Best iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps to help you celebrate Halloween!

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The best apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that are sure to get you and your family in the Halloween spirit Halloween is right around the corner and that means candy, trick or treat, scary movies, and lots of other traditions.

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More Halloween apps! I have included this one beacuse of their featuring an intriguing Physics-based game with beautiful spooky graphics called Limbo. Check it out!

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How Digital Learning Is Becoming The Fourth Literacy – Edudemic

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Reading. Writing. Math. Those are the big ones, right? Up until recently, a lot of people would have probably said that was correct. But since it is 2013 and so much of our lives happen online, digital literacy is being added to the list.

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Just another great infographic to hammer home the point that we really really need to get our coding club off the ground….

Also the question of whether digital literacy is the 4th literacy is interesting. What do you think? My first thought is yes- as it encompasses navigating a digital world (accessing, curating information and then hopefully creating somethine new with it). But perhaps all the literacies overlap or at least jigsaw together? Can one survive without the other?

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Official Scribes of the Classroom

The article below made me think of a conversation I had the other day with Mr. Math and Multi media about how it was going with his flipped classroom. He was telling me that since he required the students to take notes on the videos they must watch at home, it has been way more successful. He then took it a step further and not only required his students to take notes, but to post them to their math blogs.

All the students in his class (and now all of you) can benefit from their notes. The fact that they are public I suspect also contributes to the quality. I have made a pinterest board of all their blogs so you can peruse a sampling of their notes, or click on an individual pin to go their blog.

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This is a great example of how you can leverage the use of the iPad (or any device) in the class, from watching the videos or presentations on the iPad, to making notes, to posting them on a blog. All this can be done with great ease on one device.

Below is an article on another way one can use the iPad and collaborative tools in order to create a class pool of notes.

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Alan November elevated the “Official Scribe” as one of the roles that empower student learners. I see the role of the scribe as follows: The official scribe plays an important role in the classroom…

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Connected Educators: Digital Citizenship Survival Kit–>Leads to Innovative Use Tool kit

Once again, Lisa Johnson gives us a very handy visual in order to think about Digital Citizenship and the questions that come up. She also includes a great list of resources for parents on how to support their child’s mindful use of technology. It also made me think that another suitcase is needed though- this is the basic one, the one that sets them up for appropriate use. But their journey is going to be a long one, and they are going to need a trunk for innovative use, don’t you think?

(Thanks to Sonia Livingstone for forwarding the links to many of these sites)


What I would put in my trunk:









What else should we add to our Innovative User’s Tickle Trunk?

P.S. Lisa Johnson links to my blog in the post below! Oh, the joy of being linked by a colleague…

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Teacher vs Student: How Each Actually Uses Social Media – Edudemic

This slightly tongue and cheek infographic doesn’t tell us anything new (facebook is passé for students, snapchat is cool) but it does make me wonder. When I was a teen, time seemed to spread out like a prairie horizon- I was always lingering in coffee shops with my friends, wandering around downtown and going to the second hand shops. Finding an unsupervised space where I could figure out how to be in the world with my friends was not difficult. This is not the case with our youth (whether this is a good or bad thing is another debate for another time). Their unsupervised common space is decreasing faster than Harper’s popularity. Each moment of their day is scheduled and because of an increasing societal paranoia, many do not even have the opportunity to go to and from school together on public transportation.

So you can see why they might be a little miffed when us adults are starting to populate their virtual commons. Looking at this infographic, I was struck with the question- why do we even want to be present in their social media? Shouldn’t they be allowed to have a space they can call their own?

Thought of the day: Instead of trying to over supervise their social media consumption, why couldn’t we do what we do with our own children when we send them out  into the world to fend for themselves? That is, give them the tools and the “streetsmarts” to navigate their world without us hovering over their shoulder.

Here is the article where I found this info graphic:

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At some point in my life, a few years back, Facebook became much less….interesting to me. Much less cool, even. I thought it was me. I assumed I was getting old and that my friends, acquaintances, and I were just doing less interesting stuff.

