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31 Mar 2015
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25+ EDU Lesson Plans and Resources for Canva

So… I was minding my own business… drinking my triple grande iced vanilla latte… when Terri Eichholz (@terriechholz) tweeted me that Canva had 27 FREE EDU PDF Lessons… and everything after that is kind of a blur…

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So naturally, I stopped everything and began perusing them. Now you know… if you give the TechChef4u something inspiring and useful… the next thing she is going to do with it… is…pin. While I loved all of the lessons, I found them easier to glean through if they were all on one page and sorted by image… so I created a board for Canva EDU Lesson Plans...

Canva Pinterest Lessons

What Can I Expect From These Canva EDU Lessons?

20If you peruse the board, you can find lessons for a variety of age groups and content areas. My favorites are the Facebook banners for Scientific Elements, Social Media Profiles for Historical Figures, Candy Math Ratios, Author’s Point of View, and a Wedding Invitation for a Chemical Reaction.

Each lesson includes a sample and a PDF lesson guide to support you! All of these lessons can also be found on Canva’s most excellent EDU site!

And they have a FREE 30 Tutorial Design School perfect for students and educators alike!

Canva Design School

What If I Need Ideas for Using Canva Beyond the Classroom?

If you are an Educational Technologist or Instructional Support staff and you need ideas for how to use Canva with your staff and teachers… here are some samples. Canva can be easily used to create a newsletter, poster, infographic, or social media post as well as to curate resources for teachers or professional development.

Need More Inspiration… check out Canva’s 40+ Pinterest boards!

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24 Feb 2015
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App-Smashed Benjamin Franklin Biography

I guess this is what happens when your mom is both an educator and an Ed Tech…

My second grader recently brought home a bottle biography project. We finished the written portion a few weeks ago knowing that we still had the craft module to complete. Now before I continue with my story, I want to clarify a few points:

  • By no means am I saying that all student projects should be digital.
  • By no means do I believe that projects shouldn’t be sent home.
  • By no means do I think projects shouldn’t involve crafts.
  • By no means do I think the whole assigned project lacked merit or purpose.

Purposeful Crafts

Please know that I definitely enjoy doing projects with my son and I think it is great bonding time‚Ķ I just believe that craft assignments should be purposeful in nature.¬†No matter how many projects like this we get assigned, I find that the ‚Äúcraft‚ÄĚ module of the project falls mostly on the parent to select and purchase the supplies and even assemble them. Now don‚Äôt get me wrong, my son helped locate rocks to fill the bottle to stabilize it and did assist with some of the assembly and design but ultimately most of the bottle project ended up in my lap. I then have to ask myself, “what did he ultimately learn from this craft?” So, this got me thinking… what could we do with this bottle craft project to elevate and extend the learning and utilize and incorporate the craft project?

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Research and Extensions

I will say that we gleaned a lot through reading the biographies together and completing the provided biography inventory. Because I felt like my son had learned more about Benjamin Franklin than he displayed in both the bottle and the handout, I decided to add a few more guidelines to the project (based on the 2nd grade standards). Many of these extended the written, visual, and oral requirements for the project:

  • MindMap of 5 Adjectives: This included a hand-drawn image from my son as well as component of typing and allowed him to display his research visually. (used Popplet Lite app)
  • Locating Origins and Birth Places: This was simple but addressed a geography component and the ability to locate places of significance. (used Google Earth app)
  • PostCard to Benjamin Franklin: This creative writing assignment ¬†focused on expository text standards as well as addressing important contributions of historical figures. (used Bill Atkinson PhotoCard app)
  • App-Smashed Assembly:¬†As Toontastic is now free (since it was acquired by Google), and it had a Benjamin Franklin toon within its suite, we decided this would be the perfect tool for app-smashing the aforementioned content. Not only was this a great tool to assemble all of the digital media, it also addressed the standard of creating visual displays to convey research results and touched on the component of expressing ideas orally as well. (used Toontastic app)

Within the App-Smashed Assembly, we included a few more elements:

  • Reflection on Process:¬†I am a huge proponent of reflecting on the process – not just the final product so I made sure that my son included how Bottle Ben came to be with pics of the final product and a delineation of the materials.
  • Citations and Multiple Sources: While I am currently stationed at a HS, I have to tell you that I had my stint in elementary as well and have a special place in my heart for children’s literature. As some of the books that my son self-selected from the library proved to be above his reading level, I picked up a few from Amazon. In doing so, these books reiterated the content that we had read from his initial research and provided a diverse landscape for his learning.
  • Publishing:¬†Publishing and Sharing writing is a a big component of the standards and I can’t tell you how excited and proud my son gets when he finds out that other schools in the district (and schools across the nation) want to share his project with their students. In fact just this morning he smiled and said, “just say ‘yes’ to anyone that asks you.” ¬†ūüėČ

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Final Project

So here is the final App Smashed project… One of my favorite parts is that the analog creations (e.g. Ben biography bottle and hand-drawn images) provide a introspective and unique landscape to the digital creation that could not be achieved through digital elements alone.

