
  2. App(s) Used with a Brief Description (all apps are free)
  3. Task Summary
  4. Step-by-Step Directions for the Task
  5. Example of Completed Task
  6. Further Thoughts
  7. Other Resources (includes support materials for the task as well as hyperlinks to other iLesson(s) using the app)

 
The ePub also includes:

  1. The Story behind our ePub
  2. Resources and setup
  3. iPad Basics (includes information about getting an app, launching an app, changing orientation)
  4. Acquiring Content (includes tips and how to’s for taking pictures and video, saving an image from the web, taking screenshots, adding content through iTunes, and adding content through a shared Dropbox)
  5. Submitting Products
  6. Author Biographies
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Citations

"Hot Apps 4 HOTS" cover art is an original production from Lisa Jackson

 

The ePub is available in iBooks for TCEA 2012 participants (and any anyone else interested) to download and enjoy!

TCEA Notes: Participants will want to download the iBook and the following apps prior to the workshop to ensure optimal productivity during the Bring Your Own Device session. Here is a list of the apps that will be utilized during the workshop:

T-Chart, TED, ScreenChomp, Videolicious, FlashCardlet, Doodle Buddy, Puppet Pals, Popplet Lite, Talking Tom or Ben, Talking Tom & Ben Do the News and Qwiki

TCEA SlideShare: (my apologies about formatting discrepancies between Keynote and PPT)

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05 Jan 2012
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Putting an iSpin on Video Vocabulary

Touching base with one of my favorite ELA teachers, he mentioned a video vocabulary lesson. My ears and interest perked up and I decided to sit take a few minutes to sit in and observe his lesson. When I came in, students were writing six words in their glossary: courage, require, moral, physical, virtues, and centuries. These words all tie in to the units essential questions:

  1. Does courage require fearlessness, or can a person be afraid and still act courageously?
  2. What is the difference between moral and physical courage?
  3. What other virtues may be as important as courage?
  4. Is courage rare in human history, or have many people shown courage throughout the centuries?

 

Background: Previous to this class, students worked in small groups to locate the definition of their given word, compose a definition in their own words, use the word in a sentence, and model some sort of motion or animation to illustrate the word. The students featured all of these tasks in a short video.

 

Foreground: Students then watched multiple video versions (completed from groups in all class periods) of the same word and then created their own mash-up definition for the word from the videos and recorded it in their glossary. Understanding these definitions and being able to unpack the words is the foundation for being able to write successfully based on the essential questions for the unit.

 

The iSpin: Having my iPad and iPhone in tow…

I decided to quickly create my own Video Vocabulary project to submit!

 

iBrainstorm Vocabulary: I used iBrainstorm to map out (or brainstorm) my vocabulary word, definition, and sentence.

iBrainstorm Vocabulary

 

Vocabulary Video – WeeMee style: I then created a WeeMee video to feature a word of my choice “courage” in a sentence.


04 Jan 2012
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Glogster Learning Stations & iHybrids

Asked to develop a technology-integrated lesson for 5th Math, I naturally leaned to using the iPad. However, the lesson is being developed as a district resource and not every campus has iPads or iPods. Thus, I created a hybrid lesson. Since the elementary math specialists already had a bank of word problems that they had used in a “Words to Symbols” matching activity, we only had to spruce up some of the text and make it applicable or relevant to the apps we planned on using.

Glogster Learning Station: 5th Math - Patterns, Relationships, & Algebraic Thinking

 

The resources:

  1. Word Problem Videos: Each word problem was created with apps (e.g. Talking Pierre, Talking WeeMee, Talking Ben, and Puppet Pals). These videos were then emailed from my iPad and uploaded to Glogster EDU.
  2. Recording Sheet: The recording sheet was created in Word and dropped into my public Dropbox folder which generates a unique URL which will allow anyone to access the document (as there is no feature to upload documents in the free version of Glogster EDU).
  3. Glogster Learning Station: The Glogster Learning Station is great and visually appealing way to house all of your resources for students to access during the learning activity. Within the learning station, I included teacher’s notes, student directions, the word problem videos (and text translation), and a screenshot of the recording sheet that hyperlinks to the actual sheet (available to download), and an extra activity (that could serve as an additional assessment).

 

While this is a teacher-created station, the idea is so simple that students could create their own learning centers or create resources for a classroom learning station (as featured by Ms. Carnazzo’s class). Her class worked in small groups to create content to teach facts about government.

