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28 Mar 2014
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Noteworthy Nearpod

Today I had the app-ortunity to blend tips as well as pedagogy and best practices for using the Nearpod formative assessment solution. Mike Amante (@mamante) at APPitic kindly hosted and archived the entire webinar for those that were not able to attend the live version.

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Nearpod Teacher Set-Up Demo: If you are looking for a Nearpod How-To, this may not be the webinar for you. While I did give a fairly in-depth live demo of how to create a Nearpod presentation and provided information about what types of media and activities can be included (through about 13:16 of the webinar) 

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Nearpod Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices:  … two-thirds of the the webinar (from about 14:11 on) focused on Tips, Tricks, Best Practices, Integration Examples, and Much More.

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Photo By Darren Kuropatwa

Noteworthy Nearpod Archived Webinar: So without further ado… embedded below is the webinar version of the content:

Noteworthy Nearpod Fully Loaded Slide Deck: And linked below that is the Haiku Deck I used as slides for the webinar which provides additional support resources, ideas, and links embedded within the speaker notes.

Noteworthy Nearpod Teacher's Toolkit

Noteworthy Nearpod Teacher’s Toolkit (Photo By Christian Payne)

If you would like more information about using Haiku Deck as a vehicle for professional development, check out this post, “5 Tips for Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck.”

Also, explore APPitic for other archived webinars on a variety of topics ranging from Integrating iPad Literacy Centers and Teaching Common Core Math with iPads to iOS Photography and nABLEing All Learners with the iPad.

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24 Mar 2014
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Weaving Rainbow Loom Math-ness with SAMR

Sometimes a gem of #awesomesauce falls in your lap when you least expect it. If you are not familiar with the Rainbow Loom craze that has swept the nation and has sold over 3.5 million looms worldwide, let me provide a little context. The Rainbow Loom is essentially a loom that allows you to weave bracelets, necklaces, and accessories from multi-colored rubber bands… with very few directions provided.

In fact, all of our creations… (Yes, my son has also fallen prey to the craze and sucked me in) … have been developed by watching YouTube videos.

Rainbow Loom and Online Learning

Rainbow Loom and Online Learning

“Okay, I get it, TechChef…Rainbow Loom calls upon online learning… but really? Why pray tell, are we focusing an entire blog post on a craft item…?”

Rainbow Loom Math-Ness: Up until this morning, I saw this item as just that… a creative craft item. But we all know a tool is only as innovative as the purpose and intent we assign to it. One student took this tool and gave it a creative educational spin and I simply couldn’t help but share:

Rainbow Loom Educational Value: Being ultimately very intrigued and caught off guard by this delightfully educational twist, I decided to google “Rainbow Loom Math” and discovered multiple articles (listed below) citing educational benefits from this trend ranging from patterning and sequencing to hand-writing, self-learning, persistence, and even frustration tolerance:

Rainbow Loom TRANSFORMED: Truly, the Rainbow Loom is merely a tool… and the TechChef would not leave a post without a sound pedagogical connection. So let me guide you down the cookie crumb trail of transformational learning. After finding myself deep in the haze of the google bermuda triangle, I discovered this article, “And Just How Does Rainbow Loom Fit Into Library and School?”. Moments later… something snapped and the SAMR Rainbow Loom Model was born (in both Thinglink and Quizlet deck options):

This interactive graphic and linked Quizlet is in no way meant to be a definitive SAMR guide but more a way to provide relatable talking points for transforming a concrete tool into a redefined learning experience. I will tell you that I struggle with clearly delineating the SAMR levels – while the tasks move up the SAMR ladder, there is definitely some overlapping between levels…hmm… there may even be a not-so-subtle metaphor woven in… 😉

If you are interested in more of these concrete examples and tasks, visit the S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR interactive infographic.

Additional Educational Integration Ideas:

 

TechChef Presents: Where will Lisa Johnson be sharing her app-thusiasm next?

 

1:1 Deployment and 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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04 Mar 2014
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Thought Leadership Tuesday: Surviving the Digital Zombie Apocalypse

Well, I was going to entitle this post “My Boss is a Zombie” but clearly that title has been taken. Rather than causing a “War of the Worlds” panademic with this piece, I will tell you that Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) is safe and sound… at SXSWEDU.

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 #BRAINZ – The Antidote Acronym: Today he offered a cure, an antidote if you will, for digital addiction in the clever form of an acronym.  Let me unpack it for you… BRAINZ. How will you move from Zombie to Zen?

