Monday, December 5, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Last week, I introduced the website to some 4th graders. As they were discussion a poll I had created, the students were having to scroll all the way to the top of the website. When over 30 replies occurred, it really started to crowd the page and make it long! As I was telling the students to flick their finger so that they could get to the top of the page, a student stopped me and said, "Mr. Yoder, you just have to tap on the black bar at the top of the page and it will go straight to the top." I had him show me, and sure enough when you are on a website, if you tap around where the clock is located, it will take you to the top of a website. The things we can learn from our own students always surprises me. It reminded me that even though I do not know everything about an iPad, the students will continue to make discoveries just by using them and I need to make the most of that resource!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The students were working on a bat project where they would share pictures and report facts that they had learned about the animal. They used an app called Photo Farm (new to me) to find pictures so that they could import them into Videolicious. It is a pretty good, simple app that pulls picture from Google pictures without using a web browser, or difficult steps to save the pictures. Some students also used Doodle Buddy to make their own designs along with pictures with bats. When they finished making their Doodle Buddy pictures, they just saved it to their camera roll so that they can import it into their project.
The Videolicious app is pretty simple to use. It starts out with the students choosing up to 10 pictures to use, they take a video of themselves while telling about the bats then they finished up with choosing a song that was already preloaded in the app. The app automatically coordinates the music, pictures, and video into a quick finished project. Lastly, the students emailed their project to their teacher. It only took some students about 5 minutes to make their final product.
I do have a sample of a product. There was a lot of background noise since all the students were working on their own project at the same time. Some of the Doodle Buddy pictures were sideways as well. These are all issues that the students will work out as they get more accustomed to using the devices. However, I didn't think it was too bad for a second grader's first time using this app.
Then later that afternoon, while I was in another classroom, I started get a ton of emails! I was wondering what was going on and when I had a free moment, I realized that I was getting pictures of a Popplet project the students were doing with their afternoon teacher, Mrs. Becker. Popplet is a really simple app for organizing thoughts and ideas into boxes that connect with one another. Here is what Mrs. Becker had her second graders doing with it:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Here are some things we will be presenting:
Big Universe - Big Universe is a collection of online books for grade levels k-8. Here the teacher has the ability to assign texts to students and have them take tests to check their comprehension (tests unavailable on iPod/iPad.) Students also have access from home. Take advantage of these excellent materials.
Top Ten Apps:
Must have apps for iPods and iPads. These are apps that will assist you and your students to make good use of the devices in the learning environment. You may want to have these apps already downloaded on your teacher device. Show Me (iPad), Leaf Snap(both), Popplet lite (iPad), Singing fFingers (Both), iMovie (iPad Paid), Videolicious (both), professor garfield (iPad), Story Kit (ipad/ipod), iBooks (both), Discover (Wikipedia iPad),
iPods in the classroom (K-1) – Michelle Yoder. - Young students can use their iPods to create, not just skill and drill. Come listen and share ideas of how you can use Doodle Buddy and Story Kit to publish work. Also learn how to share it with family members to build rapport between the classroom and home.
PDF’s on the iPad/iPod (K-4) – Lance Yoder. - Check out the neu.annotate app. Find out how you can create pdf files on word, send them to students, and have the students fill in their answers using neu.annotate. Students can even store and organize their files on ibooks! Both apps are necessary for this session.
Mini modo - Using Edmodo in the k-4 classroom. We will setup teacher accounts, give some basics for navigation, and give practical ideas for how the ensc.edmodo.com website can be used. We will hopefully have time to brainstorm and discuss as teachers how to implement it.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Here's the action from the game!!!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Here are a couple videos to show the experience:
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Today I was excited to help 1st graders connect their iPods to the wireless internet. Mrs. Baker at South Side was gracious enough to allow me to come in and assist her. Yesterday, I thought I was such a genius because I had created a video that I thought would help the teachers get their kids connected. Once again...I came to the realization that teaching fourth graders is a much different world than first grade. My video only kept their attention for about 20 seconds, most kids were just playing apps (I know I heard Talking Tom yawn), and I realized just how dull my video really was. (I'm feeling very humbled at the moment.)
As the kids are on their iPods doing their own thing anyway and I'm actually trying to tell them how to connect to the wireless, (first grade remember) only a select few can follow me. I am assuming they have experience with these devices at home. I eventually just gave in and let the kids have some free time with the things. Mrs. Baker and I just went around to each one to make sure they were connected. Everyone was content, no one was bored, and everyone was connected. Lesson learned: just let the kids use them, have at least a couple people in there to go through the procedure, and pray the network doesn't crash while you are doing it.
Thanks, Mrs. Baker, for letting me learn this lesson. I seriously appreciate it. :) Lots of respect goes out to all lower elementary teachers. You are a blessing!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Now that Zack and I have gotten through this initial rush of trying to get apps loaded onto the devices, we are now getting to the point where teachers can start scheduling times for us to assist them. We are putting into the works a plan to use YouTube to display various teaching videos for both the students and the teachers. I was thinking it might even be a good idea to create a video on now to connect to the wireless (once it is working) and set up their email accounts to assist teachers in teaching the students. We are also looking into creating some videos on how to use the sync cart because not all staff members were able to come to the training. Not only that, but the big thing can feel a little intimidating especially the first time you sync to it. I was helping Tim Miller today at North Side and his response was, "It's really that easy?"
This week I was also able to post some calendars so that the teachers can schedule when they would like to meet with us. It could be for assisting with a lesson using technology, planning individually or with a group, or even just to load apps until they feel more comfortable. Hopefully I have been an approachable coach. :)
Friday, August 19, 2011
This first three days of school have certainly been interesting. Zack and I have been attempting to load apps and make sure all classes have an accurate count of devices per student. This is difficult due to the ever changing numbers that come in and out of classrooms (especially at the beginning of the year). I know those frustrations for you as teachers. Some stability would feel pretty good right now, right? I'm finding (as I've entered this new role as a peer coach) is that the same desire for stability exsists in the tech department.
Other challenges we are facing is the devices just not loading apps correctly and also the drag on the network. Yesterday, as I was sitting between two kindergarten classrooms, I could tell that almost every kid that had a device at South Side was using it. The lag on download speed was without a doubt felt. (That wasn't necessarily a frustration...more of a comfort in knowing it was being used.)
Hopefully soon Zack and I will be getting more materials out to the teachers. At this point, we are just trying to overcome the obsticales of new technology and get the devices into the hands of students as fast as possible.
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