iPad Literacy Apps by Shelly Fryer (June 2016)

This is a recording of a presentation by Shelly Fryer (@sfryer) at the 2016 iPadPalooza Conference in Austin, Texas. The title of the session was, “iPad Literacy Apps.” The description was:

Learn about the comparative features and how to use different iPad literacy apps to assess student reading levels and provide differentiated / customized reading passages and activities for students on their specific reading levels. The following apps will be demonstrated and explored: Lexia Core 5, myON Reader, News-o-Matic, and Raz-Kids (Kids A-Z). The SeeSaw app will also be demonstrated as a tool for helping students practice and record their oral fluency and save those recordings in a personalized digital portfolio both parents and teachers can securely access.

Check out the shownotes below for links to referenced apps and for Shelly’s Google Presentation used during this session.

Show Notes:

  1. Google Slides from this presentation
  2. Lexia Core 5 (free download, subscription required)
  3. myON Reader (free download, subscription required)
  4. News-o-Matic ($5, an EDU version is also available which requires a paid subscription)
  5. Raz-Kids (free download, subscription required for some features)
  6. SeeSaw (free)
  7. Post from February 20, 2016: iPad Literacy Apps

Duration: 0:55:02

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Vitriol, Profanity, Free Speech & Digital Citizenship

This podcast is an audio recording of the session, “Vitriol and obscenity: Where is the line?” at EdCampOKC on March 5, 2016. This was a session proposed and primarily facilitated by Rick Cobb (@grendelrick @okeducation) and Dallas Koehn (@bluecerealeduc). The session was motivated by a series of blog posts and tweets questioning the free speech rights of educators angry over current and proposed education cuts in the Oklahoma legislature, as well as other issues. This was a great conversation about very important issues. Podcast bumper “Blender Stinger” from RoyaltyFreeMusicLibrary.

Duration: 1:02:36

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Discovering Useful Ideas as a Connected Educator (Feb 2016)

This is the recorded audio from a presentation titled “Discovering Useful Ideas as a Connected Educator” by Wesley Fryer on February 19, 2016, at the OMLEA Conference for MidLevel Teachers and Administrators in Oklahoma sponsored by CCOSA. The session description was: If “chance favors the connected mind,” as Steven Johnson maintains, what are some of the best strategies educators can use to discover new ideas useful for teaching and learning? Learn how to use the free apps Flipboard and Nuzzle,Twitter lists, and other strategies to more effectively discover, save and share ideas useful professionally and personally. Learn why it is important to customize your personal or classroom Twitter account to show others your particular educational focus and interests. Learn to use Twitter hashtags to connect locally and globally to learn and grow as a professional educator. Session resources are available on http://wiki.wesfryer.com/Home/handouts/ideas.

Duration: 0:59:51

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Above and Beyond: iPad Green Screen Videos by Wes Fryer

A green screen video uses “chroma-key compositing” to blend a background image or video with other layers of media. This special effect is often used in newscasting and weather reporting. Green screen videos require both the use of a green background and special software. This podcast is an audio recording of a presentation shared by Wesley Fryer on October 23, 2015, at the Write Well, Sell Well Conference in Oklahoma City. Learn more about the conference on writewellsellwellokc.com. Access referenced resources from this presentation on wfryer.me/green.

Duration: 0:57:04

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Google Classroom Update (Dec 2015)

This is an audio recording of a presentation by Wesley Fryer and Aric Sappington about Google Classroom on December 7, 2015, at Casady School in Oklahoma City. This was an after-school faculty meeting for middle division (grade 5-8) teachers. Wes’ referenced Google Slides from his presentation, which was the first half, are included below. Some of the referenced third party websites and services referenced by Aric are also included in the shownotes.

Duration: 0:52:58

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Integrating Design & Technology Into Conventional Curriculum by Charlie Mahoney

This podcast is a recording of Charlie Mahoney’s presentation “Integrating Design & Technology Into Conventional Curriculum” at Miami Device on November 13, 2015. Follow Charlie on Twitter @charliemahoney. His Google Presentation slides are available. The session description was:

We all want to make learning more memorable and connected. The best way to do this is through incorporating multiple subject areas with authentic projects. We’ll be talking about how we kicked it up a notch at our school by bringing together our school’s Design curriculum and our 6th grade students’ yearly Cardboard Car science project. Students used Design Thinking skills and TinkerCAD, a free web-based 3D design software, to plan and build models of their working full scale cardboard cars. In addition to touching on how other subject areas have been integrated in our school, we will facilitate a discussion amongst those in attendance about what amazing things you’ve done (or want to do) yourselves. Come join in the conversation!

