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18 Mar 2013
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App Smackdown: Teacher Tool Style

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to share apps and productivity tools for teachers on a panel with 3 others at the Tech Forum Atlanta event. It is always app-tastic fun and I even discovered a few gems that I am super enthused to add to my teacher bag of tricks.

Don’t be too bummed if you missed it. Fortunately for you, Tech Forum livestreamed the event and the archived version is available for all.

 

Watch live streaming video from techlearning at livestream.com
I created a list.ly of the apps and tools that I shared and have added the link to the original panel Google Doc (where the others on the panel added their faves). I also used the Bounce app to provide notes for each of the tools I shared.

[listly id=”3Qh” theme=”light” layout=”full” numbered=”yes” image=”yes” items=”all”]

Which ones would you add? (leave your selections in the comments)

 

San Antonio Area: If you are in the San Antonio area, I will be presenting at Tech Fiesta April 18th and 19th. Check out the program!

Atlanta Area: If you are in the Atlanta area, I will be presenting at iPad Summit April 11th and 12th.

Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink

800+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!
Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


05 Mar 2013
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Matching iLessons to Tactile Learning

Just had the pleasure to sit in a session with Alan November. One of his quotable take-aways was, “Leaders should make their teachers heroes.” I am in total agreement and it just so happens that the wonderfully amazing Laura Wright sent me yet another fantastic iLesson showcasing yet another engaging and delightful mixed media iLesson.

 

She detailed how this iLesson played out (and I much app-reciate that not all of the lesson took place on the iPad). While she projected the image of the Matchmatics Lite app below on her own iPad, she provided toothpicks (obviously instead of matchsticks) to the students to recreate the problems at their desks. She went on to tell me, “I think it is important to use these apps in an engaging way. We lose kids if they just watch you solve it.”

 

 

The goal is to move only one toothpick to make the equation true….great problem solving! Thank you again Laura for sharing such a delightful digital hybrid with us all! And what a perfect idea for the 1 iPad Classroom. If you are interested in seeing Laura’s iClassroom in action, consider a site visit to Eanes Elementary. If you would like to hear Laura share the 411 on 1:1 and publishing student-created iBooks, check out her sessions at iPad Palooza this summer.

 

 

 
San Antonio Area: If you are in the San Antonio area, I will be presenting at Tech Fiesta April 18th and 19th. Check out the program!

Atlanta Area: If you are in the Atlanta area, I will be presenting at iPad Summit April 11th and 12th.

Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink

790+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!
Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


28 Feb 2013
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Stripped Down: The Integrated iClassroom

Bumped in to the creative and delightful Laura Wright yesterday. Here third grade class is the author of “The Life of an Eanes Pioneer”. I have to tell you that there are so many wonderful and exciting things happening in our iClassrooms every day – I am hard pressed to keep up with documenting all of them. Laura took some time out of her afternoon to share a project-based mixed media iLesson that involved students researching a breed of spider, creating an anatomical spider based on that research, and then designing a comic using the Strip Designer app to accompany their spider that would concisely showcase 3-5 facts about their spider. All of the final products were displayed on a bulletin board in the classroom.

Wright's Class Spider iLesson using the PhotoGrid Pro app


 
What I truly love about this project it was not solely achieved on the iPad. Truly not everything has and should be achieved on the device. We have to ask ourselves, “does the device enhance learning for this project?” Kudos to Laura and her holistic approach to designing her iLessons and truly infusing elements of project-based learning, choice, and collaboration. What I also app-reciate is the idea that not every product has to be digital. While I am a proponent of paperless classrooms and mobile integration, I think there is a time and place to print and retain tactile projects. (Clearly case in point.) In addition to the spider wall (which is truly amazing to see in person), Laura can assemble all of the one-page PDF’s in to one book and make the spider discovery book available to parents and students to download in iBooks as one complete PDF.

Wright's Class: Spider Project Sample using Strip Designer app


 
Her class is currently working on a follow-up book to the Eanes Pioneer History and has begun their study on bat conservation. I cannot wait to see what her group of students turns out next. Thank you again Laura for inspiring us all! If you are interested in seeing Laura’s iClassroom in action, consider a site visit to Eanes Elementary. If you would like to hear Laura share the 411 on 1:1 and publishing student-created iBooks, check out her sessions at iPad Palooza this summer.

