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03 Apr 2012
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Mobile 2012

I am pleased to announce that “Appy Hours 4 U” has added a Mobile Learning Speaker Series. Over the next two weeks, Yolanda and I will be hosting Mobile Learning Experts and Mobile 2012 speakers.

If you are unable to attend Mobile 2012, we are hoping this will be the next best thing.

Below is a line-up of the first four speakers. The sessions will be LIVE on “Appy Hours 4 U“. During the LIVE show, the speakers will be available to answer questions through a Todays Meet room which will be posted during the live show. Shortly after the live show, the episode will be archived and available in “Appy Hours 4 U” iTunes.

Mobile 2012: April 11-3th in Phoenix, AZ

     

  1. Tony Vincent & Felix Jacomino: Listen LIVE Wednesday April 4th @ 3:30 pm CST!
    1. Tony Vincent (Twitter: @TonyVincent):
      1. Tony Vincent started teaching fifth grade fourteen years ago when it wasn’t so easy to publish online. Knowing that students were motivated to see their work on the Web, Tony first had students write their book reviews on Amazon.com. Later, his students spent each school year adding to their classroom site, Planet 5th. They published writing, photos, journals, art, videos, and more.Planet 5th became so popular that it received thousands of hits from around the world. In 2001 his students began using Palm handhelds, and ever since Tony has been an advocate for mobile learning. He developed Radio WillowWeb in 2005, making it one of the first podcasts by students. Tony left classroom teaching to become a consultant in 2006. While he misses his former school, he’s had amazing experiences as a consultant. Currently based in Phoenix, Arizona, Tony has worked with teachers and students from around the world.
      2. Tony is an Organizer for Mobile 2012 and will be presenting 3 sessions focusing on the topics of Project-Based Mobile Learning and Collaboration.
    2. Felix Jacomino (Twitter: @FelixJacomino):
      1. Felix Jacomino is the Director of Technology in a private, 1:1 iPad, school in Coconut Grove, FL. Felix has a great passion for teaching that authentically engages students. He graduated with a degree in Education and also studied computer networking and is a certified network engineer. The combination of his education background and technological skills has proven to be ideal in guiding his current school and technology integration team to be technological leaders in the South Florida community. Most common hashtags you will see Felix use are #edtech, #edchat, #mlearning, #ipad, #edapp, #pbl and, of course, #mobile2012!
      2. Felix’s Mobile 2012 sessions will include: 21st Century Learning & Tools in Primary Grades and Combining 21st Century Skills and Project-Based Learning.
  2. Diane Darrow (Twitter: @DianeDarrow): Listen LIVE Thursday April 5th @ 3:30 pm CST! 
    1. Diane Darrow is the Information Media Specialist at Bel Aire Elementary School in Tiburon, CA. She is constantly entertaining innovative ways the iPad can improve curriculum and instruction for schools. Her classroom instruction experiences include teaching at the preschool, elementary and University level. Her educational training is in Early Childhood Education, Montessori, Reading Recovery, Gifted and Talented Education, Fine Arts, and Online Teaching. In her spare time, she writes reviews for TeachersFirst.com and occasionally contributes blogs about mobile technology for Edutopia. In 2011, she was named an Apple Distinguished Educator.
    2. Diane’s Mobile 2012 presentations will include: Inquiry-Based App Activities for Elementary, Literature Circle on the iPad, and Writing as Child’s Play. 
  3. Derek Keenan (Twitter:@MrKeeenan): Listen LIVE Monday April 9th @ 4:30 pm CST!
    1. Derek Keenan is a 21st century teacher, researcher, blogger and learner from Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. He is a Technology Learning Lead in his school, bringing new and innovative ideas for learning into the classroom. He has taught with class sets of iPod Touches and iPads, and has seen some amazing developments in blending mobile learning with engaging student activities. His newest learning focus is the development and implementation of virtual learning environments and educational gaming, having received a technology grant to explore this emerging field. Derek is excited to bring even more experience and research in mobile learning back to Mobile after his appearance last year at this powerful event!
    2. Derek’s Mobile 2012 sessions will include: Creating and Sustaining Effective Leadership in Digital Learning, The Educational Implications of App Innovations, and The Paperless Classroom: Tools and Processes for True Digital Learning.

 

Stay tuned for updates to our Mobile Learning Speaker Series. Hoping to get 5-7 more added to the offerings.


