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17 Sep 2012
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Creating Digital Artifacts: Part 2

Homework is a right of passage in the education realm. This week my kindergartner received his first family homework assignment to locate examples of numbers in our home and draw a picture of a few of the items. After we took a tour of the home and found and drew examples of objects with numerals, we decided to document our learning with the Audioboo app.

 

Here are a few suggestions for success:

  1. Discuss what you plan on saying prior to recording.
  2. Don’t over rehearse or you will exasperate your student (especially on a Sunday night before school).
  3. Utilize the pause feature for times the student needs coaxing or to hide long pauses
  4. Use a photo to represent the recording. Many times I use a drawing or a photo with no identifying information (as I knew I would be posting info online). This is also a good idea if you have students with certain acceptable use and publishing regulations.

 

Here are the steps to create a digital homework reflection with Audioboo: 

  1. Disable location services. If on a field trip, the location might be a nice addition but if in the classroom (or at home), I would not include the location as it is pinpoints the user fairly accurately and that may not be information you want to share online.
  2. Tap Record.
  3. Record up to 3 minutes of audio.
  4. Tap Publish.
  5. Add a photo.
  6. Title your Boo.
  7. Add a description and tags. Teaching students to add tags is a perfect for summarization and key words.
  8. Once it is published, you can grab the embed code from the site and add to your own website.

 

Check out Creating Digital Artifacts with Sonic Pics


08 Sep 2012
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Creating Digital Artifacts: Part 1

I recently wrote a post about “Creating and Collecting Digital Work“.  When my son brought home this really charming and heart-warming hand drawn “about me” book, I instantly wanted him to tell me about each picture. His descriptions were so amusing and charming, I felt inspired and compelled to create a digital artifact of his work… with my iPad.

Here are the steps:

  1. Take a photo of each page
  2. Crop photos as needed
  3. Bring any photos into Skitch that had a name or identifying information (as I knew I would be posting info online) and color over that info. This is also a good idea if you have students with certain acceptable use and publishing regulations.
  4. Save the edited photo to your photo roll
  5. Import all of the photos in order in to Sonic Pics
  6. Have your student record a description for each picture

 
The recording isn’t perfect, but I will tell you that the first take for a small child tends to be the best take as they are most candid and they become exasperated with rerecording the same material.

 


27 Aug 2012
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Mad about Mad Lips

Last March, “Appy Hours 4 U” featured Mad Lips as a “surprisingly educational” app. You will have to listen to the show to hear all of the educational ideas that were assigned to it. 😉 When featuring an app on a show, I always send out an email notifying the app developer. Many of them actually reply with a customary “thanks” and others begin an email correspondence that turns in to an e-friendship. The latter is the case with Mike from Mad Lips.

Recently he shared a new photo contest he has launched to promote Mad Lips! The winner(s) photos will be included in the standard photo pack with the latest Mad Lips release for all to use and animate.

Before I share more about the contest, let me showcase some fantastic examples of how Mad Lips has been used educationally:

Talking Book Covers: See full blog and info here.

Practicing Spanish: See full blog and info here.
 
Classifying Triangles: See full blog and info here.

 
And my favorite… A Retelling of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear?”: See full blog.

 

Mike from Mad Lips

And now to the ... Contest Details: For those of you who enjoy amusing your students, desire 15 minutes or 15 seconds of fame, and have had a secret wish to be a viral meme… here is your chance! All you need is a penchant for the unknown. And thick skin. And a great sense of humor.

Mad Lips is a creative—surprisingly educational—app that lets anyone superimpose their talking lips over any picture. You can use Mad Lips in the classroom to deliver a talking book report. You can use it as a tool for practicing foreign languages. And now you can even use it to make your students laugh. Out loud. At your expense! Mad Lips is calling all teachers and educators to be part of the “Face The Music” challenge. It’s simple. Just send in a picture of your silliest face and the funniest image will be included as part of the standard photo pack in the next version of Mad Lips. You’ll be famous. Your students will love it. And you’ll be part of making the world a better place through creativity and laughter.

