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07 Feb 2013
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Appy Girl

I recently posted a blog showcasing a scrapbook created by sister-in-law and her daughter using the ScrapPad app (which has recently gone FREE). Today, I would like to share another crafty delight from Mel’s Happy Scrappy Place. Enamored with her Frankengirl and Pumpkin Spice Girl, I asked her to create an Appy Girl. While she created the final product using mixed media. Her initial sketch (to the right) was designed using the Sketchbook Pro app.

While I tend to focus on strictly core curriculum designed iLessons, I always a enjoy a crafty diversion – especially when it showcases how individuals in other fields and careers use the iPad to achieve productivity and support creative tasks.

Check out the finished product!

If you are interested in a custom piece for yourself or a loved one, you can contact her at melissajohnson8@gmail.com

Tell her the TechChef sent you ūüėČ

Appy Girl

 

While I am certainly not this artistic (with or without the iPad), I wanted to leave you with a List.ly list of apps that can be used to draw on the iPad. Vote for your favorite. This list is crowd ranked.

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04 Feb 2013
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iVocabulary: TCEA 2013

Reunited…for a workshop at TCEA, Yolanda Barker and I will be presenting “iVocabulary” at TCEA 2013.

iVocabulary Workshop Description:¬† Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking are integral to developing language. This session will utilize the four skills to focus on multiple ways to develop vocabulary utilizing mobile devices in the iClassroom. The tour of resources will include specific content-based glossary apps and apps that allow you to create your own flashcards and personal glossaries (e.g. Quizlet) and apptivities that extend the vocabulary (e.g. creating a Frayer model in Popplet Lite or a vocabulary sorting activity in iCardSort). Vocabulary development will increase with use of video creation utilizing apps like Mad Lips and Puppet Pals. Writing and Reading will be supported with annotation apps (e.g. Notability, PaperPort Notes) and book creation apps (e.g. Scribble Press, Albums FX Lite). The session will culminate with “surprisingly educational” apps that support the four skills (e.g. StoryLines for Schools and TypeDrawing for Free).

Thinglink Framework: Yolanda’s graphically inclined hubby created a Scrabble board to house all of the links for the course. 8 List.ly lists of apps, a Prezi of samples, and much more is hidden in the image below.

A Prezi of iVocab products was created to showcase products and samples for each of the 8 app categories.

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Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course ‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ. In the meantime, visit my Listly list entitled¬†Student-Created iBooks & eBooks.

 


31 Jan 2013
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Ignite iLearning

Recently I had the app-ortunity to correspond with a K-8 private Jewish Day School school on the path to becoming a learning organization for the 21st century. The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School (MJGDS) is experimenting with new forms of learning, as well as exploring different tools. They have been using iPads as a creative learning tool since 2011 when they purchased a cart of 20 devices. These 20 iPads are shared throughout the school, and they are in almost constant use.

In addition to experimentation with student learning methods and tools, they are playing with new ways of engaging teachers in professional development. The essential question is, “How do we inspire, build and promote a culture of self-directed and self-motivated learning at the school?”

In 2011, they introduced “hatzatah¬†◊Ē◊¶◊™◊Ē¬†” (Hebrew for Ignite) as a fun, optional challenge to their faculty. Hatzatah¬†is their school’s adaptation of a popular presentation format based on¬†Pecha Kucha¬†and¬†Ignite. ¬†Each presenter has 5 minutes to share an idea, broken down into 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. Hatzatot could be presented in Hebrew or English.

They began opening each faculty meeting with a hatzatah. As people embraced the challenge they were treated to the opportunity to learn more about each other’s passions. Their 21st century learning coaches were also available to work with teachers as they learned this new form of self-expression.

In January 2013, as part of their school’s edcamp day, they held a hatzatah contest using the open-ended prompt, “How have iPads impacted my practice?”¬†They were thrilled to have five teachers embrace this opportunity to win an iPad. I was ecstatic to be invited with 2 other iPad in education experts,¬†Richard Byrne¬†and¬†Mike Fisher¬†to¬†¬†judge the contest. A checklist is included if you would like to hold your own hatzatah contest:¬†Hatzatah checklist.

