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October In-service Half Day Training: Prezi

posted Oct 27, 2015, 11:30 PM by Landon B   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 5:59 AM ]

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was a great presenter. Many of his presentations included only images. He illustrates a new method in presentation design.

Copyright Issues - There are a number of good resources for finding images to use. Creative Commons search is one such resource. 

Finding Media - Google image filters and other resources
Finding Themes - Colourlovers is a good site for finding theme colors that work well together
Note & Point - Great presentation examples



prezi

Prezi is an innovative presentation tool with an open canvas. This web based tool lets you break out of a traditional presentation format and use some cool effects. We'll talk about each of the screen shots below. 

prezi frames  prezi edit path   prezi insert
                                                                           Frames                                     Path                                        Insert

                                                          prezi insert image  prezi customize   prezi share
                                                               Creative Commons                    Customize                                Share

                                                        prezi right click  prezi group  prezi autoplay
                                                                       Right Click                                  Group                                    Auto Play

                                                                                                          prezi edit image
                                                                                                                       Edit Images


Help!!
Prezi Tutorials (that happen to be Prezi examples)

Connect ED - Prezi schoool education accounts
Collaboration & More - 13 ways to use Prezi in the classroom

iOS App - Here is a support page and video that will guide you through using the iOS Prezi app

Image Editing with Pixlr - One of my favorite web based image editors
Web
Apps (Android & iOS)


Try

Collaborate digitally with at least one other person in this session to create a presentation using Prezi. The presentation should be about food.

Requirements:
- 7 Slides/frames
- Media rich (images/videos/symbols)
- 1 Edited image
- Theme (color/design/layout)
- Custom font
- Transition Effects 

Publish and post your presentation to this Padlet


Exit Ticket Survey

October In-service Half Day Training: Google Slides

posted Oct 27, 2015, 1:09 PM by Landon B   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 5:59 AM ]


Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was a great presenter. Many of his presentations included only images. He illustrates a new method in presentation design.

Copyright Issues - There are a number of good resources for finding images to use. Creative Commons search is one such resource. 

Finding Media - Google image filters and other resources
Finding Themes - Colourlovers is a good site for finding theme colors that work well together
Note & Point - Great presentation examples



Google Slides How To

We'll look at these features/options together:

- Creating
- Theme/background
- Transitions/animations

- Add, delete & organize slides
- Format text & more fonts

- Insert images, videos & objects
- Edit images
- Grouping

- Revision history

- Publish to the web

Collaboration & More - 10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes
iOS App - Here are two videos that guide you through using the iOS Google Slides app

Image Editing with Pixlr - One of my favorite web based image editors
- Web
- Apps (Android & iOS)

Try

Collaborate digitally with at least one other person in this session to create a presentation using Google Slides. The presentation should be about a destination.

Requirements:
- 7 Slides
- Media rich (images/videos)
- 1 Edited image
- Theme (color/design)
- Custom font
- Transition or animation

Publish and post your presentation to this Padlet


Sunrise Calendar

posted Oct 2, 2015, 9:14 AM by Landon B

Sunrise Calendar lets me see all  my events in one place. I'd be lost without it. Now part of Microsoft, Sunrise allows you to pull calendars from all your accounts into one location. It works on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android (and web based). Check out the links and video below. Let me know if you have any questions.


Type With Your Voice in Google Docs

posted Oct 1, 2015, 9:19 AM by Landon B   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 9:43 AM ]

Google Docs has a new feature that allows users to type with their voice. This would be great for students with low level language skills or anyone that wants to quickly get their ideas onto 'paper'. Right now it seems to only work in the Google Chrome browser. Check out the link and video below. Let me know if you have any questions.


September In-service Half Day Training: K-6 iPad Apps

posted Sep 23, 2015, 7:31 AM by Landon B   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 9:30 AM ]

K-6 iPad Apps

iOS 9 Features
- Multitasking 
- iCloud App
- Hide Pictures


Why use it?
- Lets you easily send media, like pictures and videos, between devices

Try
- Download the app and share media with someone sitting next to you





Why use it?
- Lets students create fun comic strips for free

Try
- Download the app and create a three frame comic

Bonus
- Marvel comic strip creator (didn't work on iPad)



Why use it?
- Have students read and speak to work on fluency
- *Disclaimer* the app still works fine, but the site seems to be down, possible buyout

Try
- Download the app and create a croak

Alternate
Spreaker Studio - lets you record and add sound effects (register)


Why use it?
- Let's students crop videos recorded in the wrong layout

Try
- Download the app and use it to crop a video (record one in portrait mode if needed)






Why use it?
- Pre-k to 2nd grade song, reading, and math skills

Try
- Download the app explore content
- *Free material is limited






Why use it?
- Free eB00ks/audio books for students 12 and under
- Reads stories

Try
- Download the app, set up an account, check out content






Why use it?
- Fun phonics game for students

Try
- Download the app and play a few levels







Why use it?
- Letter, number, shape, & word tracing practice for kids

Try
- Download the app and explore







Why use it?
- Storytelling and video creation app

Try
- Download the app and create a video






#10 Doceri

Why use it?
- Whiteboard and remote desktop teaching app
- Similar functionality as a StarBoard or SmartBoard

Try
- Quick Doceri demo





2015-2016 C-I EMPLOYEE RIGHT-TO KNOW & BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN TRAINING

posted Aug 31, 2015, 8:02 PM by Landon B

It's that time of year again. Use the following document to complete your required training. As always, let me know if you have any questions.

ERK & BBP Training

Flick Media Between Devices

posted Jan 22, 2015, 8:26 AM by Landon B   [ updated Jan 22, 2015, 8:31 AM ]

Flick is an app (available on most platforms) that lets you easily send media, like pictures and videos, between devices. If students are working on a project using different devices, this will let them combine their work together. Also, if an app is not working on one device, they can transfer their work and keep going. Check out the video below.


Google Cultural Institute

posted Jan 16, 2015, 1:53 PM by Landon B

The Google Cultural Institute is a collection of historic, artistic, and cultural resources from around the world. Use it to expose your students to a world they may never see in real life. Check out the video and resources below.


Cultural Institute - Main site
About the Cultural Institute - Overview of the project and resources that are available.
Projects for Educators - Check out the buttons at the top to view different classroom resources. Look at different projects using the buttons at the bottom of the page.
More education resources - Broken down by Primary and Secondary grades.
ED Tech Review - Different ways to use this resource in the classroom.

Google Classroom

posted Sep 23, 2014, 11:23 AM by Landon B   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 11:25 AM ]

Google Classroom helps you manage and organize students' Google Documents. Check out the link and video below for more information. If you are using Google Drive already, this will save you time. Let me know if you want help setting this up for your classes.


Upgrade Your Clickers

posted Sep 12, 2014, 11:41 AM by Landon B   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 1:51 PM ]


Use student response apps to make formative assessment more engaging. Here are two great options that can be used with any internet connected device (Android, iOS, Chromebooks, laptops). Check out the videos and sites below for more information. Let me know if you have any questions or want to schedule a time to explore using this in your class.



samr model
REDEFINITION - Use Kahoot to "gamify" your lesson in a game show like competition 

MODIFICATION - Have students use Kahoot or Socrative to create their own quizzes to test other students

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AUGMENTATION - Use Kahoot or Socrative to get real time feedback on student understanding

SUBSTITUTION - Use Kahoot or Socrative to check for understanding at the end of a lesson

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