iPads and the Early Years

Posted by Jen on October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized with Comments closed

iPads are the most amazing tool to use with any year level.  They are easy to use, simple for students and have the capacity for all ages to produce fabulous final products.

The Prezi below explains how important it is to understand the concept of workflows when working with iPads in a classroom.  One app is not usually going to provide you with enough content to complete a final product.  Understanding and explaining this concept to the students allows far greater flexibility for the students.

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iPads and Students with Special Needs

Posted by Jen on May 29, 2013 in mobile learning, schools, Uncategorized with Comments closed

iPads are the most amazing tools.  The level of adaptability and complexity that can created with a simple, easy to use device is astounding.  It is really only limited by your imagination and those of teachers and educators working with classes and individuals.

When considering how to use iPads with students with special needs there are four main things to consider.

 

1.  The accessibility functions built into the device.

IPads have a number of features built into  the device that allow great functions like voice over, speech, guided access, zoom and black/white picture.

Below is a video explaining guided access.  Guided access allows the iPad to be locked into one app and only released with a passcode.  This is a fabulous feature when working with students who are easy distracted or have poor motor control and keep accidentally exiting the app.

 

2.  The wide variety of apps in the app store.

Currently there are over 1 million apps in the app store and approximately 10% of those are targeted at the education sector with another 20 000 targeted at the medical market.

Apps like Prologue toGo are invaluable for assisting students to communicate their needs.

 

3.  Accessories

Third party providers are constantly responding to the needs of the market.  A huge range of cases, wheelchair mounts, stylus, keyboards and other accessories are released onto the market every year.

The site has a huge range with labelled links and pictures:

http://atclassroom.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/ipaditouchiphone-add-on-tools-to.html

 

 

 

 

4.  Online support

There are many websites that provide a huge range of app lists with many coded to individual needs.

 

One of the best is Spectronics.

 

They provide online tools, videos, apps reviews and also come out to schools and conferences to provide Professional Development to extend people’s use of the devices.

 

Other great sites include:

Moms with Apps

 

 

Apps for children with special needs

 

 

 

Below is my presentation

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Making the Web Work for You

Posted by Jen on February 22, 2013 in ICT integration, mobile learning, Uncategorized with Comments closed

Making the Web work for you is all about working smarter, not harder.

The web contains so many interesting things it is difficult to work out what you need and what is useless information.

 

Two types of services will assit you to make the web your friend rather than the big timewaster in the room.

 

1.  Cloud services

2.  Content Curation

 

Cloud Services

Learning how to use the right cloud services will minimise lost or duplicated files.

I recommend Evernote for note taking and basically orgainsing your life!  There are many apps, devices and third party programs that integrate with Evernote.  Sign up, start saving and give it a go.

I use Dropbox as my USB substitute.  Install it on all your machines and devices, use the same user name for each and all your data will be synced and safe.

 

Content Curation

Content Curation is the new buzzword in business and education.  But what does it mean?

 

To me it means I find stuff that I like, I organise it in some fashion and then share that information with other people.

 

My Favourite content curation tools are:

  • Pinterest
  • Flipboard on my iPad
  • AllTop on my desktop
  • Google reader
  • and Delicious for my bookmarks.

Amazing links for library people

http://50apps.weebly.com/index.html
Attached here is the PDF listing the apps:  50apps_il2012.pdf

 

Another great summary about the changing face of libraries

http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/2012/10/mobileapps.html

Connecting and Collaborating with online spaces

Posted by Jen on September 15, 2012 in ICT integration, mobile learning, Uncategorized with Comments closed

Moving into a 1-1 environment or even just trying to create an anywhere, anytime experience for the students can be difficult.  Understanding the different online spaces and how they can work, ways to use multiple forms for different purposes and how to create individual spaces is an important part of the transition to a connected world.

Some fabulous ways to connect online are:
Wikis:
I use wikispaces.  I find it the most reliable and most customisable of the free wiki creators.  Wikispaces has free educational tools for use by teachers.
Blogs:
Edublogs is my tool of choice.  Simple, easy and well structured.
Collaborative online spaces:
Edmodo:  Free and easy to set up classes, create tests, do a poll, and share docuemnts.  iPad friendly.
Schoolology:  Similar to Edmodo, new to the marketplace.
Online document creation:
Sync.in:  Allows real time collaboration for a single document for multiple users.

