Jul 272011

View the Agenda/Outline or the detailed workshop notes here. You can also access the presentation.

Day 1 Topics:

  • Join the conversation and ask questions at TodaysMeet.
  • The Basics
    • home button – home screen, search screen
    • double tap home to access latest apps, plus iPod & brightness controls & how to kill apps
    • Creating Folders of apps – can manage this in iTunes as well
    • Moving and deleting apps (Home row holds 6!)
    • Gestures: Tap, Double tap, tap hold and drag, flip & swipe, pinch to zoom, rotate
    • Copy & Paste
    • Screen capture – press Home and Power button together to take a screen shot of whatever is on your screen.
  • Getting in Gear: Settings
    • Airplane mode
    • Connecting to a WiFi hotspot
    • Location Services?
    • Change wallpaper and lock screen image
    • Picture Frame
    • How much space do I have left? General option will tell you
    • Store – sign in to iTunes account (can use multiple accounts)
  • WCSD Teacher observation tool
  • Setting up your Google Apps Mail, Contacts & Calendars
  • Set up Find My iPad
  • Go over iPad presentationNotes here
  • File management – Get Dropbox!
  • Great educational video content: iTunes U, eMedia & Kahn AcademyTED Online or the TED app
  • Web shortcuts – Turns a web site into a clickable app icon. Set your home page, UTIPS page, Pioneer Library, eMedia, Kahn Academy, others?
  • Clicker software – eClicker, eClicker Host – set up some quiz questions and show how to take a poll and display results
  • Take poll of what participants would still like to learn at http://pollev.com/clint

Day 2 Topics:

Please enjoy the projects created at the end of Day 2 using iMovie, Animoto, StoryRobe & Garageband!

Here’s the link to the class registration form, and the class info follows:

EDUC 5155 150  Integrating the iPad and iPod into the Classroom

      Jul 152011


      • Vernier Video Physics: Take a video of an object in motion, mark its position frame by frame, and set up the scale using a known distance. Video Physics then draws trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. Perform on-the-go analysis of interesting motions. Measure the velocity of a child’s swing, a roller-coaster, or a car. Free.
      • EarthObserver: Learn about our planet’s terrestrial landscapes, oceans and seas, frozen ice caps, atmosphere and clouds, geologic terrains, topography, nautical charts, natural hazards, human impacts, and many other earth and environmental science topics as you travel and explore with your finger tips. Free.
      • Wolfram Alpha: With Wolfram|Alpha on your iPad, you can explore a vast world of knowledge, whether hanging out at the local coffee shop or relaxing on your couch. Use Wolfram|Alpha to discover new information about the world and to breathe expert knowledge into any facet of your life. $1.99 Universal App
      • Emerald Observatory: Emerald Observatory displays a wealth of astronomical information all on one screen, in a unique but understandable format. Information includes: – Times of rise and set for the Sun, the Moon, and the 5 classical planets, – Times of the beginning and ending of twilight, – Heliocentric orrery (display of the planets in orbit around the Sun), – Current phase and apparent orientation and relative size of the moon and LOTS more. $0.99
      • Stellarium: Stellarium is a planetarium for your iPhone. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Let’s you identify almost any celestial body, constellation, cluster, etc. Includes: Images of nebulae, realistic Milky Way, planets and their satellites, powerful zoom and time control. Even has a point-to-identify mode using the iPad gyro! Free
      • Mythbusters HD: This is a fun honorable mention. Watch the most popular full screen MythBusters video clips and compete against other fans by busting 3 popular myths through full screen, multilevel casual games. Games are good, fun physics simulations and lead you to bust a myth on your own. If you like the show, you’ll love the app. $4.99
      • Nature Human Genome Special Edition: The draft human genome sequence, announced in 2000 promised great insights into human biology, medicine and evolution. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Nature has repackaged the Human Genome at Ten news special into a free iPad App. Free
      • Periodic Table of the Elements: This is a standard periodic table of the elements – a necessity for anyone interested in or even exposed chemistry. However, the version differs in that instead of cramming all the information for an element into one little square, you can select a chemical attribute and have the entire chart color coded to plainly show how the different elements vary with regard to the selected trait. Free
      • 3D Brain: Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research. Free
      • iLab: Timer HD: In the Science lab, sometimes you just need to keep track of time. A stop-watch is good, but what if you need to keep track of 10 different experiments or tests? iLab: Timer HD will let you track the time, to a tenth of a second, of up to 10 different events. $1.99
      • The Elements: A Visual Exploration: If you think you’ve seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements: A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before. This is the US English version of The Elements. Fully translated versions are also available in French, German, Japanese, and British English. $13.99
      • Solar Walk: “This 3D Solar System model enables you to navigate through space and time, observe all the planets in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structure, history of their exploration, points of interest and more. Use 3D mode to get a more realistic experience! And zoom out to view and spin the entire Galaxy!” $2.99
      • Math

