This was just a thought on my way to Iste 2011 in Philly… Lets take a step back and think about how we use the interactive white board. We use it to write down our notes and save them for students to use later. We mark up worksheets, sometimes we have students engage and have them solve equations or find the pronoun in the sentence. What if every student had the whiteboard in there hand and with a click of a button they are now sharing what they are working on to everyone in the classroom.
Today I was watching some tweets go by and one caught my eye (no not Charlie Sheen #winning) but something similar. As some of you may know I am a huge Google apps and cloud advocate. One of the things that I love is the Google Chrome web browser, I love the apps, I love the synching, I love the tabbed browsing and it is also lightning fast. Today someone shared an app that is called iChromy, a web browser similar to Google Chrome, but on the iPad! The application is not 100% the same as chrome but it is very close. Lets take a look at a few of the features.
Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Apple Leadership Symposium in Columbus Ohio. The days events included what I would call a Keynote from Jon Corippo (@jcorippo). Jon is an Apple Distinguished Educator and he shared a lot of insight about reforming the way we think about education and he also showed some amazing work from Minarets High School students. Jon recommended some very good thoughts and ideas. I really like his way of starting out the school year.
YouCanBook.me is a site that takes your Google calendar to the next level for scheduling things like appointments, labs, conferences, and events that occur at your school. YCBM is a free service as long as you keep the logo on your calendar or you can pay about $1 a month to get rid of it.
Last week while at an Apple Sys Admin seminar they showed this cool trick to add “Send to Itunes” as an option in the PDF section in OSX. This when you select “To Itunes” from the printing menu next time you sync your IOS Device (Ipad, Ipod Touch, Iphone) whatever you selected will be in PDF form and located in Ibooks.
The whole point of cloud computing and Google Docs is to make your life easier. Recently I moved our teacher email list that was on our website to a Google Spreadsheet and used the Publish feature to make it available on our website. The issue with the spreadsheet was you were unable to click on the email address to automatically open your email program and set the To: portion in your program. Until now.
As of Feb 24th Google has been offering a Microsoft office plug-in that allows you to save docs directly from Office products to your Google Docs account.This is going to help administrators that have Google Apps implemented in their respective districts. This gives us the features that we are used to in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and save everything on the cloud. Instead of teaching people how to create Google Docs from the ground up we can start with the plugin and work our way to the cloud.
Today Apple announced the new Ipad, the Ipad 2. Steve Jobs presented the new device on stage in San Francisco at the yerba buena center for the arts. I have been following the ipad for a while and its use in education. Until this point my view was the ipad is a content consumtion device instead of a content creation device. The new ipad changes my view. I still think that the ipad is not the best for typing but with the addition of the dual camera’s, imovie, and garage band i think it has a better chance at finding its way into school’s.
This is something cool to give a try. With the growing number of interactive whiteboards that are showing up in classrooms teachers are finding more creative ways to use them. While playing around one day, I found that the IWB can be used as a green screen. All you have to do is create a new page, pick the closest color to lime that you can find. Fill the whole page with this color and switch to full screen mode.
Be sure that you stay out of the way of your projector or your body parts may disappear in the middle of your movie.
This is a great way to take your classroom video’s to a new level. Give it a shot! For ideas for green screen’s in the classroom take a look at this page.
For chroma keying tutorials (MAC) take a look at this.
Also for a good quality and cheap camera take a look at “Digital Wish”
How are you going to use this in your classroom?
A little back history on this subject, like a lot of people I have multiple Gmail accounts that I actively use, my personal, my work (K12) and my college account. Up until now I have had to log out of one to login to the other which becomes a pain. Up until this point I had no idea you could stay signed into multiple accounts. Not to mention its easy to setup.