 

Fine Print:

  • Please send all images to info@affectiveapps.com
  • By sending in an image, you are explicitly granting the right to include it in the Mad Lips photo pack. This means that you grant the rights to use your image and likeness for a commercial application without any financial recuperation.
  • All participants must be 18 years of age.
  • The winning image will be chosen by the Mad Lips development team on September 30th, 2012. While not everyone will be included in the app, everyone who plays along is a winner in our books!

 
Good luck on the Contest. I am also very eager to hear how you are using Mad Lips in your classroom. Please share ideas and examples below in the comments.
 


21 Aug 2012
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Sync-up with Evernote

I was a bit of a late adopter to Evernote. Two years ago, I jumped on board and began dumping more and more info into my Evernote from “appy hour” scripts and lists of blog ideas to wireless passwords and conference notes.

Evernote Sync-up

 

Last Thursday I had the app-ortunity to visit the new Evernote headquarters in Austin with fellow members of the Eanes Ed Tech crew. Impressed with the idea of a 100 year company and a resource that I could continually trust to hold my most precious thoughts and resources, I was even more thrilled to learn about the other features and ideas Evernote offered and suggested for making my “second brain” more accessible and efficient:

  • Send notes into specific notebooks directly from your email. Let’s say you want to send a photo or important email directly to Evernote:
    • Locate your Evernote email address found under Account/Account Info (use this email address to send to)
    • Add a subject for your note in the subject line
    • Add the name of the notebook you wish to send it to in the subject line (e.g. “@Math”).
    • Add any tags you wish to use (e.g. “#equations #variable)
    • The final subject line might look something like this:
      • Step-by-Step Equations @Math #equations #variable
  • Tag notes and lessons with TEKS (standards) or keywords for quick search access
  • Create public checklists for school supplies and projects and share the note via a hyperlink
  • Utilize the Clearly plugin to format what you read online
  • Create stacked notebooks by simply dragging one notebook onto another. For example, let’s say you have an Algebra notebook and a Geometry notebook. Drag one on top of the other to create a stacked notebook entitled “Math”. The hierarchy really helps with organization and combats the summer brain drain by making the year’s previous notes a simple search away.
  • Scan documents directly with the Scansnap scanner
  • Make use of OCR for scanned documents and photos. Truly this is awesome! Imagine taking a snapshot of the notes on the board for the day and then being able to actually search your notes by the words in the photo. App-tastic!

 

Evernote has OCR with Photos and Scanned Docs

 

Other Evernote Resources I gleaned from the web:

 


14 Aug 2012
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Move over QR codes…

I am quite fond of tweeting and love to use QR codes, but was not aware until last week, that I could chirp too. Yes, thanks to one of my new teachers at Hill Country Middle School, I discovered the power of chirping. It is quite easy:

  • Step 1: Download the Chirp app on all devices you wish to communicate from and with.
  • Step 2: Decide which media you wish to chirp and share! You can share pictures from your camera and camera roll as well as notes and links!
  • Step 3: Be ready to be be amazed!

 

I can see this being a very useful tool for blasting out a message, task, or link to all students in a classroom. Consider giving a PDF a url or sharing an entire Dropbox folder of documents with one little chirp.
Or… let out a cheery chirp over the morning announcements and allow students to receive the unique link or message through the mobile devices… school wide!

 

Chirp sharing features highlighted in PolyFrame app

 
Don’t take my word for it… be blissfully amazed by the following video… Move over QR codes, there’s a new app in town… or in the cloud? How will you use Chirp?
 


