PD Challenges Utilizing Mobile Technology

Lisa Johnson

Lisa has 13+ years of educational experience ranging from teaching HS English & MS Math to international curriculum development, creating and presenting workshops, and even running technology integration camps across the state. Currently, Lisa serves as an Educational Technologist for Eanes ISD which proudly supports an 1:1 iPad initiative from K-12. Additionally, she has been recognized and selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Her love for “cooking up” technology integrated lessons and the need for a creative & productive outlet led her to create the TechChef4u blog in early May of 2011. Lisa continues to share her app-thusiasm for iLearning and purposeful integration of mobile devices in schools districts and conferences worldwide. She feels very strongly about providing authentic and engaging professional development resources across multiple platforms (e.g. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Thinglink, iTunes U, MailChimp... ) to meet the needs of a diverse population of educators.

Other TechChef4u delectable digital delights are the TechChef4u app, “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” iBook, and “Appy Hours 4 U” podcast. Recently, Lisa has expanded her interests in technology integration to include a Chic Geek iJewelry line (now available on etsy) to fully support those that enjoy dressing the part... ;)

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Challenge 1

After digesting the provided research article in Subtext, please choose two of the four tasks linked below to complete using your iPad.

The suggested apps are as follows:

Review the Research Article Follow-Up Tasks below and post your final product to the Reflection Submission Padlet board linked below.

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Challenge 2

Review the following video and then choose either Thinglink, Explain Everything, Puppet Pals, or Strip Designer to complete your Passion Project. Your Passion Project should explain WHAT you are passionate about, WHY your are passionate about it, and HOW you found your passion.

More criteria for each app are provided below.

** If you are interested in passion and inquiry-based projects, download the "Differentiating the iClassroom" iTunes U professional development course.

Introducing Project ME: What are you passionate about?

Explain Everything

Your Explain Everything must include:


Your Thinglink must include:

  • At least one website with supporting information
  • At least two text boxes with additional information
  • At least 2 pieces of external creations (e.g. Quizlet decks, Croak.it, Tellagami, Google Form, Snapguide, etc…)
  • Peruse 350+ Thinglink EDU examples

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Puppet Pals

Your Puppet Pals must include:

Strip Designer

Your Strip Designer must include:

  • A title
  • At least 2 pages
  • Cells, Stickers, and Balloons
  • Filtered images
  • At least one of each of the following: an image taken from your iPad camera, an image created on your iPad, and an image from the internet.
  • Peruse Strip Designer Student Examples