Wright's Class: Spider Project Sample using Strip Designer app

Check out some other blog entries featuring Laura’s class:

 
Check out the “Stripped Down” blog series featuring Strip Designer app:

  • English Stripped Down Continued which showcases student-created graphic novels supporting the theme of a “Hero’s Journey”.
  • Science and Social Studies Stripped Down which showcased Laura Wright’s Class Bat research and Lisa Carnazzo’s class study of landforms.
  • History Stripped Down which featured Fiske’s class analysis of the key figures in the Enlightenment and included a student app review of Strip Designer.
  • English Stripped Down kicked the series off with a student-created rendition of a Hero’s Tale and a Beowulf retelling.
  • Digital Artifacts (while not part of the original series) shared a primary example of how Strip Designer could be used to showcase learning in the form of a pattern scavenger hunt.

 
Atlanta Area: If you are in the Atlanta area, I will be presenting at Tech Forum Atlanta tomorrow Friday March 1st, 2013. Check out the program!

Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink

780+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!
Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


26 Feb 2013
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Sharing Comes Full Circle

A few days ago, I received an email from Jeanne Reed:

“Congratulations on delivering a phenomenal iTunes course! I think I am your biggest fan, at least on the West coast! You always inspire me to learn more and try to share more. I seriously can’t wait to read your blog when you update it because it has been incredibly valuable to me. I’m trying to help teachers in my district to integrate technology in the classroom especially with our new iPads. My latest adventure was trying to help introduce Comic Life to teachers.”

 

She went on to request to use and revamp the iPad product rubric I shared in a previous post. As I did not personally create the rubric, I wanted to double-check with the teacher who did, Nicole Greathouse, to request permission. She had no qualms with the resource being shared and revised, so I left Jeanne with one condition…
… whatever you create with it, please shoot me a copy.
I would love to see it and share it with my teachers and readers…

 

In the meantime, Jeanne went on to divvy out a stellar digital professional development resource (that she gave me permission to share with my teachers and readers): a Keynote and video presentation highlighting Comic Life and featuring a few TechChef4u creations. Please enjoy and please remember that sharing online does make a difference and it does come full circle!

Comic Life Classroom Collage Created with Fotor Web App


 
Creative Commons: When discussing sharing, I only feel it proper to discuss Creative Commons. If you are interested in licensing your work for sharing online, consider visiting Creative Commons. Creative Commons breaks down in to 3 categories (modification, commercial use, and attribution).
     

  • Modification: Do you want others to be able to modify your work? This is truly a personal choice and is not as clear cut as yes or no. Creative Commons offers a third option – to allow modification of the work as long as others also share it and use the same license.
  • Commercial Use: Do you want to allow commercial use of your work? I typically say no as I do not want what I share on my blog or social networks to be possibly used for financial gain by another entity.
  • Attribution: As many of you are teachers, you realize how time-consuming the resources we share online are to create. While you don’t mind others sharing your work, I am assuming you would at least like credit for it. 😉 This section of Creative Commons allows users to title the work, add a url the work needs to be sourced to, and even give additional credit to the original source.
 

Creative Commons your Creations!

 

From there, Creative Commons provides a custom license that can be embedded on a site or copied and pasted and used as a footer on a document. Hope this crash course in Creative Commons licensing helped and hopefully motivated others to share and share alike. This is even a good habit to teach our students when publishing their own work.

 

Comic Life Keynote Video: Jeanne also shared a Comic Life Classroom Video Presentation of the Keynote using the Explain Everything app.

Atlanta Area: If you are in the Atlanta area, I will be presenting at Tech Forum Atlanta this Friday March 1st, 2013. Check out the program!

Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink

750+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!
Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


18 Feb 2013
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iTunes U: PD Please ;)

I have been enamored with iTunes U for some time. When the app-ortunity presented itself to publish my own course, I jumped on it. As Yolanda and I had reunited to present at TCEA 2013, the “student-created books” workshop we had proposed last year for the event fit perfectly as an iTunes U course. At the time we wanted to showcase apps that created books on the iPad rather than simply iBooks Author, as not all classrooms and teachers had access to a Mac. Thus, we reunited to collaborate and create “Student Created Books in the iClassroom”.

iTunes U: Student Created Books on the iPad


 
The PD iTunes U course includes an app matrix (seen above) of 15 popular book creation apps and video tutorials and student-created examples for each. But wait… that’s not all!

iTunes U: Student Created Books on the iPad


 
Built in to the course is a teacher task, iLesson templates, pre-planning and additional iResources. One of those iResources is a compilation of apps that support the pre-writing process.

 

iWriting Inspiration

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Download this course and enjoy PD on the Go! Check out what educators are saying about the course! If you like the course, please take a moment and add your own review.
 

