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11 Jul 2014
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Fierce Friday: TechChef4u’s Epic PhotoMap PD Recap

It has been a very frenzied few weeks with conferences, travel, and speaking engagements. Finally, I have had a moment to reflect and archive the learning and inspiration from the past 6 weeks in a Fierce Friday post… in the only way I know how… ūüėČ

a Thinglink of epic proportions…of course!

   

Dig in to TechChef4u’s Epic PhotoMap PD Recap: There is much inspiration and content buried and hidden in this Thinglink… so dig in and relish each nubbin! Here are a few to keep an eye out for:

  • S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR 2.0
  • Cooking Up Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom 2.0
  • World Languages and Constructivism from WHS World Language Department
  • Technology in the Early Grades Reboot
  • Teaching with iPad Exemplars (especially pertinent to History, ELA, and World Languages)
  • Background Info on the iTunes U app update that allows course discussion, curation, and management
  • 7 FREE Interactive Biology iBook Textbooks
  • Ideas for Creating your own Graphic Organizer backgrounds to facilitate formative assessment and discussion using Padlet
  • And Much More…

Dive Right in to 9 Power-Packed Tools for Bridging the Summer and the Classroom: If you are interested in learning about how the Thinglink was created, explore these 9 Power-Packed Tools for Bridging the Summer and the Classroom and dive right in to the Edudemic post divulging delicious examples for both extracurricular and instructional integration. 

TechChef4u Alliteration Alliance!

Check out the other topics in the Ed Tech alliteration portfolio:

 

TechChef Presents!

TechChef PresentsWhere will Lisa Johnson be sharing her app-thusiasm next?

 

1:1 Deployment and Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

TechChef Techucation Gazette: Sign up to receive future issues of the monthly e-Newsletter:¬†There are many more learning app-ortunities and professional development toolkits to come. If you don’t want to miss a morsel of this techucation feast,¬†sign up today.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE LATEST ISSUE? WICKED GOOD SUMMER PD IDEAS!

 

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1,700+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring and Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

“Differentiated iClassroom” ¬†iTunes U course is now available!!!


04 Feb 2014
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S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction

TCEA is upon us and clearly SAMR is a hot topic. I had the pleasure to meet the father of the SAMR model¬†(check out recaps of his sessions HERE), Dr. Ruben Puentedura ***, last year at iPad Summit and have spent the past few months digesting, research, and curating SAMR resources for teachers. (Don’t Miss “Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom”!)

Met Dr, Ruben with Fellow ADE's: Michelle Cordy, Lisa Johnson, Dr. Ruben, and Courtney Pepe

Met Dr, Ruben with Fellow ADE’s: Michelle Cordy, Lisa Johnson, Dr. Ruben, and Courtney Pepe

In order to provide teachers with an easy to follow framework to digest and apply the model to their own practices and instruction, I decided to create my own acronym, S.A.S.S.Y. based on an adaptation of Dr. Ruben’s app classification… the Ed Tech Quintet:

  • S:¬†STUDENTS and Storytelling
  • A:¬†Awesome ASSESSMENT (Teacher-Driven and Student-Driven)
  • S: SOCIAL (Voice and Collaboration)
  • S:¬†SEEK: Research and Visualization (Finding it, Citing it, and Displaying it)
  • Y:¬†YOU: Think about Your Own Thinking‚Ķ

Once the acronym was in place, I built an infographic and then thing linked app-tivities and instructional resources on top of it.

Many times teachers see different apps placed at different levels of the SAMR spectrum and assume that an app can only work at one level or just because they use an app that their instruction is automatically at the augmentation or redefinition level.

“Truly, this is not the case… it is HOW students use the app that either enhances or transforms learning, not the app itself.” – Lisa Johnson

To this end the infographic includes 5 pieces of support materials:

  • Quizlet decks: with SAMR ladders/flows using the same app so teachers and educators get a better feel for what that might look like in a classroom.
  • Haiku Deck: to provide additional frame of reference and background knowledge for SAMR.
  • 4 Questions: to extend beyond enhancement… is your lesson transformative?
  • Google Presentation: where teachers can build and share their own SAMR flows once they feel comfortable.
  • Additional Support Resources: which include direct links to Dr. Ruben’s site, video, and presentations as well as 60+ SAMR examples and instructional resources.

The 4 Questions are in no way comprehensive but are designed to provide additional clarification when deciding if technology integration is an enhancement or truly is transformative:

  1. Does the technology/tool allow for collaboration (e.g. within a school, district, state, nation, globe, experts, PLN)?
  2. Does the technology/tool allow for feedback and formative assessment?
  3. Does the technology/tool allow for publishing to an authentic audience and archival?
  4. Is the technology/tool student-driven?

