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iPad PD with Sam Gliksman

As a follow up to last night’s session you may be interested in exploring the resources on iPads in Education a ning site founded by Sam Gliksman. A ning is a social network – this one is open to the public to view but if you wish to participate in forums (a great way to locate information and seek assistance for your specific questions) you need to register.

If you’d like to hear more from Sam here he is discussing the use of iPads in education:

I’ve written about Explain Everything before on Bytes – read those posts here and here.

Worth a read 05/20/2014

  • “Mrs. Cooper’s second graders were asked to show their understanding of the water cycle and to do this we decided to have the students add something to their blog. However, a visual is extremely helpful in understanding so we chose to have the children draw a picture in the Drawing Box app, import it into Explain Everything where it would be recorded, save it to the camera roll, then upload it to their post on KidBlog. All of this was accomplished on our iPad minis!”

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  • “Having iPads redefines many elements of teaching, learning, and assessment.  These past 2 years, I’ve experienced a learning curve not unlike that of a brand spankin’ new teacher.  This year I’ve begun to make the shift from technology-empowered teacher to a teacher who empowers students more.  It takes time, but when I let go and give more control to the kids, I’m not disappointed.  On the contrary, I realize that I didn’t know what I didn’t know about my students.  The more I learn about them and their thinking, and the more I impart this feedback to them so they know themselves better, the more we all understand the mathematics.”

    tags: KDSBytes Explain Everything screencasting

  • “Providing timely and effective feedback on student work is a critical component to any classroom. As students increasingly operate and create in a digital environment, emerging tools provide unique new opportunities for teachers to provide feedback on both written work and video projects.”

    tags: KDSBytes Explain Everything Google Drive feed feedback formative assessment

  • “Explain Everything is an app that lends itself easily to almost any assignment at any grade-level.  It allows users to add images, text, and drawings to a single page (app-folks call this an “interactive whiteboard”).  It also lets you create multiple pages or slides with those images, text, and drawings (just like an old-school PowerPoint).  To kick it up a notch, you can record your voice as you click through your slides, annotating (drawing or adding text and image) as you talk.

    tags: KDSBytes Explain Everything apps presentation tools

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Explain everything

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Today at MC some staff attended a workshop about using Explain Everything on the iPads.

The following are some of the resources we looked at and also some links to further information.

Here’s an Explain Everything video from iPad guru Tony Vincent. In it he uses various features of the app to visualise what the number of apps in the apps store looks like. Of course it’s a little out-of-date now but the video gives a good overview of what’s possible with Explain Everything.

This is a video created by primary aged students on the lifecycle of butterflies.

Another one on Digital Citizenship:

This video gives a quick rundown of some of the basic features and also shows an example of a student using Explain Everything to show his thinking while balancing a chemical equation.

Several more examples from primary students can be found on this blog post Using Explain Everything in the Primary Classroom

This post explains the process used by some year 6 students to create videos about the water cycle using Explain Everything and iMovie. This is one of the final products:

IMG 0711 from libby on Vimeo.

You don’t always have to create videos. In this video we see how one teacher uses Explain Everything as a mobile IWB.

This post from The History 2.0 Classroom explains how Greg Kulowiec uses Explain Everything to:

  1. Create Graphics/Posters/Diagrams
  2. Brainstorm ideas and projects (recording the process)
  3. As an interactive white board with a recordable option
  4. As a powerful platform for presentations

The Explain Everything website has lots of video tutorials and there is a free manual available on the iBooks store – follow this link on your iPad to download it.

I’ve written about Explain Everything on Bytes before, you can read it here.

App of the week: Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.  https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8

From students explaining their thinking while solving a maths problem:

[from http://osstechenablinglearning.edublogs.org/2014/02/28/268/]

to creating a presentation on any topic (don’t laugh at my first ever Explain Everything video!)

Explain Everything makes it easy.

You can

  • insert images or video from your camera roll, Dropbox, or Google Drive
  • take a photo or video from within the app
  • insert a file from Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive
  • insert a browser to search and annotate web pages
  • use text tools to draw and type
  • use a laser pointer to highlight things as you speak about them or add arrows or other stickers
  • export the completed project as a video, image or pdf file to other apps
  • upload to Youtube, Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive

Mrs Wideen’s blog has some great examples from lower primary students.

This video from Paul Hamilton is a good overview of how the app works:

Explain Everything is a great app for students to use in the one-to-one classroom but it can also be used in the one iPad classroom giving lots of the features of an IWB in a device that can easily be passed around the room.

The app costs $2.99 and in my opinion is one of the best value-for-money apps available for education.