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02 May 2014
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iPad Film Festival Friday

One of my favorite events of the year, iPadpalooza, just so happens to be held at my place of employment, Westlake HS at Eanes ISD. This year we have expanded the event to include a Youth Film Festival.

“What better way to showcase the power of the iPad as a handheld film studio than to create an event that blends the spirit of creativity and film-making… with one special clause… all films must be shot, edited, and exported from an iOS device.”

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Before I share all of the qualifying submissions, let me give you a little more framework on the challenge (summarized from our site).

Theme and Rules – Beyond designing the video entirely on an iPad, K-12 students were also given a few more clarifying guidelines:

  • Theme: the theme for iPadpalooza this year is UP. Thus students were encouraged to integrate the UP theme  (e.g. “Up Your Game”, “Level Up”, “Upgrade”, or “OneUP” ) as well incorporate a balloon as a prop within the video.
  • Type of Video and Length: 2-4 minute short narrative, documentary, or animation/stop-motion video.
  • Other Factors: Other factors for qualifying videos were appropriate content, credits and titles, and adherence to copyrights.

A rubric for judging both elementary and secondary was also provided to students prior to submissions.

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Additional reference resources were also provided (e.g. Talent Release Form, An Inventory of Possible Apps for Video Production, as well as keynote slides with sample opening and closing credits.)

Youth Film Festival Qualifier – After vetting videos, qualified submissions were published to the iPadpalooza List.ly and public voting was opened on May 1st. Public voting will count towards 50% of the score and iPadpalooza Youth Film Festival judges will comprise the other 50% of the final score.

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Youth Film Festival Alamo Draft House –  Based on the criteria and scores listed above, 15 finalists (5 from each category – ELEM, MS, HS) will be announced and screened at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, June 18th from 6pm-9pm.

Final Round – The top three videos, one from each category, will advance and be featured in a special presentation at the closing of iPadpalooza 2014 (2:30 pm on June 19th) where great prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners!

At the heart of this contest is the desire to:

“bring the Apple IOS youth filmmaking community together, to nurture it and to provide a showcase for all the great creativity that youth can unleashed with these mobile tools & apps” – Carl Hooker

So without further ado… I present to you… this year’s iPadpalooza Film Festival contests. Enjoy, be inspired, and VOTE!!!!

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29 Apr 2014
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Thrifty Tuesday: Transformational iPad Grants

TechChef4u devotes the majority of posts to the transformational power of technology integration. While “technology is rarely the goal”, truly access to the technology and device is integral.

Recently I was perusing one of my favorite sites for iPads and Art, Dryden Art (see original TechChef4u feature of Dryden Art page), and discovered that not only does she post amazingly awesome and spectacularly creative student examples… much of her technology was actually funded through grants as thinglinked below.

“We just finished an 18 month journey to raise funds every way we could to become a 1:1 iPad art room. Our goal was just reached in March 2014.” – Tricia Fuglestad

More often than not schools are unable to make the 1:1 leap and opt for internally-funded carts and class sets of devices and external grants. As I am not as familiar with grant writing and the process that it entails…, I asked the expert, Tricia Fuglestad. Not a hoarder of secrets, I decided to share her responses with the global edu-sphere:

Are these grants in house (money from PTO) or are they found online and available to all?

  • “I have been pursuing in house grants mostly. I have my grants posted for anyone to borrow from here. We received funds from district grants, fundraising via Edbacker.com, DonorsChoose.org, entering contests (won 3 with prize $ that went towards iPads), and fundraising through Artsonia.com”

How would you say these grants have ultimately impacted your classroom and your students?

  • “We would have very little tech if we didn’t seek alternative means to get it. Fundraising, grant writing, and contests got us everything from our smart board, projectors, to our 25 iPads. My district provides the art program a desktop computer and wifi access. At the beginning of this school year we had 12 iPads for student use in the art room from our previous efforts including our second place win in the McGraw-Hill STEMie awards. This meant that every time we created, one waited. It dictated how I would teach, how little we could accomplish, and how much ownership the students would have in their pieces. Sharing is great, but all the time wasn’t so great. After a big push this year, we finally have all the iPads we need to do whatever makes the most sense for learning content. Our limitations are gone! THAT is the best situation for meaningful technology integration.”

