Saturday, December 24, 2016

Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds Recognition Badge

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It seemed like a fitting close to December's Hour of Code activities to follow up on earning my Apple Teacher 2016 badge awhile ago with earning my Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds Recognition badge this morning by passing the Apple Teacher quizzes on Swift Playgrounds and Everyone Can Code resources.

Earning the Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds Recognition badge requires already having earned the Apple Teacher 2016 badge and passing four quizzes related to the Swift Playgrounds app and Swift coding.

Apple Teacher Swift Playgrounds Badges


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Resources
Apps:
Swift Playgrounds
Learn how to code in Swift by playing games and guiding characters through 3D worlds to solve puzzles and collect gems.
Swift Playgrounds is available for iOS.






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iBooks:
Learn To Code 1 & 2 Teacher Guide
Activities and supplemental resources for implementing Swift Playgrounds in the classroom.
The Learn to Code 1 & 2 Teacher Guide iBook is available for reading in iBooks on iOS or Mac.







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iTunes U:
Swift Playgrounds: Learn To Code 1 & 2  iTunes U Course
The Swift Playgrounds: Learn To Code 1 & 2 iTunes U course provides 10 lessons and videos to help navigate the Swift Playgrounds app and reinforce coding skills.
Available for iOS.



Other Resources:
Apple Teacher  Learning Center
The Apple Teacher Learning Center website has links to all of the Apple Starter Guides and iTunes U resources to help prepare for the Apple Teacher badge quizzes as well as a host of tips and teacher inspiration and success stories about using Apple apps in the classroom.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Presenting At ISTE17

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I was honored to receive an email from ISTE today letting me know that I will be presenting at #ISTE17 in San Antonio this summer!

I'm looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with members of my PLN and learn from edtech leaders about great instructional technology ideas, apps, and best practices for the classroom and beyond the classroom walls!




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

Monday, December 12, 2016

TIES 2016: Presenting Live From Here... There... & Everywhere

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Tap into the award-winning power of TouchCast's easy-to-use free iPad app to create an engaging, interactive mobile recording studio featuring multi-cam control of extra iPads, green screen, onscreen pop-up documents, and screencasting whiteboard. With the help of a simple green screen, empower your students to share their learning live from within the structures of a cell to the surface of the moon or the depths of the ocean and other amazing locations that will get your students excited to share their learning. Ditch classroom newsletters and replace them with simple-to-create student-produced videos that build students' speaking and presentation skills and make learning fun. Or highlight your school and tell your success stories with principal-created videos parents will watch!




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

TouchCast Quick Reference Guide


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Reflector 2
Reflector 2 - Mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
Available for Apple, Windows, and Android.










What Is TouchCast?





Some Helpful TouchCast Tutorial Videos:
Making Your First TouchCast




TouchCast Tutorial Green Screen



Examples Of Principal TouchCasts:



Greenwood Elementary Principal Brad Gustafson


Examples Of Teacher TouchCasts:
Lesson On Earthquakes


Examples Of Student TouchCasts:
Bdote Field Trip To Fort Snelling

Channel


More student videos 








Gregor Mendel

Radioactive Elements in Chemistry


ISTE Student Standards 2016:
ISTE Student Standards



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Helpful Equipment:
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.

TIES2016: Easy and Amazing Video Creation on iPads

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Creating instructional videos is fun especially when you share your knowledge with your students. Students will develop their own video by working independently or collaboratively! Also, see how to use TouchCast annotation tools. BYOD to create your own video!

This morning I get to collaborate and co-present with my colleague Marc Patton (@pattonmarc66), who is also a fellow TouchCast user. Come join us for this 90 minute session Easy and Amazing Video Creation on iPads and learn how easy it is to create videos with TouchCast on your iPad!
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Resources
Apps:
TouchCast
TouchCast Studio
TouchCast is available for iOS and for Windows.


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Reflector 2
Reflector 2 - Mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
Available for Apple, Windows, and Android.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

TIES 2016: Power Up & Get ConnectEd With Other EdTech Coaches!

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Meet up with other instructional technology coaches, specialists, and TOSAs from around the state and the Midwest to share strategies, ideas, and resources ranging from coaching to technology tips and training resources.


Resources
Get Connected
Shared your contact info here - bit.ly/sharecontactinfo

Share Ideas
We are all #BetterTogether.



Share resources here - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mJybZyCBWiTa8pPbrk3huoisS3bZd3srcNVcH8Q_m0A/edit#heading=h.iy9x1z9dtr08
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Apps:
Reflector 2
Reflector 2 makes wireless mirroring of your device easy so that you are free to move around while showing what's on your device screen.








