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23 Mar 2012
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Surprisingly Educational: Part 4 – Episode 22

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 22– “Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 4. In this episode we featured multiple edutainment apps that that at first glance might not appear educational. For each free app we shared multiple integration ideas that span across content areas and grade levels. Check out our other installments of “Surprisingly Educational Apps1”, “Surprisingly Educational Apps 2“, and “Surprisingly Educational Apps 3“.

 

What's Your 6 Word Bio? using Motivational Poster app

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Visual Poet (see their gallery)
  2. TypeDrawing for FREE (see examples in Math, More Math, Language, and their gallery)
  3. For All Seasons (get For All Seasons on your Mac or PC)
  4. Sketchbook Express & SketchBook MobileX
  5. Bloom*
  6. Create-O-Mat
  7. Fotolr Photo Studio HD & Fotolr Photo Studio 
  8. Painting with Time
  9. Painting with Time: Climate Change
  10. Mad Lips
  11. Political Time Machine (was FREE at the time of our notes)
  12. Motivational Poster (was FREE at time of episode)
  13. VidRhythm (See iChallenge details below).

 

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

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“Appy Hours 4 U” iChallenge: We really want VidRhythm to be considered “Surprisingly Educational” – we LOVE this app and find it to be intensely engaging! However, we have been unable to assign some sort of core classroom integration to the app. Thus, “Appy Hours 4 U” will award a $10 iTunes Gift Card to the best user submission for how VidRhythm can be used instructionally and purposefully in a core classroom. Leave a Comment Below: Include your name, contact email, and idea for how the app can be used instructionally in the iClassroom. We will choose the best submission and announce the winner on our April 5th episode and in the TechChef4U blog.


02 Mar 2012
Comments: 6

The 1 iPad Classroom: Episode 21

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio ShowEpisode 21: “The 1 iPad Classroom“. In this episode the famous Lisa Carnazzo (2nd grade elementary teacher and iChef) joined us to discuss her iClassroom. She touched on classroom management, the process of planning an iLesson, what road blocks she has encountered and how she overcame them, and the impact the iPad has had on student learning and engagement. She also highlighted some of her favorite apps and iLessons.

 

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


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Explore some of Lisa Carnazzo’s iLessons:

  1. Seasons (Science lesson using Puppet Pals)
  2. The Water Cycle (Science lesson using ScreenChomp, Songify, and Talkapella)
  3. Inferencing (Language Arts lesson using Talking Tom’s Love Letters and Popplet Lite)
  4. Weather (Science lesson using WunderMap and Talking Tom & Ben News)
  5. Job Application (Language Arts lesson using VoiceThread)
  6. Probability (Math lesson using Doodle Buddy and ScreenChomp)
  7. Parts of Speech (Language Arts lesson using Tacky Wales Create)
  8. Problem-Solving & Word Problems (Math lesson using Puppet Pals)
  9. Objects in Motion (Science lesson using iCardSort)
  10. Sums of 10 (Math lesson using Talking Tom, Ben, Gina, etc…)
  11. Short Vowels (Language Arts lesson using Songify)

 

Want More iLessons?:

 

Check out Yolanda Barker’s Videolicious Summary of our visit to Carnazzo’s iClassroom.

Visit to Carnazzo’s Class from Yolanda Barker on Vimeo.

 

 

 



13 Feb 2012
Comments: 0

It's An Appy Day 4 an iPlayground: TCEA 2012

I feel very blessed to have the app-ortunity to be part of the iPlayground at TCEA 2012. Yolanda and I weren’t quite sure what the format of the session would be or how many people would be in attendance. The room was set up with a place for presenters on the left which included seating for observers. The right side of the room included colorful bean bag chairs and a Bretford cart of fully-loaded iPads (decked out with 600+ apps to explore). The room was also open to the hallway so passerby’s could stand and take it all in.

Having an App-tastic Time at iPlayground

 

During our stint at the iPlayground, we presented Surprisingly Educational Apps sharing 28 “surprisingly educational apps” providing classroom integration ideas for each. We had not expected such a large crowd but were appy to entertain and explain. If you missed playing at the iPlayground, I have included all of the apps we shared on Symbaloo. All of the integration ideas provided during the session came straight from the 3 surprisingly educational apps episodes aired during “Appy Hours 4 U“.