26 Mar 2012
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Podcasting & Podcasts: Episode 23

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 23 – “Podcasting & Podcasts”. In this episode we will guide you through the process of how to create your own podcasts and share some classroom pod-sibilities for creating your own podcasts with the FREE apps listed. We will also discuss how teachers and students can use existing iTunes podcasts in the iClassroom to support instruction, core concepts, differentiated instruction, higher order thinking skills, and a flipped classroom model.

Podcasting & Podcasts 4 the iClassroom (MorgueFile Image)

 

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. iTalk Recorder
  2. Audio Memos Free
  3. Cinch
  4. Smart Recorder Lite
  5. Super Note
  6. Voice Pad

 
This week we also featured the following iTunes podcasts:

  1. A Christian & An Atheist
  2. Grammar Girl
  3. Thomas Jefferson Hour
  4. Old Time Radio Comedy
  5. Old Time Radio Horror
  6. Radio WillowWeb
  7. Storynory
  8. LibriVox
  9. Stuff You Missed in History Class

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.


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  1. Remember to leave your submission to win a $10 iTunes Gift Card in the “Appy Hours 4 U” iChallenge.
  2. More Podcasting Lesson Resources: Check out these two iLessons involving podcasts: Voices from the Cattle Trail and There’s a Podcast for That
  3. Podcasts Reviewed and Sorted by Content Area

23 Mar 2012
Comments: 8

Surprisingly Educational: Part 4 – Episode 22

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 22– “Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 4. In this episode we featured multiple edutainment apps that that at first glance might not appear educational. For each free app we shared multiple integration ideas that span across content areas and grade levels. Check out our other installments of “Surprisingly Educational Apps1”, “Surprisingly Educational Apps 2“, and “Surprisingly Educational Apps 3“.

 

What's Your 6 Word Bio? using Motivational Poster app

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Visual Poet (see their gallery)
  2. TypeDrawing for FREE (see examples in Math, More Math, Language, and their gallery)
  3. For All Seasons (get For All Seasons on your Mac or PC)
  4. Sketchbook Express & SketchBook MobileX
  5. Bloom*
  6. Create-O-Mat
  7. Fotolr Photo Studio HD & Fotolr Photo Studio 
  8. Painting with Time
  9. Painting with Time: Climate Change
  10. Mad Lips
  11. Political Time Machine (was FREE at the time of our notes)
  12. Motivational Poster (was FREE at time of episode)
  13. VidRhythm (See iChallenge details below).

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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“Appy Hours 4 U” iChallenge: We really want VidRhythm to be considered “Surprisingly Educational” – we LOVE this app and find it to be intensely engaging! However, we have been unable to assign some sort of core classroom integration to the app. Thus, “Appy Hours 4 U” will award a $10 iTunes Gift Card to the best user submission for how VidRhythm can be used instructionally and purposefully in a core classroom. Leave a Comment Below: Include your name, contact email, and idea for how the app can be used instructionally in the iClassroom. We will choose the best submission and announce the winner on our April 5th episode and in the TechChef4U blog.


02 Mar 2012
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The 1 iPad Classroom: Episode 21

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio ShowEpisode 21: “The 1 iPad Classroom“. In this episode the famous Lisa Carnazzo (2nd grade elementary teacher and iChef) joined us to discuss her iClassroom. She touched on classroom management, the process of planning an iLesson, what road blocks she has encountered and how she overcame them, and the impact the iPad has had on student learning and engagement. She also highlighted some of her favorite apps and iLessons.

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.


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Explore some of Lisa Carnazzo’s iLessons:

  1. Seasons (Science lesson using Puppet Pals)
  2. The Water Cycle (Science lesson using ScreenChomp, Songify, and Talkapella)
  3. Inferencing (Language Arts lesson using Talking Tom’s Love Letters and Popplet Lite)
  4. Weather (Science lesson using WunderMap and Talking Tom & Ben News)
  5. Job Application (Language Arts lesson using VoiceThread)
  6. Probability (Math lesson using Doodle Buddy and ScreenChomp)
  7. Parts of Speech (Language Arts lesson using Tacky Wales Create)
  8. Problem-Solving & Word Problems (Math lesson using Puppet Pals)
  9. Objects in Motion (Science lesson using iCardSort)
  10. Sums of 10 (Math lesson using Talking Tom, Ben, Gina, etc…)
  11. Short Vowels (Language Arts lesson using Songify)

 

Want More iLessons?:

 

Check out Yolanda Barker’s Videolicious Summary of our visit to Carnazzo’s iClassroom.

Visit to Carnazzo’s Class from Yolanda Barker on Vimeo.

 

 

 



27 Feb 2012
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Exceptional E-Book Creators: Episode 20

E-Books in the iClassroom: How can, have, or will you use E-Book projects in your classroom? Want to win a free promo code for the full version of Albums FX (regularly $4.99)?