I have to say that had we to do this over again… I would make a few tweaks to the project:

  • Include all Original Artwork: I would have had him design a setting for Benjamin Franklin (hand-drawn) rather than using the Toontastic stock background.
  • Assemble a Timeline: I might also have suggested a timeline of major contributions or events created with Popplet Lite or¬†RWT Timeline.
  • Dramatize a Scene: I would also have him recreate an actual scene to meet dramatization standards.

Authentic Audience

Nothing warms my heart more than to know that my son’s work is well received and that he has an authentic audience for his learning.

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Invest in Knowledge and Involve Me…

So I fortuitously happed upon this bottle of wine at Walgreen’s and in doing so learned that Benjamin Franklin had a repertoire of wine quotes as well. As none of these quotes were particularly app-licable or app-ropriate, I decided to share one of my favorite Benji (yes, we are now on a first nickname basis now) quotes about learning:

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02 Dec 2014
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The Role of an Ed Tech within the Project Planning Cycle of a 1:1 iPad Classroom

During a conversation with my father over the Thanksgiving week, I realized that he had no idea what my job actually was. Now this may sound strange but truthfully when you hold a support role and you don’t occupy a classroom for seven periods a day, people often wonder what it is that you do. I know how busy I am during the day and those that utilize my services and plan with me also value my insight and position, but I thought the inquiry and topic might warrant a deeper reflection.

What is the Role of an Educational Technologist?

When people think about the role of Educational Technologist, they immediately consider co-planning with teachers and offering professional development… but what many don’t realize is that I work with students just as much as I do with teachers…

The Role of An Ed Tech

What Does a Life Cycle of a 1:1 iPad Project Look Like?

This blog could get quite lengthy… but I felt a Tackk was truly the best tool to highlight and illuminate the role of an Ed Tech within an actual project cycle. From that email or first point of contact with a teacher to the planning and support provided for both teacher and students throughout the life cycle of a classroom project…to the final stages of publishing and reflection. Check out this thorough reflection on the life cycle of an iPad Project.

See on Tackk.com
 

Many thanks to both Tackk (@Tackk) and Shadow Puppet (@puppet) for their social media love, kind words and app-reciation for this piece.

Appreciation

 

What is the Ed Tech Piece of the Pie?

A big shout-out to Carl Hooker for creating this epic mock iTunes U page to highlight some of the roles of an Ed Tech as well as to showcase a handful of carefully curated resources and supports that I provide:

I feel very blessed to have a job that I am so passionate about and that I wake up for each day knowing that I can make a difference. I sincerely hope that my time spent on metacognition and narration of this process is helpful and beneficial to the greater edusphere and will inspire others to reflect and share their work and insight within their own roles.

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05 Nov 2014
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Outlander SAMR… S.A.S.S.Y. Sassenach

*** Bear with me on this one… and please know that even if you have not read the book or seen the series… you will be able to relate and utilize the resources shared… ***

The Back Story…

I have been reading the Outlander series since my Senior year of high school. It only took close to two decades to bring this beloved epic historical fiction series to the screen. As I am hopelessly sucked in to the highlander realm eight episodes deep… the series goes on hiatus… until April (I know… heavy sigh….).

Coping with the Hiatus…

Trying not to fash myself… and knowing that I couldn’t blog about Outlander just to blog about Outlander… this TechChef had to find a way to tastefully blend her literary palette with a crafty instructional recipe. SAMR seemed to be the perfect framework for serving up this topic as the technologies we have available today have redefined how we can interact with the content and the series (cue Twitter chats).

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As more and more literary classics are transformed for the screen… consider the possibilities of connecting with the actors and director and gaining insight as to their stylistic choices as they are being made. Thus, to bide my time until April… “Outlander SAMR was born…” – I hope you enjoy this S.A.S.S.Y. Sassenach ūüėČ

The Birth of Outlander SAMR…


 

Installing the S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR 2.0 Update…

As I began wrapping up this post and prepare to reveal S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR 3.0 at Miami Device this week… it occurred to me that I hadn’t even shared S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR 2.0¬†in an official blog post. Have you installed the update complete with additional app-tivities and discussion questions?

