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: Recording at Schools

I am continuing to document using Google Glass at Schools.

What are some ways we can use Google Glass in schools to document learning, reflections, practices and just life at schools?

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I brainstormed a few scenarios, I wanted to try out:

  • teacher planning
  • professional development highlights
  • student perspective
  • self-evaluation/reflection
  • interviews
  • conferencing
  • PE skill practice
  • on the spot reflection
  • tutorials
  • videos for flipped classroom
  • Share your school with others (Admission, Recruiting, Marketing)

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First of all, let me thank all the “brave” teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, who trusted me, were adventurous and jumped in with both feet when I approached them about testing Google Glass.

  • They brainstormed with me potential uses to benefit their teaching and learning.
  • They were gracious about being recorded.
  • They were natural and professionals in  using Google Glass on their own with little more than the instructions of: Put them on your nose, say “OK, Glass” when you see the time on the screen and then say “Record a Video”.

Below you will see snippets of different scenarios. Some of the snippets make it obvious that Google Glass was acting as a substitute for any other device with camera possibilities,. Some of the snippets though show:

  • a unique perspective from the videographer’s point of view.
  • the videographer has two free hands to demonstrate, work, drive, show action.
  • show that the people being filmed were more at ease (instead of a camera obviously pointing at them) and “almost forgot” that I was recording them. This lessened anxiety in some.
  • the potential of the easy access through voice activation of the camera. No interruption of having to pull out the cellphone or grab a camera device.
  • the spontaneity of being able to record a moment in time.

Thank you to Rens (6th grade Graded student) for creating the music used in the above video clip.

Are there any scenarios that you could think of where a device, such as Google Glass could help to enhance and contribute to experience transformational learning and teaching. Share your thoughts… I am ready to explore further.

Canva: Graphic Design Tool

I have a new favorite designer tool :  Canva

Key Features:

  • A simple new way to design. Easily turn your ideas into designs for Web and print.

  • Search and drag simplicity. Search Canva’s integrated library of stock photographs, graphic elements and cut-out images then drag-and-drop to create your design.

  • It’s online and free to use. Canva is entirely online so there’s no expensive software to install.

  • Choose from one million images and hundreds of fonts. Design with 1 million photos, graphics and fonts, or upload your own.

  • Collaborate with anyone, anywhere. Canva lets you share and edit your designs with friends, clients and coworkers.

Canva has a very informative blog, if you are interested in blogging, visuals, designing and using design for your brand.

I have been using the tool for the last few months to create slides for presentations, posters to hang around school or for illustration purposes on my blog.

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  • Canva has beautiful layout templates but still allows you to start from scratch, customize and design with your own creativity.
  • There are plenty of images for you to use for free ( I have not felt the need to purchase any stock images).
  • The easy drag and drop features make it very intuitive.

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  • I believe, you currently still need an invite to be able to use Canva. Just sign up via their site and activate account after receiving email.
  • One feature I am desperately missing is a collaboration feature. For now, I am exporting the slides as images and inserting them into Google Presentations.
  •  I was really excited to be able to use the tool with students. It would be a fantastic support tool when talking with students about the importance of visuals while blogging, help in their presentation and visual design skills.
    Unfortunately, I read in their Terms of Services:

“Canva is a great service to use for creating your designs, but you have to be at least 18 years of age and fully able to form binding contracts in order to use it. You may not use the Service in violation of these terms or any laws or regulations.”

That puts a damper on being able to use the service with our K-12 students.

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I wonder if the canva team is thinking of allowing  educational accounts for students under the age of 18 or allow schools to act as guardians in order for students to create accounts.

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The Cultural Phenomena of Selfies

The impact of the SELFIE on our culture has started to intrigue me. As I see my little granddaughter love looking at (and taking) pictures and videos of herself on the iPhone and iPad… I wonder what the long term impact will be. There are very few images of me, due to the fact that taking and developing images was expensive and I was a second child. The culture of taking photos back then (beyond for special occasions) was not common.

In wonder about the impact of selfies on our culture? I wonder if there is a difference in views on selfies, what types of selfies and meaning of them in different cultures around the world?

For now I am consciously aware of, documenting and follow the evolution of the selfie in my own family, at school, in different countries I visit and in the media.

