This week's tech tip focused on managing your Google drive. We looked at the Google drive environment and the different organizing features of the drive. We learned to sort and search documents and how to create and upload new documents. We created folders and moved some of the items into folders and looked at items that were "Shared with me" to see how those were organised. See document below for the training document.
Our final morning, we worked with each of our specialist groups for an hour. It was a whirlwind morning, but we think each group had a great takeaway.
Our PE teachers started by creating a Padlet in which they brainstormed the different steps in a forward roll. They then took these steps and used iMovie with images and voice over to create a demonstration video on the perfect forward roll.
Here is an example of an example video they started:
Our music department took a look at some of the wonderful music apps that are available on the iPad. They used Figure, Garageband and VJay to create musical pieces in a simple way. They created the song that we used as the musical backdrop for our slideshow for the week of training. Our music teachers have seen Garageband before, but they were pretty amazed at how much depth the app has and are looking forward to using these apps with their students.
Here is the piece of music they created in a very short time:
Our art teachers worked with the Brushes app to create a self portrait. They took a picture of each other and then drew over it to create their own self-portrait. They explored all of the painting tools available in this app and ended up with a fun self-portrait.
The grade 4 team's training was focused around a unit on energy. They even did an experiment with a glow stick focusing on light energy and chemiluminescence. During this session, the teachers used Padlet to record research as a group, they used Quicktime to create a voice recording, they used the Explain Everything app to demonstrate a part of their experiment and then they tied it all together using Keynote to create a non-linear presentation.
The Polish and French teachers used only the iPads to create both a Polish Language Podcast and an interactive Foreign Language eBook containing text, images, audio and video.
To create the podcast we used Safari to copy images of different color eyes and hair from the internet and saved them to the camera roll on the iPad. Neil also show us how to use albums to organize our photos on the iPad making it easier to find images related to different projects. We then went to iMovie to add the images to a new iMovie project, recorded ourselves saying the eye/hair color in both English and Polish, and added the correct polish text on each image slide. We then added background theme music, recorded a video introduction and added text to an ending slide. We saw how very easy it is to create our own resources that could be used in class or have students create their own podcasts to demonstrate their language pronunciation and proficiency. Below is a sample of one of the Polish Language Podcasts that was created.
To create the Foreign Language eBook we started by searching the internet with Safari for images of animals we wanted to use and saved them to the camera roll and placing them in an album. Then we used Pic Collage to create a cover page for our eBook by arranging our animal images along with the Polish name for the animals and a title for our book on a Pic Collage sheet. This cover arrangement was then exported to the camera roll and placed into the proper album. We then opened Book Creator to create our Language eBook. We used the image created in Pic Collage as our cover. Then on each page we put a different image of an animal along with the name of the animal in text, a recording saying the name of the animal in Polish, and a recording of the sound that animal makes. We realised just how easy it is to make our own Language eBooks. The language teachers were coming up with all sorts of ideas for resources they could create or have the students create their own Language eBooks for all the different topics covered in Polish and French. Below is a sample of the Cover Page created in Pic Collage.
This was a shorter session, only 1 hour. Neil showed us some ways we could use Pages to make documents more appealing and interesting using some of the following techniques:
The ELL/Support/Speech teachers used the iPads to create a video guide to the school. This session was only 2 hours but was action packed and a lot of fun! First thing we were sent off to take 5 pictures of different locations around the school with the iPads. We were then showed how to organise our images into a folder making it easier to find images for different projects. The Tellegami app was used to create an avatar that would describe one of our images, very cool! We used iMovie for the iPad to put our whole video together. We placed our tellegami video and 4 images into the timeline, recorded descriptions of each image over the picture and adjusted the image length to correspond to the length of the recording. Text was also added to each image to have a visual description of the image. We added theme music and sound effects where appropriate Then recorded a little video intro and added a closing to wrap up the whole video nicely. Below is one of the videos create during the session.
Neil worked with the whole ES staff and introduced them to some of the different features of Keynote on the MacBook. Everyone began to see how Keynote is a much better tool than PowerPoint.
This week's tech tip focused on Google Forms. The purpose was to learn to create and share a form or survey that could be sent to anyone. Responses to Google forms are gathered into a Google spreadsheet or in chart form so they can be viewed in a variety of ways. Forms can be used to gather information or feedback from parents or students, create simple quizzes and anything else you can imagine.
During the Grade 5 session we examined graffiti around Warsaw and what different groups of people think about the graffiti found in different places. We created an interactive Keynote presentation to share our findings. This Keynote presentation is not your traditional linear type of presentation but more like an interactive video display at a museum where the user can click on different parts of the screen to see, read, and hear information.
