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10 Jul 2012
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Digital Cheating

With the number of mobile devices entering the classroom growing (whether it be in 1:1’s or BYOD’s), the topic of digital cheating and academic dishonesty is bound to arise at some point.

Digital Cheating

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The infographic below highlights multiple sectors of cheating from kindergarten to high school and college to the working world in 4 sections:

  • Section 1: Who’s a Likely Cheater?
  • Section 2: Tech-Equipped Students Have a Big Advantage
  • Section 3: A Lifetime of Cheating
  • Section 4: How to Put a Stop to Cheating

 

While mobile devices are a relatively new venue for cheating, banning them in the classroom would abolish a wealth of learning app-ortunities (pardon the pun). Students were cheating in clever ways far before the influx of mobile devices in the classroom… Case in point:
 

 
The bigger question is how to prevent cheating. While the infographic suggests honor codes and anti-cheating technology, I propose a few additional strategies to prevent cheating:

 

Please share your tips for managing or combatting digital cheating, academic dishonesty, or plagiarism in your classroom.

 

Cheaters
Created by: OnlineMastersDegree.com

 


09 Jul 2012
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QR Footprints in Time

As most of you may know, my hometown is New Braunfels and it is one of the BEST places to live! In addition to claiming to have the world’s largest water park and Buc-ee’s, we also are home to the oldest bakery in Texas and one of the most haunted hotels in Texas (see video below).
 

New Braunfels Historic Tour – 45 – Faust Hotel from iniosante on VimeoProduced for the New Braunfels Convention and Visitor’s Bureau by Iniosante llc. Copyright 2011, all rights reserved.

Historic Faust Hotel: Stop 45 on the NB Footprints in Time tour

No, I have not been hired by the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau to beef up NB tourism in the wake of “Can the Ban”… I am simply truly excited and inspired by New Braunfel’s efforts to share their cultural heritage and history in a new and engaging way!

New Braunfels Footprints in Time is a Historic Driving and Walking tour that can be accessed from the website (on a desktop or mobile device). The tour showcases 67 different locations including homes, businesses, murals, and shops and shares and provides beautifully crafted and engaging videos for each!

Each location on the tour also corresponds with a GPS location and a QR code to access the video when you have located your destination.

The Faust video is probably one of my favorites but truly all of them are so well done and weave a wonderfully engaging tale of history and culture. Whether you intend on visiting our little German town virtually or in person, this tour is a must for any family or classroom.

 

Further Thoughts: Consider using these videos and historical tour as a springboard for future classroom projects. Students could use them as a virtual tour and create their own travel brochures or postcards based on the info provided. Students could even create their own QR code historical tour of locations in their school, district, or city using video and podcasts. Finally, students could share these resources with another classroom or community abroad and compare and contrast their history to that of a classroom in Europe or South America.

 

New Braunfels Footprints in Time

 

Know another city that has a QR code tour? Share links in the comment section.

 


02 Jul 2012
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Bloomin' Hackathon

Bloom’s taxonomy continues to be be a HOTS (pun intended) topic in the classroom. After a bit of internet research and the intent to ignite a passion for learning, I thought I would share my recipe for Bloomin’ Learning: Bloom’s Taxonomy, digital artifacts, writing and reflection, and a collaborative forum for sharing and publishing.

Bloom’s Review: Before we put our thinking hats on, let’s review Bloom’s…with the Simpsons (link to original video).

Flipped Bloom’s: Some suggest the original ladder of Bloom’s is an arduous climb for learners and should be evaluated. Rather than spend the majority of class time in the basement of Bloom’s, begin with a creating task and glean the knowledge necessary to complete the process. (Read more on Flipping Bloom’s here).

Digital Artifacts: While outdated, the Bloom’s ladder drum video showcases how an object can be threaded throughout each level of Bloom’s. A similar example using the revised taxonomy features a rock:

Exploring Rocks and Minerals with Bloom's Revised Taxonomy

 

Some digital artifacts can be personal and hold value to students. As digital storytelling is a powerful tool and most mobile devices and many computers have a way to locate or capture photos of such artifacts (whether they be an object, a person, a place, an event, a lab), I thought it best to begin with this type of digital media and use it as a framework for Bloom’s. While the Bloom’s pyramid listed is outdated, the idea is still significant.

