Infographic: The iPad as the Teacher’s Pet

When Ms. Jackson shared this info graphic with me (thanks by the way, Ms. Jackson!), she told me she ended up downloading five apps because of it- I should have asked her which ones…

The one that interests me the most is the Stage Whiteboard– it looks like it enhances Mr. Scruton’s use of the iPad as a document camera by letting you draw over the image you are recording. Hmmm. Expect a review soon!

The iPad as the Teacher

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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The infographic is all about verbs, that is, the things you can do with an iPad. Those actions include showing your screen on a projector, managing th

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Répertoire des usages pédagogiques pour iPad – Documentation — RIRE

I found this article below via a tweet yesterday. They have grouped the apps by subject- though many of them we already know, there were a few intriguing apps I had not heard of in every discipline. What makes this list even better is that it is created by Quebecers for Quebecers and with our school curriculum in mind.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Le Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative (RIRE) diffuse de l’information susceptible de répondre aux besoins des acteurs de la réussite éducative.

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rAPPido Review: Nearpod – an app for the 1:1 classroom

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 12.37.15 PMWhat is it?

Nearpod markets itself as an all in one mobile device solution for teachers. It’s motto is ” Create, engage, assess.”

I know, I know. What exactly does that mean? It means that you can upload your presentations, add interactive quizzes, polls, websites, videos, etc. Once you have uploaded your presentation, your students download the app on their devices (in our case, their iPads) and they can follow along with your presentation on their own devices.

Their is a free version as well as a subscription based paid version.

I tried it out by uploading my Traf Reads 2014 presentation.


I could either upload content from my iPad (though it only allowed me to browse files in my camera roll, Dropbox and google drive) or I could use my desktop and simply drag and drop my files.This worked well once I figured out how to get to the screen that allowed me to crewe a new presentation- it wasn’t obvious on their default screen. But now that I have logged back in I am getting a very clear, intuitive screen that tells me exactly where to go, so maybe that was an anomaly…

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After that it was very intuitive, but BEWARE: you have to first convert your presentations into PDFs.

I also tried creating my slides from scratch on nearpod:

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I guess it would do in a pinch, but I personally like having more options.

It is also very easy to add a poll or a quiz:

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For the poll option however, you are only allowed 8 options per question. You can also ask your students to draw something for you. For example, if you have just gone through a geometry concept, you can give your students a problem and ask them to draw their answer and submit it.

Sharing with your students

This is the super easy brilliant part. The students simply need to download the free app and choose the student option:

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They are asked to join a session:

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They can then follow along with your powerpoint on their own device. Here is an image of the student iPad on the left and the teacher iPad on the right:



The students are then asked to sign in so that the teacher can see their responses:

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This is how the quizzes look like to students:

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Nice, elegant interface!

The teacher in the meantime is collecting the results on there device:

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So far, this is the best interactive assessment tool I’ve seen. It is simple and intuitive. The downside is the fact that you can only upload PDFs. It also does not function like an interactive whiteboard like showme or explain everything, nor does there seem to be a recording feature. However, if you have an existing powerpoint you use, this is a great way to go through the slides with your class (as long as it is a 1:1 class). The ability to add assessment tools to your presentation and give them in realtime, as well as the ability to anonymously evaluate your students’ responses, is extremely interesting.

Free Vs. Upgrade

The free version allows you to do quite a bit, but it is limited. The upgrade is a subscription where you have to pay a monthly fee, one that I find a little steep.Here is a screenshot of the different upgrade options:

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 10.18.00 AMIn my opinion, the free version gives you enough to work with.

Nearpod is a very interesting option for delivering content in a 1:1 device classroom. Check it out!


5 Tips for Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck

Once again, TechChef4U dishes up some useful information. Though I downloaded Haiku Deck a long time ago, I have been skirting around using it. One of the reasons is that I wanted to convey more information on it than the extremely visual format would allow (of course, putting too much information on your powerpoint or keynote is what has given them such a bad rep  in the first place.)

But Lisa Johnson points out the “added notes” section available which is the perfect solution-when you view the deck on the Haiku Deck site, you see the visual and beside it the notes that accompany the slide.

