Thursday, March 20, 2014

Student iPad Video X Class YouTube Channel

It is often challenging to figure out how to publish and share student created content that is generated on iPads.  Students typically do not have their own YouTube channel and it is fairly typical for Google Apps for Education districts to turn off the YouTube function in the student apps domain.

No problem, there is an easy way for students to generate video content on their iPads that can be shared and published to a class YouTube channel by the classroom teacher.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

iPads X Black Out Poems

Once again I am inspired to write this post due to the thoughtful teaching of Lauren Putman.

This was the tweet that caught my attention.

It was about a black out poetry assignment that her students were working on based on a reading of the Battle of Salamis.  I was recently introduced to the concept of black out poems by Amy Burvall at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit.  It appears that the history of black out poetry is quite deep, with Austin Kleon exploring the medium in great detail.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Real World X iPads...and Tangible Play

I'm a firm believer that we learn by creating and doing.  In my time as a high school history teacher I was perpetually in search of approaches that my students could take to create content to demonstrate their understanding of concepts that we were exploring in our classroom.

The technology was slim and the process was tedious.  The resources that were available at the time in my classroom were a handful of Flip video cameras and one MacBook.  While the creation process was doable, even with 4 or 5 cameras, the editing and publishing process was challenging at best.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Google Drive X Explain Everything = Embedded Video Reflections

If you read this blog, it comes as no surprise that I often use and find Explain Everything to be the most remarkable and powerful application that can be used with an iPad.  What can be created with this tool is nearly limitless and I think I may have uncovered the most powerful role yet that this app can play in developing strong student writers and thinkers, "Embedded Video Reflections."  

With Google Apps and Google Drive in place in a growing number of schools, it is becoming increasingly standard practice to have students write in the form of a Google document.  With the writing experience in a Google document on an iPad being much improved, the entire writing process can now take place on an iPad.  While the back and forth between student, peers and teachers in the form of margin comments or in text editing is powerful and contribute to the writing process and improved writing, there is another element to student writing that can now be easily layered on top of the student generated text, "Embedded Video Reflection."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Evolving iPads X Video Feedback...How Things Have Changed

Three years ago I worked with Katrina Kennett's 10th grade English class to help facilitate a paperless research process using iPads.  Part of our problem was to solve workflow pre-Google Drive on an iPad.

This is what we came up with:
This process was obviously not ideal for daily classroom use, but we did it and surprisingly it worked.  Keep in mind this was on iOS5.

This workflow process has been streamlined immensely with the release of Google Drive.  Now the entire writing process, including feedback (in the body of the paper and with inserted comments) can take place within a Google Document in the Google Drive app.