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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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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