The grade 3 teachers researched coal as an energy source to go along with an upcoming unit on energy in science. They started by creating an interactive Keynote on coal that they would add to as they completed their units of study. They created a group padlet around the topic of coal and added it to their Keynote. They used Quicktime Player to record audio and added sound files.. They used the GreenScreen Effect apps to create a news video on coal in Poland and added that to their presentation.
The PreK/K teachers created a couple of resources using only the iPad during their session, a Numeracy eBook and a Phonics Video. To create the Numeracy eBook we first used Pic Collage to create a number board. We used Safari to search the internet for fun images of the numbers 1 thru 5, then added these images to PicCollage and jazzed it up with stickers etc. This final PicCollage was exported to the iPad camera roll. Book Creatorr was then use to create the numeracy eBook. The number board image was added to a page where we recorded their voice saying each number and placed the invisible sound button over each corresponding number making a number sound board. On the second page of the book we wrote a basic addition problem and used Tellegami to create an avatar reading the problem. And finally we recorded ourselves providing the correct answer to the problem. We saw great potential in using these apps to create a variety of interactive audio books with the PreK/K students.
To create the Phonics Video we first used Safari to search for images of objects beginning with the letters A, B, C, D and saved them to the camera roll. We then imported these images into iMovie. We recorded ourselves making the corresponding sound and name of the object along with two of the images. We then used Tellegami to create an avatar introducing the video and also have an avatar making the correct sound and name of the object for one of the slides. And finally we use Green Screen Movie FX to record an image of ourselves superimposed on the last image making the correct sound and name of the object. And to close our video we used Pic Collage to create a nice slide with an image of each PreK/K teacher with their names. We saw great potential for creating little videos of students providing facts about different subjects covered in the PrK/K curriculum.
Below you will find an example of a Numeracy Book and the final Phonics Video that was created during this session.
Grade one used similar apps as the other primary grades, but this session was based around their science unit on Mini-beasts. Throughout this session, the teachers used Book Creator to create a science journal. We started with Pic Collage and used this to gather images of mini-beasts to make a title page for their digital book. We used Brushes to create an image of one of their mini-beasts. The team then turned to Padlet, an online tool, to create a group page of what we know and what we don't know. This page was brought into our journal and we recorded audio responses over the page.
We then used the Green Screen Movie FX app to talk about their mini beasts and finished off with Morfobooth to bring their mini beast to life.
This session was based around the content area of Fairy Tales. In this session, Neil started with a fun warm-up activity using the Vid Rhythm app and each member of the team added their own musical part to create an engaging piece of music. We then moved on to using an online tool called Padlet, where the teachers practiced adding different character traits from their own devices and as the traits were added, they popped up on the screen. What a wonderful way to make the student thinking visible. The teachers then turned to Popplet to make their own mind map of their character's traits. They then chose one of their pigs and found an image using Safari and Google to search. They used the Brushes app to draw over their pig and then brought this pig into the Tellegami app to share the character traits in a very visual way. The teachers were given even one more opportunity to explore using GreenScreen Effect apps to create a movie using the image they created with themselves in front of the image. iMovie was then used to put all of these parts together to create a final project. The teachers left this session with a variety of ways they can use their iPads with their students to promote learning.
Here is the final video the Grade 2 team created using the different apps mentioned above.
We just finished an exciting week of Apple training with Neil Emery. From iPads to MacBooks, Neil led our staff through some hands-on sessions that connected to each group's content area. Teachers left each session inspired to move forward as they use technology to enhance student learning. Our week was packed with ideas and practice opportunities which helped our teachers visualise the possibilities.
The need for some basic Mac OS, Mac Applications, and Google Apps training came out of our last ES Tech Committee meeting. We decided to offer this training in the form of Quick Hit Tech Tips Sessions. These will be shorter (20 mins) sessions offered twice a week, once in the morning (7:55-8:15) and once in the afternoon (3:40-4:00). We surveyed the staff (teachers, TA's, admin) about what topics to cover and which days in the morning and afternoon would reach the widest audience. After compiling the results of the survey we came up with the following schedule for the Quick Hits Tech Tips Sessions. Sessions will run each week between now and the week of May 26th.
We look forward to seeing you each week as we help you become more effective and efficient users of your new MacBook Pro laptops!!!!
This weeks Tech Tips session topic was Mac Keyboard Shortcuts. The idea was to introduce you to some keyboard shortcuts that will help make you more efficient on your Mac. We had 20 participants this week, if you know someone who attended a session ask them to share a new shortcut they learned. If you were unable to attend, below is a Mac Keyboard Shortcut cheat sheet to print and put up by your desk. Once you start using some of these shortcuts you will no longer need the cheat sheet!
Next weeks Tech Tip topic is Creating and Using Google Forms. The sessions will be on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. See you there!
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