Contest Checklist

All five teacher videos are included below…Who would you choose to win?

Seth Carpenter, 3rd grade teacher 

Shana Gutterman, art teacher

Karin Hallett, librarian

Shelly Zavon, 4th/5th grade math/social studies teacher

 

 

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Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course ‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ. In the meantime, visit my Listly list entitled¬†Student-Created iBooks & eBooks.

 


30 Jan 2013
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For the Crafty at Heart

Yesterday, I posted a scrapbook of the pics from the¬†“Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child” iBook¬†release party created using the free¬†ScrapPad Movie Night app. Today, I wanted to showcase my very crafty and talented sister-in-law’s creations using the ScrapPad app (which just so happens to be FREE for a limited time… normally $4.99). She used the app with her 4 year old daughter to showcase their trip to the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Patch scrapbook created by Melissa Johnson using the ScrapPad app


 
Here is what she had to say about the experience: “This app was really fun and easy to use. I am typically a paper scrapper, but the user friendly design of this app could just turn me into a digi scrapper! My four year old daughter helped me create this book. She enjoyed browsing through all of the different elements and helping me choose and place them on the page.”

Pumpkin Patch scrapbook created by Melissa Johnson using the ScrapPad app


 
While the album was in progress, she showed it to her 13 year old daughter. Melissa went on to tell me that her teenage daughter “now has plans to stealthe iPad and create one for herself!” Honestly, what a great way to make memories and share stories digitally.

Pumpkin Patch scrapbook created by Melissa Johnson using the ScrapPad app


 
Though these photos are scrapped based on a family experience, this app-tivity could easily be translated to classroom activities (e.g.¬†“Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child” iBook¬†release party created using the free¬†ScrapPad Movie Night app). If students are part of a 1:1, what a cool family activity that would be to integrate the iPad to create a show and tell for an event or tell a story.

Pumpkin Patch scrapbook created by Melissa Johnson using the ScrapPad app


 
If you app-reciate Melissa’s style, check out her art journaling and scrapbooking blog. I can’t take credit for her craftiness nor creativity, but I did play a part in introducing her to Snapguide¬†to create tutorials for people who would like to be artisitc and crafty (check out her¬†Snapguides¬†here).

 

725+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!

Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

 

If you would like an app-ortunity to meet the teacher behind the “Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child” iBook, she will be co-presenting two poster sessions with me (and @iPadSammy) at FETC. Feel free to drop by ūüėČ

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course “Student-Created Books in the iClassroom”. In the meantime, visit my Listly list entitled¬†Student-Created iBooks & eBooks.

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29 Jan 2013
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Students are Stars with iBooks Author

This morning I had the pleasure of being a VIP guest at the “The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child” iBook release party for Laura Wright’s 3rd grade class. Though the iBook was published a little less than a week ago (full blog review and details here), students and parents waited to download the digital delight until they reviewed it as a class today.

The iBook Release Party: Wright's Red Carpet

 

The attendees (students and parents) grabbed their popcorn and waited at the roped off gate to be seated for the event. Some students even dressed the part in suits and ties and glamorous sunglasses.

The iBook Release Party: The "Big Screen"

 

It was a truly special and memorable way to commemorate and celebrate the student-created publication. To archive the event and share it, I took a few photos and assembled them using the free ScrapPad Movie Night app.

The iBook Release Party: The "the Viewing iParty"

 

While we are showcasing students as publishers and authors, I thought I would share the “Lend a Hand” video which was the brain child of two of our Eanes elementary 5th grade students (now 6th grade Hill Country MS students). The motto was adopted by the campus and has since then become the inspiration for a school-wide character incentive focusing on five traits (e.g. integrity, acceptance, responsibility, respect, and safety).
 

One student became inspired by the school initiative and devoted page 43 of the iBook to the “Lend A Hand” way.

Lending A Hand - Pioneer Style


 
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If you would like an app-ortunity to meet the teacher behind the iBook, she will be co-presenting two poster sessions with me (and @iPadSammy) at FETC. Feel free to drop by ūüėČ

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course “Student-Created Books in the iClassroom”. In the meantime, visit my Listly list entitled¬†Student-Created iBooks & eBooks.

