Had another iPad training today, showed the teachers EPIC and they weren't as impressed as my last group but to their credit they were high school teachers so I guess I can't blame them. The app that they seemed most excited about was Plickers. The teachers loved Plickers because they could create quick assessments on every topic and use those assessments tomorrow in their classrooms. One of my goals in every training is to give the teachers something they can implement easily tomorrow in their classroom, today it was Plickers!
Had an iPad training back up here so I got to go stay with my parents for a couple of days and visit with them! It's always nice to be back home and spend time with the two of them.
I love doing iPad training which is probably why I am the one to get all the these training. One of my new favorite iPad apps is EPIC; this app allows teachers to create free education accounts for each of their students. The students log in using a 4-digit code and they can choose their favorite types of books, genres, they choose their reading level, and interests and EPIC pulls recommended books for the students. As a teacher I can see all of my students, what they are reading, how much they read, how many pages they read, and what awards they've been given. As a student, they can get awards for books they've read and they have the option to have the book read to them if it's too hard to read (but I get notified if they had it read to them). It's a wonderful app and it's FREE! What teachers don't love not just free stuff but good educational free stuff. Check out my quick presentation on EPIC that I used in a recent IOS slam.
I've been doing a lot with Google Slides and teachers are always asking for ways to use Google Slides in their classroom and of course you can do just the standard presentation but I want to do something fun and interesting for the students so I've been working on a sample lesson plan for comic strips with Google Slides. We start out the lesson by reading some comics and talking about what a comic is and what makes a good comic (not to long and a little bit of humor). After we read over some comics I give the students a storyboard and they plan out their comic strip including the speech bubbles and what the characters look like. Once they have finished this, we move to Google Slides where I show them how to create a Google Slide, add in the title and author, add background images and manipulate those images, add in the character images, and finally the speech bubbles. We always spend some time talking about the various speech bubbles and what each means as well as the importance of good clip art. Here are the samples I came up with! Can't wait to try it out and see how it goes!
Jennifer L. Furey
My name is Jennifer and I work for one of Ohio's Ed Tech Organizations. We are a non-profit organization that services mostly Central Ohio however we do tend to travel around Ohio for our PD and conferences. Prior to this position I taught second and third grade reading for six years and then became a technology integration specialist for a little over a year.