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30 Sep 2014
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9 Must Read iPad Instructional Support Resources!

With Apple Under 13 and new parameters for enrollment of iPads within JAMF’s Casper system, this year of iPad deployment and support has been full of new learning app-ortunities and challenges. In fact, I feel as if I have been living and breathing and even sleeping iPads since the beginning of school. That being said, these experiences have fostered deeper learning about our initiative and continued ways to fine tune managing devices to sharpen their impact within the instructional setting. Reflecting upon the past two months, I found these experiences and resources could be easily divided into 3 different platters: Students, Parents, and Process.

Students

  • Student iPad Orientation iTunes U Course: This course serves the purpose of providing all iPad set up and instructional materials in one place that is easily accessible and can be stored on their device for later reference.
  • Student iPad Apps for Secondary: As many students may not know what apps are provided to them or what these apps do (especially the ones that are similar in nature), this Thinglink provides a quick overview of some of the apps that are essential for workflow and productivity.

 

Parents

  • Social Media Awareness: A Letter for Parents: This is a fantastic post from Carl Hooker highlighting a letter that was sent to parents addressing social media and student’s digital footprints.
  • Digital Parenting 101 iTunes U Course: Carl has designed an excellent iTunes U course to serve and support parents as well.
  • Staying Sane in Cyberspace: This is a Listly that TechChef assembled highlighting multiple tools, parent/child technology agreements, and articles to aid parents in navigating conversations with their mobile natives.

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Process

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Certainly this list of resources is in no way comprehensive but I think it does a good job of highlighting both the reflections of the process as well as the instructional resources that have been designed to underpin the ever-evolving nature of iPad management and instructional support.

Of course, I could not forget my educators… I have one delicious new resource for y’all as well…

Teachers

Recently, I delivered a webinar (which has been archived) focusing on “Back to School with iPads in the Classroom”. Both the webinar and slides are available HERE. The webinar touches on:

  • First Steps with iPads in both Elementary and Secondary
  • Critical Considerations to keep in mind
  • 8 Must Have Apps for Back to School with iPads

All 8 of the apps are evergreen in nature (can be used year round in a variety of different ways) and quite a few have had feature updates that will definitely leave you brimming with ideas and inspiration.

 

 

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24 Sep 2014
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6 Do’s and Don’ts for Secondary iPad Deployment and Support of New Initiatives

 

Tech Ninja Todd, Michelle Cordy, and a recent Do and Don’t list inspired me to sit down and reflect upon the start of this year with secondary iPads and the new enrollment system. While the new enrollment system is fiscally responsible (as we can now push and pull apps), allows for improved management (e.g. disabling iMessages and Game Center), and even provides the functionality to lock down devices during a testing situation with Casper Focus, any new system and process will encounter a few bumps in the road.

 

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I hope this Do’s and Don’t lists serves to support others that are embarking on this journey as well as proves to be a fruitful reflection on the process:

Do Communicate with and Include Key Decision Makers in the Planning Process

Include key decision makers (e.g. teachers, admin, ed tech, and technicians) in every level of the decision-making process. Teachers and students are affected by the new deployment and enrollment process and need to know how it will impact them. Include questions like:

  • How will STUDENTS RECEIVE the INFO they need to set up their iPad?: With the new enrollment process, students need a Novell login as well as their iTunes account. Should students receive their student login information prior to picking up their iPad to expedite the process? Students are also encouraged to use a personal iTunes account rather than a family one in secondary. While many students have a personal iTunes account, there are quite a few that do not. As the setup process for creating an account can take up to 10-15 minutes, consider options for ensuring students have this account prior to iPad rollout and enrollment day.
  • When/Where/How will STUDENTS RECEIVE their iPad?: Discuss the procedure for how students will be pulled out of class to pick up their iPads and when that process will occur.
  • How will we catch the DEPLOYMENT STRAGGLERS?: Have a plan in place for students that missed the day they were supposed to pick up their iPad. Do they come the next day? Do they visit the juice bar during lunch?
  • When can I start UTILIZING INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS within the iPad?: While we encourage students to keep their iPads over the summer so they can hit the instructional ground running with them the first day of school, there are inevitably some that decide to not keep them over the summer. As we move to be more and more paperless, how do you modify for these students until they receive their iPad (especially if teachers are using iTunes U as their textbook and the only device students can access the course on is an iPhone or an iPad)?
  • When can I start ASSIGNING PROJECTS utilizing iPad apps?: Students that downloaded a district-issued app in a previous year with their current iTunes account can retrieve it within the Purchased section of the app store. However, new students and students that did not download that app last year will have to wait until the wireless app push of this app is initiated.

