Wednesday, February 27, 2013

iPad for Writing - NCCE 2013

February 27, 2013


  Joe Buglione
Heidi Paullus
from Intermountain ESD in Pendleton OR

GTKY - Trading Cards

  • Describe yourself using a trading card - real person
  • Blog reflection with our kidblog "How can you use the Trading Cards app in your classroom?"
    • Kidblog class/URL for the app :

Activity: Where is the Writing? 

Basic iPad functions -

Activity: Learn site words / vocabulary

  • Create a flashcard list of terms:  Bitsboard, Phonics Genius
  • Reflection write about Bitsboard and how you can use this in your classroom.

  • Vocab with Camera - Piccollage, Phonto, Storykit
  • Reflection write about Piccollage and how you can use this in your classroom.

Activity: Brainstorm

  • Concept Mapping - Total Recall
    • NCCE 2013 offers me ... 
  • Word Walls - iBrainstorm 
  • Reflection write about these concept mapping / brainstorming tools and how you can use this in your classroom.

Activity: Digital Stories

Activity: Workshop Reflection

  • Recap two highlights of what you learned and how you plan on implementing them in your classroom or job. Use Tellagami to record your reflection, save movie to your ipad, and if challenged upload it to your reflection blog.


Activity: A Creative Conversation

  • Collaborative Writing -  Google Story Builder
    • In groups of 2-4 with one ipad, write a short conversation using the blog characters  as the names and personalities, to address the prompt "What do you want to take back to your school after attending NCCE?"
  • Reflection write about how you can use Google Story Writer in your classroom.

Activity: Comics


Points to Ponder:

  • Conventions : Post is denied by students if conventions are not correct. EdModo, Kidblog
  • Journaling with Noteability ($), Evernote, or iDiary
  • Blogging with KidBlog, or Blogger: continued reflective posts throughout work session reflecting on various activities.
  • Giving them a reason to write:  what motivates them?  who is their audience? 

Thought Provoking Articles:

Web Resources:

  • Read Write Think
  • Word Hippo - Find synonyms, antonyms, and more
  • Google Drive - The app allows for simple modification of Google Docs, and in a collaborative environment.  More advanced editing still might need to be done via Safari.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Evernote for Eportfolios - NCCE 2013


February 26, 2013 

Joe Buglione and Heidi Paullus
from Intermountain ESD in Pendleton OR

GTKY : Skitch n share

  • Photo of you, include text about where/what you do
  • Explore skitch
  • Pair up n share about you, 5 sec recap of evernote experience
  • Groups of 4, introduce partner to other two
  • Repeat with new groups of 4, new partners
  • email to portfolio

 Activity : ePortfolio Wordsift

  • create list of words you think of describing eportfolios, Click to enter those words here
  • Google Form then Wordsift those words
  • what is your reflection?  what do you want to contain in student portfolios?
  • email to portfolio

Post a Pic:

  • Walk about and take a picture of some identifiable with NCCE
  • Post this picture in your evernote
  • Post the picture with text which reads why it is identifiable for you to your portfolio

Using Your Evernote:

    Work in with a partner to help each other out through the following topics:
  1. Can you post different types of items; prompt "information about NCCE"? text, picture, voice, webpage, combination
  2. Can you view your notes using web interface, app, software?
  3. Interfacing with Evernote, do you know how to use the following: evernote website, web clipper, software on computer, with mobile device, via an app paired with evernote)
  4. Limitations using Free Account
  5. Sharing notebooks and privacy settings: Can you share a notebook with another evernote user, with the public?  Can you view a notebook being shared with you from someone else?
  6. Searching Evernote:  Can you search evernote and obtain what you want?  Did you realize you can search for text within pictures?
  7. Organization of posts: Can you create a Stack?  Can you modify stacks and move notebooks?  Can you move notes?  Can you work with Tags?
  8. Create a quick video using Tellagami describing what you learned about Evernote, Save to Camera Roll, then email to your portfolio.

