I’ve been gathering some of my favorite resources for a new website that I am creating for my new position at Library Instructional Technology Teacher at Sunset High School. Here’s my initial shares. Chromebook Four Powerful Formative Assessment Tools for the Chromebook Classroom blog post […]
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
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
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
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 […]
An essential part to rolling out any 1:1 mobile learning initiative is to get your parent community involved and provide opportunities to educate parents and answer any questions or concerns. At La Salle Prep we put together a parent information night last Spring to present an overview of how mobile devices will impact student learning, plans for digital citizenship lessons, updates on infrastructure, information about eTextbooks, etc.
Parents had a choice to attend two of four sessions:
- eBooks and Digital Resources,
- Student Formation and Orientation, and
- Financial Model and Infrastructure Planning.
I presented on eBooks and Digital Resources. We decided to attempt to convert most paper textbooks to digital versions. Every department conducted a lengthy review of textbooks and chose the best for their subjects. At this point many textbook companies aren’t quite ready to offer every textbook in digital format. We also were looking for stand alone textbooks vs. purchasing subscriptions that we needed to manage.
Here are some presentation notes:
La Salle Prep is committed to securing eTextbooks for most classes next year so that students will be able to use their iPads for course materials. Teachers have spent considerable time this school year reviewing and selecting eTextbook options for their classes. These textbooks are from a variety of different publishers and available in various formats: iBooks (iTunes store), Kno Textbooks, Pearson eText, non-fiction books purchased with Kindle app for iPad or Google Play Store, and eTextbooks by specific publishers.
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. iBooks can be purchased in the iTunes App Store. Families can purchase an iTunes gift card for their child and load the value onto an iTunes account to purchase iBooks and apps. Families might consider a family iTunes account to purchase eTextbooks to share books with siblings but then each individual child can have their own iTunes account for personal use. Families will need to coordinate credit card purchases with their son/daughter for books that need to be purchased by specific publishers, Kindle store (Amazon) or the Google Play store.
Most textbooks fall between the $15 – $25 range except for some of the specialty AP eTextbooks which 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.
The La Salle Prep Library has invested in numerous digital resources to support the 1:1 mobile learning initiative. This includes digital databases, non-fiction and reference eBooks, links to free Project Gutenburg ebooks in ourDestiny Library catalog, video tutorials for specific apps and iPad procedures, and more. Many teachers will also provide course materials through Schoology, use Google Apps for productivity tools or may require specific apps for class.
We are making every effort to assist students and families with the transition to a mobile learning environment. All students will be required to complete Online Modules (posted in Schoology) that will cover basic use and care of an iPad, digital citizenship, rights and responsibilities. The modules will also cover steps students should take to prepare their iPad for the first day of school. These modules will be available beginning in early June.
All students will also be required to attend a 3 hour On-Campus Bootcamp in August. Sign ups for iPad bootcamps will begin online on May 16th. 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.
Many students have commented that they are looking forward to having all of their textbooks on one device and they won’t have to carry around such a heavy backpack.
Using eTextbooks is an important component to the success of our 1:1 mobile learning program. Please contact Mario De Ieso firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
MODULE 3: NEXT STEPS 1. On Campus Bootcamp All 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 […]
5. School Scenarios and the Acceptable Use Policy At La Salle we want to be clear about our expectations with or without technology. Below are some typical school scenarios and the related rules from the Acceptable Use Policy. If you haven’t downloaded and read the Acceptable Use […]
3. Using Mobile Devices during Instructional Time
Using the iPad for Learning
The iPad is a great device for communicating, collaborating, and interacting with a variety of educational resources. Teachers will post class materials and resources on their Schoology page that you can access with the Schoology app. You will download and access most of your textbooks on your iPad and use apps for instruction and review. You will have 24/7 access to databases and eBooks and conduct Internet research whenever you need information. On the iPad you can create presentations to demonstrate your learning, type your papers, watch videos to learn new concepts and so much more.
Acceptable Use during Instructional Time
To maintain the integrity of the learning environment during the school day students need to use their iPads for academic purposes during class time. Teachers will direct you when it is appropriate to use your iPad and when they want you to put it away.
We understand that it will be tempting to want to check your email, access social networks, or even play games when you have an iPad at your fingertips all the time. Our job at La Salle is to help you understand when that is appropriate and when you need to focus on academics.
Teachers or administrators may:
- Ask you to close apps that are not needed in class.
- Spot check to make sure you are using the appropriate resources.
- View or control your website usage using Teacher View.
- Limit the use of the camera, social networks, games, videos, email, etc.
- Ask all students to put their devices away.
According to the AUP, students’ iPads are subject to inspection at the discretion of a teacher or staff member. Even though you own your device, you do not have the right to display apps, music, movies, games or images that violate school policies while you are at school or attending school events.
iPads are often used for recreational purposes, but in a 1:1 environment or when studying at home, it’s necessary to avoid the potential for distraction and focus on whatever task is at hand. Try to have a new mindset that iPads are treated as tools for learning, and not just devices for entertainment.
Challenge yourself to be fully present in class, during lunch and when doing homework. Avoid the temptation to go online, check your Facebook status or message your friends. Determine set times when you are going to access social networks.
Students should place their iPads in “Academic Mode” when they come into class or when completing homework. Academic Mode means:
- Only needed academic files and applications are open or visible on your iPad. Avoid having distracting applications visible while working on schoolwork. This includes any non-academic applications, websites or notifications such as: social media, messaging, games, news or email.