What advice would you give to other teachers seeking technology for their classroom?

  • “My first suggestion is to make a wish from iPevo’s wishpool. In a few minutes you can express a need for the monthly offering and it might arrive at your doorstep soon. My next suggestion is crowdfunding via sites like Donor’s Choose or Edbacker.com. Our projects were funded from generous donors from within our community, around the country (and world) who support engaging projects. It was also a wonderful advocacy tool for promoting our art program. Here is an example of our latest donor’s choose project. I also wrote up an article for School Arts Magazine about “Getting the Gear” for your program. View the article online here.

If you hadn’t already fallen in love with Fuglestad’s Dryden Art Creating on iPads site, then you are going to app-solutely flip over her collection of sample iPad grants.

Fuglestad Sample iPad Grants

Fuglestad Sample iPad Grants

 

In researching iPad grants, I also happed upon a few more resources that might support those of you embarking on this journey and have compiled them in to a Listly list.

Want more Fuglefun? Explore all of Tricia Fuglestad’s resources:

 

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16 Apr 2014
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Wicked-Good Wednesday: 3 Ideas Worth Stealing

I have found through countless speaking engagements and professional development workshops, what we may think is obvious or even “tired” … is sometimes exactly what someone has been looking for. On that same note, many times all it takes is a sample or a nibble of a great idea to spark creative juices.

In the words of Austin Kleon…

“There’s only stuff worth stealing, and stuff that’s not worth stealing.” – Austin Kleon

So, this alliterative Wednesday post is devoted to just that…Wicked Good Ideas Worth Stealing.

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In an era of app-smashing and rapid ebb, flow, and feeds of ideas, truly…

“every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas” – Austin Kleon

What catches the TechChef’s eye? Clever items and purposeful ideas that can be adapted and remixed for different settings (e.g. classroom, stations, professional development…) as well as a myriad of uses and content areas. We are all inspired by others and today I want to share with you three ideas and a group of educators that inspires me…

App Dice: As part of their professional development objective for App + App + App= Lesson, Annie Barton (@anniebarton0) and Hayley Schirmer (@schirmer_hayley) “encouraged teachers to implement a culture of planning lessons around using apps that meet a certain criteria, rather than specific apps.”

Rolling the Dice with PD

Rolling the Dice with PD

This little gem crams choice, app smashing, and exploration in to a space smaller than a crouton. And I definitely had a “Why didn’t I think of this?” moment. So to explore this recipe for learning, you will need:

  • DiceEach die was based on a different principle of the E5 Instructional model (e.g. Explore, Explain, Elaborate) and apps were then selected to be used with each principle and assigned to be sides of the die.
  • Idea cards were also prepared for each app to provide additional curricular examples and ideas.
Rolling the Dice with PD

Rolling the Dice with PD

A full post about their process can be found on the Apps in Education page HERE.

 

Daily 5 App Menu: This creation from third grade teacher Monica Evon is definitely a keeper and a perfect recipe for learning. Everyone likes choice and this cleverly created menu is easily adaptable with additional activities and apps.

1:1 iPad Menu for Guided Reading

1:1 iPad Menu for Guided Reading

 

QR Code Board Games: While clearly designed to support and review phonics, the idea of QR Code Board Games and Task Cards is easily transferrable to other content areas and even the professional development realm. Read more about this creation from reading specialist Kristin Jordan and download it for FREE.

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So this Wednesday… think about who inspires you and how you can honor their creations:

“In the end, merely imitating your heroes is not flattering them. Transforming their work into something of your own is how you flatter them. Adding something to the world that only you can add.” – Austin Kleon

Truly the showcase above is intended to whet your appetite for innovation. Now it is your turn… (and yes the TechChef will be cooking up a few remixed deconstructed dishes of her own as well…) so stay tuned..

