Friday, 20 February 2015

Fostering Creation Using iPads for Student created ebooks and iBooks

Publishing digital books today is now really easy. Whether you have 1 iPad or 30 iPads in your classroom, you can guide students to create amazing work. Mobile devices today can be used to weave together audio, video, images, & text in creative ways (App Smashing). 

I put this session together for the Vancouver iOS Summit on January 31, 2014

I will show you how to get students away from consuming content to be creators of content and then publishing it as a digital book. Digital creation can engage students at any grade level while enhancing their writing, understanding and critical thinking skills. We will discuss why you should create digital books in your classroom and how to create them with easy apps and techniques. You will see many sample eBooks that students have created to give you ideas and inspiration.

The 5 C's of eBook Publishing

  • Collaborate
  • Create
  • Collect
  • Combine
  • Circulate

I feature the following favourite apps that I use frequently to App-Smash content for eBooks:
  • iBooks Author
  • Book Creator
  • Comic Life
  • iMovie
  • Inspiration
  • Green Screen

Here is a link to the full presentation on slideshare. Below is the embedded document.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Digital Story Telling & Portfolio Creation on an iPad or Tablet

Having students publish their school work online has been something I have been interested in over the past five years. Once I started using iPads in the classroom I began to think about educational artifacts that students could be proud of that would last beyond their time in my class.
Last year I began to experiment with publishing eBooks on Apple's iBook Store. My students and I have now published 4 digital books and made several revisions.

Here is a list of books that have been published:

Apple iBook Store:

ePub Books:

Google Play Store
  • TBA
Lately I have  greatly influenced by the S.A.M.R. Model by Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura. This model has encouraged me to move more and more from Enhancement to Transformation.

Below is a  presentation/workshop that I gave on February 21st, 2013 for a group of public school teachers in SD73 Kamloops.

In this workshop, I focused on powerful apps to use as a teacher for digital story telling in the classroom. These will work if you have 1 or 30 iPads in your classroom. A copy of the presentation can be found here.

Or view my embedded presentation below.

Leave me some feedback on your thoughts, feedback, or ideas.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Why Every Teacher Should Have iPads

I have had a keen interest in using technology in school for as long as I can remember -- even way before I even thought of being a teacher. I can remember when I was in elementary school in 1984 when I used my new Apple Macintosh computer to produce my own report on Argentina. This report was fully typed in Venice 14 point and contained a drawing I did in MacPaint. I was way ahead of my time and I think the only report in the class that was produced digitally.

Now I have been a high school teacher for 13 years I am still working and using technology in new and creative ways.
Over the past two years I have been eating and breathing iPads. Not because I am an Apple Fanatic (but I might be close) but because the ease of use for educational reasons. Over that time I have had alot of trial, error and troubleshooting. But now I have the benefit of being familiar with iPads strengths and weaknesses. Most of the apps that I have listed in the presentation are ones that I have used myself or with my students. These apps have survived the test of being easy to learn, easy to use, and powerful. They are basically my top picks.

I gave my presentation/workshop on February 15th, 2013 for a group of public school teachers in SD73 Kamloops.

In this workshop, I focused on powerful apps to use as a teacher on the back end & great apps to use in the classroom. These will work if you have 1 or 30 iPads in your classroom.

I have organized the student apps into three categories:

  • Consuming 
  • Collaborating 
  • Producing

Below is an embedded copy of the presentation and a direct link to it in Slide Share. Also included are some recommended resources, sample student video's and criteria rubrics that are mentioned in the presentation. I hope you enjoy.

Slide Show:

Rubric Attachments:
      -Rubrics courtesy of Mr. Beeds

Science Dissection Lab Video's:
      -Links courtesy of Mr. Beeds

Other Interesting Blog posts on iPads I wrote earlier.
 Extra Links for iPad information: