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24 May 2013
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Fabulous Fugelstad: App-tastic Artistic Epicocity

Thank heavens for my obsession with Pinterest. Last night I lay awake scouring pins and hit the motherload! I happed upon the Dryden Art weebly page via this pin (seen below). At first I just thought it was an artist showcasing their personal art. Upon further inspection and exploration, I discovered a treasure trove of student examples from this K-5 Art teacher.

Amazing Filtered Art Creations by Tricia Fuglestad

I couldn’t resist – I simply had to blog to highlight a few of my favorites below – but truly you must visit her site:

Enter Art though Puppet Pals 

Students Enter Art using Puppet Pals from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Contour Line Drawing with the iPad

Contour Line Drawing Update from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Heart Houses for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Give our Heart Houses a Home from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Rotoscoping Project on iPads

ROTOSCOPING PROJECT ON IPADS from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Flying Fifth Graders

Flying Fifth Graders from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Tutorials and Templates… Oh My!: Not only does she showcase student art work… she actually provides tutorials so those of us who lack such ability are able to follow along…

Keynote Animation Tutorial from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

Audioboo Musical Tutorial

She also offers templates and lessons so we can all achieve app-tistic epicocity too!

Fuglestad’s lesson template for Compare-A-Twist with Picasso and Matisse

Even found a Newsweek Keynote templateshe created. So easy to use. I included my son’s Lincoln art as I will be showcasing some of his inquiry-based work and app-tivities during a BrainPop session at ISTE on June 24th.

TechChef Newsweek using Fuglestad’s Keynote template

 

1 iPad Art iClassroom: And seriously, if these weren’t cool enough, she has a slew of ideas for the 1 iPad Art Room! Want more ideas for the 1 iPad Classroom… visit my recent post showcasing apps and resources.

Ideas for the One iPad Art Room from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.

The dynamic and dazzling Fugelstad  knows her creativity and art apps as she showcases many with products, tutorials, and templates. Two of my favorites were the Bobbleshop and Amaziograph app. Oh, and did I mention that her students took second place in a national contest?

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20 May 2013
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iReflect

One of my most popular posts to date was the reflection I wrote on my site visit to Westlake HS (Reflections on 1:1 iPad – It is a Tool, Not a Toy!) almost a year ago. Little did I know that I would be an iVenger within a few months. When I began my journey with Hill Country MS, we were 8th grade 1:1 iPad only. In fact, we didn’t even know if or when the 6th and 7th grade students would receive their iPads. After the board voted unanimously in December to complete the 1:1 iPad Rollout for K-12, our 6th and 7th grade students also got a taste for iLearning.

As I have tried to chronicle this year in blogs and digital artifacts, this post is no different. Last week, all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers met for an iReflect luncheon to celebrate the successes and discuss the challenges of our 1:1 iPad initiative. I frantically took notes and then scoured over them for trends. Rather than share a list of bullets, I decided to create a Haiku Deck to share and display the successes and challenges of our first year of 1:1.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

I will be showcasing these reflections and a 1:1 digital toolkit at the ISTE poster session: The 360 iClassroom.

Whether you are dabbling with a shared cart model or diving in to a 1:1, let’s not forget the importance of reflection. To that end, I discovered this video from an elementary teacher sharing her thoughts on a 1:1.

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17 May 2013
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Appy Birthday @MrHooker – Thinglink style

It’s Carl’s Birthday (@mrhooker) and I’ll blog if I want to… blog if I want to. No, but seriously, today is Carl’s birthday (aka my boss – aka #bigdeal). What better way to celebrate than with a Thinglink from all of the iVengers and his Twitter friends with all of their digital well wishes and sentiment. (This is adapted from an idea I saw in a previous Pinterest pin).

If you would like to join in on the app-thusiasm, complete the form below

Share your app-thusiasm for Carl!

And with that … Appy Friday! Stay tuned next week for a reflection blog on this year of 1:1 iPad.

