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Day 3 Agenda and Resources

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DAY 3 - April 20, 2012



8:30-9:00       Recap, Today's Plan, PD Discussion

9:00-11:00     Lesson Plans - Cadre members presenting

11:00-11:30   Individual Work Time

11:30-12:15   LUNCH

12:15-12:45   Geocaching Overview

12:45-1:30     Geocaching Activity, outside w/Jim

1:30-2:00       Funding discussion

2:00-2:30       Individual Work Time

2:30-3:00       Wrap-up, PD Resources, What's next





Middle School - Jennifer Curry, Pottsville (former HS Business teacher, now Instructional Tech)

  • Pottsville - Computer lab at each school, 1:1 netbooks grade 4, 5th grade computer labs in the room.
  • Some iPads - 72 total for district.  Teachers borrow for lessons - group work on iPads rather than individual work.
  • Can do same lesson with 4th graders or Senior High, just on a different level.  Kids get it! Can modify lessons as needed.
  • Begin with objective - what's the content you are teaching?  
  • Guiding Questions:
    • What tech skill will be used to address content? (spreadsheet?  Math/Science? software? web 2.0?)
    • Do students have access to technology? Borrow? Ask for purchase?
    • Do students know how to use the technology?
    • Is there a teacher created rubric for the lesson?  Rubrics are at the heart of PBL; guides teacher & students. 

Example lessons: 

  • Tikatok.com - Students write stories using figurative language, 6th grade English teacher, (suggests using Generic login for web 2.0 sites, i.e., PMG6 to save time).  All students logged in together in computer lab, students each created a book.  They do not print the books ($$), teachers log in to view the books and grade them.  Extension: students read each others books and comment.  Can go to 'Cool Boooks by Real Kids' to see samples of other books - add to favorites & add comments.
  • 5th Grade - Video: Use Google docs for videos, iMovie, MovieMaker, Flip Videos, laptop webcams, phone cameras, anything that can allow you to import the video to your computer.  Teacher assigned teams of 2 parts of speech, to make instructional videos explaining the parts of speech to younger students.
  • 5th Grade Math: 'My Special Number Project'  Students choose a number each week to show that they understood math concepts (even, odd, prime factorization, square root, etc.)  Each student get a number, gave direct instruction, let students do Prezi on their number, give examples of all of these math concepts in their presentation.  Students completed worksheet during class, then 2 days in the lab with the teacher.  Lesson posted here. Alternatives to Prezi: PPT, SlideRocket, SlideShare, Google Presentation, many iPad apps.
  • Geometry in the Real World - take pictures of shapes outside.
  • Science - Use Paint (free on windows) to draw a cell, label the parts.  Very simple, kids like using Paint, save to .jpg, easy to share drawings.  Type lab reports in Google Docs & share with teacher.  If you have 1 Google Spreadsheet, share it with students to enter data into one place.

Social Studies Ideas:

  • Skype with other states & Canada regarding weather differences (grades 3-6) Skype with iPad or PC.  Practice Skyping with another class first to work out the kinks.  (Use your nation-wide connections!  Family, friends, find teachers online, etc.)  Skype in the Classroom Website
  • Podcasts - Pioneer Interviews
  • Use Google Docs or Word Processing to make family trees of historical figures
  • Use Google Docs or Word Processing to analyze historical documents (Constitution, Declaration, etc.)  Find documents online in .pdf.  Use iPad apps to annotate these.  In Google Docs, students can make comments, i.e., explain in their own words what this means... 



Elementary - Jessica Williams, Mayflower, 1st Grade Teacher

  • iBooks app - Download the iBook "Hot Apps for HOTS" 
  • Taking notes in iBooks, download books for kids to read, books can be read out loud
  • Flashcardlet App - students can make flashcards
  • Doodlebuddy App - (free) - bring in pictures, students can draw on the pictures, identify, annotate, etc.
  • Has 1 iPad in her classroom, uses it in centers
  • Bring in map of US or Arkansas - they add their name and circle where they live
  • Google worksheets, save into pictures or take a screen shot
  • Uses stamps in Doodle Buddy - use stamps (example: 5 dogs + 2 dogs - add dog stamps, then write in the answer).
  • Use backgrounds or add your own photos for students to illustrate or create scenes
  • ToonTastic (free) -  Create your own cartoons.  Setup scenes, conflict, etc.  Kids love it.
  • Talking Tom & Ben News app (free) - imitates everything you say.  Add in video or pictures.  Speech teacher uses this, students read something and hear their pronunciations, etc.
  • Quick Voice -  kids during reading groups, read books into this app, then listen back for expression.
  • iMessage to send messages between classrooms
  • Phone 4 Kids app - for very young kids, texting app, 2 kids can play and see each other's messages, not dependent on wifi
  • Group apps into pages - have a page specifically for the kids (organization & management)
  • Pointer app - pull in a web page, use the pointer to draw attention to certain areas
  • T-Chart app
  • Animoto - create brief videos using pictures & music - easy, fun - book trailers, animated vocabulary, introductions, more. 



High School - Jason Inman, Quitman  (HS Math)

  • Khan Academy - students can WATCH videos to help with math concepts (also science, history, and more).  Students can PRACTICE the concepts.  Teachers can set up their class in the COACHES area, and generate reports to see student progress.  See how much time students are spending on Khan Academy (ex. students spending 80 minutes on a Sunday working on Math stuff.)  FREE, Content relevant to ALL GRADES
  • Watch Sal Khan's TED Talk Video
  • Get the Khan Academy App - or Download the videos from YouTube
  • IXL.com -  Math practice, math videos - aligned to CCSS.  Several teachers in our group use and like IXL.