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DON’T use Email as the Sole Means of Communication 

Don’t use email as the sole means of communication to inform teachers and students of a new initiative. Clearly the aforementioned questions and discussions are integral to the success of the devices in the classroom within the first few weeks of school. While email should not be used as the sole means to communicate this information, it can be effective if it is kept clear and concise and communicated to both teachers, students, and parents:

  • Announcements: Include information in the student announcements during the day.
  • Email: Communicate to both staff, students, and parents.
  • Newsletter: Send additional information in the weekly school newsletter so parents can remind students as well.

DO Plan

In my last post, I mentioned the Why of our district and how I felt it is a clear and compelling WHY that is at the forefront of our decision making. This year, we sought to alleviate some of the distraction of texting and gaming as well as utilize the devices for testing. To do this we are using a new enrollment process with our iPads. Carl Hooker has done an excellent job of creating a visual and explanation to detail some of the changes to restrictions in his most recent post.

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DON’T be Scared to Redesign the Map or Change Course Direction on the Fly

We all know the best laid plans sometimes need to be adjusted. Yesterday, I discovered that our 12+ Apps Only restriction (which limits our Freshman and Sophomores to only downloading apps that are rated 12-16) put the kibosh on downloading DocAS. DocAS is the paid app we provision to students to annotate PDF’s. It is a truly a solid and effective app but it has a built-in web browser that we can not filter and thus scores a 17+ rating. While I still believe in setting restrictions on student devices, know that this is not a fail-safe. Unfortunately, restricting games like Grand Theft Auto gives way to impeding instructional content like DocAS. Since we started using DocAS, apps like eBackpack and iFiles have since then included a PDF annotation tool or widget that we can switch too and still retain our management parameters. Fortunately, I was in the Juice Bar supporting our tech this week and I was able to catch this issue and quickly remedy it with some suitable alternatives…which leads me to my last Do and Don’t.

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DO Address Troubleshooting Concerns ASAP with all vested parties

We all make mistakes and discover better paths for maneuvering through a process. While it is important to be able to think on your feet and change course direction on the fly, it is just as important to communicate these changes and findings to the greater team. The Ed Tech, Librarian, Technician, Director of Innovation, and Director of Technology work hand in hand to execute and support our initiatives and they need to be made aware of bumps along the road as well as the on-the-fly detours that you make.

DON’T Get Caught in the Troubleshooting Doldrums

The beginning of the year can be fraught with wires and pliers kinds of tasks as well as technical “should” and “supposed to” frustrations. This device “should”_____ but doesn’t. This Application was “supposed to” _____ when it was installed. It is very easy to get caught in a whirlwind of blame and complain games. Don’t lose sight of your goal and purpose (the WHY that started it all). Know that all of these things shall pass and that getting “up and running” very much impacts instruction in the classroom. Before you can raise the walls and break through the ceilings, you have to ensure that the foundation is solid.

DO Teach Students to Select Appropriate Avenues for Backing up and Archiving their work

While iCloud initially may seem like the best and simplest option for back up, sometimes things mysteriously disappear, user error occurs in the back up process, or managed devices will not allow for a perfect replica of an iCloud back-up. Teaching students to always have a back-up plan and set systems in place for school and beyond is essential. Perhaps I am old school in this thought, but I find that that I can ensure that I have most things backed up within a 3 step process:

  • Photos/Videos: I like to create a back-up of these using a sync cable and a computer or upload them to a third party site with unlimited photo storage like Shutterfly (photos only) or Google Drive.
  • Apple Apps: The easiest way to assure that documents and media will transfer from a device is using iCloud within each app.
  • Non-Apple Apps: Depending on what these are, I will select the Open-In on each item and back them up to a cloud-based service that I will retain ownership of like a Google or Evernote account.

