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17 Jul 2013
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Thinglink… the ultimate app-smasher!!!!

Contrary to popular belief, the art of app-smashing is not the action of pressing on an app  until it jiggles or an individual app at all (well, it is an app, but I digress). I feel I must credit Greg Kulowiec with the terminology as he offers a course on it and has prepared the first official definition.

“App Smashing Defined: The process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project.”

But truly the art of app-smashing has been well documented for some time. Educators like myself, Laura Wright, Lisa Carnazzo, and many more showcase multiple examples online everyday. Laura Wright actual coined the phrase “multi-apping” in a post I shared in November of 2012 to refer to the same phenomenon. Moving past semantics and terminology, I think that the ultimate focus on app-smashing is the intended purpose or result and the workflow necessary to achieve it.

 App Smashing Image Screenshots compiled with Pic Collage

I recently stumbled upon the Definitive App Smasher’s Guide pictured above (a FREE 13 page download from Miguel Guhlin). The resource is available in ePub and PDF and is a really great example to showcase the flow and provide additional concrete guided tasks.

As I app-arently cannot finish a post without sharing a thinglink and 3 of my last posts have focused on the tool, I think it only prudent to share how Thinglink can be the ultimate example of app-smashing! Think about it…Thinglinks are an image.

  • Images: Images can be created, annotated, and embellished with Pic Collage, Keynote, Strip Designer, and Skitch.
  • Thinglink Nubbins: From there, Thinglink merely adds nubbins to those images. Nubbins can be either plain text or anything with a link.
  • Links: What has a link? Um… pretty much anything. Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, YouTube, Prezi, Quizlet. iMovie Trailers and Puppet Pals can be exported to YouTube or a Dropbox… ScreenChomps and Tellagami’s can be shared with URLs. Each photo or video could be an individual example of app-smashing.

Miguel Guhlin shares a perfect example of this as Haiku Deck images can be exported to the camera roll and then turned into a narrated video using Explain Everything.

Example from Page 6 of Miguel Guhlin's "The Definitive App Smasher's Guide"

Example from Page 6 of Miguel Guhlin’s “The Definitive App Smasher’s Guide”

So what could this look like? For months I have been sharing the potential of Thinglink and just recently I stumbled upon a teacher using for exactly that purpose… sharing student work as an ePortfolio!!!

I feel this just might be the pinnacle of app-smashing… but truly you be the judge. How will you channel and showcase your student’s inner product-based selves through app-smashing?

For more EDU Thinglink Examples, visit this List.ly.

 

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10 Jul 2013
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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.

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09 Jul 2013
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Plug and Play

Tony Vincent and the Arizona K-12 Center have truly outdone themselves with this year’s Plug and Play event. Not only is the destination (Tucson, Arizona) beautiful and the resort quite lovely, the layout of the week is superb. Campers choose one strand to focus on for the week…which allows attendees to really delve into the content and leave with meaningful learning experiences and artifacts. Tony did a great job using video and audio narration to put together a little video summary of the available strands. After seeing everyone else’s vignettes, I think I may have summarized “Mobilize the K-2 Classroom” a bit better and swooshed my cape a little more dramatically, but all in all the video is a clever way to give an overview of the week’s festivities.

After Tammy Worcester’s keynote, we got to know our campers with a Haiku Deck app-tivity. Each of the campers created a Haiku Deck as an autobiographical intro. It was suggested that these resources could be embedded on teacher websites or shared at parent nights for the upcoming school year. Before campers left for the afternoon, all of the Haiku Decks were collected in an Edmodo group.

Plug and Play Day 1

(And if you are wondering what iPad cases @iPadsammy and I are sporting in the pic above – I have had many questions on the matter … mine is the Griffin Seesaw and Jon’s is the Gumdrop.)

But wait… there’s more… for those of you Haiku Deck junkies, there is a Pinterest board of over 200 EDU examples!

Education Case Studies: Haiku Deck

Bummed you missed out on Plug and Play this summer? Never fret! Arizona’s K-12 center  is offering Mobile Learning Experience 2013 in September AND early bird registration ends Friday, July 12th! Visit the Mobile 2013 site for additional conference details.

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07 Jul 2013
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Classic Carnazzo

As you can see, TechChef4u has launched a whole new Techucation experience. We greatly app-reciate your patience through our transition. Continue to check back often as we will be frequently adding new content and website features.

Classic… you say? If you are a loyal TechChef fan, then you will know that Carnazzo Creations have been a staple since the original launch of this blog. Two years ago, Lisa Carnazzo was one of the first educators showcased on “appy hours 4 u” – which aired live with my cohost Yolanda Barker from my place of employment at the time, NEISD.

Classic: Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.

When Lisa Carnazzo presented at iPadpalooza a few weeks ago, I knew with out a shadow of a doubt that the resources she shared would be high quality and an outstanding value to those who attended. But what about those who didn’t have the app-ortunity to check out the sold out event?

Fortunately, Lisa Carnazzo (@SAtechnoChic) was kind enough to share both of her presentations via slideshare. Once again primary teacher, Lisa Carnazzo proves that iLearning can be fun, mobile, and social (and of course standards based)! Visit her class wiki for more gems, nuggets, and artifacts of iLearning.

iPad Projects and Products for Primary:

iPads and Daily 5: 

 

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30 Jun 2013
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Thinglink 1 and Thinglink 2

Before I recount all of the ISTE 2013 gems… I wanted to thank everyone for bearing with us. TechChef4u has been experiencing growing pains with the launch of the new TechChef site and we greatly app-reciate your patience through it all. Continue to check back often as we will be frequently adding new content and website features.

Without further ado… Thinglink 1 and Thinglink 2… Last week I posted a Thinglink created for a session I did at BrainPOP’s booth focusing on inquiry-based app-tivities.

After sharing my app-thusiasm for inquiry based app-tivities, I continued to peruse the expo hall. And what to my wondering eyes should appear … none other than the CMO of Thinglink, Neil Vineberg. We got to chatting about the app (and how in future updates it will have very similar features to the web version). We also discussed the need for a more robust collection of nubbins… perhaps even numerical ones 1-9 which would be perfect for a webquest (great ideas for future nubbins also percolated from luncheons with @RafranzDavis). But I digress…

As I was so excited to find Thinglink, one of my favorite web tools, hidden away in a corner of the expo hall, I continued to guide and escort other Thinglink addicts there over the course of the next few days. Truly a Herculean feat to even cover the entire expo hall, let alone locate a booth on it, I was glad my navigation skills held up.

One of my favorite Thinglinkers (and fellow iVenger), Marianna Husain, made a stop by the booth and shared a recent Thinglink that she had prepared for an ISTE session with her fellow elementary iVengers. Thinglinking Infographics!?! Now that is really out of the box… 😉

But wait… there’s more… Of course, I naturally wanted to capture this momentous moment, so what better way to celebrate than with a thinglink?

Have a hankering for Thinglink? Visit my Listly on Thinglink EDU Resources and Examples.

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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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