 

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14 Apr 2014
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Mindful Monday…Collecting Reflections

In preparing for a keynote this month to elementary preservice and inservice teachers at Texas A&M, I felt some self-reflection was warranted. I thought back to my preservice days and even my first year of teaching… with no curriculum, no mentor, no scope and sequence, an outdated textbook, and very little knowledge of what actual classroom management techniques looked like in practice. It truly was a sink or swim time and I found I dog-paddled in the deep end for some time.

While the technology, as you can plainly see, has evolved…

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… and my hair and tan has dissipated somewhat, I still venture to pose the question…

“Are our preservice teachers any better prepared and equipped to handle the challenges of instruction, pedagogy, and technology integration in today’s classrooms?”

Though every institution and teacher is very different, I wonder if we as a collective whole of seasoned educators could sprinkle in a bit of wisdom and personal insight to better prepare these teachers for the limitless potential and critical challenges the 21st Century classroom holds.

Cathy Yenca did just that with her Message to 21st Century Pre-Service Middle School Math Teachers.

While I bring my own insight to the desk, technology allows for collecting an even broader perspective:

“The smartest person in the room is the room itself: the network that joins the people and ideas in the room, and connects to those outside of it…” – David Weinberger

So, what if the room was my global PLN? Imagine the insight and lessons that could be collected and shared…

Truly there are no right or wrong answers. I am looking to collect feedback and insight from a wide variety of teachers and classrooms (e.g. 1:1, BYOD, and not 1:1). There are no required questions (with the exception of basic information) as I am sure certain topics will prompt some of you to respond over others. Any and all thoughtful feedback is much app-reciated:

And because the TechChef doesn’t leave a blog without sharing a tasty morsel of integration delight… here are few ideas for using Google Forms with your students:

This last one was so Heck-Awesome both visually as well as with resources that I felt it necessary to also embed below:

 

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And Stay tuned this week for “Wicked-Good Wednesday – 3 Ideas Worth Stealing” …

 

TechChef Presents

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28 Mar 2014
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Noteworthy Nearpod

Today I had the app-ortunity to blend tips as well as pedagogy and best practices for using the Nearpod formative assessment solution. Mike Amante (@mamante) at APPitic kindly hosted and archived the entire webinar for those that were not able to attend the live version.

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Nearpod Teacher Set-Up Demo: If you are looking for a Nearpod How-To, this may not be the webinar for you. While I did give a fairly in-depth live demo of how to create a Nearpod presentation and provided information about what types of media and activities can be included (through about 13:16 of the webinar) 

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Nearpod Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices:  … two-thirds of the the webinar (from about 14:11 on) focused on Tips, Tricks, Best Practices, Integration Examples, and Much More.

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Photo By Darren Kuropatwa

Noteworthy Nearpod Archived Webinar: So without further ado… embedded below is the webinar version of the content:

Noteworthy Nearpod Fully Loaded Slide Deck: And linked below that is the Haiku Deck I used as slides for the webinar which provides additional support resources, ideas, and links embedded within the speaker notes.

Noteworthy Nearpod Teacher's Toolkit

Noteworthy Nearpod Teacher’s Toolkit (Photo By Christian Payne)

If you would like more information about using Haiku Deck as a vehicle for professional development, check out this post, “5 Tips for Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck.”

Also, explore APPitic for other archived webinars on a variety of topics ranging from Integrating iPad Literacy Centers and Teaching Common Core Math with iPads to iOS Photography and nABLEing All Learners with the iPad.

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24 Mar 2014
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Weaving Rainbow Loom Math-ness with SAMR

Sometimes a gem of #awesomesauce falls in your lap when you least expect it. If you are not familiar with the Rainbow Loom craze that has swept the nation and has sold over 3.5 million looms worldwide, let me provide a little context. The Rainbow Loom is essentially a loom that allows you to weave bracelets, necklaces, and accessories from multi-colored rubber bands… with very few directions provided.

In fact, all of our creations… (Yes, my son has also fallen prey to the craze and sucked me in) … have been developed by watching YouTube videos.

