Evaluating iPad Apps

I wanted to take a closer look at the iPad Evaluation I previously blogged about in Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use in Mind. The section of Content and Components deserved a closer look and explanation. You can  download the PDF file of the iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom with …

Poetry on Record

Inspired by Poetry, Performance & Taylor Mali and Beyond…, 8th grade Humanities teacher Shannon Hancock coached her students to create their own original “Mali Poem”and record a visual and vocal performance. I joined the class to give a brief overview of presentation design. I used selected slides from my slidedeck below to …

Student Led Conferences: Sick and Tired of Blogs & Reflection?

Our students just finished a second round of Student Led Conferences (SLC) this school year (one in Semester 1 and another in Semester 2). SLCs are a formal opportunity for students to present to their parents about the state of their learning. The students’ advisor (a teacher responsible for a …

How to Create a Backchannel Exit Ticket for Class, Presentation or Workshop?

This screencast below will show you how to use Google Docs as a backchannel or exit ticket during a presentation, lesson or workshop. Creating a BackChannel or Exit Ticket on Google Docs from langwitches on Vimeo.

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Google Glass Reflection and Reaction

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Google Glass Reflection:

In the first few days, I made it a point to wear Google Glass all day at school (…well as much as the battery life permitted). My main point was to get used to the feel of them on my head, to increase my fluency. (Happy to report that my initial complaint of this lack of fluency after the first week  with Google Glass is dissipating. As with most technology devices and apps, it just takes time to get used to tapping instead of clicking, winking instead of pushing the button… speaking a new language to have my voice recognized…. swiping next to my temple instead of a mouse pad…:)

Wearing Google Glass all day, also allowed me to consciously make decisions on the fly, if I could use the device in certain situations (teachable moment, planning with a colleague, interesting discussion, worthwhile visual, googlable moment etc.).

As I am walking into more and more classrooms with Google Glass on (with permission from the teacher), I make sure that I spend a few minutes in the beginning to TALK to students about

  • what Google Glass is?…wearable technology, a mini- internet enabled device on my head… it is a device still in beta TESTING, which means that it is not perfect…does not work all the time the way I want it to work.
  • where did I get it… I received a beta-invite to the Google Explorer program from Google… it is not available to be purchased by the public yet.
  • why me?… I believe (maybe wishful thinking?),  I was chosen for the program as an educator and due to my philosophy of sharing my learning process.
  • what is an explorer?…An explorer is a person who explores unfamiliar territory; someone with imagination, a mindset of an adventurer.  According to Google: ” The Explorer Program is designed for people who want to get involved early and help shape the future of Glass.” I want to be a model for our learning community to be an explorer, an innovator and a shaper of how we can use technology to transform learning.
  • what are my goals and intentions?… my goals are to test Google Glass in school for education to improve teaching and learning. I want to find ways to use new technologies to find ways to transform our teaching and learning experiences. (Watch for an upcoming blog post about using Google Glass for filming at school). I want to make students and teachers aware of the implication of “disruptive technology” and spark conversation…
  • what I will NOT use Google Glass for?… I am not “policing” anyone… I am not taking videos in class to “catch” students anyone doing something wrong. I am not taking pictures in order to embarrass anyone…
  • my promise to observe digital citizenship… I will always ask permission to record or take an image… I will not share potentially embarrassing captured moments. I will observe a “no questions asked” policy of someone not feeling comfortable being recorded or photographed and I will take of my Google Glass if a teacher or student is uncomfortable around them.

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I  found it awkward in certain situations to continue having Google Glass on my head as I was continuing my field test.

  1. Cafeteria- I was there to eat… some colleagues at the table felt uncomfortable (unspoken feeling)… There was no need to wear Google Glass for the remote possibility of stopping a conversation and saying “Hey let me google that on my Glass”… It would not have felt fluid, but disruptive to the conversation (maybe just as disruptive, if I pulled out my iPhone to google something)… so as I have not found a need to use Glass during lunch, I make it a point to not even bring it into the cafeteria.
  2. Rest room- Yes, you read correctly… There comes a time during the day, ( even) if you are wearing Google Glass, that you will need to go to the rest room. I was not even thinking about the Google Glass on my head, when I entered. As soon as I saw that others were in the restroom , I felt that it was completely inappropriate for me to be wearing Google Glass (even in the turned off stage). I immediately disappeared in one of the stalls and closed the door (I don’t think anyone had noticed them on my head). Then the feeling of ” privacy invasion” increased when I thought of the possibility of Glass taking an accidental image and sharing it with my Google Plus circle. Not a good feeling… Where was I supposed to place my Google Glass when I “have to go”. I am making it a point to go to my office and dropping them off before heading to the “little girls’ room”
  3. 1:1 Teacher planning-  as teachers and I meet and plan together, I NEED a device to write notes, search, demonstrate, share resources and examples on the spot. My iPad is the first choice of device to take to those meetings. I am able to listen to a teacher and multitask by looking up examples or resources of interets at the same time to be able to share or project. It seemed awkward to use Google Glass to look  up any links. There was no way for me to instantly show the teacher (I am still not fluent enough to set up the scree share through my iPhone. Even then the iPad’s bigger screen seems to be a preferred solution. The lack of being able to take “silent” notes (to be shared later) in order to not interrupt the flow of the conversation also makes it impossible to rely on Google Glass to be the only device to bring to the planning meeting. It seemed silly and awkward to have both devices with me when the iPad was able to do the job for all my needs.

Looking for more reflection and perspective on Google Glass in schools? Head on over to our school‘s High School principal, Blair Peterson ‘s blog as he also reflects in a recent blog post titled How is your school handling Google Glass?

Google Glass Reactions:

Student Reactions
I spoke about the overwhelming range of reactions of colleagues during the first week  with Google Glass in school. The images below will speak for themselves of students’ reactions when trying on Google Glass. They continue to line up when they see me roam the hallways during their breaks. I have to chase them away so, they won’t be late for their next classes. Some of them had heard about Google Glass and were very knowledgeable about specific capabilities that the wanted to test out. Most of them were simply in awe of seeing the screen and being able to give voice commands and scroll though the timeline. Most heard comments were “Wow”, “This is awesome”, “Where can I get one”, “I will save money”, “This is incredible”…

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Other Reactions:
Teachers and parents have voiced their concerns about privacy issue with Google Glass on campus. We need to have an open conversation, we need transparency in the intended use of Google Glass in educational spaces.

We need to balance fears with the desire to MODEL AND BE INNOVATIVE, to “boldly go where no one has gone before”…

We need to balance fears fueled by main stream media about the negative reactions. (Traffic Ticket for driving with Google Glass Facial Recognition via Google Glass, Going to the Movies. Interrogated by FBI for Wearing Google Glass.)

We need to balance fears with positive reports and documentation of how these technologies are making our lives better and can improve learning and innovation. (Google tests Smart Contact Lenses for Diabetics, The Future of Education Seen Through Google Glass, 365 Days with Glass )

Take a look at the article “New Privacy Menace? Cell Phones?” from Wired Magazine from 2003 (yes 11 years ago). The article was shared via my PLN on Twitter and we were asked to simply substitute the word “cell phone” with Google Glass. It looks like we had the SAME concerns about cell phones and their potential to invade our privacy as we do now with wearable technology such as Google Glass

SAMR Exercise Google Hangout: Mark Your Calendars

SAMR-exercise
Silvana Meneghini and I  have created a template for technology, learning and literacy coaches.
In an effort to create a depository of examples and scenarios for lessons and activities and how an upgrade movement through the stages of the SAMR model actually looks like in the classroom, we are shared  the template and infographic of the model.
http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/01/28/framework-for-professional-development-samr-template-infographic/

We are looking for teachers and coaches to contribute examples to that depository by going through the exercise via this form-
http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/01/30/putting-activities-through-the-samr-exercise/

We will also be holding a Google Hangout on Air to discuss framework and walk participants through the exercise on
Wednesday, February 12th at 6 pm EST.
Would you mind strategically sharing this information with administrators, curriculum coordinators and learning coaches in your network?

Putting Activities Through the SAMR Exercise

Part of learning in 2014 is NOT to just CONSUME information, but to also contribute and create information.

If you enjoy reading the information and resources shared here on the Langwitches blog or via my Twitter feed, consider taking the time to contribute. There is no grade assigned to your contribution, there is no certificate attached and there is no one waving their finger at you, if you don’t turn your homework in.

This is about self-motivation and self-directed learning in professional development. This is about being part of learning through the power of the crowd versus alone.

This is your chance to collaborate , contribute and pushing forward in education (and LEARN along the way)! Read on…

SAMR-model

Using the SAMR template (based on Ruben Puentedura),  Silvana Meneghini and I have developed  and  described in my previous blog post, here is an your chance to participate in a crowdsourced opportunity! (It will only work if the crowd gets motivated)

How to participate:

  1. Read through the SAMR Template Framework for Professional Development, if you have not done so.
  2. Think of a traditionally taught lesson/activity. What is the entry point on the SAMR model for your lesson/activity.
  3. Take a look a another example (High School History Essay) described below the survey.
  4. Fill out the  survey  below to contribute examples of activities and their movement from substitution to redefinition.
  5. If you would like us to share the results (examples shared by others) with you, please make sure you enter your email in the form below.