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14 May 2013
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Camp Plug and Play – Arizona July 8-12

Camp Plug and Play

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Tuscon, Arizona                              July 8-12

Camp Plug & Play 8.0 offers a world-class professional development experience where participants are immersed into one of five topics for the week. Each strand is taught by knowledgeable and patient facilitators who have a strong passion for empowering teachers and students with technology. You will receive practical instruction and lots of hands-on time so that you leave with new knowledge, skills, and confidence to use what you’ve learned in your classroom

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Presenting…

Mobilizing Grades K-2 

Calling all iPioneers! Learn how to seamlessly trailblaze the iClassroom frontier with one iPad or multiple mobile devices. Besides exploring a plethora of consumptive and product-based apps and iResources to support and engage student achievement from instruction, to practice, to publishing, participants will get lots of hands-on time to collaborate and explore mobile learning through the eyes of a kindergartner, first grader, or second grader. Participants will leave with a myriad of integration ideas and digital artifacts that can be utilized in multiple classroom settings (e.g. whole group, pass-around, small groups, and stations). Round up your core standards and curriculum, and leave with heaps of great apps, strategies, and ideas for young learners.

Be sure you know your device’s iTunes password for the App Store. A list of the apps that will be used in this session will be sent out a few weeks before camp. If you can’t bring your own iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone, we’ll have an iPad for you to use.

5 Objectives:

  1. Integrate iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into multiple classroom configurations and settings.
  2. Evaluate apps and resources to utilize with your curriculum and standards.
  3. Transform paper and pencil tasks into digital learning artifacts.
  4. Utilize teacher tools for presentation, polling, collaboration, assessment, and file management.
  5. Create and share a bank of digital curricular ideas that can be accessed all year long.

 


14 May 2013
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ISTE 2013

ISTE 2013

San Antonio, Texas                               June 22-26

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With nearly 700 sessions, 150 additional workshops, and informal learning environments everywhere you turn, ISTE 2013 provides a multitude of professional development opportunities for the entire education team.

Presenting…

  • iProductivity: Student Workflow in the iClassroom (workshop): This fast-paced session will feature apps for note-taking and organization, highlight multiple workflow and productivity processes, and showcase a range of student products for the iPad. (Saturday, 6/22/2013, 12:30pm–3:30pm)
  • Leveraging BrainPop JR to Support Inquiry-Based App-tivities (BrainPop booth): This session showcases how BrainPop JR videos can be used as springboard for curiosity and exploration. Pop on in (at 2pm on Monday the 24th) to see how to dive in and expand these inquiries using apps and web tools to enrich a preschool or primary student’s instructional realm of knowledge. (Monday, 6/24/2013, 2:00pm – BrainPop booth)
  • The 360 iClassroom Perspective (poster session): Learn about our iClassroom journey. We’ll share a road map to a successful iPad roll out from professional development and training to testimonials from teachers, students, administrators, and coaches. (Tuesday, 6/25/2013, 10:00am–12:00pm, SACC Tower View Lobby; Table 24)
  • iPad, You Pad, We All Love the iPad (poster session): Showcase of “app”tacular student projects created in Eanes ISD K-8 1:1 iClassrooms. We’ll show you how you can create them in your classroom. (Wednesday, 6/26/2013, 11:00am–1:00pm, SACC Tower View Lobby; Table 17)

 

 

 


14 May 2013
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ipadpalooza 2013

iPad Palooza

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Austin, Texas                               June 18-19

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iPadpalooza is a two day event held at Westlake High School in Austin, TX.  This learning festival is a celebration of the cultural-shift the iPads have brought about in education and the world.  This event will focus on creativity, social collaboration, engagement and the compelling ways schools have integrated iPads into their classrooms.

iPadpalooza…we’re not a conference, we’re a learning festival!