Rainbow Loom and Online Learning

Rainbow Loom and Online Learning

“Okay, I get it, TechChef…Rainbow Loom calls upon online learning… but really? Why pray tell, are we focusing an entire blog post on a craft item…?”

Rainbow Loom Math-Ness: Up until this morning, I saw this item as just that… a creative craft item. But we all know a tool is only as innovative as the purpose and intent we assign to it. One student took this tool and gave it a creative educational spin and I simply couldn’t help but share:

Rainbow Loom Educational Value: Being ultimately very intrigued and caught off guard by this delightfully educational twist, I decided to google “Rainbow Loom Math” and discovered multiple articles (listed below) citing educational benefits from this trend ranging from patterning and sequencing to hand-writing, self-learning, persistence, and even frustration tolerance:

Rainbow Loom TRANSFORMED: Truly, the Rainbow Loom is merely a tool… and the TechChef would not leave a post without a sound pedagogical connection. So let me guide you down the cookie crumb trail of transformational learning. After finding myself deep in the haze of the google bermuda triangle, I discovered this article, “And Just How Does Rainbow Loom Fit Into Library and School?”. Moments later… something snapped and the SAMR Rainbow Loom Model was born (in both Thinglink and Quizlet deck options):

This interactive graphic and linked Quizlet is in no way meant to be a definitive SAMR guide but more a way to provide relatable talking points for transforming a concrete tool into a redefined learning experience. I will tell you that I struggle with clearly delineating the SAMR levels – while the tasks move up the SAMR ladder, there is definitely some overlapping between levels…hmm… there may even be a not-so-subtle metaphor woven in… 😉

If you are interested in more of these concrete examples and tasks, visit the S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR interactive infographic.

Additional Educational Integration Ideas:

 

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04 Mar 2014
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Thought Leadership Tuesday: Surviving the Digital Zombie Apocalypse

Well, I was going to entitle this post “My Boss is a Zombie” but clearly that title has been taken. Rather than causing a “War of the Worlds” panademic with this piece, I will tell you that Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) is safe and sound… at SXSWEDU.

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 #BRAINZ – The Antidote Acronym: Today he offered a cure, an antidote if you will, for digital addiction in the clever form of an acronym.  Let me unpack it for you… BRAINZ. How will you move from Zombie to Zen?

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Unpacking the #brainz acronym

#BRAINZ – Follow the Curation: I don’t want to take his digital thunder… so you will have to dissect the twitter hashtag #brainz to see all of his slides, links, and resources.

Follow #brainz for links and resources

Follow #brainz for links and resources

I did however take his acronym and unpack it a little further for those of you that are interested – I also chose to showcase a new feature available in the Quizlet Teacher edition (voice recording).

Tips for Managing Digital Distractions: As I am a firm believer in not just documenting sessions but adding value-added resources, I have compiled a list of 25+ articles that share a slew of tips and ideas to manage digital distraction. Some of my favorites are:

  • 6 Tips to Fight Distractions and Get Your Homework Done
  • 25 Tips to Deal with Digital Distractions
  • 7 Tips to Help You Focus in the Age of Distraction
  • Which of These Digital Distractions Affect You?
  • Ten Top Tips to Regain Real Control
  • 10 Unconventional Habits to Live Distraction – Less
  • Retrain the Brain: 3 Tips for Redirecting Office Distractions
  • Digital Distraction: 8 Ways to Turn Downtime Into Learning Time

The Listly is linked here and embedded below:

What Better Way to End this Post than with a Pic of a #Zelfie (courtesy Carolyn Foote)

What Better Way to End a this Digital Zombie Post than w/pic of #Zelfie    (courtesy @technolibrary)

 

TechChef4u Acronym Alliance: Check out TechChef4u’s S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR Toolkit.

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

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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03 Mar 2014
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Magnificent Monday: A Motley of Social Posters for Lifelong Learners

Let the alliteration parade saunter on… As SXSW EDU is upon us, I will keep this post relatively brief.