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Snagit
Snag allows you to quickly capture what's on your screen to help you clarify your message and share
it.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

TIES 2016 Workshop: Live From Here... There... & Everywhere

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Tap into the award-winning power of TouchCast's easy-to-use free iPad app to create an engaging, interactive mobile recording studio featuring multi-cam control of extra iPads, green screen, onscreen pop-up documents, and screencasting whiteboard. With the help of a simple green screen, empower your students to share their learning live from within the structures of a cell to the surface of the moon or the depths of the ocean and other amazing locations that will get your students excited to share their learning. Ditch classroom newsletters and replace them with simple-to-create student-produced videos that build students' speaking and presentation skills and make learning fun. Or highlight your school and tell your success stories with principal-created videos parents will watch!




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

TouchCast Quick Reference Guide


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Reflector 2
Reflector 2 - Mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
Available for Apple, Windows, and Android.










Some Helpful TouchCast Tutorial Videos:

Making Your First TouchCast


TouchCast Tutorial Green Screen



Examples Of Principal TouchCasts:



Greenwood Elementary Principal Brad Gustafson


Examples Of Teacher TouchCasts:
Lesson On Earthquakes


Examples Of Student TouchCasts:
Bdote Field Trip To Fort Snelling

Channel


More student videos 








                Gregor Mendel

Radioactive Elements in Chemistry



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Helpful Equipment:
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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

iPad Tips: Create A Screenshot Button On Your iPad

If you have ever struggled to create a screenshot on your iPad due to having a stiff power button on your iPad case, you might appreciate this tip about how to create a one-touch screenshot button on your iPad to simplify screenshot creation.

Resources
Creating An iPad Screenshot Button

Thursday, August 4, 2016

iPadpaloozaMN - Reporting Live From Here, There, and Everywhere!

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Tap into the award-winning power of TouchCast's easy-to-use free iPad app to create an engaging, interactive mobile recording studio featuring multi-cam control of extra iPads, green screen, onscreen pop-up documents, and screencasting whiteboard. With the help of a simple green screen, empower your students to share their learning live from within the structures of a cell to the surface of the moon or the depths of the ocean and other amazing locations that will get your students excited to share their learning. Ditch classroom newsletters and replace them with simple-to-create student-produced videos that build students' speaking and presentation skills and make learning fun.


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

TouchCast Quick Reference Guide


Making Your First TouchCast


TouchCast Tutorial Green Screen



Examples Of Principal TouchCasts:



Greenwood Elementary Principal Brad Gustafson

Examples Of Teacher TouchCasts:
Lesson On Earthquakes
http://www.touchcast.com/stcscience/earthquakes

Examples Of Student TouchCasts:
Gregor Mendel

Radioactive Elements in Chemistry






More student videos
SAPVideos Channel


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Reflector 2
Reflector 2 - Mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
Available for Apple, Windows, and Android.






iPadpaloozaMN - App Smash Superhero Buddy Books With Book Creator

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Looking for ways to inspire and publish student writing? Come explore how to use the amazing Book Creator For iPad app in combination with a handful of other free apps to app smash a superhero buddy book to publish student writing and build a relationship between upper and lower grade elementary students. Follow the epic journey of book buddy superheroes as you walk through the features of the easy-to-use Book Creator app, explore image editing and drawing apps and app smash your own book. Export options allow the book to be shared and read on a variety of devices.



Resources
Presentation

Student Examples
St. Anthony Park Elementary 5th Grade Book Buddy Books


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Book Creator
Book Creator for iPad
Book Creator Free - Try it out - you will love it!
Book Creator is also available for Windows and Android.

Book Creator Basics - How to get started creating your first book.
Book Creator Support - Help topics and tutorials for iPads and Android devices.





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Paper by FiftyThree
Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, draw, take notes, and more










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PicCollage
PicCollage - Photo collage editor and grid layout
Pic Collage For Kids








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Reflector 2
Reflector 2 - Mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
Available for Apple, Windows, and Android.

Reflector 2 Support - Help topics for iOS, Android, and Windows.
Mirroring iPad Screen
Recording and Narrating iPad Actions


Alternative Mobile Learning Apps
Here's a link to add other apps or websites that you might use in addition to or instead of the ones listed here.
Please add your suggestions.

Responses - Check out alternative apps and websites to accomplish these same tasks.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Minnesota eLearning Summit 2016 - Easy Formative Assessment Options For Mobile Learning

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Come experience quick online and app-based formative assessment and quizzing options on your iPad, Chromebook, or other mobile devices and learn how to engage your students and gauge their understanding of your lesson or class material. Session participants will learn about specific apps and online tools and how to repurpose other apps and online interactive tools to create collaborative learning opportunities that will allow you to gauge student learning on the spur of the moment or designed in advance and incorporated in a learning management system.