These are my tweets from Charlie’s session as well as tweets I shared at the conference based on his recommendations. Scroll to the end to play the podcast recording!

 

Duration: 0:47:38

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Newton’s Laws of Classroom Blogging (Miami Device 2015)

This audio podcast is a recording of Wesley Fryer’s presentation, “Newton’s Laws of Classroom Blogging” on November 12, 2015, at the Miami Device Conference. The session description was:

Just like Newton’s Laws of Thermodynamics, there are Newtonian laws of classroom blogging. In this session we will explore why and how you can elevate writing in your classroom connecting to an authentic audience. The five laws are: All ideas get better with feedback. An authentic audience improves writing. Blogs expand the walls of the classroom. Blogs encourage sharing. Blogs encourage relationship building. Session resources are available on http://wfryer.me/newton.

Duration: 0:53:29

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Raised by Siri: A course in Digital Parenting by Carl Hooker

This audio podcast is a recording of Carl Hooker’s presentation “Raised by Siri: A course in Digital Parenting” at the 2015 Miami Device Conference on November 12. The session description was:

SIRIously?!
Remember when your parents used to complain about television and rock n’ roll? Now we complain about Snap Chat and Texting. We are now officially old. Unlike our parents we have tools and resources available to us, but how many of those are valuable and how many of them are scare tactics? In this entertaining session we’ll try and find answers that Siri can’t.

Carl is the godfather of iPadPalooza, an absolutely phenomenal learning event on the level of Miami Device and The Mobile Learning Experience. Carl shared this session at SXSWEDU 2015, and the full hour recording is available on YouTube.

Carl is also the author of a free iTunesU course titled “Digital Parenting 101.” Since his school is 1:1 with iPads, offering this parent resource via iTunesU encourages them to use and get more familiar with their child’s iPad.

These are my tweets from Carl’s session, which was outstanding. Scroll to the end of this post to play the audio podcast from this great session!

 

Duration: 0:52:17

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Maker or Breaker? (STEM in the Library)

This podcast is a recording of a presentation at the October 8, 2015, Oklahoma Technology Association (OTA) Encyclo-Media Conference in Oklahoma City by Dr. Shelli Sharber and Dr. Mark Jones of East Central University. The title of the session was, “Maker or Breaker?” The description was: The latest innovative learning methods, such as mobile and maker learning, associated with STEM and STEAM projects have been gaining popularity in schools capturing the attention of many librarians.  What is the role of the school librarian in developing and creating these type of projects or programs? Do you have an interest in being involved or should you?  Presenter, Shelli Sharber, will introduce concepts and share ideas on fulfilling the librarian role as outlined in the most recent standards for school librarians.  Examples of collaborative projects will also be provided.

Shownotes:

  1. Dr. Mark Jones on Twitter: @markjonesphd
  2. Dr. Shelli Sharber on Twitter: @sksharber
  3. ECU Tigers Ed Tech on Twitter: @ECUEdTech
  4. ECU Tigers Ed Tech on Facebook
  5. Oklahoma Technology Association (OTA) Encyclo-Media Conference

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Duration: 0:45:38

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Chrome Improvement: Building Your Chromebook Toolbox by Jake Heister

This podcast is a recording of Jake Heister’s presentation, “Chrome Improvement: Building Your Chromebook Toolbox” at the October 8, 2015, Oklahoma Technology Association (OTA) Encyclo-Media Conference in Oklahoma City. The description of the session was: Many schools are buying Google Chromebooks and asking, “Now what?” This session will introduce participants to a wide array of extensions, apps, and Chromebook-compatible sites for classroom use. Check the podcast shownotes for the link to Jake’s Google Slideshow, his Twitter channel, and other referenced resources.

Shownotes:

  1. Google Presentation Slides
  2. List of Handy Chrome Extensions
  3. List of Useful Chrome Add Ons
  4. 9 Google Classroom Tutorial Videos (YouTube playlist)
  5. LiveBinder of useful Chrome apps
  6. LiveBinder of useful, Chromebook-friendly Web 2.0 tools
  7. Useful Chrome Desktop Apps
  8. Follow Jake Heister on Twitter: @jakeheister
  9. Oklahoma Technology Association (OTA) Encyclo-Media Conference
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Duration: 0:40:12

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