Think Different #43

Resources for the Week of Dec. 3, 2017

Have you Registered for iPad iCamp Yet?

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Lucidpress provides teachers and students a collaborative editing tool

Online tool to create flyers, brochures, newspapers, newsletters, and small ebooks. Lucidpress is a collaborative editing tool that is packed with design templates. That's why I It combines the best of the collaboration aspects of Google Docs with the design elements of services like Canva or software like Apple's Pages. Furthermore, Lucidpress lets you include videos in your documents along with pictures, text, and hyperlinks. In other words, you can make things look really good.

Creating documents using Lucidpress can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. I would begin with the basics of moving text and pictures around on the document by dragging and dropping. You can layer images add transparency, crop, and there are font options in each Lucidpress template. Add videos https://www.lucidpress.cominto your projects and they will play when online only.

Students can create individual education accounts, or use the Google Classroom integration.

This is a tool that is web-based and needs to be edited on the computer!

11 Comic Creation Web Tools and Apps

From Shelly Sanchez Terrell

“In comics you see the drawing, you see words, you see rhythm, you see the story.” - Lorenzo Mattotti

Students enjoy learning with comics and creating them. Comics help students visualize their learning. I’ve gotten students to create comics to illustrate logical fallacies, summarize articles, provide instructions, and express themselves. The frames break up the content into chunks, which helps their brains make sense of the material. Below, are my favorite free educational comic creation tools and apps. These tools provide learners with a library of characters, props, scenes, speech bubbles, and templates. Find tips and ideas in my slide presentation, Teaching with Comics.

Digital Game Creators

  • Make Beliefs Comix– (Web/iPad) Create two, three and four-panel comics in multiple languages. No registration required. Also, find 350+ free printables for teachers.
  • ToonDoo – allows students to share their comics, comment on other comics, and even save and edit a copy of a comic.
  • Comics Head– (iOS/Android) Students add their own images or can choose from their library of characters, backdrops, and speech bubbles. Students can draw in the comic. With the paid version, students can add audio narration.
  • Friendstrip– (iOS/Android) Frames set and students can fill in the story.
  • Pixton– (Web/iOS/Android) Has a library of characters, frames, and backgrounds.
  • Book Creator–(iOS/Android) templates to create digital comic books and graphic novels.
  • Marvel– Create comic strips and books with Marvel characters.
  • Witty Comics– Great for political cartoons. Simple and easy to use. No registration required.
  • Garfield– You can create comic strips or books with Garfield characters.
  • StoryBoardThat– Create comics or storyboards.
  • Lomics (iOS) create comic style videos.

Apple has a new YouTube channel full of iPhone tips and tricks

Apple quietly launched an official Apple Support YouTube channel on Monday.

So far, the new online presence for Apple has 10 videos highlighting little tips and tricks for the iPhone. The account is official — it's a featured channel linked to Apple's official primary channel.

Some of the videos highlight features obvious to any longtime Apple user, like how to take a screenshot. But other videos show handy, lesser-known features, like how to access Apple's GIF library through the keyboard.

Check out the Channel and Subscribe to keep up with all the tips and tricks

Are you paperless or still need a file system?

I have pretty much become paperless. But stumbled onto this file system that makes so much sense. Uses hang files. Could be a great way to organize things in a classroom for kids.

Take a look:

Remove backgrounds from images

The Background Burner quickly removes the background from any image or photo. Our patent-pending technology does all the work for you, automatically.

  • FREE online tool automatically removes the background from images
  • Make your image backgrounds white or transparent

iPads and Keyboards!! Think you need one?

If you have a Physical Keyboard: Know the keyboard shortcuts. You will love the fact that you can navigate through the iPad with these quick shortcuts:

  • Command + Tab allows you to switch through apps quickly. Every time you press tab you can switch to the next app. By the way, the same shortcuts work on your MacBook. Give it a try.
  • Command + Spacebar allows you to do a system-wide search on the iPad/MacBook.
  • Command + Shift + H brings you to the home screen on your iPad/MacBook
  • Hold the Command key down on any apple app and a list of keyboard shortcuts specific to that app will appear on your screen. This works for a lot of apps besides Apple ones too. It does not, however, seem to work on your MacBook.
  • Here is a very extensive list of keyboard shortcuts
  • One more thing for the real keyboards. When students are working on a document in Pages or Google Docs or any writing app, they can hold down shift and use the right or left arrow to highlight text rather than trying to do it with your finger. This has been such a game changer for those with stumpy uncoordinated fingers.

The Virtual Keyboard: I have reached the point where I actually like the virtual keyboard.

  • When the virtual keyboard pops up, take two fingers and slide them around on the keyboard. It turns into a very effective trackpad.
  • The keyboard in iOS 11 allows you to flick keys down to enter numbers and symbols rather than switching out the keyboard. See Pic.

  • You can go to Settings—>General—>Keyboard and add keyboards for new languages and emojis.
  • The virtual keyboard can place useful functions on the keyboard in specific apps. Numbers, for example, has a very specific keyboard for entering data.
  • Text replacement. You can customize shorthand to be replaced with phrases/statements. For example, if I am giving writing feedback on my students’ writing and keep writing what an appropriate thesis statement includes. To save time, I may want to go to Settings—>General—>Keyboard——>Text Replacement tap on the plus symbol and type in the specific feedback in the Phrase section and create a Shortcut of xthesis. This too can be done on your MacBook.
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This is the 5th year we have offered iPad iCamp Day in the College of Education at Kansas State University. This year, we have a wonderful workshop presenter. I have gotten to know Kelly over the last 6 years and oh my goodness, what a gem. Kelly is full of energy, knowledgeable, organized and spends her time helping teachers integrate technology in her district.

  • Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Where: 1088 Business Building, Kansas State University
  • Cost: $60 (includes lunch) space is limited
  • Registration is Open
  • KSU Education Majors: Earn 6 Professional Points

We'll look at teaching and learning with iPads and be reminded of best instructional practices to engage and enhance student learning. What’s hAPPening in your class? Come and discover how powerful iPad apps can bring collaboration and creativity into your classroom. Find your classroom “ POWER ZONE ” while students connect to content.

EMPOWER, INSPIRE and INTEGRATE technology in a way that can enhance how you teach and how students learn. It is about creating not just consumption. Come and be inspired.

This will be a hands-on workshop you will be doing and creating!

What we want and find most useful are: apps, examples of how they are used in class and time for hands-on creation or practice.

Another very important thing most teachers have trouble with is - How do I get the student’s project off this device? We can explore different avenues to use, especially with a shared iPad.

In the morning, participants will be introduced to an app/idea or lesson. We will explore real-life examples and then there will be time to create a practice together.

  • SAMR – Finding the right tool for the right task. (Mixing paper and technology.)
  • Explain Everything – the regular way to use Explain Everything and creating sorting activities.
  • Power Zone apps (Notability, One Note, Scanner Pro, Good Notes, PDF annotating, Nearpod) Getting away from your doc camera and getting in the zone with students.
  • Tiny Tap
  • Thinglink
  • Adobe apps – Spark Video, Spark Page, Spark Post
  • Padlet, Classkick, Seesaw
  • Quizizz, Kahoot!, Quizlet, Quizlet Diagrams, Quizlet Live
  • Fav people to follow on Twitter and YouTube
  • HP5 Tools
  • SMART Badges – Professional Development

In the afternoon, we will do a mini version of the AppMazing Race and participants will experience the Escape Room created in Kelly's district.

Plenty of active learning and examples you can take back and use immediately, along with lots of collaboration, brain breaks, and more. Get read for active learning and tons of fun!!