A Picture is worth a thousand thoughts: inquiry with Bloom's taxonomy

 

A Taxonomy of Writing and Reflection: As the photos are truly meant to inspire our thoughts and words in order to ultimately write reflectively and collaboratively, I thought I would share the next support resource: “Reflect… Reflecting… Reflection…”

Bloomin’ Hackathon: Chris Walsh shared the idea of a creative hackathon task during his ISTE 2012 session “Creativity is the Killer App”. The participant task involved each table sharing their most creative learning experience, the table voting on the best one shared, and culminated with each group creating a collaborative digital artifact to represent the learning experience selected. All of the artifacts can be viewed using the hashtag #creativelearning.

Thus, I propose a Bloomin’ Hackathon with the purpose to share the best and most creative uses of Bloom’s in the classroom. Rather than question-proof the event with a detailed rubric for submission, I leave you with this question, “What should Bloom’s Taxonomy look like in the classroom?”

Please reply with a digital artifact in the comment section of the blog and/or with the hashtag #bloominglearnining

The Differentiator

 

Bloomin’s Best Resources: If you haven’t had your fill of Bloomin’ Resources, check out these listed below.

 

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Bloomin’ Hackathon by TechChef4u is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


28 Jun 2012
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The Dot Project – ISTE 2012


26 Jun 2012
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Creating and Collecting Digital Work – ISTE 2012

One of the most entertaining and engaging sessions I had the pleasure to attend was “Creating and Collecting Digital Work” with Tammy Worcester and Kevin Honeycutt. Not only were the tools they shared easily applicable to any classroom, their presentation style truly embodied many of the ideals of creativity, play, and value shared in some of the earlier sessions I attended (which will be summarized in a later blog).

Thoroughly enjoyed "Creating & Collecting Digital Work" session with Kevin Honeycutt

 
Tammy modeled the role of the teacher and Kevin channeled his inner child. The session essentially focused on creating and collecting digital work in various forms (e.g screencasting desktop work, capturing traditional pencil and paper tasks, recording audio products, and transforming digital creations into tangible items). All of the resources shared for the session (and many more) can be found on Tammy’s site.

Glad I sat in the front row for this session – my iPad was able to capture some of the best moments. Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy!
 

 
Truly loved the idea of collecting all of the work in a digital class dropbox created with a Google Form.
 

 
One last nugget. Kevin shared a great idea. Create coffee mugs with a QR code hyperlinked to one of your student’s digital delights or a classroom site that is constantly updated with student work – what a great way to start a teacher’s or parent’s morning.


24 Jun 2012
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The Mommy iBalance

“All my bags are packed… I’m ready to go…”… again. June has been a very busy month with multiple conferences and speaking engagements. And today is no different as I enjoy the San Antonio airport’s amazing and FREE Wifi to complete this blog before I head out to ISTE. While I thoroughly enjoy all of these events… as a mommy, I sometimes feel guilty leaving my two boys. Thus, I spent a good hour or two last night customizing a few apps for my eldest to enjoy in my absence.

While I typically only showcase FREE apps, the following two paid apps were worth every penny to provide a personal learning experience for my little boy in my absence.

Write My Name: Though this app includes upper and lower case letters and familiar word cards, the best feature is the ability to include your own name tags. Each name tag consists of a photo, text name of photo, and a brief  audio recording. I decided to take pics of immediate family members (including the pets) and a few familiar house items (e.g. bed, toys, clock, etc…).