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DON’T Expect there to be a One-Size-Fits All Streamlined process for Backing Up work

Students have different computers and accounts (e.g. Dropbox, Drive, Copy, etc…) that they can back up to and may only be worried about losing documents within apps and not photos. Thus there is no one-size-fits all approach, but we can significantly alleviate the pain of this process by teaching students to be master organizers and owners of their own content and back-up process.

DO Provide Resources to Support Students

Support resources are imperative. There are some students, parents, and teachers that can successfully troubleshoot with step sheets and videos. That being said… this should not be the sole means of resources and support that your provide for your students…

DON’T Replace Face to Face Interactions with Email and Handouts

We all know that many issues can not be resolved with email. In fact 9 times out 10, the thing someone is asking about in the email isn’t even really the true heart of the problem. Truly there is no substitute for face to face support and interaction with students. While spending time for two class periods a day in the Juice Bar pulls me away from other duties and time that can be spent on instructional support, I have found it is one of the best ways to catch big issues before they spread (e.g. DocAs age restriction), discover troubleshooting trends, and resolve multiple technical issues that ultimately impact instruction in a big way.

 

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DO Make Time to Regroup and Reflect

The beginning of the year can feel like a tasmanian whirlwind of troubleshooting, emails, and support. Carving out time to reflect on the first few weeks can feel like a luxury but know that it is truly a necessity! It serves the dual purpose of being cathartic as well as integral to ensuring that things go smoother next year.

DON’T Be Held Captive to Time – Prioritize and Put out Fires

I am one that thrives on time for creativity and things that inspire me. I often struggle with the quick sand of influx of emails, time-consuming monotonous tasks, and the fact that “there is never enough time”. Being a mother of two elementary-age boys, the start of the year is even more difficult for me as all of these new systems are in place for myself as an employee, instructional supporter, and mother of two students. I eventually had to resign to the fact that I didn’t have time to do everything and had to focus on putting out fires for now and leave elevating thoughts and instruction to late September. Rather than feeling captive to time, I came to grips with it and have created Now and Later lists to support putting things in perspective as well as ensuring that they do not fall off my instructional radar when the time comes that they can receive a little more attention.

 

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13 Aug 2014
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Worthwhile Wednesday: TechChef4u’s Epic PhotoMap PD Recap 2

The summer has proved to be quite eventful indeed. As  I am never one to hoard resources, insights, and learning… I sought to spend a few minutes this week encapsulating the last two weeks for you… in an Epic PhotoMap or two…

 

ETT Summit Chicago

During the end of July, I had the app-ortunity to both attend and present at ETT Summit Chicago on the Navy Pier.

  • Presented: I presented S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR and ePortfolios are AWE-Some.
  • Attended: I attended both a day long “Google Apps Integration & Advanced Workflow Scenarios for Middle School and High School” workshop with Greg Kuloweic as well as Richard Byrne’s session on “Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration” and have included my notes and pertinent links within the PhotoMap below.

 

ETT Austin “The iPad Classroom”

The following week was spent delivering a 3-day iPad workshop to an amazing bunch of educators! As this is the first time I have used Google Sites to build a workshop page, you will need to bear with me 😉  Certainly viewing all of the workshop resources for a 3-Day intensive iPad workshop might be overwhelming… Taking that under consideration, I have diced up the entirety of the workshop resources into daily digestible bite-size morsels:

  • Day 1: We focused on Collection tools (e.g. Padlet, Notability, Google Drive, Google Forms, Batch Geo, and Evernote)
  • Day 2: We focused on Connection tools (e.g. Kahoot and Nearpod) and then moved on to Creation tools (e.g. Book Creator and Explain Everything)
  • Day 3: We focused on creating a take-away to Donate to our staff upon returning from the workshop and ways to continue learning through Curation and Connection tools like Pinterest and Twitter

All of the resources (including slide decks and directions) can be found on the ETT Austin Google Sites pages which are embedded within the Thinglink below.

 

More about TechChef’s Concocted Thinglinks:

Both Thinglinks were created using the PhotoMapo app using this process:

  • Design PhotoMapo on iOS device and save completed image to photo roll (If you would like to include more than one image in your PhotoMapo, then create a collage using an app like Pic Collage or InstaMag prior to this step.)
  • Email image to self (I prefer adding all of the links on the Thinglink via my computer rather than the iPad, but truly this process can be achieved on either device)
  • Launch Thinglink (site or app) and upload PhotoMapo image.
  • Begin creating targets or nubbins on the PhotoMapo image that will include either text or an image. (If you are using an assortment of links, sometimes it is faster to work off of a laptop… However, if you are adding iPad created-videos, it would be more prudent to use the Thinglink app).

 

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23 Jul 2014
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Wicked Good Wednesday: Real-World PD that Actually Works!!!

At one point and time, we can all confess to delivering a one-size-fits-all or most app-roach to delivering content to adult learners. I have heard much talk about differentiation in staff development workshops and experienced the angst and eventual loss of patience and focus when a presenter tries to deliver the exact same content to a room full of educators that are clearly at very different levels and require very different tasks to meet their needs. While formative assessments and targeted surveys to staff can address some of this issue, I have yet to see very few actual examples of what this might look like in practice… until today!

Divine Differentiated PD Resources:

Fortunately, four lovely educators decided to step up to the plate and not only design resources that clearly plan for diversity in heterogeneous settings, but share the resources and their thought processes behind them:

Differentiated PD Resources: Real World Activities that Actually Work!!!

 

Divinely Personalized and Student-Directed PD Resources

Not only has Sabba Quidwai provided 12 interactive AppTRACKS and AppSTACLE courses (explore them below), she has provided a truly epic…

Learner-Centered PD Resources: Real World Augmented and Tiered Activities That Actually Work!!!

 

FREE interactive iBook to model redesigning learning including interactive resources and lectures ranging from note-taking and multimedia to screencasting and assessment.

Download the FREE iBook: "Redesiging Learning: Teaching in the 21st Century"

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Dig Deeper!

As I have devoted multiple hours to writing an article featuring the above resources in greater detail, I will let the article speak for itself.

Dive Right In!

I will, however, share the resources in one additional format for those that like to peruse in a more visual fashion

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11 Jul 2014
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Fierce Friday: TechChef4u’s Epic PhotoMap PD Recap

It has been a very frenzied few weeks with conferences, travel, and speaking engagements. Finally, I have had a moment to reflect and archive the learning and inspiration from the past 6 weeks in a Fierce Friday post… in the only way I know how… 😉

a Thinglink of epic proportions…of course!

   

Dig in to TechChef4u’s Epic PhotoMap PD Recap: There is much inspiration and content buried and hidden in this Thinglink… so dig in and relish each nubbin! Here are a few to keep an eye out for:

  • S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR 2.0
  • Cooking Up Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom 2.0
  • World Languages and Constructivism from WHS World Language Department
  • Technology in the Early Grades Reboot
  • Teaching with iPad Exemplars (especially pertinent to History, ELA, and World Languages)
  • Background Info on the iTunes U app update that allows course discussion, curation, and management
  • 7 FREE Interactive Biology iBook Textbooks
  • Ideas for Creating your own Graphic Organizer backgrounds to facilitate formative assessment and discussion using Padlet
  • And Much More…

Dive Right in to 9 Power-Packed Tools for Bridging the Summer and the Classroom: If you are interested in learning about how the Thinglink was created, explore these 9 Power-Packed Tools for Bridging the Summer and the Classroom and dive right in to the Edudemic post divulging delicious examples for both extracurricular and instructional integration. 

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28 May 2014
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Winsome Wednesday: Delightful Student-Publishing!

If customization and edupreneuralism is the not-so-distant future for districts, than authentic opportunities for students to publish their own work is the equivalent trend for the classroom.

The Big Adventure of Berry by Daeun Jung

The Big Adventure of Berry by Daeun Jung

I have to say I quite accidentally happed upon these winsome student-created iBooks in a twitter feed. Truly, I do not use the word “winsome” lightly… these exceptionally creative  inquiry books are charming and delightfully designed.

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Scientific Narrative Story: Each book is a narrative story that blends scientific fact and fantasy with a dash of personification. While the books encompass multiple technologies from hand drawn images to text written in Pages, the final product was assembled in Book Creator.

