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

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.

iPad Online Modules – 7

MODULE 3:  NEXT STEPS

1. On Campus Bootcamp

bootcampAll students (incoming 9th-12th) are required to attend a 3 hour On-Campus Bootcamp in August held in the La Salle Library.

Sign ups for On-Campus bootcamps will begin online on May 16th at 8am.  Click HERE if you have not signed up for a bootcamp.  

After registering for your bootcamp you will receive a confirmation email and certificate. Bring your certificate to the On Campus Bootcamp indicating your completion of the Online Module.

If you need to change your bootcamp or cannot attend one of the sessions, please contact Mrs. Colette Cassinelli (library@lsprep.org).

Students should bring their iPad to the bootcamp to register their device with La Salle’s mobile device management system and set up appropriate accounts like email, Schoology, Google Apps, etc.

Next:  Apple ID & iTunes Account

2. Apple ID & iTunes Account

APPLE ID:

appleidStudents will be required to have an Apple ID and dedicated iTunes account in order to download apps and receive content provided by the school through the Mobile Device Management program.

An Apple ID is a user name you use for everything you do with Apple. Creating an account for an Apple service, such as the iTunes Store or the App Store, creates an Apple ID.  You don’t have to create a new account for each service—just use your Apple ID. From FAQ about Apple ID.

OPTIONS:

  1. Each student signs up for their own iTunes account and creates an unique Apple ID for purchasing apps, books, etc.  Consider using your school email address (username@lshigh.org) and/or your own personal email address for this account.  You can use an existing Apple ID for your iPad but it will probably require you to add a credit card to your account (see below).
  2. Create a family iTunes account for major purchases such as textbooks.  Use the family Apple ID for purchases and register a credit card but then log out of that account and have each student log in with their own Apple ID to download free apps or backup their files.  This might be helpful for families that have multiple children at La Salle and plan on sharing textbooks from year to year.
  3. Loading iTunes giftcards onto an iTunes account is a great way for students to purchase books in the iBooks store or apps in the iTunes app store.  Please note that not all textbooks will be located in the iBooks store.

Here is a helpful tip for new iTunes account users on the iPad:  Create an Apple ID in the application store without having to use any form of payment method:

1. First download any FREE application inside the store on any Apple device without an account.

2. Once the pop up window opens, hit ‘CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT.’

3. Make sure you use a fresh, new email that you have not yet attempted to use prior to this explanation (this might be a good time to create an account with your lshigh.org account.)

4. Fill in the required fields to continue on to the second page.

5. Once you are on the page that asks for your payment information, on the top section, grouped in under the credit cards, there will be an option labled ‘NONE.’ Select it, and fill in your billing information.

6.  Unfortunately, this option is NOT available for exisiting accounts. Contact iTunes Support for assistance.

More information about Apple ID at:  http://www.apple.com/support/appleid/

Next:  Things To Do Before The On-Campus Bootcamp

3. Things To Do Before the On-Campus Bootcamp

TO DO:

checklistThe On-Campus bootcamp is a 3-hour workshop and we want to make the best use of our time.  Please complete the following steps before attending your selected session.

