Tuesday, June 25, 2019

ISTE19: 3-2-1 Tell Your Story With An Amazing Classroom Studio

I am excited to share how to use the amazing TouchCast app to create a classroom broadcasting studio. Come join me and explore how to use this app in your classroom to enhance student creativity and make learning more visible.



TouchCast's easy-to-use free iPad app is a mobile recording studio with embedded pop-up documents and screen-casting whiteboard. A simple green background makes your students' learning visible and incredibly creative while building their speaking and presentation skills. Also, a great tool for principals to highlight their schools.

Resources:



What Is TouchCast?







Some Helpful TouchCast Tutorial Videos:
Making Your First TouchCast




TouchCast Tutorial Green Screen



Examples Of Student TouchCasts:
Bdote Field Trip To Fort Snelling


Student Biography Videos 









Student Book Buzz Videos 













ISTE Student Standards 2016:
ISTE Student Standards









Helpful Equipment:
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Padcaster

The Padcaster allows you to turn your iPad into a mobile media powerhouse.








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iOgrapher
The iOgrapher is a film-making case for iPads and iPhones.








Tripod
A tripod or stand to keep your iPad steady and as motionless as possible is important for creating quality videos.



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Resources
Apps:
TouchCast Studio
TouchCast Studio is available for Windows and iOS.









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Reflector 3
Reflector 3 - Mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
Available for Mac and Windows.













Sunday, June 23, 2019

ISTE19: Creating Digitally Enhanced Book Club with Schoology

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Thank you to everyone who joined me for my session on Creating Digitally Enhanced Book Clubs with Schoology at ISTE.


Learn how a literacy specialist, technology integration specialist, and middle school literacy literacy teachers used Schoology to create a digitally enhanced book club to share information about young adult books they were reading and how to grow their skills in using Schoology's multimedia features to make book clubs more engaging.



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Resources:
Schoology 
Schoology is available in Enterprise and Basic (free) versions.  Schoology brings together the best K-12 learning management system with assessment management to improve student performance, foster collaboration, and personalize learning.





Flipgrid
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Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families in 180+ countries. Flipgrid is free for educators.









Padlet 
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Padlet allows you to make boards, documents, webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to.

Friday, June 21, 2019

ISTE19: 30 Plus Ways To Use Your iPad For Personalized Professional Development

Are you looking for free or low cost professional development opportunities? Do you have an iPad? You can use several apps to find the content to create your own personalized professional development.


There are multiple free and low-cost apps, as well as iPad-friendly websites, that you can tap into to personalize your own professional development on the topics that you are interested in. Since the iPad is mobile, you can work through your curated PD resource when and wherever you like as best fits your schedule.



Come join me on Monday, June 24 to learn more about how the iPad just might be the most versatile learning device available.

Resources:
I listed the apps below in categories of how the apps can be used for personalized professional development. Most apps are free but there are a few that are not but they do something really well that makes them worth the cost.

Record Yourself and Others 
(With Permission - Some conferences and presenters do note allow recording) 
Camera
iMovie
FlipGrid
YouTube Capture
Periscope
Snapchat
Zoom and Reflector 3

Record Your Voice
Voice Memos
GarageBand
Recorder
iTalk

Collect Artifacts
Camera
Photos
FlipGrid
Google Drive
Snapchat
Files

Create Podcasts
Anchor
GarageBand
TouchCast
Adobe Voice
Camera
iMovie
DoInk
Tellagami
Tellaprompter

Capture Your Learning - Take Notes
Notes
Pages
Evernote
Google Docs
Notability
GoodNote
Microsoft Word
Penultimate
Moleskine

Create and Expand Your PLN (Personal Learning Network)
Twitter
Hootsuite
Boxer
FlipGrid
FaceBook
Periscope
Instagram
Snapchat

QR Code Readers
Camera app
QR Code Reader by Scan
Qrafter
I-nigma

Curate Resources
Books
FlipBoard
Scoop.It
Pocket
Slideshare
Pinterest
Instapaper
YouTube
iTunes U
Pearltrees

Create Publications
Pages
Book Creator
iBooks Author (On Your Mac)
FlipBoard
Scoop.It
Instapaper

Professional Reading
Books
Kindle
SlideShare

Expand Your Skill Set
YouTube
iTunes U
Tips app
Drippler
Simple K12
Lynda.com
Udemy.com
AppleTeacher

Create Professional Development Resources
iTunes U
Zaption
iOS Screenrecording Feature

Connect and Learn
FaceTime
Skype
Google Hangouts
FlipGrid
BlackBoard Collaborate
WebEx
Adobe Connect
Zoom

Collect and Organize Your Learning
Evernote
Penultimate
OneNote
Notability
GoodNotes
Files
Paperport Notes
Google Drive
Google Docs
Google Slides
Google Sheets

Organize Your Thoughts
Inspiration
Padlet
Lineoit
Sticky Notes
Total Recall
Popplet
Trello

