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Classroom Election Videos. Tips and Tricks of Using Seesaw From Our #SeesawChat | An (Almost) Connected Educator. #SeesawChat: 12th May 2016 “There are so many new things out there about what technology and how to use it in the classroom. I am not really comfortable using it.” This is a common statement among educators who are not comfortable infusing technology into the classroom. Very true. It can really be overwhelming. If I ask a couple of teachers, they will come up with at least 5 different apps they use in class. This is what I tell them, “I am quite comfortable using technology in the classroom but will never catch up with every new tool out there.

Here’s one that caught my attention last summer and was able to delve into it more a few days ago by taking the training to be a Seesaw Ambassador. My first #SeesawChat with fellow educators brought saw many ideas that I would like to share in this post. Spelling via Mrs. Capturing progress on IEP Goals via Heather Gauck Genius Hour via Miss Zeisler Reader’s Response via Jess Ische Math via Miss Elikwu Assessment via Traci Piltz Health via Traci Wood.

Augmented Reality | Engage Their Minds. Here are some Augmented Reality Resources for Education. Please contact me at if you have a suggestion for a new link. Click here for a Flipboard Magazine of current articles on Augmented Reality in Education. I have just published a packet on Teachers Pay Teachers of Lessons and Activities for using Augmented Reality in Education. It is $5. All of the lessons are ones that I have previously blogged about, but the packet collects these resources into one booklet. (A=App Store, G=Google Play) AR Basketball Math Fun Share this: Like this: 11 thoughts on “Augmented Reality” Leave a Reply Great Minds Don't Think Alike! Follow Get every new post delivered to your Inbox. Join 5,615 other followers Build a website with %d bloggers like this: Diary of a Techie Chick: Portable Mini Green-Screen....

One of the projects I like to do with my 6th grade students is "On the Scene Reporter". I have a wall in my classroom painted green, for our staging area that I normally use for this project. My students are normally the reporter giving a report on Ancient Greece. Since this will be my 3rd time doing this project I have to switch it up just a little. I've been planning a workshop for teachers on Green-Screen projects and it hit me how I could switch it up and still be a green-screen project, I need portable mini green-screens. It just happened to be Super Bowl day and we just happened to have gotten some extra large pizzas from the store so I had a few boxes to play with. Since the pizza boxes had a window I decided to paint the inside and the back of the box, this way I could use both sides. I could use the box as a regular green-screen or flip it and have a puppet show / animation stage green-screen style.

Project Ideas: Tips: Burp Title Screen - Book Burps. Item. 10 apps for creating poetry on the iPad - Erintegration. Playing Scoot on the iPad - a technology twist on a classic whole group movement review game - Erintegration. Friends to the Famous. Mrs. Silver's Spider PBL : Tom Keating. Hilbert Center - 'We Create' Quit Blaming the Devices. Her biggest issue, though, was with the silence. As she puts it, “My lively little kids stopped talking and adopted the bent-neck, plugged-in posture of tap, tap, swipe.”

Imagine the same complaint with a book. "My lively kids stopped talking and adopted the bent-necked, lost in a book posture of scanning text and flipping pages. " Kids stopped talking and started reading. See, lively and talkative are great components of a classroom. I'm skeptical that the teacher would have the same complaints about journals. When I walk into classrooms with or without iPads, the biggest barrier I see to students talking to one another is direct instruction. Which is ultimately the issue with these types of articles. We have developed nuanced positions for other strategies and materials because they are so ubiquitous to the learning experience. The Goal Is Transformation I would describe the author in this article as being in stages five and six of the technology journey.

Ultimately, that's the goal. 3 Apps to use in conjunction with the new Book Creator comic templates. Michelle, 31, a graduate with good genes and a job in the civil service, has the day off today (at the government’s expense) to begin her subsidised leisure cruise to the Maldives. Peter, 34, an engineer with a top degree from the National University of Singapore, is also about to leave for the boat, and is anxiously flattening his unruly hair in the mirror. Both hope that they might meet the partner of their dreams on this cruise, the one that will put light in their life and fire in their loins. The government hopes so too; this cruise was organised by the Social Development Unit (the SDU, sometimes jokingly referred to as ‘Single, Desperate and Ugly’) – an organisation established in 1984 with the purpose of matching up graduate singles in Singapore in the hope that they reproduce and have intelligent babies.

