Here is a link to their page:
I went to a presentation on Office Mix, part of the Office 365 suite that Microsoft has introduced in an attempt to compete with Google Apps for Education. I didn't get there early enough to be able to play with the software, so I can't say much more than it looks interesting, especially if you are doing any flipping of the classroom. The screen capture and quiz building capabilities are built in. I don't think that it is as robust as EdPuzzle or EduCanon, but it has a lot of good features.
Here is a link to their page:
Here is a link to a slideshow presented by a teacher using Google Docs for teaching the writing process:
Writing in the Cloud
One of the meetings that I have enjoyed for the past few years at ISTE is the "Birds of a Feather" meeting for the Independent Schools special interest group. Most of the attendees at ISTE are from public schools and districts, so it is nice to network with those folks who work in the unique atmosphere of independent schools. The group is planning to read a new book, It's Complicated, and have a webinar discussion on Oct. 7. Here is a link to the group's blog: http://sigis.edublogs.org/ There was also a wiki mentioned, but alas, I failed to get the link!
I spent a good bit of time on the expo floor going from vendor to vendor, signing up for drawings, and collecting swag! I'll lay it all out and show you after I get back to my brother's house.
I also went to some sessions that I want to write about, but I'm pooped! I'll go through my Evernotes in a few days and write about what is most worthy to share.
This afternoon I went to a three hour session called "the iPad Support Group," taught by the wonderful Leslie Fisher. I can't begin to summarize it all, so today I will just share my notes:
Personal Productivity: evernote with skitch and penultimate
skitch can be used to take a pic of a kid's work and then I can mark on it.
Penultimate is for free hand drawing.
both can be paired with Evernote
Livescribe 3 uses bluetooth to connect to device. If device is connected to projector, kids can see you writing
$149 for live scribe 3
ipevo doc cam recommended
Remind app: used to be remind 101. Good for HW,etc. You and they can't go back and forth
Can put lots of info -- like counselor can have a "room" for each college and put in scholarship info
Cel.ly like remind, but others can communicate back to you and with each other.
weebly.com remember that you can toggle to mobile view. App not there yet
kahoot just came out in February! Don't forget that you can get data at the end of the game to see who got what right.
infuselearning don't forget the image part…have kids submit drawing. Can save results as PDF. won't have an app, wants to be able to get to web. teacher.infuselearning.com
nearpod: kid can annotate a drawing that you send them.
Dolphin web browser: Can save,, annotate and send to evernote. Can also set for gesture to go to certain place, for example, write G and it goes to google. Would be good for class iPads
Photon browser will allow flash on iPad. Cost $6. a little slow
wufoo.com drag and drop form maker for iPad. embeds into weebly.
explain everything: thought for iPad cart.…have kids draw and talk about story that they have read…could also do this on infuse learning. also works on android
Screen chomp, show me, Educreations, also good for younger kids. Educreations can be stored to educreations site.
blendspace : can get educreations that you have made into it. Edcanvas's new name.
bookcreator: especially good for young kids to make books. Will go into standard ibook format.
haiku deck: taps into royalty free images. Both on web and as an app. Can haiku deckize a powerpoint. Apparently someone having problems with it.
GoodReader: will display all files. allows you to your iPad over wireless or servers.
Augmented Reality: Aurasma …. could use to make paper the trigger, then pops up a video telling what is on paper.
Car and driver uses it to show test drive when you hover over
Yelp app will show you where restaurants are. Monitor feature..under more on iPhone
Wordlens app. WIll translate signs.
Colar: App would be great for Lucy.
Elements 4D; apps free…paper cubes free
British Museum has augmented reality stuff.
Pixel Press floors app is called floors. Lets you design video games. Download "Floors" app by pixel press
Zite: can put in topics and it curates a newspaper for you. Something like Flipboard but finds more.
Flipboard will make newspaper out of a hashtag.
Displaying your iPad elsewhere.
Can use dongle to connect iPad to computer.
VGA splitter is about $15..can switch between computer and iPad MT-vicki GINO VGA audio switch
WIth these you are Bullet proof
Apple TV using airdrop
screen leap Can broadcast your screen to everyone who has url. Only works for 2 hours of broadcast per day.
join.me 8 people per session but broadcast has no time limit.