  1. Purchase your iPad and protective cover and bring it to bootcamp.  You will register your device with La Salle’s Mobile Device Management program during the bootcamp.
  2. Create an Apple ID and be able to access the iTunes App store and iBooks store.  Make sure you know your password so you can download apps at the On-Campus bootcamp.
  3. Download the following apps that we will use during the bootcamp workshop:
    1. Schoology – If you are a current La Salle student, practice logging in with your username and password.  New and incoming students will receive credentials in the mail this summer.  We will set up your profile, notifications, and check your time-zone during the bootcamp.
    2. Google Drive – La Salle Prep is a Google Apps for Education school. We will set up your email, calendar, and Drive folders during one of the sessions.
    3. PowerSchool for Students – This is our grade reporting software.  It won’t be useful until the school year starts but make sure you have a copy before then.
    4. iBooks – App for reading iBook textbooks or pdf files.  We’ll create collections in iBooks for your files.
    5. Destiny Quest – This app that allows you to access the online Library catalog and collection of eBooks.  We will set up your username and password.
    6. Find My iPhone – This app works for any IOS device is helpful for locating misplaced devices.  Students will sign-in with their Apple ID using iCloud to practice locating their device.
    7. i-nigma – This is a QR code reader that we will use during the Bootcamp.
    8. Optional:  Have an iTunes gift card loaded onto your account so you can practice purchasing apps or iBooks.
    9. Optional:  These are some FREE apps recommended by La Salle Teachers:GaragebandiTunes U,  EduCreationsHaiku Deck,Socrative Student,FlipboardPreziPhonto and Pic Stitch.  Teachers will list additional paid apps needed with the textbook list or with their course syllabus.
  4. Fill out the form on the next page indicating you have completed the Online Modules.  A certificate will be emailed to you.  Print it out and bring it to the On-Campus Bootcamp to show that you have met this requirement.

PLEASE NOTE:  We encourage you to WAIT to purchase any textbooks until you are sure that you will be enrolled in the course.  

Once the student schedules are complete in early summer and shared with families, La Salle will make the textbook list available on the La Salle Prep website.  This listing will include: course, title, author, price, format and a direct link of where to purchase the eTextbook. 

Most textbooks fall between the $15 – $25 range except for some of the specialty AP eTextbooks that are priced more like college-level textbooks. There is no need to purchase the materials too early.  It is better to wait until the student’s schedule has been confirmed before purchasing books because you are buying them direct from the publishers. La Salle Prep will not be responsible for refunds if your child changes classes.

Next:  Congratulations!

4. Congratulations!

Congratulations!  You have completed your Online Modules.  Fill out this form and a certificate will be emailed to you indicating your completion.  Print and bring your certificate to the On-Campus Bootcamp to show you have met this requirement.

We will see you at the On-Campus Bootcamp in August!

Click here if you cannot see the form

 

 

Embracing Mobile Devices

iPad AppsThe Common Core State Standards call for students to develop digital media and technology skills. One way to help them reach that goal: incorporate gadgets they’re already familiar with — cell phones, tablets, and smartphones — into their learning environment.

There are, understandably, some concerns about mobile devices in the classroom. The biggest is that they distract from schoolwork. Educators, however, need to take advantage of their ability to engage students in a classroom setting and provide opportunities for collaboration.

Early research supports the notion that these devices can lead to measurable learning benefits.   Lucy Gray, project director of the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative discussed North Carolina’s Project K-Nect in a recent Edutopia article.  K-Nect is a pilot program assessing whether mobile devices can effectively boost learning and math test scores.  Teachers report that Project K-Nect students “are demonstrating a greater responsibility for their learning and developing more collaborative learning skills.”

Because of their mobility, mobile devices in the classroom lend themselves well for collaboration.  Students can take the devices anywhere to take photos or video, work together on projects, interact with others using communication tools.  Some apps are specifically designed so multiple students can work on projects at the same time (Google Drive, Subtext, Prezi, etc).  Oftentimes using mobile devices as a student publishing tool allows students to share or present knowledge with one another in a creative manner or with an authentic audience.

iBooks Author is a Mac app that allows anyone to create beautiful iBooks textbooks for iPad and Mac. Teachers and/or students can work on various chapters and include galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions to create original textbooks.

With so many Apps out there, it can be challenging to find which ones to use in the classroom.  Browse through the links below for information about mobile devices in the classroom.

General Apps listings – many are organized by subject or grade level

Early Learners

English / LA

Math

Modern Languages

Music

PE

Religion

Science

Social Studies

Special Ed

Visual Arts

Evaluation Rubric for Educational Apps

Resources

Robledo, S.J. (2013).  Edutopia:  Mobile devices for learning – what you need to know. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/mobile-devices-learning-resource-guide.

