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31 Oct 2013
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The Shift from Creating ON the iPad to Creating FOR the iPad

Many times I post articles on creation-based tasks for teachers and students. This morning I would like to share a story about a Westlake High School student that saw an educational need and began creating content FOR the iPad. And this is where our story begins….

Reposting excerpts from an original post I wrote for the WHS WIFI blog.

Filling an Educational Need

At the end of his Sophomore year, Michael found that there was no iOS friendly fingerspelling app that truly met the needs of a secondary student  (e.g. vocabulary, speed, age-appropriate graphics and feedback) and/or was reasonable in cost. So what does a High School Computer Science student taking American Sign Language classes do to fill the void? With a little help from fellow WHS students… Michael went to work over the summer to code his first app using Objective C, ASL Finger-Spelling and released it October 3rd. (Video below created with video from earlier version of app.)

Meeting the Needs of WHS Students and Beyond

Multiple students currently enrolled in WHS’s ASL classes truly appreciated Michael’s lend-a-hand approach to filling a need for this resource and note that the app was:

“the only way we can practice and recognize finger-spelling (short of) standing in front of a mirror”

and that the practice the app provides allows them to “catch up with someone that fingerspells really fast.”

© Image under a free license by Placeit.

Collaboration and Peer Feedback to Polish the App

Mrs. Vinson’s ASL classes are even providing valuable user feedback to Michael so he can polish the app for the next update. Michael also has plans to add ASL 1-4 lists of words (in addition to the 5,000 most commonly used words already in the current version) in an upcoming release.

Finger-Spelling app from WHS student

Finger-Spelling app from WHS student

21st Century Learning Epitomized

Truly, this shift from Creating ON the iPad to Creating FOR the iPad has its foundation in 21st Century Skills and is a perfect example of why students should be allowed time for choice and inquiry-based learning. A Teach Thought article highlights 4 essential rules of 21st Century Learning focusing on student-centered instruction, collaboration, contextual learning, and integrating school into society:

“With the powers of technology and the internet, students of today can do even more. Our community is no longer just the area of space located around the school, but reaches out and envelopes the world.”

Truly, this shift in education and creation makes me wonder if we shouldn’t start teaching coding much earlier in school…And on that note, sharing a List.ly of Apps to build and support programming skills in elementary and intermediate age students.

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25 Oct 2013
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Connected Educators: Digital Citizenship Survival Kit

Before I share multiple resources to support healthy connected learning online, I would like to impart one more reason why sharing online is so integral to the future of education and to transforming our pedagogy. I can’t tell you how many resources and tools I glean from social networks and blogs every day. I feel blessed to have a venue to share and humbled and energized when educators utilize and extend the information and resources I share (much like the author of the iPadYouPad blog did when she found a great article on exit and admit tickets prompted by my earlier post). 

Friends Central School

Earlier in the month, I delivered a parent presentation at the Friends’ Central School in Pennsylvania on “Staying Sane in Cyberspace”. The seminar focused on resources to support parents with managing devices at home: screen time, pedagogy, internet safety, responsible use, digital footprints, eportfolios, and much more.

This morning I discovered a post on the Digital Citizenship Survival Kit by Craig Badura. I have to say that taking real world objects and using them as metaphors for health and wellness online was simply brilliant! Being a Thinglinker, I began toying with the idea of building upon his creation and doing a little web app-smashing:

  • Canva:  I turned to the web tool Canva (still in closed Beta) to create the image
  • Thinglink: Then I uploaded the image to Thinglink and added links and additional information to each nubbin.
  • BounceApp: Finally, I used the BounceApp to highlight each portion of Craig’s article that referenced the object in the picture.

(And of course, I emailed Craig for permission prior and gave him credit for the original image and content that I embellished.)

A big thank you to Craig for letting me bedazzle his image with interactive nubbins.

But wait… there’s more… I also linked the List.ly of parent resources to the Thinglink… and embedded it below with all 45+ resources:

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Interactive TechChef Thinglink

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22 Oct 2013
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iPad Journals as an Exit Ticket

Wright’s class has found a way to step up to the bat and knock exit tickets out of the park. I feel very grateful for the invitation to get a chance to peek into the app-tastic ongoings of her 3rd grade iClassroom.

