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25 Jul 2012
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Apple iCore: Science Investigations using the iPad

If you have not read between the lines in previous posts, I would like to formally share that I have made the transition from NorthEast ISD to Eanes ISD. This week I have had the pleasure of attending their Apple Core academy.

Eanes iCore

 

One of the app-tivities we explored was a science investigation involving coins and a water dropper. Jon Samuelson and I worked collaboratively to complete the lab. The workflow used Keynote and the camera app on the iPad or Mac to document the lab. The video below was compiled in iMovie by saving the Keynote slides as images. While I spend most of my time focusing on free apps, I will say I would highly recommend using Keynote on the iPad to document learning in the iClassroom.

Check out other Science iLessons here.


19 Jun 2012
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iPrep 4 Kinder

“What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?”

This is a session created by Yolanda Barker and myself (both mommies of preschoolers) to showcase how an iPad can support and supplement the acquisition of multiple skills necessary to enter the Kindergarten classroom. After completing some online research, we created a Google Form. Over 80+ Kindergarten NorthEast ISD teachers shared their take on “What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?“.  Based on their input, “iPrep 4 Kinder” was born to showcase how the iPad and apps could support fundamentally essential skills (e.g. spelling name, letter and sound recognition, rhyming, keyboarding skills, following directions, building social skills, color/shape recognition, etc…) which will give preschool students the leg up upon their entrance into the Kindergarten realm.

iPrep 4 Kinder_Presentation

 

Below is a Listly created with all of the hyperlinks and resources for our session, “Hot Apps 4 TOTS”:

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04 Jun 2012
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What's Your Must-Have Paid App?

So to build off of my social curation addiction with List.ly, I am sharing a belated list of “Paid Apps for the iClassroom”. Yes, I realize I am the Queen of Free, but sometimes you really do have to break down and buy an app. So this list is a tribute to a growing list of  the best “Paid Apps for the iClassroom”. Please feel free to leave comments or a thumbs up and thumbs down on an app selection… as well as add your own favorite paid app for the iClassroom. Hoping to reach a collaborative list of 100 apps!

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Check out my other Listly’s: 20+ FREE Product-Based apps, Surprisingly Educational apps, Student-Created Apps 4 StudentsInteractive Tools & Sites that JIVE with the iPad, Infographics in the Classroom, and Cool Tools to Engage Your Brain over the Summer.


15 May 2012
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Pop in with BrainPOP

By a series of fortuitous events (e.g. a last minute cancellation and a random email), I had the app-ortunity to lead a webinar for BrainPOP on “iProductivity in the iClassroom“. The session covered a few online tools for assessment, tips to preview and preselect apps, shared 17 free apps that can be used to create student products, and culminated with tips for submitting and preparing student work.

Andrew from BrainPOP and Me at Mobile 2012 edited with online version of BeFunky

 

The archived webinar can be located through the BrainPOP site. We received some great feedback on the content delivered in the session and I am looking forward to the possibility of delivering a follow-up iPad session over the summer. Thanks again Andrew for the app-ortunity to share my app-thusiasm for iLearning.

 


04 May 2012
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"Hot Apps 4 HOTS" SimpleK12 Webinars

Just wanted to share that Yolanda and I will be presenting two webinars for Simple K12.

“There are so many iPad apps out there, that it can often be intimidating trying to figure out which apps best suit the objectives and the higher order skills you are trying to foster. In this webinar, join Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker as the use “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” (found in the iBookstore) to showcase how free edutainment apps can be used to create apptivities for the iClassroom.”

The two webinars will offer apptivities that focus on student production within levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy from Remembering to Creating.

  1. iPad Apps for Higher Order Thinking Skills: Remembering to Applying
    1. Monday, May 07, 2012 @ 5:00:00 PM Eastern Time, USA
  2. iPad Apps for Higher Order Thinking Skills: Analyzing to Creating
    1. Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5:00:00 PM Eastern Time, USA

 
If you have downloaded the iBook, please know that all of the apptivities and resources we will be sharing are BRAND NEW. The iBook will be only utilized as a support.

The basic membership for Simple K12 is FREE and all teachers will have access to the live webinar. Archived recorded webinars are only available to full members. Check out all of the details on membership.


03 Feb 2012
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Hot Apps 4 HOTS: From iCeption to iSBN

"Hot Apps 4 HOTS" road to iBooks

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 19 – “Hot Apps 4 HOTS: From iCeption to ISBN“. In this episode we discuss our journey to the iBookStore and some tips for self-publishing. We answered questions and gave more information on the following topics.

    1. iCeption: Our Inspiration for the Book
    2. Why we chose product-based FREE apps?
    3. What type of research and preparation went into the book?
    4. Why we chose a cooking theme?
    5. Where we got a template?
    6. The evolution of the book and what events led us to change our course
    7. Info on How to get an ISBN
    8. Info on Creative Commons Licensing
    9. What resources the book contains for presenters and educators?
    10. Who Reviewed our book?
    11. Who designed the cover art?
    12. How do you handle spacing in Pages/ePubs?
    13. ePub Checker
    14. Getting ePubs on a device without publishing to iBooks
    15. iTunes Connect Online Application & Free Books Account
    16. The iBooks Review Process

 

Here are some other articles on self-publishing that we found useful:

  1. eHow: How to Publish Content on Apple iBooks
  2. Creating ePub files with Pages
  3. Apps in Education: ePub – Publishing your own books for the iPad
  4. Dragos Roua: How to Self-Publish On Amazon, Kindle, and iBookstore

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

Listen to internet radio with Techchef4u on Blog Talk Radio

 

Many thanks to all of you who have rated and reviewed the iBook on your site or in the iBookStore.