08 Aug 2012
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Keeping up with Carnazzo

I had intended at one point to blog about all of Lisa Carnazzo’s (2nd grade teacher extroardinare and honorary member of the iVengers) excellent iPad lessons in further detail but this summer has been far busier than I anticipated. That being said, I thought I would share all of her special iCreations that she has been working on all summer long. As everyone begins their back-to-school shopping and routines, Lisa Carnazzo has developed a plethora of resources for students to utilize all year long (at home and at school):

 

Sight Words: First we begin with an excellent Symbaloo of word families which all hyperlink back to sample Quizlet decks. Each deck includes photos too! And if that isn’t cool enough, she has created a Snapguide for parents to showcase how to access and utilize the Quizlet decks to study their sight words.


 

Math Facts: Lisa has also created another Symbaloo of math facts which all hyperlink back to Quizlet decks to support that skill. Each deck includes photos too! And of course, she was only too thoughtful to create a Snapguide for parents to showcase how to access and utilize the Quizlet decks to study their math facts.

 

100’s Chart: Lisa has created yet another Snapguide to showcase how to use the 100’s chart to solve addition problems.

 

iPad Lessons: Lisa Carnazzo showcases all of her student projects on her class wiki. Check out all of her iPad Lessons on her site and read more in-depth blogs on how they were accomplished right here. If you are having issues accessing her Glogster pages on the iPad, try copying and pasting the url into an app like Rover. Here are a few iLessons you may have missed… The Lorax Cause & Effect and Mealworm Lifecycle which were both accomplished using the Tools 4 Students graphic organizer app.

Lisa Carnazzo's Class iPad Projects


 
Interested in Quizlet, Symbaloo, Snapguide, and iPad Lessons?:

 

 


25 Jul 2012
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More Science Investigations using the iPad

In the spirit of my last post, I would like to share another science apptivity for the iPad. I wish I could take credit for this one but Bryan P Doyle is the author of the resource. I had the pleasure of attending his session at the Area 7 Conference this summer. The topic was “iConstruction”. We were assembled in small groups and given our materials (e.g. marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti noodles) with the challenge to build the tallest tower that could outstand the other towers for the longest period of time (or 30 seconds). Bryan’s full post and more info for the app-tivity can be found on his blog.

Here’s how Bryan constructed the workflow of the iLearning experience:

  • Step 1: Open the Apptivity Directions (an ePub) on your iPad.
  • Step 2: Launch Safari to research the best configuration and structure for your tower
  • Step 3: Use the Neu.KidsDraw app to draw the tower you plan to build
  • Step 4: Utilize the iMotion HD app to record the actual construction

 

As Jon and I were the “problem children” in the group, we may have scrapped steps 2 and 3 and jumped straight to step 4. While we didn’t have the tallest tower, we ended up with the most expansive and had a wonderfully enjoyable time with the app-tivity. Below is the iMotion HD film that captured our construction process.
 

 
Check out other Science iLessons here.


25 Jul 2012
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Apple iCore: Science Investigations using the iPad

If you have not read between the lines in previous posts, I would like to formally share that I have made the transition from NorthEast ISD to Eanes ISD. This week I have had the pleasure of attending their Apple Core academy.

Eanes iCore

 

One of the app-tivities we explored was a science investigation involving coins and a water dropper. Jon Samuelson and I worked collaboratively to complete the lab. The workflow used Keynote and the camera app on the iPad or Mac to document the lab. The video below was compiled in iMovie by saving the Keynote slides as images. While I spend most of my time focusing on free apps, I will say I would highly recommend using Keynote on the iPad to document learning in the iClassroom.

Check out other Science iLessons here.


20 Jul 2012
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ISTE 2012 Comic Chronicle

As I had already picked up a cape from Turning Point Technologies and met with the app developer of Comic Life, it seemed only fitting to render my ISTE 2012 excursion as a comic.

Met Comic Life app Developer at ISTE 2012


 
The comic is a 5 page PDF that photo-chronicles all 4 glorious days at ISTE 2012.