Presenting…

  • Student-Created Books in the iClassroom (session): Publishing student understanding and content in book form is a novel way (pun-intended) for students to showcase their learning. This hands-on workshop will guide learners through a spectrum of book creation apps from limited customization (e.g. modifying text and images) to full publishing. Through the session, learners will explore these tools, create a sample, and share their artifact with others. (Tuesday, 6/18/2013, 11:45am-12:30pm)
  • App Celebrity Smackdown (panel discussion): Ever get tired of “There’s an App for that”?  Well the folks on this panel never tire of that.  Come watch and learn as these app-tastic celebrities battle out for the ultimate title of King or Queen of the App world.  This no holds barred event will feature apps that will blow your mind. Audience participation is encouraged. (Wednesday, 6/19/ 2013, 8:30am – 10:00am)
  • Speed Date your iPad (hands-on interactive): Come “speed date” your iPad with seasoned iPad educators! Every 10 minutes, you will rotate through one of seven different stations and learn about new apps used to accomplish a lesson, project, or goal. Come away with lots of lesson ideas, tons of apps, and infinite possibilities across all grade levels and disciplines. (Wednesday, 6/19/ 2013, 1:15pm – 2:45pm)


13 May 2013
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Naturally, Natural iResources

Naturally, I am always thrilled to share student-creations. Today I am even more excited to share three versions of a similar project. The beauty of the iPad is that the device builds in the capacity for differentiated learning and personalization of products.

All three of the classes below focused their instruction on resources (e.g natural and energy) … in a variety of ways.

Lisa Carnazzo’s second grade class (@CarnazzosClass) used the Pic Collage app to showcase how they use natural resources in their everyday life (more examples on their class wiki). Check out a few other iLessons from the creative Carnazzo iClassroom!

Natural Resources with Pic Collage app (2nd Grade Carnazzo's Class)


 
Greathouses’s 6th grade class (@scienceswag1) used the Flowboard app to display their research findings on energy resources (more examples here). Check out a few other iLessonsfrom the app-tastic Greathouse!

Renewable & Nonrenewable Resources w/ Flowboard app (6th grade Greathouse's Class)


 
Verret’s 6th grade class (@MrsVerret) used the Strip Designer appto debate the advantages and disadvantages of 9 different energy resources. As the 6th and 7th grade students have only had their iPads for the last 7-8 weeks, I was very curious as to classroom teacher’s impressions of the app-tivities achieved with them. Verret shared that teachers:

“have struggled in the past to come up with a fun activity to satisfy their TEK (yes, we are one of the few states that are not Common Core) for researching and debating the advantages and disadvantages of 9 different energy resources. (They’ve) tried everything from a verbal debate to writing a persuasive essay. With 6th graders, both of those are a bit much. Having 1:1 iPads enabled (teachers) to come up with some other ideas for this requirement.”

She went on to describe the app-tivity in further detail:

“Students first used their devices for research, and then applied their findings to create projects using the Strip Designer app. Using their creativity to convince the reader which energy resource was best and worst was the main requirement. When that was fulfilled, students inserted more pages to highlight the other resources’ advantages and disadvantages. The (Strip Designer) app was wonderful to use for both the creative student and the student whose strengths lie elsewhere. Inserting text and photos was easy to do, and the app was intuitive enough for those students who wanted to explore and tweak the pre-made templates.”

Advantages & Disadvantages of energy resources w/ Strip Designer app (6th grade Verret's Class)

 

I simply must say that I feel so blessed to work with such amazingly articulate and innovative educators that share creative pedagogically sound instructional resources. And on that note, Verret was gracious enough to share her grading rubric for this particular project.

Verret's iPad Rubric for Strip Designer Project


 
As student products become more and more prevalent in the iClassroom, the focus on instructionally sound ways to evaluate these products will continue to be a need. If you have created an iPad product rubric or a rubric for a iClassroom project, please share! Email lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com.

 

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10 May 2013
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Sharing Student App-thusiasm

I think I am going to devote an entire blog series to the topic of “ideas I had from a pin”. Many times I find a pin that sparks an idea. The pin itself may not have been exactly what I would replicate… but the idea takes on a path and journey of its own.

