Meet Apple Classroom – A Test Drive and Eval

Meet Apple Classroom – A Test Drive and Eval

After waiting for several months, I was finally able to meet Apple Classroom.  This new app integrates with your MDM solution to allow teachers greater focus and control over the iPads in their classroom. According to the description: Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app…

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Scaling Up MDM Architecture

Scaling Up MDM Architecture

It seems to be common sense that you should consider scaling up MDM architecture as your 1:1 grows. However, it took us a little longer than expected to move this direction. My shop currently uses the Casper Suite by JAMF Software. It does a really good job, but like anything, it gets hungry for more resources as it grows. We currently manage over 9,000 iOS devices and about 500 assorted MacBooks. Our MDM is running on a single Windows VM. Most days it works…

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Intro to Digital Storytelling

Intro to Digital Storytelling

Intro to Digital Storytelling Digital Storytelling is the technique of having students create stories or first-person narratives that use images, narration and music to frame memories and perceptions about what’s being learned. Telling the stories from the student’s perspective is an essential element that makes this technique so effective. Using the digital medium for storytelling gives students an opportunity to create using the tools that are relevant and meaningful in their lives. The ability to tell their story in many ways – combining sounds, music, graphics,…

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EpicWin Great App for Behavior Management Points

EpicWin Great App for Behavior Management Points

EpicWin Great App for Behavior Management EpicWin is a great app for students with behavior management plans that use points sheets. This app was initially designed as a game-based task list for completing chores. Because you can put in the tasks or challenges that need to be completed to earn points, it can be used for much, much more. To-do list with a Role-Playing Game spin Streamlined and fast to use Range of avatars to level-up with Destroy your tasks in animated battles Points and rewards for completing your…

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Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons Part 2

Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons Part 2

Teaching with Minecraft Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons for Minecraft PE Part 2 This article is a continuation of part 1 of Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE. Teaching with Minecraft PE has become much more interesting lately because of the development of new mods and apps. Multiplayer Mods for Minecraft PE The Multiplayer Mods for Minecraft PE app allows students to play on hundreds of public modded servers, there are many different types of servers: Adventure Servers, Block Hunt Servers, Capture The Flag Servers, Cops N Robbers…

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Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons

Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins & Add-Ons

Teaching with Minecraft PE Mods, Plugins &Add-Ons Minecraft PE is a video game developed by the Swedish company Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. To this author, it is like virtual Legos on steroids. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode, creative mode, and adventure mode. Minecraft PE (Pocket Edition) is the mobile version…

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Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE

Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for Minecraft PE

Teaching w/ Minecraft: Mods, Plugins, and Add-Ons for the Portable Edition Minecraft is a video game developed by the Swedish company Mojang. Teaching with Minecraft focuses on the creative aspects of the game that enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. To this author, it is like virtual Legos on steroids. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode, creative mode, and adventure mode. Minecraft PE (Pocket…

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Teaching with Minecraft: A Minecraft Project in Action

Teaching with Minecraft: A Minecraft Project in Action

Teaching with Minecraft: A Minecraft Project in Action by Andrea Jones I decided to let students do this activity in partners. Even though Minecraft is super popular, I know that not all students are familiar with game. I had the students divide themselves up into two groups. The first being the self-proclaimed “experts” and the other group was for students who were not familiar with the game. I was lucky and this worked out for each of my four classes. I had enough experts to…

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Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole by Andrea Jones Minecraft Math – I knew that I needed to explore further. I could not just put it in front of them and say go. So I swallowed my pride, downloaded the “Pocket Edition” of the game to my iPad, and tried to make sense of it. Unfortunately, after a week of trying I was still struggling with basic navigation. I even had my husband play and try to teach me some basic…

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Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft

Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft

Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft by Andrea Jones Why Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft ? As a teacher I am always looking for new ways to engage my students. Since most of my students are always talking and obsessing about Minecraft, it was an easy choice to go that route. Just the mention of Minecraft and my students eyes light up. As a teacher that is what I want. I want my students excited about the Math we are doing. I want their eyes lit up and chance…

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