Resources
Presentation

Traditional Quizzes
Kahoot
Create a game or copy one shared on the Kahoot site to check your students' knowledge and understanding in a fast-paced competitive manner.
Google Forms
Build a quiz from scratch or tap into the new Google Forms templates available on Google Apps For Education accounts to quickly design a quiz that can be sent to students, linked from a website, or embedded.

Socrative
Use Socrative to build a quiz from scratch or import quizzes from colleagues.

Plickers
Plickers is a simple but powerful tool for collecting real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.
Free card sets

Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere allows you to turn any internet-enabled devices into a student response system.

Other Ways To Check For Understanding
Voxer
Voxer combines voice, text, photo and video sharing for real-time or asynchronous conversations.

Padlet
Padlet makes collaboration and idea sharing easy by allowing you to post text, links, images, and video.

Flipgrid
Flipgrid allows you to easily promote discussion and collaboration in and outside of the classroom walls.

DocentEDU
DocentEDU helps you to turn the internet into your lesson by helping you to add vocabulary support, questions, open-ended response, videos, and much more to webpages that complement and supplement the content of the courses you teach - all with just a few clicks!


VoiceThread
VoiceThread allows your students to join the conversation from anywhere and add their voice, thoughts, reflections, and doodles to the discussion.

EdPuzzle
EdPuzzle can be used to tap into the wealth of video content available on YouTube or created by you with the addition of questions and stops for reflection to ensure that students are tuned in and not missing out due to distractions.

Camera App - video
Don't forget that the camera app on mobile devices is a great way for students to capture a spur-of-the-moment or well-planned video reflection that can be easily submitted and give you insight into their understanding of your course content.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Minnesota eLearning Summit - Publish Amazing Interactive Books With iBooks Author & Book Creator

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Looking for creative ways to create a textbook tailored for your students’ needs or with up-to-date information to supplement your textbook, to distribute in your classroom or school, to make available through your learning management system, or even to publish commercially or to share globally? iBooks Author for the Mac computer and the Book Creator app for iPad, Android, and Windows are the answer! Come learn how to create interactive books with this amazing easy-to-use Mac software and widgets and multi-platform app that make creating an eye-catching, engaging, interactive book as easy as 1-2-3.



Resources
Apps featured:
iBooks Author (runs on Mac computer)
Book Creator (available for iOS, Android, and Windows)
iBooks (runs on Mac computer and iOS devices)
Reflector 2 (runs on computer)

iBooks Author
This application allows you to easily create your own textbooks, long or short, by dragging and dropping content into templates. Built-in and third party widgets allow you to create interactive elements that help students to engage with your content as they read.

Content that you can drag into your iBook:
Images (png, jpeg, jpg)
Word documents
Pages documents

Widgets:
  • Keynote - Keynotes, Powerpoints
  • Gallery - multiple images
  • Review - self-check quizzes
  • Media - video
  • Interactive Image - drag labels to appropriate location on image
  • 3D - add 3D images to can be rotated and manipulated
  • Scrolling Sidebar - add long text to a page
  • Pop-Over - pop up boxes with additional information about parts of images and diagrams
  • HTML - add all sorts of content from the Internet that can be linked to or embedded

Third Party Widgets:
Bookry
This website service allows you to create interactive widgets that you can customize with content from the internet or from your own files. Widgets can be downloaded and dropped into iBooks Author to add the interactive feature to your book.

BookWidgets
This subscription website service allows you to create interactive widgets that you can customize with content from the internet or from your own files. Widgets can be downloaded and dropped into iBooks Author to add the interactive feature to your book.

iBooks Author Getting Started Guide
The iBooks Author Getting Started Guide is a great iBook available from Apple iBooks Store that guide you step by step through the process of learning to use iBooks Author by having you create an iBook. Sample media files are included in the book to help you get started without needing to gather all of your own files.

Example Textbooks
E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth Textbooks
Unit 1: Unity & Diversity of Life on Earth
Unit 2: Guided Tour of the Living Cell
Unit 3: Genetics
Unit 4: Animal Physiology
Unit 5: Plant Physiology
Unit 6: Guided Tour of Biodiversity
Unit 7: Guided Tour of Ecosystems


Book Creator
This simple-to-use but powerful app allows you to easily create your own books or textbooks with your own content to customize for student needs. Books can be collaboratively created or exported in ePub format and read in iBooks or as PDFs.

Content that you can add to your book:
Images
Text
Video
Pen tool allows for handwriting
Audio narration

Sample Books
Pinterest Library of Books Made In Book Creator

Getting Started with Book Creator
Tutorials and Support

iBooks
This app for iOS and Mac computers allows for the creation of libraries of ibooks, ePubs, ebooks, and PDFs so that students can take books with them on the go and open up books that were previously read. Depending on the format of the books, students may be able to highlight and take notes while reading, sync notes across devices, and automatically create study cards from highlights and notes.