So, in honor of all of the teachers and educators who follow this blog, I thought I would share and adapt a pin that I found two days ago. A truly sentimental and adorable idea a photographer mother shared. Her daughter was turning 8 and the class used the SMART board to list one adjective that described the birthday girl. I can only imagine how special and uplifting this was for the child as well as touching for the mother. The final product was the picture of the child with all of the adjectives floating around her. Truly, what an amazing keepsake!

App-tastic idea shared from TSJ Photography blog


 
Of course, this naturally got me thinking about how this sentiment could be achieved on the iPad…

  • Skitch or Popplet: Students could take a photo of themselves on their iPad and use the Skitch or Popplet app to have each child add an adjective about them.
  • Croak it: Students can then use the Croak.it app to briefly explain why they used that adjective (perfect for an anecdotal story)
  • Thinglink: The Skitch photo could be uploaded to Thinglink and then each Croak.it audio file could be linked to the adjective it details. OR, students could just upload the Skitch or Popplet photo and use it as an ePortfolio and link some of their best work to the photo (e.g. podcasts, documents, videos, etc…)
  • Book Creator or Strip Designer: Students could also take each Skitch or Popplet photo and create a page for each student as a final class book.

 

This idea could also be adapted for a teacher or co-worker. Each teacher could contribute adjectives for the student or all of the students could contribute adjectives for a teacher. Or teachers could take a picture of the classroom and have each student use the Croak.it app to detail their favorite memory and then Thinkglink all of the audio files to the class image.

 
Dads, if you are reading this, what an adorable idea for your kids to create for their mom 😉

Clearly, there are also curricular connections to this idea  (e.g. dynamic and static character traits for fictional or historical characters).

 

And one more… I know this is created on a whiteboard, but this could very well be achieved with Padlet or a pass around Popplet app-tivity. What a most excellent end-of-year app-tivity!

 

As I hadn’t time to actually produce an example of this, I would love to see your adaptations of these ideas. If you decide to take on this challenge, email me at lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com with a brief description of what you did and the final example and I will feature it on next week’s blog! Note, make sure you have full rights to publish the product you send.

 
 

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06 May 2013
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Showcasing Content Trailers with iMovie

Have been very impressed with all of the iMovie trailers that have been flooding the web. Decided to compile multiple student-created examples and a few staff creations using Smore. Grab some popcorn and enjoy! Scroll to the bottom of the page to find 6 iMovie trailer PDF templates perfect for storyboarding.

 

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03 May 2013
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7 Peripherals and Accessories I Love!

A recent text from my hubby prompted the following post. As you may or may not know, I am a bit of a gadget fanatic. I love tinkering with the latest and greatest and then providing feedback to vendors, as well as options to teachers for the best tools for their classroom.

I picked up the Versacase at a recent conference. While I loved the idea of it, I am more mobile with my iPad as I travel between classrooms and campuses and I prefer not to have my iPad “naked”. As my husband has more of a desk job and he opts for a slimmer case over my Trident Kraken, I asked him to take the stand with him and give me some feedback on what he thought as he does many of his presentations from his iPad and works between his iPad and PC at work.

He sent me the following pic via text a few weeks ago and shared that he really loved the features and flexibility of the devices and had received many compliments on it. This prompted me to consider sharing a few more of my beloved gadgets and accessories.

Versacase for iPad

 

Below is a Listly of 7 of my favorite accessories and gadgets. While the USB car charger may sound obvious, I have to tell you, it has been such a lifesaver. As I am always looking for the next best gadget that I simply must have or need… I would love to hear from you. Please add your favorite iPad related gadgets to the Listly as well.

 

If you are interested in the mother load of accessories, peripherals, and assistive technology, you app-solutely have to visit Lauren S. Enders’ Pinterest board which can be described as nothing short of mind-blowing!

Lauren S. Enders' Pinterest board

 

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iPadpalooza 2013  Sold Out!! – Check out the Last Chance Video Contest (Due May 5th)!

Spots still available for my “iProductivity” workshop at ISTE 2013

“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!