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11 Oct 2011
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HOT Apps 4 Brainstorming: Episode 5

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 5 – HOT Apps 4 Brainstorming.  In this episode, we featured 7 free apps that can be utilized for mind-mapping, note-taking, and brainstorming and discussed the functionality of each app and what features were available as in-app purchases or with companion apps and software.

Created with iBrainstorm

 

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. T-Chart : See pro-con example in Can the Ban post.
  2. iBrainstorm (website): Check out the iBrainstorm Companion to have students “flick” post-its to the iPad. Check out iBrainstorm examples on their site or upload yours to share on Flickr with the tag “ibrainstormapp”.
    1. See additional iBrainstorm example in iBuild iPad Lessons post.
  3. Simplemind+ (website): Also available on iPhone/iPad. Download a 30 day trial of the desktop version available for PC/Mac and share/edit your mindmaps easily between all of your devices.
    1. See Shakespeare example in HOT Apps 4 Production.
  4. Stickyboard (website): Check out their user’s guide.
  5. Idea Sketch (website): Similar to Inspiration – has outline & graphic modes.
  6. Popplet Lite: This app was also featured and discussed in the second episode of “appy hours 4 u: Screencasting, Problem-Solving, & Digital Storytelling.” Also check out their web app (will require logins) and these examples:
    1. Sequencing Example
    2. Math Example: Vocabulary & Classification
    3. HOT Apps 4 HOTS Agenda
    4. ELAR Example: Ophelia Character Map
    5. Tech Example with Web App embedded
  7. iCardSort Lite (website): visit their public repository for pre-created decks and check out their newsletter for integration ideas.
    1. Elementary Science Example
    2. MS Math Example using vocabulary with handouts and lesson
    3. Sorting example for “Words 4 Students”
    4. Videos highlighting basic use and how to integrate in a literature circle

Created with iCardSort

 

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04 Oct 2011
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Fall "Appy Hours 4 U" show list

Fall 2011: Appy Hour Schedule

Appy Hours 4 U: Fall 2011

Check out our fall season of appy hour shows. We will be airing live on Thursdays at 3:30pm. Login in to the chat to discuss app integration and iLesson ideas with other teachers. Each show features free apps that can be used across various content areas  and with multiple grade levels. If you miss the live show, stream us later or download the episode to iTunes. Visit techchef4u’s blog supplements to each show posted before the episode.

  1. HOT Apps 4 Brainstorming: 9/29
  2. Music: 10/6
  3. Videolicious Products: 10/13
  4. Eanes ISD: 1:1 iPad: 10/20
  5. ELA Games: 11/3
  6. Killeen iPod Integration: 11/10
  7. Surprisingly Edu: Part 2: 11/17
  8. Math Games: 12/1
  9. Comics: 12/8
  10. iBuild iPad Lessons: 12/15

 

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03 Oct 2011
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Words 4 Students: Episode 4

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 4 – “Words 4 Students”. In this episode, we discussed up front how mad lib-like apps could be used instructionally with various content areas and grade levels and then discussed the main features of each app and what features were available as in-app purchases. (Also check out Teachervision for some great integration ideas.)

We also congratulated Ms. Carnazzo, a 2nd grade teacher in NEISD, for using our show to inspire and develop iLessons with her students: Talking Heads sums of 10 (from episode 1), Songify for short vowel sounds (from episode 1), and iCardSort for objects in motion (from episode 5).

Words 4 Students: features sorted w/ iCardSort app

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Mad Libs (Website): Other paid versions: Goofy, Cool, and  On the Road. They also have Musical Mad Libs Songatron Free & Songatron $ which we haven’t had a chance to review.
  2. Tacky Wales: Also check out the paid app Tacky Wales Create.
  3. Wordventure (Website)
  4. Radlibz $
  5. Sparklefish (Twitter): Stay tuned for a holiday version.
 

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03 Oct 2011
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Puppets 4 the Classroom: Episode 3

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 3 – Puppets 4 the Classroom. In this episode, we discussed up front how puppet apps could be used instructionally with multiple content areas and grade levels and then discussed the main features of each app, the difference between the free and paid versions, and what features were available as in-app purchases.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Puppet Pals HD (Twitter / Blog): Also check out Puppet Pals Director’s Pass which will comply with Apple’s VPP.
    1. Puppet Pals lesson and handouts
    2. Puppet Pals elementary Math lesson/student examples
  2. Sock Puppets:
    1. Sock Puppet Shakespeare lesson
    2. Sock Puppets to practice language (student examples)
  3. PhotoPuppet HD Lite (Tutorials): While we highlighted the lite version, I would highly advise purchasing the paid version and spending some time with their video tutorials. They also offer a iPhone/iPod version entitled PhotoPuppet Go.
    1. Check out the weather forecasting example above
  4. Tortoise & Hare Puppet Show (Website): also check out the paid versions (“The Three Billy Goats Gruff” & “The Three Little Pigs“)

