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Sep 7

Interactive SAMR Infographic

Frequent readers of this blog know that I am an advocate of the SAMR model of technology integration. Here are 19 entries that have been done on this site about SAMR. Make this entry #20: A well done infogrpahic that demonstrates the how SAMR works, along with links to associated apps.

The Pedagogy Wheel 2.0 incorporates lots of great apps and how they are used in SAMR and Blooms.
Amazing to me how much can be packed into such a small picture. Be sure to check out the QR Codes embedded in the picture. 

Here is the link to the original.

The Pedagogy Wheel 2.0 incorporates lots of great apps and how they are used in SAMR and Blooms.
Amazing to me how much can be packed into such a small picture. Be sure to check out the QR Codes embedded in the picture.

Here is the link to the original.

Jul 3

Lessons From the Los Angeles School District iPad Fiasco - The Mac Observer

What happens when you try to do the same old thing with new technology? Ask LAUSD. Here is a good article that looks at the whole iPad fiasco in Los Angeles:

From the article

Throughout my career, in education and government, I’ve seen these effects. Purchase authority is exercised by those who have the least technical expertise. Those who have the expertise have no say in the process. Piecemeal test projects fail to generate the desired political clout and glory and are bypassed, and those at the bottom are burdened beyond belief by projects they had little say in, no control over nor adequate preparation and training.

I don’t claim that the LAUSD had all these problems. However, reading about their experience reminded me of the kinds of difficulties I’ve seen in my own career. Perhaps the driving issue on all this is that in modern day American technology, those who most seek enduring power are those people least able to exercise deep technical judgment, whether it’s an iPad in the classroom or a billion dollar weapons program.

It’s a malady without end in sight.

Click on the title to go to the article.

Jul 1

E.O. Wilson’s “Life on Earth” complete is now free

A couple of days ago, Apple announced it was upgrading iTunes U so that teachers could create entire courses inside their iPads. It looks like they are kicking it up a notch as they have just released E.O.Wilson’s entire work Life on Earth for free in the iTunes Bookstore. If you are not familiar with this work, it continues to be one of the most interactive AWESOME ibooks ever created. Even if you are not teaching biology, this is a great set of books to have on your iPad.

Along with the books come the free course as well on the iTunes U

“’Life on Earth’ comes alive on iPad, providing a stunning perspective on life. The interactive experience will ignite in students an appreciation for what they have inherited—this beautiful planet and every living thing on it—and an understanding of the role and responsibility we all have to preserve the biodiversity around us,” said Wilson. “I am immensely proud of the iBooks textbook series that the Foundation is providing at no cost to students and the public, allowing us to bring the meaning and importance of biodiversity to life for a global audience.”

“We are very proud of the enormous effort by all involved in making E.O. Wilson’s ‘Life on Earth’ a reality. We have created a state-of-the-art teaching tool that brings a new dimension to our understanding of nature and biodiversity, and how it should be presented in classrooms,” said Dr. Paula Ehrlich, President and CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. “We aim to inspire a new generation of explorers and informed citizens who are prepared to take responsibility for conserving and protecting the biological richness of nature as a treasure to be passed on.”

From the iTunes release notes:

Inspired and led by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and naturalists Edward O. Wilson – and created with a team of world-renowned educators and artists – this comprehensive and original standards-based curriculum tells the story of life on Earth, giving students a deep understanding of introductory biology.

Presented as a seven-unit collection, E. O. Wilson’s Life on Earth is a free iBooks Textbook that uses rich, Multi-Touch experience to engage students in lessons about everything from molecules to ecosystems.

And accompanying iTune U course – Biology: Life on Earth – extends students’ learning in and out of the classroom with reading and writing assignments and extension activities like field observations and moviemaking.

Designed to prepare tomorrow’s biochemists, explorers, environmental policymakers, and engaged citizens for their work, this captivating curriculum inspires students to take responsibility for conserving and protecting nature’s biological treasures.

