Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Google Photos - Unlimited Backup

As a person who has always taken a great deal of pictures at sporting events and educational settings, storage and organization of these photos (and videos, but we are not going to talk about videos today!) has always been an issue.  Sure, school Google Drive accounts have unlimited storage, but many of the photos that are taken pertain to family and friends.  Of which, you may not want in your school account.

A relatively new Google Photos option of unlimited storage (if correct image quality settings are established) is an amazing option for storing or backing up photos from mobile devices and computers.

People obviously use an assortment of photo sharing/photo storage options, join us for Lunch N' Learn or browse the presentation to see if Google Slides meets your photo storing/sharing needs.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Snapchat Continues To Be Integrated To Document

About a month ago, Snapchat was introduced to our staff in a Lunch N' Learn.  I have continued to use it in many ways.  It was a great "quick tool" for annotating a process!  While an iPad can be used, I utilized an iPhone.

Today, our Newscast From The Past is being recorded in front of a Green Screen.


Another example is utilizing video.  The video has black bars on the sides because I used a an iPhone to video.  I used Snapchat because of the quick annotation.

Google Takeout: Taking Your Stuff With You (Especially Seniors)



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The email that was sent to seniors is below:

Seniors, as YOU ARE preparing yourself for your adventures past PHS, we would like to remind you that your Pulaski Google Account will be Deactived on July 1, 2016.  Please follow the below steps to share any necessary documents or copy things to your own personal account.  Please see someone in the HUB if you have any questions or concerns! 


Deactivate Date for PHS Senior Google Accounts:  July 2016


  1. Give “Owner” rights or “Share” any Google Documents to those that need that document next year (ex. Docs for a school club or organization)
    1. We are recommending that you share documents with your club advisers.  The instructor or student that you share the document with will need to "make a copy". This will allow the new OWNER to have full access. Please talk to your club advisers or come to the PHS HUB with further questions.
  2. Use “Google Takeout” to download all of the Google data that you need
    1. Some of the Google Data you can export/download
      1. Google Mail
      2. Google Contacts
      3. Google Drive Documents
      4. Google Calendar
      5. Bookmarks
      6. More!
  3. Create a “Vacation Responder” to inform others that your email account will be deactivated on July 1, 2016 and to contact you at your new email address
    1. This is especially helpful if you are working with colleges.  
  4. Save Google Contacts that you want to save - if you didn’t use Google Takeout
  5. Save Google Emails that you want to save or forward those emails to your personal Google account - if you didn’t use Google Takeout



Stop in the PHS HUB for assistance

Monday, May 16, 2016

2016 Goody Traithlon

As readers of iPaddiction know, the Goody Triathlon is ONE OF THE BEST things I do during a school year!  I am blessed to use my technology talents to create and update the website.  It's amazing that four years ago we completed everything through email and snail mail.  Now, every piece of communication is through the website, Google Forms, and images/video!


I'm also able to help capture the day's accomplishments through images.  In the past, images and video of race participants and mentors were taken on an iPad, dropped to iMovie (on the iPad), and uploaded to YouTube.  All of this needs to be done between 9:30 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.  Last year, rendering the video and uploading the video was almost not accomplished.  I also wanted to have more up close and personal "smile" pictures.  I changed tactics and tools slightly.  I used a Nikon D5300 camera on loan from our Art Teacher, Mr. Sperduto.  This had a 200 zoom lens on it which allowed me to get close enough to see smiles of accomplishment.

I removed the SD card from the camera and dropped the images into iMovie on the Mac.  I had all of the title pages, bumpers, transitions, and music set so that only the images needed to be "dropped in".  I also didn't render the movie and upload it to YouTube.  I simply "played the movie" in iMovie.  This saved me a GREAT deal of time!  As you can see, over 300 people were able to view smiles and accomplishments from the day BEFORE leaving!

The Goody Triathlon is an amazing accomplishment for the participants who overcome so much to complete a triathlon!  Thanks to the technology, I was able to capture the accomplishments!


Monday, May 9, 2016

Images and Captions Using Google Drawing in Google Docs on iPad or Computer

Our students have conducted interviews with people in their families.  To enhance the papers that have been written, students will insert images with captions utilizing Google Drawing.

On Computer Tutorial

Important Items:

  • Insert Google Drawing within Google Doc
  • Add Image (from Google Drive)
  • Add Text 
  • Adjust Text with Font, Size, Color
  • Save & Close
  • Wrap Text
  • Adjust Picture in Document

On iPad Tutorial

Important Items:

  • Google Docs App
  • White Pencil In Blue Circle (edit documet)
  • Plus Sign
  • Image From Photos (or camera) (Download from Google Drive to Camera Roll)
  • Place Cursor Below Image, Center, Add Text For Caption
  • BONUS: Using Explain Everything or PicCollage
  • Place text on top of image 
  • Save Image to Camera Roll
  • Insert Image via Plus Sign that has Text on Top Of it

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Newscast From The Past Using Green Screen by Do Ink In World History

Last year, we conducted the same learning opportunity, but some things were note perfect.
  • Students didn't stand in the correct place for adequate backgrounds
  • Students were expected to record and create all within the same small amount of time.
  • Students were sharing 30 iPads.
This year, we are organizing it differently.
  • Due to the flex mod schedule, I was able to teach the following information three times to all of our sophomore class students (about 350) in one day.
  • Students viewed the Green Screen during the entire large group mod to "make it real."
  • Students will sign up for a specific recording time.
  • Students will only use one iPad (we've purchased more iPads).
  • Students will have one one full week to create the video using the Green Screen app by Do Ink.


To practice and to show students an example, I created  a video for the iPadU Conference which I will  be speaking at in July.