Organize and Transfer Resources
Google Drive
Box
Dropbox
One Drive
Files

Inspire Yourself
YouTube
TED

Create Presentations
Keynote
Google Slides
Haiku Deck
Prezi
Microsoft PowerPoint

Track Your Time
Timer
Do Now Then
WorkBreaker

Health and Well-being
Health
Hydrate
Waterlogged
Pedometer
Timer
FitBit
StandUp!
WorkBreaker

Illustrate Your Ideas
Keynote
Notes
Notability
GoodNotes
Paper 53
Adobe Draw
Tayasui Sketches
Procreate
Pages
Sketches School
Markup

Schedule Your Time
Calendar
Google Calendar
Draw Calendar
Trello

Explain - Create Screencasts
Educreations
Skitch
Explain Everything
30Hands
Doceri
Reflector 3
QuickTime (On Your Mac)
ShowMe
ScreenChomp
Stage Pro
iOS Screenrecording Feature

Expand Your Programming Knowledge
Scratch
Hopscotch
Tynkle
Code.org
Tickle
Udemy
Swift Playgrounds

Collaboratively Brainstorm
Pages
Docs
Keynote
Google Docs

Create Flyers and Infographics
Keynote
Canva

Relax
Metronome
Zen Garden

Reminders and Task Lists
Remember The Milk
2Do
Trello

PDF Annotations/Scanning
Notes
PDF Scanner
Cam Scanner
iAnnotate PDF
Tiny PDF
Notability
GoodNotes
Paperport Notes
Skitch

Siri
Search internet
Answer questions
Take notes and reminders
Get directions

Accessibility Settings
Screen zoom
Screen brightness
Font size
Color contrast
Text to speech
Speak screen

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Reflector 3 - For Presenting
Reflector 3  - Mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
Available for Apple, Windows, Chromebook, and Android.

Reflector 3 is a must-have app for your Mac computer if you are presenting on an iPad. Reflector 3 mirrors your iPad screen to your computer, allowing you to move around without any VGA or HDMI cables attached to your iPad.




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Reflector Teacher - For The Classroom
Reflector Teacher - Manage and mirror your students' devices to your computer. Available for Apple, Windows, Chromebook, and Android.

Reflector Teacher is a must-have app for your Mac computer if you are teaching in a classroom with student devices. Reflector 3 allows you to mirror your students' iPad screens to your computer to display for the class, allowing you to manage student work, display examples for the class, and move around without any VGA or HDMI cables attached to your iPad.

Monday, January 28, 2019

ISTE Teacher Education Network Book Study - Edumagic

Today is the first day of the ISTE Teacher Education Network Book Study that I am participating in.


Resources:
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Edumagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers 
by Samantha Fecich
"This book challenges the thought that “teaching” begins only after certification and college graduation. Instead, it describes how students in teacher preparation programs have value to offer their future colleagues, even as they are learning to be teachers! This book provides positive examples, helpful tools, and plenty of encouragement for preservice teachers to learn, to dream, and to do." ~ EduMatch


I'm looking forward to reading this book and expanding my professional learning network with other educators. Knowing what kind of edtech training preservice teachers have in their university courses helps me to support them better while they are doing their student teaching at schools in my school district.

Join the book study on Twitter under the hashtags #ISTETEN and #Edumagic.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Schoology Blended Learning Leader Program: Day 1

Today was the first day of the Schoology Blended Learning Leader Program cohort in my school district!


Resources:
Blended Learning in Grades 4-12: Leveraging The Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms by Catlin Tucker


I'm looking forward to reading this book and learning more about best practices in blended learning and about different models for implementing blended learning in the classroom, and of course, learning more power tips and tricks to designing effective courses in Schoology.

Today we focused on:
  • The benefits of blended learning
  • Blended learning models
  • The ISTE Educator Standards
  • Course design in Schoology
  • Pages and media albums
  • Digital portfolios as a way to reflect and track self-assessment documents
  • Digital portfolios as a way to share out resources with others

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TED Masterclass


I received notification today that my TED Masterclass will be starting soon.

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I'm really looking forward to this opportunity and will share more details later! I remember what a great opportunity it was to speak at TEDx Burnsville and how the process of preparing improved my speaking skills.



Sunday, January 20, 2019

Book Study - Coding as a Playground

#WhatWereReading - I started reading Coding as a Playground for the CIRCL Educators Book Study that I am participating in.


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Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom
by Marina Umaschi Bers
"Coding as a Playground is the first book to focus on how young children (ages 7 and under) can engage in computational thinking and be taught to become computer programmers, a process that can increase both their cognitive and social-emotional skills. Readers will learn how coding can engage children as producers―and not merely consumers―of technology in a playful way." ~ Routledge - An Eye On Education Book


I'm looking forward to reading this book and learning more about coding and how it fits in the early childhood classroom.