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20 May 2014
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Totally Edupreneurial Tuesday: The Future of Ed Tech?

You don’t have to be a futurist to know that customization and tailored content should be a staple in education planning as we move forward. While there are many open-ended tools and curricula available to the public education sector, they are typically designed with a national or global audience in mind and built to please the masses.

“Clearly there is no packaged curriculum or tool to rule them all. So what is a district to do when served a robust and festive platter that doesn’t truly meet their individual needs? Do they pick and choose which dishes can be consumed, starve, or do they cook up a new recipe for learning?” – Lisa Johnson

ExitTicket Story:

So… let’s take this idea of customization one step further. Rather than making do with a one-size-fits-all commercial product, some districts have decided to create the very tool they need. Perhaps the future of Ed Tech is… Edupreneurship? Take ExitTicket for example:

“Dr Waters (Superintendent and CEO of Leadership Public Schools), and the teaching team tried several technologies, and among them was a set of Quizdom Clickers used for audience polling. They found that students enjoyed the immediate feedback and scores started improving. But it wasn’t achieving the type of proficiency gains Dr. Waters was hoping for, and the clickers were very limited in their features and functionality.” – ExitTicket Story

Dr. Waters, Dr Refsland (an ed tech entrepreneur) and a team of Leadership Public Schools teacher designers began developing ExitTicket to give teachers a powerful tool to accelerate student learning. Flash forward a few years and ExitTicket, an assessment tool that boasts amazing results with student gains of 2 to 3 years in only a year, is now available to the public. (Explore the Case Study HERE.)

Exit Ticket Developed by Leadership Public Schools

Exit Ticket Developed by Leadership Public Schools

A Sampling of ExitTicket Features with Power-Packed Potential:

  • Projector View vs. Teacher View: Teachers only project the data they would like students to see.
  • Launch Tickets for Homework: Math and History teachers (as well as classes that are looking to differentiate as well as flip their classroom) will do cart wheels for this feature! Basically you create a quick assessment to match your homework and you add a qualifier (e.g. 70 and below = green / 80-90 = proficient) and then you can prepare different assignments for students based on how they scored as well as address these issues in real time:
    • Qualifier Assignments: green/yellow/red packets corresponding to qualifiers like below, far below, basic, proficient, advanced. Students in each one of these categories vary quite a bit depending on the TEK or the assignment so students have no issue with having green one day and red the next. 
  • Questions Tied to Learning Targets: Learning target proficiencies can be made available to students so they can track their own data and be in charge of their own learning.
  • A Robust Built-in Math Equation Editor: Math teachers will flip-out AND the tool is web-based so they can do this process on the iPad if they choose.
  • Lots of Sorting and Reporting Available: Teachers can randomize questions, resort students by score, export data as a csv.

ExitTicket Availability:

ExitTicket is available to the public (some features and functionality are FREE and others are premium). Their resource center is also pretty comprehensive. It includes a four week lesson plan for trainers, a video library, and much, much more.

How many other districts could there possibly be that design a tool to support their own students? Up until a few weeks ago, I thought this phenomenon was a fluke… until I met Greg McIntyre, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at College Station ISD. I popped into his session after my morning keynote, and was thoroughly jazzed by his story!

“College Station ISD felt their middle-of-the-road and struggling students were not being adequately supported so they created their own “Just in Time Learning” portal entitled Success 24/7” – Greg McIntyre

Success 24/7 Story:

Now at first I was skeptical. As many of our own teachers upload lectures and notes for students… I wasn’t entirely sure this was any different. Greg did clearly state what the tool wasn’t. It is not intended to be full blown lessons, flipped instruction, or an online course… more just a support of learning.

Success 24/7 Developed by College Station ISD

Success 24/7 Developed by College Station ISD

A Sampling of Success 24/7 Features with Power-Packed Potential:

  • One-Stop-Shop: All of the content (created by teachers in the district) for a course is in one place so students are not visiting multiple teacher sites or at a disadvantage if their course instructor doesn’t provide additional support materials. 
  • Designed for the End User: The interface and dashboard is designed for the end user and students constantly provide valuable feedback. Additional features such as voting on videos, shorter video clips, and the option to remove white space for easier viewing on the bus have been added at student’s requests.
    • Vocab: Vocabulary is built in to the system.
    • Assessments: Assessments are also available. These are assessments for students – like practice exams. Students can take a test and then they manage their own results and see what other content they need to review (yes, assessments FOR learning). Assessments also serve as prescriptions for instruction for the students.
    • To Do Lists and Reminders: Students have their own customizable dashboard with to-do lists, reminders, and they can view their own reports.
  • Credit Recovery: They are even using the learning portal as credit recovery. Greg said they have essentially trashed the model of “fail first semester and then go to credit recovery.” Now students receive a prescription within the first six weeks. They go to the site and complete the modules prescribed and then are allowed to take a 6 weeks exam to earn credit back for the course. This allows then to not fall so far behind that they can’t catch up. Additionally, he mentioned they had 35 students stay after early release to take 6 weeks exams to receive credit back.

“Through the use of Success 24/7 we have a developed an immediate recovery plan for students that puts them right back on track instead of waiting till summer.” – Mary Selcer, math teacher

Success 24/7 Availability:

Success 24/7 is currently only available to students within the district. However, they have created a demo version with limited functionality for outside districts to explore.

Success 24/7 Is Well Informed:

What better way to showcase this district-created resource than with an infographic (courtesy College Station ISD).

Preliminary Results of College Station ISD's Success 24/7

Preliminary Results of College Station ISD’s Success 24/7

 

“While these two tools differ in functionality and purpose… one thing remains true… they were developed by the district for the district (FDBD). I can see the clothing line now… ;)” – Lisa Johnson

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12 May 2014
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Multipurpose Monday: A Motley of iPad Bingo Cards

I stumbled upon an iPad Bingo Card a few weeks ago in a discussion thread. If there was one… I assumed there had to be more… After a few minutes of Google searches, I had collected 8 of these little gems!

21 Things 4 iPads: iPad Bingo

21 Things 4 iPads: iPad Bingo

iPad Bingo Cards for Professional Development: In an effort at brevity with this post, I have curated all 8 into a new Pinterest Board entitled iPad Bingo.

iPad Bingo on Pinterest

iPad Bingo on Pinterest

Extending the Tool: Truly this motley of gamification professional development tools are multi-purpose and can be adapted to a variety of instructional settings. Consider creating an iPad Bingo Chart for:

  • Different Tasks for one full-featured open-ended app (e.g. Padlet, Explain Everything, Keynote, Tackk)
  • A Differentiated Audience (create 3 levels of Bingo Cards based on the skill set of the room or one for each content area)
  • A Theme or Topic (create a Bingo Card for flipped learning, assessment, or critical thinking)

Creating the Cards: Bingo Cards can be created using a variety of tools. Allanah King used a Google Doc to create hers so it would be editable and even included a separate resource for those that needed additional support with each one of the tasks. Joshua Borzick went one step further and created an entire Google Site devoted to support their iPad Bingo professional development resource.

iPad Bingo Google Site by Joshua Borzick

iPad Bingo Google Site by Joshua Borzick

One of my favorite tools for creating quick set of cards is Bingo Baker. Check out the Snapguide embedded below for a quick step-by-step tutorial.

Check out How to Create & Play Bingo on Your iPad by Lisa Johnson on Snapguide.

Sharing is Caring: How will you use this tool to gamify and flip your professional development? TechChef4u wants to hear from you! Please share your iPad Bingo Spin Offs with us. Email lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com – we would love to share your creations with the global eduphere!

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02 May 2014
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iPad Film Festival Friday

One of my favorite events of the year, iPadpalooza, just so happens to be held at my place of employment, Westlake HS at Eanes ISD. This year we have expanded the event to include a Youth Film Festival.

“What better way to showcase the power of the iPad as a handheld film studio than to create an event that blends the spirit of creativity and film-making… with one special clause… all films must be shot, edited, and exported from an iOS device.”

iPadpaloozaYFFlogo

Before I share all of the qualifying submissions, let me give you a little more framework on the challenge (summarized from our site).

Theme and Rules – Beyond designing the video entirely on an iPad, K-12 students were also given a few more clarifying guidelines:

  • Theme: the theme for iPadpalooza this year is UP. Thus students were encouraged to integrate the UP theme  (e.g. “Up Your Game”, “Level Up”, “Upgrade”, or “OneUP” ) as well incorporate a balloon as a prop within the video.
  • Type of Video and Length: 2-4 minute short narrative, documentary, or animation/stop-motion video.
  • Other Factors: Other factors for qualifying videos were appropriate content, credits and titles, and adherence to copyrights.

A rubric for judging both elementary and secondary was also provided to students prior to submissions.

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Additional reference resources were also provided (e.g. Talent Release Form, An Inventory of Possible Apps for Video Production, as well as keynote slides with sample opening and closing credits.)

Youth Film Festival Qualifier – After vetting videos, qualified submissions were published to the iPadpalooza List.ly and public voting was opened on May 1st. Public voting will count towards 50% of the score and iPadpalooza Youth Film Festival judges will comprise the other 50% of the final score.

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Youth Film Festival Alamo Draft House –  Based on the criteria and scores listed above, 15 finalists (5 from each category – ELEM, MS, HS) will be announced and screened at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, June 18th from 6pm-9pm.

Final Round – The top three videos, one from each category, will advance and be featured in a special presentation at the closing of iPadpalooza 2014 (2:30 pm on June 19th) where great prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners!