Also- she mentions how she flips her PD. Which , really, is what Ms. Science teacher did with her presentation on Explain Everything and Notability a couple of weeks ago and which I think we should do more of. I mean, isn’t it time we put our money where our mouth is? Or at least the flipped in our own teacher’s classroom?

Check out her Haiku decks and her tips for a great presentation- extremely useful!

(Oh- and I want to check out Nearpod now…)

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Inspiring case studies, tips, and presentation ideas to help you set your story free, from the Haiku Deck team and our creative community.

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Why It’s Time To Change How Students Cite Their Work – Edudemic

This article is brief but makes a very good point (not that the two are mutually exclusive- we all know the brevity is the soul of wit..) With multimedia projects that are shared with a wider audience than the teacher becoming the norm, what is the best way to cite your sources so that anyone who comes across your project can verify your sources? This article provides some suggestions!

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For generations, students have created note cards to document and organize these resources and/or submitted a bibliography page with their finished work.

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A Simple, Fun and Effective Media Literacy Project

I came across this article this morning and am totally going to get kids to do this in advisory for Media Literacy week next year. Check out the article and see how many logos you recognize with just one letter!

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Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking. Integrating the design of information into the daily conversation is an essential part of the teacher’s toolkit and the purpose of the ASIDE blog. The underpinning of innovation and educational design is based on looking at the information available and communicating meaning for a world of learners. Thinking like a designer can transform the way children learn. ASIDE’s goal is to bring together as much information, resources and supportive scholarship in one place for teaching and learning.

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Google for Educators – Resources for using Google in school

Do you ever have that feeling that there is more to Google than meets the eye? That it is more than a search engine, mail server and place to create and store documents (which by the way is already a lot, in my opinion) ?

Well, that might be the understatement of the year. The article below gives a whole list of useful things Google has to offer educators, from mind maps, to search tips to tutorials.

Check it out and tap into the power that is Google!

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Shakespeare: Blending the Bard with 21st Century Technology

I know the Shakespeare unit for the junior classes is coming up which makes this article below very timely.

TechChef4U offers up a whole bunch of ideas on how to enhance Shakespeare in the classroom with technology. From exploring Shakespeare, some amazing Shaksepeare apps to even a Globe Theatre built in Minecraft, there are some very cool ideas here.

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rAPPido Review: Smart Recorder 7 – the voice recorder and transcriber


Ms. History tried using the free version to send a recording longer than three minutes- it didn’t work- she had to pay for an upgrade. I say an upgrade, as their features are set on a menu, where you have to pay a certain fee for a certain feature, more for another. Hmmm. I think I am revising my review to say this is a great option ONLY  if you are making your comments less than three minutes. I am still in the midst of finding a better option.

It turns out that you can use Explain everything simply as a recorder- I tried by making a recording that was over 5 minutes and exported it to my google drive. It totally worked!  NOTE- Explain everything costs $2.99

Late yesterday afternoon I was visited by Ms. History teacher who was trying out quick voice to send feedback on student presentations. It all worked fine until she tried to email  herself the file. Though quick voice (free) lets you make recordings up to five minutes, it only allows you to export by email. Yet a five minute audio recording is a way bigger file than email will allow you to send. Consequently, she finds herself with some feedback she has no good way to give to the students.

My mission: find a free voice recorder with a user-friendly interface that allows different export options.

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After a very quick perusal of the following articles:

I decided to try Smart Recorder 7.

The interface is pretty simple, with a large red button you need to press to begin:

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As you can see, it also gives you handy little tips from the get go.

Here is how it looks while you are recording:

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You can pause your recording and the begin again. Once you are done, press done. You will then be asked to name your recording:

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I tried the transcript option, but alas, I think you have to pay:

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 9.33.58 AMI didn’t want to pay so I opted out.

Then I uploaded it to my google drive, where I could send the link by email, or share it with whoever I want:

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 9.34.28 AMAs you can see, you can also send it to dropbox, save it on your camera tool, sync it via wifi and open it in iMovie, web dab, and many other options.

Here are my recordings in my google drive:

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 9.40.54 AMAnd here is the link to my recording (honestly not worth listening to the whole thing- I am just attaching it as an example):

My recording

All in all, if your goal is to make quick comments and share them in a quick and effective manner to your students, this is a good option. The free version is easy to use, does not impose a time limit on recordings (YES IT DOES) and has many options for exporting.