Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Google Docs iPad Update

When Google recently broke apart their tools into smaller pieces (drive, docs, sheets & now slides) there was a small bug the caused extra workflow steps to organize documents.

When a student went into a folder in Drive & created a new document, they were bumped out of Drive and sent to Docs to create and edit the document. The problem was that the new document did not exist in the folder where it was created and there was no way to move the location of the doc from the Docs app.


When a doc is created in Google Drive in a folder, it will exist in the folder.


When students are working with a document in the docs app there is finally an option to move & share the document.




Sunday, August 10, 2014

Paper53 X DoInk = Awesome

I spent a few days at Jesuit High School in Tampa last week, and ended up creating one of my favorite #appsmash creations of all time.  Please take a minute to watch the video, the process is outlined below

 Awesome! from Greg Kulowiec on Vimeo.

Pape53 (iPad)
DoInk (iPad)
Reflector (Mac)
Quicktime (Mac)
Google Drive (iPad & Mac)
iMovie (iPad)


We started by using Paper by 53 to create the artwork.  Simultaneously, the iPad was mirrored to a MacBook and the process was recorded using QuickTime screen recording function.

Once the video capture was done (about 25 minutes of creation), the video file was uploaded to Google Drive.

The video file was then exported from Google Drive on an iPad to iMovie.  iMovie was selected as the only option to export the video to from Google Drive.

In iMovie, any minor trimming or editing can be accomplished.  Then, export the video to the camera roll from iMovie.

TiltShift Video on the iPad is then used to speed up the video footage.  Once the video is sped up, it can again be exported to the camera roll.

We then used a make-shift green screen to have the artist discuss his process.  The video was captured with an iPad.  We made sure to have the artist speak for the approximate length of the sped up video that had previously been exported from TiltShift Video.

Using the DoInk Green Screen app, we layered the two videos to have the artist speak about his art while the process occurred behind him.  That merged video clip was again exported to the camera roll.

One more stop in iMovie to add some background music and to layer in the animated introduction that was created in Explain Everything, exported to the camera roll and added to the beginning of the video.

Then, export to Vimeo...

This would be an outstanding process to have students capture any sort of art they are creating with an iPad and then share not just the final product, but a video reflection about their process and experience creating.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Video Feedback vs. Feedback Archiving

In my afternoon session at the #ettsummit, we were exploring ways in which technology can enhance and impact the research, writing and feedback process.  One avenue that I discussed and had the group consider was the idea of teacher created video feedback on student writing.  The process is outlined below, and admittedly should not be used on every piece of writing, in every situation.  Further, there are a few technical steps along the way that have the potential to derail the system.

There was thoughtful feedback provided during the session from an elementary school teacher.  She suggested that the technical steps in the process outlined above would likely get in the way of making the process happen for her students and would therefore remove any value generated by the end product.  Another participant ( I don't recall his name ) made a thoughtful suggestion.  When a teacher (during class) is going to provide some feedback for the student in a face to face setting, the teacher can grab the student iPad and record their feedback in video form within Explain Everything.  Will the student hear the feedback in the mini-conference when it is taking place, absolutely.  Can the student potentially benefit from having a video archive of the mini-conference?  My guest is that it is both plausible and probable.  The new process is outlined below. 

#ettsummit X Magiera Keynote

Day 2 of the @edtechteacher #ettsummit continues with a morning keynote by Jenny Magiera (@msmagiera). Along with a quick whit and a few timely jokes, while sketching out her ideas I pulled out a few key thoughts.

  • Technology = Tool = Power = RESPONSIBILITY
  • Dr. Ruben Puentedura gave us all the gift of a tech framework...SAMR.  This framework can act as a blueprint to help us navigate new tools and how to use them in the teaching & learning process.
  • The little pig that built the brick house was an innovator
  • "Flipping" isn't always a great fit (access to wifi, etc...) but the concept can be used in the classroom to not "flip" but instead to "Clone the Teacher"
  • There is some magic script that can be run in a Google Sheet that allows you to push out a specific link or video to a responder based on how they filled out a form...this appears to be some sort of Jenny Google Magic
  • Technology can act as lots of things, one powerful approach is to provide and amplify student voice.
  • Technology ultimately can allow for students to access information based on their questions which can lead to EMPOWERMENT and a hand in the process.
  • Jenny is clever and suggested I could carry another 100lbs

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#ettsummit X Unleashing Creativity

In one of my favorite sessions of the day, I was able listen to +Shawn McCusker (@shawnmccusker) explore and navigate the concept of creativity in the classroom...my sketchnotes and critical take-aways as well.

  • Creativity > iPads
  • The Paradox of Creativity suggests that there is no formula for creativity that once can follow
  • When evaluating the amount of "creativity" in one's classroom, evaluate the number of days that students are allowed to be creative.
  • Blooms Revised Taxonomy = creativity on top = summit to conquer = overlooking the potential for creativity in small places or the "base camps" along the way.
  • Creativity doesn't have to be an exhausting event (bottom left of sketchnotes)