Ways to Organization your ePortfolios

  • Under your account
    • Create Stacks and Notebooks
    • Students email using correct syntax
    • Limitations on total Evernote uploads
    • Teacher has total control over content
    • Can share notebook as necessary
  •  Student creates their own account
    • They share notebook with you
    • If free, you can not edit notebook
    • Students can upload easier with mobile devices and such
    • Students can upload more, with higher limits per student
    • Teachers organization still the same
    • Teacher has little or no control, just observing
  • Post a reflection of how you want to implement an eportfolio design with Evernote; email your reflection to your portfolio.

Evernote Trunk and other apps

Posting from Explain Everything  (the app ExplainEverything)
Posting from BaiBoard (the collaborative screen casting app BaiBoard)

Evernote articles and resources

 Other eportfolio options

Monday, February 25, 2013

Tellagami - Another Fun Digital Storytelling Tool!

I just came across another free tool for a way to create digital storytelling with your students, Tellagami.  This app is a simplified Xtranormal (check out that website if you haven't before!).

Tellagami allows one character, that can be moderately adapted; male or female, hair, eye color, a few clothing selections. Choose their emotion and then either record audio or type in what you want the character to say.

The character is then placed into any of your own photos, from preloaded photos, or take a picture with the camera.  This is a key for classroom use.  Have students describe a location from a field trip,  put their character in the historic place they are studying, make a video explaining hall way behavior, and so on.

There is no account needed to create and no ads (other than a Tellagami ad at the end of the video).

Finished product, called a "Gami", can be up to 30 seconds in length.  It then can be emailed (as a link to view on, saved to photo roll (email from your photo roll as an .MOV file), texted to a phone, or sent out to a social network.

Here's a sample using the text feature to create the audio.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stop Motion Video Making with iDevices

We are always looking for new tools to give more ways for students to create with their mobile devices.  Recently I started playing with a quick 5 second video iPhone app called Vine.

Tap the screen to record until the bar at the top is full!
Geared towards social networking and creating short videos to share on twitter, facebook, etc... the ease of the app and the fact that the video can be sent to your photo album on the mobile device and not shared makes this an app that could be used for some great classroom projects!

Turn OFF the "Share on Vine" 
With Vine, you record only when you have your finger on your screen.  The longer you hold your finger down, the longer you record.  It will stop you when you have reached the max length.  By tapping in intervals, it is easy to create the stop motion effect to the video.  Since it does save as a MOV file in your album, pull it into another video editing app or site to add music, titles, or adjust as needed!

Another app for stop motion video recording is OSnap.  OSnap alows you to use a series of photos from your iPad to create a stop motion video or time lapse video.  There are some great features in this app such as setting the camera on a timer, or snapping picture by making a loud noise.   The paid version of this app ($2.99) will allow students to pull photos from their photo album, which for time lapse projects in science would be handy.

iPad Apps for School did a nice write up on OSnap that you can find here.

Short Video made with Vine - starring MY FEET!

Uses for stop motion or time lapse videos in the classroom:

  • recording science projects of a set amount of time
  • explain a math problem with manipulatives
  • claymation or drawings retelling of a story (book report alternatives)
  • writing project (storyboarding and scripting are great ways to trick students into writing)
  • Collaboration and Creativity! Perfect project for group work. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

If You Give a Kid a Camera

What happens when you give students and camera?  They create. They are engaged. They experience.

Here are some examples of what students have done while using a camera.  These examples are the videos of screen shots presented during Swoiree of Slides 2 at IntergratED PDX.

Visit ALTV at USEducation TV. (featured school of the month for February 2013)

Read how two classrooms connect; one from Pendleton, OR the second from Uganda

Kids using Green Screen Create Music Video to Green Eggs and Ham:

North Hills Productions sledding adventures.

PSA productions from Cove

Kids create movie trailers to understand constitutional ammendments

One students "I Am" video where she states she is curious.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fetch! Lunch Rush App Math and Augmented Reality in Primary Classes

We've discussed Augmented Reality on the blog before and as we thought, more apps are coming out that incorporate the augmented reality into the activities.  One of these I shared recently at a Math Workshop for teachers was FETCH! Lunch Rush.