Create unlimited albums and pages with Text, Videos, and Photos with Albums FX  which offers Clipart, Stencils, Backgrounds, Animation, and Particle Effects. Albums can be emailed, shared, and printed. Leave a comment on “Exceptional E-Book Creators” (this blog) with the following information to be entered in a random drawing to win 1 of 5 Albums FX promo codes:

  1. Grade Level  and Content area taught
  2. Details and info about how you can, have, or will use app(s) to create an E-Book project with your class.
All winners will be selected and announced Monday, March 5th.

Albums FX: Create Unlimited Books with Movies, Text, Photos, Animations, and Much More!

Now that I have your attention…

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 20: “Exceptional E-book Creators“. In this episode we featured nine FREE apps that could be utilized to create an E-book on the iPad. We discussed the features of each app as well as how it could be integrated into the classroom in multiple content areas and grade levels.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Story Spine: (also check out Words 4 Students for more mad-lib like apps to create a framework for a creative writing piece)
  2. StoryKit: (International Children’s Library)
  3. Picturebook (take a glimpse at Picturebook School Edition with 250 illustrations in 12 complete picture sets)
  4. iPen Free: (take a peek at iPen, XNote, and XNote Free)
  5. Demibooks Composer: (take a gander at Demibooks Composer User Guide)
  6. Albums FX Lite: (leave a comment and be entered to win Albums FX with unlimited albums and pages and tons of content)
  7. Clibe: (take a peek at their site and all of the public journals in the Clibe gallery)
  8. ScrapPad Movie Night Collage: (also check out Back to School and 9 other FREE themed books)
  9. Album App: (Tips & Tricks)

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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11 Feb 2012
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Appy Hours 4 U

Suffering from insomnia one evening, I decided to google “appy hours”. I came across our show, my blog, Eanes ISD’s appy hours, and this review of the show. The review was written last fall (our first show was aired on August 25th, 2011).

"Appy Hours 4 U" Review by The Constructivist Toolkit

 

As I have had a few questions about the format and intent of our show since then, I thought it might be nice to share the vision and mechanics behind the show:

  1. Who hosts the show? Blog Talk Radio hosts non prime-time 15 and 30 minute episodes for FREE!
  2. Why is the show aired live? We chose the live format to save time (as Yolanda Barker and myself are both perfectionists and we worried it might take multiple takes and many hours to have the 30 minute show meet our high standards).
  3. What are the mechanics behind the show? About ten-fifteen minutes before we go live, we call in to the host telephone number from a landline telephone. Originally, in the first few episodes, we used a cell phone and the sound quality was not as good. We found after a few episodes that using a land line speaker phone presented a much clearer option.
  4. Why do a radio show for teachers? Over the summer, I was asked to be a guest on another BTR show “Social Geek Radio“. After that, I got the bug to create my own show. The topic for the show was birthed out of the need for “PD in your PJ’s” or “PD for Commuters”. The show can either be listened to in conjunction with exploring the featured apps (always listed in the BTR or iTunes description of each episode) or simply listened to for integration ideas and insights based on FREE apps. The intent was to provide a resource that met the needs of many learners that don’t attend after school workshops or have time to read blogs or lengthy emails.

 

Check out our Spring 2012 Schedule with a new intro and voice-over provided by Matt Barker Tunes and our new appy icon (in honor of recent release of “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” to iBooks!)

 


03 Feb 2012
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Hot Apps 4 HOTS: From iCeption to iSBN

"Hot Apps 4 HOTS" road to iBooks

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 19 – “Hot Apps 4 HOTS: From iCeption to ISBN“. In this episode we discuss our journey to the iBookStore and some tips for self-publishing. We answered questions and gave more information on the following topics.

    1. iCeption: Our Inspiration for the Book
    2. Why we chose product-based FREE apps?
    3. What type of research and preparation went into the book?
    4. Why we chose a cooking theme?
    5. Where we got a template?
    6. The evolution of the book and what events led us to change our course
    7. Info on How to get an ISBN
    8. Info on Creative Commons Licensing
    9. What resources the book contains for presenters and educators?
    10. Who Reviewed our book?
    11. Who designed the cover art?
    12. How do you handle spacing in Pages/ePubs?
    13. ePub Checker
    14. Getting ePubs on a device without publishing to iBooks
    15. iTunes Connect Online Application & Free Books Account
    16. The iBooks Review Process

 

Here are some other articles on self-publishing that we found useful:

  1. eHow: How to Publish Content on Apple iBooks
  2. Creating ePub files with Pages
  3. Apps in Education: ePub – Publishing your own books for the iPad
  4. Dragos Roua: How to Self-Publish On Amazon, Kindle, and iBookstore

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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Many thanks to all of you who have rated and reviewed the iBook on your site or in the iBookStore.

