So it has been brought to my attention numerous times that people (young ones included) are getting bored with the standard presentation tools. So let's shake it up a little, why don't we? Here are some interesting alternatives to the same-ol' same-ol':
WHEW! And there are so many more where those came from! Share your suggestions in the Comments section below.
So you wrote a grant and got yourself an iPad - AWESOME!! But what to do with it, especially when you only have one? Any more, it seems like you have to have a class set or at least a center's worth to do anything valuable . . . but that is not the case at all. Think of your iPad as your new teaching partner. Heck - give it a name! He/she has the power to make your life easier, your students more engaged, your parents more connected, and your donors more impressed than ever!
Here are some ideas for you to start with, but let's see how we can make this list grow!
Go do all of these and more with that new iPad - then share your other ideas in the Comments section below!
Did it actually make a difference? Look at this sweet little video that still lives on that blog:
This video was captured back in 2009, which means that these adorable little people are now driving 3500-pound automobiles around my city. Did using technology to become more academic back in fourth grade make them better drivers? Did learning to navigate a blog as 10-year-olds make them better navigators in life? Only time will tell. But I can say that some of the same little learners still contact me to this day. In fact, every now and then, one of them will still post a comment on that blog! Did infusing my lessons with technology make a difference for them? It definitely did in me.
When I look back at that blog now, I see so many things that I would change; things I have learned, tools I have tried, and skills I have since refined would definitely improve that site. But this project was my first foray into technology, and it sparked the fire of everything I did for the next five years. So when the opportunity came to not only be like Desiree, but to work WITH Desiree, I had to pounce on it! In the Summer of 2013, when the job posting for Technology Integration Specialist first appeared, I raced to submit my application! It wasn't until I was packing up and stashing my entire classroom into my garage and basement that the realization of my decision hit me: I was no longer going to have the opportunity to make a direct impact on my own group of kids.
It sounds like I'm talking myself out of my own job, doesn't it?! But here's the thing: NOW, I get to have an impact on thousands of kids because I get to work with their teachers. I will never be Desiree Caskey - I will never even be close! But I can be something like that to someone in my district. And here's the other thing – we all can.
When I think about my tech hero, Desiree, and how she must have felt knowing that she made an impact on at least one of us, I hope that at least one of those 86 presenters felt that same sense of pride.
I am so proud of Billings Public Schools and the way we are working hard to make sure that our students feel like genius academics! Thank you to everyone who played a part in Tech Fair 2015; whether you were an attendee or a presenter – whether you work with 10-year-old kids or 50-year-old kids, you make a difference!
I almost hesitated to post this today for fear that you might think it's a joke, but I assure you that I don't joke. At least not when I'm telling you this.
After my last post where I talked about the basics of the basics, I was thrilled to learn about this handy hint. I noticed that the most troublesome part of teaching iPad basics to a group of people to whom all of the various options and gestures were completely overwhelming, I realized that the most confusing part was remembering which gestures did what, and what combination of taps, clicks, and swipes resulted in what actions.
After a bit of investigating, she learned that this ghostly little dot is born from an accessibility feature called Assistive Touch, which allows users to perform some of those confusing gestures, like double-tapping or multi-finger swiping, without actually double-tapping or multi-finger swiping. All of the most common gestures, all in one place, and launched by the simple touch of a ghost button?! Awesome!
To turn on Assistive Touch: