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ISTE 2015

 Unleash the Power of Your iPad with “App Smashing”

Come play and learn the power of App Smashing, the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a new and creative final task or project. We’ll put together fun combinations of apps to use with middle and high school formative assessments, presentations and student work.

  • Scheduled:
    • Wednesday, July 1, 1:15–2:15 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
    • Building/Room: PCC 126A

This sessions will showcase iPad apps but the concept of app smashing is open to any platform or device. Participants may choose ANY apps to smash. I recommend they install five different types of apps but are not limited to these suggestions: Photo Editing/Collage/Comic Strip apps (including one where you can add text, such as: Phonto, Pic Collage, Strip Designer, etc ) Screencasting / Presentation apps (Such as: Keynote, Haiku Deck, Prezi, EduCreations, Explain Everything, etc) Interactive / ePub creation apps (Such as: Thinglink, Book Creator, Snapguide, etc) Multimedia Apps (Such as iMovie, VoiceThread, Tellagami, etc)

Resources:

https://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/appsmashing

 

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Google Apps training material

I often am asked to come to a school and provide a basic Google Apps for Education (GAFE) training during a faculty meeting.  Below is the sequence and activities that I use for a 2 hour training.  Feel free to use or adapt as needed.

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)  http://goo.gl/KbhjhE

Activity 1:  Getting Started with a Google Form

Lets collaborate on a project by using a Google Form to collect data for the Mystery Book project.  Purpose of this activity:  See how a Google Form can be used to easily collect data.

  • Find a partner:  One person can be the recorder & one person can be the researcher
  • Locate a fiction or nonfiction book that you want students to share for a specific subject area or grade level. Each person should recommend (at least) one book.
  • Fill out this Google Form with your collected data and image URL
  • Here is a link to our collected RESULTS (linked removed for privacy purposes).


Before we move on …

6 Ways to collect data using a Google Form

  1. Have students conduct experiment in classroom and one member goes to teacher’s computer to enter data for that group
  2. Have students create surveys using Google forms and display on own computer; students travel from machine to machine to fill out the survey
  3. Email the form to participants to collect data (can embed the form in the email); must know all members email addresses
  4. Email the form by using a distribution list from your contacts  (very easy if using Google Apps since all domain names are the same)
  5. Share the URL of the published form; consider using a URL shortener for easy access like:  http://goo.gl/, http://bit.ly/ or http://tinyurl.com/
  6. Embed the form in a Google Site, wiki, blog or website.

Let’s brainstorm ways you can use Google Forms in your classroom:

  1. Surveys
  2. Exit ticket
  3. Collect favorite books you read the last term
  4. Supply inventory
  5. Get to know you survey
  6. Science lab data collection
  7. Checking in on long term project
  8. Voting

Activity 2:  Researching with Google Docs

Now that we have collected some book titles, each participant will conduct some basic research about the book to prepare for the Mystery Book Project.

Each participant should open a COPY of the Mystery Book research project document.

Helpful Google Docs tip:  To easily share a document with others where you want them to have a COPY of the document (versus viewing or editing) is to edit the end of the URL like this:

Thing to try on the Google Doc:

  1. Go to Tools / Research and open the research pane on the side of the Google document.  Search for your book title and locate the author’s name.  The research pane keeps the search process as part of the document writing process.
  2. What happens if you click on the Preview / Insert Link / Cite buttons in the Research Pane?
  3. Answer some of the questions. Notice the options for text formatting:  fonts, style, line spacing, indent, color, bullets, etc.
  4. Select one of the questions:  Go to Insert / Comment to leave a comment about this question.  For example:  Not sure who would like this type of book?  Comments are great for giving feedback during peer/teacher review process.
  5. Look at the options for inserting images into Docs.  You can crop images, recolor, adjust brightness, add borders, etc.
  6. Check the Revision History:  Go to File / See Revision History.  This is especially helpful if you want to see who edited a document or revert back to an earlier version.
  7. Select the blue icon SHARE.  Share this document with your partner for editing purposes.
  8. Find the grey folder icon next to the document title.  Selecting this will allow you to move your document to a specific folder.

