Friday, August 23, 2013

iProjection

I will be the first to admit that iProjection is not exactly what I'd like to see come from Epson for wireless connection between an iPad and an LCD projector. However, it does provide some opportunities for the teachers that I am helping. All of my teachers have Epson projectors that work with the school network, and and a good majority have iPads. I apologize to my staff members that do not have one. I'm sure that if you begged one of your staff members, you could get them to let you try it out.

iProjection allows the teacher to take a photo of a document, project it wirelessly, and annotate it at the same time. I've always said that when teaching with technology, proximity is a big issue. Teachers need to be able to be mobile and attend to the entire class. Not only that, but I'm sure the students would love to be able to answer a question when you plop your iPad right in front of them. The drawback: it does not mirror your iPad. You are limited on what you can actually project.

I was recently working with Mrs. Abbee at Wayne Center Elementary on iProjection. In order to help with the transition of punching the IP address when trying to connect, she had the entire class read the IP address aloud. Great idea, Mrs. Abbee! We are always looking for good ideas when it comes to managing the classroom and integrating technology.

I will be providing training in the future when using this app, or you can also just ask me directly. For now, I did create a video on how to connect using the app for those that do not like to wait. :)


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Little Digital Citizens

Mr. Noble and Zack
I've spent a lot of time this week focusing on the topic of digital citizenship. The teachers of Rome City and Wayne Center are working hard to establish strong procedures and high expectations for our students. I have primarily been working with kindergarten, first and second grades to work on how to treat their device as well as the importance of following directions. Next week, the story will stay the same. However, I will be working with some fifth and sixth grade students to discuss how to save files to our new SkyDrive Pro accounts so that our students under the age of 13 can legally have cloud storage that is managed by our network administrator. I will also be assisting them on how to identify malware and why it is vital that they are careful with what they download.

(I'm not promoting Trend Micro. It is just a really good explanation.)


Ms. Doyle's First Grade
I believe it is vitally important to the success of your 1:1 Technology program to establish these procedures at an early age. I have frequently been known to compare it to the idea of using a pencil. We instruct students how to use a pencil and have expectations for how it should be treated. If we can get the expectation across at the elementary level, the future of the internet will be a better place.

Don't forget to check out my list of digital citizenship resources that is linked at the top of this page. Please feel free to pass any other good resources my way.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SAMR

This year, I will be spending quite a bit of time discussing the need to think about the technologies we actually choose to use in our classroom. As all educators know, if we were to try and grasp every digital resource/tool that was available to us, it would be like drinking out of a fire hose.



At KTT 3.0, Becca Lamon and myself held separate sessions on the subject. I spend a lot of time discussing how it can transform your classroom and how the students perceive the device when the tasks that are being accomplished are beyond what they could possibly do without that piece of technology.

Matt Miller posted about his experience in Becca Lamon's session. He gave the SAMR model (a method of measuring a digital tool's usefulness) a great explanation. I invite you to read his post on it by clicking on the image below.

SAMR



Friday, August 16, 2013

Welcome to Edgaged.net

I'm very excited to be launching my new resource site for elementary teachers wanting to utilize digital tools in the classroom. This blog is primarily maintained for the purpose of keeping the teachers of Rome City Elementary and Wayne Center Elementary  informed about digital resources that are available for teachers as well as students. I focus primarily upon tools available on the iPod touch, iPad, and PC laptop.

There are many posts previous to this one due to a blog that I maintained for the last two years. This school year my job has changed somewhat and I am now focused upon two buildings in my school district instead of five. That caused the desire provide a resource specifically for these teachers to collaborate.

I have just recently worked on collecting materials to help teachers launch high expectations with how the devices should be treated and utilized. These resources will be linked at the top of the page. My calendar is also linked there so that teachers are able to see when I am available to best meet there needs.

Notice the calendar as well as digital citizenship resources labeled at the top.

Lastly, to best utilize this blog, you can use the search tool as well as any labels that I have created to posts. I'm still in the process of cleaning up the site a bit because I transferred it from Wordpress to Blogger. However, soon all links, pictures, and videos will be up to date. I apologize if information seems to be missing at the moment. 


As I am getting teachers going through the school year, I hope to be posting about specific resources and learning experiences that have taken place. I hope through this blog the teachers of East Noble School Corporation as well as any guests will benefit and find value in what is posted. 

Please, feel free to share comments to make this site a learning community.