View some recording images and videos

Thursday, April 28, 2016

One of Three Things Happens To All Educational Information Acquired In A Learning Environment

Lately, I've added a few more podcasts to my learning network.  Because of this, "The Sport of Business", especially episode 49, has provided me with some thinking material.


Matt Scanlon, Business Mentor and owner/operator of CrossFit Memorial Hill in Kansas City, MO recently stated in a podcast that three things happen to businesses.

  • The Business Closes (goes out of business)
  • The Business is Sold (or acquired)
  • The Business Gets Passed On To Someone Else (as a legacy business)
Over the last week, I have been team teaching with Mr. Todd Rodal, allowing students to learn, comprehend, and present information based on four groups.  Students need to meet the objectives, but have choice in how they learn the information and in how they present the information.

Because of my recent team teaching experience and "The Sport of Business" podcast, I have added important information to designing lessons.  Of course, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity are always prevalent while designing learning opportunities.  However, combining that with one of three things that happens to all educational information acquired in a learning environment may drive designing a lesson to new levels.
  • Students Disregard Content Closing It Out Of Their Brain
  • Students Ask More Questions To Dig Deeper Into A Concept
  • Students Pass On The "Amazing" Information That They Learned To Someone Else
Think about that!

Students take the information and disregard it!  They can't see how it relates to ANYTHING in their life.  To a greater degree, they start asking questions, because they are somewhat engaged and intrigued by the information that they would like to know more about it!  Finally, the information is so amazing, the students have asked so many questions to know more about it and feel motivated, compelled even, to tell someone else about how great the information is so that the information can be utilized by other people in a positive way.

The next time it's "lesson design" time, consider how the "three things that happen to all educational information acquired" will influence the educational experience for students.

Come to think of it, what are you going to do with the information in this blog post?



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Adobe Slate on iPad Featuring The Flex Mod Schedule

This morning on Twitter, I discovered a presentation given at #NETA16 using Adobe Slate.  I liked the flow of the presentation as it resembled an elegant website.

I downloaded the free iPad app and embarked on creating my story.  I chose to highlight the unique features of the flex mod schedule in our high school. You can see the embedded presentation below or view it as its own webpage.
Click on the image below to view the Adobe Presentation.
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I liked that an account needed to be created as it allows for individual creation on an iPad or on the web using a different device.

The user interface was self explanatory on the iPad.  The "+" sign is the key.  Multiple items can be added:

  • Photos
  • Text
  • Links
  • Videos
  • Photo Grids
  • Glideshows
Along with that many options for finding photos exists, including the iPad or Google Photos.


Adobe continues to produce and distribute some pretty incredible creation products for the iPad!  I'll add this to Adobe Draw and have one more option for students and teachers to use while presenting engaging information.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Snapchat In Education: I'm Using It; You Should, Too!

I'll admit it!

Snapchat was not my thing.  In fact, I know the very time and place I was TURNED OFF to Snapchat.

November 2013.

Pulaski High School Library.

A student (who shall remain nameless) stuck his finger up his nose, "snapped" a picture and sent it to a friend via the Snapchat app.

Immediately, I was not a fan.  I even "warned teachers" about the use of the app!

Fast forward three years, and I have found many uses, including but not limited to Spring Break!

I had been using Twitter for communicating with athletes, Instagram for sending images of team accomplishments, but truthfully, athletes weren't engaged.  I heard about all of the research.  Students are leaving Twitter and Facebook in droves for the more "personal" social media tools.  Always wanting to connect with students and meet them where they are at, I found a way to communicate with them.

Snapchat.

I am able to see students' stories which allows me to have a connection with them.   For me, coaching athletes and connecting with them in a positive way is a continued need to build team unity!  I have challenged football players to "check in" everyday with "how they got better"! It's working!

I'm not the first educator to utilize the powers of Snapchat.

Michael Britt, adjunct professor at Marist College in upstate New York, uses it to provide real life situations his students are studying. He states, "The best way to learn new material is to try to personalize it."  He does this by creating "snaps" of concepts that pertain directly to items he sees in life.

While Mr. Anderson is not specifically using Snapchat, he is allowing one of his students to utilize Snapchat's drawing and text features to quickly annotate images in Anatomy & Kinesiology.

Even further, I see multiple businesses using Snapchat! (Over 10 Billion Videos A Day!)  They know where the customers are at.  Sports teams, especially Major League Baseball, recently had a "Snapchat Day". The entire day was devoted to Snapchat stories that gave tremendous behind the scenes action and drew me in closer to the team, especially my Dodgers!

Snapchat updates stickers 5-24-16

Examples of Snapchat uses in education:
  • Sociology group dynamics - attaching terms to items viewed in local or global society 
  • Psychology - attaching terms and concepts to visuals that students can view
  • Mathematical concepts found in the world
  • Chemistry definitions that can be found in the world
  • Global Issues that can be found in geographical location of a high school
  • Civics definitions that are found while experiencing everyday situations
  • English - pointing out grammatical errors found in advertisements, news stories, and more
  • Motivational quotes and challenges for athletes
  • Reminders of upcoming opportunities for learning
  • Biology terms and real pictures of the objects
  • Environmental Science - sharing real world concepts!
Steps for connecting students to an educator.
  • Create an account after downloading the app on iOS or Android
  • Be sure to choose a name in which students or athletes will recognize you/your classroom
  • Get the settings to represent what you want.
  • Share your Snapchat handle in class
  • Start snapping
  • Talk with students about Digital Citizenship.  Sending inappropriate snaps can and will get you in trouble.  Even if the snaps go away, these images are present forever.  Explain to students that sending inappropriate snaps will get them blocked from classroom/athletic material.



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