Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom

Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom

Resources for the presentation “Meet Your New TA: Apple Classroom” We will have a hands-on tour of various features with this awesome new app from Apple. Not be be confused with other classroom apps, Apple Classroom truly is a digital teaching assistant. Meet Your New Teaching Assistant – Apple.com Classroom is a powerful iPad app that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage student devices. Teachers can launch a specific app, website, or textbook page on any device in the…

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Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

Find Your Perfect MDM Partner – Resources for Mobile Device Management

MDM Resources for the presentation “The Dating Game: Find Your Perfect MDM Partner” This panel for TCEA and ISTE will feature veteran technology directors and MDM coordinators on the topic of Mobile Device Management in K-12 education. Each panelist uses a different vendor, uses MDM for varying degrees of complexity and scale, has different back ground experience, and is working in small to large schools. Apple’s IT and Deployment Site – Amazing resources here. Definitely check this out. Even has a list of supported Mobile Device Management…

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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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3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for #EdTech Venturing into the world of using Minecraft in your classroom can be a little murky if you are new to the game. Using Minecraft can help you leverage game based learning to increase cooperation, problem solving, critical thinking, and much, much more. There are 3 basic versions or “flavors” of  the game that most people use in teaching; Minecraft, Minecraft PE, and Minecraft Edu. Knowing some basics about these will help you make the right choice for you…

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K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future   Recent summaries predicting changes in education have emphasised the need for schools, mostly higher ed, to market and develop brand name recognition to keep recruiting students. In light of how Texas seems to be going, this seems prudent for K-12 as well if they are to maintain current student ADA funding. This article is two years old, but I think you can see trends in HB5 and recent legislation efforts that necessitate…

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Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training   With all the discussion in the media lately about prejudice, racism and bias, I thought it might be good to reflect on my own biases and preconceived notions when training others. The longer I work with groups of people the easier it is to develop preconceived notions. For technology training it’s not so much about race or gender as it is age. I’ve always assumed that if you remember 8 track tapes (like me), then you will have a harder…

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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 for great #EdTech. It’s fast (or can be). It’s cheap (free…

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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 images from your camera roll. Check…

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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 have to then answer…

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