Thanks

Rather than writing a detailed post on the findings from my visit, I decided to showcase them in none other than a… you guessed it… a Thinglink. The image below was created with the fabulous web tool Canva (still in closed beta) and then saved as an image and uploaded to Thinglink.

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Interactive TechChef Thinglink

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18 Oct 2013
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iVocabulary: The Power of an Idea Shared

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Truly, I do not spend my day drinking iced lattes and googling myself… Today, one of Instructional Partners emailed me about some of the vocabulary resources I had shared utilizing iPads. Rather than log in to my Thinglink on iVocabulary, I googled “iVocabulary” and found….Melanie Burford’s Thinglink on iVocabulary. I am humbled and blessed by her kind words and flattery (as seen in image above).

“This idea came from one of my Technology Specialist IDOLS, Lisa Johnson, from Eanes ISD in Austin.” – Melanie Burford

While both of our Thinglinks are game boards and offer apps for iVocabulary on Listly’s (mine is the Scrabble board above and hers the game board below), I truly love what happens to an idea shared.


I really feel like Melanie polished the iVocabulary idea and added elements to hers that met the needs of her learners:

  • First, hers is a game board so learners will follow the resources in a sequential progression
  • Second, she created her own Listly’s and narrowed down the app choices that were originally presented
  • Third, she added Padlet at the first turn so learners could collaboratively brainstorm their integration ideas and have them archived for later reference
  • Fourth, she added a more formal exit ticket in the form of a Google Form for learners to share a more specific integration idea
Melanie Burford's Google Form

Melanie Burford’s Google Form

One of my favorite examples was a Frayer model found on the web and completed in Explain Everything and a charming Videolicious of a student explaining the meaning of “frantically” and using it in context. Though the “Dont’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” ala Puppet Pals is a close third.

And truly… back to my not so subtle discussion about sharing online… I think  Melanie sums it up:

“I need to thank Lisa Johnson from Eanes ISD for many of the ideas in this presentation. I’m so glad she shares and publishes her work online for all to see.” – Melanie Burford

Right back atcha Melanie – thank you for sharing your recipes – I am sure they will inspire others to concoct their own.

iVocabulary image

iVocabulary image 

Melanie cited my work in her own presentation. Many times I choose a Creative Commons license for my work. If you plan on publishing online, consider using this resource. My advice would be to choose to allow modification of your work (as long as others share alike) but to restrict commercial use of your work (so others can not profit from work you freely distribute online). If you base your creations on someone else’s, another way to provide credit to the original is to include a Source work URL:

Creative Commons

Check out the rest of Melanie’s app-tastic Thinglinks HERE.

Interested in 1:1 Deployment and PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com).

Interactive TechChef Thinglink

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Contact TechChef4u to schedule Fall and Spring PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

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

 


10 Oct 2013
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What’s Your Flavor of PD

Seated at an airport charging terminal with my Mifi and an off brand vanilla latte (ugh… No Starbucks in PHL), I wanted to share a few Professional Development resources that I have found useful over the past few weeks.

Truly PD comes in all shapes, sizes, and formats from traditional workshops and seminars to more nontraditional flavors (e.g. podcasts, Twitter chats, and Smores). For the purpose of this post, I want to spend some time focusing on alternative means of professional learning.

“Truly we are a heterogenous group of adult learners and we respond differently to multiple approaches to instruction and learning.”

Smores: Laura Chaffey (@laurachaffey) uses one of my favorite web tools, Smore, to create beautiful technology infused newsletters that accompany an on-site professional development and then pins them on Pinterest for quick reference. Laura shares multiple forms of media in these online posters on topics ranging from literary resources and digital texts to apps and even student examples. Whether you are able to attend the sessions in person or simply consuming them from afar, these Smores are a tasty morsel! (Another tool to create these types of resources for teachers is MailChimp – stay tuned for an upcoming blog on this tool).

