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10 Oct 2013
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What’s Your Flavor of PD

Seated at an airport charging terminal with my Mifi and an off brand vanilla latte (ugh… No Starbucks in PHL), I wanted to share a few Professional Development resources that I have found useful over the past few weeks.

Truly PD comes in all shapes, sizes, and formats from traditional workshops and seminars to more nontraditional flavors (e.g. podcasts, Twitter chats, and Smores). For the purpose of this post, I want to spend some time focusing on alternative means of professional learning.

“Truly we are a heterogenous group of adult learners and we respond differently to multiple approaches to instruction and learning.”

Smores: Laura Chaffey (@laurachaffey) uses one of my favorite web tools, Smore, to create beautiful technology infused newsletters that accompany an on-site professional development and then pins them on Pinterest for quick reference. Laura shares multiple forms of media in these online posters on topics ranging from literary resources and digital texts to apps and even student examples. Whether you are able to attend the sessions in person or simply consuming them from afar, these Smores are a tasty morsel! (Another tool to create these types of resources for teachers is MailChimp – stay tuned for an upcoming blog on this tool).

Laura Chaffey's Technology Flyers

Laura Chaffey’s Technology Flyers

Twitter Chats: Recently I co-moderated my first twitter chat – #caedchat (9/29). The topic for the night was “iPads in Education” and Jessica Pack (@Packwoman208) and John Stevens (@Jstevens009) did a most excellent job of preparing questions ahead of time to lead the discussion. The 8 questions for the hour ranged from “What iPad setup do you currently have at your site/classroom? (1:1, 2:1, some, 1, etc)” and “How do you incorporate the SAMR model when designing activities?” to challenges, tips for integration, and even student samples.

Definitely a lively chat with lots of great tweeps chiming in! If you decide to take the plunge into Twitter Chats, I would highly advise a tool like Twubs or TweetChat to channel the #. Many of these tools will allow you to control the speed of the conversation and even pause it. It is an extremely rapid fire approach to PD and certainly not for those that find it difficult to follow more than one conversation at a time. The good news is that it is archived so you can always scroll through the chat at a later date and time but I think there is something so meaningful about synchronously participating in the live discussion with educators all over the country and receiving immediate feedback.

#caedchat

iVengers Radio: I might be partial to this little gem. As Yolanda has moved to Qatar, I think it is suffice it to say that “Appy Hours 4 U” is probably dead. Pause for a moment of silence… But in its wake, Carl Hooker (@mrhooker), Greg Garner (@classroom_tech), and @iPadSammy, and I have initiated iVengers Radio. While iPadSammy is no longer with the Eanes iVenger crew in the second season (he has moved in to the private sector), the show must go on…

Fighting for Truth, Justice and the Ed Tech way! The show can be watched live via a Google Hangout (seen below) or with audio only via iTunes or PodBean (which includes audio and a link to the show notes).

iVengers Radio

iVengers Radio

Differentiated Professional Development: While we may consider providing choice to our students, many times a one-size fits all approach to professional development is prescribed. Truly we are a heterogenous group of adult learners and we respond differently to multiple approaches to instruction and learning. Whether you relish a firehose of educational support and lively discussion via a Twitter chat, prefer to scan through your PD in a newsletter fashion, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park or grocery store accompanied by your earbuds and the iVenger crew, consider the multitude of non-traditional approaches to professional development for yourself and fellow educators.

Google Form: Forms of PD

Google Form: Forms of PD (please continue to submit responses)

What is your favorite flavor of PD? Well, to find out the answer… I enlisted the help of a few tweeps and FB friends using the Google Form above. Truly, I may have slanted the responses a bit as the three I shared in the blog as well as “Other” were the only 4 choices provided. That being said, here are the responses from the survey:

Favorite Form of PD Survey

Favorite Form of PD Survey

“Consider preparing a delectable medley of these possibilities and other creative solutions when developing a professional learning platform for your staff.”

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01 Oct 2013
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App Integration Snapshots

Marianna Husain (@mhusain), fellow iVenger and author of the Bobcat blog, had the idea to create easy to follow handouts for teachers on a weekly basis to support them with the multitude of apps available on the elementary devices (see full list of 150+ apps here). As there are 6 elementaries and 9-10 ed techs creating these resources on a rotating basis, I suggested a template to streamline the process and make them appear more uniform.

In reviewing the apps listed, I felt that they fell into 3 natural categories: tools, activities, and products:

While creating a template for each of the three categories, I decided to also complete each template for an app that fell in that category. Truly, my heart lies in curriculum and creating curricular and professional development resources for educators because I had a blast putting these together.

So without further ado…  3 App Integration Snapshots.

App Integration Snapshots

App Integration Snapshots (Download the 9 Page PDF)

More of these App Integration Snapshots (in all 3 of the categories) will be spotlighted on each of my fellow Eanes Ed Tech’s Blogs in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned…

And please remember the reason that we share online. At the risk of sounding cheesy, this graphic by Mia MacMeekin explains why it so important to share and share alike with our peers and the global educational blogosphere.