ISTE 2012 chronicled with Comic Life

 

For a complete photographic journey, check out all 64 photos in the ISTE 2012 Flickr set.
 

For more ISTE 2012 coverage, check out “The Dot Project” and “Creating and Collecting Digital Work”.


16 Jul 2012
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10 Promising Features of iOS 6 for Educators

As an app developer (see TechChef4u app), I have the rare pleasure of previewing iOS 6 before it hits iDevices in schools, businesses, and homes everywhere. While iOS 6 is chocked full of new and hidden gems, I thought the following 10 were the most promising features for educators and the iClassroom!
     

  • 1. Turn-by-turn navigation and 3D Apple Maps: As I am directionally impaired and always on the road in my mobile office, this has been the best feature to date. While this feature is not exclusive to educators, anyone who is looking for a FREE GPS navigation system with turn-by-turn audio, this is your new best friend. I can now toss out my Garmin and simply let Siri guide the way. (Note: Apple has done away with Google Maps altogether and reinvented their app to include 3D buildings and vector images that load faster).

Turn-by-Turn Navigation in iOS 6

 

  • 2. FaceTime over 3G and 4G: This is a welcome addition for anyone who has ever had to search for Wifi to enable a FaceTime call. The feature also opens up multiple possibilities for those teachers who bring their own devices to school but are restricted from using the school’s Wifi to utilize FaceTime in the classroom for expert calls and mystery interviews. (I won’t include a picture of this as I discovered it worked while driving).
     

  • 3. Cleaner Look to the App Store: The app store is more aesthetic and functional. Apps load directly on the screen and then offer the option to open directly from the app store. The Details, Reviews, and Related sections have also been reworked to appear in the same window.

Installing Apps

 

  • 4. No iTunes Sign-in for Updating Apps: This feature is HUGE for educators who are in a district with restricted access to the iTunes password and account for the devices. Now teachers and students can update apps without compromising the account.

No Sign-in for Updating Apps

 

  • 5. Loading of Apps on Screen: New apps now load with a “New” ribbon so the user can identify which ones have been loaded and not launched (or reviewed). Also, new apps appear first on your screen not at then end of an imaginary screen. Both of these features make it much easier to identify new apps and utilize them rather than spend time using the spotlight search to locate them.

New App Ribbons

 

  • 6. Sharing Links and Facebook: The new interface for sharing links is more visually pleasing and much easier to use and it includes Facebook integration which is useful for all iClassrooms that host a class Facebook page.

Sharing Links

 

  • 7. Modifications to Restrictions:  There are multiple modifications to the restrictions potion of the device. The most promising were the Volume Limit and limitations to iBooks. The Volume Limit allows the user (or teacher) to set the volume limit on the device and restrict changes. As the mother of a five-year-old who enjoys listening to movies at an increasingly louder volume (and refuses to wear a headset), I find this to be a welcome addition. Another addition (not shown) is to restrict iBooks that contain “explicit sexual content”.

Restricting Volume

 

  • 8. Guided Access in an App: For all of those educators that wished their student could be restricted to use just one app and not multi-task through various apps, this feature is for you. It can be found in the General area of the Settings under an expanded Accessibility menu. The feature allows the user to restrict a student to using a selected app (and only that app) using a passcode and the triple-click home button.

Restricting Access in Apps

 

  • 9. VIP email: If you are swimming in emails as I am, the VIP email function makes sorting emails that much easier. Simply designate from your address book those people who are VIP to you. All of their emails will appear in your inbox and under the VIP label in your Inbox for quick reference. As you can see… Carl Hooker (a.k.a my new boss) is “kind of a big deal”.

VIP Email

 

  • 10. Reply with Messages: For those of you who screen (or can’t take ) calls during the day, this option is quite effective to respond to a caller in a timely manner without taking the call. (Note: I would never use this option on a VIP email recipient).

Reply with Message

 

Check out other articles covering the features of iOS6:

 

 

 


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