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30 Dec 2013
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Differentiating the iClassroom

By the number of re-pins on Pinterest and activity on Twitter and Facebook, I take it that people are dedicating a bit of their holiday break to catch up on content across all of their favorite social networks. Sharpen your pencils folks, there is no better time than the present to reveal the latest iTunes U course from TechChef4u.

The Differentiated iClassroom iTunes U course: Download and Digest ;)

The Differentiated iClassroom iTunes U course: Download and Digest ūüėČ

This course was actually a collaboration between Tanna Fiske and myself in preparation for our workshop at Learning Forward earlier this month.

Presenting at Learning Forward 2013 with Tanna Fiske

Presenting at Learning Forward 2013 with Tanna Fiske

It was designed to provide educators with ideas to¬†channel mobile devices to optimize ideation and instruction while meeting individual student’s needs and includes:

  • Ideal Classroom Configuration
  • Note-taking and Lecture Tools
  • Questioning and Respectful Tasks
  • Sample iLessons and Rubrics
  • Tips for Assessing iPad Projects
  • AND MUCH MORE!!!

The course was originally intended to be used as the foundation for a hands-on workshop.

Presenting at Learning Forward 2013 with Tanna Fiske

Presenting at Learning Forward 2013 with Tanna Fiske

However, the collection provides multiple resources and extensions that allow anyone in the global edusphere to experience and interact with the content in order to delve deeper in to the ideals of fostering choice, collaboration, and creativity while still meeting content standards.

While iTunes U may have a few tweaks to truly meet the needs of educators as contributors rather than as consumers, Lenny Dutton does provide some interesting and thoughtful solutions.

Thank you all for your readership and loyalty to TechChef4u in 2013. Looking forward to an app-tastic 2014!

 

If you would like to see Lisa Johnson present – visit the TCEA 2014 site:

Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

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1,400+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

17 Dec 2013
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SAMR: Augmenting your Creativity and Amplifying your Curiosity

*** Flash Alert – the following post does not include a Thinglink example (as 6 of the 8 last posts did) ***

While there has been a bit of¬†question as to the effectiveness of SAMR, a shift to move beyond SAMR,¬†and a¬†few proposed changes to the structure of the model¬†floating around online, I have to say that hearing Dr.¬†Ruben Puentedura (you may know him as the father of SAMR) speak at iPad Summit a few weeks ago still felt like a rare app-ortunity and a truly inspiring treat. As I am still collecting my thoughts and ideas from the event, I wanted to share some really great resources from the Dr. SAMR. ūüėČ

However, before I begin… I wanted to provide an easily relatable graphic for those of you new to the SAMR model.

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 2.42.00 PM

SAMR Coffee image above was created by Jonathan Brubaker and appeared in a blog post linked from this image.

Now that we are speaking a similar language and have polished off our first glass of SAMR koolaid, I will move on to share some of my favorite highlights from Dr. Ruben…

“Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity AmpliÔ¨Āers”:¬†His first session was actually a keynote and entitled “Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity AmpliÔ¨Āers” and the entire slide presentation (linked with apps shared) is available in PDF form¬†HERE. I enjoyed his take on the very nature and potential of the iPad being intimate, ubiquitous, embedded, and a curiosity amplifier. He shared lots of thoughtful scenarios and examples for each level of SAMR within that scenario.

"Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity AmpliÔ¨Āers"

“Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity AmpliÔ¨Āers” by Dr. Ruben Puentedura

“The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom”:¬†I was so intrigued and enamored by his keynote that I stayed for his follow-up session entitled “The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom” (which offered lots of additional practical examples) and is available in PDF form HERE. (Clearly, I was not the only Ruben groupie at the event).

Sassy SAMR: Michelle Cordy, Lisa Johnson, Dr. Ruben, and Courtney Pepe

Sassy SAMR: Michelle Cordy, Lisa Johnson, Dr. Ruben, and Courtney Pepe

EdTech Quintet: His second session went in to more detail on the EdTech Quintet. Essentially the types of apps and tools that we use today existed in some for or format as early as 200,000 years ago:

"The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom" by Dr. Ruben Puentedura

“The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom” by Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Ruben went in to greater detail on the background of each of these categories and how they still apply to the apps we use today. He also provided app examples for each category within his presentation linked above.

He speaks more in depth on this topic below:

SAMR Flows: Additionally, Dr. Ruben provided SAMR flows for a variety of content categories. His English Language Arts and History examples were two of my favorites. I felt these provided more of a practical application of the model. All of these examples and flows are provided in PDF form HERE.

SAMR Design Flows by Dr. Ruben Puentedura - image created by LJ

SAMR Design Flows by Dr. Ruben Puentedura – image created by LJ

SAMR Swimming Pool: If you are not too SAMR’d out by the end of this post, check out Carl Hooker’s SAMR ladder model rei-magined as a “Swimming Pool” based on an idea by Greg Garner (@classroom_tech).