I have to say I am super stoked to debut S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR to the greater educational blogosphere and hope that it will be a useful resource for those that are trying to navigate through and digest the framework. Please feel FREE to add your own SAMR flows and ideas to the Google Presentation: “SAMR: Real World Ideas from Real World Teachers”.

*** In true SAMR fashion, I emailed my resources to Dr. Ruben himself. Entirely unsure if I would receive a response, I was overwhelmed with delight when I not only received an email response but actual feedback and clarification on the SAMR ladders I have provided within the session. To ensure quality and authentic alignment to the model, I revised a few of the ladders – what you see now is Dr. Ruben app-roved. ūüėČ ***

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SASSY SAMR by Lisa Johnson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/.

If you would like to see Lisa Johnson present – visit the TCEA 2014 site:

Interested in seeing Lisa Johnson keynote – register for the TIC Keystone Area Education Conference here.

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

1:1 Deployment and Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

TechChef Techucation Gazette: Sign up to receive future issues of the monthly e-Newsletter:¬†There are many more learning app-ortunities and professional development toolkits to come. If you don’t want to miss a morsel of this techucation feast,¬†sign up today.

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Chic Geek iJewelry on etsy!

1,600+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring and Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

“Differentiated iClassroom” ¬†iTunes U course is now available!!!

03 Feb 2014
Comments: 6

Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom

Today I presented a 3-hour workshop at TCEA on the topic of “Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom”:

How will you use graphic novels and comic creation apps in your iClassroom to support your curricular and project-based needs? This hands-on workshop will guide learners through a spectrum of comic creation apps from limited to full customization and showcase multiple student-created examples. Preferred device: iPad

The workshop included:

  • A tour of Student-Created Curricular Examples
  • A tour of Graphic Novel Apps and Books
  • A list of apps that Create Comics/Cartoons
  • 100+ Student-Created Curricular Examples
  • Augmented App-Smashing Examples
  • Clever Web Alternatives to Comic Creation Apps
  • Things to Consider when Publishing Student Work
  • Ideas for Using Comics in the Classroom
  • Ideas for Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom
  • And Much, Much MORE!!!

All of the links and resources highlighted can be found in the Thinglink (above) and the SMORE (below):

I hope these resources sufficiently prepare you to get groovy with graphics.

If you would like to see Lisa Johnson present – visit the TCEA 2014 site:

Interested in seeing Lisa Johnson keynote – register for the TIC Keystone Area Education Conference here.

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

1:1 Deployment and Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

TechChef Techucation Gazette: Sign up to receive future issues of the monthly e-Newsletter:¬†There are many more learning app-ortunities and professional development toolkits to come. If you don’t want to miss a morsel of this techucation feast,¬†sign up today.

DONT MISS the NEXT ISSUE: SIGN UP TODAY!!!

 

Chic Geek iJewelry on etsy!

1,600+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring and Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

“Differentiated iClassroom” ¬†iTunes U course is now available!!!

30 Dec 2013
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Differentiating the iClassroom

By the number of re-pins on Pinterest and activity on Twitter and Facebook, I take it that people are dedicating a bit of their holiday break to catch up on content across all of their favorite social networks. Sharpen your pencils folks, there is no better time than the present to reveal the latest iTunes U course from TechChef4u.

The Differentiated iClassroom iTunes U course: Download and Digest ;)

The Differentiated iClassroom iTunes U course: Download and Digest ūüėČ

This course was actually a collaboration between Tanna Fiske and myself in preparation for our workshop at Learning Forward earlier this month.

Presenting at Learning Forward 2013 with Tanna Fiske

Presenting at Learning Forward 2013 with Tanna Fiske

It was designed to provide educators with ideas to¬†channel mobile devices to optimize ideation and instruction while meeting individual student’s needs and includes:

  • Ideal Classroom Configuration
  • Note-taking and Lecture Tools
  • Questioning and Respectful Tasks
  • Sample iLessons and Rubrics
  • Tips for Assessing iPad Projects
  • AND MUCH MORE!!!

The course was originally intended to be used as the foundation for a hands-on workshop.

Presenting at Learning Forward 2013 with Tanna Fiske

Presenting at Learning Forward 2013 with Tanna Fiske

However, the collection provides multiple resources and extensions that allow anyone in the global edusphere to experience and interact with the content in order to delve deeper in to the ideals of fostering choice, collaboration, and creativity while still meeting content standards.

While iTunes U may have a few tweaks to truly meet the needs of educators as contributors rather than as consumers, Lenny Dutton does provide some interesting and thoughtful solutions.

Thank you all for your readership and loyalty to TechChef4u in 2013. Looking forward to an app-tastic 2014!

