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02 Nov 2011
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Eanes ISD – How do you setup a 1:1 iPad Program?: Episode 8

Individualized Curriculum

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 8Eanes ISD: How do you setup a 1:1 iPad Program.

This was our first episode with an outside of district guest. We were very fortunate and thrilled to have Carl Hooker (@mrhooker), Director of Instructional Technology for Eanes ISD and “a music loving, techno-literate, iEvangelist from the planet Hookertron” to grace our show. He shared Eanes’ 1:1 iPad program timeline and plan for implementation, management, and integration.

 

“You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it.” Seymour Papert

Carl shared that Seymour’s quote tied in with the “why” of a 1:1… to keep the focus on the students to provide them with an individualized, flexible curriculum.

iCeption: Carl created a mock-umentary movie to explain how the iDevice actually creates more time in your day. While the video is very edutainment oriented, the message is quite clear… the power of the iDevice is mobile learning.


WIFI Timeline: During our show, Carl discussed the timeline for Eanes’ WIFI (Westlake Initiative for Innovation)

Eanes Timeline for WIFI

 

iDevice Student Orientation Video: After choosing a relevant, flexible, adaptable, and game-changing tool that could provide students with 24/7 access to knowledge and collaboration, Carl created an orientation video for students that included acceptable use guidelines, laser etching as a theft deterrent, passcode locks, iPad Dos and Don’ts, info about the genius bar, care and cleaning, getting apps with an iTunes account and acquiring district-purchased apps from self service, and device insurance for loss or damage.

Eanes ISD Blasts off with a 1:1 iPad Initiative

 

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02 Nov 2011
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Videolicious Student Products: Episode 7

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 7Videolicious Student Products. In this episode, we featured multiple free apps that can be utilized for creating student video products. I was joined by music maestro Michael Benavides, and infotainment guru, who shared his app-etite for animation and video production apps. We started out discussing multiple purposes (ranging from video diaries and resumes to book trailers, documentaries, and product reviews) for student video products as well as the functionality, purpose, and features of each indivdual app (and what features were available as in-app purchases). (Also check out Video Project Ideas from South Burlington and Video Project Ideas by content area from Tech & Learning)

Splice Video Editor (Free): Preparing for this show, I found most of the apps were initially made for the iPhone as the camera/video feature on the iPad is relatively new. As I had multiple photos and videos eating up valuable space on my phone already, I decided to use a few of these to create a video of a recent Blue October concert I attended. Using Splice Video Editor (Free), the process was effortless…
 

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Videolicious (Twitter): Visit their website and blog for instructions and sample videos
  2. Splice Video Editor (Free) (Twitter): Visit their support community, website, and YouTube channel for samples and tutorials
  3. Cartoonatic: Visit their website for support
  4. Video Editor for Free
  5. iMotion HD: Visit their website and YouTube channel for support and sample videos. Also check out iMotion Remote to remotely control your time-lapse and stop-motion photography projects.
  6. Pop My Video: was only free for a limited time (see their website for instructions and video tutorial)
  7. Animoto (Twitter): check out their web app to create similar videos online
  8. Slideshow+: currently free for a limited time (check out Photo Slideshow Director and their help site with videos)

 
Video with iMotion HD: Within the app, I found a gallery of user created and submitted videos. For some reason, this one really caught my eye. As an educator, the idea of creating a tutorial or step-by-step video for a process app-ealed to me very much. Even at the elementary level, I could see students setting up a first-next-then scenario and capturing it.
 

 

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02 Nov 2011
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We're in iTunes!!

“Appy Hours 4 U” is now available in iTunes! We will still be airing live at at 3:30pm from our home studio at Blog Talk Radio. If you miss our live show, you can always stream it at BTR or find us in iTunes an hour or so after the show. Happy listening!

 

Listen in for app-tastic info on free edu apps & ideas for integration across content area & grade level

 


30 Oct 2011
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Music 4 the Classroom: Episode 6

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 6Music 4 the Classroom.  In this episode, we featured 7 free and paid apps that can be utilized for music production. We discussed the functionality of each app and what features were available as in-app purchases. We were joined by music maestro Michael Benavides, and infotainment guru, who shared his app-etite for music and apps. Please visit his blog “Wire the World” for full reviews on each of the apps discussed.

Music 4 the Classroom via "Wire the World

This week we discussed the following apps: Garage Band, Beatwave, Barrel Tones, Virtuoso Piano Free, LoopJ, MadPad HD, and Six Strings.

iPad Sync Shuffle – MadPad HD in action: Previous to the show, I had created a MadPad HD video entitled “iPad Sync Shuffle” to commemorate my procedures and gift of time to prepare multiple iPads for student use. In the show we discussed other unconventional ways the app could be used in an educational setting.