Library in Your Pocket

The school year has begun and I started a program in my Library called “Library in Your Pocket”.  I was inspired by Shannon McClintock Miller and created small signcards and placed them around the Library encouraging students to download these apps on their mobile devices.  I also embedded the following screencasts on our school Library page.


 

Library in PocketHelpful video links:

 

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Gone Mobile?  Download these apps on your mobile device and have informational resources at your fingertips all the time.  Get access to Schoology, Destiny Quest – Library Catalog, AML Gale Databases, Google Drive, EasyBib, eBooks or general helpful educational apps.  Click here for the full listing – or – click here to see a Listly list with links to the iTunes App store.

Daily Prayer resources from #CatholicEdChat

#CatholicEdChatInsomnia strikes and I happened to get up early on Saturday morning and jumped onto Twitter — just in time for #CatholicEdChat.  What a wonderful way to begin the weekend.  I appreciate the leadership of Nancy Caramanico, Barb Gilman and Nick Senger for getting this going.

After introductions and sharing of activities of the week we began earnestly connecting with one another – talking about faith families, teacher-led PD, Noodletools , an 8th grade class blogschool-based edCamp, social justice themes with literature connections,  sharing resources for going 1:1, discussing Google Apps for Education, Google Docs for Kids book, The Catholic School Standards Project, BYOD resources, daily prayer resources (see list below) and using iBooks Author to make a daily prayer book for iPad.

The group will archive the chat stream HERE and also has created a Edmodo group (c6u263).  Look how much I learned in ONE HOUR on TWITTER!!

I requested daily prayer apps/ web resources that I could share with my teachers.  Here are the results:

iPad Apps

Web Resources

Greg Miller from Alberta, Canada shares a bulletin board from his school

 

Staff development for mobile learning initiative

Our school is developing staff development for our mobile learning initiative.  Our plan is to require every teacher to go through “bootcamp” when they  first receive their iPads.  Then the department chairs who have been part of our planning team will work with their department to share apps and resources.  We plan to then offer a series of workshops focusing on productivity apps, content-creation apps and interactive experiences.  All of these activities will be to support student learning

Teacher Learning Targets The teacher can:
Teachers can use and care for mobile devices in a responsible manner

 

Teachers can use mobile device to access and use La Salle Prep related resources

  • Operate device, learn basic procedures & care for devices
  • Access wireless networks
  • Install apps & sync with Institution computer
  • Take attendance and access/input student grades with PowerTeacher app & browser version
  • Access & manage school email
  • Access student resources:
    • Access Google Apps using Drive App & browser Desktop version
    • Save Library web page as icon on iPad
    • Access Moodle using browser
  • Access school resources
    • Access Library databases using Gale  Apps
    • Access Atlas Rubicon (view only)
Teachers can use mobile devices to access resources that support their curriculum area
  • Access web resources and subject-specific websites
    • iTunesU, Khan Academy, LOC, YouTube, eduTecher, TEDed, etc
  • Locate, install & use subject-specific apps and digital books
    • Apps, iBooks, Flipboard, Google Earth, Inspiration, The Elements, Algebra Touch, Sketchbook Pro, Notability, etc
Teachers can use mobile devices to access, create, share or edit teacher productivity tools and can apply file management procedures
  • Create & manage documents/presentations between device, computer & school network
    • Pages, Keynote, DragonDictation, Google Drive & Dropbox
  • Create & manage subject-specific documents
    • Numbers, Inspiration, iAnnotate,
Teachers can use mobile devices to create, edit or share content-creation tools
  • Use screencasting apps to record & share lesson
    • Explain Everything (ShowMe & EduCreations)
  • Web clipping or bookmarking tools
    • Built in Bookmarks, Diigo, and Evernote
  • Create, edit & share video/audio/creative projects
    • iMovie, Garageband, SonicPIcs
Teachers can use mobile devices to create interactive experiences with students
  • Create interactive polls for mobile devices
    • Socrative, NearPod
  • Use collaboration & communication tools
    • Edmodo, Skype, Facetime
  • Create & share projects using subject-specific apps
    • VoiceThread, iBooks Author, Instagram

