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Integrating the iPad/iPhone/iPod into your classroom – literally with Marco Torres

Wow! The last two Friday’s have blown my mind. I am so excited and inspired by the new things I have discovered and the questions I am now asking. Last Friday was Challenge Based Learning and today I went to a workshop on integrating the iPad/iPhone/iPod into your classroom, with the very inspirational, Marco Torres.

I really liked Marco’s analogy of ‘Studio, Stage, Community’. Those of you familiar with ‘Caves, Watering Holes and Campfires’ learning spaces may relate. The amount of technology students have at their fingertips should not be overlooked, whether we as educators, parents or members of the community like it or not, it can not be ignored or avoided. It’s here, now and students are always going to use it! Marco described the ‘Studio’, where students are using technology to produce content, the ‘Stage’ being the Internet, sharing their work and finally ‘Community’, where their work is celebrated with a global audience. He emphasised the fact that with mobile devices, students have their ‘Studio, Stage, Community’ on them at all times.

As a result of today’s workshop, I thought I would share some of the apps and ideas that were discussed. Some, I had heard about but never tried and there were also lots of new ones. The focus was on students using most of these apps to create- not just regurgitate information or play drill and practise games.

GarageBand- GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go.

See (and hear) the potential-http://vimeo.com/43162659 Students playing in an iPad Orchestra created by their teacher. Directed by Marco Torres

Wiki Nodes- Wikipedia comes to life with an infinite constellation of visual links. Browse. Discover. Bookmark. Annotate. Share.

Evernote_Icon_256No surprises here- Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity.

Wkikhood- Organises the information from Wikipedia for any place in the world. Within a few clicks you not only get access to all the locations around you, but also the vast information related to these locations categorized by “persons” und “culture/buildings”.

AppshopperAppShopper keeps you up to date on the newest App Store apps, sales and freebies.

Barefoot World Atlas- A magical interactive 3D globe that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet.

ShowMe- Allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online.

iMovie- Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips.

AutoRap- Simply speak into your iPad or iPhone and it turns it your speech into a rap song.

Haiku Deck- The simple new way to create stunning presentations for any occasion.

Explain Everything- Easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations.

Word Lens- See the world in your language: instantly translate printed words using your built-in video camera, in real time!

With these apps and examples of student learning I saw today as well as last Friday I am beginning to ask my self many questions.

How can I challenge my students to ask ‘under the surface questions’?

What am I doing in my classroom to get students to come up with their own ideas about learning?

How can my students learn by watching me learn?

How can I encourage my students to challenge themselves and their own thinking?

I would love to hear your thoughts.


Student Conferences with Evernote and KustomNote

Evernote has transformed the way I keep notes on students in my class. I type notes, record audio and video and take photos of their worksamples. All this information is then stored in individual student notebooks within Evernote.

I first began using Evernote for individual reading conferences and since then just about all of my organisastional data and student anecdotal notes are taken using Evernote. I love that it allows me to keep everything in one place, it keeps me organised and able to track students and information easily with the tap of a button.

Although Evernote has become a necessity for me in my classroom, I have never been one hundred percent happy with the formating tools. I am a very visual person so not only do I want my information accessible I want it to look good too.

Today I stumbled upon a web app called KustomNote. KustomNote was originally designed for the Evernote Dev Cup. Think Google Forms and Evernote all mixed into one! I like it as it takes out all the need for formatting and produces professional looking, neat notes.

Below I have included a little story of how my notes have changed since I began using Evernote-

At this stage I can not see a way to record audio or video through KustomNote but once your note has been saved you can go in and add audio and attachments as you usually would.

I like the fact that once I have my templates made all I need to do is edit and the information is easily saved in my desired notebook in Evernote.

I have created the following templates and have made them public for other users to copy.

  • Reading Conference
  • Writing Conference
  • Strategy Group- Reading
  • Strategy Group- Writing
  • Maths Focus Group

How could you use KustomNote in the classroom?

How do you format your notes for student records?