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23 Jan 2014
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Totally Terrific Integration and Celebration Thursday

Feel like I am on a roll of alliteration:

So, no need to break the trend. Working in a 1:1 iPad K-12 school district, technology is beginning to be integrated seamlessly within the classroom as we have 24/7 access to a device and do not need to schedule computer lab time. Whether a school has access to a 1:1, BYOD, or designated lab space, technology infused projects should be aligned to pedagogical best practices, curriculum, and standards. One district has begun aligning these projects to our state technology standards.

Threading Technology Within the Standards

Laura Moore, a former colleague of mine and current member of my PLN, shared a handful of truly terrific and thorough lesson ideas using open-ended technology tools and apps that met both state content and technology standards. Most of us know that we are integrating these standards but actually aligning and stating the standards is truly a best practice.

 

Laura Moore's Standard V Lesson Examples

Laura Moore’s Standard V Lesson Examples

Tailoring Technology Integration

While the SBEC standards are specific to our Texas teachers, I think using the ISTE NETS should be a best practice to assessing student products and teaching strategies when integrating technology in to curriculum:

On that same note, 4th grade NEISD Miss Kelly Richter shared her spin on a terrific student-created Thinglink that was aligned to the standard Laura featured in her post.

All of the projects are posted on her class Thinglink page.

Kelly Richter's Water Cycle Class Thinglinks

Kelly Richter’s Water Cycle Class Thinglinks

So let’s take this technology integration and showcase one step further…

“I really want to share with our community the great educational experiences their children are having with technology and learning in our school. A 1:1 iPad program is a huge community investment and if parents are educated about the use of technology in their students’ classrooms, they are more apt to supporting the initiative because they truly understand how they are being used as a tool for their students’ learning.” – Marianna Husain

Thoughtful Showcase and Celebration of Technology Integration

I have to say Marianna Husain takes a truly thoughtful app-roach to celebrating and showcasing technology integration on her campus. Not only does she blog about the lesson and share samples and digital artifacts, she gets the students and parents involved.

“As a parent of a kindergartner at my school, I thought about how lucky I was to be so connected to our school because if I relied solely on my 5 year old telling me about his day, I might not have any idea what was going on. The cafeteria stamps kids’ hands to let them know about lunch account balances, so why not a sticker about a project on a blog?” – Marianna Husain

How does she do it?, you inquire. Marianna created a sticker that each student in the class that was featured on the blog would wear home that day as a talking point for parents. Marianna isn’t quite sure if its pure magic, but I have to say it is sheer genius.

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Marianna shared a few advantages of using this app-roach:

  • Students: “The kids simply beam at the sticker!”
  • Teachers and Parents: “The teachers also email the link to their parents. We have seen more comments from parents on the blog and emails back to teachers about how they have told grandparents and other loved ones about their projects. It makes it so easy just to send a link.”

Tips and Takeaways

So to recap… when planning, preparing, and posting technology-infused student projects, keep these things in mind:

  • Have I aligned this project to my content standards?
  • Have I aligned this project to the ISTE NETS or state technology standards?
  • Have I published student work to create an authentic learning opportunity?
  • Have I shared these projects with parents?

TechChef would love to hear from you… What are your best practices for student projects? Do you have any creative tips and tricks?

 

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TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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21 Jan 2014
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Totally Techucation Tuesday

Clearly TechChef has an affinity for alliteration… This Tuesday in particular, we are happy to release the first in a monthly series of “TechChef Tecuation Gazettes”. These e-newsletters will be mailed once a month and offer exclusive learning app-ortunities, showcase the latest in professional development toolkits, and highlight terrific thought leaders, tools, and tips for techucation.

Exclusive Learning App-ortunities: January’s issue includes two exclusive learning app-ortunities:

    • Nearpod in the Classroom: Educator’s Toolkit
    • 14+ Tips for Creating PD that Works using iTunes U
Take a Gander at the premier issue of the TechChef Techucation Gazette

Take a Gander at the premier issue of the TechChef Techucation Gazette

 

Sign up to receive future issues: There are many more learning app-ortunities and professional development toolkits to come. If you don’t want to miss a morsel of this techucation feast, sign up today.

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

Interested in seeing Lisa Johnson keynote – register for the TIC Keystone Area Education Conference here.

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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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1,500+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

“Differentiated iClassroom”  iTunes U course is now available!!!

16 Jan 2014
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Totally Terrific Thought Leadership Thursday

Sometimes you fall really deep down the rabbit hole… this was my fate today. I was searching for some SAMR resources, happed upon a Digital Viking, and then landed on Failing Superman.

 

Failing Superman Video by Marc-André Lalande (Image created with Pinwords)

Failing Superman Video by Marc-André Lalande (Image created with Pinwords)

 

The 13 minute video by Marc-André Lalande (@malalande) is delightful and thought provoking and raises timely and tough questions such as:

  • “What is it that everyone should learn in school to be adequately prepared for the future?”
  • “Why learn the same thing at the same time using the same tools?”
  • “What if there is no formula or perfect curriculum?”
  • “When in your adult life do you learn something just in case you need it 5 or 10 years in to the future?”

