Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TMST: Scanning in Notes

My love affair with iOS11 continues this week with a small nugget of awesome found within the native Notes app. Like most mind blowing things, this tip is small, but mighty.

Let's take a quick look at how the Notes App has been redesigned in iOS11 to allow you as an educator to scan and mark up documents.  




And, just in case you wondered, the Notes App can be great for our learners too!  



Intrigued?  Want to learn more?  

Check out what else Notes can do: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205773



What awesome small nuggets of learning have rocked your world lately?  Let me know in the comments!








Sunday, October 15, 2017

Time to Update to iOS 11

iOS 11  is here and we have received word from the technology department that it is ok to update.   Updates often take a few minutes; therefore, staggering or allowing extra time for updating is a good practice. I have also found that updating goes faster when devices are plugged in.  


If you are concerned about losing content on your device, it is recommended that you/your learners create a backup in iCloud before running the update.


1:1~ Please encourage your learners to update:
  • ​prior to lunch/recess
  • prior to specials
  • prior to leaving for the end of the school day
  • in small groups/shifts
Shared (K-3) ~  At this time, older iPad 4’s and iPad minis will not update to iOS 11.
  • prior to leaving for the end of the school day or a weekend
  • In small groups/shifts
Educator iPads ~ Please update at your convenience:
  • From home/overnight
  • At the beginning/end of the day
iOS 11 has several features that are awesome for education, including screencasting directly from your iPad, built-in QR code reader in the camera app and more!  Learn more below!


Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or want to learn more!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TMST: Podcast Learning Anytime

In this day and time, there are no restrictions on how, when and the type of learning we choose.  Gone are the days where you have to attend PD in order to build skills, be inspired and make a change.  It truly is one of this self-appointed learning nerd's favorite things because we can choose to be in a state of learning anytime.  

I am always exploring new ways to learn and was inspired by my friend and fellow DLC Sam Neal to try out some educational podcasts.  Podcasts are great because you can listen and learn on your phone while driving in the car, taking a shower and/or waiting in line for something.  

If you are like me, searching for Podcasts can be a little overwhelming.  I was so thankful that Sam shared a curated list of some of her favorites.  Check out her list below!


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So this week, I challenge you to listen to an episode one of these and share something you learn or are inspired by OR let me know a podcast you are listening to that is inspiring you!




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

TMST: iOS 11 Screencasting

Shout it from the rooftops...iOS 11 is here!  



Never in my life did I think I would be this nerdy happy over a software update, but y'all, this one changes the game.  

With iOS 11, we can screencast DIRECTLY from the iPad.

I'm excited, not just because I can make quick app demo videos for this crazy blog, but because of what this can do for our learners.  With iOS 11 screencasting, they will be able to:
  • model their thinking, recording how they attack a problem
  • create reflection videos 
  • record ideas and "aha moments" as they review and interact with classroom materials
  • share their thoughts about a book snap or article
  • add "how to" screencasts to collaborative tools like a Schoology Media Album or Flipgrid

I was lucky to partner with one of our 5th grade classes this week to test it out.  Ms. Voltz's class (Red5) was testing out the update to iOS 11 and so she asked me to come lend a hand.  We taught the kids a little about the new features, and then asked them to record a screencast that explained how to multiply and/or divide decimals using the Number Pieces app.  

Just a few minutes later, our learners had created products like this:




Want to learn more about how screencasting on iPad works?  Check out this awesome resource from Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand or book me to come show you in action/design with you!


What will YOU use screencasting in iOS 11 for?  What other parts of the iOS update are game changers for you?  I'll be sharing more over the next few weeks, but I'd also love to hear your ideas in the comments!










Friday, September 29, 2017

All About Me with Keynote

Hi Readers!

After being in Everyone Can Code training for the last few days, you could say I am in an Apple state of mind.  Last night, I came across a tweet from Apple in Education about a new lesson experience/template available at appleteacher.apple.com 


Check out the video on the tweet to see the lesson in action: 


Using Keynote in a project like this would be a great way to kick off Genius Hour, help learners get to know each other at the beginning of the year, or as a visual cue for learners to use during learner led conferences.

It was so easy to try - all I did was login to appleteacher.apple.com, download the Keynote template and follow the instructions to customize the slide of my choice using shapes. 

Can you guess what I am passionate about?

Sometimes the best way to learn is to play and try it out so my challenge to you on this fun Friday is to create your own, take a screenshot and share it with me in the comments!

Have fun and let me know if you might want to try this with your learners!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TMST: Coaching, DLC Style


Partnerships are key in education.  I am lucky not only to partner with you, but with the coaching teams on both campuses to support you.  This week, the coaching team I work with at Lee elementary is rolling out our Coaches Corner, where all recent information from the Instructional, GT, ESL and Digital Coaches will be shared. 

So as part of that, I wanted to share with you a little about what I do and why I do it! Check out the video below to learn more about me and my role!




If there is anything I can do for you, whether you are local or global, just let me know!  I hope this blog becomes a safe space for you to learn and share.  Check out the video below to learn more about some of the features of my blog!





How are you partnering with others as part of YOUR role?  Let me know in the comments!




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TMST: Apple Classroom

I'm pleased to feature Apple Classroom here on the blog this week!  Let's take a look at it Q/A style!


What is Apple Classroom?


Click "Watch Apple Classroom Guided Tour" on the link below to see it in action!
https://www.apple.com/education/products/#ipad-assistant


Are there any special notes about getting Apple Classroom to work?

Apple Classroom works best when you are using the most updated version of iOS and Bluetooth is on.  At this time, Apple Classroom does not work with the version of iPad Mini's we have in CISD.


How do I get Apple Classroom set up for my class?

1:1 Devices (4th/5th grade)
Request it to be set up via Zendesk (see S'more for details)

Shared Devices (PreK-3rd grade, special areas)
Set up manually (See S'more for details)


This S'more below features everything you need to get Apple Classroom ready for your class.  I'd love to help you with a demo for your team, modeling with for your class or answering any other questions you might have!  







What excites you about Apple Classroom? What help do you need? Let me know in the comments!






 

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