SAMR Swimming Pool Image Created by Carl Hooker

SAMR Swimming Pool Image Created by Carl Hooker

SAMR Pinterest: Put a pin in it – I think I am done… No… wait… there’s more. I happed upon a few more SAMR gems on Pinterest.

SAMR Pinterest

SAMR Pinterest

Sassy SAMR Toolkit: If that doesn’t whet your app-etite for SAMR or at least redefine what you think and know about SAMR, then you may want to sink your teeth in to the Sassy SAMR Toolkit at TCEA 2014 this year.

Blended SAMR: SAMR aside, as we break for the holidays, know that in this age of rapidly changing information, it is not to redefine ourselves to live by a model but truly to reflect upon our teaching practices and consider opportunities to redefine and transform instruction to best meet the needs of a diverse population of students with the tools we have available. So I offer this final SAMR model with a Blended App-roach.

Looking At SAMR Through The Window of Blended Learning by Thomas Ro

Looking At SAMR Through The Window of Blended Learning by Thomas Ro

 

If you would like to see Lisa Johnson present – visit the TCEA 2014 site:

Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

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1,300+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

04 Dec 2013
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Thoughtful Instruction by Design

I might need a 12 step program to overcome my Thinglink addiction at some point. A few days ago I posted a lengthy blog entry detailing and showcasing educator examples for how Thinglink can be used in an instructional setting:

TechChef even uses Thinglink to showcase iJewelry in a visual manner and detail the back story of chic geek fashionistas.

As I was scouring the web for additional edu examples to, I happed upon two from two of my favorite Thinglinkers – Cathy Yenca and Rafranz Davis.

By Teachers for Students: Cathy (better know online as Mathy Cathy) designs her images in Keynote and then thinglinks them. I have always loved her design aesthetic but especially enjoyed her most recent creation. Not only are they informative and meet multiple learning styles – she has now started linking them to iPad Friendly tools such as Desmos so students can be taken to a interactive graph to explore and interact in a seamless fashion – rather than sitting idly in the passenger seat. (If you are interested in designing these types of resources for your students – explore the 40+ iPad Friendly interactive sites.)

By Teachers for Teachers: Rafranz Davis uses Canva to create her images and then Thinglinks them as a guide for professional development. Her exceptionally detailed Chromebook 101 Thinglink is probably one of my favorites. When asked why she prefers the Canva tool to create the foundation for her Thinglink, she messaged (yes we were having this convo via Twitter DM):

“I like to use Canva’s built in layouts as much as possible because they are timesavers for people like me who over-stress.¬†I can think less about how I lay out the image and more about what I put into it.” – Rafranz Davis

What’s even better is that teachers and students ultimately benefit from the intuitive design of the shared resources:

“My teachers love it because I can embed multiple resources in one image versus several postings.¬†They’ve even started using thinglink in their classrooms which is a huge win!” – Rafranz Davis

But truly these blog entries are not fundamentally about the tool itself – at the heart, they are about thoughtfully designing interactive study guides for students to graph inequalities and for teachers to get a handle on the Chromebook.

What instruction will you design today? And don’t forget…¬†Thinglink is offering FREE Premium access and upgraded features to teachers that sign up before the end of December!

If you would like to see Lisa Johnson present Рvisit Learning Forward 2013 in Dallas next week.  (Learning Hangouts Monday afternoon and the Differentiated iClassroom workshop on Tuesday)

Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

 

 

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1,300+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

02 Dec 2013
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The Thinglink Ripple Effect

As we all know, the holidays are a very busy time of year. November felt like it flew by and I didn’t even get a chance to reflect on an amazing mobile conference… iPad Summit. My last post focused on my session “Designing Thinking Around Thinglink”.

While Thinglink is offering FREE Premium access to teachers that sign up before the end of December (more info here¬†and Cathy details the upgraded features here)…¬†and I have received multiple thinglinks from participants since the event, I thought I would spend some time showcasing the ripple effect of amazing educationally focused thinglinks.

Ian Simpson (@familysimpson): We first met on Twitter and chatted about Boston eateries and then hung out in person and toured historic Boston and even visited the Harvard iLab (more on that in an upcoming post). Ian created an iPad Summit Thinglink from a Paper by FiftyThree image and thinglinked it as a way to quickly reference all of his learning from the event.

Truly as thinglink is the little black dress of web and mobile tools (thanks to Michelle Cordy @cordym for coining that phrase)… the tool can be used as a canvas to create anything in virtually any educational setting.

“I’m going to use it to make my CPD blog posts more visual, I’m also going to use it with my Computing Science classes and creative writing extra- curricular club!!” – Ian Simpson

 

Courtney Pepe (@iPadqueen2012): Courtney is a fellow Apple Distinguished Educator and had to do a bit of session hopping as there were a few of us presenting in the same time slot. That being said, she caught the first part of my sesssion (reflections HERE) and later created her own thinglink for how to create a course in iTunes U.