The Power of An Idea Shared by Mia MacMeekin

The Power of An Idea Shared by Mia MacMeekin

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10 Sep 2013
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Augmented Calling Cards with Thinglink

Yes, I am devoting another post to perpetuating the potential and possibility of Thinglink.

But first, a little delayed gratification to revel in the benefits of sharing online. When one blogs, they hardly ever know if what they say has reached or impacted anyone. Bloggers are like global crop-dusters (I  may have just just see Planes but I think the simile stands), they spread and make their words and ideas accessible to a worldwide educational blogosphere. However, they rarely ever see the harvest unless someone leaves it on their digital doorstep. Yep, we are about to get sentimental. This morning, I received a very kind message from someone I have never met.

TechChef4u Facebook

TechChef4u Facebook

This speaks volumes to my message of the power and impact of sharing online and why I feel so strongly about blogging and social networking as a means of ongoing professional development and learning.

“We have never met and probably never will but the content you post helps me at work frequently.”

So… now to the resource sharing… Last year I printed these little Ed Tech postcards and put them in every one’s boxes. They contained my contact info and a little more about what our role is as an educational technologist.

Calling Card created in Pages

Calling Card created in Pages

Surprisingly, many teachers wanted to use the template to create their own for parent night. This year I refreshed mine and added a little twist… and hopefully some zest (sadly, they are not scratch and sniff – lemon and orange scented ones would be fun though… but I digress… and ryhme… so no thyme either).

Designs for Pages app

Designs for Pages app

I used the Designs for Pages app and selected a Flyer template that would best serve my purposes. From there the process looked like this:

  1. Open selected template in Pages
  2. Email Pages template to yourself (if you prefer to work from a  Mac)
  3. Modify colors and text accordingly
  4. Add a Bio Pic
  5. Create an auto-biographical Word Cloud OR Include a QR code (www.qrstuff.com) to your site.
  6. When finished, export as a PDF and print/share.
  7. To add a layer of #awesomesauce, I created an augmented version of the the calling card using Thinglink.

Below is the final product. While I did, use multiple devices and apps to achieve the product below, I think it may still count as an app-smash… better check with Greg Kulowiec though. 😉 I think he may agree that Thinglink still reigns supreme as the ultimate app smasher.

Ah… some of you caught the subtle change. I am now an Ed Tech at WHS. Go Chaps! Tanna Fiske (@fiskeclass), the history teacher I have showcased for her amazing student projects, is the current Ed Tech for HCMS this year.

Many times, I create things with the intent of modeling a tool so others could eventually use it for more instructional purposes in their classroom. I have maintained a Listly of EDU Thinglinks for some time but felt that it might be better to create a more visual repository. To that end… I have assembled a new Pinterest board of 130+ Thinglink EDU examples for all of my Pindred Spirits … Please Enjoy.

130+ Thinglink EDU Examples

130+ Thinglink EDU Examples

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24 Jul 2013
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Do More of What Makes You #Awesomesauce

While it is easy to become discouraged with your own resources and talents when you assemble roughly 400 hand selected Apple Distinguished Educators in one place, it is important to remember this… what you do matters… It matters to your students, to fellow educators, and to the greater good.

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I truly wrestled and struggled with this post for almost a week. How does one share and reflect on the week at the institute while at the same time staying true to the purpose and vision of of their blog… which is ultimately a platform to share creativity and technology resources with personality and posh that can easily be digested and replicated. (yes, I realize that was a bit of a mouthful… and a run-on sentence).

I think Reshan Richards was on the right track when he said, “I don’t think I can articulate it in a way that people who weren’t there would understand”. Thus I would rather share the essence of the week which I believe can be summed up with this iTunes U course developed by five Apple Distinguished Educators (Christine DiPaulo, Brandon Kari, Jason Kathman, Ben Mountz, and John Waldie).

The incredibly thorough and thought-provoking course is intended for grades 9-20. The teacher’s notes say it best, “the true challenge is to introduce the unit and get out of the way to allow students to arrive at their own conclusions, ask reflective questions” and ultimately create their own story. The 18 week course includes:

  • articles on writing and establishing a personal brand statement
  • artistic ventures in designing your own logo
  • photography assignments on personal artifacts
  • thoughtful detail to resume and presentation design
  • research on the etymology of your name
  • online publishing (e.g. Linkedin, About.Me) and connecting with social media

iAm: A Brand Called Me - iTunes U course

While the course itself is developed for grades 9-20, anyone can benefit from a metacognitive journey to discover their own professional brand. My dear friend, Rafranz Davis, mentioned she struggled with defining herself and was thrilled to embark on her own journey to be the CEO of Me.

Knowing who you are and what you bring to the table is empowering. – Rafranz Davis

Follow @RafranzDavis

I think the take-away here, is that everyone has a unique personality and perspective… and deserves a voice. Fortunate to be selected and blessed to meet all of the amazing and distinguished educators along the week, I will leave you with a little ed tech fortune cookie.

Discover what drives your passion and makes you awesome and then share it with the world… because your message and voice matters!

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Interested in becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2015? This video speaks to the heart of the mission.

 

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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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