At the time this wasn’t in response to a decline in population, but rather, the wrong type of people having children. Now imagine that you are PM Lee Kuan Yew. SeeSaw for iPad - Video tutorial. How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu. After our collaborative How To writing project, everyone was quick to get started on their own “expert” stories. Making lists of things we’re experts at helps generate ideas, then the stories start to flow! We’ve published our writing several different ways this year, so I offered an idea menu of apps to publish with to my class.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of tools. I just wanted to provide them a jumping off point to get started when they were ready to publish. Please feel free to download the menu here. We use this menu as a talking / planning tool during a publishing conference. I sit down with each student and we read through their work looking for ways to revise and edit. Explain Everything & Pixabay: One student published this brilliant How To about carving pumpkins.

Adobe Voice App Smash: This simple production of How To Play the Piano is accompanied by piano music that was easily added in Adobe Voice. Adding Skitch: iPad Mania: 20 ideas for sparking interest in class with iPads. The iPad has game-changing potential for any classroom. Use these ideas, tips and apps to spark some new interest. (Public domain photo via Unsplash) When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad, it was a marvel that had the potential to make big change. It was visually stunning. It was tactile. The iPad’s possibilities in education were seen quickly and have developed over time. It’s easy to say that tech is just a tool, but if we don’t seek how we can leverage its potential, we’re shortchanging our students. In our weekly half-hour #DitchBook chat (10 p.m. A Storify summary of all the tweets is available here, but here are 20 ideas that stuck out to me most: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. iPad document camera — Show students what you see through your iPad camera on a projector screen. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

For notifications of new Ditch That Textbook content and helpful links: Interested in having Matt present at your event or school? Related August 31, 2015. 17 secret iOS 9 tricks everyone should know. App-tastic Ideas for Building the Classroom Community. The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device. By Michael Cohen Since the launch of the iPad in 2010, we have seen a revolutionary transformation in how we create, consume, and communicate. Whether the iPad is an authentic educational tool is not relevant, because it’s not about the iPad. Is the automobile an authentic education tool? What about the refrigerator? Revolutionary inventions are not about the invention itself, but what the invention gives use the ability to do. While the iPad does a little more than a lightbulb, its success in eduction is based on the principle that the iPad does the same for learners as the lightbulb: It liberates us from the limitations of creative tools, the challenges of access to quality content, as well as our source of inspiration, and innovation being based on geographic location.

But in conversations around learning, the iPad needs to be invisible because we’re searching for something deeper than a manipulative touch screen device. The idea of invisible technology is powerful. Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice. Posted 09/15/2015 11:10AM | Last Commented 10/31/2015 5:52AM I took a speech class one semester when I was in undergraduate school. For our first assignment we had to give a short speech that the teacher videotaped. Our extended assignment was to watch the recording and critique our performance. That proved to be a very eye-opening experience for me. My next experience with videotaping myself came when I was working on my masters’ degree. These two experiences taught me the value of videotaping myself. Who am I calling on? During the lecture portion of my class time I tried to help keep my students engaged by moving around the room and calling on them to answer questions or respond to the comments of others.

Am I providing enough wait-time? In my younger days I was a member of a rock band. Am I moving? My first classroom was in a portable building that had a small window A/C unit. What are the students doing? Good teachers, just like good athletes, know there is always room to improve. Creating vocabulary notebooks with a purpose. Alicia Sheehy is a Language Arts and Digital Literacy teacher at Faribault Middle School working with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. She is currently working on her Masters in Educational Technology through Minnesota State University, Mankato. Vocabulary Notebooks. Ugh… I just groan thinking about what I did last year. Get a piece of paper.

Write down the word and the definition. No reflection. Thankfully, I decided to step it up a notch this year. Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you the power of the iPad, Keynote, and Book Creator…. Creating the template in Keynote To start, I created a template in Apple’s Keynote app including all the main aspects I wanted covered in the student’s vocabulary notebooks: Word and definitionA picture or video related to the topic (The video must be student-created; you are not able to add YouTube videos directly to Book Creator)Reflection What did you learn?

The template, created in the Keynote app, was saved as an image and imported into Book Creator. How to Download Music and Video Files to the iPad. Have you ever needed to download music or video files to your iPad or iPhone? The lack of a dedicated file structure on the iPad is an often maligned feature that leads some to turn against the iPad as a tool for the classroom, but it shouldn’t.

