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19 Sep 2012
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MathyCathy

Introducing MathyCathy

Sometimes you just meet someone and you know you are kindred spirits. MathyCathy is that person. She is a middle school mathematics teacher here at Hill Country MS and a fellow lover of pi (true story: my car turned its odometer at 31415 miles and I almost stopped the car to take a pic and freeze that momentous occurrence in time). Like me, she also hails from Pennsylvania and is fairly new to the Eanes school district.

After teaching for 13 years, she is still as enthusiastic and passionate about students and helping them learn as someone who has just entered the field.

Cathy has already begun embracing the 1:1 8th iPad Rollout. Not only has she composed lessons that allow students to have familiarity and exposure with screen-casting, PDF annotation, and QR codes, she has tirelessly chronicled this journey in her blog and created a PDF handout with step-by-step directions for anyone to utilize. Check out all of her other resources on her Teachers Pay Teachers store.

iLesson: The first apptivity she created involves QR codes and 1-Step Equations. Students were given a strip of paper with a QR code and specific directions to scan the code and open the attached PDF and solve the problem using neu.Annotate+ PDF. Student were then prompted to write a story problem to solve another equation. (Each QR code went to 1 of 5 different PDF problems and the same equation for a word problem).

My Suggestion: The final word problem activity could be completed with the QR Code Beamer app as students could write their word problem and then beam it to another student to solve and return.

MathyCathy's iLesson

You will definitely be seeing and hearing more about the energetic and inspiring MathyCathy.

More TechChef4u Math iLessons HERE!

300+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

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14 Aug 2012
Comments: 10

Move over QR codes…

I am quite fond of tweeting and love to use QR codes, but was not aware until last week, that I could chirp too. Yes, thanks to one of my new teachers at Hill Country Middle School, I discovered the power of chirping. It is quite easy:

  • Step 1: Download the Chirp app on all devices you wish to communicate from and with.
  • Step 2: Decide which media you wish to chirp and share! You can share pictures from your camera and camera roll as well as notes and links!
  • Step 3: Be ready to be be amazed!

 

I can see this being a very useful tool for blasting out a message, task, or link to all students in a classroom. Consider giving a PDF a url or sharing an entire Dropbox folder of documents with one little chirp.
Or… let out a cheery chirp over the morning announcements and allow students to receive the unique link or message through the mobile devices… school wide!

 

Chirp sharing features highlighted in PolyFrame app

 
Don’t take my word for it… be blissfully amazed by the following video… Move over QR codes, there’s a new app in town… or in the cloud? How will you use Chirp?
 


17 Jan 2012
Comments: 1

iBuild iPad Lessons: TCEA 2012

In preparation for our “iBuild iPad Lessons” workshop, which will be offered at TCEA 2012, we have created multiple documents and a SlideShare (all documents and presentation materials will be posted here prior to TCEA).

7 iLessons with 7 QR-Coded Questions and much more...

The three-hour Bring Your Own Device workshop will include:

    1. Where to find the best educational apps
    2. Cautionary Apps & Info on Settings/Restrictions
    3. Sample Student Products & a discussion about consumption vs. production and how students submit work
    4. A Review and Analysis of sample iLessons
    5. A Review and Analysis of 20+ free edu apps with provided integration ideas
    6. An iLesson template and time to create an iLesson of their own using the tools/resources provided.

 

Built in to each section will be time to share resources, tips, and reactions and collaborate with colleagues.

 

Below is the presentation (my apologies about formatting discrepancies between Keynote and PPT) utilized in the course.

Documents utilized in the course:

  1. Appy Integraion
  2. Lesson Template
  3. iBuild iPad QR codes

 

Creative Commons License
iBuild iPad Lessons by Lisa Johnson & Yolanda Barker is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


18 Nov 2011
Comments: 1

iPodsibilities 4 Preschool Primary: Episode 11

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 11 – “iPodsibilities 4 Preschool Primary“. In this episode we were joined by Two Tech Chicks (Apple Distinguished Educators, Killeen ISD educators, and hosts of their own Tech Chick Tips show in iTunes). They highlighted multiple apps that support literacy in the preschool/primary setting as well as useful tips for how to use QR codes and iBooks with young students. They were also kind enough to share their recommended list of free apps and podcasts (freeiPodTouchResourcesElem) for elementary with the techchef4u patrons.

Visit their blog, wikispace, Facebook page, and Tech Chick Tips podcast series for more “tips and tricks for gadgets and software for your digital life”

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly. 

Listen to internet radio with Techchef4u on Blog Talk Radio

 

Yes, we are now available in iTunes (search for “appy hours 4 u” or “techchef4u”)

Check out “HOT Apps 4 Literacy” for more free ELAR apps and iLesson resources.


30 Oct 2011
Comments: 0

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

Last week I received an email from Donita O’Hair of Frisco ISD. She sent me a very sweet note: “Hi Lisa, I love your site and have gotton so many great ideas! Someone sent it to me that got it from a workshop. I hope you don’t mind… I used the teachers idea (Ms. Carnazzo’s original) for the sums of 10 activity and redid it. I just had a 5th grade student recreate an example for me.”
 