Laura Chaffey's Technology Flyers

Laura Chaffey’s Technology Flyers

Twitter Chats: Recently I co-moderated my first twitter chat – #caedchat (9/29). The topic for the night was “iPads in Education” and Jessica Pack (@Packwoman208) and John Stevens (@Jstevens009) did a most excellent job of preparing questions ahead of time to lead the discussion. The 8 questions for the hour ranged from “What iPad setup do you currently have at your site/classroom? (1:1, 2:1, some, 1, etc)” and “How do you incorporate the SAMR model when designing activities?” to challenges, tips for integration, and even student samples.

Definitely a lively chat with lots of great tweeps chiming in! If you decide to take the plunge into Twitter Chats, I would highly advise a tool like Twubs or TweetChat to channel the #. Many of these tools will allow you to control the speed of the conversation and even pause it. It is an extremely rapid fire approach to PD and certainly not for those that find it difficult to follow more than one conversation at a time. The good news is that it is archived so you can always scroll through the chat at a later date and time but I think there is something so meaningful about synchronously participating in the live discussion with educators all over the country and receiving immediate feedback.

#caedchat

iVengers Radio: I might be partial to this little gem. As Yolanda has moved to Qatar, I think it is suffice it to say that “Appy Hours 4 U” is probably dead. Pause for a moment of silence… But in its wake, Carl Hooker (@mrhooker), Greg Garner (@classroom_tech), and @iPadSammy, and I have initiated iVengers Radio. While iPadSammy is no longer with the Eanes iVenger crew in the second season (he has moved in to the private sector), the show must go on…

Fighting for Truth, Justice and the Ed Tech way! The show can be watched live via a Google Hangout (seen below) or with audio only via iTunes or PodBean (which includes audio and a link to the show notes).

iVengers Radio

iVengers Radio

Differentiated Professional Development: While we may consider providing choice to our students, many times a one-size fits all approach to professional development is prescribed. Truly we are a heterogenous group of adult learners and we respond differently to multiple approaches to instruction and learning. Whether you relish a firehose of educational support and lively discussion via a Twitter chat, prefer to scan through your PD in a newsletter fashion, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park or grocery store accompanied by your earbuds and the iVenger crew, consider the multitude of non-traditional approaches to professional development for yourself and fellow educators.

Google Form: Forms of PD

Google Form: Forms of PD (please continue to submit responses)

What is your favorite flavor of PD? Well, to find out the answer… I enlisted the help of a few tweeps and FB friends using the Google Form above. Truly, I may have slanted the responses a bit as the three I shared in the blog as well as “Other” were the only 4 choices provided. That being said, here are the responses from the survey:

Favorite Form of PD Survey

Favorite Form of PD Survey

“Consider preparing a delectable medley of these possibilities and other creative solutions when developing a professional learning platform for your staff.”

Interested in 1:1 Deployment and PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com).

Interactive TechChef Thinglink

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1,200+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Fall and Spring PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

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

 


01 Oct 2013
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App Integration Snapshots

Marianna Husain (@mhusain), fellow iVenger and author of the Bobcat blog, had the idea to create easy to follow handouts for teachers on a weekly basis to support them with the multitude of apps available on the elementary devices (see full list of 150+ apps here). As there are 6 elementaries and 9-10 ed techs creating these resources on a rotating basis, I suggested a template to streamline the process and make them appear more uniform.

In reviewing the apps listed, I felt that they fell into 3 natural categories: tools, activities, and products:

While creating a template for each of the three categories, I decided to also complete each template for an app that fell in that category. Truly, my heart lies in curriculum and creating curricular and professional development resources for educators because I had a blast putting these together.

So without further ado…  3 App Integration Snapshots.

App Integration Snapshots

App Integration Snapshots (Download the 9 Page PDF)

More of these App Integration Snapshots (in all 3 of the categories) will be spotlighted on each of my fellow Eanes Ed Tech’s Blogs in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned…

And please remember the reason that we share online. At the risk of sounding cheesy, this graphic by Mia MacMeekin explains why it so important to share and share alike with our peers and the global educational blogosphere.

The Power of An Idea Shared by Mia MacMeekin

The Power of An Idea Shared by Mia MacMeekin

Interested in 1:1 Deployment and PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com).

Interactive TechChef Thinglink

Check out the new Chic Geek iJewelry line!

1,200+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Fall and Spring PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

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