At the heart of this contest is the desire to:

“bring the Apple IOS youth filmmaking community together, to nurture it and to provide a showcase for all the great creativity that youth can unleashed with these mobile tools & apps” – Carl Hooker

So without further ado… I present to you… this year’s iPadpalooza Film Festival contests. Enjoy, be inspired, and VOTE!!!!

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29 Apr 2014
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Thrifty Tuesday: Transformational iPad Grants

TechChef4u devotes the majority of posts to the transformational power of technology integration. While “technology is rarely the goal”, truly access to the technology and device is integral.

Recently I was perusing one of my favorite sites for iPads and Art, Dryden Art (see original TechChef4u feature of Dryden Art page), and discovered that not only does she post amazingly awesome and spectacularly creative student examples… much of her technology was actually funded through grants as thinglinked below.

“We just finished an 18 month journey to raise funds every way we could to become a 1:1 iPad art room. Our goal was just reached in March 2014.” – Tricia Fuglestad

More often than not schools are unable to make the 1:1 leap and opt for internally-funded carts and class sets of devices and external grants. As I am not as familiar with grant writing and the process that it entails…, I asked the expert, Tricia Fuglestad. Not a hoarder of secrets, I decided to share her responses with the global edu-sphere:

Are these grants in house (money from PTO) or are they found online and available to all?

  • “I have been pursuing in house grants mostly. I have my grants posted for anyone to borrow from here. We received funds from district grants, fundraising via Edbacker.com, DonorsChoose.org, entering contests (won 3 with prize $ that went towards iPads), and fundraising through Artsonia.com”

How would you say these grants have ultimately impacted your classroom and your students?

  • “We would have very little tech if we didn’t seek alternative means to get it. Fundraising, grant writing, and contests got us everything from our smart board, projectors, to our 25 iPads. My district provides the art program a desktop computer and wifi access. At the beginning of this school year we had 12 iPads for student use in the art room from our previous efforts including our second place win in the McGraw-Hill STEMie awards. This meant that every time we created, one waited. It dictated how I would teach, how little we could accomplish, and how much ownership the students would have in their pieces. Sharing is great, but all the time wasn’t so great. After a big push this year, we finally have all the iPads we need to do whatever makes the most sense for learning content. Our limitations are gone! THAT is the best situation for meaningful technology integration.”

What advice would you give to other teachers seeking technology for their classroom?

  • “My first suggestion is to make a wish from iPevo’s wishpool. In a few minutes you can express a need for the monthly offering and it might arrive at your doorstep soon. My next suggestion is crowdfunding via sites like Donor’s Choose or Edbacker.com. Our projects were funded from generous donors from within our community, around the country (and world) who support engaging projects. It was also a wonderful advocacy tool for promoting our art program. Here is an example of our latest donor’s choose project. I also wrote up an article for School Arts Magazine about “Getting the Gear” for your program. View the article online here.

If you hadn’t already fallen in love with Fuglestad’s Dryden Art Creating on iPads site, then you are going to app-solutely flip over her collection of sample iPad grants.

Fuglestad Sample iPad Grants

Fuglestad Sample iPad Grants

 

In researching iPad grants, I also happed upon a few more resources that might support those of you embarking on this journey and have compiled them in to a Listly list.

Want more Fuglefun? Explore all of Tricia Fuglestad’s resources:

 

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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.

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12 Feb 2013
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Greathouse's GREAT Curricular Use of Puppet Pals

Greathouse’s middle school class has done it again (check out their first iLesson using Explain Everything)! Rather than have students read the entire chapter on climate, she created an iJigsaw app-tivity. Students were divided into groups and assigned  a section of the climate chapter to summarize and report on. They were given the freedom to choose how and which app would be best to present the content they were responsible for.

Given the freedom to shine, this group chose Puppet Pals and really did the app and the content justice, if I do say so myself.

Check out Puppet Pals Featured Videos

Can’t get enough of Puppet Pals? Have you seen Puppet Pals 2? Test out the FREE version but I have a feeling you will end up buying the All Access Pass.

Puppet Pals 2: Characters, Props, Soundtracks, Zoomable/Panning Sets and More!

 

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12 Feb 2013
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Greathouse’s GREAT Curricular Use of Puppet Pals

Greathouse’s middle school class has done it again (check out their first iLesson using Explain Everything)! Rather than have students read the entire chapter on climate, she created an iJigsaw app-tivity. Students were divided into groups and assigned  a section of the climate chapter to summarize and report on. They were given the freedom to choose how and which app would be best to present the content they were responsible for.

Given the freedom to shine, this group chose Puppet Pals and really did the app and the content justice, if I do say so myself.

Check out Puppet Pals Featured Videos

Can’t get enough of Puppet Pals? Have you seen Puppet Pals 2? Test out the FREE version but I have a feeling you will end up buying the All Access Pass.

Puppet Pals 2: Characters, Props, Soundtracks, Zoomable/Panning Sets and More!

 

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!!!