Check out the Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink.


27 Jan 2013
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Designing Interactivity

By now I am sure you all know I am a bit of an apple fan girl. I have to say that the devices play very well with each other. In preparation for two poster sessions at FETC next week, I began working on a resource that people could take away that would be visual and informative… and perhaps even interactive.

I began creating the resource using the Designs for Pages app on my iPad to create the image below and then emailed the file as a Pages document in order to make some final edits (screenshots tend to be easier) on my Mac. Then it was a matter of saving the doc as an image and uploading it to Thinglink where the interactivity begins… If you look closely, you can even get a sneak peek at the resources for the “iVocabulary” workshop which will be offered at TCEA 2013 in two weeks.

 

FETC… here I come!

 

2 Poster Sessions

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Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

 

If you would like an app-ortunity to connect with me, Laura Wright (the teacher behind the “Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child””¬†iBook, or Jon Samuelson (aka @iPadSammy), they will be co-presenting two poster sessions with me at FETC.

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course ‚ÄúStudent-Created Books in the iClassroom‚ÄĚ.


21 Dec 2012
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My Journey to Become an iVenger…

Little did I know that my visit to Westlake HS’s iPad 1:1 initiative¬†last spring¬†would be the beginnings of a complete life change. For two years, I made the dreaded commute to San Antonio from New Braunfels (my husband made this commute for 5). Constantly asked by coworkers if I would ever move back to San Antonio to lessen the commute, I always replied, “We will NEVER leave¬†New¬†Braunfels!”

… Over my¬†last year with NEISD¬†(I clearly was not aware that it was my last), I communicated with Carl Hooker (#bigdeal… even collaborated to make him a B-day video below) and would run into him at various events and even co-present with Jon Samuelson at ISTE and Mobile 2012. I also had both Carl and Jon on my radio show “appy hours 4 u“. ¬†Gotta say I drank the Eanes koolaid and fell in love. When a 1:1 job presented itself, I felt there was truly only one decision to make.

 

While my family dabbled in the New Braunfels/Austin commute for a a few months, it soon became apparent that our lives were no longer in¬†New¬†Braunfels¬†and our house no longer felt like home.¬†Flash forward six months… I am living and working in Austin with my family.¬†I feel very blessed to have the app-ortunity to work with such an amazing staff at HCMS and to have joined the epic likes of the iVengers. I look forward to many more years of iTriumphs and epicocity!
 

 

WME050 - Student Created Books in the iClassroom

 

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Come visit me at FETC.¬†I will be presenting a 3 hour workshop on Monday entitled ‚ÄúStudent Created Books in the iClassroom.‚ÄĚ

 


14 Jul 2011
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TechChef4u is a family-owned business led by CEO and founder Lisa Johnson. The mission of TechChef4u is to provide technology integration resources and support to all… with a splash of personality and a heaping helping of creativity.

Lisa has 12 years of educational experience ranging from teaching HS English & MS Math to international curriculum development, creating and presenting workshops, and even running technology integration camps across the state of Texas. Currently, Lisa serves Eanes ISD which proudly supports an 1:1 iPad initiative from K-12. Additionally, she has been recognized and selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Her love for ‚Äúcooking up‚ÄĚ technology integrated lessons and the need for a creative & productive outlet led her to create the TechChef4u blog in early May of 2011. In early 2012 TechChef4u was officially launched as an educational entity supporting and promoting purposeful and engaging integration of mobile devices at home and in the iClassroom.¬†Lisa continues to share her app-thusiasm for iLearning at multiple conferences worldwide including Mobile 2012, TCEA, ISTE, FETC, iPadpalooza, Tech Forum, iPad Summit, and Australia‚Äôs Slide2Learn.

Other TechChef4u delectable digital delights are the TechChef4u app, ‚ÄúHot Apps 4 HOTS‚ÄĚ iBook, and ‚ÄúAppy Hours 4 U‚ÄĚ podcast.

TechChef4u has expanded to provide keynote presentations, hands-on workshops, seminars, webinars, deployment consulting, mobile integration support resources…. and a jewelry line catering to the chic geek.

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