Making sense of #cue13

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I have no idea how to sum up everything in a few blog posts. If I were to, it would take me a long time to type and then I would stop typing it before sharing it. I’ll make an attempt to share as much as possible in a timely way. After all, I know you are busy because you’re an educator.

The Computer Using Educators conference took place in Palm Springs in March.  They have them at other times too, but what is important to note is while I was gone I shopped, ate, learned and tanned in 30 degree, sunny weather while Regina endured a blizzard.

On Thursday, March 14th  I attended a session called “iPads and Literacy: Where Technology Meets the Book”   done by Andrew Smith. His resources are on his page, so I will talk about what I have done or plan to do with these apps.

Sock Puppets– Your voice/student voice- the puppet talks. Quick, fun, easy way for students to be heard without being seen. I attached some videos my class created for Romeo and Juliet under the Grade 9 ELA section. Their task was to “Sum up” Act One in thirty seconds or less. My instructions were unclear because some students made multiple videos up to 30 seconds, but that was my fault. I did this as a “test” for Act one. Previously, we read the play, did some questions (which helped to sum up what they read) and then did a test. I began questioning this process- why as educators are we teaching the same thing three different ways? Isn’t regurgitation pointless? The students were forced to remember the important parts of Act one, go back and re-read sections, create a script and then produce their final product. The students looked back at their notes and added in exact quotations and made it their own. In my mind, this type of experimental learning is more important than giving a standard test.

 Screen Chomp– sketch and narrate ideas and share. It’s a virtual whiteboard, and you can record everything you do and send it.  My grade 12s are trying this app within the next week or two, and I will share my thoughts and their projects at a later date.

Red Lite– Voice Recorder.  Easy to share, and organize notes. I can see some of my EAL students using this to share their ideas instead of writing. Shy students in class? Perhaps they can have their audio created prior to the presentation. It depends on the outcomes you are trying to achieve.

Chirbit and Red Laser – It generates QR codes that may be scanned and shared. The best part is that a student may record his or her voice and others will hear it when the code is scanned.  I am playing around with this one. I am finding that the Chirbit APP does not have a QR generator option, or it does and I cannot find it. The website allows numerous ways to share the voice thread, but I would rather have the generator in one central location rather than jumping from the app to the website.

iBuildapp.com– Self explanatory, but  this website allows you to build an app. I haven’t played with it yet, but when I do I will post my thoughts.

That sums up what I took from the  first workshop. I am trying to take what I learned and implement it or use it in the classroom. There is a lot to learn, and a lot to do so I am hoping to do little things at a time. The key to successful technology/iPad integration is to go beyond the apps. I am not quite there yet. I find myself concentrating on the apps more, but I’m hoping to change for the better as I learn.

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