Posts Tagged With: iPads

Keynote – Apple’s Answer to PowerPoint

If you are familiar with PowerPoint, then you already have a good idea how to create a Keynote presentation using the Keynote app.  They are similar in many ways.  Here is a video showing the basic steps involved in creating and sharing a Keynote.<p>

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Videolicious Workflow

Several classes have worked with the iPad app Videolicious to produce reports on various topics. Vidolicious makes it simple to create a newscast type video. I encourage the students to draw their own pictures, but they can also find and use pictures from the InternetThis would be the perfect app to document a fieldtrip.

Videolicious Work Flow

  1. Take photos, draw pictures, or capture photos from a source. Be sure to cite your source. These will be save to the Photo Roll.
  2. Open Videolicious.
  3. Choose Shots from camera roll. Be sure to select them in the order you want them to appear.
  4. Press Save.
  5. Record your “story.” This is your narration. Press the red button to start recording and to stop recording. You will determine what is on the screen during your narration by tapping on each small picture thumbnail or on the main screen which is recording your face.
  6. Preview you recording. If you want to record again press Delete and start over. If you like the recording, press Save.
  7. Press Save.
  8. Choose your music from the Theme Music folder. Set the volume so that it doesn’t overpower your voice. Press Save.
  9. DO NOT use a filter.
  10. Preview your work again. Press Back to change the music. Press Save to continue.
  11. Save in SD format.
  12. Give your file a name.
  13. Press the green Save button.
  14. Your video is now in the Camera Roll.
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iPads as Distractions

iPads bring us all kinds of new opportunities to research, create, and collaborate on one device. We are truly fortunate to have these 21st Century devices in our classrooms. But they can also allow students to bring the age-old arts of doodling and note passing to a new level.

Since the beginning of time, whenever people sit in a class, a meeting, a performance or ceremony of any kind, there are those who find it hard to resist doodling, fiddling, whispering, or passing notes. I remember receiving detention my sophomore year for passing notes with my friend, Kathy, and I still whisper to my neighbors in faculty meetings. Long ago I mastered the ability to sit in a class or meeting and appear to be captivated by the speaker while in my head I am writing a grocery list or in my lap I am writing a lesson plan. The iPad (and cell phones) allow us to do this on an even more covert level.

Today children are using cellphones, iPods, or iPads as they sit in restaurants, places of worship, and theaters. Instead of teaching them to be patient and sit respectfully, attentively, some parents are giving them an alternative. Are they conditioning these children to expect to be entertained and connected ALL THE TIME? What does this mean for classroom teachers? If we don’t hold their attention in class, will they think it’s acceptable to use their e-device to fill in the gaps?

I’m sure students are at least as skillful as I am at appearing to be attentive. Maybe more. They can sit quietly, iPad on desk, deeply involved in their task. But what is their task? How can we ensure that when we hand our students an iPad they will stay focused on the assignment we have given them? After all, we are handing them the Internet, a camera, a voice recorder, a bookshelf, a word processor, an email application, an atlas, a collection of videos, paints, canvases, puppets, and potentially, much more. Add to that the fact that what a student creates on the iPad can remain on the iPad in the applications used. This means the next group using the iPads have access to it.

We have an Acceptable Use Policy in place and we have a set of iPad guidelines. But we need more. As a faculty, we need to be on the same track where this is concerned. These are shared devices. We are all stakeholders.

I am curious to know what your thoughts are. Please take a moment and post a comment or suggestion by clicking on the comment link below. Perhaps by putting all our heads together we can come up with some good answers to guide us.

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iPads Are Coming

When we open our doors in August this year, our school will be equipped with several new sets of iPads.    I have been reading about how other schools have handled the integration of iPads and I couldn’t be more excited about bringing these new tools to our students.  The many apps available for the iPad will create an easy way for our JK through 12th graders to practice 21st century skills. I am hoping they will use these apps for a wide variety of projects including digital story telling and communicating through such platforms as Edmodo, blogs, and ePals.

The introduction of iPads does not come without its challenges.  We are looking for ways that students and teachers can save, share, and print their work.  While I am happy to have classes go paperless, it seems some teachers are not.  The options for saving and sharing are not standard from across apps.  The most common methods are:

1. Within the app itself.  This would be fine if we were working with a 1:1 iPad program, but we are not.  The iPads will be shared across the campus.  This means that students will need to work on the same iPad each time if their project can’t be finished in one class period.

2) Email to themselves or the teachers.   This will  work as long as the student can access our wifi.  The students already use this method of sharing their work to the school network when they email their work from home.  I am hoping all teachers will be ready to accept work handed in this way.

3) Uploading to DropBox.  This is an option we are still working on.  How can we create a DropBox account that all students can upload to from the iPads and all  teachers can access?  Will students need to/ want to  upload documents to DropBox and then want to download them to continue work?  Will we only allow them to upload finished work?  How can we create folders to sort work so that the DropBox is organized?  How will students know which folder work in?  In testing the DropBox experience, I am finding that while many apps allow an upload wwork to DropBox, downloading it to view  the work could be a difficult experience.  Example:  The My Story app creates ePub files.  They can be uploaaded to DropBox, but in downloading (to a PC,  at least) they require an ePub reader such as the ones mentioned at this link ( ) and even then the sound files are lost.  How will teachers assess such projects?  Will they need to check each iPad or will they need to use such apps without the option of grading the student product?

4) To the app’s website.  In this case, an account needs to be set up on the app website and the student will need to log in to that account to upload their work there.  Who will set up and host the accounts?  Will individual teachers host these accounts or will there be one general account for each app with this feature?  How will we set the privacy settings on each of these sites to ensure student security?  Will student names be attached to these files?

5) Uploading to Facebook and Twitter is often an option within iPad apps.  At this point, these options will not be offered to students or teachers.

In preparation I am offereing some teacher training this summer.  Below are some of the websites I will be encouraging teachers to explore:

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