Nov 072013
 

Permalink: http://goo.gl/FKLUCP
OnTrack Section #:67099 , Course #:58985

Here’s the plan for our session today. We’ll learn about:

  • Harnessing the Power of Google Drive for projects, collaboration and maybe even a paperless classroom
  • Screencasting – creating learning objects with some cool interactive white board type apps
  • Creating rich media projects like narrated slide shows, picture- and full blown eBooks, and full movies.
  • Classroom quizzing and formative assessment with free web-based tools

You can download the presentation for our session today below:

Apps, links and resources for each area above:

Nov 022013
 
Permalink: http://goo.gl/Fju6xZ

Here’s the plan for our session today. We’ll learn about:

  • Presenting from your iPad: How to control and project your classroom computer, and how to project your iPad screen to your classroom computer & projector
  • Screencasting – creating learning objects with some cool interactive white board type apps
  • Creating rich media projects like narrated slide shows, picture- and full blown eBooks, and full movies.
  • Classroom quizzing, formative assessment and student/parent engagement with free web-based tools
  • Finding good places for educational iPad apps

Didn’t get that the first time through? Here’s the presentation video from the URSA Conference, using Google+ Hangout On-Air (YouTube Video). You can also view the presentation here.

Apps, links and resources for each area above:

Nov 012013
 
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Thank you for joining me today to take a tour of 60 of my favorite iOS apps for education in 60 minutes. We will be moving pretty fast, so please use the resources below as your reference and session notes.

Follow along here where you’ll find links and descriptions of all of the apps covered in the session today, or you can find them on my 60 Apps in 60 Minutes Symbaloo mix. If I didn’t mention one of your favorites, please let me know about it and also take a look at the favorites that others have contributed. I’ve also done this presentation for a few years, and some great apps have either fallen off of the Top 60 or I have encountered new great apps that have not been added to the list. You can see the new and old 60 in 60 Apps in this Symbaloo mix.

You can also search for apps by grade, subject, Utah Core area, device and cost at UEN’s Apps4Edu site.

Here’s the presentation for our session today:

Oct 142013
 

23 iPad Alternatives to the Book Report, from ipadders.eu.

A great article that not only gives you 23 great ideas of how you can incorporate Project Based Learning twist with the tried-and-true book report, but it also highlights the iPad apps they use for each project type. Many of these project ideas can be modified to work easily with assessment in other content areas as well.

Sep 182013
 

A colleague of mine has been asked to help a school out with writing on the iPad, and asked if I had any suggestions for great writing apps. It’s a good question, and there are MANY options to consider. It all depends on your budget, what features you need, and what sort of experience you are looking for.

As far as any apps that will help with the mechanics of writing, I don’t really have any suggestions. I would be interested to see if anyone knows of any apps out there that would help with that.

Evernote is a first obvious choice. It’s not just a note taking app, and it has a lot of great features that students can utilize for research and writing in general. I’ve written about it on my blog - check it out for more info. Evernote and an Evernote account are free. There may be an issue if the writers are under 13 years old…

The next obvious choice is Pages, Apple’s word processing and page layout app. This one is expensive ($9.99, $4.99 for 20+ copies through Apple’s Volume Purchasing Program) but it is the best thing out there for writing on the iPad, hands down.

Google Drive is a fantastic (and free) solution if the district/school you are working with has adopted the Google Apps Domain for teacher/student email and all of the other great additions that come along. If not, this will work if students can create and access a regular GMail account as well. You can do some amazing collaborative things with Google Drive. The one big drawback for Drive right now is that you can not create or edit a presentation on an iPad. I’m sure that ability is coming soon.

I’ve not used it, but many are suggesting PlainText for a free, stripped down, bare bones writing app on the iPad. Sometimes a simple bare bones app is a good thing. I think many times teachers and students get hung up and focus too much on what the document looks like, and less on the content and ideas. It’s much easier to fuss with fonts than to perfectly phrase a thought, and so that’s what they spend time, focus and energy on. PlainText also saves/syncs with Dropbox, so that’s nice.