Ed Tech Collection of Smores: Tracy Clark (tracyclark08) is one of my favorite people. Both of us have vested interest in appropriate technology integration to transform instruction. In keeping with the alliteration theme, I am showcasing Tracy’s Motley of Smores on Monday 😉

Over 20 fliers ranging from Visible Thinking and Formative Assessment to Make and Do for the iPad Crew, Tracy creates and curates relevant topics and resources using the web tool Smore***.

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TechChef4u Faves in the Assorted collection:

Tracy shares why Smore is her go-to tool for professional development takeaways:

“Smore helps me create training sessions and presentations that involve my participants. Instead of a static, one sided presentation I can pull folks into the learning experience.” – Tracy Clark

Tracy also highlights how easy the tool is to use and design something aesthetically pleasing as well as a resource that offers interactivity:

“I might use a core thinking routine and then invite participants to share their thinking via Padlet or create a Thinglink. I love how easy it is to make something with a nice design presenence.” – Tracy Clark

Social Learning Posters: Clear and Thoughtful Content and Curation is King. And Making that Content Visible and Accessible to the greater global edusphere is what allows us all to learn and thrive. So, let’s not forget to make our learning social! A big thanks to one of my other favorite people, Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis), for assembling this stellar Haiku Deck.


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

Rafranz shares insight as to the power of social posters here:

“We are only as great as what we learn and that is amplified by what and how we share. Smore, by nature, is social, sleek, and perfect in its way of allowing us to contribute to the social learning space thus strengthening our collective ability to grow.” – Rafranz Davis

 

Rabbit Hole of Smores: I fell down the rabbit hole, y’all. In curating a few more Smores to explore and digest, I happed upon another exceptional user of Smore, Valerie Burton (@TweetsFromMsB).  She has amassed a collection of over 20 flyers on a wide variety of topics. Some of TechChef4u’s favorites are linked below:

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Smores 4 All: Truly Smore is a very open-ended tool that can be app-smashed and used by ed techs, admin, teachers, and students alike:

TechChef4u Collection of Smores: If you are not totally Smored out, stroll on down to the TechChef4u collection of Smores:

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

*** At this point in time Smore has changed their structure to only allow 5 flyers with no renewals (rather than unlimited fliers with limited features) for FREE. They have broken down their options in to three tiers and added an edu option for $59 a year that allows for custom backgrounds, private fliers, reporting, and unlimited fliers. So this is a somewhat viable option for educators (and could even replace the need for a stand-alone website). Wondering if they will look at district license model as well.

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

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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25 Feb 2014
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Blending Relatable Resume Resources 4 Students

At the request of a student that was looking for resume templates, I began assembling some relatable and relevant resources. After some research, I found there are two conflicting (or colliding) schools of thought on what these resources should look like and contain: the standard resume versus the creative resume.

Standard Resumes: According to About.com and a study by The Creative Group:

“70% (of employers) preferred traditional resumes (PDF/Word) even for creative jobs. Only 20% were interested in infographics, and fewer preferred a social or online profile (4%) or a video resume (2%).” – About.com

Creative Biographical Resumes: That being said, Michael Margolis argues that your personal story really matters and employers google your talents and biography rather than rely solely on a static resume of credentials:

“Everybody has some credential or another, the way you distinguish and differentiate yourself is with your personal story.” – Michael Margolis

Part of this personal story is told through your social profile pages on sites like Linked.in and About.me.

I think a marriage of both the biography and creative visual resume elements blended with a traditional resume is a great way to establish relevance and quality in the eye of a possible future employer.

Blended Resume Resources Smore: Thus, I decided to concoct a Smore which combines resources and examples to support a blend of both schools of thought. The following Blended Resume Smore includes:

  • Skills Employers Want
  • Tips for Writing Great Resumes
  • Tools/Apps for Building a Basic Resume
  • How to Craft An About Me Page
  • Creative Resume Examples (including Augmented, Video, and Slideshare)
  • Tools for Building Profiles and Portfolios
  • Visual Resume Examples
  • Tools to Create Visual Resumes
  • And Much, Much, MORE!!!