Class Glogster Learning Station: 2nd Grade Government Facts

 

The beauty utilizing Glogster EDU as a learning station (see more Glogster Learning Station resources) is that it frees up the teacher from disseminating directions and materials and it frees up devices in the classroom. Many classrooms only have one iPad (or a handful) and a few computer stations accessible to their students. By using the hybrid model, students can visit the Glogster station and then use other tools to complete an extension or remediation (e.g. two or three groups of students are working at Glogster learning stations, one group may be creating their word problem video or Khan-esque explanation using an iDevice and/or Document camera, and another group could be using the SMART board notebook lesson (or laminated cards) to match word problems with equations). This is also a great idea for differentiated instruction.

How times have changed…I created the following learning station glog (“Don’t Underestimate Yourself”) for middle school mathematics less than two years ago and the video resources took me nearly all day to edit and prepare… on a PC. With the flux of mobile devices and the ease of media production on these devices, I was able to knock out the video resources for the equations glog in less than an hour (and that was only due to the fact that I am a bit of a perfectionist).

Glogster Learning Station: Secondary Geometry & Spatial Reasoning

 


03 Jan 2012
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Be a Narrative Champion 4 Your Students

While it is the new year, I would be remissed if I neglected to share this bit of tech cheer from Ms. Carnazzo. While this persuasive assignment is holiday themed, the idea of writing and reading with multiple media elements is an idea that can be used the whole year long. With a media production studio in her students’ hands, Ms. Carnazzo serves as a narrative champion for her second grade class.

The Task: Students completed a written reindeer application prior to recording with the VoiceThread app. While Ms. Carnazzo did mention that the app had some glitches, thankfully students were able to use the online web app to complete the rest of the assignment. I typically shy away from apps that require logins as creating multiple student credentials and signing in and out of the app can be cumbersome. However, I can see the benefit of creating a class login and being able to continue working online (away from a mobile device) if need be.

 

After being pumped up after Tech Forum, I had scribed a blog draft highlighting seven tenets from Dean Shareski’s Keynote “What Matters Now“. For one reason or another, I never posted it. Since then, I have come across multiple situations that support his seven tenets…and decided to highlight them in a series of blogs…each blog featuring one tenet.

What Matters Now: Shareski’s sixth item was “storytelling“…and the idea of reading and writing with media. In this day and age, a persuasive essay or biography does not have to be (and should not always be) a paper and pen assignment. Consider innovative ways to share a story: blogs, videos, podcasts, cartoons, animations, ePubs and ebooks, info graphics, slideshows, etc…

A Real World “Reindeer” Example: While Ben is not applying for a position as Santa’s reindeer, he is using the innovations of multimedia (Ben For Best Job Blog) to market himself as an ideal candidate for the job of his dreams. Consider using Web 2.0 tools and apps to provide students with the multimedia tools that they need be successful in an ever-changing social and global community.

Be a Narrative Champion for your Teachers: When I think of the classroom and teacher that I would want to teach and inspire my own two boys, I instantly think of Ms. Carnazzo. Her innovative lessons and purposeful and effective use of technology engage and empower her students to be media literate global learners and inspire others to follow in her footsteps. To that end, I have nominated Ms. Carnazzo for the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” Award.

Also check out “Digital Story-telling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps“!


02 Jan 2012
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Surprisingly Educational Apps

I have to say “Surprisingly Educational” apps appears to be the most popular topic on our “appy hours 4 u” show to date. In these shows we feature mostly free *(some apps may have been free for a limited time) edutainment apps and discuss integration ideas for each app that span across content areas and multiple grade levels.

To support this app-erific surprisingly educational phenomenon, I was inspired to create a Symbaloo web mix to house the apps from our previous and upcoming Surprisingly Educational Shows. This Symbaloo will also serve as a resource for an iPlayground workshop at TCEA 2012.

Symbaloo can be accessed off of a mobile device – each link will open in Safari or iTunes.

Surprisingly Educational Apps Webmix created with Symbaloo

 

And while we are on the subject of “surprisingly educational apps”, I would like to thank the iOS geniuses behind To Me By Me (featured on Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 2) for such an innovative app…and for giving “appy hours 4 u” some iTunes love! Also check out out To Me By Me can be utilized with children and students for goal-setting!

To me By me app featured on "Appy Hours 4 U" and image annotated with Skitch

 

Stay tuned for a fully interactive “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” ePub educator workshop which will feature free edu apps from our episodes… including surprisingly educational and appear in iBooks early this Spring!