Projector and Apple TV Review


In response to some recent requests for projector help we thought that it would be worthwhile to remind everyone of these 2 handy past posts on this blog. 

If you are ever stuck and need a reminder of the basics or with troubleshooting problems when Connecting a MacBook LapTop to a Projector (with cords and no Apple TV) this post can come to your rescue.    

If you need help connecting to an Apple TV our Apple TV Tips page could save the day.  There are instructions for both types of Apple TV’s, so just click on the link that matches your remote.  

Shake to Undo Typos

Did you know that you can shake your iPhone or iPad to undo typing mistakes?  Give your phone or iPad a shake the next time you have the urge to undo and if it doesn’t work see the instructions below.  

How to turn on Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad

Launch Settings
Tap on General
Tap on Accessibility
Tap on Shake to Undo
Tap the switch so that it appears green
The next time you shake when typing you should see this:

TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

This post that lists 9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students caught our attention.  It includes a range of TED Talks about topics like education, character development, leadership, public speaking and what adults can learn from children that students have given the seal of approval.  It was published by a new resource called TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing.  Their Lesson Library is a growing list of many lively lessons created by educators in collaboration with professional animators that can be a nice supplemental resource to amplify your teaching.

With a free account you can also create your own lessons or flip an existing lesson to adjust any previously created content to fit your needs and share with your students, with interactive reflection options and a way to plug any YouTube video into a lesson separate from all of the distractions of YouTube.  If you need help or if you give TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing a try let us know.

Capture, organize, and share student thinking with Post-it Note Plus

Some teachers have students use post it notes to handwrite feedback about topics or as an exit ticket after class.  Do you use post it notes in your class or have you wanted to try something like this?  If so, the Post it Note Plus App will be a great addition to your technology toolbox.  Post it Note Plus allows you to scan a group of Post it notes to a digital board where you can sort, organize, add notes, and share the board with others. Click the image below to watch a short video with specifics about how to use this useful app. Have you used this app? How might you use this app in your classroom?  Share your thoughts so we can learn from each other.  

Why Innovate?

by Director of Technology Aaron Hovel
Originally posted on Pike Perspectives

I’m currently participating in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through Edx called “Launching Innovation in Schools” taught by Justin Reich and Peter Senge from MIT.  As you can imagine with the title Launching Innovation, there is quite a bit of talk about change.  But why innovate?  Often encouraging change can be seen as a negative comment on what we are currently doing, rather than recognizing that the need to consider change is because the workforce our children will enter will require different skills and qualities.  I highly recommend this video, where Justin describes the fact that over time jobs that are structured or routine will increasingly be done by computers.  He goes on to say that we need to teach our students to do work that computers can’t do. This falls into two categories:

**Solving messy or complex problems, which he calls “ill-structured problems.”
**Persuasive communication – communication needed to solve problems.

To prepare students for these tasks Justin Reich challenges us to think about all of the assignments we give in schools and consider how many of our assignments involve routine tasks. How many tasks ask students to solve ill-structured problems? How many projects ask students to engage in complex communication? My guess is that many assignments in most schools lean towards the routine task side, so we need to work to achieve a better balance with assignments.  What are your thoughts? Do you see this shift in your industry?  What types of skills are most important in the work that you do?  How do you see the needs changing in the future?

The New Periodic Table of iPad Apps

The New Periodic Table Of IPad Apps via Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist


Click on the image above or click here
 to see an informative graphic via Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) that breaks down useful iPad apps into categories for suggested use.  You can easily search for apps by color coded categories like creativity, collaboration, teaching, learning and more.  This updated guide can serve as a great resource to determine apps that can amplify your existing teaching and make a big impact on learning in the classroom.  As Mark points out in his blog posts, it’s not all about the apps, good pedagogy always should come first.  To see the full blog post about this Periodic Table of iPad Apps click here.  There is also a Periodic Table of iPad STEAM apps and a Periodic Table of iPad apps for older students on the ICT Evangelist website.  

Speech Makerspace Project


This week we are sharing a video of a Makerspace project that was completed in 7th grade Speech class this winter. Watch the 4 minute video above or click here to see how students used Spark for a collaborative demonstration speech project.  If you are inspired by these projects and would like to find ways to make this spring or plan for next year please be in touch.

Thanks to Lis and the 7th grade students for helping with the video!

Virtual Reality Creation Tool: StorySpheres

Our most recent weekly tech emails have been resources that allow you to take virtual field trips or visit museums.  This week we decided to share a way to shift from using virtual reality for consumption only and present a way where students can create and eventually become virtual reality storytellers.   If you are interested in learning more about this Ed Tech Teacher has a tutorial on the web-based Virtual Reality Creation Tool: StorySpheres.  Click here to learn how to create a virtual reality environment with audio and be inspired by their ideas for incorporating 360 degree images into poetry, historical research, art, science and more.  Virtual reality images combined with audio provide a new and amazing way for students to demonstrate their understanding, reflect on their process and explain their inspiration.

(Pictured below: a 360 view and story created of the last watchtower in Berlin from the Story Spheres website)