Create Custom Name Tags with Write My Name app


 
Write My Name: Once all of the custom name tags have been added, the fun begins. Children simply tap on a name tag and are presented with the corresponding picture and name. Then a tracing paper appears and the child must trace/write the name of the object or person using correct form. Once the child correctly completes the handwriting portion, the audio will play. All of my audio was simply my speaking the name of the object. For kicks, sometimes I added a sound effect after. (And “yes”, before you ask…we do have a dog named Cullen. And “yes” he was named after a famous vampire.) Now that we have that out of the way… let’s continue… =)

Practice Handwriting with familiar words compiled with Turbo Collage app


 
Futaba Classroom Games for Kids: I have had a fascination with this app ever since I downloaded the free version. While I enjoy the free app, the paid version is truly where custom learning begins. It currently includes 20 preloaded learning modules and boasts the app-ortunity to create your own. As I had already had the pictures on my iPad from the “Write My Name” app, I decided to simply use the same words and images to create an interactive matching game. I also really like the idea of reusing the words to reinforce the learning experience in a different way.

Create Custom Learning Games with Futaba Classroom Games for Kids iPad app


 
While these tools can’t replace mommy time, I hope they will provide enjoyable learning experiences with familiar objects (and give daddy a bit of a break). If you would like to see Futaba in action, check out the video below.

Visit “iPrep 4 Kinder” for more apps and resources to support the preschool/primary child using the iPad.

 


19 Jun 2012
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iPrep 4 Kinder

“What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?”

This is a session created by Yolanda Barker and myself (both mommies of preschoolers) to showcase how an iPad can support and supplement the acquisition of multiple skills necessary to enter the Kindergarten classroom. After completing some online research, we created a Google Form. Over 80+ Kindergarten NorthEast ISD teachers shared their take on “What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?“.  Based on their input, “iPrep 4 Kinder” was born to showcase how the iPad and apps could support fundamentally essential skills (e.g. spelling name, letter and sound recognition, rhyming, keyboarding skills, following directions, building social skills, color/shape recognition, etc…) which will give preschool students the leg up upon their entrance into the Kindergarten realm.

iPrep 4 Kinder_Presentation

 

Below is a Listly created with all of the hyperlinks and resources for our session, “Hot Apps 4 TOTS”:

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18 Jun 2012
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ISTE or BUST

I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who voted, tolerated my online pleas for votes, and supported me in the “We Are Teachers” contest to achieve my dream of attending ISTE 2012. I feel very blessed and am eager to learn, share, and chronicle my experiences. Sending virtual app-reciation to you all.


 
A very special thanks goes out to Jon Samuelson (aka @iPadSammy) who was the best iCheerleader anyone could have. Thanks for all of your kind words and support.

iPadSammy's Blog


 
I am not only looking forward to attending ISTE 2012 but to sharing a poster session with one of my favorite Tweachers and App Addicts, Jon Samuelson. Join us Wednesday June 27th from 8-10:00 am (SDCC Halls DE Lobby, Table: 24) for an app-tastic installment of “Apptivities: Creative Classroom Lessons for your iPad”.


16 Jun 2012
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Mac App Attack

During one of the iPad sessions I delivered for East Central ISD, I met Mr. Grant (the most amazing GT teacher) and he shared with me the Road Trip Effect Mac app (which I used in conjunction with iMovie to create the ISTE or BUST mini film). He also shared 25 other apps for creative innovations on the Mac (see List.ly below).

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Check out my other Listly’s: Paid Apps for the Classroom, Hot Apps 4 TOTS,  25+ FREE Product-Based appsSurprisingly Educational appsStudent-Created Apps 4 StudentsInteractive Tools & Sites that JIVE with the iPadInfographics in the ClassroomCool Tools to Engage Your Brain over the Summer, and Education App Review Sites.


04 Jun 2012
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What's Your Must-Have Paid App?

So to build off of my social curation addiction with List.ly, I am sharing a belated list of “Paid Apps for the iClassroom”. Yes, I realize I am the Queen of Free, but sometimes you really do have to break down and buy an app. So this list is a tribute to a growing list of  the best “Paid Apps for the iClassroom”. Please feel free to leave comments or a thumbs up and thumbs down on an app selection… as well as add your own favorite paid app for the iClassroom. Hoping to reach a collaborative list of 100 apps!

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Check out my other Listly’s: 20+ FREE Product-Based apps, Surprisingly Educational apps, Student-Created Apps 4 StudentsInteractive Tools & Sites that JIVE with the iPad, Infographics in the Classroom, and Cool Tools to Engage Your Brain over the Summer.


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