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Moving Beyond Substitution with iPads

Posted by Jen on July 29, 2012 in mobile learning, Uncategorized with Comments closed

In my many web wandering I find countless snippets of information that can be useful in many different contexts.  One such nugget I love to use is the SAMR model developed by  Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura (Twitter: @rubenrp ).

 

 

This model discusses how technology can in integrated at vaious levels within any organisation, and it translates particularly well to the educational context.

Briefly summarised:

1. Substitution: the computer stands in for another technological tool without a significant change in the tool’s function.
2. Augmentation: the computer replaces another technological tool, with significant functionality increase.
3. Modification: the computer enables the redesign of significant portions of a task.
4. Redefinition: the computer allows for the creation of new tasks that would otherwise be inconceivable without the technology. (Source)

IPads are the perfect device to assist with this “Transformation”.

Below I have a number of sample set of activities incorporating iPads with the SAMR model.

LITERACY EXAMPLE:  Taking notes to create a non-fiction text

SUBSTITUTION:

   Using Safari on the iPad to search for information on a new topic.

  Use a simple note taking app like Neu Notes to collect notes about the topic.

AUGMENTATION

Use a note taking app that allows a variety of inputs, eg audio and hand drawings.

 

 Sound Note allows you to input sound and drawings into the simple format.

 

  Notes Plus also allows text, audio and pictures to be added to the notebook.

   Paper Helper creates a split screens so students can research and take notes at the same time.

MODIFYING

 

 Paper Plane Notes allows one person to share their notes with others to create a set of shared notes.  Fabulous for collaborative projects or meetings.

 

 trunk Notes allows users to create notes and then link them like a wiki and to share the notes with others.

 

REDEFINING

 Sling Note allows users to cut and paste from webpages, complete with the links.  It allows multiple entries including click and drag from webpages, text, pictures and freehand sketches.

 

       Using Google Drive with google docs integrated allows users to share and collate information. It is simple and easy on the iPad.

 

  Using an online tool like Titan Pad on your iPad allows users to write a simple collaborative document in real time or use the time slider to view what has been written and by whom.

 

 NUMERACY EXAMPLE:  Recording and collating the speed/velocity of various moving objects

 

SUBSTITUTION:

 Use the basic Calculator app to record and calculate the speed of objects as they travel over various distances.

Use a simple StopWatch to record running, skipping etc over various distances.

AUGMENTATION

 Numbers can allow you crunch numbers just like Excel.  Start the students using simple spreadsheets to collate the numbers.

 Keynote (and Pages) has a function that allows users to put in a chart, enter data and then Keynote creates the chart of the data.

Tutorial Video below

 

MODIFYING

  Speedclock will calculate the speed of any moving object that passes the screen.   Gather multiple sets of data about people moving in different ways, cars speeding or balls zooming around.

REDEFINING

  Survey Deck is one of the few apps that allows users to work off line to collect data.  Gather data about the speed etc of many objects and use these results as the basis of new calculations.

 

  Create a school/class WordPress site to capture, collate and share data.

 

SCIENCE EXAMPLE:  Tell me what you know.

 

SUBSTITUTION

  Use the Google app to search a wider range of topics and have the more advanced tools within easy reach.  Don’t forget to encourage students to press and hold an image to save it to the camera roll.

 

AUGMENTATION

  Use a free QR Reader like Scan to read QR codes that will direct students to more specific websites and links.

 

  Use an app like the Khan Academy or iTunes U to collate and distribute multimodal ways of presenting content.

 

MODIFICATION

 

 Use a QR code generator like Qrafter that allows the students to create and share their own QR codes linked to relevant content or content they have created.

 Use a private social media platform like Edmodo to share the curated content the students have accessed or created.

 

REDEFINITION

  Use an app like Explain Everything that allows the students to import pictures and then create an audio over the top to explain what they now know about a particular topic.

 

HISTORY EXAMPLE:  TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW.

 

SUBSTITUTION

 Use an app like Wikinodes to fine tune the searching and present visual links for the students to use as search terms

AUGMENTATION

 Use an app like iCardSort to collect notes about a topic.  Share these notes with others using bluetooth or wireless.

MODIFICATION

 Use Keynote create a set of slides about the topic.  Take screen shots ready for iMovie.

 

  Use iMovie as the format the students can present their understanding about the topic.  integrate pictures, Keynote slides and audio into the one movie.

