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22 Apr 2013
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Pinterest in the iClassroom

Recently I happed upon a cleverly created integration of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Pinterest from the folks at Teachbytes. And as if fated, the same week, I had a conversation with a fabulous theater arts and film teacher, Sarah Yurko, who had shared how she is using Pinterest with her secondary students. Fascinated by the boards and ideas she shared, I asked her to detail her thoughts so I could celebrate these app-tastic ideas with the greater global iClassroom.

 

25 Ways To Use Pinterest With Bloom’s Taxonomy from teachbytes

 

She mentioned she was fairly new to Pinterest, but she could see “lots of possibilities for art and performance art with it.” Sarah went on to say that she “plan(s) to use Pinterest to gather examples for lessons, collaborate with students, directly teach students, and inspire them!” and has further detailed  these plans below:

1.  GATHER EXAMPLES FOR LESSONS

“If I’m teaching the kids about publicity and promotional posters for theater I can use my Pinterest board as examples. It is on their iPads so they can go through and pick and choose easily which images are helpful as opposed to wasting everyone’s time with a slideshow that may not help them.”

“I love how easy it is to save YouTube videos on Pinterest. When we talk about trailers, I teach them that film makers typically release three … one for women, one for men, and one for teenagers. With Pinterest I can show all three quickly and easily without having to search for them.”

2.  COLLABORATE WITH STUDENTS

“I also collaborate as a class using Pinterest. It’s so easy and doesn’t take up any class time.  The kids can send me items or pictures and I can pin to a board. We used Pinterest to help inspire hair and makeup ideas for A Midsummer Nights Dream. This kind of informal information gathering also seems to really engage the kids… I was able to gather more “inspiration ideas” than ever before.”

3.  TEACH

“There are always a million projects happening at once in Tech design and none of them have the same instruction. So in the past I’ve had to only speak to three or four kids at a time – roughly teaching, at minimum, eight different lessons one at a time, leaving a lot of room for boredom while kids wait their turn. Pinterest has some projects that are literally spelled out step by step so I could direct each group to their “pin” and they could teach each other and only need me for more specific instruction.”

4. INSPIRATION

“The whole reason Pinterest began was to inspire people. I love that each of my boards dedicates itself to a certain aspect of theater. If a student is really into costuming they can follow that board and hopefully it inspires them to create, design, and build costumes. The same can be said for props, sets, lights, and publicity.”

Below, I have included a link to Sarah Yurko’s app-tastically divine boards.

Mrs. Yurko's boards for Theater and Design


 
If you are using Pinterest with your students, I would love to hear all about. Please share your ideas and boards in the comments.

 

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15 Apr 2013
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iPad Summit Nuggets

A few days ago I had the opportunity (correction… app-ortunity) to attend and present at “iPad Summit” in Atlanta. As I am reflecting on my whirlwind week this Monday am, I thought I would recap and share some of the lessons and digital nuggets discovered there. I compiled all of the nuggets and links into a Listly list and focused on the following topics:

Finally got to meet Reshan Richards (inventor of Explain Everything app) Always be Prepared for the Unexpected

    1. Always be Prepared for the Unexpected
    2. Collaboration is Key
    3. Go Paperless with a Dropbox of Images
    4. Thread Content and Online Collaboration
    5. Showcase Student Work
    6. There’s An App for That!
    7. Why Students Create Learning Portfolios
    8. Connecting and Building your PLN

 


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Please feel free to share your best links and ideas from iPad Summit on the Listly list below.

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!

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iPadpalooza 2013  Sold Out!! – Check out the Last Chance Video Contest!

HCMS Site Visit May 8th – Now Available!

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

 

 


10 Apr 2013
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1 iPad Classroom Revisited

Last year I wrote a blog post about the 1 iPad Classroom that featured an “appy hours 4 u” interview with one of my favorite solo iPad educators, Lisa Carnazzo. That summer Yolanda and I presented a packed session at TCEA’s TOTS and Technology on the very same topic. Not even a year later and much of the content from the presentation needed to be revisited and revamped.

