Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thinking Maps in Keynote

Hi friends!

Are you having learners create thinking maps for processing their thinking?  Check out the template below made in Keynote by my teammate Kelly - open it on a Mac or iPad.  The template can be shared with learners to manipulate and create thinking maps using the Keynote app.

Note: Open link on an iPad or Mac, tap download to view the file.

Do you like this resource? 

Check out An Apple a Week - each week, my team and I are highlighting some different Apple programs and how they can be used in the classroom.  I invite you to click on the Apple a Day link at the top of the blog to read OR listen to our accompanying podcast.

Happy Learning!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Perfect Pages

Welcome back to the Apple A Week series!  This  week, we continue by linking up with my amazing teammate, Megan Kozar.  Megan is my kindred spirit - a former K and 1 educator, she too believes in and lives the mantra "little kids can". This week on her site, The Light Bulb Lab, she has posted all you need to design quality documents with Apple's easy to use program, Pages.  

Megan writes, "Pages for the iPad or Mac can be used as more than just a word processor. The features in pages allow the software to become a digital scrapbooking tool that allows you to create beautiful products by easily moving and manipulating features on the page. "

I wholeheartedly agree.  Click below to check out her post!

What ideas do you have for using Pages in the Classroom?  We are curating a list of ideas on Flipgrid right now - we'd love to hear your ideas!

New to Pages?  Learn more using Apple's user guide for iPad and for Mac.

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Weekly Focus
Blog Link
Podcast Link
Why Apple in Education?
Keepin’ it Real with Keynote

Thursday, January 11, 2018

An Apple A Week Podcast

Y'all. I work with THE best team around.  Seriously.  Not only are they fully supporting my crazy experiment of the Apple A Week Blog Series, but today, my teammate, Trisha Goins talked me into, coached me through and invited me to join in the world of podcasting by starting a series podcast.  I'm excited that the first episode is now live!  

I'll admit...I have NO prior podcasting experience so I leaned on Trisha to lead me through.  Learning can be uncomfortable sometimes but she patiently eased my nerves and encouraged me.  I am SO grateful...and proud!  We are nerdy, but hope that this will help others learn in a new way!

Check out the first episode below!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Keeping it Real with Keynote

This week, our Apple A Week series continues with an awesome post from guest writer, Brian Timm.  Brian is a Digital Learning Coach in Coppell ISD and is an Apple Distinguished Educator.  Let's learn from him as he highlights some Keynote tips and tricks.  

New to Keynote?  Check out Apple's user guide for iPad and for Mac.

Keynote is Apple’s software for creating (potentially) beautiful presentations. I say potentially because you can take any presentation software and use it for evil deeds that’ll make you say, “What. The. Font”?  When building a keynote presentation, here are some quick wins, best practices, and creative uses that we have found helpful. 

Quick Win: Resizing Objects Efficiently

When resizing objects in Keynote for Mac, I used to drag from the corner, then have to move the object back to it’s original location. To keep the object in the same position and resize, simply hold down the “option” button, then click and drag.

With the Option Button
Without the Option Button

Best Practice: Viewing the Object List

Text boxes, images, shapes, and media inside of Keynote are called objects. A best practice when building a Keynote on iPad or Mac with multiple objects is to show the object list. To do this, simply click on the “View” button and “Show Object List”. This allows you to easily rearrange objects, group objects, and do the next trick below!

Arrange layers from the Object List

Show Object List from the View Menu

Best Practice:  Using Opacity

Use shapes and gradient fill with different opacity levels to make text on your slide pop! With the “Object List” still in view, insert a rectangular shape. Drag and expand your rectangle to fit the slide width. With your rectangle selected, click on “Format” sidebar and “Style” tab in the top-right. Choose a gradient fill, and choose black for both the top and bottom. Select the color wheel for the side you’d like to fade to, and set the “Opacity” to 0%. Adjust your rectangle height as you see fit.   

Can you tell which uses shading and which doesn't?

Best Practice:  Create Magic Move Animations 

Become a Magic Move wizard! Magic Move basically creates an animation of objects moving from one position and/or size on a slide to a new position and/or size on the next when presenting. Learn or brush up on the basics of Magic Move with Apple’s Support Page. You may then discover more creative uses for Keynote. 

You could use it to help tell a story of different events using a timeline or, for example, a progression of iOS versions as shown below. Use Magic Move to create whole group games, quizzes, or choose your own adventure stories by linking your objects to different slides.   


What ideas do you have for using Keynote and Magic Move in the Classroom?  We are curating a list of ideas on Flipgrid right now - we'd love to hear your ideas!

Don't miss a post!  Sign up to be notified by email (on the right) or check out the previous entries below!  Swing by next week to learn more about Pages!

Weekly Focus
Blog Link
Podcast Link
Why Apple in Education?
Keepin’ it Real with Keynote
Perfect Pages

Monday, January 8, 2018

3rd 9 Weeks Digital Learning Ideas

I'm so excited to share a resource that I was invited to contribute to by my teammates, Amanda Lanichek and Sam Neal.  We, along with several others gathered together some digital learning integration ideas to spark your design work this nine weeks.

We created a menu of integration ideas for each grade level K-5 based on the skills of focus for the 3rd nine weeks in the district Scope and Sequence. Each idea is broken into three pieces: Learn, Do, and Reflect. You can use the pieces individually or as a complete series. 

Some of the integration ideas are more built out than others. If you see something you’d like to implement, please let me know so I can support you in designing and implementing the best possible experience for your learners!

I'm so excited about this collaboration and want to know what you think.  Will this be helpful to you?  What would you like to see if we do this again for the 4th nine weeks?  Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

An Apple a Week Blog Series Kickoff

Welcome to the new year!  

2018 brings us new adventures and  it seems like the perfect time to share with you one of my goals.  As Coppell is 1:1 in grades 4-12 and iPad and MacBook heavy in all grades, I started thinking about why our district uses Apple programs and devices to support deeper learning.  

What makes us use Apple in Education?  The facts say…
  • We have 1:1 iPads.
  • 3 of our schools are recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools.
  • We have several Apple Distinguished Educators in our district.
  • Many of our teachers have become Apple Teachers over the past year.

But truthfully,  in order to truly impact our learners, it must go deeper than that.  Those of us that became Apple Teachers, what are we doing with that knowledge? How do we take what we know about the ease of use in Apple programs to design deeper learning experiences?

This winter, you are invited to learn with me and some of my coaching team as we explore Apple’s foundational programs and how they can impact learning.  Each week, I will blog or link to a blog that highlights a different foundational program from Apple.  

Let’s kick things off by reflecting on our “why”...take some time to think about this question:

Why is Apple in Education important to learning?

I answered with my answer on the Flipgrid.  Take a minute to visit, watch and record yours.

I can’t wait to learn with you!

Not an Apple Teacher yet?  Begin your journey to become an Apple Teacher here.

Get started with week 1's post on Keynote!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

One Word 2018

Welcome to the new year, readers!  I am looking forward to a fresh start and hope you are too!  This year, I am excited to start a new blog series where I dive deeper into Apple in Education (check back on the blog later this week for more details), but until then, I am focusing my resolutions on one one word for 2018.  This tradition is one that I cherish and I invite you to join in as well.

  Learn more about the one word movement here.

My past one words 

I hope you will hold me accountable to living for TODAY for this year.  In 2018, what do you want to be held accountable for?  

Let me know your one word or resolutions in the comments!


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