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Image credit Elena- 22 months (picked her own filters too)

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Image (taking with Laptop webcam) by Elena- 7 months old

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My iPhoneography class at school collaborated on a list of TYPES OF SELFIES, and came up with the following

  • outstretched arm
  • duckface
  • mirror
  • “tongue”
  • smile/pout
  • tilted head
  • peace sign
  • sign language for “I love you”
  • rapper fingers
  • eyes squinting
  • winking
  • funny face
  • shadow

Here are their RECOMMENDATIONS AND TIPS for taking selfies:

  • don’t take it from below (your chin will look disproportionate)
  • don’t take it from above (your nose will look disproportionate)
  • have good light (don’t be in poorly lit environments)
  • be appropriate (keep LARK in mind)

When I started using Google Glass in school, it was one of the most common reactions for students to immediately grab their phone to order to take a selfie.

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Selfie- Photo Credit (used with permission) Marina D.

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Image used with permission by Jack

Looks like I am not the only one wondering about selfie and what does it mean for us as a culture?

“ordinary people doing ordinary things”

Dove, the creator of the Photoshop Transformation video, created another important video. This time about girls and their power to create their own image of beauty and redefine the view of society on beauty.
In partnership with the Sundance Institute, directed by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade and produced by Sharon Liese, Sefie reveals how we have the power to redefine what is beautiful in all of us. Selfie captures the digital journey of a group of high school girls and their mothers, as they create a new type of selfie – one that celebrates their unique beauty. Dove wants to inspire all women to redefine beauty

Interested in reading more about the phenomena of selfies?

 

 

 

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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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In an attempt to bring  new additions to your Blog reader, I am starting to feature  guest posts on Langwitches. Be assured that these guest posts are from educational bloggers, I highly value and their voices contribute significantly to my own learning. Today I am sharing a blog post and …

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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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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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Redefining My Learning

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Silvana Meneghini and I  work as Academic Technology Coordinators at Graded, the American School of São Paulo. ” A flashlight in the fog of technology integration“, initially the title of a conference workshop proposal, quickly developed into the desire of creating a framework to guide and coach teachers based on …

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SAMR Exercise Google Hangout: Mark Your Calendars

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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 …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

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Redefining My Learning

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Silvana Meneghini and I  work as Academic Technology Coordinators at Graded, the American School of São Paulo. ” A flashlight in the fog of technology integration“, initially the title of a conference workshop proposal, quickly developed into the desire of creating a framework to guide and coach teachers based on …

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On

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Is it personality? Are some people born with it? Can it be learned? I am talking about REFLECTION. At the beginning of the week, I had the opportunity to be part of a workshop during our pre-service ( we just returned from our summer break here in the Southern Hemisphere) …

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The Digital Learning Farm in Action

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

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It is no secret, that I am a big fan of Alan November‘s Digital Learning Farm concept. I especially believe in Teaching is the Highest Form of Understanding and the power of motivation and demonstration of evidence of student learning via the Tutorial Designer role. See a myriad of blog …

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3 Need-Scenarios to Engage Students with Authentic Tasks

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Alan November’s concept of the Digital Learning Farm, asks schools and teachers to empower students by giving them relevant responsibilities that allow them to contribute in  meaningful ways to their learning community (class/school/etc.). How can we give students the opportunity to CONTRIBUTE versus completing projects that end up in the …

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Blogging as the Official Scribe of the Classroom

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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 community. Their work is essential for students who were absent from class or need a review …

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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

Following the post:  Note- Taking Learnflow of a Conference Workshop, here is the second story of my curated tweets from a session with Julie Lindsay. My favorite take away from her well run workshop was her quote “Flat learning is a pedagogy”. Amplifying our classroom, allowing students to reach out …

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

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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 …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

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How to Cite Images on Your Blog

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When using Copyrighted work with written permission from owner… Used with permission from “name” , URL link to original source and or owner online presence. Ex. Used with permission from Silvia Tolisano http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/google-glass-recording-225×225.jpg When using images licensed under Creative Commons… Image licensed under Creative Commons by “name or username “. …

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Evaluating iPad Apps

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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 …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

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Self- Directed Course: iPads in the Classroom

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Professional Learning Board just released a Self-study  iPads in the Classroom course I wrote. It is a  self-directed course to take in your own time and at your own speed. “You have an iPad in your classroom, now what?” The iPad helps us prepare today’s student for today’s world in …

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Digital Storytelling

Poetry on Record

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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 …

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Workflow & Learnflow of an Animation Story

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After teaching a 1:1 Toolkit class for incoming Middle Schoolers tothe 1:1 laptop environment this past quarter, I am currently teaching a Media Basics course for sixth graders. I am using a school blog to document the class (among others), showcase student work, share resources and give written step-by-step directions …

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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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