One of my goals for my time at the ISTE Conference was to practice sketchnoting on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil and the Paper app. I had a great time doing it! I found that I was significantly less distracted when sketchnoting than if I was typing into a word processor, and thoroughly engaged (even though I was internally debating over which color to shade the box and how large to make the title).
I also attended two great sketchnoting sessions. One was presented by Matt Miller and the other was a panel facilitated by Vicki Davis and featured Kathy Schrock, Sylvia Duckworth and Carrie Baughcum talking about how they got started sketchnoting, how they use it with their students, and about some favorite resources.
My first attempts at sketchnoting during the conference appear below, in reverse order. I feel like I can already see how I improved, and that was just in a couple of days. Check back for more attempts (sketchnoting at URJ Camp Newman, anyone?) and for my thoughts on how I’ll teach this to actual students this fall.
Sketchnoting in Education session:
Using Games, Play, Digital Media to Build Your Own Maker Culture session:
Matt Miller’s Sketchnotes: Tools and Tactics for Visual Notetaking Session:
Sketchnoting Exercise from Matt’s session:
Innovation and Tradition in Jewish Education Jewish Educators’ Network
Innovative Learning Spaces session:
There’s a great article about the Spheros in the New Yorker this week. There are lots of lesson plans to integrate these little guys in your curriculum – let me know if you want to explore. We’re really enjoying using them!
It’s not a short read, but this post says a lot about iPads, research about their effectiveness in education, and what it means to us. Very interesting!
Now that the yoms are behind us, Memorial Day looms… here are some great resources for teaching about that holiday.
For easy to understand videos about the physical world and how we can better understand it, check out PBS’ Physics Girl videos.
Who loves Google Slides? Here are some great ways to use Slides besides just for presentations.
Some of us spent a little time this summer talking about digital portfolios and how to implement them in class. This article expands on that quite nicely.
Here is a nice little Google docs cheat sheet you can print out and hang in your classroom.
Thinking about upgrading your iDevice to iOS 8? Here’s a list of privacy settings you should change immediately.
GAFE tip of the week: When you’re composing an email in Google mail, you can make it take up the whole screen rather than just that little puny spot in the corner. Just click on the little down arrow and choose Default to full screen.
Do you think Jewish kids need to have “ethical tune-ups?” This thought-provoking post explores that.
Looking for free iPad apps? Bookmark Appsaga and HappiPapa for free apps and reviews. And how about Apps Gone Free, an app that lists daily free offers…
EDpuzzle is very, very cool. It gives you the opportunity to find an online video, crop it, add a voiceover and embed quizzes along the way to track student understanding. Awesome for teachers… or for students to use! Free (for now).
If you’re looking to follow some awesome teacher blogs, here are some suggestions.
Word Hippo is a cool resource if you’re searching for synonyms, antonyms, definitions, rhyming words and more.
For a fascinating trip back in time, check out these brief video clips explaining (or not explaining, as it were) what the Internet is (was):
Today show hosts off camera trying to figure out what the “@” sign means:
A 1981 news piece about newspapers exploring delivering content electronically:
Here’s a 1995 Newsweek Tech & Science article on why an online database will never replace your daily newspaper.
And, finally, Steve Jobs in 1980 predicting what people might be doing with the computers they were designing:
Venerable Jewish songster Craig Taubman is giving away some more music. You can download his acoustic Shabbat album FREE!
I totally love the Library of Congress! We should – we pay for it… Check out their guide to using Primary Sources. It includes a lovely analysis tool as well.
How would you like Albert Einstein to read to you? REALLY! You can hear Einstein’s 1941 radio address on “The Common Language of Science.”
The Anti-Defamation League just put out an inspirational video “Imagine a World Without Hate.” Do not watch without a box of tissues handy!
Finally, speaking of videos… if you’re looking for a Passover video to liven your holiday preparations, check these out:
The Maccabeats‘ take on Les Mis and Pesach:
Muppets’ Matzah in the House:
And, from Aish – if today’s media told the Passover story:
Chag Pesach Sameach!
Infographics are everywhere – they’re great for displaying a lot of information on a screen or in a poster. For an easy way to create them, visit Easel.ly. Pick a theme, drop in your information and go!
LibriVox is a great website with free audiobooks from the public domain. You can listen online or download them.
If you’d like to record a 30-second audio clip, or have your students record one, visit Croak.it. Like similar audio recording websites, it’s easy to use and pretty intuitive. Unlike other websites, however, Croak.it stores your audio clip on its own web server and gives you a URL where you can find it later. Very nice! It’s limited to 30 seconds, though, so you (or your students) need to be concise! There are also free iOS and Android apps.
Haiku Deck is a nice easy-to-use app that creates slide show presentations. Here’s a good article about Haiku Deck and its possibilities.
A number of my colleagues and I attended a terrific workshop last week on Burley School’s iPad program, given by first grade teacher Kristin Ziemke. Kristin blogs about Burley’s iPad journey – it’s a great resource!
ThingLink is a website where you can upload an image and add video and audio. Think of it as a tool to turn a static image into an interactive graphic. There’s a great toolkit to explore how to use it as a teaching tool and a slide show that explains more. I love it!
Here’s a terrific article at TeachThought about how to promote student self-direction in your classroom.
Yeshiva University has created a useful network for Jewish educators using technology in the classroom called YU2.0. There are blogs, forums and groups for special interest such as Apps in education, connecting with Israel via technology and SMART Boards in the classroom.
What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? I don’t watch the game, but I have to say that Amy Poehler’s Best Buy commercial, in which she says “dongle” several times, made me laugh.
Check out an amazing video that shows images of what’s called the Extreme Deep Field (EDF). These images represent the farthest we (humans) have ever seen into the Universe. The very end of the video pans back from the EDF to help provide a better perspective on the actual vastness of the Universe.
Here’s another one of those great aggregate sites with links to places on the web where you can find educational games and simulations just perfect for interactive white boards.
Succeeding with Science is a great resource “designed to nurture an enthusiasm for science, engineering, technology and mathematics in young people.” You can search for special topics or browse by age group.
The Innovative Learning Environments Project studied how young people learn and which conditions and dynamics contribute to learning success. You can read about the project at their website. There’s a great article referencing it at Mindshift.
Buy a couple iPad stands. Once you have them you’ll find dozens of ways to use them. For our yearbook this year we took iPad photos of the graduates’ baby photos rather than scanning them. It was much faster and the quality was great. My teachers use them in class as document cameras, too. We bought the Justand brand – they’re really durable and versatile.
Here’s a video from the company: