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27 Aug 2012
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Mad about Mad Lips

Last March, “Appy Hours 4 U” featured Mad Lips as a “surprisingly educational” app. You will have to listen to the show to hear all of the educational ideas that were assigned to it. šŸ˜‰ When featuring an app on a show, I always send out an email notifying the app developer. Many of them actually reply with a customary “thanks” and others begin an email correspondence that turns in to an e-friendship. The latter is the case with Mike from Mad Lips.

Recently he shared a new photo contest he has launched to promote Mad Lips! The winner(s) photos will be included in the standard photo pack with the latest Mad Lips release for all to use and animate.

Before I share more about the contest, let me showcase some fantastic examples of how Mad Lips has been used educationally:

Talking Book Covers: See full blog and info here.

Practicing Spanish: See full blog and info here.
 
Classifying Triangles: See full blog and info here.

 
And my favorite… A Retelling of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear?”: See full blog.

 

Mike from Mad Lips

And now to the ... Contest Details:Ā For those of you who enjoy amusing your students, desire 15 minutes or 15 seconds of fame, and have had a secret wish to be a viral meme… here is your chance!Ā All you need is a penchant for the unknown. And thick skin. And a great sense of humor.

MadĀ LipsĀ is a creativeā€”surprisingly educationalā€”app that lets anyone superimpose their talkingĀ lipsĀ over any picture. You can useĀ MadĀ LipsĀ in the classroom to deliver a talking book report. You can use it as a tool for practicing foreign languages. And now you can even use it to make your students laugh. Out loud. At your expense!Ā MadĀ LipsĀ is calling all teachers and educators to be part of the “Face The Music” challenge. It’s simple. Just send in a picture of your silliest face and the funniest image will be included as part of the standard photo pack in the next version ofĀ MadĀ Lips. You’ll be famous. Your students will love it. And you’ll be part of making the world a better place through creativity and laughter.

 

Fine Print:

  • Please send all images toĀ info@affectiveapps.com
  • By sending in an image, you are explicitly granting the right to include it in theĀ MadĀ LipsĀ photo pack. This means that you grant the rights to use your image and likeness for a commercial application without any financial recuperation.
  • All participants must be 18 years of age.
  • The winning image will be chosen by theĀ MadĀ LipsĀ development team on September 30th, 2012. While not everyone will be included in the app, everyone who plays along is a winner in our books!

 
Good luck on the Contest. I am also very eager to hear how you are using Mad Lips in your classroom. Please share ideas and examples below in the comments.
 


21 Aug 2012
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Sync-up with Evernote

I was a bit of a late adopter to Evernote. Two years ago, I jumped on board and began dumping more and more info into my Evernote from “appy hour” scripts and lists of blog ideas to wireless passwords and conference notes.

Evernote Sync-up

 

Last Thursday I had the app-ortunity to visit the new Evernote headquarters in Austin with fellow members of the Eanes Ed Tech crew. Impressed with the idea of a 100 year company and a resource that I could continually trust to hold my most precious thoughts and resources, I was even more thrilled to learn about the other features and ideas Evernote offered and suggested for making my “second brain” more accessible and efficient:

  • Send notes into specific notebooks directly from your email. Let’s say you want to send a photo or important email directly to Evernote:
    • Locate your Evernote email address found under Account/Account Info (use this email address to send to)
    • Add a subject for your note in the subject line
    • Add the name of the notebook you wish to send it to in the subject line (e.g. “@Math”).
    • Add any tags you wish to use (e.g. “#equations #variable)
    • The final subject line might look something like this:
      • Step-by-Step Equations @Math #equations #variable
  • Tag notes and lessons with TEKS (standards) or keywords for quick search access
  • Create public checklists for school supplies and projects and share the note via a hyperlink
  • Utilize theĀ Clearly plugin to format what you read online
  • Create stacked notebooks by simply dragging one notebook onto another. For example, let’s say you have an Algebra notebook and a Geometry notebook. Drag one on top of the other to create a stacked notebook entitled “Math”. The hierarchy really helps with organization and combats the summer brain drain by making the year’s previous notes a simple search away.
  • Scan documents directlyĀ with theĀ Scansnap scanner
  • Make use of OCR for scanned documents and photos. Truly this is awesome! Imagine taking a snapshot of the notes on the board for the day and then being able to actually search your notes by the words in the photo. App-tastic!

 

Evernote has OCR with Photos and Scanned Docs

 

Other Evernote Resources I gleaned from the web:

 


14 Aug 2012
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Move over QR codes…

I am quite fond of tweeting and love to use QR codes, but was not aware until last week, that I could chirp too. Yes, thanks to one of my new teachers at Hill Country Middle School, I discovered the power of chirping. It is quite easy:

  • Step 1: Download the Chirp app on all devices you wish to communicate from and with.
  • Step 2: Decide which media you wish to chirp and share! You can share pictures from your camera and camera roll as well as notes and links!
  • Step 3: Be ready to be be amazed!

 

I can see this being a very useful tool for blasting out a message, task, or link to all students in a classroom. Consider giving a PDF a url or sharing an entire Dropbox folder of documents with one little chirp.
Or… let out a cheery chirp over the morning announcements and allow students to receive the unique link or message through the mobile devices… school wide!

 

Chirp sharing features highlighted in PolyFrame app

 
Don’t take my word for it… be blissfully amazed by the following video… Move over QR codes, there’s a new app in town… or in the cloud? How will you use Chirp?
 


08 Aug 2012
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Keeping up with Carnazzo

I had intended at one point to blog about all of Lisa Carnazzo’s (2nd grade teacher extroardinare and honorary member of the iVengers) excellent iPad lessons in further detail but this summer has been far busier than I anticipated. That being said, I thought I would share all of her special iCreations that she has been working on all summer long. As everyone begins their back-to-school shopping and routines, Lisa Carnazzo has developed a plethora of resources for students to utilize all year long (at home and at school):

 

Sight Words: First we begin with an excellent Symbaloo of word families which all hyperlink back to sample Quizlet decks. Each deck includes photos too! And if that isn’t cool enough, she has created a Snapguide for parents to showcase how to access and utilize the Quizlet decks to study their sight words.


 

Math Facts: Lisa has also created another Symbaloo of math facts which all hyperlink back to Quizlet decks to support that skill. Each deck includes photos too! And of course, she was only too thoughtful to create a Snapguide for parents to showcase how to access and utilize the Quizlet decks to study their math facts.

 

100’s Chart: Lisa has created yet another Snapguide to showcase how to use the 100’s chart to solve addition problems.

 

iPad Lessons: Lisa Carnazzo showcases all of her student projects on her class wiki. Check out all of her iPad Lessons on her site and read more in-depth blogs on how they were accomplished right here. If you are having issues accessing her Glogster pages on the iPad, try copying and pasting the url into an app like Rover. Here are a few iLessons you may have missed… The Lorax Cause & Effect and Mealworm Lifecycle which were both accomplished using the Tools 4 Students graphic organizer app.

Lisa Carnazzo's Class iPad Projects


 
Interested in Quizlet, Symbaloo, Snapguide, and iPad Lessons?: