Here is a recap of the sessions I attended at iPadpalooza 2015.
Share it’s so Human – Felix Jacomino
Share. Tweet. Blog. Crowdsource. Connect. Rinse and repeat daily for best results. Felix Jacomino shared his thoughts and interviews with edtech influencers through his session. A perfect follow-up to Adam’s keynote, the message to share was becoming the anthem of the conference before noon on the first day.
Did you know that Command + F1 on your Apple computer will toggle between presentation mode in keynote and mirroring your desktop. I didn’t! Thank you Felix!
Tools, Sites and Apps Mentioned in Felix Jacominio’s session:
Conferences to attend that promise to be as fun asiPadpalooza
- Miami Device (November 2015)
Crowdsourcing & Crowdsharing
Tools to help make sharing easier (if you use Google Blogger):
Mixing Paint and Pixels In The Creative iPad Classroom ~ Cathy Hunt
Cathy Hunt‘s general art resources can be found here and iBooks to download are here. In the session, Cathy emphasized the importance of capturing the process as well as sharing out the product. She encourages students to do time-lapse photography of their art making using iMotionHD and an iPad stand. She suggests getting iPad stands like the one pictured below or like this or like these.
She taught us that an inexpensive stand like this is essential for taking pictures of the process and it’s also important that students grapple with setting up their work stations. For presentation and sharing the student’s product, she uses Book Creator.
A Book Creator tip that I think you’ll love is to have students crop photos in a square shape and then add to the portrait or landscape books in book creator. This will make for a very consistent look throughout the book allowing for consistent white space for writing descriptions. Primary teachers, don’t you think this would be great for classroom books too?
When we opened an app for the first time she would tell us to “touch the heck out of the screen.” Touch Everything may be the simplest instructions for figuring out any app that I have every heard in my life. Brilliant. Stop teaching apps, just open then up and say “Touch Everything” – it’s the Bibbiti Bobbiti Boo of iTeaching!
Using the headphones to trigger photos was another great tip. Plus, she keeps things simple and easy and goes around taking pictures of student’s art work on their iPads as an easy workflow solution for assessment.
Art Apps Mentioned in Cathy Hunt’s session:
- Orange Camera (like Megaphoto but better for younger students)
- ChatterPix kids
- Let’s Create Pottery HD
- Book Creator
- Pic Collage
- Shapes 3D Geometry Learning
iGoogle ~ Jennie Mageira
Jennie points out that Google classroom is great, but there is still a place for Shared Google folders through Google Drive. She demonstrated that Shared folders is the best option when you want students to be able to see each other’s work. Good point, Jennie, good point!
She breaks down the apps into those for creating, consuming and connecting. All the apps she recommends can be seen here.
As a presenter, Jennie Mageira has excellent plan-b-ability. When she was not able to mirror her iPad on the Apple TV, she was quick to turn on Photo Booth and use that to show her iPad. I think this smooth and nimble use of technology is exactly what we want to strive for and want our students to strive for. There are always glitches and it’s key to problem solve and move forward. Mageira is a pro.
Individualizing Staff Instruction with the ITP ~ Amy Mayer
Amy Mayer is a YouTuber for teachers. Her channel, FriEd Technology has a vast collection of how-to tutorials to support others. Again, the theme of sharing persisted in this session too as Amy talked about supporting staff.
Her top tools and tips for coaches and learning coordinators that are getting buried by email:
Follow Michael Jaber on twitter if you need another guardian angel like Amy to help you out!
I went to the session to hear Amy speak, but you may be interested in seeing her Individual Technology Plan form if you do support teachers who are trying to integrate technology in your board or district.
Explain Everything & #QFAT – Reshan Richards
Reshan Richards, creator of Explain Everything, introduced the notion of #QFAT ~ Qualitative Formative Assessment Tool ~ and makes it so clear how to use iPad. He says there are four ways to capture content on iPad:
He engaged his audience to use a combination of these and the game Disruptus to get depth of thinking and use the tools effectively.
Crafting Creativity with Canva ~ Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson did a standing-room-only session on Canva which is a tool for making beautiful content! What I liked most was learning about her process for making her Canva pieces. She keeps a Pinterest board called Delectable Designer Designs where she collects samples of visual messages and content that she likes the looks of. Then, she uses these to guide her own creations. Circle back to Felix’s session, we were evoking Austin Kleon’s book Steal Like An Artist! It’s useful to know where to start, right?
She also has two more boards to check out for lesson plans and ideas:
For finding more eye candy for creative content creation, Lisa also recommended Creative Market. She also uses images from Noun Project in her Canva creations. Smart! She also pairs her Canva creations with Thinglink such as this Outlander themed SAMR model interactive poster:
Dean Shareski says “Creativity is like a muscle you have to exercise it daily.” He spoke to leaders about being a creative leader like Chris Kennedy who writes a blog titled The Culture of Yes. Every April 1st he writes a gag blog. Dean suggests that it’s important for leaders to work creativity muscles in this way. He reminded the leaders in the room to engage in “cheap failure” (Clay Shirky’s words) and take risks by playing games such as Pecha Flicker Improv.
He also did a session titled “The Airing of the Grievances.” I didn’t get to go because I was presenting, but I love the title. You and I can creep his slides here.
It’s all about the sharing and the people!
People I was thrilled to see
….and you may want to follow so all the names will take you to their twitter accounts:
Tracy Clark, Carl Hooker, Lisa Johnson, Jennifer Flood, Don Goble, Jessica Young, Debbie Smith, Meghan Zigmond, Sue Gorman, Jennie Mageira, Cathy Yenca, Reshan Richards, Dean Shareski, James Richardson, Craig Roble, Brian Foutty, Rafranz Davis, Cathy Hunt, Richard Wells, Carolyn Foote, Kyle Pearce, Felix Jacomino, Amy Mayer, Todd Nesloney, Rabbi Michael Cohen, Chris Parker
With thanks to….
Massive T-Rex size thank you to Carl for inviting me and for Tracy for letting me stay with you.