|Angela Harris-Schultheis at 2014 Tech Talk|
|3D Printing in Education||Steve Dickie||Divine Child High School|
|5 Inspiring Google Connect Apps||Megan Black||The Grosse Pointe Academy|
|Animation Creator HD||Carol Rife||Mercy High School|
|Backchannels in the Classroom – Twitter and Beyond!||Andrea McKay||Jackson High School|
|be inFORMed with Google Forms; communication=relationships||Jodi Goff||DAT|
|Because…technology?!?! How to clearly align your tech use with good instruction||Jason Siko||Grand Valley State University|
|Becoming a Digital School Administrator||Larry Baker||Mercy High School|
|Blending Traditional curriculum with Technology||Abigail Powers||Muir Middle School|
|Connecting with IFTTT||Julie Alspach||Oakland schools|
|Creating Quality Video||Anne Eddy||Mercy High School|
|Eliminating the Chalk Hands||Angela Harris-Schultheis||Mercy High School|
|Evaluating Features of iPad App Books for Early Childhood Literacy Engagement||Dr. Tanya Christ||Oakland University|
|Everything Google||Colleen McMaster Rozman||Mercy High School|
|Explain Everything–Explained!||Lauren Marquard||Mercy High School|
|Flipping and PBL and Google, oh my!||Chip McDonald||Novi Meadows|
|Flipping lessons in a snap! Creating student resources that extend beyond your class period.||Cathy Riley and Lisa Schrimscher||Mercy High School|
|Flipping with an iPad||Steve Dickie||Divine Child High School|
|Fluba what? Flubaroo!!!||Chip McDonald||Novi Meadows|
|Happy Together with Google Sheets||Jeremy Badiner||Thomas M. Ryan Intermediate|
|I got an Ipad, now what?||Emily E Bliss||Oak Valley Middle School|
|Introduction to Photoshop CS6||Susan Smith||Mercy High School|
|iTeach, iLearn, iPad!||Lori Wetzel and Wendy Murray||Richards Middle School|
|Leading Your School from Your Mobile Device||Theresa Stager||St. Mary Rockwood|
|Pinterest: Beyond Crafts and Recipes||Cindy Richter||Mercy|
|Planning and running a 1:1 program||Tom James (Mercy), Michael Kubik, Craig McMichael||Mercy High School / Catholic Central|
|Productivity Apps for the Busy Teacher||Zena Samona||Our Lady of Sorrows School|
|Put the FORM in FORMative Assessments||Andrea McKay||Jackson High School|
|Snagit and Share-it!||Jeremy Badiner||Thomas M. Ryan Intermediate|
|Technology for the Flipped Classroom||Stein Brunvand||University of Michigan-Dearborn|
|The Best Free Classroom Resources and How to Find Them||Jessica P’Simer||Honey Creek Community School|
|Twitter for Professional Development||Theresa Stager||St. Mary Rockwood|
|Using Social Media in theClassroom||Michael McVey||Eastern Michigan University|
|Using the YouTube Editor||Julie Alspach||Oakland schools|
|Weebly in the Classroom||Abigail Powers||Muir Middle School|
|What is Genius Hour?||Christina Chatel and Michelle Slaviero||Boulan Park Middle School|
|YouTube in the Classroom: Beyond Kitten Videos||Alison Kline-Kator||Mercy High School|
For a complete session descriptions and biographies go to http://tinyurl.com/nddzrv7
On Wednesday we hosted an English teacher and science teacher from a local grade school which intends to go 1:1 iPad in the upper grades next year. I set up three classroom visits for each visitor. I decided that for fun I would pop in and observe some of the iPad action as well. So you could say that I shadowed the shadowers.
|In Ms. Riley’s biology class the students reviewed for a test by going to lab stations. They used iAnnotate PDF to write notes on their digital worksheets. They also accessed their iBooks for information.|
|Ms. Harris-Schultheis’s class had recently visited the Holocaust Memorial Center. When I stopped by the girls were listening to a Camp Survivor anthem accompanied by visuals. The students accessed the lyrics on their iPads through Schoology.|
|In Ms. McGavin’s anatomy class I observed juniors using the iPad and seniors using the HP Tablet. The students used their devices to access diagrams, highlight key items and take notes about the human jaw. As you can see in the foreground a student is holding a skull. Ms. McGavin was also projecting the images and notes through her Apple TV. So the students had many different ways to access and add to the information.
Ms. Hallie Smith’s ninth grade English class was also studying the Holocaust. Via an Apple TV they watched a YouTube of Hitler giving a speech, and then discussed it after looking up additional information using the Safari browsers of their iPads.
Observations from the Visiting Shadowers
At the subsequent debrief my new friends shared a number of impressions. They noted that each classroom teacher had used the iPad differently, but all provided students with digital resources that were at their fingertips. They were impressed by how so many assignments and assessments were paperless. The shadows also noted that grading seemed easier with the iPad, particularly with the tight integration that exists between Schoology and Power School. They heard about interesting instructional uses of the camera and other apps like Socrative and Explain Everything. They were also impressed by how adept the students were at moving from app to app and from screen to screen. They also noted that when students were assigned to groups they automatically created collaborative documents as a first step.
|Science Teacher Sara McGavin troubleshoots with iWizards|
After the teachers chose Schoology they helped introduced the product to their peers and delivered the rationale for changing Subsequently these same teachers conducted all of our professional development and training for Schoology.
|August iPad Orientation led by the iWizards|
Consequently, we are asking the iWizards to assess all of our current apps. And at our next meeting we will ask them to pitch new ones. This is another great example of distributive leadership which has come to characterize decision making within our technology program.
One of our charter member iWizards has become a monthly guest columnist for our local newspaper. She will write on technology topics that may interest a general reader. Please check out her first piece!
Wednesday morning the iCreate team gathered to work on the two project sessions that they will offer to 7th and 8th graders. At one end of the table the drawing/animation team is working and at the other the photo/video team is planning their lesson.
On Thursday morning before school we held a formal reception welcoming new iWizards into the group. We had seventeen 9th graders apply!. Below is a photo of veteran and new members who were still in the Baggot Street Conference Room at the end of the the Reception.
|MHS Dreamweaver Training in our Mac Lab (Photo by Gary T. Bank)|
On October 23, seven of our staff members received one full day of Adobe Dreamweaver training* in Mercy’s Mac Lab. Adobe Dreamweaver CC is the all-in-one visual development tool for creating, publishing, and managing websites and mobile content.
Training was customized for our Fine Arts Department members who will apply their new skills with the graphic arts curriculum. The day’s syllabus included
* Creating and understanding Dreamweaver
* Stylizing Content
* Creating Flexible Layout
* Adding a Portfolio
* Using Content from Other Sources (e.g., Twitter & Video)
Participants in the training:
Susan Smith (Fine Arts)
Carol Rife (Fine Arts)
Aaron Poris (Fine Arts)
Lauren Marquard (World Language)
Christopher Blitz (Advancement)
Carol Maclennan (Pastoral Ministry)
This full day of professional development was supported by many teachers and staff who substituted in class for the Dreamweaver training participants.
*Training was provided by Charlie Grover who MHS has also contracted for training in Final Cut Pro X