The Prompt: Before interviewing for my new position, I was asked to outline my 100 Day Plan for starting the school year as a new Library Instructional Technology Teacher. Planning my first 100 days gave me time to really reflect on the responsibilities of the […]
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.
- 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)
Below 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 […]
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!
Ideas swimming around in my head after attending #NCCE2015 Goals: Put in for funding to upgrade our version of Photoshop so students can design for the 3D printer Make another Infographic with Illustrator Purchase Sphero balls for Makerspace Plan out initial ideas for start-up […]
At 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.
And the various organizations that have shaped my teaching throughout my career:
- Pepperdine MALT program
- Google Teacher Academy (Mt. View ’08)
- #tlchat webinars
- ISTE Teacher Librarian community
- OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries)
- Portland State Graduation School of Education Library/Media Program
- Archdiocese of Portland Catholic school educators
- LaSallian schools
- Oregon EdTech Professional Development Cadre
- Oregon Google Summit
- ISTE, IntegratED and NCCE
Thanks also to Troxell Communications for sponsoring the award.
Next week I will be presenting at NCCE 2015 … 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, […]
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:
- 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
- Writing & revising the script using Google Docs
- Selecting images to match the content of the script. Image should stay on screen 5-15 seconds
- Rehearsing the narration using the camera app on the iPad
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
- 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 – super easy storytelling app that makes it easy to record & re-record individual slides
- Any screencasting app: ShowMe, EduCreations, or Explain Everything
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. […]
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, […]
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.
[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.
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.
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
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
The Definitive App Smashing Guide – http://www.mguhlin.org/2013/07/the-definitive-app-smashing-guide-no-of.html