Another nail into the publisher’s of textbooks coffin.

Go get it.

Apple Announces update to ITunes U

Why more people are not using this incredible resource is beyond me.
Anyway, the best just got better.

Apple Announces Updates to iTunes U
Brings Course Creation, Management for Teachers & Student Discussions To iPad

CUPERTINO, California—June 30, 2014—Apple® today announced updates to iTunes U®, bringing educators and students great new tools to build and experience educational content on iPad®. Beginning July 8, teachers using the free iTunes U app can create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad for the first time, and students will discover new ways to collaborate including the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right from their iPad.

“Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on iPad.”

The new in-app updates to iTunes U give teachers full course creation capabilities on iPad, with the ability to directly add rich content and learning materials from iWork®, iBooks® Author or any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for iPad. Taking advantage of the built-in camera on iPad, teachers can also capture photos and videos to incorporate real-world subject matter into any course, making relevant content available to all students in an instant.

“iTunes U is the most powerful destination for bringing the entire educational experience to life on iPad,” said Fraser Speirs, head of computing and IT at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland. “By freeing teachers to create and organize courses right on iPad, educators can be better focused on enabling student participation both with the content and one another.”

Students using iPad and enrolled in private iTunes U courses will now have everything they need to fully collaborate with their classmates and teachers. With Discussions in the iTunes U app, students can automatically follow classroom discussions and join conversations on new topics, or set up push notifications for when new topics are started or replies are added to active exchanges. Teachers can participate in forums too, and have the ability to moderate discussions by removing any off-topic messages or replies.

“Discussions in iTunes U puts the potential for thoughtful exploration and collaboration into the hands of every one of our students,” said Larry Reiff, a teacher from Roslyn High School in New York. “iPad and iTunes U continue to provide students with the tools they need to build knowledge and demonstrate their learning.”

iTunes U helps educators create courses including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and more for millions of iOS users around the world. With over 750,000 individual learning materials available on the iTunes U app, iTunes U is the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent organizations. Today, thousands of educational institutions are hosting over 7,500 public and thousands of private courses encompassing the arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business and more.

Educators can create iTunes U courses in 69 countries and make their courses and educational content accessible via the iTunes U app in 155 countries. In addition to the thousands of individual iTunes U learning materials found on the iTunes Store®, over 500,000 apps designed specifically for iPad are now available on the App Store℠. Additionally, with the free iBooks Author app on the Mac App Store℠, nearly 30,000 Multi-Touch™ books have been created by independent teachers and publishers worldwide.

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band

Ever since the iPad came out, stories of how it allowed those who could not to be able to perform. Here is another such story from NPR. As I have said in the past, the VALUE of the iPad should be looked at beyond simply it’s connectivity, but also at it’s shapeshifting ability to morph into the device you need it to be. Laptops cannot do that because they are limited by their form factor, and Android tablets do not have nearly the wealth of Apps like they speak of in this piece.

"Tablet computers and a creative teacher have helped open doors for some kids with serious learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The P.S. 177 Technology Band is in Queens, N.Y."

Click here to listen to story.

Here is another article about tis remarkable group:

Here is a link to their iTunes Single

Jun 4

Analyzing 10 iPad Myths in Education

Click on the title to go to the article

Should out to Carl Hooker for pointing this out.

Here are more iPad Articles from my blog.

iDocero: The Ultimate Teacher App?

This is a well done review of a classroom management app called iDocero:

From the review:
iDoceo is best described as a teacher’s assistant. It can do pretty much everything except make the tea at break time. For starters, you can sign into either Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud or connect to your school’s server via WebDav. This provides you with a way to back up your mark book, and also allows you to attach links of files you might use in your lessons to the calendar part of the app. For example, if I have my lesson objective slide sitting in Google Drive, I can link it through to that particular lesson in the iDoceo planner. Technically, using AirServer or Apple TV I could run my whole lesson from within the app. If you use an existing calendar (Google for example), you can link this into the iDoceo planner so you don’t have to write your timetable out again.