Unpacking the #brainz acronym

Unpacking the #brainz acronym

#BRAINZ – Follow the Curation: I don’t want to take his digital thunder… so you will have to dissect the twitter hashtag #brainz to see all of his slides, links, and resources.

Follow #brainz for links and resources

Follow #brainz for links and resources

I did however take his acronym and unpack it a little further for those of you that are interested – I also chose to showcase a new feature available in the Quizlet Teacher edition (voice recording).

Tips for Managing Digital Distractions: As I am a firm believer in not just documenting sessions but adding value-added resources, I have compiled a list of 25+ articles that share a slew of tips and ideas to manage digital distraction. Some of my favorites are:

  • 6 Tips to Fight Distractions and Get Your Homework Done
  • 25 Tips to Deal with Digital Distractions
  • 7 Tips to Help You Focus in the Age of Distraction
  • Which of These Digital Distractions Affect You?
  • Ten Top Tips to Regain Real Control
  • 10 Unconventional Habits to Live Distraction – Less
  • Retrain the Brain: 3 Tips for Redirecting Office Distractions
  • Digital Distraction: 8 Ways to Turn Downtime Into Learning Time

The Listly is linked here and embedded below:

What Better Way to End this Post than with a Pic of a #Zelfie (courtesy Carolyn Foote)

What Better Way to End a this Digital Zombie Post than w/pic of #Zelfie    (courtesy @technolibrary)

 

TechChef4u Acronym Alliance: Check out TechChef4u’s S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR Toolkit.

TechChef4u Alliteration Alliance: Check out the other topics in the Ed Tech alliteration portfolio:

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

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

1:1 Deployment and 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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03 Mar 2014
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Magnificent Monday: A Motley of Social Posters for Lifelong Learners

Let the alliteration parade saunter on… As SXSW EDU is upon us, I will keep this post relatively brief.

Ed Tech Collection of Smores: Tracy Clark (tracyclark08) is one of my favorite people. Both of us have vested interest in appropriate technology integration to transform instruction. In keeping with the alliteration theme, I am showcasing Tracy’s Motley of Smores on Monday 😉

Over 20 fliers ranging from Visible Thinking and Formative Assessment to Make and Do for the iPad Crew, Tracy creates and curates relevant topics and resources using the web tool Smore***.

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TechChef4u Faves in the Assorted collection:

Tracy shares why Smore is her go-to tool for professional development takeaways:

“Smore helps me create training sessions and presentations that involve my participants. Instead of a static, one sided presentation I can pull folks into the learning experience.” – Tracy Clark

Tracy also highlights how easy the tool is to use and design something aesthetically pleasing as well as a resource that offers interactivity:

“I might use a core thinking routine and then invite participants to share their thinking via Padlet or create a Thinglink. I love how easy it is to make something with a nice design presenence.” – Tracy Clark

Social Learning Posters: Clear and Thoughtful Content and Curation is King. And Making that Content Visible and Accessible to the greater global edusphere is what allows us all to learn and thrive. So, let’s not forget to make our learning social! A big thanks to one of my other favorite people, Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis), for assembling this stellar Haiku Deck.


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

Rafranz shares insight as to the power of social posters here:

“We are only as great as what we learn and that is amplified by what and how we share. Smore, by nature, is social, sleek, and perfect in its way of allowing us to contribute to the social learning space thus strengthening our collective ability to grow.” – Rafranz Davis

 

Rabbit Hole of Smores: I fell down the rabbit hole, y’all. In curating a few more Smores to explore and digest, I happed upon another exceptional user of Smore, Valerie Burton (@TweetsFromMsB).  She has amassed a collection of over 20 flyers on a wide variety of topics. Some of TechChef4u’s favorites are linked below:

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Smores 4 All: Truly Smore is a very open-ended tool that can be app-smashed and used by ed techs, admin, teachers, and students alike:

TechChef4u Collection of Smores: If you are not totally Smored out, stroll on down to the TechChef4u collection of Smores:

Alliteration Alliance: Check out the other topics in the Ed Tech alliteration portfolio:

*** At this point in time Smore has changed their structure to only allow 5 flyers with no renewals (rather than unlimited fliers with limited features) for FREE. They have broken down their options in to three tiers and added an edu option for $59 a year that allows for custom backgrounds, private fliers, reporting, and unlimited fliers. So this is a somewhat viable option for educators (and could even replace the need for a stand-alone website). Wondering if they will look at district license model as well.

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

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

1:1 Deployment and 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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“Differentiated iClassroom”  iTunes U course is now available!!!