- Turn off sounds and disable notifications or alerts.
To help yourself avoid distractions, temporarily turn off Wi-Fi when working with local files like textbooks, writing a paper or creating a presentation. Be in charge of your online usage.
Next: Be Respectful To Community Members
4. Be Respectful to Community Members
With 24/7 access, some students might use technology in inappropriate ways. Online cruelty, also referred to as cyberbullying, takes place whenever someone uses digital media tools such as the Internet and cell phones to deliberately upset or harass someone else, often repeatedly. People post things online that they wouldn’t say in person.
In this video from Common Sense Media, a teenage boy discusses the prevalence of saying hurtful things online and the impact those comments had on a particular friend.
Is Ricardo is a cyberbully? He said he was just joking around. Ricardo is probably considered a cyberbully because he openly criticizes people online. On the other hand, we do not know how mean his comments were, and if he might change his behavior in the future. One of the issues with cyberbullying is the scale and the fact that it is public. Information generally travels faster and reaches more people on the Internet than offline, and this fact may make the impact harsher.
Ricardo thinks that harassing others on Internet, rather than in person, appeals to some teenagers because they can’t be attacked back physically. People may cyberbully online because they do not have to face their target and can “hide” behind their computers. On the other hand, conflicts that start online often go offline at some point.
Have you ever encountered online cruelty? How do you think someone might feel after being the target of it?
Targets of online cruelty may feel they can be bombarded with negative comments at any time, anywhere. And when more offenders join in the online cruelty, the situation gets even worse. Watch this video and place yourself in Stacey’s shoes.
Who was involved in the story and what roles did they play?
- Target: Stacey, whose intentions are misunderstood and who feels beaten down by being picked on offline and online
- Offenders: The girl who misunderstood Stacey’s intent, as well as her friends who led the cruel online behavior
- Bystanders: All of the people who might have stepped in but did not, including Stacey’s cousin and others at school or online
- Upstander: Stacey’s mom, who empathized with Stacey and encouraged her to seek help from the school
As Stacey says, most of the comments were made anonymously and from “miles away.” It may be easier for offenders to be cruel when they are not face to face with their target. It’s easy for online cruelty to spread quickly, both because of the technology and because of the herd mentality.
Targets and Upstanders Can De-escalate Online Cruelty
You can make a difference — even if you are being targeted. Here are a few ideas:
- Ignore and block the bully. Offenders often want attention. Take it away and they may give up.
- Save the evidence. You may need it later for documentation.
- Change your privacy settings. Allow only people you trust to see or comment on your pages.
- Tell trusted friends and adults. Create a support network.
Don’t just ignore cyberbullying if you see it happening at La Salle. Be an Upstander!
- Stand up to the offender when appropriate. If you see something negative, say something. Make it clear that you think online cruelty is wrong, and tell the offender to back off. (It may be easier to do this if you have good standing with the offender.)
- Point out the bully’s motivation to the target. Comfort the target by explaining that many offenders act cruelly just to gain control, power, or status.
- Help the target advocate. Help the target find friends and school leaders who can help de-escalate the situation. It’s easier to stand up to cruelty when you are not alone.
Bystanders may hesitate to get involved in a cyberbullying situation because they don’t want to become targets themselves. Put yourself in the target’s shoes. What would it feel like if nobody wanted to help you out when you needed it most? You can show support in many ways, even simply by listening to a target about his or her experience.
MODULE 2: ACCEPTABLE USE 1. Introduction: Acceptable Use Policy The mobile learning program at La Salle provides tools and resources for a 21st century education, empowering you to maximize your potential in preparation for college and the workplace. Using iPads offers an opportunity for you […]
3. Quiz: Student Responsibilities 1 Students are required to have a protective case for their iPad.True/False – 1 point – Student Responsibilties · 2 Students must bring their iPads to school each day ….Multiple Choice – 1 point – Student Responsibilties · 3 Where is a good place to store your iPad during […]
Taking Care of Your Mobile Device
Being a good digital citizen and a responsible member of the La Salle Prep community means students come to school prepared to learn. Students must take good care of their iPads and bring them to school each day:
- In good working condition.
- In a protected case that meets the school’s requirements.
- With sufficient storage available for school use.
- With the appropriate apps and textbooks installed.
- With the battery fully charged.
It is expected that students will care for their iPad during use and transportation. Students need to take ownership for his/her own digital property and should treat and use their iPads responsibly and appropriately.
- Use an iPad case that covers the corners.
- Clean your iPad with a soft cloth or consider using a screen protector.
- Do not place heavy objects on the screen.
- Store your iPad in a padded backpack or neoprene sleeve. Do not toss your backpack on the ground.
- Avoid getting your iPad wet or leaving it in a hot car.
La Salle Catholic College Preparatory takes no responsibility for stolen, lost or damaged iPads, including lost or corrupted data on the devices. While school employees will help studentsidentify how to keep iPads secure, students will have the final responsibility for securing their personal iPad. This equipment is the personal property of the student/parent and is subject to inspection in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy if found or confiscated.
- Engrave your contact information on your iPad. Label accessories with your name.
- Lock your iPad in your locker when not using it. Keep your locker locked.
- Do not leave your iPad charging in an unsecure area.
- Install the Find My iPad app on your device.
- Keep your passcode private and do not lend your device to friends.
- Backup up your data to a computer or iCloud.
- Report your lost or stolen iPad to the school office immediately.
Members of The Tech Nest (La Salle’s student-run tech support group) created this video to remind you about some important tips for caring for your iPad.