 

REDEFINITION

 

  Use an epub creator like Creative Book Builder to integrate the audio, movie, picture and text files collected and created during the unit, into a multimedia book.

 

 Book creator also allows videos and text and presents it in a prettier format on each page.

 

FINAL NOTES

 

No one method is guaranteed to achieve the magical transformational teaching and learning within a classroom.  Instead work on how to move just one level up and start to create small degrees of transformation in your teaching and learning activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ICT with Year 5/6 incorporating the Australian Curriculum

Posted by Jen on July 22, 2012 in australian curriculum, Uncategorized with Comments closed

The three key things we look at integrating into planning our teaching and learning activities are Creating, Communicating, and Investigating using ICT.

Step 1:

Start with an open-ended guiding question, Eg. Why can you smell a bar-be-que from across the park?, or What causes a Tsunami?

Step 2: Investigate

Use a variety of teacher tools and student tools to develop the skills of investigating, ie Define, Locate, Access, Plan, Select and Evaluate Data.

 

Instagrok is a new way of organising and accessing information.Encourage students to refine their searching using the ‘arms’.

Effective Google Searches:   Louise Cimetta has made a series of videos on how to search effectively.

Refining a Web Search

Refining an Image Search

Refining a Video Search

Refining a Book Search

Refining an App Search

Step 3:  Communicate

Wikis provide the perfect communication (and collaboration) tool.
My favourite is Wikispaces
Use wikis to organise work, display work, collaborate and contribute ideas and share with others.
Posterous is another way to share information in an online space.  Join up and create your space.

Step 4 :  Create

Online Tools

GlogsterEdu is a fabulous way for students to showcase their learning in an interactive poster.  Make sure you sign up as a school.
Prezi is an online presentation tool.  It allows collaboration and creation within the one tool.

IPads

Keynote ($10.49) is a simple way for students to collate and present information.

iMovie ($5.49)  allows students to put together images, video and audio into one movie file.

Creative Book Builder ($4.49) allows students to make a multimodal text that will read in iBooks.

 

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ICT with Year 3/4, incorporating the Australian Curriculum

Posted by Jen on July 22, 2012 in australian curriculum, Uncategorized with Comments closed

 

 

The three key things we look at integrating into planning our teaching and learning activities are Creating, Communicating, and Investigating using ICT.

Step 1:

Start with an open-ended guiding question, Eg. Why is the sky blue?

Step 2: Investigate

Use a variety of teacher tools and student tools to develop the skills of investigating, ie Define, Locate, Access, Plan, Select and Evaluate Data.

 

Instagrok is a new way of organising and accessing information.Encourage students to refine their searching using the ‘arms’.

Effective Google Searches:   Louise Cimetta has made a series of videos on how to search effectively.

Refining a Web Search

Refining an Image Search

Refining a Video Search

Refining a Book Search

Refining an App Search

 Step 3:  Communicate with ICT

Some online tools provide the perfect way for students to communicate (and often create) with each other and with the wider community.
Tagxedo is a like Wordle but allows for the word clouds to be created in shapes.  Great for summaries, brainstorms, collections of ideas, etc.
Prezi is an online presentation tool.  It allows collaboration and creation within the one tool.

 Step 4: Create with ICT

Using iPads, online tools or standalone software students are able to create and collaborate using ICT.

 

IPads

 

 

 

Keynote ($10.49) is a simple way for students to collate and present information.

 

 

iMovie ($5.49)  allows students to put together images, video and audio into one movie file.

 

 

 

 

Creative Book Builder ($4.49) allows students to make a multimodal text that will read in iBooks.

 

Online

 

Epub Bud allows students to create simple books and share them with family and friends.

 

 

 

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ICT with Year 1/2 incorporating the Australian Curriculum

Posted by Jen on July 22, 2012 in australian curriculum with Comments closed

Students, can operate ICT effectively and teachers can start to use various tools with the students.  Most activities will need teacher guidance and support but many can be completed independently.

The three key things we look at integrating into planning our teaching and learning activities are Creating, Communicating, and Investigating using ICT.

Step 1:

Start with an open-ended guiding question, Eg. Where did the Dinosaurs go?

Step 2: Investigate  - Locate Information

Use a variety of teacher tools and student tools to develop the skills of investigating, ie Define, Locate, Access, Plan, Select and Evaluate Data.

