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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

 


11 Oct 2011
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Spread the Appy News

After checking my inbox and discarding the Papa John’s online pizza deals & Kohls’ sales notifications, I was thrilled to come across this email (my notes/comments are in italics) and these appy resources:

“My friend Carl Hooker in Eanes ISD pointed me to your site. He says you are the originator of the Appy Hour concept (I would like to take full credit for this but a fellow ITS Susan Reeves originally used the name and I ran with it and started publishing my own menus and a blog talk radio show) and I applaud you for it. We had our first Appy Hour in Kerrville ISD last week with a small group meeting at Sonic for some outside warm weather with cold drinks (too fun… I can see a cherry limeade to be a nice pairing for Puppet Pals and iCardSort Lite). A great group of about 8 showed up and we shared apps we have been discovering and using. I’m the Tech Director in my district and I met a teacher who has been using an app with an autistic student and making tremendous progress. It is a Region 20 grant and she was really sharing about it. Anyway, I made this “menu” of our apps and shared it with my email group in district. I also pointed them to your site and your radio show and your Twitter. We are going to try to do 2 Appy Hours each semester (would love to sit in one of these – can you stream or record one of these?). People really like the idea! Our App Menu:”

 


14 Aug 2011
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Surprisingly Educational Apps: iPad Blog Hop Host

In honor of the launching of Techchef4u’s Blog Talk Radio Show “Appy Hour”, I decided to cook up my first ever iPad Blog Hop Contest (the winner will receive a $20 iTunes Gift card!). The rules are fairly simple:

 

  1. Compose a blog entry on your blog with the title “Surprisingly Educational Apps”.
  2. Select one free iPad/iPod app: Apps can be covertly educational like Talking Tom or Songify or somewhat transparent like U.S. Quarters and Magnetic Alphabet Lite. The task is more to shine a light on these gems and highlight how they would or could be used innovatively for educational purposes. Please hyperlink to the app’s iTunes page.
  3. Highlight how it could be creatively used in the classroom (the app must not contain inappropriate material). Please include a screen shot or video (so others will fully comprehend your vision) with your apptivity description. Screenshots of apps can be pulled into Doodle Buddy, Popplet Lite, or ScreenChomp to be easily annotated. Chosen App can be used in conjunction with another app. 
  4. Include recommended age group and content area for your apptivity suggestion(s) within your post.
  5. Finally, include a link back to the iPad Blog Hop’s host site (www.techchef4u.com).

 

More info: The U.S. Quarters app is not innately educational like Number Line (activity-based) or Khan Academy (instructionally-based). Other than supporting the U.S. Congress’s mission to honor the federal republic and “promote the diffusion of knowledge among the youth”, the app itself doesn’t truly teach or produce anything more than basic facts about the fifty states (e.g. motto, date ratified, and symbols). Thus, it is up to us to create a surprisingly educational experience with this app… in a middle school mathematics classroom or elementary social studies… perhaps. I decided to showcase the app to teach mathematics vocabulary and proportional reasoning (scale factor)I will be including my full post on U.S. Quarters and the other apps we discuss before the 25th.

The winner will be determined by a group of Instructional Technology Specialists from NEISD and announced on my first installment of Appy Hours 4 U with my Co-host Yolanda Barker: Thursday August 25th at 10am. Submissions will be judged on creativity/ingenuity, supporting materials (screenshots, videos, etc…), and appropriateness for the classroom.

The winner will receive a $20 iTunes Gift card!