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03 May 2013
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7 Peripherals and Accessories I Love!

A recent text from my hubby prompted the following post. As you may or may not know, I am a bit of a gadget fanatic. I love tinkering with the latest and greatest and then providing feedback to vendors, as well as options to teachers for the best tools for their classroom.

I picked up the Versacase at a recent conference. While I loved the idea of it, I am more mobile with my iPad as I travel between classrooms and campuses and I prefer not to have my iPad “naked”. As my husband has more of a desk job and he opts for a slimmer case over my Trident Kraken, I asked him to take the stand with him and give me some feedback on what he thought as he does many of his presentations from his iPad and works between his iPad and PC at work.

He sent me the following pic via text a few weeks ago and shared that he really loved the features and flexibility of the devices and had received many compliments on it. This prompted me to consider sharing a few more of my beloved gadgets and accessories.

Versacase for iPad


Below is a Listly of 7 of my favorite accessories and gadgets. While the USB car charger may sound obvious, I have to tell you, it has been such a lifesaver. As I am always looking for the next best gadget that I simply must have or need… I would love to hear from you. Please add your favorite iPad related gadgets to the Listly as well.


If you are interested in the mother load of accessories, peripherals, and assistive technology, you app-solutely have to visit Lauren S. Enders’ Pinterest board which can be described as nothing short of mind-blowing!

Lauren S. Enders' Pinterest board


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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.


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I created a 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.

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


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22 Jan 2013
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Creation Based Apps as Performance Assessments

As you know may or may not know, I am seeking to spice up the TechChef4u kitchen by diversifying content and perspectives. Thus, I am accepting guest blogging app-ortunites. If you are interested, please contact me at

Guest Blog by: Sarah Emerling (@iLessonLady)

I love creation based apps. I love them even more when my students can use two different creation based apps in conjunction with each other and create outstanding performance assessments. This happened with our lessons on number patterns.

Hundred Chart via Sarah Emerling


Fourth grade Common Core standards require students to create and analyze number patterns in a variety of different formats. Unfortunately, there are only so many ways a teacher can present number patterns before students start to become bored. A teacher’s job is to figure out how to keep the students engaged in what can potentially be a snooze lesson.

We used the Ken-a-vision Flexcam and the Educam app to work on number patterns using a hundred chart.  These tools have quickly become favorites in our classroom. The Flexcam is a document camera that is super easy to use. The great thing about it is that it sends images to the Educam app – where students can annotate, take notes, and manipulate the image on the iPads. Save the image to the camera roll, and then it’s an easy email or upload away from the teacher’s desk. Paperless assessments that the students are completely engaged in?  Yes, please!



This week, I sent students different images of patterns begun on hundred charts. Students had to determine if the patterns were increasing or decreasing and then continue the pattern. Students used the pen tool to finish drawing in the pattern. This in itself was a great performance assessment. After discussing how it is easy to analyze the patterns when they are shown in a hundred chart, students then had to use a screencasting app to create analytical videos describing their work. We gave the app Doceri a try and are in love!


Students uploaded their images from Educam to the Doceri app. From there they created videos where they had to tell how they figured out what the pattern was and analyze and illustrate how they could tell, just by looking at the hundred chart, if their patterns were correct. This allowed me not just to assess whether or not students could extend a pattern, but also whether or not they could explain themselves. Talk about a higher level of thinking!

Using just one of these apps alone would have engaged my students. But being able to easily use the two apps together really made this iLesson successful. The pride my students have exhibited as they’ve shown off their videos, of both right and wrong patterns, is a testament to the worth of creation based apps.

If you enjoyed Sarah’s first guest post, please visit her blog for more app-tastic iResources and visit the blog for future guest posts from her.



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