Shawnee Mission New Teachers 2018

Creating Digital Content and getting to know Mac & iPad

The new FILES folder and what it means for iPad and Mac

Apple has introduced its new Files app with iOS 11 and along with it come improvements for managing, editing, and sharing your data. The new files app is becoming my go to. I am finding myself using my iPad more and more and more. Because now I can easily access all the files on my Mac. YES, ALL THEM, from iCloud drive to Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google drive and more.

Productivity: Tips and tricks for using your Mac and iPad

If you are new to Mac or not, the Apple Teacher Learning Center is an invaluable resource. I want to encourage you to earn your Badges for both Mac and iPad.

Log in using your Apple ID. Start with either Badges for Mac or Badges for iPad. You will see a series, they are in a suggested order. Choose Getting start for example. when you get to the page, scroll down and download the iBook to read. when you have read it and practiced the various tasks, take the 5 question quiz to earn your first badge. By the way, you can take the quiz as many times as you want. I do this in my tech class at KSU and my students indicated it takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete each badge.

I guarantee you will learn a ton, even experienced users will learn some new tricks.

Hide your desktop icons with one click

Thanks to my friend April Requard for this tip. This is a FREE app called HiddenMe Free: Hide Desktop Icons. It is available in the Mac App Store. Download it and then you will have a small black circle in your menu bar. Once you click on it, you can hide your desktop icons like magic! You can even set up a hotkey.
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Consider using TweetDeck

TweetDeck makes it easier for users to track the real-time conversations they care about. It brings more flexibility and insight to power users through a customizable layout that lets you keep up with the people and topics that matter most to you. And, you can join the conversation by tweeting, sharing photos and links to news stories, and more. Follow hashtags too!!

Links to resources, examples and how-to's discussed today

TinyTap - Educational Games and Interactive Lessons

TinyTap is a social platform which empowers families, teachers and students to learn from each other by creating their own personalized interactive lessons and games ...

TinyTap invites your child to discover educational games, handmade by teachers and publishers worldwide, discover content in your language and about what matters to you. Best for language and math learning, personalized education, assessments and projects.

Explore educational activities in:
and more…!

it is a website and an app.

A school district in Texas, Deer Park ISD had hundreds of TinyTaps created and they are easy to find, they always put dpisd in the title. So just search for dpisd and you will find them.
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NEARPOD: Simply amazing

Nearpod is a must have platform that enables teachers, schools and districts to create engaging learning experiences by providing interactive presentations, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution. With the Nearpod iOS teachers create immersive learning experiences across iPads, iPhones iPods and Macs including VR, 3D objects, PhET simulations and so much more.

iPad app:
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Adobe Spark page

Good news works the same way on both the Mac & iPad


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More examples from KSU Education Majors on Padlet

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Adobe Spark VIDEO

Again works on the Mac and your iPad the same way, and guess what, you use the exact same account login and password.


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Examples from KSU education majors

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Assessment tools: different ways to do assessment

Visual Information through Infographics

What is an Infographic and how can it be used in the classroom?

Infographics are visual representations of information. They can include numbers, text, images, or any combination of the three. Just as in traditional writing assignments, infographs can take on any of the various rhetorical modes — informative, instructive, descriptive, persuasive, etc. Infographics provide authors with a quick way to convey a lot of information.

Want to make a seemingly mundane topic more interesting? Check out this infographic on cremation. Who knew that you could have your ashes stuffed into a teddy bear for your loved ones? Definitely, something to consider. Notice that this infographic does include sources, although they may not be in MLA or APA format. This, though, is something you can require of your students if you assign an infographic writing assignment.

Examples from KSU Education majors

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Keynote on your iPad & Mac, you know it is FREE, right?

Keynote comes FREE on all your Apple devices, so why are you not using it? And before you say but I already have all these Powerpoints I want to keep using....that is NO problem, Keynote will open them. So now there is no excuse check out some of the cool things I bet you did not know Key could do, and do easily.

7 Strange Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Keynote by Carl Hooked of Hooked On Innovation Check out how to...

  1. Make your own icons
  2. Create a Choose-your-own-Adventure story
  3. Make powerful Infographics
  4. Create a Color Pop effect with black & white images
  5. Design art for a Children’s book
  6. Create a GameShow Spinner (as seen on Jimmy Fallon)
  7. Recreate the Stranger Things opening title animation

More resources:

The Keynote Magic Move - animation for non-animators -incredible animations Apple Keynote

Examples from KSU education majors Fall 2017:
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iPad Stand

This is a pretty darn good iPad stand that can be used in multiple ways. Think Mystery Skype, scanning documents, mount on a table, or bookcase or even the wall! The price is right, just $42 for one and price goes down if ordering several.

Mystery Skype sign up

Looking for a great stylus for your iPad and phone?

The Apple Pencil is awesome and is setting a VERY high standard for other stylus to live up to, but it is expensive and only works with iPad Pros. I love my Apple Pencil but at 100 bucks, I am always worried about losing it.

I know you can buy a rubber tip stylus for a few bucks, they don't last very long and just are clunky when writing or drawing. At $39.99, the Pinpoint Precision X2 is more than half the price of the Apple Pencil. And it is also compatible with all iPads, all iPhones, and other devices like Android.

I have had mine for a couple months now and I am very impressed. Absolutely worth the price.

  • Works with the majority of iOS & Android devices on the market
  • Adjustable carbon tip improves overall writing accuracy & even compatibility on devices with screen protectors
  • Designed for long-term, comfortable use
  • Writes accurately over an impressive 120º wide angle
  • Quickly rechargeable
  • Automatic shut off when not in use

Order here:

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