The Adventure of Tom Triceps and Brittany Biceps

“The Adventure of Tom Triceps and Brittany Biceps” by Elaine Zhu

Behind the Story: A “Behind the Story” section reveals the thorough process from inquiry to publication.

Oxy's Adventure by Luna, Ojanperä

“Oxy’s Adventure” by Luna Ojanperä

Research and Resources: Clearly research and inquiry were main dishes for this project and were even included in the reference section at the end of each book.

The Adventures of Oxylia the Oxygen Bubble by Adinda Aaisyah

The Adventure of Oxylia the Oxygen Bubble by Adinda Aaisyah

About the Author: And of course no book would be complete without an Author Page.

"Ardelia Does a Cartwheel" by Ardelia Tjandra

“Ardelia Does a Cartwheel” by Ardelia Tjandra

Beyond the Book: So impressed with the transformative work that these five fourth graders recently published, I decided to dive a little deeper and get an exclusive interview…via a Google Form.

How Did You Organize Your Research?

  • “I had to make a resources list. I had to go to the book from the school library and look on the front page to find the author and then I added the title and the book page. I also did this for information found on the Internet.” – Luna Ojanpera

Can You Tell Me More About Your Inquiry Book?

  • “The unit of inquiry was about different body systems, my system was about the muscular system. We learned about the unit in different ways. We worked with the grade 12 students, we made experiments, we watched films and we read books. We had to find many questions for ourselves to learn about body systems. The inquiry book is where we keep all our notes.” – Ardelia Tjandra

What Was the Most Challenging Part of the Project?

  • “Learning to say all of the difficult science words correctly for my eBook recording words like duodenum. Writing the story was also really hard.” – Daeun Jung
  • “Drawing the pictures for the book. I found it hard to draw the neurons because I had to Google first to see what they looked like.” – Elaine Zhu

What Was your Favorite Part of Creating this Real Information Book?

  • “I really liked finding all the facts. I watched videos from the Brain Pop website to find a lot of my information. I also read books.” –  Elaine Zhu

What Advice Would You Give Other Children and Students Looking to Publish Their Own Book in iBooks?

  • “My advice that is you must have access to good resources and helpful teachers to guide you.” – Ardelia Tjandra
  • “You need to make sure that you know the facts properly. You have to be ready to make lots of drafts.” – Elaine Zhu

How/Why is this Different From an In-Class Project That is Not Published to a Worldwide Audience?

  • “It’s different because it took a long time and we needed to find out a lot of new information. I wanted to make sure that the people who would read my book could understand it. I tried to use easy language to make it better for others to read.” – Luna Ojanpera
  • “When you publish a book, everyone in the world can download and read your book. It made me want to work harder.” – Adinda Aaisyah

What is One Thing that Surprised You During this Inquiry and Publishing Process?

  • The thing that surprised me was that I never thought that I could publish a book in English that is about a body system. My first language is Chinese. I also never imagined that students in America could download and read my book.” – Ardelia Tjandra

What Would You Like Other Students To Know About Your Books?

  • I want people to know that I actually come from Finland and English is not my first language. This was hard for me to make this book but I succeeded and my book was published by Apple.” – Luna Ojanpera
  • “My book really explains in detail about how neurons work to send messages. This was hard for me to learn about but I think that I have explained it really well.” – Elaine Zhu

 

Jane Ross (@JaneinJava), their teacher, mentor, and fellow Apple Distinguished Educator has curated a few additional resources to shed some light from the instructional point of view:

She also has a comprehensive FREE iBook on the topic available entitled “Creating Authentic Stories for the iPad: Publishing Student Authors on the iBooks Store”.

"Creating Authentic Stories for the iPad" by Jane Ross

“Creating Authentic Stories for the iPad” by Jane Ross

While these books definitely reflect robust inquiry and research as well as clear understanding of their topics… we cannot dismiss the vital role and impact that publishing to a global audience has on our students.

“We publish not just to complete our books but to share them beyond our community and place our stories into the hands of people across the world.” – Jane Ross

 

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16 Apr 2014
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Wicked-Good Wednesday: 3 Ideas Worth Stealing

I have found through countless speaking engagements and professional development workshops, what we may think is obvious or even “tired” … is sometimes exactly what someone has been looking for. On that same note, many times all it takes is a sample or a nibble of a great idea to spark creative juices.

