MrC's 1:1 iPad Blog



 Greg Kulowiec – Unleashing Creativity with App Smashing
Why limit students to one app to create original multimedia content when they can smash together 3, 4 or even 5 apps to create a final product. App-Smashing, the process of using multiple apps to create, modify, remix, edit and publish content from an iPad to create content that could never have been created with just one app. With the increasingly flexibility of the iPad iOS and the ability to share content on one iPad from app to app, from iPad to iPad, and from an iPad to the web, both students and teachers have the ability to create truly remarkable creations on an iPad. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to begin the process of app-smashing as well as a small app toolkit to facility student created app-smashes. Apps used will include but are not limited to: iMovie, ExplainEverything, Tellagami, Paper53, Garageband, Google Drive, Dropbox, Book Creator and Creative Book Builder.
>>Unleashing Creativity with App Smashing (Google Presentation)

Greg Kulowiec – Keep Explaining
Without question Explain Everything is a powerful classroom tool. Yet, the ways in which it is being used in the classroom are only scratching the surface. This session will explore the more complex uses for Explain Everything. Ideas discussed in the session will range from creating flash style animation to mind mapping and presenting. Further, the session will explore how Explain Everything can be used to layer video content to create comprehensive multimedia presentations.
>>Keep Explaining (Google Presentation)
>>Live Blog by Kate Wilson

Reshan Richards - Explain Everything: Demonstrating Understanding with Screencasting and Other Multimedia
Screencasting on the iPad has become an increasingly popular approach since the dawn of this transformative device. But what happens when students, not just teachers, are engaged in the process of creating multimedia representations of their understanding? In this session participants will engage in a series of increasingly creative, challenging, and collaborative activities that leverage mobile multimedia authoring as a means for sharing what they or their groups know. Be prepared to think, create, and share!
>> Explain Everything: Demonstrating Understanding with Screencasting and Other Multimedia (blog)
>> Live blog by Jen Carey

Kristen Wideen - Using iPads for Inquiry Based Learning
In this session you will learn strategies and practical ways to use iPads to promote curiosity, creativity, and exploration in your primary classroom. Creating a classroom environment where students’ questions and observations are part of the daily work will be discussed in detail. Specific apps that promote inquiry and research skills will be shared.  How to incorporate Twitter, student blogs and student led global projects to promote an authentic audience for your students to connect with will be discussed.  Find out how your students can answer essential questions, meet curriculum standards, and grow in observation, inquisitiveness, and reflective learning.
>>Inquiry and iPads (Google Doc with links)

Tom Daccord – Challenge-Based, One-Screen, & T21: The EdTechTeacher Approach to iPad PD
Learn about EdTechTeacher’s philosophical and practical approach to iPad professional development and explore a blended model that provides sustained individual and community support. Explore how EdTechTeacher moves teachers through a consumption-curation-creation-connection pedagogical spectrum and helps them nurture creative learning environments. We will look at particular strategies to make hands-on and online iPad PD dynamic, interactive, and meaningful to teacher practice.
>>Challenge-Based, One-Screen, & T21: The EdTechTeacher Approach to iPad PD (Google Presentation)
>> Live Blog by Kate Wilson

Carl Hooker - Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 Initiative
While having access to ubiquitous technology like mobile devices has its benefits, there are a lot of pitfalls to look out for before, during and after implementation. In this session be prepared to laugh and learn as @mrhooker takes you through an informative 3-year journey of his district’s 1:1 implementation. Whether you are a classroom teacher, an administrator, or a tech director, knowing what mistakes to avoid will help put your school on the path to 1:1 success.
>>Top 10 Things not to do ( Keynote Presentation PDF)
>>Live Blog by Kate Wilson

Amy Burvall - RemixED – The Power of Remix, Mashup, and Recontextualization in the Classroom
Mozilla’s Doug Belshaw says that the “heart” of “digital literacies” is the Remix. Kirby Ferguson eloquently encouraged us in his TED talk to “Embrace the Remix”, because, as his enlightening documentary series reminds us, “everything is a remix”. Newspaper blackout artist and award-winning author Austin Kleon’s advice to budding creatives is to “Steal Like an Artist”, because “you are a mashup of what you let into your life”. Our students are engrossed in remix culture – they are the appropriation and recontextualization generation. Remix calls for knowledge and understanding, critical, higher-order, and design thinking, a variety of tech skills, and, frequently, collaboration and navigation in the greater media landscape. Most importantly a remix task offers students a chance to truly transform a work and create something unique – something that will contribute to their digital presence and legacy. This  session is part pedagogical/philosophical and part participatory. Attendees will leave with a “goodie-bag” of resources and ideas as well as have the opportunity to develop, practice, and share  several types of remix projects.
>>Remixed (Google+ Community Page)

Amy Burvall - Getting Meta: Augmented Video, Audio, and Images for Creativity and Critical Thinking
How do we inspire students to demonstrate both creativity and critical thinking? Kick up video production notch by encouraging augmentation –  the careful addition of the “meta”. In this hands-on presentation/ workshop we’ll be exploring Web tools and apps that allow students to add rich layers to their visual and audio creations. Augmentation with external links, multi-media, and hypertext makes both original work and appropriated resources more “meaty”. Most tools allow for remix, collaboration, and crowdsourcing as well, so that students may hone key “21st century skills”. Experience each through play and experimentation, and showcase at least two of your creations with our group. How do we embrace the #showyourwork movement and ask students to demonstrate their design thinking processes and troubleshooting strategies, contributing to collective knowledge? These techniques are highly adaptable and applicable to almost any age and discipline. Tools used include: Popcornmaker, TED Ed, Weavly, YouTube, Thinglink, Soundcloud, and Touchcast.
>> Getting Meta (Google+ Community Page)
>> Live post by Jen Carey

Check it out -- MrC has begun using the iPhone "Audioboo" app to post audio blog entries as the school days unfold. Pictures are added later, if the blog entry survives review.

Podcast Descriptions

January 6th
In January students will begin developing digital portfolios to showcase what they have been learning in science class. Using Kidblog students get to design and name their own blog page and then write descriptions of the digital projects they work on each month. Within the blog post they will be able to embed the audio file, video, animation, or project desciption they have completed. The digital portfolio will count for 38% of the science grade each term and is primarily determined by the QUANTITY of digital artifacts created.
January 1st
This iPad app is now my favorite for creating content. You can create slides just like in Keynote. But then you can also record animation and narration for each slide. Once you have finished you compress and render the final mp4 movie. If the sixth grade ever adopts iPads for the whole class, then this app will become the foundation for most of my science sharing projects. Coupled with Photogene to create great titles on top of photographs, this is a must-have app in my iPad arsenal.
January 1st
With the start of a new year I am launching into three podcasting projects: 1) Audioboo science current event podcasts done by students; 2) Once-a-week homeroom podcasts using multiple mics and a sound mixing board; and, 3) An Audioboo-facilitated audio blog created by MrC. I'm excited about starting these three projects!

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