Customer Rating(s): “HOT! by *MuSiC*:) Devoured this inspiring treat! Loved the detailed directions using these amazing free apps. Thank you for writing and sharing it with the world!”

District Comments: “I already sent this out to all the facilitators and my staff on my campuses yesterday. I saw your tweet the night before and had already downloaded it and read it! You are a ROCKSTAR! This is awesome! I love it, I love the step by step directions for the teachers in as well as it being all free apps! Ideas were just spinning in my head. My coordinator replied back how wonderful it was as well as the rest of the facilitators! Do you ever sleep? Oh my goodness you do a lot. I am thankful you do because I have learned so much from all your sites and everything. I also shared your site at our last Tenor meeting last month with surrounding school districts! Thanks for all your awesomeness!:-)” – Donita O’Hair (Technology Integration Facilitator  – Frisco ISD)

“Free Technology for Teachers” featured Hot Apps 4 HOTS

"Free Technology for Teachers" highlights "Hot Apps 4 HOTS"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


02 Feb 2012
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Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 3 – Episode 18

String Augmented Reality Creatures: Print Targets Here!

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 18– “Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 3. In this episode we featured multiple edutainment apps that that at first glance might not appear educational. For each free app we shared multiple integration ideas across content areas and grade levels. Check out our other installments of “Surprisingly Educational Apps1” and “Surprisingly Educational Apps 2“.

 

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. TurboCollage
  2. Photo Measure Lite
  3. Tracing Paper Lite
  4. Skitch for iPad
  5. String (print the targets to use with the app)
  6. Epic Citadel
    1. Epic Citadel Teacher Challenge Resources
    2. Creative Writing Using Simulated Environment Apps
    3. Creative Writing with Epic Citadel (possible teaching and learning ideas)
    4. Citadel: Telling an Epic Tale (Student Writing Samples)
  7. Video Star
  8. Word Lens
  9. My Secret Diary
  10. Awesome Photo Calendar Lite
  11. QR Code Beamer

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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Check out all of the Surprisingly Educational Apps we featured thus far. If you are attending TCEA 2012, stop by the iPlayground for more classroom integration ideas for all of the apps listed below:

Surprisingly Educational Apps


28 Jan 2012
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Marvelous Music with Michael: Episode 17

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 17: “Marvelous Music with Michael”. In this episode we featured 6 apps (5 free and 1 paid) that could be used for music instruction and creation. For each app we shared a brief description and then ways the app could be used in the classroom (both music and core).We were joined by music maestro Michael Benavides, “Wire the World” blogger and infotainment guru, who shared his app-etite for music and apps. (Check out his first appearance on our show: Music 4 the Classroom: Episode 6).

Michael the Music Maestro

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Groovemaker Free
  2. Animoog $
  3. Sound Drop
  4. Pluto Learns Piano HD
  5. PatternMusic  MXXIV
  6. Musician’s Practice Journal Free.

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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Michael will also be sharing these apps and more at TCEA 2012’s iPlayground.

 


25 Jan 2012
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Appy Hours 4 U: Spring 2012

"Appy Hours 4 U": Spring 2012

We’re back for Spring 2012! Check out our Spring “Appy Hours 4 U” schedule. We air live Thursdays @ 3:30 pm.

  1. Notable Apps 4 Note-taking (1/12)
  2. Marvelous Music with Michael (1/19)
  3. Surprisingly Educational 3 (1/26)
  4. Hot Apps 4 HOTS (2/2)
  5. iTools 4 Admin (2/16)
  6. Exceptional Ebook Creators (2/23)
  7. The 1 iPad Classroom (3/1)
  8. Surprisingly Educational 4 (3/8)
  9. Podcasting & Podcasts (3/22)
  10. Great Apps 4 Government (4/5)
  11. Sizzlin’ Apps 4 Science (4/12)
  12. Surprisingly Educational 5 (5/3)

 

Also stay tuned for some additional featured shows with special guests! (schedule to come)

Check us out at TCEA 2012. Yolanda and I will be presenting 2 workshops (“iBuild iPad Lessons” and “Hot Apps 4 HOTS“) and 2 sessions at iPlayground (“iPrep for Kindergarten” 2/6 @ 4 pm and “Surprisingly Educational Apps” 2/8 @ 4 pm).