 

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26 Sep 2011
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Appy Hours and App Smackdowns

HS Appy Hour: Thank you Carl Hooker, Eanes ISD Director of Instructional Technology (and “iEvangelist from the planet Hookertron”) for sharing your H.S. Appy Hour menu (modeled after the techchef4u menus linked below). Carl added a very cool feature to his menu: open it in iBooks and the app buttons will actually take you to the app store when you can download the app of your choice. I think I will be “borrowing” this feature when I revamp our secondary menus. (Can’t wait for the release of the app smackdown video!). AppyHourMenu9-19-2011_EanesISDpdf

Eanes ISD Appy Hour Menu

Noterize: I fell in love with Noterize (featured in the All Purpose section of the menu) and shared it as part of a my South San ISD iPad Camp. They loved the integration with PDF’s and the multiple classroom implementation possibilities. Stay tuned for an upcoming techchef4u post which will include home-baked recipes for how to integrate PDF’s into your iLesson Toolkit!  

If you devoured the Eanes ISD menu, whet your palette with blod flavor of these appy morsels:

  1. Secondary Math Menu
  2. Secondary Science Menu
  3. Secondary History Menu
  4. Secondary ELAR Menu
  5. Apps for Parents
  6. HOT Apps 4 HOTS
  7. Appy Hours Direct 2 U: Free Delivery

22 Sep 2011
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3 Ways to Manage Student iPads in the Classroom

As the tidal wave of iDevices hit the shores this fall, I felt it was a good time to highlight a few ways to manage these devices with students.
  1. Add a Custom Email Signature: If you have email set up (we have a generic student email on each device that allows outgoing emails and restricts incoming) on the device to submit student work, consider adding a custom signature to your iDevice to discourage/manage rogue emails and inappropriate student use. Giving each device a different traceable signature will make it easier to locate the device that sent an inappropriate email. It is advised that each student uses the same iPad each class (e.g. Johnny is assigned iPad 4 for English Class 3rd period and Janie is assigned iPad 4 for English Class 4th period) to further streamline this process.
    1. Settings
    2. Mail, Contacts, Calendars
    3. Signature
    4. “Sent from Johnson Middle School: tag#****”
  2. Set up MobileMe on your devices to locate and manage stolen or missing iDevices:
    1. Settings
    2. Mail, Contacts, Calendar
    3. Add Account
    4. MobileMe
    5. Enter Apple ID and password
    6. Next to Verify
    7. OK to allow MobileMe to use the Location
    8. Save
    9. Login to me.com on your computer with the Apple ID and password to track devices
    10. From Me.com, you can Display a Message or Play Sound on the missing device (sound will play when device is on or turned back on) as well as Lock or Wipe it.
  3. Add Numbered Backgrounds to your iDevices (find full setup info for iDevices here) to minimize inappropriate student customization and make checking in/out of iDevices smoother:
    1. Launch Safari on the device
    2. Visit http://bit.ly/pgipadwp (you only need to type in bit.ly/pgipadwp
    3. Select the wallpaper you want for that device (you can choose green backgrounds with yellow or blue text and numbers 1-30)
    4. Tap and hold a couple of seconds to save the image
    5. Launch Photo App (sunflower icon)
    6. Select the image you chose in step 3&4
    7. Hit the arrow
    8. Select as Wallpaper
    9. Set it as both lock screen and home screen

 

 


21 Sep 2011
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Chalk it Up to a Learning Experience!:

Came across this a few days ago and actually had a few minutes to play with it this evening. No fancy alliteration this morning – just the facts (and perhaps an idiom)!

 

  1. It is NOT an app – just a website that only works with the iPad.
  2. Type in the url (chalk.37signals.com) in Safari on your device (would recommend creating a webclip – you are going to like this one)
  3. Chalk up your thoughts, create a chalk outline, work out a problem, map out a plot, create a Frayer model or a KWL chart (use 2 dif. colors of chalk and realistic eraser)
  4. Press send arrow box for instructions on how to save your creation (image saves to your photo roll where it can then be emailed)

 



14 Aug 2011
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Surprisingly Educational Apps: iPad Blog Hop Host

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

 

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

 

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

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

The winner will receive a $20 iTunes Gift card!