Here is an exercise example from Silvana Meneghini for you to follow:

Name of Activity:  History Essay

Grade Level: High School (Grade 9-12)

Activity Description: Essay writing is a very traditional form of assessment in HS History.
As a formative assessment for the “Ideas that Shaped the Modern World”, students were asked to write 5 essays following chosen prompts covering all the different topics learned throughout the year. Traditionally, the essays were just handed in to the teacher.

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Students use computer to type up essay, then print it to hand in to the teacher.

Goals Process Technology Communication
literacy-basic consume-produce Writing 1-1
 Basic Literacy  Consume>Produce>Feedback  Writing 1:1

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Students develop a design that is inviting to a broader audience and also translates the spirit of the eMagazine. The design follows a magazine style with columns and illustrations searched mainly under Creative Commons.

Students research information using Internet, Databases and Books.

Students use a shared Google Presentation to get organized in the creation of the eMagazine sections, cover, table of contents and Editor Notes.

Students cooperate to create an eMagazines organized by topic sections. Each section shows individual student author interpretations of the prompt for the topic. An Editor’s Note is added to explain the tone of the eMagazine. The eMagazines are published online on Calameo with the open possibility for Comments. (Example http://www.calameo.com/books/00242383955b5bde7fdba)eMags:

Goals Process Technology Communication
literacy-basic consume-produce-feedback Writing 1-group
 Basic Literacy  Consume>Produce>Feedback  Writing 1: Small Group
 literacy-media
 Media Literacy
Information Literacy

Information
Literacy

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Students collaborate in the writing and thinking process by developing a Section Editor’s Note that analyzes common ideas and disagreements and also a “Bio” of student authors focused on individual political perspectives. Students argue and defend ideas through the eMag comment section.

Students follow twitter hashtags that may lead to interesting information and organizations that will help connect to modern day history.

Goals Process Technology Communication
literacy-network consume > produce > feedback > revise Writing 1-group
 Network Literacy

 Consume>
Produce>
Feedback>
Revise

 Writing 1: Small Group
 Information Literacy
 Information
Literacy
literacy-media

Media Literacy

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Students collaborate with classes from other countries to create an eMag with a global perspective analysis.

Students invite Historian experts to contribute to information gathering and analysis.

Students manage collaborative platforms to interact with other classes and experts around the world, generating an eMag with a global approach and reach.

 

Goals Process Technology Communication
literacy-network consume > produce > feedback > revise Writing global
 Network Literacy  Consume>
Produce>
Feedback>
Revise
 Writing Global Communication
 Information Literacy
 Information
Literacy
literacy-media
Media Literacy
literacy-global
Global Literacy

 

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cross posted with permission from Dr. Silvana Meneghini,’s On The Edge Blog. Silvana, the High School Technology Coordinator at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, shared a How-To post to connect augmented reality to student reflection by adding a layer of learning (not technology for technology sake). I highly …

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Is Technology shoving Pedagogy to the center stage? TPACK Reviewed

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Guest post by Silvana Meneghini, Academic Technology Coordinator, Graded- American School of São Paulo. Originally posted on her blog On the Edge. Pedagogical ideas like student centered learning, collaboration, and critical thinking have been around for a long time and are slowly making the way into the classroom. When technology …

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How to Create a Backchannel Exit Ticket for Class, Presentation or Workshop?

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SAMR Exercise Google Hangout: Mark Your Calendars

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Redefining My Learning

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On

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Student Tutorials- MineCraft, How to Ride a Horse, iMovie and more

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Global Education

Selfies Around the World

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  On the heels of The Cultural Phenomena of Selfies and  iPhoneography: Photo Challenges, Ideas & Literacy, students from the American School of São Paulo, Brazil want to know more about Selfies around the world. If you and your students would like to CONTRIBUTE with actual images for an in- school and online exhibition …

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Julie Lindsay: Designing Engaging Curriculum for Global Collaboration in the Classroom

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Eduplanet21 Learning Path: Globally Connected Educator

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As part of Curriculum21 Social Learning Institute and in collaboration with Eduplanet21, I have authored a Learning Path for the Globally Connected Educator. Take a look at the modules offered. If you are interested, Eduplanet is giving away 5  free access codes to the learning path.  Continue reading to find …

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Blogging With your Classroom

Student Led Conferences: Sick and Tired of Blogs & Reflection?

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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How to Cite Images on Your Blog

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Evaluating iPad Apps

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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Self- Directed Course: iPads in the Classroom

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Digital Storytelling

Poetry on Record

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Workflow & Learnflow of an Animation Story

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My StoryTelling App Folder(s)

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Matt Gomez shared a post today with a screenshot of his storytelling iPad app folder. I wanted to reciprocate and share mine. Storytelling I Folder StoryBuddy StoryBuilder StoryPagesHD Toontastic Tappy Memories StoryBoards Premium StoryMaker HD StoryPatch In a World … Drama Build a Story PhotoPuppets HD Epic Citadel Sock Puppets …

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