Wednesday, October 30, 2013

iPads for Music = CREATE!

  • GTKY with Tellagami
    • Who are you?  Where are you from?  What do you have access too?   What do you hope to get from today's session?
  • Projects (Digital Life)
  • In Conclusion - My Reflection  AutoRap

Thank you for attending!  

Friday, October 25, 2013

Shadow Puppets - a story telling app

With so many story telling apps, it's nice to have a variety available for your classrooms.

Shadow Puppets is a new free story telling app released summer of 2013.  A very easy to use app that allows you tell a story while scrolling through photos. 

A couple of nice features with this app are you can pan photos, zoom in on photos, and point to a location on a photo all while recording your voice.

Stories are saved locally on the iPad in the app, and can also be saved to the camera roll.  If you sign up for an account, you can share stories online.  

By sharing stories via email, you receive a link to view the story, and the available embed code for the video.

With so many lessons that can incorporate students sharing their understanding of a concept by sharing their thoughts through photos, this is another choice you can have available in your box of story telling apps.

Pop Flux, a game for your brain break activity

Those of us that have viewed Pop Flux for the first time all think it is very similar to a Kinect type game from xBox where you aren't using any controller.

The objective of Pop Flux is very simple, pop as many falling bubbles with your hands without getting hit by bombs or other destructives that fly through the air.

To play the game, stand the iPad 2-3 feet away, facing you, as your movements captured by the camera will allow you to control this game.  Unlock levels as you increase your talents.

Great for the brain break, inside recess, or just allowing us to have fun. What other types of games will be controlled by our movements?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

iPads in a Social Studies Classroom

iPads in a Social Studies Classroom 

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • LUNCH  
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

    Additional Resources

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    iPads and Reading

    Just for fun - since it is Oct.   Crazy Pumpkin

    Resources and Example Lessons:

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Sharing with Airdrop on IOS 7

    One dilemma teachers often contend with is how to view students work that is completed on an iPad, particularly if you have an iPad center or you are 1-1.  One workflow solution is to have students email finished work, but that will fill up a teachers in-box.  Another workflow solution is to have students upload to a cloud service, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Edmodo.

    You may want to try out this new IOS 7 solution using Airdrop which allows you to share items between compatible IOS devices via bluetooth.  Wifi needs to be turned on, but not necessarily connected for Airdrop services to work.  Currently it's available for all iPhone 5 models, 4th generation iPads, iPad mini, and 5th generation iPod Touches.  

    It's quite simple to use, as you select what you want to share and if there are available Airdrop recipients within close proximity, they show up as possibilities.

    You tap on the particular recipient and they receive a notice to accept or decline.

    To enable your IOS device to receive Airdrop items, you need to go into the control panel, tap on AirDrop, and choose either from contacts or everyone. 

    If the teacher has their iPad, or even iPhone 5, set to receive Airdrop shared items, students could go in and share their work to the teacher's device.  

    Shared items include anything with the Sharing button; photos, notes, videos, and completed items in apps.  The shared item will be stored in the same location as where it came from; photos in camera roll and notes in notes.

    If all iPads in a center or 1-1 classroom are set to receive Airdrop items, then students will be free to share with each other.

    Currently IOS devices can not Airdrop to a Mac, as I'm hoping that feature becomes possible in the near future.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Writing with iPads


    iPads in Writing    Oct. 9th 2013

    It’s not WHAT app I should use.  It’s HOW I should use it!

    An Example from Grade 6:
    Use technology including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
    GTKY Activity                                                                   *Trading Card App                                                                                                                                   
    iOS 7 and iOS 6 

        *Gesture Changes
        *New Restriction Features 

    Built in Features 

        *Spell Checker
        *On Screen Keyboard vs Blue Tooth
        *Speak Selection Tool
        *Voice Recording - Revision Tool  
        *Dictation (SIRI on iPad 3 or higher)
            *Dragon Dictation
             Audioboo  (website and app communicate)

    Brainstorming, Mindmapping, Notetaking:
         *Paperport Notes

         * Simple Mind 
         *Total Recall

    *iBrainstorm Companion
        * Padlet   (website - useable across all devices)

        *Educreations   (app and website communicate)

    Just Writing:

        *Google Drive (need Google Account)
        *Pages ($$$) The Mac Word Program
        *Native NOTES app 

    Writing Resource Sites:

        *Using Videos:  Example:  I can prove my dad is a space alien
        *Writing Prompts Sites:  Tumblr
        *  tap on:  “Lesson and Teaching Tools”along top blue ribbon

    Blogging - Publishing Work:
    Internet Safety and Copyright Lesson - Common Sense Media    
    Class Blog:  (one iPad use)
    Get Kids Writing: 
            *Edmodo  (Edmodo Website)

    Alternatives to Book Reports and Essays:



                 *Quizlet  (app and website communicate)

    Additional Resources: 
    **List from Technology Tailgate - Create Apps

                 App Explore Time!  Choose App Resources Tab at the Top and  
            Explore “Writing  Apps K - 12” 

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Restricting Websites on IOS 7

    After upgrading to IOS 7 last week, there were some features this new operating system contained that were intriguing.  One in particular was the ability to control which websites were allowed or not allowed to come through on an iPad.

    There are three choices for restricting websites:  All access, limiting adult content, or specific websites only.

    If you want some tighter restrictions on content for teens or tweens, a good setting is "limiting adult content".  This setting allows students to navigate to most any kidsafe website, but should block the rest.  If you feel a site is valued and want to have access to that website, click "Allow website" and key in the 4 digit restrictions code.

    Another example of using these restrictions is to select sites you want students to use in order to obtain research on a particular subject.  For instance, students could be researching about a state, an animal, Oregon Trail, or Lewis and Clark.  You can collect all the websites you want available for that research, enter them in the "specific websites only" list, and the rest of the Internet will become off limits during this time period.

    If you are restricting sites on your iPad, when opening a new tab in Safari you are provided with colorful icon bookmarks for just those particular websites.

    Restricting websites on an iPad further than your district web filtering has advantages, and now IOS 7 gives you rights to tinker with those settings.