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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

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.

iPad apps – favourites so far

I’ve installed and used all the apps below as part of an appraisal of what might be good apps for teachers and students. Just presenting them here as a grab bag, ranging between good and great. I’ve left out other apps that I’ve found to be useless. Also tested by 5 and 8 year olds….

You can get by without them, but it’s better if you have them:
, Pages and Numbers

Books for younger kids:
Little Red Hen – from Stepworks company
Beatrix Potter – looks exactly like the old book
Lula’s Brew
Wheels on the Bus
The Dr Suess books are excellent.
Hairy McClary

Books for mid to upper primary:
Alice in Wonderland –  there are a few out there – the one I chose cost about $11 and is full colour with some animation. My tip would be buy it only if you have a student who is about to read it anyway.
Pedlar Lady – to me this is the best mix of graphics and text on an eBook so far
Animalia – fantastic!

Games for infants:
Pet playpen
Clicky Sticky
ABC maze
Drawing pad – older kids too
Cupcakes! and More Sundaes! – for some reasons kids will make cupcakes and sundaes for ages….
Angelina Ballerina
Chipmunks – kids record and remix their voices
Magnetic ABC

The land of UM

Live Mathletics (if you like Mathletics that is)
Haven’t really seen any maths apps that grab me yet

I Write Words (letter formation – young kids)
Complete works of Shakespeare – free!
Crosswords – this gathers crosswords from newspapers around the world and updates them every day
Puppet Pals – if people tell you that the iPad is no good for content creation, this is the app that will prove them wrong. Best app on the iPad!

King Bongo Mini
Slit Drum
Six Strings – has a variety of instruments guitars, ukulele, banjo, mandolin – and you can record
Piano sharp
Beatles Songbooks

Touch Physics – great
Arrriving HD – like Touch Physics but very stylish graphics
Jelly Car 2 – kids get it more than I do
NASA – great pics and kept up to date
Etch a Sketch – it’s OK, you might find a use for it
National Geographic World Atlas
Kid Art – this is good! Like Kid Pix for the iPad….
Voice Memos – simple way to get kid’s talks, discussions onto the iPad
VLC – play different types of video files
Google Earth
Align 4 – the old Connect four game – there is a free version
OZ Weather HD
Audio Boo – after you get your Audio Boo account, this is a very quick way to upload simple podcasts
Tweet Deck – if you’re into Twitter – get your favourite feeds in columns – the size of the iPad makes this possible (compared to the version for the iPhone and iPod Touch)
Good Reader – the BEST app for reading pdfs and other files on the iPad

For teachers and techies:
TED – The TED talks app – great presentations by leaders
Speed Test X HD – check download and upload speeds on your iPad
My Devices – see devices on your network
BBC News
Keynote remote – control your presentations from your iPad
App Shopper – see what’s on special or free..
ABC iPad app – that’s the Australian Broacasting Corporation – view TV, etc
SMH – Sydney Morning Herald – if you have a teacher’s subscription you get the app free – a bit of setting up to do though…

Great timewasters……. I am not responsible for how much of your life you waste on these……
Sunday lawn
The Incident – this is a retro style classic
Multi Pong
Smileys – great for pattern recognition and manipulation
Cut the Rope – this is from the people who made Angry Birds – you have been warned….
Cro Mag rally
Real racing
Crash Cart Bandicoot
Enigmo – this has the potential to drive you nuts very quickly….
The Impossible Quiz