Here is the link to the hangout page…
Today at 3pm I will interview Ryan Read who has a really great blog that followers of my blog would be really interested in…
I grew up in Sycamore, IL right next door to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb where my parents both worked. I originally completed a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from NIU in 2000 and worked in two TV pilots that were never picked up. I went into the healthcare field until 2009 when I decided to return to school and pursue a Masters in Instructional Technology in Education. I graduated with my Master’s in 2011 where I worked for a small grade school that had 1:1 iPads. I left in 2012 to implement an iPad 1:1 at Christian Life Schools in 2012 and have never looked back. I’m currently pursuing a doctorate in Education for Curriculum Development at NIU. This year besides a larger use of iPads we are working towards the School Maker Space working with Makey Makey through out classrooms and Minecraft Edu.
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I liked beta-testing this app because it made me think of all of the ways that special education teachers could use Google Glass to communicate homework assignments to parents. Also students can foster their own independence by using glass to synch notes with their Google Drive. A great way to adhere to the spirit of the law and the letter of the law with the IEP. Students no longer use their agendas so we have adapt the way that we provide organizational assistance in school.
If you are a follower of this blog than chances are you have seen me present somewhere live or via webinar. If you like my evolutionary and revolutionary ideas about technology and education than I would appreciate your vote for a panel discussion I would like to have at the South by Southwest Education festival in 2015. My co-pilot and co-panelist in this adventure will be well-respected NYC based educational consultant Monica Burns. If you have not seen seen Monica’s blog it is a great collection of technology resources.
If you would log in to the South by South West Panel Picker site and vote for my proposal I would greatly appreciate the support. We will be discussing how to nurture a transformational mindset in your learning space that accommodates technology such as QR Codes, Augmented Reality, iBeacons, Wearable Tech, and other ed-tech goodies that have not yet been invented.
Here is the link to vote for the proposal:
Our South by South West Proposal
Many of you were probably overjoyed with the Apple announcement at ISTE this year about the collaborative feature in iTunes University.
I have published many of my courses as public courses in iTunes University. The discussion feature is only available in private courses, which makes sense.
However, if you are like me you are probably wondering what you need to do make a copy of your already created public courses in iTunesU to make them private so you can take advantage of this discussion feature.
I was fortunate to have the assistance of an iTunes University engineer and fellow ADE Nadine Norris to walk me through this process in a step by step manner at the Global ADE Institute/20th Anniversary of the program in San Diego in July. I am a visual learner so I documented this process with a series a screenshots that I thought would be useful for all.
Go to the iTunes University app and click on My Courses
Choose the public course you wish to copy and execute a one finger swipe to the left to reveal the grey more button and the red delete button.
Click on the grey more button and select the duplicate option.
Select Either the Self-Paced or In-Session Option for the Course
Then you will see a copy of your course pop up in the app
Go into the copy of your course and click on the admin icon on the bottom of the page. It will turn blue.
On the left hand side of the screen go to settings and click on settings.
On the right hand side of the screen turn the discussions feature on. You do this by tapping on the white dot and green will appear on the left as the dot moves to the right.
I hope that this post was helpful. Thanks to Apple for creating this feature in iTunes U which makes the use of the product in the classroom a 21st century collaborative learning experience.
Gone are the days of having to make your students look frantically at the clock during a math minute. Also, eliminate the need for students to ask “how many minutes do we have left?” during silent sustained reading. Stopwatch is an app that I am beta-testing on Google Glass for Eduglasses.
Stopwatch is one of three apps under the parent umbrella app Edutools. When we use technology to create visual cues in the classroom for our students we eliminate the need for disruptive teacher vocal commands. If you do not have access to Google Glass but have an iPad in the classroom you could use a free app like Sandtimer to achieve the same effect.
The big idea is that technology allows us to create classroom routines and protocols that look like they belong in the 21st century and not in the one room school house. We no longer live in an Industrial Age — let us start teaching for Generation Z.
I am a teacher who is very loud and I expect a fair amount of noise in my classroom. However, there are times — like when I want my students to be in the “math zone” where I want my students to focus and be quiet.
During these times if they are not quiet, I have found that ssshhhhing them or nagging them to be quiet is an ineffective form of behavior management or crowd control.
This is why I like this app Noisemeter that I was asked to beta-test my the good folks at
The Noisemeter app is one of three apps that is available from the parent app Edutools. What I like about this app is that it changes the context of classroom management. Visual cuing is a much more effective means of managing classroom behavior. Tools such as this and the app Class Dojo are great ways to make classroom expectations fun and manageable.
This is an excellent post which shows a future trend towards device smashing in the learning environment to push the boundaries of learning and innovation in the 21st century classroom.
Makey Makey iPad Tech Smash.