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Here is the actual infographic:



When the Rules Get in the Way

I have been having an interesting discussion with a mother of one of the students at our school. Her daughter is very responsible and always on task and was one of the students we looked at when modelling the kind of behaviour with the iPad we would like to see in all our students.

The discussion is centered around the new iPad rules we put in place after taking stock of our lessons learned last year (where we did not develop a set of rules regulating appropriate use). We looked at the survey we took of the Grade 7 class and made the following recommendations:



The grade 7 class were walked through these rules at the beginning of the year and a couple of weeks ago I went to speak to the grade 8 class (our first 1:1 iPad class). While the grade 7s dutifully took it all in without a peep, the Grade 8 class naturally had some issues.

One issue that has come up is that the girl (in Grade 8) uses her alerts to remind her of lunchtime meetings and other school-related meetings, which is great! Except for the fact that we tell them to put on the Do Not Disturb during school hours which means they won’t receive their alerts until the end of the day.

HUh. Problem. I really really hate when too many rules get in the way of innovative, efficient use of technology. I have had some experience at other jobs that have so many filters and blocks and security precautions that it almost renders the machine useless. I am very wary of doing that with the students.

The unfortunate truth about rules is that they are usually a reaction to a problem only the minority of a population have. The rules were created above for those students who had said yes to all the push notifications of all the apps they purchased so they were constantly being distracted in class by someone posting something on Facebook (eg. I just had a glass of  orange juice! Alert!) or any game they happen to be playing.

So what to do? I personally believe we can keep the spirit of the law (turn off most notifications except the ones used for school) and leave the reminders and alerts a student needs for the school day.

Having said that, I still think the alert needs to be on mute. It is one thing to have it pop up on the screen, another to remind the whole class you have a science tutorial at lunch….

What do you think?


iPad Journals as an Exit Ticket

I learned a new concept today and it isn’t even 8:00 am in the morning! Woohoo, me!

Of course, it is all due to the fact that I periodically get emails notifying me of a new article from the intrepid Lisa Johnson, who posted an article about Ipad journals as an Exit Ticket.

I looked at the beautiful interactive image she created below (which I have made a mental note to check out)  and it looked great, but I didn’t understand- what the heck is an exit ticket. So I did what any red-blooded librarian would do (Okay, what any red-blooded, capable of googling human would do) and googled exit ticket.

I bet this is not a new concept to you actual teachers, so bare with me.

I found this article that laid it all out for me- admit and exit tickets are activities used for the purpose of leveraging the time usually wasted between classes. Then I thought of the English class I was in the other day that begins each class with a writing prompt. Admit ticket?

Now the article below makes sense…I like the Exit ticket strategy below, because it is a way of summarizing the information learned that day. The iPad is well suited to this purpose as the student can quickly log a journal entry in their iPad, snap a quick photo of a relevant image for that day’s class and quickly send it to their teacher. ideal!

I would be curious to know- is the idea of an admin and exit ticket a new idea? Does anybody use them?

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Literature Circle Discussion: Part II- Another Layer

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In Part 1 of Literature Circle Discussions, I shared 6th Grade Humanities teacher, Emily Vallillo’s well structured and organized Literature Circle lesson. Literature circles are a way to support s…

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I learned a new word: Annotexting!I love the idea of having the students analyse their discussion afterward- I thought it was the teacher who had put together the annotation, but after re-reading the post, I am pretty sure it was the kids! This is a way to take our grade 7 reading circles to the next level with the iPad, which would allow the students to do all of theses steps on one device. Check out the video which gives a step by step of the process.

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Literature Circle Discussions: Part I

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6th Grade Middle School humanities teacher, Emily Vallillo, was ready to add another layer to her literature circle discussion. Her learning targets for the literature circles were clear. Learning …

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This is very timly considering the grade 7 book circles have just been formed! Here are some simple but great ways to enhance the discussion with the use of the iPads: have the students film the discussions. Get them to  write a blog post about what they took away from their discussions. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just useful!

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