Truly there is no one-size-fits all resume or template. That being said, I hope some of these resources and examples resonate with relevant and relatable ideas that will allow you to equip students with the story and skills to be successful in what lies beyond K-12 and college.

Fictional and Historical Character Resumes… Making Resumes Relevant! But wait… there’s more. Consider taking the above resources and adapting them to a language arts assignment. Rather than composing writing a biography, have students create a standard or even a creative resume. Would William Shakespeare have gotten the job? (more support resources HERE.)

William Shakespeare's Resume on Resume.Com

William Shakespeare’s Resume on Resume.Com

What social media would Shakespeare connect with? Would he Follow TechChef4u on Twitter?

TechChef4u wants to hear from you! If you have ideas, examples, or resources on the Visual/Biographical Resume front or the Fictional/Historical Character Resume Analysis assignment, we would love to hear from you – please post these in the comments section of the Smore.

 

Do you like TechChef4u’s Smores? Explore the other titles!

 

 

If you would like to check out sessions and workshops that Lisa Johnson presented this month at TCEA 2014, peruse all session materials HERE:

  • Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom
  • Sassy SAMR Toolkit
  • iPad Academy: 1:1 Implementation PD Toolkit
  • iPad Academy: Instant PD with iTunes U

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

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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.

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17 Feb 2014
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SDE National Conference on Differentiated Instruction: Power Up! 2014

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA                               July 7

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Join us for this one-of-a-kind, hands-on, interactive, preconference for K-6 educators where technology leaders will show you how to embrace technology as a daily instructional tool. Learn hoe to use technology to meet the Common Core requirements and raise student engagement and achievement while building your students’ digital media skills. You’ll discover not only quality tools and apps that will reinforce your teaching, but also how to effectively use the tools to integrate technology into your classroom.

 

Presenting…

  • iCan with iPad – Getting started with the iPad K-6: (Handouts)
    • Hands-on Intro to iPad – begin your journey
    • Get up to speed and build your confidence: (integrating tech is part of the CCSS)
    • Explore key features and functionality of the iPad: I didn’t know it could do THAT!
    • Start collecting Ideas for integrating iPads for reading, writing, math and more
    • Along the way (before you know it)  you’ll gain research and note-taking skills, explore simple learner response apps, and learn how to manage accessibility in the classroom
    • Please visit the handout center prior to the conference for information about required apps for the session.
    • Please bring your iPad to the session
  • iCan with iPad – Next Steps with the iPad K-6 (Handouts)
    • Hands-on Intro to iPad – Your journey continues
    • Build your confidence: (integrating tech is part of the CCSS)
    • Explore the advanced features and functionality of the iPad: I didn’t know it could do THAT TOO!
    • Collect Ideas for integrating iPads for reading, writing, math and more
    • Along the way (before you know it)  you’ll gain appropriate tools for online media searches, discover practical strategies for managing  workflow, and learn ideas for submitting student work
    • Please visit the handout center prior to the conference for information about required apps for the session.
    • Please bring your iPad to the session
  • App-tivities to Foster Critical Thinking Skills Gr K-6 (Handouts)
    • Jump in for fast-paced hands-on session
    • Experience critical thinking app-tivities that foster prediction, evaluation, and metacognition skills.
    • Ready-to-use toolkit of apps, resources and examples that support using the iPad to foster critical thinking.
    • Ignite new enthusiasm for learning in your students
    • Please visit the handout center prior to the conference for information about required apps for the session.
    • Please bring your iPad to the session
  • It’s ‘Appy Hour!’ iPad Tools for Creation and Publishing Gr K-6 (Handouts)
    • This hands-on session will allow learners to explore multiple apps for creating digital learning artifacts on the iPad.
    • Participants will walk away with a toolkit of apps, ideas for rubrics and grading, and resources and examples that support using the iPad to foster creativity and product creation.
    • Please visit the handout center prior to the conference for information about required apps for the session.
    • Please bring your iPad to the session