Bringing Appy Hours to TCEA 2012

 

Here is a rendition of “Call it What You Want” by Foster the People (video below) created with the app Video Star. We made sure to stay within copyright length limitations.

Using the Video Star app and music from their iPod, students can create “surprisingly educational” music videos. The classroom integration would be choosing segments of songs or thematic music that would represent a character or a scene. Then students could act out a scene having each character sing a relevant portion or trim the song to only have one character sing a segment. (Check out these History-Based Music Videos for more ideas).

Over the weekend, I came across a couple of blogs with notes on “suprisingly educational apps” and wanted to share.

Paul Briseno: Paul is an Instructional Technology Administrator for South San ISD and a fellow alumni from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Live. Learn. Teach. Lead (see full post here)

Paul Briseno's Post: Live. Learn. Teach. Lead.

 

Terri Eichholz: Terri is a teacher in North East ISD who teaches gifted students in grades K-5.

Engage Their Minds: (see full post here)

Terri Eichholz's Blog: Engage Their Minds

 

iShare: If you attended our iPlayground session and have blogged about it, we would love to see your feedback, notes, and ideas. Please send an email or leave a comment below.

More iPlayground Sessions: Utility Apps and WoScholar Apps 

 


02 Feb 2012
Comments: 1

Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 3 – Episode 18

String Augmented Reality Creatures: Print Targets Here!

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 18– “Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 3. In this episode we featured multiple edutainment apps that that at first glance might not appear educational. For each free app we shared multiple integration ideas across content areas and grade levels. Check out our other installments of “Surprisingly Educational Apps1” and “Surprisingly Educational Apps 2“.

 

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. TurboCollage
  2. Photo Measure Lite
  3. Tracing Paper Lite
  4. Skitch for iPad
  5. String (print the targets to use with the app)
  6. Epic Citadel
    1. Epic Citadel Teacher Challenge Resources
    2. Creative Writing Using Simulated Environment Apps
    3. Creative Writing with Epic Citadel (possible teaching and learning ideas)
    4. Citadel: Telling an Epic Tale (Student Writing Samples)
  7. Video Star
  8. Word Lens
  9. My Secret Diary
  10. Awesome Photo Calendar Lite
  11. QR Code Beamer

 

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

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Check out all of the Surprisingly Educational Apps we featured thus far. If you are attending TCEA 2012, stop by the iPlayground for more classroom integration ideas for all of the apps listed below:

Surprisingly Educational Apps


01 Feb 2012
Comments: 5

Hot Apps 4 HOTS Live in iTunes!

After months of work and preparation, our  “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” ePub is now officially available in the iBookStore for download. This was a self-published effort by myself and Yolanda Barker and we are “oh so appy” and overjoyed to share it with the world. The book includes 9 step-by-step apptivities that focus on each level of Bloom’s (some levels have more than one apptivity). The resource will also serve for our TCEA 2012 workshop by the same name.

Hot Apps 4 HOTS Now Available in iTunes!!!!!!

Please download and share!  If you enjoyed the book…we would greatly appreciate reviews/ratings. =)


28 Jan 2012
Comments: 2

Marvelous Music with Michael: Episode 17

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 17: “Marvelous Music with Michael”. In this episode we featured 6 apps (5 free and 1 paid) that could be used for music instruction and creation. For each app we shared a brief description and then ways the app could be used in the classroom (both music and core).We were joined by music maestro Michael Benavides, “Wire the World” blogger and infotainment guru, who shared his app-etite for music and apps. (Check out his first appearance on our show: Music 4 the Classroom: Episode 6).

Michael the Music Maestro

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Groovemaker Free
  2. Animoog $
  3. Sound Drop
  4. Pluto Learns Piano HD
  5. PatternMusic  MXXIV
  6. Musician’s Practice Journal Free.

 

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

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Michael will also be sharing these apps and more at TCEA 2012’s iPlayground.

 


25 Jan 2012
Comments: 1

Appy Hours 4 U: Spring 2012

"Appy Hours 4 U": Spring 2012

We’re back for Spring 2012! Check out our Spring “Appy Hours 4 U” schedule. We air live Thursdays @ 3:30 pm.

  1. Notable Apps 4 Note-taking (1/12)
  2. Marvelous Music with Michael (1/19)
  3. Surprisingly Educational 3 (1/26)
  4. Hot Apps 4 HOTS (2/2)
  5. iTools 4 Admin (2/16)
  6. Exceptional Ebook Creators (2/23)
  7. The 1 iPad Classroom (3/1)
  8. Surprisingly Educational 4 (3/8)
  9. Podcasting & Podcasts (3/22)
  10. Great Apps 4 Government (4/5)
  11. Sizzlin’ Apps 4 Science (4/12)
  12. Surprisingly Educational 5 (5/3)

 

Also stay tuned for some additional featured shows with special guests! (schedule to come)

Check us out at TCEA 2012. Yolanda and I will be presenting 2 workshops (“iBuild iPad Lessons” and “Hot Apps 4 HOTS“) and 2 sessions at iPlayground (“iPrep for Kindergarten” 2/6 @ 4 pm and “Surprisingly Educational Apps” 2/8 @ 4 pm).


23 Jan 2012
Comments: 0

Notable Apps for Note-taking: Episode 16

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 16 – “Notable Notes for Note-taking”. In this episode we featured 10 free apps (in addition to Evernote) that could be used for note-taking. For each app we shared a brief description and then ways the app could be used in the classroom and how notes could be shared or submitted.

You can GRAPH in Sundry Notes?!!!

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Sundry Notes
  2. PaperPort Notes (formerly Notarize)
  3. Neu.annotate PDF
  4. Dragon Dictation
  5. Flashcardlet (Flashcards*)
  6. iPen Free 
  7. Totes m’ Notes
  8. Note Hub
  9. NJoyNote Lite
  10. Note Record

 

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


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02 Jan 2012
Comments: 1

Surprisingly Educational Apps

I have to say “Surprisingly Educational” apps appears to be the most popular topic on our “appy hours 4 u” show to date. In these shows we feature mostly free *(some apps may have been free for a limited time) edutainment apps and discuss integration ideas for each app that span across content areas and multiple grade levels.

To support this app-erific surprisingly educational phenomenon, I was inspired to create a Symbaloo web mix to house the apps from our previous and upcoming Surprisingly Educational Shows. This Symbaloo will also serve as a resource for an iPlayground workshop at TCEA 2012.

Symbaloo can be accessed off of a mobile device – each link will open in Safari or iTunes.

Surprisingly Educational Apps Webmix created with Symbaloo

 

And while we are on the subject of “surprisingly educational apps”, I would like to thank the iOS geniuses behind To Me By Me (featured on Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 2) for such an innovative app…and for giving “appy hours 4 u” some iTunes love! Also check out out To Me By Me can be utilized with children and students for goal-setting!

To me By me app featured on "Appy Hours 4 U" and image annotated with Skitch

 

Stay tuned for a fully interactive “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” ePub educator workshop which will feature free edu apps from our episodes… including surprisingly educational and appear in iBooks early this Spring!

 

 


29 Dec 2011
Comments: 3

Comics 4 the iClassroom: Episode 14

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 14 – “Comics 4 the iClassroom”. In this episode we featured 7 free comic and caption apps and provided ideas for how they could be used to support digital storytelling in multiple grade levels and across content areas.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Comic Touch Lite
  2. Perfect Captions
  3. Photo Captions Free
  4. Captions
  5. Camera Art FX Free
  6. Doodle Buddy
  7. Popplet Lite

 

We also mentioned free apps that are educational comics:

  1. Heroes Bicentenarios
  2. Riding with Rosa Parks
  3. Spiked Math HD
  4. Cooper Seattle Lite
  5. Elementary Safety
  6. Drug Facts for Young People
  7. Teenage Survival
  8. Green Planet 4 Kids
  9. Professor Garfield Cyberbullying
  10. Professor Garfield Online Safety
  11. Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion
  12. Professor Garfield Forms of Media
  13. MSNBC Cartoons HD (preview and pre-select content in this app – see our “cautionary apps” show for more tips)

 

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

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More Resources to Support Comic-Based Lessons:

  1. Cartoons for the Classroom
  2. Concept Cartoon Strategies
  3. Concept Cartoons & Concept Tests (Slideshare)
  4. Read Write Think Interactive Comic Vocabulary
  5. Lesson Plans with a Comic Theme
  6. Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teachers

Tap Into The World Of Comics: 21 Ways to use Comics in the Classroom (features Web 2.0 Tools)

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