Ruff Ruffman from PBS Kids sends the students on a mission to help fulfill orders.  Based on the problem given, students must find the number "target" in the classroom that makes the problem correct.  When they hold their camera up to the "target" they check their answer and tap to submit.

Up to 4 students can play using one device practicing their addition and subtraction skills.  Since Ruff explains the instructions, this app could be used from Kinder on up.

Already we are getting feedback from teachers who have taken this app back to the classroom.  It is a fun, interactive, up out of your seat and moving, way to practice their addition and subtraction facts.

 Targets can be found at:  Printables for the App 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Multiplayer Math Apps

Competition can be a good thing when students are practicing skills.  Here are a few math apps that I have some across that allow for more than one player for a little bit of competition!

5 Dice (Free)
Roll the dice and try to come up with a problem that hits the target answer, using 5 dices and all the operations.  Great for teaching order of operations!   Connect with a second player via bluetooth to compete against one another.

Math Party Free (Free Version) This free version allows for two people to play on one device.  Play by tapping on bubbles with totals from smallest to largest, kids as young as age 5 can play at the lowest levels.  The free version gives number order, roman numerals, the alphabet, and multiplication.   The full version ($0.99) allows for 4 levels of difficulty, with each player choosing its level.

Mathfeud  (Free)  Complete the number sentences, in a layout similar to Boggle.  The more you complete, the more points you get.  Compete for points through levels with other players via Mathfeud.   This requires an account set up in order to search online for other students.

My favorite is the app to play with my kids is Numbler ($1.99)  I found it when it was free, but I still think it would be worth the $1.99.  Think of scrabble with numbers!  It allows you to play alone against the computer or with another player on the same device.  The most recent update also connects to the Game Center to play with players that are on other devices.

Anyone have any other math apps that they like to use?

Friday, February 8, 2013

iPads for Ione : Inservice Agenda

Objective : To become more familiar with the iPad by completing 4 activities provided throughout the day, using 21st Century Learning skills preferred by students.


8:30-10:00 iPad Functions

Basic Settings
    • Save a Website to home screen (Share Button)
    • Gestures
    • Brightness and Wallpaper
    • Turning Off or Sleeping iPad
    • Task Bar
    • App Organization - folders and deleting apps
    • Location Services and Notifications
    • Safari: Google search, reader, images
    • PDF to iBooks P21 Common Core Toolkit
    • Pictures: take them and where are they
More advanced settings

10:00-10:30 Activity 1: Design your Lock Screen

  • Use Educreations to create image
  • Take Screen shot
  • Edit photo - Crop as Necessary
  • Use as Lock Screen

10:30-11:30 Activity 2: Create a Digital Story

  • Topic: Inside My Classroom
  • The App: Videolicious 
  • Export finished movie to ____

Lunch - Showcase Digital Stories during lunch

1:00-2:30 Activity 3A: Set up Edmodo/Google Drive

1:00-2:30 Activity 3B: Bitsboard Vocabulary

  • Elementary Teachers
  • Use a board
  • Modify a board
  • Create your own board(s)

2:30-3:15Activity 4: Create your own Personal Learning Resources

3:15-3:30 Next Steps

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Turn Your iPad into a Document Camera

I visited with a teacher last week, and her document camera isn't working well.  Not sure what was wrong with it, but the first thing that came to mind was "use your iPad".  This teacher already had been using her iPad that way.

Then later in the week I come across the app called Stage.  This free app is designed to turn your iPad into an interactive whiteboard or document camera.

You have the ability to annotate over the top of the iPad camera, live, without taking the picture.  Tools include a Pen, an eraser, several colors, and sticky notes.  The only tool missing is a highlighter pen.  The app is only a couple months old, so I'm hoping an update will provide enhancements.

If you are using Apple TV or Reflection, you don't need to be tethered to  your document camera, as Stage will let you take your document camera with you.

 A few possibilities include
  • annotating on top of a worksheet without importing the image into another app
  • annotating on top of student work
  • annotating on top of a student science lab experiment
  • annotating on top of math manipulatives constructed by a student
  • annotating on top of a student's art project