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10 May 2013
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Sharing Student App-thusiasm

I think I am going to devote an entire blog series to the topic of “ideas I had from a pin”. Many times I find a pin that sparks an idea. The pin itself may not have been exactly what I would replicate… but the idea takes on a path and journey of its own.

So, in honor of all of the teachers and educators who follow this blog, I thought I would share and adapt a pin that I found two days ago. A truly sentimental and adorable idea a photographer mother shared. Her daughter was turning 8 and the class used the SMART board to list one adjective that described the birthday girl. I can only imagine how special and uplifting this was for the child as well as touching for the mother. The final product was the picture of the child with all of the adjectives floating around her. Truly, what an amazing keepsake!

App-tastic idea shared from TSJ Photography blog


 
Of course, this naturally got me thinking about how this sentiment could be achieved on the iPad…

  • Skitch or Popplet: Students could take a photo of themselves on their iPad and use the Skitch or Popplet app to have each child add an adjective about them.
  • Croak it: Students can then use the Croak.it app to briefly explain why they used that adjective (perfect for an anecdotal story)
  • Thinglink: The Skitch photo could be uploaded to Thinglink and then each Croak.it audio file could be linked to the adjective it details. OR, students could just upload the Skitch or Popplet photo and use it as an ePortfolio and link some of their best work to the photo (e.g. podcasts, documents, videos, etc…)
  • Book Creator or Strip Designer: Students could also take each Skitch or Popplet photo and create a page for each student as a final class book.

 

This idea could also be adapted for a teacher or co-worker. Each teacher could contribute adjectives for the student or all of the students could contribute adjectives for a teacher. Or teachers could take a picture of the classroom and have each student use the Croak.it app to detail their favorite memory and then Thinkglink all of the audio files to the class image.

 
Dads, if you are reading this, what an adorable idea for your kids to create for their mom 😉

Clearly, there are also curricular connections to this idea  (e.g. dynamic and static character traits for fictional or historical characters).

 

And one more… I know this is created on a whiteboard, but this could very well be achieved with Padlet or a pass around Popplet app-tivity. What a most excellent end-of-year app-tivity!

 

As I hadn’t time to actually produce an example of this, I would love to see your adaptations of these ideas. If you decide to take on this challenge, email me at lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com with a brief description of what you did and the final example and I will feature it on next week’s blog! Note, make sure you have full rights to publish the product you send.

 
 

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06 May 2013
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Showcasing Content Trailers with iMovie

Have been very impressed with all of the iMovie trailers that have been flooding the web. Decided to compile multiple student-created examples and a few staff creations using Smore. Grab some popcorn and enjoy! Scroll to the bottom of the page to find 6 iMovie trailer PDF templates perfect for storyboarding.

 

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03 May 2013
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7 Peripherals and Accessories I Love!

A recent text from my hubby prompted the following post. As you may or may not know, I am a bit of a gadget fanatic. I love tinkering with the latest and greatest and then providing feedback to vendors, as well as options to teachers for the best tools for their classroom.

I picked up the Versacase at a recent conference. While I loved the idea of it, I am more mobile with my iPad as I travel between classrooms and campuses and I prefer not to have my iPad “naked”. As my husband has more of a desk job and he opts for a slimmer case over my Trident Kraken, I asked him to take the stand with him and give me some feedback on what he thought as he does many of his presentations from his iPad and works between his iPad and PC at work.

He sent me the following pic via text a few weeks ago and shared that he really loved the features and flexibility of the devices and had received many compliments on it. This prompted me to consider sharing a few more of my beloved gadgets and accessories.

Versacase for iPad

 

Below is a Listly of 7 of my favorite accessories and gadgets. While the USB car charger may sound obvious, I have to tell you, it has been such a lifesaver. As I am always looking for the next best gadget that I simply must have or need… I would love to hear from you. Please add your favorite iPad related gadgets to the Listly as well.

 

If you are interested in the mother load of accessories, peripherals, and assistive technology, you app-solutely have to visit Lauren S. Enders’ Pinterest board which can be described as nothing short of mind-blowing!

Lauren S. Enders' Pinterest board

 

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23 Apr 2013
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History by the E-book

I am pleased to share another amazingly creative student-led project from Tanna Fiske’s class at Hill Country Middle School in collaboration with Ms. Crowley’s and Ms. Root’s Bridge Point third grade classes.

8th grade students composed books using the Book Creator and Scrap Pad apps based on historical topics covered this year. The books took on a familiar repetitive children’s storybook theme to make the concepts easier to digest and comprehend for their 3rd grade audience.

Once the framework of the book was set, 8th grade students used a Google Doc to provide Bridge Point 3rd grade students with a list of images they would need to complete the book. On the day of the field trip, the whole project really came together.
 