CloudOn would not be my first choice, but it’s certainly worth mentioning. It’s basically Microsoft Office on the iPad for free. You can save documents directly on the iPad, or you can connect to other Cloud storage systems (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, & SkyDrive). The drawback is that you must have an Internet connection to use it – you are basically connecting to a virtual server running the desktop version of Office somewhere in the cloud. I personally don’t like the clutter of Word/Office, but many people love and want Office on the iPad.

I’ve really been enjoying Drafts lately for it’s ease of use and flexibility, but it costs as well ($3.99). When you launch Drafts, you are presented with a blank document and a blinking cursor – no hoops to jump through to start writing. Each ‘draft’ is saved, listed in the left sidebar, accessed by a swipe. Then, when you are ready to do something with your draft, swipe from right to left to show the myriad of sharing/saving options.

The last one I’ll mention is Quip. This is relatively new and I have not had much of a chance to put it through it’s paces. It comes from some very smart people (developed by ex Facebook CTO) and has been built from the ground up to work with mobile devices. It’s a little quirky with some new gestures and such, but looks like a really good tool.

Aug 082013
 

Permalink: http://goo.gl/CDlU4b
OnTrack Section #: 65480, Course #: 58985

Today we’ll get you up to speed on your iPads and show you some amazing things you’ll be able to do in your 1:1 iPad classrooms. I’ll include links to everything we discuss today below, as well as a PDF and PowerPoint version of my presentation. The plan for today includes:

  • Cover the basics to get everyone on the same page
  • Presenting from your iPad: How to control and project your classroom computer, and how to project your iPad screen using Apple TV
  • Screencasting – creating learning objects with some cool interactive white board type apps
  • Creating rich media projects like narrated slide shows, picture- and full blown eBooks, and full movies.
  • Classroom quizzing and formative assessment with free web-based tools
  • Finding good places for educational apps & media

1-1 iPad Classroom Solutions PDF

1-1 iPad Classroom Solutions PowerPoint

Here’s the presentation from a similar session at the Rural Schools Conference in July, using Google+ Hangout On-Air (YouTube Video).

Apps, links and resources for each area above:

Jul 102013
 
Permalink: http://goo.gl/UkczC

Thank you for joining me today to take a tour of 60 of my favorite iOS apps for education in 60 minutes. We will be moving pretty fast, so please use the resources below as your reference and session notes.

Follow along here where you’ll find links and descriptions of all of the apps covered in the session today. If I didn’t mention one of your favorites, please let me know about it and also take a look at the favorites that others have contributed.

You can also search for apps by grade, subject, Utah Core area, device and cost at UEN’s Apps4Edu site.

Here’s the presentation for our session today:

Jul 092013
 
Permalink: http://goo.gl/R40Gs

Thanks for attending my session at the URSA 2013 Conference today! The permalink above will bring you back to this post anytime, so hopefully that is the only thing you’ll need to write down! We have much ground to cover, and I’ll move quickly, but PLEASE feel free to ask questions at any time.

Attached below is a PDF and PowerPoint version of the workshop for today – the links are active! Just click on the app or service that I’ve linked with the underlined words, and you’ll be taken to that resource immediately.

iPad Now What for 2013 (PDF)

iPad Now What for 2013 (PowerPoint)

Quicklinks to the apps and services in the presentation:

May 022013
 

iPurpose before iPad from Mr G Online

The post above is a great project in process. He is curating a list of great iPad apps for education, but he’s looking deeper at what sorts of skills students can develop from using these apps.

He references resources really worth investigating, such as iPad As… by edtechteacher.org and the iPad Pedagogy Wheel, but he is attempting to go beyond what these resources offer. They are both valuable, but follow a simple ‘If this… then that’ approach.

Mr G is attempting to showcase apps that have a dual, tripple or multiple ‘threat’ or purpose capability, instead of pigeonholing apps as ‘One Trick Ponies.’ He is also detailing the pedagogy behind each type of app - why would I want to use an iPad app to create a video or publish an eBook? “Pedagogy Before Technology” is stated motivation, and I think that he has a great approach and is off to a really good start