Ms. Carnazzo's Sums of 10

Mrs. O’Hair cooked up her version of the “sums of ten” video with a teacher task intro and blended it with iMovie. She also mentioned she shared a few techchef4u sock puppet examples via QR codes. She stated they are just getting started with iPads at Borchardt – they have approximately 60 iPads and 75 iTouches.

I am always pleased to find that teachers and technology specialists are using the resources that I and/or other guest chefs cook up. My main reason for blogging is to provide anyone with a healthy app-etite… a tech cuisine that can be consumed and adapted.

Please note that all resources on the site are copyrighted “©2011. Lisa Johnson. All rights reserved. Permission to reproduce materials for classroom use granted.”

 

While permission to reproduce is granted and attribution is not required, I do appreciate attribution in apptivities that are adapted. Mrs. O’Hair included a statement “adapted from an original techchef4u post” in the video notes of her adaptation of sums of 10.

Mrs. O’Hair has also been so kind to share some of her previous and upcoming apptivities and iLessons from her district. I am truly thrilled to collaborate and see what others cook up. Looking forward to a medley of inspiration, collaboration, and technology integration.

Surprisingly Educational Apps: Check out “Surprisingly Educational Apps” – the show that served as inspiration for how Talking Tom and friends could be used instructionaly. (We are now available in iTunes – search directly for “appy hours 4 u” or “techchef4u”)

 


13 Oct 2011
Comments: 0

A Day in the Life of Elementary Flat Stanley

I have always loved Flat Stanley to promote literacy, story-telling, geography, and global awareness. I decided to use him to promote literacy and local tourism for a monthly mommy blog that I am a guest blogger for. The original idea was to give the gift of learning and technology integration to local moms and highlight local events and places around town…

Flat Stanley New Braunfels

 

…then I discovered that the Flat Stanley app was free and decided to work it into an iDevice and Web 2.0 lesson. Here are three ways to utilize Flat Stanley in your classroom:

  1. QR Codes for Education

    Flat Stanley on an iDevice: Take pictures around the campus and incorporate them into StoryRobe to create a video. The Flat Stanley app will allow students to take pictures in the app but will not save the pictures to the PhotoRoll. The best way I found to get the photos into the PhotoRoll is to email each photo to myself, open the emails on the device, and tap and hold the image to save to the device. Another option would be to email them to the teacher and have the teacher load them into iTunes and sync them manually. From there I imported the photos into StoryRobe (I found storyboarding the order of the images and the narration prior to recording was very useful) and record narration for each photo to compile a complete video.

  2. Flat Stanley & Web 2.0: If teachers do not have an iPod or iPad, they could have students create their own Flat Stanleys (see these printable templates: Flat Stanley Project & Flat Stanley Book Template), take pics of each around campus or in the classroom, and use Little Bird Tales to achieve a similar student product. (See Signs of Math example)
  3. Flat Stanley & QR Codes: Have students create their own Flat Stanleys and research a location for them to have adventures (research could be done on the computer through virtual trips or on the iPad using apps like ArounderTouch, Fotopedia Heritage, or Google Earth). From there, students can write a story, a letter, or a journal of Flat Stanley’s adventure and even create a podcast. Share your adventures with others by creating QR codes to information, videos, photos, or Google Maps locations from the places they visit. Print these out and place them next to student’s Flat Stanleys and set up a Flat Stanley Scavenger Hunt.

 


04 Oct 2011
Comments: 0

PROMOting QR Codes: Many Thanks

Many thanks to Explain Everything, Middle School Math, Splashtop Whiteboard, and Puppet Pals Director’s Pass for donating promo codes for a recent iPad Camp. Instead of Dollar Store trinkets, I passed out these app promo code cards as incentives for teachers who shared their insight or a sample project during the workshop. Each app was given a unique QR code that led to an example project and/or review of the app on my blog.  All QR codes were created with Kaywa.

PROMOting QR Codes: Collage Created with Beeclip Beta

 

The Appy Promos:

  1. Explain Everything: Check out our Appy Hour Show devoted to Screen-casting Apps as well as my thorough review of Explain Everything … “the best screen-casting app ever”… in my opinion.
  2. Middle School Math: Check out the review of this app. 7 Modules & Growing!
  3. Splashtop Whiteboard: Remote desktop and slate all in one!
  4. Puppet Pals Director’s Pass: One of the few apps I have seen that created a parallel version to comply with Apple’s VPP (as the in-app purchase for the Director’s Pass bundle in the original free version of Puppet Pals HD version doesn’t.)

 
Interested in other ways to integrate QR codes into education, check out the Scoop.it Pages:

  1. The Best of QRCodes
  2. QR Codes in Libraries
  3. QR Codes for Learning
  4. QR Codes in K-12 Education