Customer Rating(s): “HOT! by *MuSiC*:) Devoured this inspiring treat! Loved the detailed directions using these amazing free apps. Thank you for writing and sharing it with the world!”

District Comments: “I already sent this out to all the facilitators and my staff on my campuses yesterday. I saw your tweet the night before and had already downloaded it and read it! You are a ROCKSTAR! This is awesome! I love it, I love the step by step directions for the teachers in as well as it being all free apps! Ideas were just spinning in my head. My coordinator replied back how wonderful it was as well as the rest of the facilitators! Do you ever sleep? Oh my goodness you do a lot. I am thankful you do because I have learned so much from all your sites and everything. I also shared your site at our last Tenor meeting last month with surrounding school districts! Thanks for all your awesomeness!:-)” – Donita O’Hair (Technology Integration Facilitator  – Frisco ISD)

“Free Technology for Teachers” featured Hot Apps 4 HOTS

"Free Technology for Teachers" highlights "Hot Apps 4 HOTS"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


08 Dec 2011
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Appy Holidays… from Kerrville ISD

So…I was assisting in cleaning the table off after dinner and what did my wondering eyes see… a Twitter notification pop-up on my iPhone 4S. Naturally, I could not resist the urge to peek at the content of the tweet.

The Appy Tweet

 

Joel Adkins… you had me at “appy hour“. Naturally, now I had to click on the link provided and peruse the holiday card filled with app-tastic content and holiday cheer. Tis the season for sharing…app recommendations with others. Thanks so much for this… I will be “stealing”… I mean “sharing” this wonderful idea at our next department meeting. Stay tuned for an NEISD Holiday App-Card.

Appy Holidays from Kerrville ISD

 


06 Nov 2011
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So Many Apps, So Little Time…

Time for an Appy Hour of grand proportions. Came across this site last night via Twitter and had to share it. It is a beautifully crafted site created by ADE educators. Apps are sorted by preschool (e.g. animals, drawing, math, etc…), themes (e.g. math, language arts, social studies, reference, tools, etc…), multiple intelligences, and bloom’s taxonomy. I quickly added it to my Scoop.it “iPad Recommended Educational App Lists” page (seen below) and plan to spend some quality time with their section on bloom’s taxonomy for our HOT Apps 4 HOTS workshop being presented at TCEA 2012. Thanks for the iNSPIRATION!


04 Oct 2011
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Fall "Appy Hours 4 U" show list

Fall 2011: Appy Hour Schedule

Appy Hours 4 U: Fall 2011

Check out our fall season of appy hour shows. We will be airing live on Thursdays at 3:30pm. Login in to the chat to discuss app integration and iLesson ideas with other teachers. Each show features free apps that can be used across various content areas  and with multiple grade levels. If you miss the live show, stream us later or download the episode to iTunes. Visit techchef4u’s blog supplements to each show posted before the episode.

  1. HOT Apps 4 Brainstorming: 9/29
  2. Music: 10/6
  3. Videolicious Products: 10/13
  4. Eanes ISD: 1:1 iPad: 10/20
  5. ELA Games: 11/3
  6. Killeen iPod Integration: 11/10
  7. Surprisingly Edu: Part 2: 11/17
  8. Math Games: 12/1
  9. Comics: 12/8
  10. iBuild iPad Lessons: 12/15

 

Also check out our previously recorded shows:

 


26 Sep 2011
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Appy Hours and App Smackdowns

HS Appy Hour: Thank you Carl Hooker, Eanes ISD Director of Instructional Technology (and “iEvangelist from the planet Hookertron”) for sharing your H.S. Appy Hour menu (modeled after the techchef4u menus linked below). Carl added a very cool feature to his menu: open it in iBooks and the app buttons will actually take you to the app store when you can download the app of your choice. I think I will be “borrowing” this feature when I revamp our secondary menus. (Can’t wait for the release of the app smackdown video!). AppyHourMenu9-19-2011_EanesISDpdf

Eanes ISD Appy Hour Menu

Noterize: I fell in love with Noterize (featured in the All Purpose section of the menu) and shared it as part of a my South San ISD iPad Camp. They loved the integration with PDF’s and the multiple classroom implementation possibilities. Stay tuned for an upcoming techchef4u post which will include home-baked recipes for how to integrate PDF’s into your iLesson Toolkit!  

If you devoured the Eanes ISD menu, whet your palette with blod flavor of these appy morsels:

  1. Secondary Math Menu
  2. Secondary Science Menu
  3. Secondary History Menu
  4. Secondary ELAR Menu
  5. Apps for Parents
  6. HOT Apps 4 HOTS
  7. Appy Hours Direct 2 U: Free Delivery