Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Creator

Hi friends!
My recap post of my top learning moments from TCEA is coming soon...until then, here's this week's installment of the #appleaweek series!

Once upon a time, a young 3rd grader proudly wrote a book for a Young Author’s competition.  The book, like all the others was displayed in the library for parents and families to read.  How special that girl felt to know she was an “author” and that her work was being read.  

Imagine if that girl had access to publishing to the world...where would she be?  What would she have dreamed up?  Would her passion for writing extend to more than just this blog?  

For this week’s Apple a Week, we take a look at Book Creator for Chrome, an online multi-touch book creation tool that is easy enough for our littlest of kids to create content.  It is one way our kids now can write for the world.

Let’s take a look at Book Creator for Chrome in this 5 min vlog:

With Book Creator for Chrome, our kids can:
  • Publish creative works as part of writer’s workshop
  • Inform others by designing books as part of research projects
  • Create comics that showcase understanding of historical events
  • Collaborate with others to design a how to book that contains different ways to solve math problems
  • Design original stories for a virtual library collection 

Check out this awesome book of 50 ways to use Book Creator in your Classroom!

What will YOUR learners create when the audience is unlimited?  

Check out other posts from this series here.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Apple in Education, We Say Yes!

I’m so excited to be blogging from the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) conference in Austin, Texas this week! My team and I will be presenting several different sessions and I am so excited to be co-presenting “Apple in Education, We Say Yes!” on Thursday at 1:30!

My Awesome Co-Presenters!
In our session, we will celebrate the use of Apple in our district and encourage others to see the amazing educational value of Keynote, Pages, Numbers and Everyone Can Code.  Even if you are #notattcea, I encourage you to learn with us for this week’s installment of #anappleaweek.
Simply go to www.flipgrid.com/AppleEDUyes, select a learning topic and click on the attached resource to begin exploring.  

Attending TCEA and interested in more learning from the Coppell DLCs? Check out all of our session offerings below!

Follow #TCEA and #TCEA18 for more great learning opportunities!  

Check out other posts from this series here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Creating with Clips

Have you ever followed someone on Twitter that you wished you got to work with in person?  That is exactly how I have always felt about Sam Neal. Earlier this year, I was overjoyed to learn she was joining our team.  Read this week's post and you'll see why I #fangirl her so much! 

This week, we link up with Sam's blog to learn all about how the ease of Apple's Clips App makes it possible for our learners to focus on their creativity and thinking. 

Clips is similar to iMovie or MovieMaker but simpler, with built in music, animated transitions and more. 

In her post, Sam writes, "...when you spend time using digital tools with digital natives, it doesn’t take long to see that they don’t really need you to show them which buttons to click - they can figure out a lot of that on their own. What they need is to be guided in reflecting on their thinking and learning processes, creating quality content, and sharing their learning in powerful and appropriate ways."

Check out what happened when Sam and her daughter, JoLeigh created using Clips:

An Apple a Week: Clips

Ready to use Clips in your classroom?  Let me know in the comments!

Check out a previous post on Clips here.

Check out other posts from this series here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Nerding out with Numbers

In this week’s post, we focus on Numbers.  New to Numbers?  Think Excel or Google Sheets, but with whiteboard capabilities, easy to use charts and more.

With Numbers, you can create beautiful spreadsheets that include impressive charts, tables, and images. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together on a Mac, iPad, or iPhone — even on a PC using iWork for iCloud."  - Apple

As I prepared to write this post, I had to laugh at myself.  If you would have told me 3 years ago that I would have become a champion of the Numbers program, I would have never believed you. I had so many misconceptions of what Numbers was that I didn’t even give it a chance when designing learning.  So in the spirit of someone who has seen the light, I will use this post as my confession.

I used to think Numbers was for “data geeks” but now I know it is for “creativity geeks” too.
Numbers doesn’t have to have gridlines visible in a sheet - this makes for a clean white space that can mimic a whiteboard allowing a learner to create using shapes, text and media.

Photosynthesis Model
I used to think I had to understand spreadsheets to use Numbers, but now I know that the charts and graphs make it easy to organize data to build clean, simple graphics.
Simply select a type of chart and plug in your data - like magic, your data will be visualized.

Pet Graphing Example

I used to think Numbers was too hard for our little kids, but now I know that they can make meaning easily with shapes, charts, text and more without a login.
With features that are just like the options in Keynote and Pages, learners can use what they know about the other programs and apply them to Numbers.  No login is needed as long as they are not trying to use the collaboration features.  This makes it easier for our littles to create and show data.

Community Helpers Making Meaning Wall

How can Numbers be used in the classroom?  Here are some ideas!
  • Create deeper connections with a digital Making Meaning Wall
  • Document through a Digital Journal/Scrapbook
  • Organize tasks and observations  through an anecdotal checklist 
  • Collect media and images into an interactive lab report
  • Design Rubrics or Anticipation Guides for pre and post assessments

Inspired to learn more about Numbers?  Check out this resource we will be using at TCEA in just a few weeks - explore basics and ideas for using it, design something of your own and reflect with others on our Numbers topic on Flipgrid.

Have more ideas or want to share one of your “I used to think…” statements about Numbers? Let me know  in the comments!

Check out other posts from this series here.

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.

Don't miss a post!  Sign up to be notified by email (on the right). Swing by next week to learn more about Numbers!

Check out other posts from this series here.

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!


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