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

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

Having an App-tastic Time at iPlayground

 

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

Bringing Appy Hours to TCEA 2012

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Engage Their Minds: (see full post here)

Terri Eichholz's Blog: Engage Their Minds

 

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

More iPlayground Sessions: Utility Apps and WoScholar Apps 

 


11 Feb 2012
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iPrep 4 Kinder: TCEA 2012

This was a last minute addition to TCEA 2012’s iPlayground and ran from 4:00-5:00 pm on Monday afternoon. As a mother of two preschool boys (and with a little help from Yolanda Barker), I knew we wouldn’t have too much of a problem slapping a list of preschool apps together that would support skills such as color and shapes, sight words, hand-writing, letter recognition, time, patterns and sequences, and basic math.

The list of 62 apps shared in “iPrep 4 Kinder” at the iPlayground was composed in Evernote and then tweeted and shared with a public URL generated by Evernote.

"iPrep 4 Kinder": TCEA 2012 iPlayground Resource

 

The following day I had the pleasure of sitting in on another iPlayground session the following day entitled “iPads for Young Learners” hosted by Ruth Jungman and Carol Fenley of Alamo Heights who took a slightly different app-sharing approach. Instead of providing an appy hour of fast-paced app-sharing, they highlighted 5 free apps and spoke in depth about how each one was being used in the primary classroom:

  1. ABC Magnetic Alphabet Lite: Students worked in small groups with the task of changing one letter in a word to make it another word (e.g. take hat and make it sat or rat, take rat and make it ran)
  2. ABC Tracer: Students worked individually in work stations and literacy stations to practice writing letters, numbers, and words. A nice feature of this app is that it will correct students that begin drawing at a different starting point in the letter rather than starting at the top.
  3. Doodle Buddy: This is one of my favorite apps and I tend to use it a lot to annotate over images, create scenes, Frayer models and even bar graphs, but had not considered the following task. Students make a letter and then use clip art to represent words that begin with that latter. The same task could be completed with colors as well (green: add clip art for objects that are green). The ladies also mentioned that the app supported improving fine motor skills mirroring tasks like writing letters in the sand.
  4. Sock Puppets: This is another fantastic app and definitely supports creativity on Bloom’s. Jungman & Fenley also discussed how the app supports sequencing, storytelling, collaborative learning, and self-directed learning. Students worked in pairs with the task of creating a video to support one of the eight keys to character education (some of the keys featured were “speak with good purpose”, “integrity”, and “do the right thing even when no one is looking”). When the videos were complete, they would be shared on the teacher website as well as showcased in the technology showcase. (Other iLessons with Sock Puppets)
  5. Flip it! Lite: Jungman & Fenley mentioned that they offer free centers in Kindergarten. In these centers, students have a choice from a limited number of apps. The app Flip it! Lite offers the potential for creating up to 5 books free and supports skills such as logic and sequencing. Students use the app to create animated books that highlight actions such as life cycles, kicking a soccer ball, and jumping rope. While there is no way to email the product out, teachers can take a screenshot or use a document camera to record the action.

"All things Green" created with Doodle Buddy app

 

The ladies also discussed classroom and iPad management techniques. Many of the classrooms have a parent volunteer that arrives to set up the work stations and add task cards. Apps on the iPads themselves are managed through folders on a blank screen. The folder for that day would only house one or two apptivities which limits off-task behavior.

Before the iPlayground session ended, they shared 4 more of their favorite apps: Clifford, My Word Wall, Teach Me Kindergarten, and Word Magic.

Also check out “iPrep for Preschool and Kindergarten” and my partner-in-crime (Yolanda Barker’s) post to iPrep 4 Kinder.

 

 

 

 


02 Feb 2012
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Surprisingly Educational Apps: Part 3 – Episode 18

String Augmented Reality Creatures: Print Targets Here!

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

 

This week we discussed the following free apps:

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

 

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

Listen to internet radio with Techchef4u on Blog Talk Radio

 

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

Surprisingly Educational Apps


02 Jan 2012
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Surprisingly Educational Apps

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

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

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

Surprisingly Educational Apps Webmix created with Symbaloo

 

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

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

 

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