        • Number Line: Number LIne is a game that helps students lean about fractions, decimals, and percents by ordering equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents on a number line. $0.99
        • My Math App: My Math Flash Card App is for mastering basic elementary math facts. Free
        • Math Drills Lite: Graphically rich and fun environment allows a single students to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Free
        • Times Tables: Math Practice app that is engaging, fun and enriching. Multiple version available. Free
        • Flash to Pass: Flash to pass is an easy-to-use, elegant program designed to facilitate mastering the basic math facts learned in Elementary school. Free
        • Pop Math: Fun drill for practicing math facts. There is now a lite version, and an iPad version. $0.99
        • Quick Graph: Quick Graph is a powerful, high quality, graphic calculator that takes full advantage of the multitouch display
          and powerful graphic capibilites of the iPad. Free
        • SAT Math Testbank: Challenging simulated test questions with detailed solution to prepare for the Math Section of the SAT test. Free
        • Rocket Math: Play one of the 56 different math missions. Missions range in difficulty from even/odd numbers all the way to square roots, so kids and their parents will enjoy hours of fun while learning math. $0.99
        • MathBoard: MathBoard is appropriate for all ages from kindergarten (with simple addition and subtraction problems) to elementary school where learning multiplication and division can be a challenge. You can control the range of numbers you want to work with, the amount of questions you want to answer and even assign a time limit per quiz. $3.99
        • Math Magic: Math Magic uses a combination of your choice of vibrant colours, simple interface and a reward system of stars to encourage and teach kids between the ages of 3 and 8. It’s really easy to use. The child simply has to tap on an answer to solve the problem. Whether they get the answer right or not, a real voice expresses appreciation for the child choosing a response. $0.99
        • Science 360

          Leaf Snap


          Everyday Mathmatics from McGraw Hill

          Our World – Al Gore app

          CK-12 Text Books


          From Guy Durrant



          • Biology
            • Cell Imaging HD (slow load, beautiful images, large database)
            • LeafSnap electronic fieldguide. Free, but limited iPod and iPad
            • 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool (beautiful images, slow to download) Rotate and zoom. Free (iPad)
            • Dichot key (for use within the BYU Monte Bean museum) free
          • Phyx
            • Intellective Physics (Free)
            • Video Science (large collection of science demo videos) Free
          • Astronomy there are bucketloads of astronomy apps
            • GoSkyWatch (free or $3.99 for +
            • SkyOrb 3D Free +
            • StarWalk (2.99 iPod, 4.99 iPad)
            • Planets (free) +
            • Exoplanet (free) db of all extrasolar planets
            • pUniverse ($2.99+, 3.99 iPad), pU Express is free
          • Geology
            • Seismic (iPod) (.99) not pretty, but fast and effective
            • QuakeWatch + (.99)
            • USGSSeismic (free) RSS feed from USGS (iPod)

            May 312011

            In a surprise move, Apple has just announced that its iWork suite is now available for iPhone and iPod touch. The iWork suite, including Keynote, Pages and Numbers, were previously available on the iPad and, of course, the Mac.

            The apps are available individually for $9.99 each for new users and are free upgrades for owners of the iPad versions, making them universal apps. The Keynote Remote app is available as a separate $0.99 download.


            Keynote, Apple’s presentation tool, has been scaled down nicely and retains the ability to present in full screen while connected to a projector or HDTV. The Keynote Remote app allows your iPhone or iPod to control another iOS device or Mac running Keynote during presentations.


            Pages is Apple’s word processor for iOS. To make the iPhone version of Pages more friendly to a smaller screen size, Apple has included a Smart Zoom feature that automatically follows your cursor when you’re editing and zooms back out when you’re done.


            Numbers, the spreadsheet editor for iOS, has also been ported to the iPhone. Smart Zoom is also mentioned as a feature of the iPhone and iPod version of Numbers. All of the functions, charts and table options from the iPad version of Numbers are included here as well.

            You can download Pages here, Keynote here and Numbers here from the App Store.

            We will update this story with the details, please refresh.

            This is great for schools and classrooms that already have iPod Touch labs and want to give their students great tools for creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

            When does the version for the iPod Nano come out?

            Apr 282011

            The more curation that we can get for educational iOS apps, the better! Teachers just don’t have the time, patience (let alone the money to try many apps out) to wade through the ‘Education’ category and the hundreds of thousands of apps available in the iOS App Store. Sites like this are a great place to head before the App Store to find something for you and your classes.

            I’ve heard good things about this site – I’ll be giving it a workout, and I’ll let you know how it goes!

            Mar 182011

             There has been a lot written about this project in the local news and not all of it positive. However, what I saw today while visiting the school was nothing short of amazing. I saw engaged students and teachers using the devices in a variety of ways. 