 

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11 Oct 2011
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HOT Apps 4 Brainstorming: Episode 5

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 5 – HOT Apps 4 Brainstorming.  In this episode, we featured 7 free apps that can be utilized for mind-mapping, note-taking, and brainstorming and discussed the functionality of each app and what features were available as in-app purchases or with companion apps and software.

Created with iBrainstorm

 

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. T-Chart : See pro-con example in Can the Ban post.
  2. iBrainstorm (website): Check out the iBrainstorm Companion to have students “flick” post-its to the iPad. Check out iBrainstorm examples on their site or upload yours to share on Flickr with the tag “ibrainstormapp”.
    1. See additional iBrainstorm example in iBuild iPad Lessons post.
  3. Simplemind+ (website): Also available on iPhone/iPad. Download a 30 day trial of the desktop version available for PC/Mac and share/edit your mindmaps easily between all of your devices.
    1. See Shakespeare example in HOT Apps 4 Production.
  4. Stickyboard (website): Check out their user’s guide.
  5. Idea Sketch (website): Similar to Inspiration – has outline & graphic modes.
  6. Popplet Lite: This app was also featured and discussed in the second episode of “appy hours 4 u: Screencasting, Problem-Solving, & Digital Storytelling.” Also check out their web app (will require logins) and these examples:
    1. Sequencing Example
    2. Math Example: Vocabulary & Classification
    3. HOT Apps 4 HOTS Agenda
    4. ELAR Example: Ophelia Character Map
    5. Tech Example with Web App embedded
  7. iCardSort Lite (website): visit their public repository for pre-created decks and check out their newsletter for integration ideas.
    1. Elementary Science Example
    2. MS Math Example using vocabulary with handouts and lesson
    3. Sorting example for “Words 4 Students”
    4. Videos highlighting basic use and how to integrate in a literature circle

Created with iCardSort

 

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04 Oct 2011
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Fall "Appy Hours 4 U" show list

Fall 2011: Appy Hour Schedule

Appy Hours 4 U: Fall 2011

Check out our fall season of appy hour shows. We will be airing live on Thursdays at 3:30pm. Login in to the chat to discuss app integration and iLesson ideas with other teachers. Each show features free apps that can be used across various content areas  and with multiple grade levels. If you miss the live show, stream us later or download the episode to iTunes. Visit techchef4u’s blog supplements to each show posted before the episode.

  1. HOT Apps 4 Brainstorming: 9/29
  2. Music: 10/6
  3. Videolicious Products: 10/13
  4. Eanes ISD: 1:1 iPad: 10/20
  5. ELA Games: 11/3
  6. Killeen iPod Integration: 11/10
  7. Surprisingly Edu: Part 2: 11/17
  8. Math Games: 12/1
  9. Comics: 12/8
  10. iBuild iPad Lessons: 12/15

 

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03 Oct 2011
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Words 4 Students: Episode 4

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 4 – “Words 4 Students”. In this episode, we discussed up front how mad lib-like apps could be used instructionally with various content areas and grade levels and then discussed the main features of each app and what features were available as in-app purchases. (Also check out Teachervision for some great integration ideas.)

We also congratulated Ms. Carnazzo, a 2nd grade teacher in NEISD, for using our show to inspire and develop iLessons with her students: Talking Heads sums of 10 (from episode 1), Songify for short vowel sounds (from episode 1), and iCardSort for objects in motion (from episode 5).

Words 4 Students: features sorted w/ iCardSort app

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Mad Libs (Website): Other paid versions: Goofy, Cool, and  On the Road. They also have Musical Mad Libs Songatron Free & Songatron $ which we haven’t had a chance to review.
  2. Tacky Wales: Also check out the paid app Tacky Wales Create.
  3. Wordventure (Website)
  4. Radlibz $
  5. Sparklefish (Twitter): Stay tuned for a holiday version.
 

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03 Oct 2011
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Puppets 4 the Classroom: Episode 3

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 3 – Puppets 4 the Classroom. In this episode, we discussed up front how puppet apps could be used instructionally with multiple content areas and grade levels and then discussed the main features of each app, the difference between the free and paid versions, and what features were available as in-app purchases.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Puppet Pals HD (Twitter / Blog): Also check out Puppet Pals Director’s Pass which will comply with Apple’s VPP.
    1. Puppet Pals lesson and handouts
    2. Puppet Pals elementary Math lesson/student examples
  2. Sock Puppets:
    1. Sock Puppet Shakespeare lesson
    2. Sock Puppets to practice language (student examples)
  3. PhotoPuppet HD Lite (Tutorials): While we highlighted the lite version, I would highly advise purchasing the paid version and spending some time with their video tutorials. They also offer a iPhone/iPod version entitled PhotoPuppet Go.
    1. Check out the weather forecasting example above
  4. Tortoise & Hare Puppet Show (Website): also check out the paid versions (“The Three Billy Goats Gruff” & “The Three Little Pigs“)

