In this session teachers learned how to add widgets to their dashboard.. They learned to add the basic widgets that are included as well as how to download widgets from the Apple site. They even learned how to create their own widget from an existing web page.
This week we focussed at the different tools GMail has to help you get your email organized and work efficiently for you. We looked at InBox organization tools, labels, searching, and creating filters. Below you will find the handout that we followed during the session to view and/or download.
Tech Tips this week focused on the different features of Chrome and Safari. Chrome continues to evolve and add features so we wanted to show you some off new and useful features Chrome as added recently. Safari, as an Apple application, also has some good features that integrate nicely with other Apple applications. Below is a copy of the handout that accompanied the session and the file you can download if you like.
This week we looked at the different ways the Mac OS allows you to move around your computer. We talked about switching between applications, showing your desktop, moving between files in the same application and much more. How you navigate your computer is a matter of personal preference and what you are used to doing. We wanted to show you some of the different options and maybe you will find some new methods that allow you to work more efficiently. Below is the handout that supported the session to view and download.
This week we focused on the Finder. There was some overlap/repeated information from last weeks session but also covered some new material. We looked at the sidebar, toolbar, sorting items, finding the pathway to a folder/file, airdrop, connecting to the server, Finder preferences, and customizing your Finder. Below is the handout that went with the session and under this a color or black and white copy of the file to download.
Ceesa - March 2014
On March 15, we are presenting at CEESA on how teachers can use Evernote to document student learning. This post is a summary of what we are doing and a collection of the documents we are using.
Learn how to use Evernote to create digital student portfolios. See how you can use this powerful tool to document and organise evidence of student learning for each of your students. You will learn Evernote basics, how to organise notebooks for individual students, how to add different types of media to notes, and how Evernote works seamlessly with Skitch and other iPad apps. After this session, you will be prepared to implement a system for student portfolios.
Evernote Website: http://evernote.com
Free download for computer and tablets: http://evernote.com/evernote/#
Evernote Getting Started (Mac) -- drop down menu for other options:
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.
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.
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