Reflector 2
This Mac and Windows computer application allows iOS users to mirror their device screens to the computer to allow for projection for the whole class via an LCD projector connected to the computer. Teachers/instructors can mirror their own iPad content or have students share for the whole class as well.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ISTE2016 - AirSquirrels and Book Creator - Better Together

Today I had a great opportunity as an Alpha Squirrel to present in the AirSquirrels booth in the Exhibit Hall at ISTE2016. Lucky me!


Better Together - Resources
Apps featured:
Reflector 2 (runs on computer)
Air Parrot 2 (runs on computer)
Book Creator for iPad (iOS, Android, & Windows)

Presentation:

Superhero Book Buddie

Student Books:
Class Books
Supergirl PDF
Supergirl video

Project:
Fifth grade students created a narrative ebook for their kindergarten reading buddy. Students interviewed their buddy and then created a storyboard with the details for their books. Once the storyboards were finished, I began using Reflector 2 to mirror my iPad through my laptop to the classroom LCD projector. I modeled the content for each page in Book Creator so that the students had clear expectations of what content should be on each page and the basic how-to's of Book Creator.

Students quickly learned how to use Book Creator and began app-smashing images and text through a variety of apps to add creativity that I didn't even expect to their books.

Book Creator for iPad made creating books simple and allowed students to create and publish books to share with their buddies, giving them an authentic audience. Reflector 2 made it easy for me to show students tips and tricks as I walked around the classroom by mirroring my iPad and allowing me to remain mobile.

Monday, June 27, 2016

ISTE2016 30+ 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.
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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
YouTube Capture
Periscope
Snapchat
Zoom and Reflector 2

Record Your Voice
GarageBand
Recorder
iTalk

Collect Artifacts
Camera
Photos
Google Drive
Snapchat
iCloud Drive

Create Podcasts
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
Voxer
FaceBook
Google+
Periscope
Instagram
Snapchat

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

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

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

Professional Reading
iBooks
Kindle

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

Create Professional Development Resources
iTunes U
Blogger
Zaption

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

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

Organize Your Thoughts
Inspiration
Padlet
Lineoit
Sticky Notes
Total Recall
Popplet

Organize and Transfer Resources
Google Drive
iCloud Drive
Box
Dropbox
One Drive

Inspire Yourself
YouTube
TED

Create Presentations
Keynote
Google Slides
Haiku Deck
Prezi
Microsoft PowerPoint

Track Your Time
Timer
Do Now Then

Health and Well-being
Health
Hydrate
Waterlogged
Pedometer
Timer

Illustrate Your Ideas
Notes
Notability
GoodNotes
Paper 53
Adobe Draw
Tayasui Sketches
Procreate

Blog - Reflect On Your Learning
Blogger

Schedule Your Time
Calendar
Google Calendar
Draw Calendar

Explain - Create Screencasts
Educreations
Skitch
Explain Everything
30Hands
Doceri
Reflector 2
QuickTime (On Your Mac)
ShowMe
ScreenChomp
Stage
Knowmia Teach
TechSmith Fuse

Expand Your Programming Knowledge
Scratch
Hopscotch
Tynkle
Code.org
Tickle

Collaboratively Brainstorm
Baiboard
iCloud Drive
Pages
Docs

Create Flyers and Infographics
Keynote
Canva

Relax
Metronome
Zen Garden

Reminders and Task Lists
Remember The Milk
2Do

PDF Annotations/Scanning
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
Reader

Presenting
Reflector 2 is a must-have app for your Mac computer if you are presenting on an iPad. Reflector 2 mirrors your iPad screen to your computer, allowing you to move around without any VGA or HDMI cables attached to your iPad.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

iPadpaloozaMN 2016 - Presenting on App Smashing With Book Creator & TouchCast

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I will be doing two presentations at iPadpaloozaMN on August 4 on App Smashing Superhero Buddy Books and also on Reporting Live From Here, There, and Everywhere With TouchCast.

Come join me to learn about how these powerful apps can propel your students' creativity and communication skills while having
fun, fun, fun! 


I will be highlighting how Reflector 2 is a great tool in combination with both of these apps for your 1:1 device classroom management tool belt - allowing you to be mobile and projecting to the whole class at the same time!

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Resources
Book Creator
Book Creator for iPad
Book Creator Free - Try it out - you will love it!
Book Creator is also available for Windows and Android.








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TouchCast
TouchCast Studio
TouchCast is also available on Windows.









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Reflector 2
Reflector 2 - Mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
Available for Apple, Windows, and Android.