At least not when there are free apps like Documents by Readdle, which have been created to help fill that void. It is one of the few genuine five star apps in the App Store, and here’s why. Let’s say you are looking for some music to add to an iMovie project that students have created to demonstrate some of their learning. Your options are, initially, a little limited.

There are some built-in soundtracks with iMovie, but there are only a limited number to choose from and none are any longer than 1 minute and 4 seconds. So, you turn to the web and find a good selection of royalty free music that fits the bill, but how do you get it into iMovie? Enter Documents by Readdle. Best of all, this doesn’t just work with audio files. Like this: Related. Sapia's Scholars Book Reviews: Part 2. iPad teaching is NOT about iPads. I’ve covered technical and workflow ideas on this blog a lot but it’s time to properly summarise a teacher’s first priority when the kids have iPads. Now here is where I have an issue with terminology… Maybe not an issue of “Pedagogy” (As many know it) Until a few years ago, I would have used the word pedagogy in this post but this now has the wrong connotations for me as it is linked more strongly to ‘teaching’ and not ‘learning’. To many I’ve worked with, the word pedagogy still implies “the way in which I deliver the content to the students” The tiers collapse The one-way ‘dumping’ of teacher knowledge into students has never inspired and is just not the way the world operates anymore.

What really matters? In numerous surveys and studies, employers and universities say they desire the following qualities, which many of them say often seem quite absent in young people: Creative thinkingIndependence / self-driveTeamworkProblem solving strategiesConfidence to try new things Time consuming ? How Teachers Will Start the Learning Revolution | EdSurge News. A couple of days ago, Miami-Dade County’s Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, wrote an impassioned call to action for our schools to embrace the needs of today’s learners and today’s world. He explains, "Children are not widgets, and schools cannot be assembly lines of knowledge. " I commend him for this stand and also for the great work so many other districts are doing to build next generation learning opportunities.

Developing 21st century learning is a challenge every school and every district must now confront. We have reached the convergence of three critical factors: 1) the world and workforce demands new skills, 2) many of our students have already embraced a digital world already there, and 3) the technology and tools required are now widely available. This is truly an exciting time in education. When we speak of a reinvention of learning, an amazing vision is painted for students complete with new devices, “personalized” learning, and increased student engagement. iOS Skills & Pedagogical Frameworks - Summer 2015 - Atlanta - iPad Classroom. Socrative Space Race ONE person from each group go to and enter room 989898. Socrative Resources Supporting Learning with Text-to-Speech As a group, we are going to turn on both Speak Selection and Speak Screen (see video tutorial in slides below for more information).

With iPad, ANYTHING that is text can be heard! Speak Selection Challenge Open ANY app that allows you to type (e.g. Speak Screen Challenge Open this article by Sal KhanUse the 2-finger swipe down to turn on Speak ScreenSpeed up and slow down the speaking rate Supporting Learning with Guided Access On iPad, it is possible for students to "lock" themselves in a single app (or you can). Like most things on iPad, reading online can also be customized to meet individual learner's needs.

Sharing Files with AirDrop With all newer iPads, it is possible to AirDrop images, videos, and even full files directly between iPads as a way to share and collaborate. WHAT Students are Doing - The 4Cs The OneScreen Rule. A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers | EdSurge News. Everyone tells stories: journalists, politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs. Conveying information in a coherent and compelling way is vital to success in the real world, and it’s our job as educators to prepare our students to share their ideas in effective ways.

We used to do this with papers, posters and dioramas, but digital tools at our disposal now allow students to create authentic stories that allow for audience interaction and a wider impact on the world. Here are some tips for transforming storytelling assignments in your classroom, no matter what subject or grade level you teach. What is Digital Storytelling? Digital storytelling uses video, audio, social media, blogging and other tools to convey ideas and information effectively. Requires critical thinking: Creating an interdisciplinary product from scratch requires high level thinking skills like evaluating evidence, editing and curation, and production timelines. How to Educate Digital Storytellers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom. 30 of our best Book Creator tips. Eanesisd. Mrs.Wideen's Blog. Guided Reading Choice Board - 1:1 Classroom. Back to School Selfie Adventure for Your Students!

Zig Zagging - Through Education & Technology. My Paperless Classroom Journey: Notability for Teachers | Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing. Analyzing iPad Myths in Education. 10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers with Technology – From Beth on Edudemic. The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning.