Google Expeditions – Field Trips from the Comfort of your Classroom

Google Expeditions allows you to take your class on a Virtual Fieldtrip. Tour the Aztec and Mayan Ruins, the International Space Station, or Gettysburg National Military park. You can do all of this with your classroom iPads. When using Expeditions, you become the leader on your iPad and students join you on the tour with their iPads. Edtech teacher has created and quick video to show you how this works. Start by downloading the app on your iPad.  After that, you will be ready to take your students on a virtual Field Trip!

Google Arts and Culture

Now you can virtually explore many museums from several countries around the world via Google Arts and Culture.  You or your students can take advantage of this awesome resource via a browser or with their free iPad app.  The zoom views and virtual tours allow you to experience many of the world’s greatest treasures and landmarks.  This resource is a perfect thing to try if you are looking to amplify one of your lessons with a real view related to your curriculum.  Thanks to Google Arts and Culture I was just able to escape my snowy morning and “travel” to Italy and experience a 360 view of the Floating Piers installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (see screenshot above).

Thanks to Kate Moran for sharing this awesome link with us!  If you have any interesting new resources please share them with us.

iPad as Teacher’s Assistant

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Ever wish you had an assistant in your classroom? In a way, your iPad can act as your assistant and, in a sense, amplify your lessons and activities. Full Disclosure…. I’m completely stealing this idea, verbatim, from Tony Vincent’s blog. Tony’s infographic is filled with great ideas for using your iPad as your assistant. Each section of the infographic is organized into common tasks like manage your classroom, assess student work, or interact with your students. Below, I have shared just the section titled “Manage the Classroom” to narrow things down and provide focus for this week. I encourage you to give one of these apps a try this week and report how it went in the comments. That way, we can all learn from each other.

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Explain Everything 3.0

Explain Everything Alternative LogoExplain Everything will be launching a new version very soon and it comes with 4 new features that I think will be useful here at Pike. See the new version in action with Explain Everything creator Reshan Richards.

1.  Updated User Interface – this is minor for the classroom but they have created an cleaner look.

2.  Improved Export Workflow – one export button. This should make it a bit easier to export your creations.

3. Equation Editor – They’ve added an equation editor for including formulas and graphing. Pretty Cool!

4.  Simple User Interface Option – This is going to be great for the younger grades at Pike.  Takes away many of the buttons and leaves only the most important ones.

 

Socrative Training

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At Pike some teachers are using Socrative with their students during class. Socrative is a classroom tool for measuring and visualizing student understanding in real time.  It can provide immediate feedback from every student in your class. It is very easy to administer quizzes and no student accounts are necessary.

Below is a link to an Atomic Learning Tutorial that will show all the major functionality of Socrative in 15 minutes, by Greg Kulowiec from EdTechTeacher:
Getting Started wtih Socrative Training – Atomic Learning

If you would like access to shorter videos for specific topics or questions there are many useful videos here.

The complete Socrative User Manual can be found here.

As always, if you would like to meet with someone individually to help get you started please let someone in the Tech Department know.

Advanced Socrative Users
Below are some ideas if you are looking to expand your use of Socrative in the classroom.

Using Socrative for Peer Collaboration

Students as Questioners – Blooms Taxonomy presents many ideas to help build your students’ questioning skills and cognitive abilities.

Utilizing Socrative as a back channel during class

Good Google News!

The latest version of Google Docs on the iPad now includes real-time spell check. Google has finally added this feature, which is a long awaited and welcome addition for our students and faculty.

To update Google Docs on the iPad:

  • Open the App Store
  • Click on the Updates Button in the menu on the bottom of the App Store
  • Click the Blue Update button to the right of the Google Docs App.

Spread the word and hopefully we will all experience less spelling errors in our iPad lives.

Photo App Smash

We were so happy to see the awesome display of art from the iPad Photo App Smash Elective currently hanging outside the Upper School Music Room.

Here is a description of the elective from Upper School Art Teacher Chris Vivier:

Using their iPad cameras and a variety of apps in various combinations, the students in this elective course have created these amazing images!  The exercises performed in each class are designed to expose students to the excitement of creative exploration and discovery.  With no preconception of what their work “should look like”, each student visually experiments with and manipulates their own images, responding intuitively to each unpredictable twist and turn in its evolution as they continually edit and alter it from one app to the next.  Ultimately, they arrive at a unique and personally determined conclusion with a new creative work of art.

Enjoy a few examples below and if you have a chance make sure that you pause the next time you are walking by and enjoy the entire show in person.

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Inspire Creativity – Three App Smashing projects from Greg Kulowiec

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(Graphic via iPad4schools.org)

Looking for new ideas to help students tap into their creative side?  Check out this post by Greg Kulowiec.  App smashing discussed in a a previous post is when “students and teachers use multiple apps to create individual pieces of content that are then merged or smashed together into one culminating product”.  Three App Smashing projects by Greg Kulowiec gives details on how to create ….

  1. Animated paper videos
  2. RSA animate style videos
  3. Video lab reports
  4. Art reflection videos

As always the Pike Tech Department is available to help you get started with these projects.