I won’t go and spoil it for you but did want to provide you with enough of an enticing hook to add Marc (@malalande) and his enchanting thought-provoking videos to your PLN.

I caught up with Marc on Twitter (@malalande) and asked him to provide a little more background about his videos:

“I create the Pedagogical Quickies videos to give educators some new ideas and solutions that, I hope, can help in tackling key issues in education and technology integration. Some of the videos are created to explain new concepts and dispel myths and some simply to share my take on various pedagogical or didactic theories.” – Marc-André Lalande

Though his videos are fun to watch, truly Marc and his graphics team do a most excellent job of asking the tough questions that need to be addressed as well.

Marc’s Other Titles: If you like this video, do check out some of his other titles:

Flipped Consultant: Marc also contributes to another YouTube channel where he helps “lead teachers and pedagogical consultants rom the province of Quebec (Canada) to record and illustrate their best nuggets of advice for educators.”

This video channel can be found HERE. Two of my favorites from this channel are:

And now I will leave you with one of my favorites of Marc’s parting totally terrific thoughts:

Image created by Lisa Johnson @TechChef4u using Canva

Image created by Lisa Johnson @TechChef4u using Canva

Truly teachers will not be replaced by technology – they are needed even more to cultivate and mentor authentic, transformative learning experiences.

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 seeing Lisa Johnson keynote – register for the TIC Keystone Area Education Conference here.

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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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1,500+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

“Differentiated iClassroom”  iTunes U course is now available!!!

13 Jan 2014
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Marvelous Monday: A Motley of App Challenges 4 All

So what could be better than Freebie Friday and 50+ editable graphic organizers and templates for the iPad… a Collection of App Challenges, Task Cards, and PD for All?

Flashback to May of 2011… I started creating task cards for teachers utilizing creation-based apps and higher order thinking skills (pre Hot Apps 4 HOTS iBook):

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HOT Apps Task Cards: Below are links to all of the originals:

App Task Cards: Flash forward to the summer of 2013 when TechChef gathered 100+ App-tivities task cards – these are actually perfect for modifying for students and utilizing them in stations.

App Integration Snapshots: Mosey on over to the fall of 2013 when the Eanes iVengers (my fellow Ed Tech crew) decided to start creating App Integration Snapshots for the staff (not necessarily task card or challenge cards BUT quick snapshots about what the app is and ideas for integrating the app in the classroom).

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App Task Challenges: While these App Integration Snapshots are great to send out to teachers to give them a general overview of the app (especially if they have familiarity with the iPad), the idea of App Task Challenges are terrific for teachers that need step-by-step directions or a specific challenge to complete. A big thanks to Craig Badura (also creator of the “Digital Citizenship Survival Kit”) for creating these and Tony Vincent for sharing these.

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iChallenges via SMORE: And one more for good measure…last week I delivered a workshop to Sanger ISD focusing on collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. I wanted to provide tools that could easily be adapted and integrated in the classroom and decided to build choice and allow for individual pacing. (Scroll down for each of the app tasks.)

 

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 seeing Lisa Johnson keynote – register for the TIC Keystone Area Education Conference here.

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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

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10 Jan 2014
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Freebie Friday: 50+ Editable iPad Graphic Organizers and Project Templates

I gotta say… today should be named freebie Friday because I have happen upon the mother load of iPad templates and resources for K-5. Oak Dome offers all of this content for FREE on their site (so please know that these are TechChef curations NOT creations).

As I curate all of my content on Pinterest, all 50 or so of the graphic organizers and project templates are pinned there (also easier to view them by the image rather than the title).

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K-5 iPad Graphic Organizers and Templates (Pages and Keynote) from OakDome.Com

So what are they exactly… you ask? These are ready-made project templates designed in Pages so they can be opened on an iPad and then edited in the Pages app (not just typed upon as one would do with a PDF). They have a wide range of topics and graphic organizers and templates. Some are actually designed for Keynote as well (see graphic below).

K-5 iPad Graphic Organizers and Templates (Pages and Keynote) from OakDome.Com

K-5 iPad Graphic Organizers and Templates (Pages and Keynote) from OakDome.Com

While these were designed for use with the iPad, truly they can be opened and edited on a Mac as well. With so many topics and editable templates and resources, you simply can’t go wrong.

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K-5 iPad Graphic Organizers and Templates (Pages and Keynote) from OakDome.Com

In search for more task cards and editable templates for the iPad… check out “100 iPad Task Cards” HERE.

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 seeing Lisa Johnson keynote – register for the TIC Keystone Area Education Conference here.

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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.

Chic Geek iJewelry on etsy!

1,500+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

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