Learning plan with 1:1 technology

iPadA team of teachers and administrators at my school identified eight areas 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.
Increase efficiency

  • Students have 24/7 access to Library databases & ebooks with Access My Library, Destiny Quest and Follett Digital Reader app.  Accessing these resources right when student’s need the information promotes the “flow of learning” and reliability on credible sources.
  • Students have access to productivity apps to use right when they need them for note taking, writing papers, completing science labs, etc.  The apps include:  word processing (Pages), spreadsheets, presentation (Keynote) and annotation apps (and more).
  • The built in camera gives immediate access for students to take photos and movies and edit it with the same device.  This streamlined process is much more efficient and easier than using desktop software and eliminate scheduling issues in the computer lab.
  • Having eTextbooks on devices means that students don’t need to purchase separate books for each subject area and will have the resources they need 24/7.

Increase student engagement

  • Use Socrative or Nearpod to engage students will polls or teacher-led or student-paced quizzes
  • Using enhance eBooks – like E. O. Wilson’s Life on Earth – that contain audio & video can engage students with multimedia elements to further their understanding of the content material
  • Students can gather, create or digitally manipulate images to demonstrate their understanding of a concept learned.  The learning can be even deeper if audio recordings accompany these digital images (SonicPics).  Audio recordings could be language practice, persuasive speeches, debates, poetry readings, etc.

Improve speed and quality of feedback to students

  • Record student giving speech/presentation with camera.  Open in iMovie and orally record feedback soundtrack on top of movie.  Publish and upload to share with student
  • Teachers can use iAnnotate to give feedback to students on written drafts.
  • Share resources, assignments and images through iTunes U or Google Drive.

Scaffolds learning for students

  • Use ExplainEverything, ShowMe or EduCreations to record an explanation for a student.  The screencast will record voice, diagrams and written text.
  • Students use Inspiration Maps to brainstorm ideas for writing and project planning, or provide a visual representation of learning.
  • Students can use a virtual dissection app before conducting a science lab in class.  This can provide students with an interactive environment to learn concepts being presented and alleviate concern and stress during the activity.

Promotes discourse focused on critical thinking and problem solving

  • Using Book Creator, students (or teachers) can create eBooks that demonstrate their understanding of learning targets.  These eBooks can contain text, audio, images and embedded video and can easily be shared as a PDF or uploaded to iTunesU.
  • Use authentic data to create graphs and charts to support a hypothesis or thesis in Numbers.
  • Use interactive tools of Algebra Touch to interact, manipulate or create math problems for deeper understanding.

Engages students in metacognition / reflection

  • VoiceThread provides an asynchronous threaded discussion around images or documents.  Students can leave comments by text, audio or webcam or it can be used for personal reflection about projects, art, participation, etc.
  • iAnnotate gives students the ability to annotate iBooks, pdfs and written documents with their personal reflections.

Helps students meet / exceed standards

  • Apps can provide review for material presented in class such as Algebra Touch, Hello Hello World (languages), Library of Congress Docs Teach, etc..
  • Students can use math or science virtual simulation apps to help their understanding of concepts that are difficult to “see” or understand.
  • Students can access free online courses through iTunes U or review videos from Khan Academy, TED, or Discovery Channel.

Engages students in application-based authentic learning

  • Using Skype or Facetime to communicate with guest speakers or experts in the field.
  • Use camera and video features to document service learning projects. Upload them to La Salle YouTube channel.
  • Access news and information in real-time as current events are happening.
  • Create their own textbook for use in class.

What would you add to our list?