iLearn Professional Learning Day

iLearn Professional Learning Day

2 December 2015

Some great takeaways from today:

Jenni shared her practice in multimodal literacy learning

  • Literacy Shed site as a source to get videos that the children can record narratives over. Convert to mp4 so it can be imported to iMovie etc.
  • Looks like a great idea for creating narratives. Much more creative and inspiring than using text or an image as a stimulus.

Cheryl shared her experience using Popplet to have students create a visual representation of their workflow using apps to complete assignments and activities.

  • using Popplet to create visual workflows for the students – gives them an easy, visual way of tracking and explaining the apps and processes they used to work through the assignment.
  • a fantastic idea ‘show your workflow for this task’, ‘work on your workflow as you go through the activities’

Notes for my Teachmeet session:  ‘The Learner’s Voice: children building their learning by sharing what they think.’

Edmodo as a tool for drawing out student voice. My students use Edmodo groups to
– discuss the books they are reading
– create a journal to plan and reflect on their work
– create and manage special interest groups (Maths Explorers, other groups based around book series like Harry Potter)

SeeSaw – students choosing work to

iDoceo – an app for teachers which allows them to capture and easily organise student work samples including photos, videos, audio.

So what are the key considerations behind using these tools to promote student voice? 
– kids can communicate and share their learning when it suits them: during school time, before and after school, weekends. So they don’t have to wait to be back in school to remember to put their hand up and share their thoughts….
– with minimal effort teachers can gather large amounts of student learning, interactions and data. Example: guided reading groups. At a basic level, you keep a record of where the group is up to, where they’ll read to next. The children keep a record of  difficult words and phrases. At a higher level, the children pose opinions and questions and the others respond, building a discussion. This gives great insight for the teacher into the way students are thinking about what they are reading.
– gives everyone a voice, not just those who put their hand up and are lucky enough to be chosen. Especially gives voice to those who may be quiet in class.
– gives children opportunity to form special interest groups and run them in a blended learning model (example: Maths Explorers, groups based around books, and example of ‘After’ book group where not all children had a copy of the book so they decided to record one child reading the book in sections). This also opens up the strengths and weaknesses of the groups (how the groups handle decision making, is the group about the book or about power).

Video reflections on the day:
Beginning of the day
tellagami 1

Reflection after first round of teachmeets
tellagami 2

Reflection after presenting teach meet session on student voice
tellagami 3

Loreto iPads for Learning workshop 20 April

Notes from the session:

SAMR Modela quick video outlining the SAMR model, explained by students

Apps shared during the session
All KLA’s:

Book Creator – now add shapes, speech bubbles
Teacher Guide for iPad – using iPads for learning, many examples,  regularly updated
I Can Animate – stop motion animation app
Explain Everything – add text, graphics, audio and video to ‘explain everything’

Turning photos into talking characters:
Morfo – turn photos of faces into talking characters. Great for history and literacy
ChatterPix Kids – similar to Morfo. Very easy to use

Numeracy focus:
Kids Count – uses Australian notes and coins for money activities
Tally Counters – easy way to count multiple tallies at the same time
PhotoMath – scans number problems, solves them and shows the steps
My Script Calculator – draw a number problem with your finger. Calculator changes it to typed numbers and provides the solution.

Literacy focus – as well as many of the apps above which can be repurposed with a Literacy focus:
Mad Libs – fill in blanks to create crazy stories. Great for grammar and vocabulary development and practice
Puppet Pals – create animations and audio. Very quick and easy to learn how to use.
Toontastic – similar to Puppet Pals. Follows the narrative story arc. Enter animations and voice for Intro, Conflict, Challenge, Climax, Resolution

App Smashing:
Mark Anderson’s ‘App Smashing’ iBook in the iBooks Store
PicCollage – quickly combine multiple photos into a collage
Tellagami – create an avatar, record your voice and the avatar speaks it for you

GameUrVideo – save time by applying effects while videoing

Loreto Kirribilli workshops

Moving to Mac workshop notes 

Updated 29 Jan to add answers and links to questions raised in the workshops.

