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28 Jun 2012
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The Dot Project – ISTE 2012


26 Jun 2012
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Creating and Collecting Digital Work – ISTE 2012

One of the most entertaining and engaging sessions I had the pleasure to attend was “Creating and Collecting Digital Work” with Tammy Worcester and Kevin Honeycutt. Not only were the tools they shared easily applicable to any classroom, their presentation style truly embodied many of the ideals of creativity, play, and value shared in some of the earlier sessions I attended (which will be summarized in a later blog).

Thoroughly enjoyed "Creating & Collecting Digital Work" session with Kevin Honeycutt

 
Tammy modeled the role of the teacher and Kevin channeled his inner child. The session essentially focused on creating and collecting digital work in various forms (e.g screencasting desktop work, capturing traditional pencil and paper tasks, recording audio products, and transforming digital creations into tangible items). All of the resources shared for the session (and many more) can be found on Tammy’s site.

Glad I sat in the front row for this session – my iPad was able to capture some of the best moments. Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy!
 

 
Truly loved the idea of collecting all of the work in a digital class dropbox created with a Google Form.
 

 
One last nugget. Kevin shared a great idea. Create coffee mugs with a QR code hyperlinked to one of your student’s digital delights or a classroom site that is constantly updated with student work – what a great way to start a teacher’s or parent’s morning.


24 Jun 2012
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The Mommy iBalance

“All my bags are packed… I’m ready to go…”… again. June has been a very busy month with multiple conferences and speaking engagements. And today is no different as I enjoy the San Antonio airport’s amazing and FREE Wifi to complete this blog before I head out to ISTE. While I thoroughly enjoy all of these events… as a mommy, I sometimes feel guilty leaving my two boys. Thus, I spent a good hour or two last night customizing a few apps for my eldest to enjoy in my absence.

While I typically only showcase FREE apps, the following two paid apps were worth every penny to provide a personal learning experience for my little boy in my absence.

Write My Name: Though this app includes upper and lower case letters and familiar word cards, the best feature is the ability to include your own name tags. Each name tag consists of a photo, text name of photo, and a brief  audio recording. I decided to take pics of immediate family members (including the pets) and a few familiar house items (e.g. bed, toys, clock, etc…).

Create Custom Name Tags with Write My Name app


 
Write My Name: Once all of the custom name tags have been added, the fun begins. Children simply tap on a name tag and are presented with the corresponding picture and name. Then a tracing paper appears and the child must trace/write the name of the object or person using correct form. Once the child correctly completes the handwriting portion, the audio will play. All of my audio was simply my speaking the name of the object. For kicks, sometimes I added a sound effect after. (And “yes”, before you ask…we do have a dog named Cullen. And “yes” he was named after a famous vampire.) Now that we have that out of the way… let’s continue… =)

Practice Handwriting with familiar words compiled with Turbo Collage app


 
Futaba Classroom Games for Kids: I have had a fascination with this app ever since I downloaded the free version. While I enjoy the free app, the paid version is truly where custom learning begins. It currently includes 20 preloaded learning modules and boasts the app-ortunity to create your own. As I had already had the pictures on my iPad from the “Write My Name” app, I decided to simply use the same words and images to create an interactive matching game. I also really like the idea of reusing the words to reinforce the learning experience in a different way.

Create Custom Learning Games with Futaba Classroom Games for Kids iPad app


 
While these tools can’t replace mommy time, I hope they will provide enjoyable learning experiences with familiar objects (and give daddy a bit of a break). If you would like to see Futaba in action, check out the video below.

Visit “iPrep 4 Kinder” for more apps and resources to support the preschool/primary child using the iPad.

 


19 Jun 2012
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iPrep 4 Kinder

“What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?”

This is a session created by Yolanda Barker and myself (both mommies of preschoolers) to showcase how an iPad can support and supplement the acquisition of multiple skills necessary to enter the Kindergarten classroom. After completing some online research, we created a Google Form. Over 80+ Kindergarten NorthEast ISD teachers shared their take on “What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?“.  Based on their input, “iPrep 4 Kinder” was born to showcase how the iPad and apps could support fundamentally essential skills (e.g. spelling name, letter and sound recognition, rhyming, keyboarding skills, following directions, building social skills, color/shape recognition, etc…) which will give preschool students the leg up upon their entrance into the Kindergarten realm.

iPrep 4 Kinder_Presentation

 

Below is a Listly created with all of the hyperlinks and resources for our session, “Hot Apps 4 TOTS”:

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18 Jun 2012
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ISTE or BUST

I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who voted, tolerated my online pleas for votes, and supported me in the “We Are Teachers” contest to achieve my dream of attending ISTE 2012. I feel very blessed and am eager to learn, share, and chronicle my experiences. Sending virtual app-reciation to you all.


 
A very special thanks goes out to Jon Samuelson (aka @iPadSammy) who was the best iCheerleader anyone could have. Thanks for all of your kind words and support.

iPadSammy's Blog


 
I am not only looking forward to attending ISTE 2012 but to sharing a poster session with one of my favorite Tweachers and App Addicts, Jon Samuelson. Join us Wednesday June 27th from 8-10:00 am (SDCC Halls DE Lobby, Table: 24) for an app-tastic installment of “Apptivities: Creative Classroom Lessons for your iPad”.


16 Jun 2012
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Mac App Attack

During one of the iPad sessions I delivered for East Central ISD, I met Mr. Grant (the most amazing GT teacher) and he shared with me the Road Trip Effect Mac app (which I used in conjunction with iMovie to create the ISTE or BUST mini film). He also shared 25 other apps for creative innovations on the Mac (see List.ly below).

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Check out my other Listly’s: Paid Apps for the Classroom, Hot Apps 4 TOTS,  25+ FREE Product-Based appsSurprisingly Educational appsStudent-Created Apps 4 StudentsInteractive Tools & Sites that JIVE with the iPadInfographics in the ClassroomCool Tools to Engage Your Brain over the Summer, and Education App Review Sites.


04 Jun 2012
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What's Your Must-Have Paid App?

So to build off of my social curation addiction with List.ly, I am sharing a belated list of “Paid Apps for the iClassroom”. Yes, I realize I am the Queen of Free, but sometimes you really do have to break down and buy an app. So this list is a tribute to a growing list of  the best “Paid Apps for the iClassroom”. Please feel free to leave comments or a thumbs up and thumbs down on an app selection… as well as add your own favorite paid app for the iClassroom. Hoping to reach a collaborative list of 100 apps!

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Check out my other Listly’s: 20+ FREE Product-Based apps, Surprisingly Educational apps, Student-Created Apps 4 StudentsInteractive Tools & Sites that JIVE with the iPad, Infographics in the Classroom, and Cool Tools to Engage Your Brain over the Summer.


01 Jun 2012
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Climbing the Bloom's Ladder with HOT Web Apps

Apps and web apps are only as purposeful as the products and projects that they are used to create. After spending copious amounts of time publishing “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” to iBooks, I felt I should allocate some time to focus on web apps and how they too can be used to support higher order thinking skills.

I decided to model how Todays Meet and Quizlet can be used in every level of Bloom’s to support student learning and application across the curriculum. (Also check out the original Todays Meet lesson.) Both Todays Meet and Quizlet can be accessed and utilized on an iPad or a computer.

 

 

Nota: Using Todays Meet Screenshots

 

Today’s Meet & Quizlet: 

  1. TASK A: Locate a Quizlet deck for your content area and develop 2 or 3 questions (each at different levels of Bloom’s) to prompt and guide student learning in your classroom. Post your questions to Todays Meet with the Quizlet deck linked.
    1. Art & Literature
    2. Language & Vocabulary
    3. Math & Science
      1. Mystery Triangle
      2. Histology
    4. History & Geography
    5. Professional & Careers
    6. Technology 
  2. Task B: Create your own Quizlet deck for your content area. Develop 1 Bloom’s level question to prompt student learning in your classroom based on the deck. Post your questions to Todays Meet with the Quizlet deck linked.

 

Further Resources: Tasked over the fall semester to review Web 2.0 tools, our team created a blog of 60+ Web 2.0 tools that includes a brief description of each and highlights a couple of ways each tool can be integrated into the classroom. Symbaloo was one of our reviewed tools so I decided to use it to house the rest of the lot. Consider using one the apps below and mapping out how you would use it at each level of Bloom’s (or perhaps two or three levels).

Symbaloo of NEISD Reviewed Web 2.0 Tools

 

More Quizlet Resources: 
  1. 3 Interactive iPad App-tivities that aren’t Apps
  2. How to use Quizlet on the iPad
  3. Math-tastic iVocabulary