Reflector and airserver. Airserver can show up to 16 devices at once on your screen. air squirrels is company for reflector.
Reflector : use that to put iPad on computer, then use screencastomatic
Can tether iPad to school computer
Camera Awesome app
Trailers feature on iMovie.
Action movie FX
You can also find tons of material on lesliefisher.com. Look
I'm so glad that I have my Karma wifi with me! It is helping me avoid the high fee for hotel wifi, and it works when the ISTE wifi gets overwhelmed. It's pretty darn fast, too! This is the cheapest portable wifi that I've found, since you pay only when you use it--by the GB, not by the month. I only use it once or twice per year, so that means a BIG savings!
Wonderful day at HackEd2014! I went to four sessions of this "unconference" and, as always, learned a lot.
The first session was about using Google Apps for Education as a Learning Management System. There was also some talk of Microsoft's Office 365 for Education. The comparisons would convince me, if I weren't already a Google fan, that GAFE is the superior choice. Some schools are using 365 because their teachers and students are already familiar with Office, and of course it is easier to integrate if the school is already using Outlook. However, I still think that there are too many not-so-hidden costs to 365. For example, students cannot edit documents in the 365 app on ipad unless they pay for the office suite. Office also doesn't offer nearly the number of innovative tools that Google does.
My second session was focused on Flipping the English Language Arts classroom. I had suggested that one, so I got us started by talking about two of my favorite tools, Educanon and NoRedInk. (I'm so disappointed that NoRedInk isn't at ISTE!). Our group discussed other issues, such as what to do with the students who just don't watch the videos at home. Other apps that were mentioned were Schoology (lots of praise for that system), Curriculet, Socrative, Subtext, and Screencastomatic.
Then came the Smackdown! This is a time for any teacher to take two minutes to show off an app that has been useful. Here is the link to the wiki with all the links: http://wiki.isteunplugged.com/HackEdSmackdown2014
For the third session, I chose "Creative Use of Media." Someone suggested putting a QR code outside of each teacher's classroom, and this code would show off, in whatever way the teacher wished, some of the learning that is going off in that classroom. What a great idea for school tours! I shared my idea of putting QR codes on trophies, to link to a video showing the moment that the trophy was won, or perhaps interviews with the coaches and players who won it.
"App Smashing" was a new term to me. That just means that the student or teacher layers one app on top of another. For example, one might bring a video from the Explain Everything app into iMovie, and then add a video from the Sock Puppet app into iMovie, and blend it all together.
The fourth session was about "Gameification," which was all about making the points that a student earns into game type points, with units called Quests, etc. The people who do this are quite enthusiastic about the results that they are getting, the argument being that the status earned from experience points, badges, etc. is something that all humans respond to. Some of the sites mentioned:
The last one is the only one that I see as an example of the website of a totally gameified classroom.
Lots of walking, talking, and networking today! I met a friend from my weekly #catholicedchat sessions, Marcie Herbert from Louisiana. I hope to meet other online friends face-to-face!
I've just checked in to the Omni Hotel for ISTE, which unofficially starts today with HackEd, an "unconference" founded by the incomparable Steve Hargadon. My personal wi-fi is working...hopefully that will continue throughout the conference, as bandwidth is always an issue at this mega-conference.
I'm putting a link to the exhibitor hall, which opens Sunday. If you would like to have me go by a particular booth and get information for you, let me know! There are hundreds of vendors, as you can see!
I'll be posting each day to let you know what I'm learning!
Since ISTE is in my hometown of Atlanta this year, I'm combining a family visit with my trip to the best Professional Development in the World. I decided to drive from Houston, and I stopped along the way in Montgomery to visit the F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald museum. It is definitely worth a trip! The museum, housed in a home that Scott and Zelda lived in very briefly, claims to be the only one in the country devoted to the works of both of the Fitzgeralds. Here are a few photos:
I had a busy conversation this morning with my #catholicedchat friends on twitter. What a wealth of knowledge these folks give me! This morning we talked about summer reading for teachers, among other things, and I recommended the CoolCatTeacher's new book, Reinventing Writing. It has already given me a lot to think about, and it has tips that organizationally challenged folks like me can really appreciate! I'm using Evernote much more efficiently now. #Catholicedchat meets Saturday morning at noon Eastern. Everyone is welcome!