Great example of professional development! by Debbie Smith

This is amazing! What I usually have issues with in iTunes U courses is following the author’s organizational system and trying to make sense of it. Yours is so well organized that I had no trouble with it whatsoever. I think we should use this model for the elementary ed summer PD classes that we are going to develop this sememster.

Very Informative and User Friendly Course by Loves2fish2

This iTunes U course was my first and it was awesome! It’s very organized and easy to follow. The number of resources provided are mind blowing! At the end of this course, I was able to create an iBook with ease…and now I plan to take this new knowledge into my classroom and watch my 2nd graders have fun while they turn their writings into creative iBooks to share with their families! If you’re looking for meaningful and useful professional development to do on your own time, at your own pace, I highly recommend this course!

Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink

750+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!
Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


07 Feb 2013
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Appy Girl

I recently posted a blog showcasing a scrapbook created by sister-in-law and her daughter using the ScrapPad app (which has recently gone FREE). Today, I would like to share another crafty delight from Mel’s Happy Scrappy Place. Enamored with her Frankengirl and Pumpkin Spice Girl, I asked her to create an Appy Girl. While she created the final product using mixed media. Her initial sketch (to the right) was designed using the Sketchbook Pro app.

While I tend to focus on strictly core curriculum designed iLessons, I always a enjoy a crafty diversion – especially when it showcases how individuals in other fields and careers use the iPad to achieve productivity and support creative tasks.

Check out the finished product!

If you are interested in a custom piece for yourself or a loved one, you can contact her at melissajohnson8@gmail.com

Tell her the TechChef sent you 😉

Appy Girl

 

While I am certainly not this artistic (with or without the iPad), I wanted to leave you with a List.ly list of apps that can be used to draw on the iPad. Vote for your favorite. This list is crowd ranked.

Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink

725+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!
Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

“Student-Created Books in the iClassroom” iTunes U course is now available!!!

 


04 Feb 2013
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iVocabulary: TCEA 2013

Reunited…for a workshop at TCEA, Yolanda Barker and I will be presenting “iVocabulary” at TCEA 2013.

iVocabulary Workshop Description:  Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking are integral to developing language. This session will utilize the four skills to focus on multiple ways to develop vocabulary utilizing mobile devices in the iClassroom. The tour of resources will include specific content-based glossary apps and apps that allow you to create your own flashcards and personal glossaries (e.g. Quizlet) and apptivities that extend the vocabulary (e.g. creating a Frayer model in Popplet Lite or a vocabulary sorting activity in iCardSort). Vocabulary development will increase with use of video creation utilizing apps like Mad Lips and Puppet Pals. Writing and Reading will be supported with annotation apps (e.g. Notability, PaperPort Notes) and book creation apps (e.g. Scribble Press, Albums FX Lite). The session will culminate with “surprisingly educational” apps that support the four skills (e.g. StoryLines for Schools and TypeDrawing for Free).

Thinglink Framework: Yolanda’s graphically inclined hubby created a Scrabble board to house all of the links for the course. 8 List.ly lists of apps, a Prezi of samples, and much more is hidden in the image below.

A Prezi of iVocab products was created to showcase products and samples for each of the 8 app categories.

Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink

725+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!
Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course “Student-Created Books in the iClassroom”. In the meantime, visit my Listly list entitled Student-Created iBooks & eBooks.

 


30 Jan 2013
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For the Crafty at Heart

Yesterday, I posted a scrapbook of the pics from the “Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child” iBook release party created using the free ScrapPad Movie Night app. Today, I wanted to showcase my very crafty and talented sister-in-law’s creations using the ScrapPad app (which just so happens to be FREE for a limited time… normally $4.99). She used the app with her 4 year old daughter to showcase their trip to the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Patch scrapbook created by Melissa Johnson using the ScrapPad app


 
Here is what she had to say about the experience: “This app was really fun and easy to use. I am typically a paper scrapper, but the user friendly design of this app could just turn me into a digi scrapper! My four year old daughter helped me create this book. She enjoyed browsing through all of the different elements and helping me choose and place them on the page.”

Pumpkin Patch scrapbook created by Melissa Johnson using the ScrapPad app


 
While the album was in progress, she showed it to her 13 year old daughter. Melissa went on to tell me that her teenage daughter “now has plans to stealthe iPad and create one for herself!” Honestly, what a great way to make memories and share stories digitally.

Pumpkin Patch scrapbook created by Melissa Johnson using the ScrapPad app


 
Though these photos are scrapped based on a family experience, this app-tivity could easily be translated to classroom activities (e.g. “Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child” iBook release party created using the free ScrapPad Movie Night app). If students are part of a 1:1, what a cool family activity that would be to integrate the iPad to create a show and tell for an event or tell a story.