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Back Up… What is S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR?

Great question! For those of you unfamiliar with the TechChef acronym to make the SAMR model easily digestible check out this blog post and S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR 1.0 interactive infographic.
 
 

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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. 

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17 Dec 2013
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SAMR: Augmenting your Creativity and Amplifying your Curiosity

*** Flash Alert – the following post does not include a Thinglink example (as 6 of the 8 last posts did) ***

While there has been a bit of¬†question as to the effectiveness of SAMR, a shift to move beyond SAMR,¬†and a¬†few proposed changes to the structure of the model¬†floating around online, I have to say that hearing Dr.¬†Ruben Puentedura (you may know him as the father of SAMR) speak at iPad Summit a few weeks ago still felt like a rare app-ortunity and a truly inspiring treat. As I am still collecting my thoughts and ideas from the event, I wanted to share some really great resources from the Dr. SAMR. ūüėČ

However, before I begin… I wanted to provide an easily relatable graphic for those of you new to the SAMR model.

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SAMR Coffee image above was created by Jonathan Brubaker and appeared in a blog post linked from this image.

Now that we are speaking a similar language and have polished off our first glass of SAMR koolaid, I will move on to share some of my favorite highlights from Dr. Ruben…

“Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity AmpliÔ¨Āers”:¬†His first session was actually a keynote and entitled “Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity AmpliÔ¨Āers” and the entire slide presentation (linked with apps shared) is available in PDF form¬†HERE. I enjoyed his take on the very nature and potential of the iPad being intimate, ubiquitous, embedded, and a curiosity amplifier. He shared lots of thoughtful scenarios and examples for each level of SAMR within that scenario.

"Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity AmpliÔ¨Āers"

“Of Lively Sketchbooks and Curiosity AmpliÔ¨Āers” by Dr. Ruben Puentedura

“The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom”:¬†I was so intrigued and enamored by his keynote that I stayed for his follow-up session entitled “The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom” (which offered lots of additional practical examples) and is available in PDF form HERE. (Clearly, I was not the only Ruben groupie at the event).

Sassy SAMR: Michelle Cordy, Lisa Johnson, Dr. Ruben, and Courtney Pepe

Sassy SAMR: Michelle Cordy, Lisa Johnson, Dr. Ruben, and Courtney Pepe

EdTech Quintet: His second session went in to more detail on the EdTech Quintet. Essentially the types of apps and tools that we use today existed in some for or format as early as 200,000 years ago:

"The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom" by Dr. Ruben Puentedura

“The iPad in Practice: Designing Flows and Ladders for the Classroom” by Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Ruben went in to greater detail on the background of each of these categories and how they still apply to the apps we use today. He also provided app examples for each category within his presentation linked above.

He speaks more in depth on this topic below:

SAMR Flows: Additionally, Dr. Ruben provided SAMR flows for a variety of content categories. His English Language Arts and History examples were two of my favorites. I felt these provided more of a practical application of the model. All of these examples and flows are provided in PDF form HERE.

SAMR Design Flows by Dr. Ruben Puentedura - image created by LJ

SAMR Design Flows by Dr. Ruben Puentedura – image created by LJ

SAMR Swimming Pool: If you are not too SAMR’d out by the end of this post, check out Carl Hooker’s SAMR ladder model rei-magined as a “Swimming Pool” based on an idea by Greg Garner (@classroom_tech).

SAMR Swimming Pool Image Created by Carl Hooker

SAMR Swimming Pool Image Created by Carl Hooker

SAMR Pinterest: Put a pin in it – I think I am done… No… wait… there’s more. I happed upon a few more SAMR gems on Pinterest.

SAMR Pinterest

SAMR Pinterest

Sassy SAMR Toolkit: If that doesn’t whet your app-etite for SAMR or at least redefine what you think and know about SAMR, then you may want to sink your teeth in to the Sassy SAMR Toolkit at TCEA 2014 this year.

Blended SAMR: SAMR aside, as we break for the holidays, know that in this age of rapidly changing information, it is not to redefine ourselves to live by a model but truly to reflect upon our teaching practices and consider opportunities to redefine and transform instruction to best meet the needs of a diverse population of students with the tools we have available. So I offer this final SAMR model with a Blended App-roach.