– This workshop is for participants moving from Windows to Mac (OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 version)

– Tour of the Mac interface – video tutorials, icons, multi-touch gestures, preferences, the Dock
– Using Applications – Launchpad, iTunes, App Store, Preview, Quicktime
– Dictation – use enhanced Dictation to convert speech to text
– Screenshots – take a screenshot on your Mac
Exporting a document as a PDF: In most applications, choose File > Export then select PDF. This link shows a graphic  Export as PDF
Force quitting (for when the ‘spinning beachball’ just keeps spinning). Click on Apple icon in top left of screen and select ‘Force Quit. In the window that pops up, click on the application which you want to quit. Remember that you will lose any changes you made since the last time you saved the file. Keyboard shortcut: Command + Option + Esc
Notifications: how to use and customise Notifications
Exporting bookmarks / favourites from Internet Explorer (IE) on a PC then importing them into Safari on a Mac: there are several ways to do this. Here’s one: export your favourites / bookmarks from IE then email them to yourself, then import them on Safari (scroll down to point 2, ‘Get your IE bookmarks into Safari’.)
How does the App Store work? Overview of the Mac App Store


iPad workshop notes 

This workshop is for participants using iPads to enhance teaching and learning.


Apple’s iPad support page – comprehensive support for using your iPad.
iPad overview – buttons, screens and other tools
iPad 101 – covers most of the steps involved in setting up your iPad.

Control Center, AirDrop

Use Control Centre on your iPad
Use AirDrop to share files, photos and more


Apple’s Accessibility page.
Accessibility tips and tricks.

iBooks Author

Here is Apple’s iBooks Author support page.
Video tutorials – using iBooks Author to make a Multi-Touch Book (YouTube)


Appitic – A great list of Apps categorised and reviewed by Apple Distinguished Educators

Create an iTunes Store account without a credit card

Follow these steps to create an iTunes Store without a credit card.

iTunes App Store:

Apps which come built-in on iPads 
Book Creator – create interactive books on the iPad. Here’s an article on 4 compelling ideas for using Book Creator in the classroom
Appitic website – a large list of apps, sorted into categories
iAnnotate PDF
Educreations – ‘interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool’
Explain Everything – screen casting and interactive whiteboard tool
iDoceo – very comprehensive teacher tool for collecting work samples, organising classes and assessing student work

 iBooks Author

Apple’s iBooks page.
Apple’s iBooks Author page.



Greenacre Public School – personalised learning workshop

Notes for the workshop on October 29 2014


We’ll use Padlet to run the backchannel for the workshop. Here’s the link for our session
There is a version of Padlet tailored to the needs of schools.

iTunes U

Apple’s iTunes U page
How to create a course
in iTunes U

iBooks Recommendation

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 4.04.24 pm
Search the iBooks Store for ‘One Best Thing’ to find a list of multi-touch books which explore great ideas for transforming learning.

SAMR Model

Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition – an introduction with examples by Dr Ruben Puentedura. (PDF Download)

The SAMR model explained by students:

Dr Ruben Puentedura’s blog – SAMR in the classroom (PDF download)

Padagogy Wheel

Merging the ideas of the SAMR Model with Bloom’s Taxonomy and suggesting suitable apps.
Download a PDF copy of the Padagogy Wheel Version 3.


Apple’s Accessibility page.
Accessibility tips and tricks.

iBooks Author

Here is Apple’s iBooks Author support page.
Video tutorials – using iBooks Author to make a Multi-Touch Book (YouTube)

Simple English Wikipedia

As it says on the home page of Simple English Wikipedia “We use Simple English words and grammar here. The Simple English Wikipedia is for everyone! That includes children and adults who are learning English.”