 

If you would like to see Lisa Johnson present – visit the TCEA 2014 site:

Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

Chic Geek iJewelry on etsy!

1,400+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring and Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

14 Nov 2013
Comments: 5

Designing Thinking Around Thinglink

It is no secret that the TechChef is a #fangirl of Thinglink and an avid proponent of creating media for teachers and students that meets instructional needs in a whimsical way.¬†Polishing my presentation resources for my session at iPad Summit Boston and waiting to power up my Mac on the flight, I happed upon an article in the Southwest Airlines magazine that really spoke to me…“Because I said I would”. The notion is about keeping promises but one quote in particular really stood out to me…”

"Because I said I would" image create with Canva web tool

“Because I said I would” image create with Canva web tool

Thus, my “Designing Thinking with Thinglink” mini workshop session is truly designed to do just that…influence others to knead differentiated instruction, visible thinking, whimsy, engagement, formative assessment, enrichment, and app synergy into their instructional resources and classrooms. And what better way to do that…then model it. The Thinglink resource below was created with a Canva image and then thinglinked with additional resources. (The numbered nubbins are an ability available with Thinglink Premium edition).

And on the note of influencing others, TechChef is in the polishing process of a ready-made editable PD toolkit to use with your teachers to deliver a similar PD. Sign up HERE to receive immediate notification when this resource becomes available.

Editable PD Toolkit Coming Soon

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Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

 

Registration Begins November 1st

Check out the new Chic Geek iJewelry line!

1,300+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Fall and Spring PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

07 Nov 2013
Comments: 1

Technology in the Early Grades

As a former elementary teacher and mom of two primary-age mobile natives, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to share resources and support for integrating and managing devices in the early grades with one of my favorite elementary teachers, Lisa Carnazzo, at Tech Forum Austin.

Both Lisa’s (myself and Lisa C) have prepared fairly thorough resources for this presentation. Lisa Carnazzo focused more on student products that met state and national standards as well as global communication with parents and beyond and shares her content in the slideshare embedded below:

I narrowed my resources to spotlight the following topics and gathered them all in the Thinglink below:

  • Screen Time
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Inquiry-Based App-tivities
  • Literacy App-tivities
  • Keyboarding
  • ePortfolios

Truly, the resources speak for themselves… so peruse and digest every tasty morsel and nubbin at your leisure.

Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more!

 

Registration Begins November 1st

Check out the new Chic Geek iJewelry line!

1,300+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Fall and Spring PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

16 Aug 2013
Comments: 3

Fostering the 3 F’s of Formative (Frequent, Fruitful, and Functional) Assessment

Eanes ISD has developed a two day Professional Learning Conference for their staff. During a session on the “Art of Questioning”, Pam Harris (@pwharris) discussed the difference between¬†social and logical knowledge and provided some very useful examples. Her tips and anecdotes really set the stage for my session on formative assessment as her strategies could be applied to the tools that I would be sharing in the afternoon.

How did I ever know what my students were thinking before¬†these fundamental digital delights? This session will showcase three tools that can be¬†accessed¬†on any mobile device to provide instant and formative and fetching and fascinating details about your student’s current understanding. Please bring a mobile device (e.g. iPad or Laptop) and an old exam you would like to freshen up. We will fire up our session with Infuse Learning and Nearpod¬†and¬†flash¬†out new features in Google Forms. This session is meant to forge ahead through 3 tools and whet your¬†appetite for integrating formative assessment in your classroom in the upcoming year.

Using Nearpod as a vehicle, I delivered a session on formative assessment to secondary teachers using three of my favorite tools: Nearpod, Google Forms, and Infuse Learning. Multiple participants wanted to review the materials after the presentation, so I decided to enable the “homework” version of the presentation… and share it with the greater education blogosphere too… that’s y’all… just so you know ūüėČ

Formative Assessment Nearpod Presentation

Formative Assessment Nearpod Presentation

While you don’t have access to the pedagogy and tips I shared during the session, hopefully the resources inspire you to conduct more formative assessment with your students and provide a few interesting ideas. Please continue to share and share alike… for truly FORmative assessment ultimately benefits our students!

Nearpod Homework

Nearpod Homework

The PIN for the presentation is “HPKVY” and you will need to enter Nearpod as a student (rather than a teacher).

TechChef4u wants to hear from YOU: Please share how you using technology as a vehicle for ongoing formative assessment with your students in the comments or with lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com – would love to share your anecdotes and feature examples in an upcoming post.

 

Interactive TechChef Thinglink

Check out the new Chic Geek iJewelry line!

1,200+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Fall and Spring PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


10 Jul 2013
Comments: 4

100+ Task Cards 4 ALL: Plug and Play 8.0

With one google search for “iPad Task Cards” in the wee hours of the morn, I hit the motherload!