In the words of Austin Kleon…

“There’s only stuff worth stealing, and stuff that’s not worth stealing.” – Austin Kleon

So, this alliterative Wednesday post is devoted to just that…Wicked Good Ideas Worth Stealing.

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In an era of app-smashing and rapid ebb, flow, and feeds of ideas, truly…

“every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas” – Austin Kleon

What catches the TechChef’s eye? Clever items and purposeful ideas that can be adapted and remixed for different settings (e.g. classroom, stations, professional development…) as well as a myriad of uses and content areas. We are all inspired by others and today I want to share with you three ideas and a group of educators that inspires me…

App Dice: As part of their professional development objective for App + App + App= Lesson, Annie Barton (@anniebarton0) and Hayley Schirmer (@schirmer_hayley) “encouraged teachers to implement a culture of planning lessons around using apps that meet a certain criteria, rather than specific apps.”

Rolling the Dice with PD

Rolling the Dice with PD

This little gem crams choice, app smashing, and exploration in to a space smaller than a crouton. And I definitely had a “Why didn’t I think of this?” moment. So to explore this recipe for learning, you will need:

  • DiceEach die was based on a different principle of the E5 Instructional model (e.g. Explore, Explain, Elaborate) and apps were then selected to be used with each principle and assigned to be sides of the die.
  • Idea cards were also prepared for each app to provide additional curricular examples and ideas.
Rolling the Dice with PD

Rolling the Dice with PD

A full post about their process can be found on the Apps in Education page HERE.

 

Daily 5 App Menu: This creation from third grade teacher Monica Evon is definitely a keeper and a perfect recipe for learning. Everyone likes choice and this cleverly created menu is easily adaptable with additional activities and apps.

1:1 iPad Menu for Guided Reading

1:1 iPad Menu for Guided Reading

 

QR Code Board Games: While clearly designed to support and review phonics, the idea of QR Code Board Games and Task Cards is easily transferrable to other content areas and even the professional development realm. Read more about this creation from reading specialist Kristin Jordan and download it for FREE.

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So this Wednesday… think about who inspires you and how you can honor their creations:

“In the end, merely imitating your heroes is not flattering them. Transforming their work into something of your own is how you flatter them. Adding something to the world that only you can add.” – Austin Kleon

Truly the showcase above is intended to whet your appetite for innovation. Now it is your turn… (and yes the TechChef will be cooking up a few remixed deconstructed dishes of her own as well…) so stay tuned..

 

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14 Apr 2014
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Mindful Monday…Collecting Reflections

In preparing for a keynote this month to elementary preservice and inservice teachers at Texas A&M, I felt some self-reflection was warranted. I thought back to my preservice days and even my first year of teaching… with no curriculum, no mentor, no scope and sequence, an outdated textbook, and very little knowledge of what actual classroom management techniques looked like in practice. It truly was a sink or swim time and I found I dog-paddled in the deep end for some time.

While the technology, as you can plainly see, has evolved…

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… and my hair and tan has dissipated somewhat, I still venture to pose the question…

“Are our preservice teachers any better prepared and equipped to handle the challenges of instruction, pedagogy, and technology integration in today’s classrooms?”

Though every institution and teacher is very different, I wonder if we as a collective whole of seasoned educators could sprinkle in a bit of wisdom and personal insight to better prepare these teachers for the limitless potential and critical challenges the 21st Century classroom holds.

Cathy Yenca did just that with her Message to 21st Century Pre-Service Middle School Math Teachers.

