Monday, May 26, 2014

Presentation Ideas for Haiku Deck

Make the most of your pics

10 fun photography project ideas for exploring, teaching, and celebrating photography with Haiku Deck.


Friday, May 23, 2014

iBook Author and Book Creator

Make ePubs to share with students
Book Creator (BC) is an iPad app, and iBooks Author(IBA) is a Mac program. Both allow the teacher (or student) to create beautiful ebooks. Students can represent their learning; teachers can assemble mini-texts for their classes.

BC is more limited in its possibilities, but is extremely easy to use. Students can create impressive picture books that can be read in iBooks or the Kobo and Bluefire reader apps. Pictures and drawings can be easily imported. Asking students to look at layouts and presentation styles in existing picture books will make the final product that much more satisfying. (some samples here. FAQ)

IBA is a free Mac OS program that lets the user build very sophisticated eTexts incorporating video, photo galleries, 3D models, html widgets and links to external sites. A handful of templates included in the program will get you started but you can browse for "iBook Author" themes and download some for free. (Tips and tricks here.)


Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pyramids App

Wonders of the Old Kingdom
I was just at an Apple Learning event and explored the "Pyramids" app. This would make a great virtual "field trip" for a class. Even if you can't afford a copy for a class set, use a projector with a single download and explore as a class!

"The greatest monuments of ancient Egypt are brought to life on the iPad screen in this immersive, navigable 3D world. Uncover the fascinating story of history's greatest treasures by exploring Egypt's famous pyramids and tombs within an interactive view of the Giza plateau."


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Digital Storytelling tools

Books, Comics, Co-creation
(Thanks Chris Loat for these suggestions and annotations. Most of these sites are also available as apps for iOS devices.)
  • 1) Storybird - make stories in minutes. Free Class accounts to manage students without emails, create assignments, and build beautiful libraries.
  • 2) Story Jumper - A place to create and discover stories for kids. Teach children to write a story in just 7 steps.
  • 3) Pixton - create online comics without the need to draw; embed into a webpage; share and remix
  • 4) Toondoo - Create cartoon strips and cartoon books. Use your own photos or site graphics. Embed into any webpage.
  • 5) MixedInk - Find a topic you care about and jump in,or create a new one and invite others to join. Contribute your ideas, mix & match others' ideas, or simply rate as you read.
  • 6) Collab-o-write - Enter your own story, add to an existing story, illustrate a story, write a story from an illustration or just get some writing tips.
  • 7) Boomwriter - collaborative storywriting by up to 5 students

Friday, May 2, 2014

Changing your username in Twitter

Re-branding yourself?
When you first set up your Twitter account, you only had a moment or two to decide on a Twitter handle (or "user name"). This is the name that appears after the @ sign. A clever nickname or cryptic acronym may have fit your needs at the time but now you want to change it to something else. Is it possible? Yes, read Brandon Widder's primer on how to rename your Twitter presence without losing your followers or your tweets.