 
The two videos below will give you a better idea of how the project was achieved and what the final ePub looked like.

If you are interested in what other digital delights are being cooked up by Fiske’s class iClassroom, visit their blog. Additionally, the Bridge Point iVenger, Marianna Husain, has been dishing out campus iLearning successes on the Bridge Point blog. It is a delightful read and will surely present you with some iRecipes to use in your own iClassroom.

And what do you know? You are in for a real treat… the ePubs are now available for you to download and thoroughly digest!

Fiske's History ePub Collaborative Project


 
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22 Apr 2013
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Pinterest in the iClassroom

Recently I happed upon a cleverly created integration of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Pinterest from the folks at Teachbytes. And as if fated, the same week, I had a conversation with a fabulous theater arts and film teacher, Sarah Yurko, who had shared how she is using Pinterest with her secondary students. Fascinated by the boards and ideas she shared, I asked her to detail her thoughts so I could celebrate these app-tastic ideas with the greater global iClassroom.

 

25 Ways To Use Pinterest With Bloom’s Taxonomy from teachbytes

 

She mentioned she was fairly new to Pinterest, but she could see “lots of possibilities for art and performance art with it.” Sarah went on to say that she “plan(s) to use Pinterest to gather examples for lessons, collaborate with students, directly teach students, and inspire them!” and has further detailed  these plans below:

1.  GATHER EXAMPLES FOR LESSONS

“If I’m teaching the kids about publicity and promotional posters for theater I can use my Pinterest board as examples. It is on their iPads so they can go through and pick and choose easily which images are helpful as opposed to wasting everyone’s time with a slideshow that may not help them.”

“I love how easy it is to save YouTube videos on Pinterest. When we talk about trailers, I teach them that film makers typically release three … one for women, one for men, and one for teenagers. With Pinterest I can show all three quickly and easily without having to search for them.”

2.  COLLABORATE WITH STUDENTS

“I also collaborate as a class using Pinterest. It’s so easy and doesn’t take up any class time.  The kids can send me items or pictures and I can pin to a board. We used Pinterest to help inspire hair and makeup ideas for A Midsummer Nights Dream. This kind of informal information gathering also seems to really engage the kids… I was able to gather more “inspiration ideas” than ever before.”

3.  TEACH

“There are always a million projects happening at once in Tech design and none of them have the same instruction. So in the past I’ve had to only speak to three or four kids at a time – roughly teaching, at minimum, eight different lessons one at a time, leaving a lot of room for boredom while kids wait their turn. Pinterest has some projects that are literally spelled out step by step so I could direct each group to their “pin” and they could teach each other and only need me for more specific instruction.”

4. INSPIRATION

“The whole reason Pinterest began was to inspire people. I love that each of my boards dedicates itself to a certain aspect of theater. If a student is really into costuming they can follow that board and hopefully it inspires them to create, design, and build costumes. The same can be said for props, sets, lights, and publicity.”

Below, I have included a link to Sarah Yurko’s app-tastically divine boards.

Mrs. Yurko's boards for Theater and Design


 
If you are using Pinterest with your students, I would love to hear all about. Please share your ideas and boards in the comments.

 

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15 Apr 2013
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iPad Summit Nuggets

A few days ago I had the opportunity (correction… app-ortunity) to attend and present at “iPad Summit” in Atlanta. As I am reflecting on my whirlwind week this Monday am, I thought I would recap and share some of the lessons and digital nuggets discovered there. I compiled all of the nuggets and links into a Listly list and focused on the following topics:

Finally got to meet Reshan Richards (inventor of Explain Everything app) Always be Prepared for the Unexpected

    1. Always be Prepared for the Unexpected
    2. Collaboration is Key
    3. Go Paperless with a Dropbox of Images
    4. Thread Content and Online Collaboration
    5. Showcase Student Work
    6. There’s An App for That!
    7. Why Students Create Learning Portfolios
    8. Connecting and Building your PLN

 


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Please feel free to share your best links and ideas from iPad Summit on the Listly list below.

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10 Apr 2013
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1 iPad Classroom Revisited

Last year I wrote a blog post about the 1 iPad Classroom that featured an “appy hours 4 u” interview with one of my favorite solo iPad educators, Lisa Carnazzo. That summer Yolanda and I presented a packed session at TCEA’s TOTS and Technology on the very same topic. Not even a year later and much of the content from the presentation needed to be revisited and revamped.

 

Yes, I am currently living the iDream of a 1:1, but that wasn’t always the case. I came from meager 1 iPad and shared carts models prior to that event. 😉

 

This session (which will be presented at iPad Summit and Region 20 Tech Fiesta)  focuses on how elementary teachers can use a single iPad productively:
  • in multiple settings and configurations such as whole group, pass around, small groups, and stations
  • using both consumptive and product-based apps
  • showcasing actual student work and app-tivities across the curriculum

 
While the intent is to support teachers with a single iPad and highlight ways to boost student engagement, learning, and productivity, the suggestions and apps shared would be useful to teachers with multiple iPads as well.

