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A little over a year ago, John Spencer and I tossed around an idea for a book called The Creative Classroom.  Given our combined experience with design thinking (as educators, leaders, and people who actively engage in creative work), we planned out a solid book on the topic. We wrote the kind of book we thought education publishers would want us to submit. It was decent. It was informative. But then Dave Burgess contacted us and said, “I’m not interested in an education book. I’m interested in a manifesto. I’m interested in a bold statement telling the world the heart and soul of what you are about.”

Dave encouraged us to make this book our own – to write the kind of book that we would have wanted to read as teachers. He also wanted this book to be fully ours, including John’s sketches throughout and on the design of the cover. But more importantly, he encouraged us to abandon the idea of writing a book we were “supposed” to write and instead write the book we felt we needed to write.

And that’s exactly what we did. John and I tossed the outline. In fact, we scrapped the entire first draft. We focused on a single idea: that every child deserves a creative classroom and that design thinking can help make that happen in every classroom with every child. We dove into research. We asked hard questions. We interviewed tons of teachers doing amazing things. We fine-tuned the LAUNCH Cycle, adding some key components often missing in design thinking. We ended up with the book that needed to be written and something I am truly proud of authoring with John:

LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student.

A little over a year ago, John Spencer and I tossed around an idea for a book called The Creative Classroom.  Given our combined experience with design thinking (as educators, leaders, and people who actively engage in creative work), we planned out a solid book on the topic. We wrote the kind of book we thought education publishers would want us to submit. It was decent. It was informative. But then Dave Burgess contacted us and said, “I’m not interested in an education book. I’m interested in a manifesto. I’m interested in a bold statement telling the world the heart and soul of what you are about.”

Dave encouraged us to make this book our own – to write the kind of book that we would have wanted to read as teachers. He also wanted this book to be fully ours, including John’s sketches throughout and on the design of the cover. But more importantly, he encouraged us to abandon the idea of writing a book we were “supposed” to write and instead write the book we felt we needed to write.

And that’s exactly what we did. John and I tossed the outline. In fact, we scrapped the entire first draft. We focused on a single idea: that every child deserves a creative classroom and that design thinking can help make that happen in every classroom with every child. We dove into research. We asked hard questions. We interviewed tons of teachers doing amazing things. We fine-tuned the LAUNCH Cycle, adding some key components often missing in design thinking. We ended up with the book that needed to be written and something I am truly proud of authoring with John:

LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student.

 

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iPad smiley iPads continue to be important in K-12 education even with the growth of Chromebooks. Chromebooks are very new, so time will tell.

Some schools have a bring your own device policy, but that comes with a host of issues.  A ton of schools have implemented successful 1:1 programs.  And 1:1 certainly is not new, but has become more successful with iPads.

Learning should always be the focus and the device is just the conduit. But,  iPads have had a positive impact on student engagement in and out of the classroom. When iPads are integrated w, the outcomes can be explementary.

I encourage you to bookmark these websites  They are a treasure trove of resources.  Subscribe to their newsletters, twitter feeds, etc. There  is much to be learned from these sites.

Screenshot 2016-01-03 11.36.31iPads in Education: You name it, it is at this site,  from basic as apps and accessories to effective deployment.

Screenshot 2016-01-03 11.37.04Apple’s iPad Website: Sometimes you just need to hear from a real teacher, find real stories organized by category about various iPad apps and how they’ve been used in the classroom.

 

Screenshot 2016-01-03 11.37.37iPadology:  This YouTube channel offers useful application of iPad apps in the classroom.”

Screenshot 2016-01-03 11.37.53Apps in Education: Reviews useful apps in all  subjects, including math, music, English and special needs and more.

Screenshot 2016-01-03 11.38.13The iPad Curriculum: Best practices for using the iPad as a learning tool. There are millions of apps, but integrating apps into the curriculum is the real challenge. Learn how!

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Loupe Collage turns your pictures into a shape or a word collage.  First, choose the pictures from your computer or Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Drive, or Flickr and more. Next, choose a shape, image, or word you would like to make into your collage.

Here are some ideas that you could use Loupe Collage for!

  • Music Classroom – famous composers in the shape of a musical note
  • History / Language Arts – famous historical figures
    • Put together a collage of your name. (my grandaughter)

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iCampFriday, January 15, 2016

Alumni Center

K-State Campus, Manhattan, KS

Cost: $50 (includes lunch)

Registration
→ Online iCamp Registration
→ Printable iCamp Registration

Join us with your iPad for an innovative, inspiring day to ignite your creativity!

Make plans now to attend a full-day workshop focused on iPad apps supporting communication, productivity, teaching and learning.

  • Registration Check-in: 8–8:30 a.m.
  • Workshop: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

What is iCamp iPad Day?

Participant from iCamp 2014iCamp is an innovative and engaging day that will take educators through an immersive experience that builds deep understanding of how students create, connect, share and collaborate with iPads. This high-energy hands-on iCamp Day will give you a chance to start networking with other educators while learning new ways to empower students. You will innovate, be inspired and ignited to take their classrooms to a whole new level!


Creating and Sharing with iPads

In this all day hands-on INTERACTIVE workshop, Wes and Shelly Fryer will guide you in learning how to use iPads with students to create and share a variety of media products. You’ll work with other educators in table groups to share writing interactively, create narrated projects, short radio shows, paper slide videos, quick edit videos, and eBooks including audio, pictures and video and much more. You will leave inspired and ignited. You will see real examples from real classrooms including Shelly’s very special classroom at Positive Tomorrows, an elementary school that provides education for homeless children. From A to Z, they cover kids’ needs so they can focus on being kids. Learn more detail about Wes and Shelly and the workshop at the website.

