Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Explain Everything App in a Math Classroom

Chett Garcia uses the Explain Everything App to create Khan Academy style videos for his math students. This is a great way to differentiate instruction and facilitate learning outside the classroom. Check out his demonstration in the video below.

The Explain Everything App is an app for creating screencasts on your iPad. For more on screencasting and its potential for your classroom, see our previous post on screencasting. As always, email your department chair to request an App on your iPad or your students iPads.

Monday, February 25, 2013

iPad Tools for Teachers

  Do you have an idea for a project or activity in your lesson but are not sure how to use the iPad effectively? For example-

  • I want my student to be able to study with iPad
  • I want t my students to create written content on their iPad
  • I want to use  the iPad as a student response system
  If you have time, take a look at this resource from edtechteacher.org.

Using the iPad camera for lab activities.

Here is an example of how the camera and notability app have transformed a lab activity product from mediocre to meaningful.

 In this science lab activity the students had to make models of organic carbon compounds using ball and stick  kits a very traditional lab and draw the structure and write the formula.

                                                                      Pre- Ipad  era
                                                                     Pen and paper

Early- iPad Era
Students use the notability app and draw the structures

Mid - iPad Era
Now students build the models, take a picture, load to notability and can annotate.
This shows the structure, the colors of atoms and relates exactly to what the students did during the lab activity. 
Simple, efficient,  more realistic and a enhances the opportunity for a student to remember  the structure.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FutureMe.Org: Letters to the Future

If you have a few minutes this week, check out FutureMe.org.

FutureMe is a low key website which allows you to create an email message that will be delivered to your address at a future date. Imagine writing an email message as a Freshman and having it be delivered the night before graduation? Or writing a message after Kairos and receiving it a year later.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Infuse Learning: Newer, more versatile clicker tool!

Micrograde Solutions



Featuring Carl Silva's beautiful voice over, the following link will show you step by step how to set up your new classes for the semester, or perhaps the new year. Hope this helps!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

EZ Seating Charts with SMART SEAT App

The Smart Seat App for iPad is an easy way to create your classroom seating charts breaking classroom doldrums and  recreating the learning environment for the students.

Check out the video for some of the features -the iPad app is a little different from the app shown in the video.  On a daily basis you may use Smart Seat to make notes by clicking on a student name, for example" absent needs to take test" or " good participation"  or "homework missing".
 It's efficient and simple

Set up your classes- select New empty Class-give it a title
Copy class roster from Attendance on Compass
and then paste into Smart Seat

and hit "Done"
Now you need to arrange the seats /desks- hit MORE- and then seating charts. Use your finger to pan up/down and right /left to increase and decrease the number of seats.

 You can project the seating chart from the reverse perspective so students can find their new seat easily upon entering the classroom.  Then email the chart to yourself and print out for a substitute teacher.
 And best of all, the next time the students ask " can we change seats"- with the swipe of a finger or a daring click of the random button- it's done.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Digital Learning Day Infographic

This is an infographic of the results of a national survey of preK-12 teachers. The press release is available here. Do you agree or disagree?