Tony Vincent – Notes from Learning in Hand #gaetc11

-The apps are all linked from this site.
Tony Vincent October 2011
-2001- teaching 5th grade in Omaha NE and his students got a palm pilots.
Was schools's tech specialist -5 years
Last few years been a consultant.
-Apple sold more iPads than macs to schools. Love pic pre-k pic with iPads next to the blocks.
-Mobile acronym
More opportunities belong in learning environments 
Real world tools. Not just playing but doing what real people do.  
-Some kids take notes directly into flashcards. 
-Question, Investigate, Share 
-My notes preceded by a dash. His words without them. 

In project-based learning, students work over an extended period of time answering a driving question.  The question is so deep that it requires students to create a project to share their findings with others.

Process for learning through projects:
  1. Question
  2. Investigate
  3. Share
Projects take an extended period of time to complete.
Activities can be completed in a a matter of a few class periods.
-must answer a driving question 
-Showed video of cheating on tests using water bottles. Look up videos on YouTube about how to cheat.
A normal pen. Teacher not looking pull out the roll of paper.  “Cleverly cheat on a test.” TShirt upside down.
-He decided to be a teacher at a young age and critiqued his teachers and thought he would or wouldn't do that. started teaching in 1998. Started publishing book reviews back then of amazon. His reviews are still online today. He found the quality of student work went way up. Then started radio willow web. They were podcasting.
-difference between activities and projects. Activities 1-2 days and no audience. Projects take time and have an authentic audience.
Angela Maiers’ mantra: “You are a genius and the world needs your contribution.”
Do you want to cover material for students or do you want them to uncover it for themselves?
“The greatest obstacle to learning is coverage.” –Howard Garner
-Instead of covering. Let the students uncover the material using PBL.
-These tools give you great ways to have clear learning objectives.
-Create a rubric with student input (Note, I have my students create their own to analyze things like, “What makes a good speech.”
-Likes Goodreader for an annotating pdf's (I like noterize.) He has students grade themselves first. (I do too.) 
Create a grading rubric with student input. Rubistar is a great place to design rubrics.
Students can keep a PDF of the rubric in iBooks. Better yet, in GoodReader where they can make annotations on the document.
Example Driving Questions:
  1. How can we best stop the flu at our school?
  2. Is it worth the expense to move to an organic diet?
  3. Which element of the periodic table is most important?
  4. Should the U.S. use the metric system?
  5. Which simple machine is most important to you?
  6. Should government bail out businesses?
  7. Is it better to buy or lease a car?
  8. What if Rosa Parks never gave up her seat?
  9. Design a better lunch menu for your school.
  10. What if students use their own mobile devices in school?
 -Very interesting activities. Lovely example. used Sonicpics or sonicpix. Like Microsoft photo story.
Add parameters to the driving question to ensure that standards are met.
What makes a good vice president?
  1. Include the branch of government the position is part of.
  2. Include the roles and powers of the position.
  3. Explain how someone is elected or appointed to the position.
  4. Include information about at least two people who have held the position.
  5. Explain the role of the position in Gerald Ford's succession to presidency.
  6. Include how the office holder is positioned in the line of succession to the presidency.
  7. Include at least one map, chart, or graph.
  8. Give the project your personal touch.
Example rubric for What Makes a Good Vice President?
Driving Question Tips
  1. Where are the standards/content used in the real world?
  2. Cannot be answered with copy and paste
  3. Will the result create something new?
  4. Student voice and choice
  5. Personal and/or local
  6. What? What if? Which?
 Refine the Question
  1. Shorten as much as possible.
  2. Question should appeal to students.
  3. Make it personal or local.
  4. As much room for student voice and choice as possible.
  5. Leads to more questions.
-he recorded in his car. Says no interruptions and no echo. Great recording studio.
An anchor activity gets students excited, interested, and curious about the topic of the driving question. Apps, podcasts, iTunes U content, and websites can be used in the anchor activity.
-app ideas. 
-Make sure questions can't be answered with copy and paste.
-Asked about pet peeve
