rAppido Review: Adobe’s App For Making Explainer Videos

Okay, I am super excited about this and am downloading AdobeVoice as we speak in order to make my own explainer video, on in educator parlance- flip the classroom with style, yo.

I couldn’t wait- I had to try it out for myself. The video I made took me about 10 minutes. Because the library has the windows open and the vents are right outside, there is a lot of ambient noise which I will work on in the future, but OMG- it was so easy!!!

Things you should know: you sign in with your Adobe ID. If you don’t have one yet, you can create one within the app.

Also, you can record over each slide- you don’t have to do each one separately.

Once your video is created, you can share via email, Facebook, Twitter or copy the link…I did the latter, and it said it was copied to my clipboard…hmm.. where is the clipboard on the iPad?

Whatever- I just emailed myself the link and it took me to the Adobe site which gives me the code to embed it- however, it doesn’t seem to work with my site. I am going to have to try and figure out why it isn’t working, but that is a problem for another day.

In the meantime here is the link!

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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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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy – Edudemic

An interesting look at Digital literacy and the way we teach it. Doug Belshaw argues that teaching digital literacy should not be sequential but progressive:

“[It is not digital literacy] but digital literacies. They are plural, they are context dependent and they need to be socially negotiated…Digital literacy is always in flux..it is a lifelong project we all have to be involved in…”Doug Belshaw-ted talk

I would tend to agree- the best way to teach digital literacies is through a one on one correspondence with the curriculum- make it mean something with the ultimate goal of taking the information and making something new (either opinion piece, essay, project, etc).

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Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy. Obviously, depending on the grade level  you teach, your students will have different abilities in each of the four areas, …

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rAPPido Review: Google Docs

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 8.59.29 AMI was helping a teacher this morning who was using google drive with her students. The goal was to get the students to upload photos of their artwork to a folder in Google drive so that everybody could have access. The students would then choose one of her peers’ images, download it to her iPad and comment on it, then upload the feedback to the folder. During this process, we were wondering if it wouldn’t be simpler for students to create a google doc, paste the image in it and then add it back to the folder. That way they wouldn’t really have to leave the app.

As soon as we tried to create a new document in Google drive we received this message:

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Oh yeah. Separate Google docs app. Okay then. So we downloaded the app and tried to paste an image into it. Nope. Google docs is just as minimal as it was when it was all in one place:

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Those features that you see are pretty much all you get. No hyperlinking, no adding images. No fancy formatting.

I have to admit to being a little confused by the necessity to have a separate app for document creation – it is like building a whole mall for one little coffee booth…

Still, if you want to create a google doc on your iPad, you will now have to download the new app. Maybe they are planning on making it better? Maybe more features are on their way? I am going to err on the side of optimism here and give them the benefit of the doubt.


Report: The iPad Will Get Split-Screen Multitasking in iOS 8

On the one hand, yay! I know a lot of teachers will be happy about this-it means they can show that youtube video and get their students to take notes at the same time.

On the other hand, groan. Another major update. I feel like I spend my life updating my devices and then relearning them. I guess it is good to be kept on your toes…

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Split-screen multitasking is coming to the iPad iOS 8 when the new iteration of Apple’s mobile OS is announced next month at WWDC, according Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac.

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Google must respect ‘right to be forgotten’

Random thought: This kind of legislation is very interesting as it indicates a subtle shift in the conversation about who’s responsibility it is to protect people’s personal information and reputations.

It is common knowledge (I hope) that nothing comes for free. Services like Google and Facebook offer their services in exchange for you freely giving over your data. At least that is the way it has been. Is this right? Is there enough transparency? What is the agency of the individual to be able to control what people see and what they don’t see?

There is also the problem that there might be information online that we do not control (such as the Spanish man who brought the original suit discussed in the article below) – articles, fake profiles, etc. Who’s responsibility is it to take down this information? Is it a breech of freedom of expression or a “right to be forgotten”?

Big questions as the norms of privacy stretch and distort into…what? I guess we will see.

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Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo can be made to remove irrelevant or excessive personal information from search engine results, Europe’s top court ruled on Tuesday.

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A Motley of iPad Bingo Cards

TechChef4U offers up a whole slew of iPad Bingo resources just in time for exam review time! Create a board with a variety of answers on your subject and then, instead of drawing numbers or letters, draw questions! Or vice versa…

How would you use iPad bingo?

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» Multipurpose Monday: A Motley of iPad Bingo Cards |

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App Smashing: Combining Google Drive, iTunes U, And Apps In The Classroom – Edudemic

First of all, I learned a new phrase via the article below- app smashing (and no, it does not involve pounding your iPad with a meat tenderizer when it doesn’t work…) It also got me intrigued about iTunes U as a content delivery system. I would like to know if any teacher has looked in to this? Hey science teachers- I am talking to you!)

Here is a link to the iTunes U training page. I think this requires further investigation!

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Many schools that have adopted one-one tablet technology struggle with the pre-requisite skills associated with moving files from app to app. This process is now called App Smashing, and when you learn how to use it to your advantage, it really does make things nice and simple. Workflow is king and the easier it is …

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