Click on title to go to the article.

The iPad Ideas Book Now Free

The iPad Idea Book is meant to be a quick inspirational guide to using the iPad in the classroom. The ideas are not meant to act as direct step by step tutorials, but rather as a conceptual framework that can be modified, improved and adjusted as apps change, update and improve over time.

What's Appening!

Karen and Joe look at new iPad apps!
Apr 8

You Don’t Have to be Here to Present Here. Five Ways to Present Virtually

I just put out a Call for Presentation for a conference that will take place in El Paso in September 2014. This year for the first time, I am going to actively encourage that my out of town professional learning network members try to attend and present virtually.

I like the idea of having virtual presentations taking place at the same time that face to face presentations are happening. But where do you start? How do you present if your audience might be1000 miles away? Here is a short list of five possible ways to present in a virtual environment:

Skype/ Facetime:

Probably the first thing that most people think of when they get the idea that they could present virtually is to use Skype. Skype is great for allowing one to one presentations. You need to have a Skype premium account to do any type of document sharing.

There are simple ways to overcome the Skype for free limitations: Use Today’s Meet for the backchannel chat that both sides can access and if your conference does not have a place where files are stored online, set up a public Dropbox where they can access all of your materials.

If you have access to Apple equipment, you might consider FaceTime which I think has superior video and audio than Skype. Sadly, neither one of these can easily show your presentation if you have a Powerpoint or Keynote.


Webinars allow you to not only present virtually and live, but they also, in most cases, allow for slides, chats, video and more. We use Adobe Connect for a lot of our webinars and it is perfectly serviceable. (There are a lot of webinar packages available. You can host your own, or you can ask the conference organizers if they have access. Either way, webinar is a nice way to present virtually.

Most webinar software allows for recording, another feature that is great for conferences, especially if someone could not make it to your session. AND most allow you to embed handouts right in the webinar.

Prerecorded Video:

The first time I saw this was when David Warlick created a prerecorded Keynote address for the K12 Online Conference back in 2006.

It was not so much the content that he spoke, but how he did it that got my attention. He took his webcam with him all over the place and recorded his keynote. That showed me the power of being able to present from anywhere and at anytime. (I think back then he had to have a wired mic and his laptop in order to make the movie.)

Since then, there have been tons of tools created such as iMovie and lots of devices such as iPads and iPhones that really allow you to create a “keynote on the go.” You can record when the spirit moves you. Put it all together into a movie and send it off!

There are also lots of examples of how to make a prerecorded presentation as well. TED TALKS are probably the gold standard, but all you have to do is pretty much look at any pre-recorded keynote from the K12 Online days to get a good idea of how to do this.

Both Keynote and Powerpoint allow you to pre-record your presentation straight from the slideshows which is another option, especially of you have a slide-heavy presentation.

Video Conference:

If you are lucky enough to have access to high end video conference equipment, by all means use that! You have to make sure that the other end has the equipment as well, but a good VC set up can handle HD cameras, screen casts of your presentations, and usually have excellent audio as well. A good VC set up can make the audience think you are actually in the room, and the advantage is that you can actually interact almost face to face with your audience.

Google Hangouts

Perhaps the newest of the bunch is Google Hangouts. Google hangouts allows you to connect up to 10 connections at one time (if you are presenting this would make an awesome panel discussion!). I have done a couple of hangouts and they work pretty much as advertised.

Grab some friends and do a panel at a conference using hangouts.

A word of advice however: If you have handouts, you still have the same problem that you had with Skype and FaceTime. You will need to make them available via Dropbox of some other web site.

There you have it! If you want to present, you don’t actually HAVE to be there to do so! Consider presenting virtually. Ask the conference organizers if they would allow you to do so. If they are an ed tech conference, chances are they will. (And actually, pretty much any conference with a decent wifi set up should be able to handle a virtual presentation.