-Use facts and statistics to stop your pet peeve
Idea Sketch is an app for concept mapping with diagram and outline views.
-like inspiration. Much better on iPad.
-Regular notes app (syncs with iCloud) doesn't work well at all on a shared device.
Notes, Evernote, or Google Docs for writing questions and taking notes.
-use in safari browser. Can't bold or make changes. 
Atomic Web Browser is a universal web browser app with tabs.
-Tabbed browsing. Now in ios5 for iPad only. 
-use atomic web browser if you want to use on iPhone iPod 
Side by Side for iPad allows for up to 4 web pages, notes, or drawings to be displayed at once.
-interesting. Research and take notes at same time.
Duet Browser for iPad shows two web browser windows at once. Both windows can have tabs. You can make one window be a Google Doc for taking notes.
-does similar things 2 web pages
Numbers can be used for data collection and graphing.
-showing how kids take down data into iPad. Can graph and share.
Edutopia has great videos about project-based learning.
-showing @edutopia ‘s “Give me shelter.” 
– our work “has to be compelling” “it has to be in the real world.”
-share implicitly means there is an audience. Identifiable audience. 
Giving students a choice in how they present their project increases authentic engagement.
Record audio using iPod touch’s built-in Voice Memos app or download an app likeQuickVoice Recorder for iPad. Audio recordings can be used for interviews, skits, and reports. Even better is GarageBand. Listed to Radio WillowWeb for examples.
-Voice memos. Apple didn't include voice recorder on iPad. Quick voice has you email the recordings. Free. GarageBand is $4.99 can record, etc. voice memos ou get one chance. With garage you can stop, cut it off and continue, etc. loops, sound effects. Now works on iPod touch and iPhone.
-what do you want to tell other kids about fish? Asked willow dale elementary. (Link above radio willow web. Great first grade example.) 
Speaking Tips
  1. Enunciate clearly
  2. Speak at a normal volume
  3. Talk as if you are speaking to a friend
  4. Prepare & practice
  5. Record in short portions
  6. Reduce background noise
  7. Smile!
The Photos app is where images are saved to and imported from.
Comic Touch Lite is a free iPod touch app for adding speech bubbles and call outs to an image
-bring in any photo captions and callous. 
Strip Designer is a $2.99 universal app for making comic books.
-excellent for comics. Multiparty and multiple pages. Screenshots in street view and pull into comics. Showed us using it with second graders.
There's also Comic Life for $4.99.
-doesn't has as many options as strip designer but says that  It is very easy to use.
Adobe Photoshop Express is a free universal app for rotating, cropping, and enhancing images.
SonicPics is a $2.99 iPod touch app for narrating a series of images. It has no time limit.
-can record and it makes video. Like photo story. 
TheLite version has a three-slide limit. -Sonicpics 
-save images by tapping and hold a pic to get option to save. 
StoryKit is a free iPod touch app for creating a web page with boxes. Each box can contain text, images, and an audio recording. See Tony Vincent’s What Makes a Good Vice Presidentexample.
-Makes a web page instead of a narrated slideshow. End result is a different form. 
FlipBook Lite is a free app for drawing animations. There is no text tool. One animation can be share to the website. The full version of Flipbook is $4.99.
iMovie (4.99)and Splice Free (free) for movie-making.
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard is free and makes videos that combine drawing and voice (iPad only).
Puppet Pals for iPad or Puppet Pals for iPhone for making narrated puppet shows.
-animation software. Loves it. Can make anything into a puppet. Pull images off the for directors pass and can get anything for background. Anything that happens on stage can be turned into video combined with his voice. is the “dead simple place to post anything by email.” Accounts are free and it’s a great way for students to turn in work and share projects.  Check as an example and read more about using Posterous for blogs and podcasts.
App Resources
  1. for educational app reviews by educators
  2. Tony Vincent’s list of lists of educational apps
  3. Tony Vincent on Twitter often tweets educational apps that are on sale.
  4. Twitter users are tagging tweets that mention an educational apps with #edapp.Search Twitter for #edapp to see them.
Check out Mobile Learning Experience 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona April 11-13. Call for presentations closed November 17, 2011.
Email Tony Vincent with questions and successes! 

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