Why iMovie?

Why iMovie?

Why iMovie? At the 2014 TCEA conference in Texas, I presented a session called “Lights, Camera, Action! with iMovie” for the iPad Academy. I consider iMovie to be the “gateway drug” for instructional technology. I really like Apple’s iMovie to begin teachers’  journies into #EdTech for a variety of reasons.  So Why iMovie?   With so many video editing apps and programs available, what’s so important about iMovie? Simply stated, iMovie meets my 3 criteria…

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WhiteBoard HD – Free App Today 6/21/2015

WhiteBoard HD – Free App Today 6/21/2015 Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! Today’s post takes a quick look at a free app for iOS, WhiteBoard HD. It sells for $1.99 normally, so it’s not very expensive. What makes this app cool is it’s simplicity. It doesn’t try to be all things to all people. It has some straight forward marker or animation tools, a few templates, and allows you to add…

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June 2015 Tech Tips

Tuesday’s Tech Tips June 2015 This edition of Tech Tips looks at resources with myHRW’s on-line textbooks, phasing out legacy XP computers, easy animated GIFs, and collaborative web pages in iOS and more. Tuesday’s Tech Tips June 2015

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Fun, Quick #EdTech Activity to Get Students to Think Critically

Fun, Quick #EdTech Activity to Get Students to Think Critically Here is a fun, quick activity to get students to think  critically. Although this is an ELA example, it can be done with any sufficient selection of text. Paste an entire chapter of text into Wordle. For this activity, I chose Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby. Then generate the Wordle or have your students each generate a Wordle depending on your access to technology. The students…

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Easy #EdTech | Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards

Easy #EdTech | Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards

Easy #EdTech | AppSmashing to Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards Creating animated GIFs is a bit old school by today’s #EdTech standards, but can still be a fun and easy activity for students. Websites like Gifmaker.me make creating these images easy and can be done on Macs, PCs, ChromeBooks, iPhones, iPads and Droids. The finished product can be used in other projects or shared in a variety of ways including Google Classroom, email, websites,…

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A Shout Out to #NISDChat

A Shout Out to #NISDChat Twitter Sundays at 8:30 PM CST NISD has Tweet Chats on Sundays at 8:30 PM CST. Thanks to @LisaDegnan1 for the shout out. The questions for this past Sunday looked really cool, but I was on the road. Better late than never, though, so they will be used for today’s post. How iPads change your role as a teacher in the classroom really depends on the teacher. They can make little or…

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Stop Motion Studio App Tips for EdTech iBooks Author Project

Stop Motion Studio iOS iPad App Tips | EdTech iBooks Author Project | English Language Arts Students | Sanger ISD EdTechChris.com This post looks at smoothing out animation when using the Stop Motion Studio iOS app on the iPad. It is written for the students in Mrs. Cassie Miller’s English Language Arts class in Sanger ISD. Fixing jerky, unnatural motion or animation going too fast Basically this is the same issue. Having an understanding of…

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Chemio App for iOS is Free Today

Chemio App for iOS is Free Today

Chemio App for iOS is Free Today in the Appstore Chemio for iOS  is an interactive chemical reference. It provides a set of useful instruments, which allow you to perform search and calculations faster. Our app’s purpose is to replace traditional chemical books and to help you with your research or education. Get Chemio Free in the Appstore Today Why is it important? Provides your students with easy access to needed reference materials on the…

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iPad + Milk Crate = Document Camera

The iPad+MilkCrate idea originated in working with my wife’s English class on their iBooks Author Project.  We had a need for something cheap, fast, and easy that the kids could use to either record a paper slide presentation and/or do stop-motion paper animation. I’m aware that there are plenty of digital ways of doing this, but kids seem to like having choices. Combining analog with digital media can produce some very novel results that preserve…

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Create a Photo Web Page for Collaboration in iOS

Create a Photo Web Page for Collaboration in iOS

Finding photos for class projects can be extremely time consuming and distracting for students. Often, they seem to focus more on the pictures than on the content of the lesson. Creating collections of photos for them to choose from is one way to scaffold instructional tech activities to make them take less time. I like to do this on my phone and use the photo sharing feature in iOS to make the media available to…

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