  • One site, CPSB.org offered 29 fully editable iPad task cards in PPTX. You can only imagine my disapp-ointment when I discovered that they wouldn’t open in Keynote. Not having much time to troubleshoot further, I shared the link on the TechChef4u FB and Twitter with the disclaimer on file format. Later that day when I returned to my computer, the oh-so-kind Sandy Workentine, had downloaded all of the PPTX files, converted them to Keynote, uploaded them to Google Drive with a link, and reposted on FB!!! A round of app-lause for the power of social networks!
  • The other site, was in fact a List.ly. As I scrolled through the apps and links, quite a few looked familiar. I pondered for a bit and looked at the creator of the Listly list… and then just smiled. Of course… my former NEISD colleague would be behind this list of 60+ curated and created iPad task cards. Give it up for my former NEISD peep, Laura Moore.¬†
  • The other site that offers beautiful task cards and follow-up handouts is Technology Tailgate. I have included a link to their site, but truly it may be easier to click on the Pinterest link as they are all pinned directly to the board.

As I wanted to share all of these task cards in one place… creatively. I opted for¬†easel.ly. The image below was composed in easel.ly, saved as an image, and then uploaded to thinglink to make accessing the resources a snap.

Today, I shared this resource with campers at Plug and Play 8.0. They were given time to explore the task cards with the intent that they too would create a task card of their own for an app they chose to use with their primary students.

Plug and Play 8.0: Mobilizing Grades K-2

I always try to offer a task for attendees, but truly I want to make the experience as meaningful for them as possible. This was truly a time when we shared the tools and then got out of the way. Some teachers opted to create a task card, some worked on a Nearpod¬†or an¬†easel.ly to share all of the resources they had learned this week with their colleagues back at home. Everyone was on task and extremely productive (with more pleas for “5 more minutes” when the timer went off).¬†I truly felt like we were meeting everyone’s needs and learning styles in very different ways. So app-reciative to be a part of this experience! And hoping that I get invited back to present at Plug and Play 9.0.

Interactive TechChef Thinglink

Check out the new Chic Geek iJewelry line!

1,100+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Fall and Spring PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


24 Jun 2013
Comments: 4

Inquiry Based App-tivities

Those of you who are teachers will know that it is hard to not wear your teacher hat when you have your mommy apron on. As a parent of a now first-grade student, I want to provide learning opportunities, foster creativity and inquiry, and find some way to archive the learning experiences. As a child’s audio and video speaks (pun intended) so much more than an image alone, I find it a perfect medium for archiving student work.

These ideals became the driving force between one of my latest sessions:

Leveraging BrainPop JR to Support Inquiry-Based App-tivities: This session showcases how BrainPop JR videos can be used as springboard for curiosity and exploration. Pop on in (at 2pm on Monday the 24th) to see how to dive in and expand these inquiries using apps and web tools to enrich a preschool or primary student’s instructional realm of knowledge.

It all began with his interest in presidents and planets. BrainPOP JR provides excellent videos to support these interests which fill in the foundational information and knowledge on these topics in an engaging manner.

From there, this Thinglink will showcase how apps can expand and extend these inquiries.
 

Interactive TechChef Thinglink

Check out the new Chic Geek iJewelry line!

1,050+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Summer and Fall PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


16 Jun 2013
Comments: 1

Apps to Grow With (App-tivities Across the Curriculum)

Many times we see creation-based apps and one example or artifact of how we can use it in our classroom, and we become stifled from seeing how the app can be used in any other setting or scenario. By the same token, too often we are inundated by a plethora of apps and truly want to select just a handful that teachers and students can become successful with… apps that can also be used and adapted to any grade level or content area. These ideas became the driving force between one of my latest sessions:

Apps to Grow With (App-tivities Across the Curriculum): Discover how to use a handful of apps across the curriculum. This presentation includes a thorough tour of student-created work and app-tivities using 3 apps (e.g. Pic Collage, Strip Designer/Comic Life, and Scrap Pad). As these apps are product-based in nature, they are coined as ‚Äúapps to grow with‚ÄĚ – apps that can be used PreK-12 and beyond and stretched across the curriculum. This session will also touch on workflow, professional development, and student showcases.
As all of these apps produce an image, I thought the best way to deliver this professional development resource was as a…. (shocker)…. Pinterest board. So without further ado, I am unveiling 90+ examples of how collage and comic creation apps can be used across the curriculum. These apps not only showcase a range of core content and electives, they climb the grade level ladder from PreK-12 and beyond.

 

90+ Collage/Comic App-tivities

90+ Collage/Comic App-tivities