Helpful Google Drive tip:  Have every students create a folder in Drive for a specific units/subject.  Students SHARE the Drive folder with the teacher.  Every time a student places a document, spreadsheet or slide presentation in the folder it will automatically be shared with the teacher.

Let’s brainstorm ways you can use Google Documents in your classroom:

  1. Any and all rough draft writing
  2. Peer editing
  3. Collaborative notetaking
  4. Shared resource lists:  books, links, images
  5. Classroom newsletter – publish to the web and embed doc on website
  6. Monthly calendar (table)
  7. Posters – use image options (recolor, crop, borders)

Activity 3:  Shared Slide Presentation for Mystery Book Project

The power of any of the Google Apps for Education tools is collaboration. Participants will will collaborate together to create a simple Slide Presentation that can be used two ways:

  1. Print as posters with a QR code
  2. Embedded as a slide presentation in a website, blog or wiki

The purpose of the Mystery Book slide deck is to create promotional posters to entice readers to read a book — without telling them the author or book title.  Users will need to click on the link or scan the QR code to reveal the title.  Perfect for a book display!

Editing the Google Slide deck:

  1. The Slide Deck has already been made and the link allows anyone with the link to edit.
  2. Notice that I already created a simple design with colors and fonts.  Go to Slide / Edit Master.  I find that this saves time and students focus more on the activity than editing the slides.
  3. The editing of Slides is very similar to Docs.
  4. Slides has some basic transitions and animations – but not as much as PowerPoint.  Go to View / Animations to see the options.
  5. You can embed YouTube videos in Google Slide decks.
  6. Users can write in the speaker notes section and print the slide with notes, if desired.
  7. I created the QR code with a Chrome extension:  goo.gl URL shortener.  Users will need a QR code reader (i-nigma) to scan the code & view the website
  8. Embed slideshow:  Go to File / Publish to the Web and you can choose options:  slide size, auto advance, repeat and get the embed code. This code can be embedded on a Google Site, website, blog:  <iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14dW7XfofgJXjIMqLFnnXoD-936kmKu3EaPnUwT9EkBU/embed?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>
  9. Go to File / Download to print slides as PDF or JPEG files.

Let’s brainstorm ways you can use Google Slides in your classroom:

  1. Rough draft of PPT then download Slides into PowerPoint for final editing/animations
  2. Every student create 1 slide for all class slide deck
  3. Embed slide deck on website for rotating presentation
  4. Images only slideshow
  5. Notecards for research
  6. Flashcards for vocabulary

GAFE Session Notes:

  1. Formative assessment – GDocs great for teachers to easily check in on student writing
  2. Long term paper – place all documents, research, images into a folder and have the student share the folder with the teacher
  3. Workflow – Decide on a naming convention for all assignments:  P3 Last First – Assignment Name
  4. Ipad vs desktop https://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/ipad
  5. Use Chrome browser and Print directly to Google Drive – great for database articles because it saves a PDF of articles directly into drive & then students can move pdf into research folder.
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Timeline JS – open source timeline tool

timelineBelow is an example of a timeline I made using Timeline JS. TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually, rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet.  For my sample, I created the images in Haiku Deck.  Then I exported them to PowerPoint so I could save each as a jpg.  Then I uploaded them to Flickr so I could get a specific URL for each image (I tried Google Drive but it didn’t give me an URL that ended in *.jpg).  This is a lot of steps so you might consider just using online images instead.  This is what my original Google spreadsheet looks like.

Step One:  Create your spreadsheet

Build a new Google Spreadsheet using their template. Drop dates, text and links to media into the appropriate columns.Note: Don’t change the column headers, don’t remove any columns, and don’t leave any blank rows in your spreadsheet.

Step Two:  Publish your spreadsheet

Under the File menu, select “Publish to the Web.”  In the next window, check “Automatically republish when changes are made.” Uncheck all other boxes. Click “start publishing.” This will give you the URL to embed in your HTML file.

