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23 Oct 2014
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Half the Page is a Stage … in a WordPlay iBook

I have to say I don’t typically blog to blog… I blog because I am moved to share, reflect, or archive something I feel has merit and value in the edusphere (and I do not endorse products and apps lightly). The new development of WordPlay Shakespeare iBooks definitely jives with these ideals and made me “as merry as the day is long”. While I am a self-proclaimed Shakespeare buff, I have to say Shakespeare proves to be an arduous reading for many (see clip below).

One person, Alexander Parker (@afmparker) and The New Book Press (@thenewbookpress) seeks to make Shakespeare accessible to all. Truly Shakespeare was never meant to be read… it was meant to be acted.

Something Transformative This Way Comes

“The short and the long of it” is that the New Book Press has created a revolutionary new iBook (accessible on both the Mac and the iPad) that seeks to inform the language through the performance by providing Shakespeare’s text side by side with a custom production.

“But really… What the dickens is WordPlay Shakespeare, you say?”

“As good luck would have it”, Alexander Parker kindly spent some time with our Freshman and Senior teachers this week showcasing the WordPlay books as well as sharing some pedagogical nuggets for utilizing the books in the classroom with students.

Sadly my sketch notes skills are quite shabby and do not measure up to the likes of Brad Ovenell-Carter (@braddo) and Tracy Clark (@tracyclark08) or the annointed infographic genius of Sean Junkins (@sjunkins)… so I opted to recap this information by app-smashing the free InstaMag app and Thinglink app.

“Sweet are the many uses of Thinglink”

Though my affinity for thinglinks may seem like madness, please know there is whimsical method in it (Shakespeare Thinglink embedded below linked here). 😉

Beyond the pedagogical tips I have included some ideas for morphing student Shakespeare projects utilizing the iPad as well as a range of student samples from a variety of plays.

“Something transformative this way comes…”

I am super stoked to get this tool in the hands of students. Stay tuned for an updated post in spring when we begin to devour the text in the classroom setting.

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15 Oct 2014
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11 Useful Tips for Managing iPads in the Classroom

I am starting to see the light… and somewhat emerging from the fog of iPad enrollment and technical logistics. After a full weekend of ACL (yes, the TechChef does find time to enjoy in the Austin music scene), I spent half a day with Randolph ISD sharing some timely tips for managing iPads in the classroom. As I am never one to hoard resources and I imagine that there our other teachers and districts that might benefit from some tried and true management techniques, I thought I would crank out a blog to share these with the greater edusphere.

“Before teachers can redefine their classroom with these devices, they have to consider transforming their classroom management practices to effectively meld instruction and pedagogy to align with a 1:1 environment.”

While many of these tips and best practices have been gleaned from my classroom observations over the past few years, a couple have been snatched up from various websites and internet searches as well. I could relay the tips in a lengthy post… but I felt a Haiku Deck might better do the trick. Truthfully, the Haiku Deck slides themselves are really just fanciful eye-catching garnish… the meat and potatoes of the tips are really found when you dig in to the public notes that I added to each slide. (Deck is linked here and will have to be opened in a browser to allow users to dive in to the meaty text within the slides.)


Managing iPads in the iClassroom – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

The 11 tips encompass classroom configurations and clear expectations as well as tips for attention cues and task guidelines and a variety of management suggestions for off-task behavior. Hoping these tips and resources prove useful and crossing my fingers that @sjunkins creates one of those amazing infographics of his with my management list. He did such an excellent job with Carl Hooker’s “21 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Do this Year” list (scroll to the bottom of Carl’s post to see). 😉 

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And we have an infographic! Score! Thanks Sean Junkins – I feel muy app-reciated… even if I had to publicly coerce him to do so 😉 – Check out more of his infographics on his blog. One of my favorites is his Periodic Table of Apps

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Graphic by Sean Junkins

 

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Home Button StudsUpdated Stock of Chic Geek iJewelry on etsy!

1,800+ 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!!!