Corinne Gilbert (@cogilbert): Corinne attended and shared her cleverly created Canva and Thinglink app smash which… (I’ll admit after a bit of Google translation, I found)… is chocked full of resources for parenting in a digital era¬†to promote a conference designed for parents.

Corinne also used the Canva/Thinglink app smash to invite educators to an event called (Un Souper Pédagogique Presque Parfait) Traduction which translates to an almost perfect pedagogical dinner which is a monthly event for educators who wish to meet to discuss pedagogy.

But wait… there’s more. The beauty of having a hashtag and sharing creations on various social networks is that people that cannot attend in person benefit as well. Lindsey Rosie and April Requard were two such people:

Lindsey Rosie (@lizzielu48): Lindsey virtually attended the session (from Switzerland) via the resources being shared out on Twitter and later posted her creation on Twitter. She dabbled in using screenshots of Java to illustrate the nuances of coding as part of her course in Schoology and shared some of her insights into future uses with the tool:

“I will use thinklink to annotate code in java lessons, as a review tool for units as I like the idea of embedding items onto mind maps to create interactive revision tools linked to both the school and external sources.”

Lindsey went on to share an idea for grades and 9 and 10 to have a mood board where students can link images and help videos to support their projects:

“It would eliminate a lot of writing for the students and therefore be beneficial for eal and ls students as well as more fun for others.”

April Requard (@aprilrequard) also attended virtually:

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t in attendance, however, as a Twitter and Facebook follower, I loved your reflections and the ideas shared. I was specifically turned on to creating images using Canva and making the images interactive with Thinglink. The possibilities for teacher presentations as well as creative content by students is truly endless. I’m totally addicted! ” – April Requard

April created two amazingly beautiful app-smashed creations using Canva and Thinglink for her upcoming December presentations.

April went on to share with me her love for these creative tools:

“It’s tools such as these that get my inner graphic designer (I’m a novice, but love it) and passionate educator the spark to keep the momentum going. Thanks, Lisa!” ¬†– April Requard

Clearly April Requard has taken her virtual learning experiences and let her imagination run wild! (And we share a love of the same design aesthetic pairing of gray, pink, and turquoise.)

Visit Thinglink EDU Pinterest board for 270+ EDU Thinglink examples.

And of course… you might like to know why TechChef4u hasn’t been busily checking off her blog post to do list and cranking out blogs like sugar cookies on a holiday assembly line … Hopefully, this thinglink says it all. TechChef4u presents an expanded line of Chic Geek iJewelry just in time for the holidays… and on etsy. Check out the Cyber Monday deal!

Use this coupon code “CYBERCHEF13” to receive FREE Shipping on all domestic orders in the store through Wednesday December 4th AND all iPin earrings have been marked down from $19.99 to $14.99! – TechChef is on etsy

Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

 

Registration Begins November 1st

Chic Geek iJewelry on etsy!

1,300+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

01 Dec 2013
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2013 Edublog Noms

I completely realize I am rapidly encroaching on the deadline for these… but didn’t want to let this app-ortunity slip by without celebrating those exceptional educators that share online:

  • Best individual blog: Terri Eichholz’s¬†Engage Their Minds¬†blog (Terri shares a wealth of resources to support gifted students… and she blogs almost every day! Amazing ideas, tools, and lessons to engage the minds of elementary students at home and at school to instill a love for lifelong learning.)
  • Best group blog: Technology Tailgate¬†(This is such a great feed of amazing primary educators and iLessons – a true treasure trove!)
  • Best new blog: Marianna Husain’s¬†Bobcat Blog¬†(What a great way to champion Bridge Point elementary teachers and their iClassrooms than with thorough and constant posts of celebration.)
  • Best teacher blog: Cathy Yenca’s¬†Mathy Cathy¬†blog (Cathy’s blogs, Thinglinks, and use of Nearpod for formative assessment are purposeful and delightful.)
  • Best library / librarian blog: Carolyn Foote’s Futura blog¬†(This near and dear techno librarian was just honored by the President as a Champion of Change and I am delighted to work a mere corridor away from her expertise.)
  • Best administrator blog: Carl Hooker’s Hooked on Innovation¬†(Carl Hooker and his vision for transforming education and the classroom was truly the reason I left my former job and moved to Austin to be an iVenger – his posts are honest gems filled with wit and personality.)
  • Best twitter hashtag: #iPaded
  • Best free web tool: Thinglink¬†ūüėČ
  • Best educational wiki: Carnazzos Class Wiki¬†¬†(Lisa Carnazzo does such an amazing job of showcasing her class and their learning to parents and the world alike – her Wiki is a well designed and organized garden of home grown iLessons blooming with authentic student work.)
  • Best mobile app: Haiku Deck¬†(which is now also available for the web)

Edublogs 2013 Awards

Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

 

Registration Begins November 1st

Chic Geek iJewelry on etsy!

1,300+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!