Workshop resources are available on ShowWithMedia.com.


About Dr. Wesley Fryer

Dr. Wesley Fryer is an author, elementary classroom STEM teacher, digital learning consultant, digital storyteller, and change agent. He teaches 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of 9 books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, teach and assess learning. His Mapping Media to the Curriculum book series focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014. He helps organize free EdCamp and PLAYDATE professional development events in Oklahoma, the annual Write Well, Sell Well writing conference in Oklahoma City, as well as the free, annual K-12 Online Conference.

→ Wesley Fryer’s Website
→ Wesley Fryer on Twitter

About Shelly Fryer

Shelly Fryer is a third and fourth grade classroom teacher at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City. This is the second full year her students have been one to one with iPads. In addition to teaching elementary school, Shelly has worked in early childhood church ministry and in mission outreach projects equipping single mothers with workforce skills and experiences.

→ Shelly Fryer’s Classroom Website


Participant from iCamp 2014

Details About the Apps for the Day:
Please download at least the first FREE app (F) in each category listed below prior to the workshop. Commercial apps (C) will be demonstrated but are optional.

http://www.ipadwithwes.com/apps/

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It is almost Halloween, not my favorite holiday, but here is a little fun for you this week.  Creepy Victoria Photo, iPhone/iPad app.  It is free, but does include in app purchases for selected features.  I challenge you to print and hang your creations on your office doors.  Enjoy!
Creepy Victorian Photo is a scary photography app where users can transform their portrait into a strange ancestral photography.  With Creepy Victorian Photo, the you can select from one of the 184 old Victorian portraits in which to add your face. So you will want to take a good selfie!  Simply take or import a photo and place you face behind the selected Victorian portrait. Apply photo-editing effects and choose from hundreds of ghost stickers to create a dark and mysterious portrait.  Share your portrait on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email.Features:
• Take a photo or import one from your album
• Both front and back cameras are supported
•184 adjustable layouts
• Dozen of filters
• More than 200 scary stickers
• Control transparency, adjust light, contrast, blur and focus. Use pen and much more
• Add text and captions
• Save your creepy portrait to your device
• Share it on social media like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, & EmailWebsite:  www.creepyvictorianphoto.com for more information, including videos and screenshots of the app.

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Screenshot 2015-08-08 08.47.09Chronicle looks to be remarkable new iPad app designed by teachers to help teachers implement best practices in their classrooms.  Chronicle is an all-in-one tool that teachers can use for classroom management, grading, assessing, and so much more.  It is pretty clear that classroom teachers created this app. It is kinda pricey in the scheme of ipad apps, but look what it does and you will likely believe it is worth the price, especially if you don’t have a an LMS to use like Canvas or even Blackboard, Chronicle might just be worth your 20 bucks. It is certainly worth a look at their Youtube Channel to see how it works. They do an excellent job of show you all its possibilities so you can make an informed decision.

Created by husband and wife teachers, Chronicle can be used to drive instructional decisions, provide valuable feedback, and communicate student growth and needs through the accumulation of rich, informative student data.

Chronicle is ideal for Reading and Writing Workshop but can be used in any subject to:
• efficiently take customizable notes (conferring notes or observational notes) and apply them
to individuals and small groups.
• capture photo, video, and/or audio notes.
• track formative assessments of learning objectives, learning behaviors, or social behaviors
using a unique Traffic Light design.
• create digital student portfolios by designating any note (text, photo, video, and audio) as an
Artifact.
• align teaching with the Common Core Standards (*importing of these standards is optional).
• record and track student progress using an integrated and multifaceted grade book.
• view and share data in a variety of ways.
• promote school-wide collaboration by securely passing data from one year’s teacher to the next.
• keep data safe (capable of being password protected, and data can be backed up and restored via iCloud and Dropbox).

Screenshot 2015-08-08 08.56.22Check out their website to learn more: http://www.powerhouseed.com/home

 

 

The Trailer Overview:

Check out the tutorial: (Very detailed). Their Youtube channel has more tutorials.

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Lots of free apps today including a Hooked on PhonicsFree Apps Logo App which is normally $19.99.

Thanks to Mark Coppin, Assistive Technology Director, Anne Carlsen Center for this great list of apps today.
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Watchkin
Another option for watching youtube videos without all the distraction is Watchkin, watchkin.com, and operates in much the same way as viewpure.com. Watch YouTube videos without comments, ads, or other distractions.

What is Watchkin?

Watchkin is a site devoted to letting people have more control over their youtube viewing experience. We do the following things:

  • Clean up the video page so you only have to see the video, and not all the surrounding text and images, comments and ads.
  • Get rid of all the thumbnail images on the search results by default, thus avoiding inappropriate or potentially offensive content.
  • Offer Watchkin Smart Mode filtering, which allows for safer viewing of videos for families, and lets users have input to fine tune the filtering.

How does it work?

When someone shares a youtube video with you, just copy and paste the url into the search box above and you’ll be taken to a clean page to watch your video without all the distractions of a normal youtube page — no videos on the side of the page or at the end of the video.

Even easier ways are to use the Auto-Redirect Addon, or the bookmarklet, as mentioned below.

Here’s an example of Bill Nye the Science Guy, come on……who doesn’t like Bill talking about Dinosaurs!
watchkin.com/accfe2c2f0

Many schools are beginning  to open up Youtube, but reluctantly! This may be a good option to helping in that fight teachers have with IT staff about letting them have access to Youtube with kids.  I encourage you to check out Watchkin. There really is no ready they should say NO to this method of “filtering.”