Monday, June 18, 2012

Reflection - PC Alternative to Apple TV

A week or so ago Reflection released a PC client to their Mac version allowing Air Display for an iPad onto a computer.  It didn't take long to install and give it a whirl.  Here is what we like.

Reflection allows you to simultaneously display multiple iDevices at once on the computer screen.  Any of those displays can be re-sized with the mouse.  This will make a perfect opportunity for a teacher to allow students to share their creations with the class.

However, it is recommended that the teacher create a password for connection, to ward off any unwanted guests reflecting their own device from somewhere on the network.

If the teacher has Inspire or Notebook, you can use your pen annotate tool to write on top of an iPad screen enabling a more visual explanation.

Use a Snip-it tool, or a camera tool, to take screen shots of the iPad and embed them in documents, posts, wherever.

Price is reasonable.  And as always, be sure to work with your IT person and have them assist you with technical difficulties, as there can be a couple of settings to alter depending on your network.  In particular you need to enable multi-casting on the WAN, and be sure the firewall settings are not blocked for the software.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sessions for June 14th

Workshop A - Commons
Workshop B - Commons
Workshop C - Commons
Workshop D - Room 202
Workshop E - Room 206

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PadCamp Session Ideas

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Monday, June 11, 2012

iPad Baker SD Training Part II

Agenda and Apps for morning session:

iPad in Baker SD Training Part 1

Agenda and Apps for morning session:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

QR Code Book Talks with Mobile Devices

One use for QR Codes in the classroom is to do a fun spin on the old book report.  Students write up a "Reading Rainbow" style book talk that they will then record as a podcast.  For this project the teacher used Audioboo.

Audioboo allows up to 3 minutes of recording time with their free accounts and creates an online location to make into a QR code.   Audioboos can be done online at their site, or downloaded as an  app on both android and apple devices.

He allowed students to bring their smartphones or apple devices to class to do this project, which resulted in quickly having all 28 students recording themselves in quiet locations around the school.  All students logged into the classroom account and were able to record simultaneously.

All audioboos are then available under "My Profile" on the audioboo website which makes for one collection point for all their recordings.  Using the URL from the Audioboo students then created their QR code using the site:  Kaywa QR Code Generator 

They cut and pasted their QR code on to a shared google doc for the teacher to then print out.  With younger students, teachers may want to do this step for the students.

Using the master document of QR codes, they were then cut out and added to the front cover of book that the student reviewed.  This was arranged to be done with the library books in the library.

Of course, some students may need to understand what the crazy black and white thing is that is suddenly appearing in the library so a small poster was created:  QR Code Library Poster 

We use  i-nigma QR Code Reader which also comes for both android and apple devices as our suggested reader as students in this school are allowed to use a variety of mobile devices, and this one seems to work well.  

More Resources for using
QR Codes in Education:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Science Inquiry with iPod Sound

A post came across Snapguide titled "Amplify Your iPod's Sound Without a Speaker".  My curiosity had me try it out, and it works.  Then teacher mind set in, and what a good prelude to a science inquiry investigation for your students.

Possible questions to investigate:
  • What height of glass will produce the loudest amplification?
  • What width of glass will produce the loudest amplification?
  • What types of materials produce loudest amplification; glass container, plastic container, etc?
  • How will amplification vary where glass is placed?  On floor versus counter versus top of refridgerator?
  • How will amplification vary if glass is placed next to wall, window, or out in open?
  • How will amplification vary if glass is placed on different surfaces; carpet, counter, paper, etc?
  • Will items in glass have any effect on amplification?

And there are many more questions students will invent.  If you have students investigate these questions, what are your results?  And if you come up with additional question to investigate, what would they be?