Step Three:  Copy/paste spreadsheet URL into the generator box

Make sure you have published the spreadsheet first, then paste the URL at http://timeline.knightlab.com/ .  Feel free to customize then select PREVIEW.

Step Four:  Embed the code into your website

It will look like this when you are done or you can view it in a new browser:

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Library of Congress is on Pinterest!

I am always trying to get my students to use primary source documents for their projects and have often sent them off to the Library of Congress website to browse their collections.

Did you know that the Library of Congress has a Pinterest page?  This page makes is SO EASY for students to browse the collections but still provides the source information.  Great job LOC!

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https://www.pinterest.com/LibraryCongress/

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Creative iPad apps from Adobe

Adobe has released some great iPad apps and I have been creating samples to share with my faculty.

Adobe Voice

Voice is a free iPad app that helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming — just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack. Persuade, inform and inspire anyone online. Make an impact.

Check out:  My Voice sample project

 

Adobe Slate

Adobe Slate is a free iPad app that is the easiest, most fun way to turn any document – a customer newsletter, a book report or a travel adventure – into a beautiful visual story, in minutes. Simply tap on one of the professional themes and beautiful fonts, magazine-style design and motion automatically transform your story – guaranteeing a delightful read on any device.

Check out:  My Slate sample project  For some of the images, I used Canva, Haiku Deck, Phonto and Pic Collage.  Great for #appsmashing

The Ethics of Digital Manipulation

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NCCE2015

Ideas swimming around in my head after attending #NCCE2015

 

Goals:

  1. Put in for funding to upgrade our version of Photoshop so students can design for the 3D printer
  2. Make another Infographic with Illustrator
  3. Purchase Sphero balls for Makerspace
  4. Plan out initial ideas for start-up incubator space
  5. Share Joe Dockery’s iPad Arts and Creation website with staff  http://ipadography.weebly.com/
  6. Investigate Intel K-12 Blueprint toolkit resources – especially Active Learning Spaces http://www.k12blueprint.com/
  7. Participate in monthly #NCCE2015 Twitter chats
  8. Screencast some tutorials for Adobe Voice, Adobe Clip, Snapsneed, Trello
  9. Get a new stylus for sketchnotes!
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NCCE 2015 Technology Educator of the Year

2015 NCCE Technology Educator of the YearAt the #NCCE2015 conference I was surprised and honored to be selected as the NCCE 2015 Technology Educator of the Year.  I have been attending or presenting at the NCCE conference for over 15 years and am thrilled to be part of this organization.  I have seen it grown over the years to know include hands-on workshops bringing in innovative speakers and educators.

I have to first thank the administration and colleagues at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.  Ever since I received my Masters of Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, I have been seeking an educational environment that embraces technology and has a strong vision for student-centered learning.

La Salle Prep commits to a strong professional development for their faculty.  I love that our faculty works together to grow professionally.  We went 1:1 with iPads this year after three years of planning, collaborating, and working towards a common vision.  Faculty members share iPad best practices, collaborate on common assessments, focus on questioning strategies, and plan for literacy development throughout the curriculum.

I also want to thank my educational technology community.  My learning and teaching has been challenged by the experiences I have encountered throughout my career.

10415622_10203875812803171_2226749199090434807_nI accept this award and share it with all the educators I have met and worked with at:

And the various organizations that have shaped my teaching throughout my career:

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Thanks also to Troxell Communications for sponsoring the award.

 

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NCCE 2015 conference sessions

Next week I will be presenting at NCCE 2015 …

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Wednesday 2hr workshop – Extend Learning using Online Discussion Forums

Extend learning by using online discussion forums with middle and high schools students.  Provide opportunities for your students to demonstrate their understanding of concept presented in class, have conversations with their peers, debate topics in a safe and respectful manner, and share resources using online discussion forums.  We’ll learn how to set up online discussion forums and compare features of Schoology and Edmodo (and others) to see how to give every child a voice in the classroom.  Bring your own device!

Website:  https://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/discussionforums

 

Thursday 1 hr session – Using Mobile Devices in the Research Process

How can teachers and Librarians using mobile devices to foster critical thinking during the research process of brainstorming, searching, evaluating, curating, organizing and presenting. We will discuss best practices and strategies and compile a list of useful apps or websites. 