How to collate Simple English Wikipedia into a book you can download and share. Here’s how to have more advanced control over the layout of your book.


Appitic – A great list of Apps categorised and reviewed by Apple Distinguished Educators
Powtoon – create nifty animated presentations, this is a link to the education version
Prezi – ‘Prezi’s zooming canvas opens up the classroom to active learning and interactivity’

iTunes App Store: 
Educreations – ‘interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool’
Book Creator – create interactive books on the iPad
iTunes U – create and manage online courses
MyScript calculator – use your handwriting for calculations

Mac Apps:
iBooks Author – create multi-touch books on a Mac for viewing on an iPad


Share files wirelessly between iOS devices and Mac using Yosemite


Guide for students turning in assignments

iPad in the Primary Classroom – NSW DEC Deputy Principals Network workshop

 SAMR Model

SAMR in 120 seconds – video.

Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition – an introduction with examples by Dr Ruben Puentedura. (PDF Download)

Dr Ruben Puentedura’s blog – SAMR in the classroom (PDF download)


Apps which come built-in on iPads 
, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband
Book Creator
Appitic website – a large list of apps, sorted into categories
iAnnotate PDF

 iWork for iCloud Beta

Online editing and sharing of documents and files.


Apple’s Accessibility page.
Accessibility tips and tricks.

iTunes U

Apple’s iTunes U page.

 iBooks Author

Apple’s iBooks page.
Apple’s iBooks Author page.

‘Getting the most out of your iPad’ – SASS workshop

Here are some links which will are useful reminders for what we cover in the workshop.

Apple’s iPad support page – comprehensive support for using your iPad.
iPad overview – buttons, screens and other tools
iPad 101 – covers most of the steps involved in setting up your iPad.

Getting to and from The Home screen
Multitasking – running several apps at the same time and switching between them

Creating an iCloud account – Apple’s ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.

Arrange your apps to suit your needs.
Making folders of apps – how to group apps together into folders
There are so many apps on the App Store – which ones are best? Here’s a great curated list off apps for all levels of education

Find out what’s available in the iBookstore

Editing text – delete text, make it bold, underline or italicised.
Keyboards – change the keyboard, add new keyboards (such as emoji)
Keyboard layouts – split the keyboard or move it to the centre of the screen
Dictation – use Siri to dictate text instead of typing it in

Search your iPad for apps, mail, notes and more

Explain Everything app

Explain Everything icon


 Explain Everything is an app for iOS and Android which helps teachers and students ‘explain everything’ about what they are teaching and learning. 

As well as the app, there is a manual available in iBooks which describes all the functions of the app.

How can Explain Everything improve teaching and learning?

Some questions to consider:

So what are the deeper implications for teaching and learning that apps like Explain Everything raise?
What does it mean for you as a teacher if your students can show you their learning with video and audio?
How can it help you give better, more targeted feedback to those students than is possible in a paper – based classroom?
If you can create video tutorials for students who need reinforcement of concepts, how does that free you up to work with other students who need your help?


The creators of Explain Everything (EE), Morris Cooke, have several tutorials showing how to use features of EE. They have also created a manual and an iTunesU course.
Newington College in Sydney have a blog devoted to their use of iPads at school, including some posts on how they use EE. In this post, Rolf Kolbe demonstrates a great way to make tutorials, combining a note taking app and EE:

More tutorials from the web:

Creating an instructional video

This link will take you to many more video tutorials on You Tube.

SAMR Model

– Ruben R. Puentedura’s blog
– Queensland Dept. of Ed Great explanation of SAMR model using persuasive writing as an example
– ‘How to use the SAMR model for classroom tasks‘ from the Edudemic site


‘Build Our PLN’ Group

This year we have a group of teachers who have planned to build their Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) by starting a blog, being an active Tweeter, and attending or presenting at a Teachmeet. Here’s the blog we’re using to record our journey:

It would be great if you follow the teachers’ blogs and add supportive comments to help them to build their PLN.