Tom Daccord: EdTech Teacher

EdTech Teacher iPad Summit opens with an introduction by Tom Daccord.

Is your iPad on top of your school or in your classrooms?  Schools are using the iPad on top of their framework instead of building inside out.  What are we doing as educators to build off the ability of this creative device?  What is the student potential?

We need to stop app chasing. We do not want a conversation about 50 math apps.  All great apps fit  onto one screen.

Let’s have conversations about nurturing creativity, and student learning and not a repository of student apps.

I love this philosophy and that’s why I’m here.


iPads in Elementary with Beth Holland and Kristen Wideen Part 3

I’m back inside after a nice walk outside in San Diego….

Rearrange your classroom to suit your learners’ needs as we did to start our PM session. We took time to explore Explain Everything. Next, we wanted to share our Explain Everything’s with each other. We could use Air Drop (iPad 3 or newer) or share with each other using a Dongle. Tap and hold on the play button to play your entire Explain Everything.

Think about Explain Everything as digital paper. Sometimes, if you ask students to write an explanation, they write 3 words, but if you ask them to tell you about it, they can tell you a lot. What about the student who doesn’t like to make mistakes? How could screencasting benefit that student?

Try accessing prior knowledge, as with a KWL, through Explain Everything. Bring a PDF of a graphic organizer, into Explain Everything, and complete the PDF. Then use text and pen tools to write, or just add audio. Analyze the work to drive the instruction and students could again add a second video after a period of time.

When sharing a PDF with students, it allows them to use the “open in” feature to import it into Notability, Screen Chomp, or other apps that are provided to students. Then students can explain their learning and thinking.

We used Today’s Meet to share our thoughts about different apps for screencasting. Each one offers something different for students. Ask yourself “What is the objective?” In addition, teachers can create screencasts and share them through QR codes with students.

Let’s create something else….ebooks.

Anything in iBooks in text can be heard. Audio and video can be embedded in eBooks. Book Creator could be used for curation of learning . A curator creates an experience. Our students are creating, to show evidence of learning.

Book creator provides a simple interface for the creation of books. Record the narration and type the story. Embed video into your book. Use the share arrow and open in iBooks. Now, students could have the text read to them. Create books about books, where students make personal connections to literature. A bonus, Book Creator does not need an internet connection.

Now, we could take the book creator project and put it into Evernote. Evernote holds the ePub file with a question mark. It holds the file but it can’t be viewed within Evernote.  However, you can make any notebook (file/note) into a web link in Evernote. Have students publish their work to a PadLet wall by posting the link. is an iPhone app that creates a 30 second audio file. Speaking Photo is another option that saves to the camera roll. PicCollage also saves to the camera roll. There are lots of great options, but as teachers we should focus on what you want the students to do….

Learning, sharing, collecting, curating,….shows cognitive growth. Learning is achieved. Have students….Collect, Relate, Create, Donate to show evidence of their learning.

iPads in Elementary with Beth Holland and Kristen Wideen Part 2

Using the CRCD Framework , , we are going to collect and relate our learning. We are going to create artifacts and evidences of our learning so we in turn can do this with our students.

Evernote is a valuable tool to access my notes anywhere. Never forget anything. Laptop, phone, iPad…..With Evernote, I can collect pictures, audio, and content. Try taking your paper notes and digitizing them by taking a picture of them.

Have your students created a diorama?  Take a picture of the diorama, and add a voice recording where the student tells you about their diorama. For students with beginning writing skills, take a picture of their work, and read what it says to show progress and progression of skills. In Evernote, keep a notebook for each student and share with parents at conferences; a virtual portfolio.

Evernote coordinates with an email address, have students email into the teacher’s Evernote account. Collect work digitally. See the step by step tutorial here. Teachers could collect weblinks, projects, and evidences and artifacts of learning. Keep returning to the question of Why? Why should I use Evernote?

We want students to create in order to show cognitive learning. What does learning look like? There is a measure of growth when learning. Creating is a tangible representation of that learning. The artifact tells the story of learning.

Screencasting. What can students do?

ScreenChomp, Free, only a few buttons…fabulous! Capture your ideas, draw, show a math problem, and show your thinking. This makes thinking visual.
From the share arrow, send the screencast to the teacher’s Evernote account. ScreenChomp allows for voice recordings that are separate from the drawing if needed. For example, to develop comprehension, students can add a picture in ScreenChomp, and ask questions. I love that Beth and Kristen provided time for exploration, questions and assistance with experimenting with ScreenChomp and other tools presented.

Kristen had students add a picture of a clock in EduCreations. Students added the time and a voice recording of the time. Students were able to add this to their blog to show their learning. EduCreations allows for the creation of an account, which when the teacher sets this up, students can easily add their work to the account for the teacher to view. Students could also send their work to Evernote as evidence of their learning.

Now, our lunch challenge is to use the screencasting tool, Explain Everything. Explain Everything is the big kahuna of screencasting. Explain Everything saves to the camera roll, unlocking mash up possibilities. Import a PDF, take a picture directly from Explain Everything, use the light wand to explain a concept, or put video on top of video. We’ve just scratched the surface. Explain Everything does not need an internet connection to work, so we can go outside..yippee! Yes please, San Diego…..!

iPads in Elementary with Beth Holland and Kristen Wideen

What’s the value of giving students digital content?

Today, anything that’s digital can be heard, can be changed, can be shared, and can be made larger. It can be accessed anywhere, and be updated.

In Chrome on a laptop, there is a icon/button in which a QR code can be created for any website, quickly and easily. Students could scan with their device, or use the shortened URL it provides. The button is called the on the toolbar. This is an excellent way to easily share content quickly.

I love the term “sharearrow” for the icon that allows you to share the content or add it as a bookmark on your home screen. This allows easy access for elementary students. I have used this and found it to be a valuable tool.

Socrative is a student response tool which allows students to respond to the teachers questions. Beth created a “space race” for the participants to engage in, in groups of 4. In groups, we answered the questions together. The space rockets moved across the screen in the front while the teams answered the questions. We reviewed the features of iPads and iOS in groups. This activity facilitated a discussion in groups about the questions that were asked. Socrative offers an exportable spreadsheet in which you can analyze student responses. In addition, teachers can share the quizzes.

Some of the most powerful iOS features are the accessibility features. Wow! The speak feature will work with most apps, but not Google docs. Bummer! The reader button, to the left of the web address allows the web page to be cleaned up, and focuses on the content of the page. This is great for distracted readers. Triple tapping the home button locks the iPad into 1 app. This is called guided access. You can enable a passcode for unlocking guided access. This would be valuable to teach older students how to lock, to focus themselves and use with younger students to focus on one app.

An iPad is not a laptop. An iPad is not a teacher. Amen to that! It’s about what you and your students can do, not what the iPad can do….
Up next…
CRCD Framework by Ben Schneiderman. Collect, Relate, Create, Donate

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