Notes from presentation: http://goo.gl/nTAiYR 
Slide Deck: http://goo.gl/VFmqHr  
Padlet Wall: http://padlet.com/ccassinelli/mlearning

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Digital Learning Day

 

 

Digital Learning Day – Friday, March 13th – happened to fall during our school theme week this year.  With already a ton of extra scheduled events to explore social justice issues around water, I wanted to find a simple but fun way to celebrate Digital Learning Day.

Since we went 1:1 with iPads this year I thought an iPad Demo Slam might be a fun way to quickly share how students were using their iPads in class. We set up a projector in the main hallway and invited students to display their device and show off an app, a project or a creative way they are using their iPad.  We passed out treats to encourage a crowd and posted everyone’s ideas to a poster board.

Check out the following apps shared in the iPad Demo Slam:

  • Notes+ (similar to Notability but more powerful)
  • iStudiez free or Pro – student planner
  • Pythonista – program your own games on iPad
  • Canva – beautiful templates for posters, photo albums, social media
  • Songbook – organize your music
  • Let’s create pottery – virtual pottery creator
  • Akinator – Q&A fun game
  • Skitch – draw on your images
  • Art Rage ($$) – Art creations for the serious artist
  • iMotion – stop motion animation
  • Quizlet – make your own study cards
  • Tellagami – talking avatar
  • Anatomy 4D – augmented reality 4D versions of body & heart
  • Comic Life ($) – Create your own comics
  • Phonto – Add creative text to images
  • PiksArt – create art & photo editing
  • Wunderlist – organize your life & share calendars with friends or family
  • 1Password ($) stores all your passwords
  • Day One – daily journal

#DLDay

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Narrated Slideshows (pt 2)

Notes from our Narrated Slideshow professional development session at school:

Narrated Slideshows give students an authentic voice to a  larger audience.  It raises the engagement level by providing an alternate to the traditional “write a paper” lesson.  Consider having students create narrated slideshows vs. listening to 30 presentations during class.  Embed the videos on a webpage or wiki or create a YouTube playlist.

Ideas for narrated slideshows:

  • iMovie app iconSpeeches
  • News shows
  • How to videos (take photos during Lab and record directions; PE)
  • Language practice
  • Meditations or prayer

The bulk of the instruction takes place before you even use the iMovie app

Using iMovie app to make the narrated slideshow

  • You must insert images into iMovie before you can record a narration.
  • Have student “chunk” their editing:  Insert 3-4 images, record narration that goes along with images, edit the length of duration of images to match narration, add titles, etc
  • Repeat for each section – vs trying to record the whole narration in one sitting

Benefits of using iMovie on the iPad

  • Students can record in the privacy of their bedroom – less background noise & better vocal quality if you take time to rehearse
  • Students can re-record sections
  • Easier to complete the assignment since they have iPad 24/7
  • Easy to import images from camera roll
  • Upload final movie to YouTube using lshigh.org account for easy sharing

Disadvantages:

  • Limit the speeches to 4-7 minutes otherwise you need too many images to make the video interesting.
  • Takes up space on iPad
  • Must be in quiet room when recording narration
  • Must transfer images to Camera roll (use Google Drive)
  • Takes time after editing to export the video and/or upload to YouTube (requires wifi)

Adobe Voice appDon’t have time to dedicate to the editing process using iMovie?  Consider these apps instead:

  • Adobe Voice – super easy storytelling app that makes it easy to record & re-record individual slides
  • Any screencasting app:  ShowMe, EduCreations, or Explain Everything

 

Part 1:  Step-by-step directions for iMovie on the iPad

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Using iMovie for Narrated Speeches

My Multimedia class is considered a “Communications credit” since students learn how to communicate through visual images, web design, multimedia and spoken word.  One of the assignments is to prepare a speech orally in class and another is to create a narrated speech using iMovie.  Below are the directions I give to my students on creating these narrated movies.