Looking At SAMR Through The Window of Blended Learning by Thomas Ro

Looking At SAMR Through The Window of Blended Learning by Thomas Ro

 

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01 Oct 2013
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App Integration Snapshots

Marianna Husain (@mhusain), fellow iVenger and author of the Bobcat blog, had the idea to create easy to follow handouts for teachers on a weekly basis to support them with the multitude of apps available on the elementary devices (see full list of 150+ apps here). As there are 6 elementaries and 9-10 ed techs creating these resources on a rotating basis, I suggested a template to streamline the process and make them appear more uniform.

In reviewing the apps listed, I felt that they fell into 3 natural categories: tools, activities, and products:

While creating a template for each of the three categories, I decided to also complete each template for an app that fell in that category. Truly, my heart lies in curriculum and creating curricular and professional development resources for educators because I had a blast putting these together.

So without further ado… ¬†3 App Integration Snapshots.

App Integration Snapshots

App Integration Snapshots (Download the 9 Page PDF)

More of these¬†App Integration Snapshots¬†(in all 3 of the categories) will be spotlighted on each of my fellow Eanes Ed Tech’s Blogs in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned…

And please remember the reason that we share online. At the risk of sounding cheesy, this graphic by Mia MacMeekin explains why it so important to share and share alike with our peers and the global educational blogosphere.

The Power of An Idea Shared by Mia MacMeekin

The Power of An Idea Shared by Mia MacMeekin

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31 Jul 2013
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App Synergy: The Art Form of App-Smashing

If you have been trolling¬†the net (pun intended if you read my last post) for more app-smashing antics… you simply must check out this video from Kris Kling, fellow Starbucks junkie and 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator (@misterkling).

The video below smashes the apps Tellagami, Explain Everything, and iMovie to create a narrated treat and includes some ideas for composing your own logo which goes hand in hand with a recent post, A Brand Called Me, which reveals an amazing iTunes U course to support students in discovering their own personal brand.

Intro to App-Smashing from misterkling on Vimeo.
An introduction to the concept of app-smashing, a technique coined and honed by Greg Kulowiec that uses multiple apps to complete a project. http://edtechteacher.org/blog/2013/02/app-smashing-from-greg/ — https://techchef4u.com/tag/app-smashing/
 

The iPad by design is a personal device that can create a very unique learning perspective if students are allowed to explore and are not inhibited by a one-app-fits-all philosophy. One wouldn’t limit an art student to a monochrome palette and limited media and tools.¬†So why would we hand over a device that offers limitless potential to a student and shackle their creativity to one app?

I venture to kick app-smashing up a notch. What if we assume that app-smashing could indeed be an art form if achieved in a thoughtful manner? The term app synergy appeared in the App Synergy column of App Advice (Apps Gone Free) as early as April 2012.

Lenny Liang said it best:

“A single app can be powerful. Many apps, working together, can be transformative. It is sometimes difficult to perform the task you want using only one app. It‚Äôs often necessary to settle for the best an app can give, even if it‚Äôs not exactly what you need. App synergy overcomes those limitations by transcending the limits of single apps, creating results that no one app could achieve alone.”

The image below is an app-smash of Wordflex Touch Dictionary, Textagon Word Art Generator, Snapseed, Paint FX, and PhotoToaster.

The Origin of App Synergy

Lenny Liang: The Origin of App Synergy

Since the phrase app synergy app-tly app-lies to our app-lication of apps, I thought I would create a concise definition.

App Synergy: the transformative art form of smashing and assembling apps to form a cohesive creation which ultimately holds more substance and purpose than the sum of its individual app elements.

As Tellagami was showcased here today, I wanted to share a few more examples of how the app can be smashed with other apps to create a detailed and thoughtful learning project.

Technology Tailgate shares a 5th grade assignment that smashes WordFoto, Phoster, and Tellagami to teach findings about scientists.

Karen Ogen shares a 1st grade assignment that smashes the Tellagami and iMovie (Karen compiled the videos using Windows Movie Maker but iMovie could achieve the same result) to teach about the sun and moon. While the backgrounds were clearly hand drawn and then captured using the iPad camera, the same activity could be recreated with students drawings using any sketching app.

Laura Chaffey’s class shares one of my favorite purposeful app-smashing projects. Her ¬†primary students composed a persuasive piece depicting why they would be a good candidate to be recruited for Mars One. The apps smashed were the camera, Google Earth, Tellagami, and iMovie.

Laura even went so far as to create a 3 page PDF to provide lesson ideas for integrating Tellagami and even a tutorial.

Laura Chaffey's 3 Page Download: Resources and Tutorial

Laura Chaffey’s 3 Page Download: Resources and Tutorial

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24 Jun 2013
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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.
 

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