 

Yes, I am currently living the iDream of a 1:1, but that wasn’t always the case. I came from meager 1 iPad and shared carts models prior to that event. 😉

 

This session (which will be presented at iPad Summit and Region 20 Tech Fiesta)  focuses on how elementary teachers can use a single iPad productively:
  • in multiple settings and configurations such as whole group, pass around, small groups, and stations
  • using both consumptive and product-based apps
  • showcasing actual student work and app-tivities across the curriculum

 
While the intent is to support teachers with a single iPad and highlight ways to boost student engagement, learning, and productivity, the suggestions and apps shared would be useful to teachers with multiple iPads as well.

So without further ado… I present the “1 iPad Classroom” revisited.
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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 (am) presenting at iPad Summit April 11th and 12th.

Interactive TechChef4u Thinglink

875+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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

iPadpalooza 2013  Sold Out!! – Check out the Last Chance Video Contest!

HCMS Site Visit May 8th – Now Available!

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

 


25 Mar 2013
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Techlandia

Last night was a virtual reunion of sorts dating back to the anniversary of our first congregation – the Mobile Learning 2012 conference. Alison Anderson (@tedrosececi), Jon Samuelson (@ipadsammy), Eric Marcos (@mathtrain), and myself  joined up to be part of Techlandia’s Sweet 16th episode. Techlandia… you say? That sounds an awful lot like Portlandia. Well yes, the podcast did emerge from a trip to Portland and a friendship that began at Mobile Learning.

Jon and Alison co-host the Techlandia show and invited Eric and myself as guests. You can download the audio only version of last night’s show in iTunes or opt to enjoy all of our late night hijinks in the archived video stream below.

I actually want to take a few moments to discuss the power of Google Hangouts (which created the video stream above). Not only can you chat with multiple people at the same time from varying locations (skype on steroids), you can record the hangout and archive it to Youtube. I have found this tool handy on multiple occasions for my own workflow and collaboration. As Yolanda and I no longer work in the same district but occasionally still present together, we used Google Hangouts to collaborate on a Google Doc and chat virtually to check in on each other’s progress on a project.

Google Hangouts with @mrhooker

Carl Hooker (@mrhooker), my iVenger boss, actually used Google Hangouts to appear virtually to our HCMS iPad site visitors less than 12 hours after his daughter was born. Not only was he able to answer district level questions pertaining to our K-12 iPad Rollout, he actually used the screen-sharing feature in Google Hangouts to access and share his presentation and slides with the attendees. Nothing short of app-tastic!

Another article shared how classrooms are using this tool to have shared readings or events that span multiple campuses and districts. If you are interested in more info about Google Hangouts, check out 100 Best Google Hangouts tutorial videos and How to Play iTunes Audio During a Google Hangout. Did I mention you can even hangout directly from one of your iOS devices with the Google+ app.

If you are using Google Hangouts personally, professionally, or with your students, please chime in. Add your comments for how this tool can be used.

 

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.

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800+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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iPadpalooza 2013  Almost Sold Out!!

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Ted X Youth Austin 3/30/2012!

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

 


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.

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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!!!

 


18 Feb 2013
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Nothing But Nearpod

FETC: Met up with CEO of Nearpod


 
Clearly, we use other apps… but I did need a clever alliteration for this evening’s blog title. A few weeks ago, I attended FETC and got to meet the CEO of Nearpod. He had asked me for a wee sound byte and I obliged by sharing a few ways our iClassrooms are using Nearpod.

For more on Mathy Cathy and Nearpod, check out:

 
Math isn’t the only content area or audience taking a liking to the app. Recently, Tanna Fiske’s 8th grade students prepared lessons for their 5th grade elementary counterparts using Nearpod as the vehicle for instruction. Read more about this vertically aligned effort here. The video below also does an excellent job of showcasing the student led event.

If you are interested in seeing these iClassrooms in action, consider a site visit to the HCMS campus.

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!!!