YouTube playlist featuring iMovie Speech projects from December 2014

Creating a Narrated Slideshow using iMovie on the iPad

When recording a narrated speech using iMovie you must pay close attention to the quality of your voice, inflection, and pronunciation.  The visual images are even more important than when you give a speech orally in class because your audience is not looking at you during the speech.  The audience pays more attention to your choice of images, how they are manipulated and why you chose specific images to match your message.

Some things to consider before making an iMovie narrated slideshow:

  • Choose good quality images that are large enough (horizontal layout works best).  You probably want to change the image every 10-15 seconds during the speech.
  • Make sure your speech recording is loud enough or adjust the volume.  Rehearse!  Change your voice, inflection and have perfect pronunciation.  Record small sections of your project at a time.  This will make it easier to trim the beginning/end of each section.
  • Consider varying the look of your images.  Trying zooming in using the Ken Burns feature; other times have your image be full screen or try varying the transitions.
  • Add a title before the movie or on the opening image.
  • Give yourself credit with the title or at the end. (optional)
  • If you decide to have background music, turn down the volume on that track so it doesn’t drown out your speech. (optional)

Creating  your iMovie on your iPad — Narrated Slideshow

  1. Open the iMovie App.  Create a new project by choosing the + in the upper right hand of screen (not a movie trailer).
  2. Tips:  Turn your iPad sideways for full screen access.  Make sure your selected images are in your Camera Roll before you begin.
  3. Insert the 2-3 images for your Introduction to the timeline.  Click on the image to adjust color effects, if desired.
  4. Select the first image on the timeline and then select the T from the lower toolbar to add a Title to the opening image.  You can also add titles on individual images, if desired.
  5. Select the microphone in the lower right hand of screen to record the narration of your introduction.  Adjust the volume as needed.
  6. Adjust the timing of each of the images by pinching in/out to trim to desired length making all images equal to the narration.
  7. Transitions are automatically added in between each image but the length and type can be changed, if desired.
  8. Adjust the length of all images and transitions so the images match up with the audio recording.
  9. Optional:  You can add Theme Music as background music but make sure to turn the volume low so it doesn’t complete with your narration.
  10. Repeat these directions for each section of your narrated speech.

Ken Burns Effect on still images

You can adjust the Ken Burns effect so that the motion starts and ends on the parts of the image you specify.

  1. In the timeline, tap the photo you want to adjust.
  2. The Ken Burns effect controls appear in the lower-right corner of the image in the viewer.
  3. To set the way the photo is framed at the beginning, tap the Start button .
  4. Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to frame it the way you want.
  5. To set the way the photo is framed at the end, tap the End button .
  6. Pinch to zoom in or out, then drag the image in the viewer to frame it the way you want.
  7. To close the controls, tap the Ken Burns Effect button , or tap outside of the clip.
  8. If you don’t want the Ken Burns effect applied to a photo, set the image position and zoom level to be the same for the start and end points.

Finalizing your iMovie Project

  1. When done editing, return to the main iMovie Project menu and change the name of your project.
  2. Click the preview arrow to watch the entire movie before finalizing.
  3. Select the Export icon and share the movie with iMovie Theater. iMovie Theater will rebuild your movie frame-by-frame and play it full screen on your ipad.
  4. Go back to main iMovie screen where you see three options (Video, Projects, Theater) and choose the Theater option.  Play your movie here.
  5. If desired, select the Export icon and export your iMovie project to YouTube using your lshigh.org email account.
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ADE Class of 2015 Application

I am applying for the Apple Distinguished Educator program for 2015.  There are many reasons why I want to be involved in this program.  Its not about the title or its exclusiveness. Now that we are completely immersed in our 1:1 environment at my school, I am looking for a professional community where I can be inspired and see best practices but also contribute my own learning. 

My school went 1:1 with iPads this past year but I have been actively involved in the planning during the last three years. I spent an incredible amount of time in the planning process, evaluating devices, choosing eTextbooks, training the faculty, and preparing our students by running the iPad online modules and bootcamp.  I learned so much working closely with our Mobile Learning Initiative team. 

My ADE Application video  http://youtu.be/JxCevI5UvOs

I recently spoke with our local rep and he told me there are less than 10 educators in the Northwest who have the designation of “Apple Distinguished Educator.”  I was surprised. There are many places like Texas and Florida that host fabulous iPad events –  we need to bring that type of energy to the NW and I want to be part of it. 

I am realistic and I know the selection process is very competitive but I truly believe I have something to offer the ADE community. Thanks to my ADE friends and the #adechat community who have encouraged me to apply. I am honored to be considered!

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ISTE 2015 – Unleash the Power of Your iPad with “App Smashing”

Join me at #ISTE2015 and come play and learn the power of App Smashing, the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a new and creative final task or project. We’ll put together fun combinations of apps to use with middle and high school formative assessments, presentations and student work.

Pre-registration required. Register now! Seats are still available.
[Explore and Create : BYOD]
Wednesday, July 1, 1:15–2:15 pm

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with a hands-on session where they can extend the power of their iPad or mobile device to improve student learning – specifically geared towards middle and high school students. Participants will learn about and explore various iPads apps and learn how “smash” the apps together to form a new product. Workflow solutions will be share as well as suggestions for managing classroom activities.

ISTE 2015

Essential Questions:

How does using mobile devices encourage creativity and collaboration?
How can I encourage problem-solving by “thinking outside the box” and brainstorming solutions?
How can I combine free apps to create a new and unique product?
How can I plan workflow routines that keep students focused on learning and not just on doing?
How can my student showcase their creations for authentic audiences?

Participants will demonstrate success by documenting their app smashing product and sharing during the public showcase.

Outline

1. Introduction / Goals
2. App Smashing defined – kudos to Greg Kulowiec for the term.
3. App Smashing showcase – share real examples gathered from classrooms.
Basic Example: Camera roll + Photo/Strip Designer + Thinklink/Explain Everything = Interactive photos with narrations and links.
4. App Smashing workflow tips: Begin with the end in mind, brainstorm apps that will be smashed, decide smashing workflow. storage and transfer, and then create the final product and decide how it can be shared.
5. Let the Smashing Begin! Workshop members will create project for their subject area.

Step One: Create products from apps that can be “smashed” using: the camera roll, photo editing apps, comic strip apps, simple presentation apps, simple video apps — which then … Step Two: Can be combined with more sophisticated apps that allow embedding, annotations, narrations or sharing/publishing to a wider audience.

6. Academic App Smashing: combining apps to improve and produce a smoother and seamless academic workflow. Example: Schoology + Notability + Google Drive apps = assignments that have annotations which then can be shared with small groups.
7. Share final products using a Gallery Showcase.
8. Questions / Evaluations

Supporting research

App Smashing – Unleasing Creativity by Greg Kulowiec https://docs.google.com/a/edtechteacher.org/presentation/d/137B8alwc-L8OdXAIxOkN28IuZzBlIViJTxTpR9f_fX4/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000#slide=id.p

App Smash Creations – http://edtechteacher.org/unleashing-creativity-greg-kulowiec-app-smashing-from-beth-holland/

App Synergy – http://www.techchef4u.com/history/app-synergy-the-art-form-of-app-smashing/

The Definitive App Smashing Guide – http://www.mguhlin.org/2013/07/the-definitive-app-smashing-guide-no-of.html

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Schoology Workflow on the iPad with Notability and Google Docs

A video to showcase how teachers at La Salle Prep are using Schoology with their students, including integration with Notability and Google Drive.

Schoology Workflow video – watch on YouTube

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8 Facets of Learning

A team of teachers and administrators at my school identified 8 FACETS of LEARNING as part of our 1:1 Mobile Learning Initiative where we feel that mobile devices could really impact student learning.  This is not an exhaustive list but represents how we need to really look beyond the iPad as a  consumer device and look for opportunities for content-creation, authentic learning experiences and collaborative projects. Focusing on the learning objective is essential when planning on using devices in your classroom.  The embedded presentation showcases a few of the ways that we plan for this focus.

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