Digital Literacy · iPads · Lesson Ideas · Professional Development · Student Engagement

Support During Reading Strategies with Subtext

I wanted to share some positive experiences I’ve had with the Subtext app for iOS devices – I’ve used it with a 5th grade social studies and have co-led Subtext workshops with Caroline Haebig from Stevenson High School. In short, Subtext is a “social reading” app that allows you to import PDFs, websites and articles… Continue reading Support During Reading Strategies with Subtext

Google · iPads · Lesson Ideas

Social Studies and EdTech – Ideas and Resources for Your Classroom

Looking for some ways to infuse EdTech into your Social Studies curriculum? Here’s some ideas to get you started: Timeline JS (Digital Timeline Creator) Create multimedia-drive, collaborative and interactive timelines using Google Spreadsheets and the Timeline JS website. Overview Video Sample, Completed Google Spreadsheet (Steven Spielberg) Finished Example: History of Ghana Gettysburg Battle App Go on… Continue reading Social Studies and EdTech – Ideas and Resources for Your Classroom

iPads · Professional Development

12 pieces of advice about sharing classroom iPads

There’s a lot of advice to share when it comes to sharing iPads in the classroom – I’m really hitting the tip of the iceberg here. I’ll have some more tips later, but this is a good place to start. Don’t be afraid to give up control to the kids. Most are familiar with this… Continue reading 12 pieces of advice about sharing classroom iPads

iPads · Lesson Ideas

10 crazy easy iPad integration ideas

So you’ve got a bunch of iPads in in your classroom. Now what? Figuring out where to begin can seem daunting and overwhelming.  So why not just dive right in? Here are some simple ideas to incorporate into your classroom, along with links to sample students projects: Create a presentation in Keynote. Create a Lab Writeup in Pages/PaperPort… Continue reading 10 crazy easy iPad integration ideas

iPads · Meme · Video

10 tips to encourage quality student filmmaking in the classroom

Did you know that filmmaking helps to develop higher order thinking skills? Check out Niko Theodosakis’s The Director in the Classroom: How Filmmaking Inspires Learning, and explore how making movies fosters important skills like visioning, research, problem solving, logic, planning and analyzing. With apps like iMovie, making quality films in the classroom is easier than… Continue reading 10 tips to encourage quality student filmmaking in the classroom

iPads · Professional Development · Student Engagement

5 things educators can learn from J.J. Abrams’s TED Talk

J.J. Abrams (Lost, MI:3, Star Trek) is one of the most prolific, innovative and successful filmmakers working today. He is so successful that he is personally (and unfathomably) shepherding BOTH the Star Wars and Star Trek film franchises. But did you know the same things that make J.J. so successful are the same tactics we… Continue reading 5 things educators can learn from J.J. Abrams’s TED Talk

iPads · Professional Development · Video

Pump up the RAM! 21st Century Learning/iPads video

Here’s a video I made for our school district highlighting 21st century learning/iPads in the classroom. We used it to showcase the amazing things happening in our schools and the student enthusiasm for digital devices and student-centered learning – it was the centerpiece to our presentation to the school board a year ago, and it… Continue reading Pump up the RAM! 21st Century Learning/iPads video