Pumpkin Patch scrapbook created by Melissa Johnson using the ScrapPad app


 
If you app-reciate Melissa’s style, check out her art journaling and scrapbooking blog. I can’t take credit for her craftiness nor creativity, but I did play a part in introducing her to Snapguide to create tutorials for people who would like to be artisitc and crafty (check out her Snapguides here).

 

725+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!

Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

 

If you would like an app-ortunity to meet the teacher behind the “Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child” iBook, she will be co-presenting two poster sessions with me (and @iPadSammy) at FETC. Feel free to drop by 😉

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course “Student-Created Books in the iClassroom”. In the meantime, visit my Listly list entitled Student-Created iBooks & eBooks.

Check out the Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink.


29 Jan 2013
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Students are Stars with iBooks Author

This morning I had the pleasure of being a VIP guest at the “The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child” iBook release party for Laura Wright’s 3rd grade class. Though the iBook was published a little less than a week ago (full blog review and details here), students and parents waited to download the digital delight until they reviewed it as a class today.

The iBook Release Party: Wright's Red Carpet

 

The attendees (students and parents) grabbed their popcorn and waited at the roped off gate to be seated for the event. Some students even dressed the part in suits and ties and glamorous sunglasses.

The iBook Release Party: The "Big Screen"

 

It was a truly special and memorable way to commemorate and celebrate the student-created publication. To archive the event and share it, I took a few photos and assembled them using the free ScrapPad Movie Night app.

The iBook Release Party: The "the Viewing iParty"

 

While we are showcasing students as publishers and authors, I thought I would share the “Lend a Hand” video which was the brain child of two of our Eanes elementary 5th grade students (now 6th grade Hill Country MS students). The motto was adopted by the campus and has since then become the inspiration for a school-wide character incentive focusing on five traits (e.g. integrity, acceptance, responsibility, respect, and safety).
 

One student became inspired by the school initiative and devoted page 43 of the iBook to the “Lend A Hand” way.

Lending A Hand - Pioneer Style


 
725+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!

Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

 

If you would like an app-ortunity to meet the teacher behind the iBook, she will be co-presenting two poster sessions with me (and @iPadSammy) at FETC. Feel free to drop by 😉

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course “Student-Created Books in the iClassroom”. In the meantime, visit my Listly list entitled Student-Created iBooks & eBooks.

Check out the Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink.


23 Jan 2013
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The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child

I have to say I am just as overjoyed and proud to share Laura Wright’s student-created interactive iBook as I was a year ago when “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” was published. Her 3rd grade students have truly assembled a historical (and dare I say… adorable) publication to honor the heritage of the Eanes Pioneer Child.

The 49 page book includes 9 chapters with multiple sections in each:

  1. Chapter 1: Gone To Texas!
  2. Chapter 2: Pioneer Homes
  3. Chapter 3: Pioneer Food
  4. Chapter 4: Pioneer Chores
  5. Chapter 5: Pioneer Fun
  6. Chapter 6: Pioneer School
  7. Chapter 7: Pioneer Danger
  8. Chapter 8: Pioneer Hospitality
  9. Chapter 9: Giving Thanks

 

The book includes beautiful sepia filled photos taken at the Eanes History Center, Eanes Historical Cemetery, and the Eanes-Marshall Ranch House. Several apps aided the production of the book including Garage Band to compose their own pioneer music, Pages to aid in writing, and iMovie for video editing.

 

The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child

 

The entire book was assembled using a MacBook Pro and iBook Author. Truly, swiping through the pages of this delightful book, you can tell much care was taken by the students to produce their best work in an authentic learning environment. Laura Wright even includes a “How’d They Do That?” section at the end of the book that further details the project.

 

The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child

 

In her credits, she gave me a shout-out, but truly I want to thank her for inspiring us all and raising the bar on what students can create on the iPad and assembling such a authentic learning treasure and digital delight.

 

725+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Spring & Summer PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

iPadpalooza 2013  Registration LIVE!!!

HCMS 2013 Site Visits Now Available!

Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

 

If you would like an app-ortunity to meet the teacher behind the iBook, she will be co-presenting two poster sessions with me (and @iPadSammy) at FETC. Feel free to drop by 😉

Stay tuned for the release of my first iTunes U professional development course “Student-Created Books in the iClassroom”. In the meantime, visit my Listly list entitled Student-Created iBooks & eBooks.