Took Time off to be a Dad!

Took Time off to be a Dad!

Took Time off to be a Dad! I took a little time off from blogging recently to enjoy my youngest daughter’s senior year in high school. (Go #Classof2015 ) It’s really nice sometimes to stop and smell the roses. I have two children who for the grace of God take more after their mother than they do their father. If you have never experienced your child’s senior year, it is a very busy time filled with opportunities to create some awesome memories….

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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 no difference, cause a ton of anxiety, classroom management issues, etc. – or the…

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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 what frames are to a movie will…

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Managing and Cleaning Out Storage on Your iPhone or iPad

Managing storage on an iOS device can seem tricky at times especially when you get notifications that iCloud is getting full and/or try to do an update only to have it stopped because you do not have enough free space. Once you cut through all the ambiguity, it is pretty easy to understand and manage. iOS devices typically use 2 types of storage, device storage and cloud storage. Managing both types of storage can be done through the Settings app. Device storage refers…

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Saving Your Data: A Tale of Three Kitties

Saving Your Data: A Tale of Three Kitties As the EdTech dude, almost everyone I talk to agrees that it would be horrible if they lost all their data on the computer. Most people have actually experienced this crisis, vowing never to let it happen again. However, when I ask people if they’ve backed up their data I often get blank stares in return. Perhaps it is because backing up your data, while a great idea, is a little confusing to pull off. This…

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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 the student’s voice and personality in the project. So in brainstorming…

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STAAR-A On-Line Testing Wasn’t as Bad as I Had Feared

STAAR-A On-Line Testing Wasn’t as Bad as I Had Feared

STAAR-A On-Line Testing I’ve been away from posting EdTech tips on this teacher blog for a few weeks while we helped prepare our school district for this most recent wave of on-line STAAR-A testing. Initial fears were pretty high. The tutorials and documentation offered by TEA (Texas) were actually pretty good, but very time consuming for the average teacher to read up and study. I suspect quite a bit of it was skipped. Also, we have been migrating to MacBooks, Chromebooks (at our…

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Create Bootable USB Installer for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite

I’m using a workflow from Apple’s KB article HT201372. It works really well and doesn’t require any 3rd party scripts. You will need to download the installer for either Yosemite or Mavericks from the AppStore. If you have already installed yours you can download another copy by looking in your Purchases. If it is currently on your HD, you can dump it and install the latest by going to Macintosh HD and looking in the /Applications folder. This is different than your user ~/Applications folder. Once you…

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Set Up a Free iTunes Account Without a Credit Card

Since Apple has opened the Device Enrollment Program to school districts, the need for individual students to create free Apple IDs has diminished some. If you haven’t explored the DEP and your district has more than a cart of iPads or MacBooks, you should seriously consider doing so. Apple brings many management features that makes these devices much easier to manage. You can find out more here: https://www.apple.com/education/it/dep/. If you still have the need to create an iTunes account for yourself or for your institution, the video…

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The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience Working on servers this week, a humbling and frustrating experience, reminded me of the importance of patience when working with people. I found myself in a similar position as many of my teachers when learning to integrate technology in their classes in a meaningful way. I spent 3 days with systems engineers and my account manager at JAMF Software working on preparing for our middle school iPad roll out. Initially everything seemed to go well, and things looked pretty simple. As we got further in the…

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