Posts Tagged "tools"

Building Digital Texts on the iPad

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Mixes | 2 comments

Below I’ve embedded my slide deck for my six-hour workshop I’m presenting tomorrow at the MTA Summer Conference on Building Digital Texts on the iPad. Six hours. Solo....

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The three iPad apps every elementary school should buy

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Mixes | 10 comments

As we start to get into the rhythm of the school year with the 1:1 iPad program, and as I also use the iPads with other grade levels on an ad hoc basis, I find myself coming back to certain apps over and over again. For me, the apps that are most useful are those that are the most flexible. If you have a limited amount of funds for iPad apps, don’t spend it on content apps! Spend that money on stuff that you’ll be able to use not just in one class, but in every class all day long. Here are my nominations for the three apps that you should buy first for your school, whether you have one iPad or 1:1 iPads. At $13 total (half that with volume purchase!)...

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1:1 iPads in Elementary Part 2 – Setting up the Carts

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 in Mixes | 6 comments

My, how things have changed. Last year, it took me weeks to push 60 iPads out to my building. This year, it took me less than a week to push out 140 iPads! That was also a week where I was teaching and working on other things in the building. If i dedicated time exclusively to the task, I’m sure it would take even less. All of this is thanks to my new best friend for getting things set up, Configurator. But first, a bit about how we’re managing devices this year. While I could use Configurator to manage and supervise every single thing on all of the iPads, I didn’t particularly want to. We’re doing a pilot with just six classrooms for me to worry...

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Welcome to the Tools

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Mixes | 2 comments

In a bit of fortuitous timing, given that I just started a blog about wanting to take a closer look at, among other things, the tools that help us create things, I was recently contacted by Daniel Scibienski for an interview on his new blog Teacher Uses This, which is exclusively about the tools teachers use to get things done. You can read the whole thing if you wish here, but below are the juicy parts that are more relevant to what I’ll be talking examining as this blog moves along: What hardware are you using? I’m pretty much exclusively Apple hardware these days, although I certainly didn’t intend to turn out that way. I was a pretty hardcore PC guy,...

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