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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.

Interactive TechChef Thinglink

Check out the new Chic Geek iJewelry line!

1,100+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

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

 


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.
 

Interactive TechChef Thinglink

Check out the new Chic Geek iJewelry line!

1,050+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

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

 


20 Jul 2012
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ISTE 2012 Comic Chronicle

As I had already picked up a cape from Turning Point Technologies and met with the app developer of Comic Life, it seemed only fitting to render my ISTE 2012 excursion as a comic.

Met Comic Life app Developer at ISTE 2012


 
The comic is a 5 page PDF that photo-chronicles all 4 glorious days at ISTE 2012.

ISTE 2012 chronicled with Comic Life

 

For a complete photographic journey, check out all 64 photos in the ISTE 2012 Flickr set.
 

For more ISTE 2012 coverage, check out “The Dot Project” and “Creating and Collecting Digital Work”.


26 Jun 2012
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Creating and Collecting Digital Work – ISTE 2012

One of the most entertaining and engaging sessions I had the pleasure to attend was “Creating and Collecting Digital Work” with Tammy Worcester and Kevin Honeycutt. Not only were the tools they shared easily applicable to any classroom, their presentation style truly embodied many of the ideals of creativity, play, and value shared in some of the earlier sessions I attended (which will be summarized in a later blog).

Thoroughly enjoyed "Creating & Collecting Digital Work" session with Kevin Honeycutt

 
Tammy modeled the role of the teacher and Kevin channeled his inner child. The session essentially focused on creating and collecting digital work in various forms (e.g screencasting desktop work, capturing traditional pencil and paper tasks, recording audio products, and transforming digital creations into tangible items). All of the resources shared for the session (and many more) can be found on Tammy’s site.

Glad I sat in the front row for this session – my iPad was able to capture some of the best moments. Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy!
 

 
Truly loved the idea of collecting all of the work in a digital class dropbox created with a Google Form.
 

 
One last nugget. Kevin shared a great idea. Create coffee mugs with a QR code hyperlinked to one of your student’s digital delights or a classroom site that is constantly updated with student work – what a great way to start a teacher’s or parent’s morning.


18 Jun 2012
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ISTE or BUST

I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who voted, tolerated my online pleas for votes, and supported me in the “We Are Teachers” contest to achieve my dream of attending ISTE 2012. I feel very blessed and am eager to learn, share, and chronicle my experiences. Sending virtual app-reciation to you all.


 
A very special thanks goes out to Jon Samuelson (aka @iPadSammy) who was the best iCheerleader anyone could have. Thanks for all of your kind words and support.

iPadSammy's Blog


 
I am not only looking forward to attending ISTE 2012 but to sharing a poster session with one of my favorite Tweachers and App Addicts, Jon Samuelson. Join us Wednesday June 27th from 8-10:00 am (SDCC Halls DE Lobby, Table: 24) for an app-tastic installment of “Apptivities: Creative Classroom Lessons for your iPad”.


16 Jun 2012
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Mac App Attack

During one of the iPad sessions I delivered for East Central ISD, I met Mr. Grant (the most amazing GT teacher) and he shared with me the Road Trip Effect Mac app (which I used in conjunction with iMovie to create the ISTE or BUST mini film). He also shared 25 other apps for creative innovations on the Mac (see List.ly below).

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Check out my other Listly’s: Paid Apps for the Classroom, Hot Apps 4 TOTS,  25+ FREE Product-Based apps, Surprisingly Educational apps, Student-Created Apps 4 Students, Interactive Tools & Sites that JIVE with the iPad, Infographics in the Classroom, Cool Tools to Engage Your Brain over the Summer, and Education App Review Sites.