            From their website:

            Welcome to our 1:1 iPod Touch program called iCougars! The iCougars@KHS project seeks to increase student achievement of our high school students through a student-centered, one-to-one mobile technologies model by providing every student and staff member with personal access to a mobile computing device in a wireless environment. The mobility of these devices will allow staff and students to use them for learning both inside and outside of school, engaging a 21st century 24/7 learning environment. Mobile devices in class will enable students to engage in research, team projects, classroom activities, and academic coursework. Beyond the school campus the devices will remain in the hands of students, available for homework, email, extra-curricular activities, independent learning, and problem solving. Using the devices for formal class work as well as independent study and personal interests, students will gain not only immediate academic benefits but also valuable 21st century skills that will benefit them in their lives and careers. 1700 students and nearly 100 teachers will participate in the largest iPod Touch implementation to date.

            We were able to visit 4 classrooms today. We saw students in a Japanese 1 class using a variety of apps to learn not just to speak but to write the Japanese language. We saw a photography class using the devices to copy notes from the teacher, then using those notes heading off to different websites to do research. The next part of their assignment is to create flash cards with definitions of terms on them. Finally, they are to “bump” their devices with at least two other students to share their flash cards. Then they can compare and determine which definitions are better and can delete the ones they don’t select.

            We were also able to visit with a multimedia class, actually the class that creates student news show at Kearns. They have a lab full of computers yet the students were out shooting video and recording audio and video interviews with their iPod Touches connected to some of the coolest homemade tripods, and steadycams I have seen. This teacher has found apps that at least illustrate and mimic the concepts as all of the software he has on the PCs. He stated that the students actually grasp the concepts better from the iPod apps and are able to transfer that learning to the PC software. 

            Finally we visited a debate class. These students told us stories about how they use their iPods for 15 minutes and would have kept going for hours I think if school wasn’t ending. One young lady talked about the difference the iPod had made for here. She talked about the fact that her handwriting was so terrible that even she couldn’t read her notes. So she rarely had anything to study from for quizzes and test. With the iPod (and she had an iPad keyboard dock she was using with it). She could now take notes quickly and most importantly read them easily Due to this her grade were rising. Then another girl shared that her GPA had gone from a C- in the first quarter to a B+ in the second quarter after the iPods were rolled out. She attributes that success a lot to the iPod. Someone in our group asked if anyone else’s grades had gone up. 24 of the 26 students raised their hands and a few more shared stories of how the iPods had helped them feel and be more successful. One young man offered that his biggest problem in school was keeping organized and the iPod helped him to do that. 

            Finally we asked one more question of the group. “Have your feelings about school changed since the introduction of the iPods?” All but one raised their hands to signify that their feelings towards school had markedly improved since the start of the program. 

            This is all anecdotal evidence, but I think when real measure are taken, Kearns High will see some astounding achievement growth. They have already seen astounding school pride growth.


            Well said. Why are ‘We’ so afraid of these new technologies? It’s amazing the impact that they can have if we simply just let them in.

            Thanks for sharing, Kelly.

            Nov 012010

            I received this message from a teacher that I work with today:

            I have an iPad and want to get it to work with my Google stuff – do I need an app???Do you have any tips or good apps for it?

            Excellent! I just got one about a month ago, and I am still figuring out good apps and the rest.

            Now, when you say 'Google stuff', do you mean email, calendars, contacts? Or your Google Docs? You can get the first stuff to work with what comes from Apple, but Docs (as of now) needs an app to work well.

            For Google Docs, the best app that I've found that works well for them is??Office2??HD. It was $10, but is now $8, but it's great for not only viewing but editing all of your Google Docs on the iPad.

            As far as other apps, I don't know if I could live without DropBox – both on my computers, iPad, iPod Touch, and my Android phone. Almost all of the mobile apps work with it, and there is no easier or faster way to get a document or any file from the desktop to a mobile device. Here's an??invite for a free 2 GB DropBox account??if you don't have one already, and here's??how DropBox works.

            I've been researching what apps are 'best' or being used in schools. Sadly, I have not been able to go through the entire 300,000+ app library, but I have some resources for finding the good stuff. First, there is a school in Scotland that has gone 100% iPad, and the man behind the project, Fraser Speirs, is writing about the experiment in his blog under 'The iPad Project". There is a lot of interesting information there, but he as included posts on the apps they are using for both Secondary and Elementary classes.??

            Also, I listen to 'Netcasts I love, from people I trust' from TWiT all the time during my excursions around my territory, and they have a new show called 'iPad Today' where they highlight a different app 'theme' each week, as well as giving their 'App Cap' awards each week for their favorite finds. It's an entertaining show, but if you don't have time, you can check out the wiki site with all of the recommendations.

            Thanks for the question. Keep 'em coming!