So without further ado… I present the “1 iPad Classroom” revisited.
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02 Apr 2013
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The 360 iClassroom

It has been quite a year rolling out iPads to K-12. Today we handed out the last iPad to the last student. We are officially K-12 1:1 iPad! Yes, it was somewhat tempting (as it is April Fool’s Day) and would have been slightly amusing to tell the last student that we miscalculated and we had run out of iPads. However, we were fully stocked and prepared. Many of the teachers were so excited that the 6th grade students finally were mobily equipped that they have already began planning lessons that incorporate the iPad to enhance their instruction.

I will say it would not be effective or successful if it weren’t for the 360 model of supporting all angles of the initiative… from district and admin decisions to student and teacher training and even parent meetings ranging from disseminating information to providing tips and tricks to manage the devices at home.

A few earlier posts touched on these resources:

 
The video below highlights yet another resource provided for parents. The Digital Parent Learning Series. The third installment in the series focuses on “Internet Safety and Cyber-bullying” but also covered some wonderful digital wellness tips ranging from child-friendly browsers and filters, a discussion on why apps like snapchat may not be as safe as they claim, to suggesting opportunities for reverse mentoring with technology.

The speaker for the night, Reggie Cajayon (Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Prevention Coordinator for Texas State University), had everyone app-solutely captivated. While only had about 50 parents in attendance, twice as many absorbed the night’s info meeting from home as the event was live-streamed and then archived for later accessibility.

Though an initiative of this caliber will always encounter bumps and dips along the way as we trail blaze the iFrontier, I feel fairly confident that the resources that the district continually provides to support all angles of the implementation will definitely clear a path for student success. And truly… isn’t that what we are all here for?

One of our wonderful iVengers, Marianna Husain was kind enough to compile a Listly list of some of the resources shared from the night’s presentation:

 

 

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25 Mar 2013
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Techlandia

Last night was a virtual reunion of sorts dating back to the anniversary of our first congregation – the Mobile Learning 2012 conference. Alison Anderson (@tedrosececi), Jon Samuelson (@ipadsammy), Eric Marcos (@mathtrain), and myself  joined up to be part of Techlandia’s Sweet 16th episode. Techlandia… you say? That sounds an awful lot like Portlandia. Well yes, the podcast did emerge from a trip to Portland and a friendship that began at Mobile Learning.

Jon and Alison co-host the Techlandia show and invited Eric and myself as guests. You can download the audio only version of last night’s show in iTunes or opt to enjoy all of our late night hijinks in the archived video stream below.

I actually want to take a few moments to discuss the power of Google Hangouts (which created the video stream above). Not only can you chat with multiple people at the same time from varying locations (skype on steroids), you can record the hangout and archive it to Youtube. I have found this tool handy on multiple occasions for my own workflow and collaboration. As Yolanda and I no longer work in the same district but occasionally still present together, we used Google Hangouts to collaborate on a Google Doc and chat virtually to check in on each other’s progress on a project.

Google Hangouts with @mrhooker

Carl Hooker (@mrhooker), my iVenger boss, actually used Google Hangouts to appear virtually to our HCMS iPad site visitors less than 12 hours after his daughter was born. Not only was he able to answer district level questions pertaining to our K-12 iPad Rollout, he actually used the screen-sharing feature in Google Hangouts to access and share his presentation and slides with the attendees. Nothing short of app-tastic!

Another article shared how classrooms are using this tool to have shared readings or events that span multiple campuses and districts. If you are interested in more info about Google Hangouts, check out 100 Best Google Hangouts tutorial videos and How to Play iTunes Audio During a Google Hangout. Did I mention you can even hangout directly from one of your iOS devices with the Google+ app.

If you are using Google Hangouts personally, professionally, or with your students, please chime in. Add your comments for how this tool can be used.

 

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18 Mar 2013
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App Smackdown: Teacher Tool Style

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to share apps and productivity tools for teachers on a panel with 3 others at the Tech Forum Atlanta event. It is always app-tastic fun and I even discovered a few gems that I am super enthused to add to my teacher bag of tricks.

Don’t be too bummed if you missed it. Fortunately for you, Tech Forum livestreamed the event and the archived version is available for all.

 

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I created a list.ly of the apps and tools that I shared and have added the link to the original panel Google Doc (where the others on the panel added their faves). I also used the Bounce app to provide notes for each of the tools I shared.

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Which ones would you add? (leave your selections in the comments)

 

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