 

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02 Sep 2011
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Screencasting, Problem-Solving, and Digital Storytelling: Episode 2

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 2“Screencasting, Problem-Solving, and Digital Storytelling”. In addition to discussing how the four featured apps could be used instructionally (with multiple grade levels and content areas), we discussed the purpose and inspiration of the show, explained how to get images to the device (e.g. screenshots, camera, saving an image), and gave more in depth information on how to manage the apps with multiple students and collect products as well as limitations of the app(s) and what features the upgraded app offers or promises to offer in the next patch.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Doodle Buddy (Twitter): highlighted in ShowMe video above (also checkout Doodle Buddy featured in other edu blogs:

    Doodle Buddy Bar Graph

    1. Math: determine length of missing side of a triangle
    2. Speech Therapy: sketching, building vocabulary, and pictionary-like activities
    3. Occupational Therapy: developing fine motor skills (used to compare progress over a few weeks)
    4. Multi-content: science labs, math problems, alphabet books, annotate PowerPoints that have been turned into images
    5. Cooperative Work: Hangman
  2. Popplet Lite (Twitter): Ophelia Character Map & Math Vocabulary/Classification
  3. ScreenChomp (Twitter): Review and goal-setting example using Poetry Magnets screenshot, Math example using U.S. Quarters screenshot
  4. ShowMe (Twitter): example included above highlights Doodle Buddy screenshots (visit ShowMe Community for more examples)
  5. Explain Everything $ (Twitter): review and examples for student and teacher use (visit Explain Everything Showcase for more examples and a review of my EE projects)

 
 
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17 Aug 2011
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Surprisingly Educational Apps: Talking Homophone Heads

My two-year old son is overjoyed as he claps his hands in glee when Talking Tom Cat repeats his spoken phrases, “my mama” and “tractor”. While Talking Tom Cat and his friends were created as interactive pets with built in voice repetition, they can be used to engage learners in repetitive tasks that may not be as intriguing if completed in a low-tech manner.

Talking Tom Cat is quite the social butterfly and has many friends (Larry the Bird, Lila the Fairy, Gina the Giraffe, Ben the Dog, Harry the Hedgehog, John the Bacteria, Rex the Dinosaur, Roby Celik the Robot, Santa, and Baby Hippo) but I try to focus on ones that hit the right price point… free. Tom Cat 1 & 2, Gina, Ben, Roby, and John are all free and can be used at multiple grade levels across various content areas. (I did utilize paid Talking Rex as he fit the homophone lesson quite nicely. Gotta love carnivores with the best of intentions.)

Talking Tom Cat will record for 45 seconds. The resulting video can be exported or saved to the device. If a teacher chooses to export to YouTube, he/she will want to set up a class YouTube account and ensure privacy settings are initiated as well as individual student AUP’s are being followed. Students can also email the video from the device as an mp4. If a student needs longer than 45 seconds, consider breaking the activity into parts or acts.

Roby Celik, the talking robot, is also free and allows users to either speak or type text. In testing him, we found that he took about three lines of text before he would stop recitation (probably about 45 seconds).

Talking Homophones Lesson with Juxio

 

Roby: “My robotics teacher always tells us to cite our references when doing research.”

Rex: “Even though I had the best of intentions to become a vegetarian, I feel like I lost sight of my goals.”

Tom: “I was very excited when I visited the site for the new creamery. They even gave me a free sample.”

  • Student use: Consider using a talking character app to recite a speech, practice foreign language, or create word problems for your peers to solve. Students could also create two videos (one from each perspective of an argument/debate) and have a third group compose a persuasive essay as a follow-up writing assignment.
  • Teacher use: Create your own Talking Tom video to provide directions (e.g. lab safety rules, task instructions, login protocol) for a center or a learning station activity (see homophones example above). Teachers could also set up a center with prefixes, suffixes, and root words and have students assemble words, look up definitions, create a sentence that uses the new word in context, and then have a talking character recite the text. Consider using the videos as an introduction to a new topic or unit (as seen in Talking John below). From there, have students answer questions about the statements about bad bacteria, research bad bacteria further and create a KWL, Popplet Lite, a Frayer Model. Students could even compare & contrast good bacteria to bad bacteria, etc…

Bacteria John: “Bacteria are one-celled creatures that get nutrients from the environment to live. They can produce insude the body and cause infections. These are bad bacteria.”

Note: As the apps were created as interactive pets and not necessarily for instructional use, teachers will want to restrict “in-app purchases” to ensure students do not accidentally or intentionally purchase an added feature. This is quick and easy to do in the general menu of your iPad settings. Teachers will also want to test each app as to the appropriateness of the interactive features with the age group they intend to use it with.

Please comment with other ways you have and could use these talking characters in the classroom.