QR readers/Creators

Download a QR reader for your ipad/ipod.  Simple one for ipad/ipod is QR Reader (free).

Create QR codes, print them out, and attach them to various objects around the room/school.  The students will scan the code and use these to find out more information. Where possible link these to videos or pictures.

The simplest online QR code creator is here.

(N.B. Scanning QR codes requires an active internet connection)

Alternative Web Browsers

Not all web broswers are kid friendly.  Google is fabulous but try using one that allows students to type in a question and receive an answer, rather than just a list of websites.

Best one is Ask.com (formally Ask Jeeves)

 

Another really simple interface is DuckDuckGo

 

Step 3:  Communicate

Ways to communicate orally – Online

Use Vocaroo (example recording)

Audio recording and upload >>

Orally – Via iPad

Use a voice recoding app like QuickVoice Recorder (free)

Students can record and share directly from the app.

Email – One of the direct links in the Australian Curriculum is for students to be able to use email as one form of communication.

Step 4:  Create

 Create with the iPad/iPod

   SonicPics ($2.99)

Take photos, swipe and record audio to match each photo, export as a movie.

Scribble Press (Free)

Create an epub book, students draw images and type matching text

‘Create’ Online possibilities

 

Kerpoof is an online creation tool that allows students to draw, add text, make multimodal texts and much more.

 

 

 

 

Story Jumper is an online place to create, share and edit books.

 

 

‘Create’ on a PC/Mac

 

Tux Paint (free)

 

Draw, stamp and add text to demonstrate understanding.

Use Powerpoint and Word, as well as any of the other drawing, audio and video tools available on your device.

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ICT with Kindy and Pre-Primary incorporating the Australian Curriculum

Posted by Jen on July 22, 2012 in australian curriculum with Comments closed

Students, even those in Kindy or Pre-Primary, can operate ICT effectively and teachers can start to use various tools with the students.  Most activities will need teacher guidance and support but some can be completed independently.

The three key things we look at integrating into planning our teaching and learning activities are Creating, Communicating, and Investigating using ICT.

Step 1:

Start with an open-ended guiding question, Eg. What is Rain?

Step 2: Investigate  - Locate Information

Use a variety of teacher tools and student tools to develop the skills of investigating, ie Define, Locate, Access, Plan, Select and Evaluate Data.

 

 

Download a QR reader for your ipad/ipod.  Simple one for ipad/ipod is QR Reader (free).

 

Create QR codes, print them out, and attach them to various objects around the room/school.  The students will scan the code and use these to find out more information. Where possible link these to videos or pictures.

The simplest online QR code creator is here.

(N.B. Scanning QR codes requires an active internet connection)

 

Step 3:  Communicate – Orally

 

Ways to communicate orally – Online

Use Vocaroo (example recording)

Audio recording and upload >>

Orally – Via iPad

 

Use a voice recoding app like QuickVoice Recorder (free)

Students can record and share directly from the app.

Step 4:  Create

 

Create with the iPad/iPod

 

   SonicPics ($2.99)

 

Take photos, swipe and record audio to match each photo, export as a movie.

 

Scribble Press (Free)

Create an epub book, students draw images and type matching text

 

 

‘Create’ on a PC/Mac

 

Tux Paint (free)

 

Draw, stamp and add text to demonstrate understanding.

 

 

PowerPoint

Simple text and inserting of pictures makes for a great book.

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Social Media Parent Evening

Posted by Jen on July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized with Comments closed

Later this week I have the pleasure of working with a group of parents in a regional centre.  This workshop is focussed around social media, the internet and all the questions that arise from these things including how to develop a positive digital footprint.

 

As part of my research I found a few fabulous sites I would like to share.

Facebook:

Parents find the navigation and privacy of Facebook quite complex.  Facebook has a number of how to guides on its website including a great info graphic about what happens when you report a site or a person.

Facebook Reporting info graphic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media Discussion

As the title of the site says, this is a Common Sense approach to social media and discussions about your child’s digital reputation.  The language is simple and easy to use to explain to parents.

Common Sense Media

Twitter Infographics

In my web wanderings I have found this fantastic set of info graphics centred around Twitter.  Excellent to use to explain the wide reaching impact this form of social media has made into our world.

Infographics Link

 

My Presentation

 

 

 

 

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