Homemade SMART Board (under $100)

Take a Wii remote, an infrared pen (either purchase or make (find directions on Google/YouTube)).  Download software (Jason uses SmoothBoard - free), Connect Wii remote via bluetooth to computer).  Open software, calibrate with the pen.  Every time you click the IR pen, the Wii sees it and the software registers the 'click'.  The Wii remote placement is the most important thing about the setup.  In the classroom, probably want to set it on top of the projector.

YouTube video to make this yourself



Creating Video Lessons

  • Khan is great, but students got tired of hearing him over and over - they asked Mr. Inman to create his own videos.
  • http://screencast-o-matic.com/ to record screencasts to post for students.
  • Use a Wacom tablet with a pen to write - there are others available.
  • SCREENR - another website to let you create screenshots
  • Educreations - app for creating content, then posting to a website for students to view at home
  • ShowMe -  app for creating content, then posting to a website for students to view at home 



Thinkfinity Overview - Kim Koch, Mayflower 

  • Free Website - Verizon Foundation has partnered with major education affiliates to provide quality content.
  • Lessons, Worksheets, Homework Help, Videos, Interactives for teachers, students, parents
  • Appropriate in a computer lab, or in the classroom as a group activity
  • Example:  7th Grade Science Lesson on Coral Reefs & Coral Bleaching (from National Geographic)
  • Example: Grades 3-5 Math:  'Eat Your Veggies' Unit (NCTM) - Let's Compare  (Lesson 5 of 7 in this unit) 
  • Interactive:  Cube Creator - Grades 3-12, lessons to accompany this 'game' 



iPads at Mayflower:

  • Elementary & Middle School teachers have one
  • HS has a set of 6 - right now teachers have them figuring them out.  May use this as a set, plan to purchase more soon.  Learning curve!


iPads at Pottsville:

  • Have 72 iPads.  Jennifer manages the purchasing program - teachers email them what they want, Jennifer emails them the code to download.
  • Syncing is more difficult than purchasing.  Some teachers have 10-15, needed syncing stations.


iPads at Wonderview:

  • Ownership of the app comes down to whoever is logged into iTunes when you redeem the code.  Must create a generic school iTunes account, can redirect email accounts into one email account for management ease.
  • Syncing - you can sync with bluetooth and iCloud.


ANDROID USERS - Finding Apps

  • Many app developers create their apps for both iPad and Android.
  • Google Search "What android app is similar to ShowMe", etc.











Gadget-centered activity that kids like.


Garmin e-Trex (about $100 new, may find some used)





Quitman - Advice:  Make friends with your Federal Programs person!

  • Uses Federal programs money, what doesn't go to salaries go to technology, which is their emphasis.
  • Title I - creative with wording to use $$ for technology
  • Title VI - can be used entirely for tech with no problems
  • Federal money - all in the wording.  Get involved in the ACSIP process, you need to specify in your needs assessment and ACSIP plan.
  •  Majority of technology at Quitman comes from federal money.  Federal Programs Coordinator works closely with tech coordinator - used ARRA funds to get infrastructure in place, now they can purchase toys/tools and use with no problems.  Enterprise wireless inside and out, now focusing on equipment.  Lab in every classroom, or device in every student's hand.
  • Get input from everyone, even students, to make these technology planning decisions.


NSLA Funds can be used for Technology - again, see your Federal Programs Coordinator.












Grant Writing Advice from 'Show Me the Money' article:

  1. The 3 P's - have a Project, have a Plan, have Permission
  2. "The most important thing is to have a project in mind and then search for a grant to fund the project," Smith said. "Many people do the opposite; they hear about a grant and then try to find a project to fit it. The writing is much harder when you don't have a clear plan in mind and know exactly what you want to do before beginning applying for a grant."






     APPitic - A collection of 1800+ apps for education (from Apple's Distiguished Educators)

     Tech Chef 4 U - Pinterest Page of iPad Lessons

     Hot Apps for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) - FREE iBook, download from iTunes




from Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE's)

  • Summer Semester - a series of webcasts showing how ADE's are using iPads & Apple products with their students.
  • APPitic.com Resources -  a TON of resources!  Long page, keep scrolling!
    • iBooks tutorials
    • How to start a BYOD Program
    • Apptivities & Lessons for iPad (Tech Chef 4 U)
    • Tips & Tools for Blended Learning  





    HSTI - Hot Springs Technology Institute - June 21-22, Hot Springs

    ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education, National conference - June 24-27, San Diego

    SWOW - Schools Without Walls, Hot Springs - November 3-5, Hot Springs






K12 Cell Phone Projects


Kikutext - A free, opt-in service for parents to receive text messages from you the teacher, keeping them informed, and without them having your real cell number.


Google Voice - Richard Byrne uses texting to communicate with his students and parents

  • free 
  • your real cell number is hidden
  • students preferred method of communication
  • can respond via phone or web, and messages are saved in your Google Voice account





Credit & debit cards are so yesterday - pay from your smartphone!
(Currently only available on Sprint network with Android phone)

Introducing Google Wallet

First Google Wallet Customer :)







The Flipped Classroom Defined

Flipped Classroom Wiki

Google 'Flipped Classroom' - too many results!



Blended Learning Defined

Blended Learning Methodology




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