While I bring my own insight to the desk, technology allows for collecting an even broader perspective:

“The smartest person in the room is the room itself: the network that joins the people and ideas in the room, and connects to those outside of it…” – David Weinberger

So, what if the room was my global PLN? Imagine the insight and lessons that could be collected and shared…

Truly there are no right or wrong answers. I am looking to collect feedback and insight from a wide variety of teachers and classrooms (e.g. 1:1, BYOD, and not 1:1). There are no required questions (with the exception of basic information) as I am sure certain topics will prompt some of you to respond over others. Any and all thoughtful feedback is much app-reciated:

And because the TechChef doesn’t leave a blog without sharing a tasty morsel of integration delight… here are few ideas for using Google Forms with your students:

This last one was so Heck-Awesome both visually as well as with resources that I felt it necessary to also embed below:

 

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And Stay tuned this week for “Wicked-Good Wednesday – 3 Ideas Worth Stealing” …

 

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28 Mar 2014
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Noteworthy Nearpod

Today I had the app-ortunity to blend tips as well as pedagogy and best practices for using the Nearpod formative assessment solution. Mike Amante (@mamante) at APPitic kindly hosted and archived the entire webinar for those that were not able to attend the live version.

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Nearpod Teacher Set-Up Demo: If you are looking for a Nearpod How-To, this may not be the webinar for you. While I did give a fairly in-depth live demo of how to create a Nearpod presentation and provided information about what types of media and activities can be included (through about 13:16 of the webinar) 

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Nearpod Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices:  … two-thirds of the the webinar (from about 14:11 on) focused on Tips, Tricks, Best Practices, Integration Examples, and Much More.

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Noteworthy Nearpod Archived Webinar: So without further ado… embedded below is the webinar version of the content:

Noteworthy Nearpod Fully Loaded Slide Deck: And linked below that is the Haiku Deck I used as slides for the webinar which provides additional support resources, ideas, and links embedded within the speaker notes.

Noteworthy Nearpod Teacher's Toolkit

Noteworthy Nearpod Teacher’s Toolkit (Photo By Christian Payne)

If you would like more information about using Haiku Deck as a vehicle for professional development, check out this post, “5 Tips for Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck.”

Also, explore APPitic for other archived webinars on a variety of topics ranging from Integrating iPad Literacy Centers and Teaching Common Core Math with iPads to iOS Photography and nABLEing All Learners with the iPad.

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24 Mar 2014
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Weaving Rainbow Loom Math-ness with SAMR

Sometimes a gem of #awesomesauce falls in your lap when you least expect it. If you are not familiar with the Rainbow Loom craze that has swept the nation and has sold over 3.5 million looms worldwide, let me provide a little context. The Rainbow Loom is essentially a loom that allows you to weave bracelets, necklaces, and accessories from multi-colored rubber bands… with very few directions provided.

In fact, all of our creations… (Yes, my son has also fallen prey to the craze and sucked me in) … have been developed by watching YouTube videos.

Rainbow Loom and Online Learning

Rainbow Loom and Online Learning

“Okay, I get it, TechChef…Rainbow Loom calls upon online learning… but really? Why pray tell, are we focusing an entire blog post on a craft item…?”

Rainbow Loom Math-Ness: Up until this morning, I saw this item as just that… a creative craft item. But we all know a tool is only as innovative as the purpose and intent we assign to it. One student took this tool and gave it a creative educational spin and I simply couldn’t help but share:

Rainbow Loom Educational Value: Being ultimately very intrigued and caught off guard by this delightfully educational twist, I decided to google “Rainbow Loom Math” and discovered multiple articles (listed below) citing educational benefits from this trend ranging from patterning and sequencing to hand-writing, self-learning, persistence, and even frustration tolerance:

Rainbow Loom TRANSFORMED: Truly, the Rainbow Loom is merely a tool… and the TechChef would not leave a post without a sound pedagogical connection. So let me guide you down the cookie crumb trail of transformational learning. After finding myself deep in the haze of the google bermuda triangle, I discovered this article, “And Just How Does Rainbow Loom Fit Into Library and School?”. Moments later… something snapped and the SAMR Rainbow Loom Model was born (in both Thinglink and Quizlet deck options):

This interactive graphic and linked Quizlet is in no way meant to be a definitive SAMR guide but more a way to provide relatable talking points for transforming a concrete tool into a redefined learning experience. I will tell you that I struggle with clearly delineating the SAMR levels – while the tasks move up the SAMR ladder, there is definitely some overlapping between levels…hmm… there may even be a not-so-subtle metaphor woven in… 😉

If you are interested in more of these concrete examples and tasks, visit the S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR interactive infographic.

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