Why not start by trying it out at miniCAST 2014? You can present in El Paso Texas from your dining room in your pajamas and no one will be the wiser!

Here is the Call for Presenters:
Apr 7

From the series I do called “10 in 10” here are 10 things an reader can do.

Free ePub: Redefining the Task Again

Last October we developed our first ebook, Redefining The Task, as a part of a presentation at The British Council. Made with our all time favourite app, Book Creator, the ebook spotlighted 17 other creative apps that we recommended for use in the classroom. The response to the book was great and it is still available for download from here.

So when we were booked to presented at The Global Education Forum this March, we decided to launch a sequel, entitled Redefining The Task Again. Like all good sequels, we wanted this volume to be bigger and better but maintain the ethos and approach that made the first book successful.This time we spotlight nearly 30 apps and Sabba Quidwai and Simon Moore, featured writers here on the site, contributed to it alongside myself and site co-founder Luke Rees. Practical examples of how to harness each app are included.

As with the previous ebook, we offer this to you completely free.We hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

Steve Bambury iPad Educators Founder DOWNLOADING THE BOOK

The book can be downloaded by clicking on either the Dropbox or Google Drive icons below. Please note that the book is just under 100MB in size and so may take a few minutes to download depending on your internet connection.

If you are downloading directly on an iPad, when you click to download, it may seem like nothing is happening but the download has begun.

If you want, you can even download the book directly to a PC or MAC and view it in full multimedia format using the free Readium app available through the Google Chrome App Store.If you have any problems downloading the book, please do get in touch.

Free Epub: Redefining the Task

From the Site:

Many of you will have heard of the SAMR model for embedding technology in education, developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura. This two phase, four step model posits that the true aim for anyone seeking to harness tech in the classroom should be to redefine the actual tasks we are setting as educators. The iPad offers a wealth of opportunities to reach this goal due to its innate versatility and mobility.

A teacher recently told me that she didn’t see the point of iPads in education as there was nothing she could do with them that she couldn’t do without them. This is a classic case of someone who is only able to see/utilise technology within the “”Substitution” band. It’s the 21st centrury and we’re preparing children for a future that is inescapably threaded with the use of technology. We need to do all we can to prepare them for this.

They are ready. We know they are and more importantly they know that they are. Their lives are imbued with daily technology use and they access the world in a much more tech-friendly way than ever before. It also allows them to create work that is modern, polished and in line with their own goals and expectations. A parent recently spoke to me about an iPad project that I ran last year where the children used Book Creator to collate a whole term’s worth of multimedia work rather than use an exercise book. The parent in question told me that she had never seen her child so eager to share this work and that over the summer she had taken it on holiday to see their extended family and shown every single one of them!

Genuine pride.

The only problem for educators is that inescapabilywith over a million apps in the App Store and 60,000 within the education section, the location and choice of apps can be daunting. When it came to choosing the apps for our presentation, we selected those that are best suited to modifying and redefining the tasks set for students. What these apps have in common is that they are creation tools. Taking a constructivist approach towards selecting apps allows educators to get more out of each application as these apps work across a range of curriculum areas and age ranges.

The apps we focused on were:
  • - MOLDIVv
  • - SLOPRO
  • - MORFO
  • - MADPAD
  • - STAGE
  • - SKITCH

Details on these and examples of their use can be found within the ebook itself (link below) as well as in various other features and reviews across the site. Naturally there are others we could have included and we hope to produce a second volume of the book next year.

If you have any issues downloading the ebook, feel free to contact us.

Download from Google Docs: DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK Please note that the ebook is in .epub format to enable all the multimedia elements to work in full. This means you have two choices: 1. open the link on your iPad and download the file (Open in iBooks) 2. open the link and save the file to your Mac or PC and open the file using the Google Chrome browser’s Readium app (free to download)

10 things your iPad can do right out of the box that you might not know about.