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Sep 15

September 15, 2013

Using iPod Touch App to Record Students (Prosody)

Using iPod Touch App to Record Students (Prosody)

Each year I have had iOS technology in my classroom, May arrives and I inevitably scorn myself for not recording student voices using my iPod Touch devices. I sit there in my small reading group, and I hear these amazing students reading *so* much better than when they arrived in my classroom, and I decide to record their voice…only to then realize, it would be so much more impactful if I had recorded their voice when they first arrived! Well…

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Feb 9

February 9, 2013

The Potential of Student Managed Technology

The Potential of Student Managed Technology

There’s a lot to be said about giving students jobs of some of everyday classroom duties that can easily be forgotten or overlooked. I started out by having students take care of taking our garbage cans and recycling bin out to the hall at the end of the day. Then came desk inspectors to make sure all of the trash and messes that live under our desks are taken care of before we leave for the day. Next came the…

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Jan 18

January 18, 2013

Out of the Box iPod & iPad Apps Ready for Students

Out of the Box iPod & iPad Apps Ready for Students

Many teachers ask me, “what can I do with this ipod right now?” It’s very common to be overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of apps that are available on the Apple App Store when you first start exploring. Often times, teachers just need to start with the basic apps to get accustomed to the technology before diving into the pool of amazing apps that are out there. In the technology professional development class that I created, I introduce teachers…

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Aug 15

August 15, 2012

Things you don’t think of #1: Cable Management

Things you don’t think of #1: Cable Management

Over the past few years I have been adding handheld devices to my classroom, I like to call the set of technology my “Armada”.  It’s slowly growing toward a class set, a few more years and I’ll have my dream of 1:1 for each student. But one thing you never think about prior to getting all of these wonderful devices is…the management of the headphone cables.  It can easily turn the lovely dream of technology, into a nightmare of tangled…

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Jul 17

July 17, 2012

Managing Handheld Technology in Class

Managing Handheld Technology in Class

My class has not reached out 1:1 ratio dream of handheld technology for each student, so we have to make the most of our limited devices which is at 13 this coming Fall. At the start of the year, I make sure we review all of the responsible ways we take care of technology.  I employ our school’s PBIS expectations and connect how to be Safe, Responsible and Respectful with the devices. We discuss costs for the technology, and how…

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Jun 30

June 30, 2012

Vocabulary in iPod Touch Photo Gallery

Vocabulary in iPod Touch Photo Gallery

Two years ago our district adopted the Literacy by Design Reading curriculum for all elementary schools.  This is a comprehensive reading program that outlines 16 thematic units focusing on eight comprehension strategies that seem pretty universal. There is a strong focus on vocabulary in each LbD theme.  So I had an idea of how to utilize technology with these vocabulary words.  I created a slideshow for each of the themes, putting the single vocabulary word on one slide, then the…

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Jun 17

June 17, 2012

App Review: Stack the States

App Review: Stack the States

Stack the States is one of my students’ favorite educational applications on the iPad.  It was created by Dan Russell-Pinson and is a favorite among my students.  This game asks a variety of questions about the 50 states and really gives kids a brain workout to figure out which state is the correct answer. If a student does answer a question correctly, they are then given that state to try to stack along with other states to reach a certain…

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Jun 16

June 16, 2012

iPads in the classroom

iPads in the classroom

Last November, I had the opportunity to take the Apple sponsored tour of Canby School District in Canby, Oregon.  This district has been at the forefront of technology integration for the past few years.  The district technology director, Joseph Morelock, walked us through the exciting things Canby has done. One of the most amazing things, which became my own personal dream, was to put handheld technology into the hands of as many students as possible, even down to a 1:1…

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