Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Creating Vocabulary Cards

You can have students make vocabulary cards with either Popplet or Educreations.  Here are the instructions.

For Educreations, they can save their work.
- Click on Done
- Save Lesson
- Give it a title
- Click on Private
- On the next screen click "Cancel"
- It will save it in Educreations but they won't be able to share it with you...yet.  Later when they receive their school email account they can set up their Educreations account with that email.  Conversely, they can enter their own personal email if they choose.

For Popplet:
- Click on Export
- Click on Save JPEG
- Their work will be in their Photos Camera Roll

Monday, August 6, 2012


Socrative Logo
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

No App needed. Students can access the student response system via a web browser.

Check it out - it's free.

Creating an Apple ID in iPad

  1. From the Home Screen, tap Settings and then tap Store.
  2. Tap Sign In, or sign out if someone else's Apple ID is there already.
  3. When a prompt appears, tap Create New Apple ID.
  4. Choose the appropriate store by tapping Store, and select the country in which you are located. Tap Done to confirm your selection, then tap Next to proceed to the next screen.
  5. The next screen will display the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions. You can opt to have the Terms and Conditions emailed to you for easier reading by tapping Send by Email. To do this, enter your valid email address then tap Send.
  6. To agree to the Terms and Conditions, tap the Agree button which is located in the bottom-right of the page. Tap Agree again when the confirmation appears.
  7. Once you've agreed to the terms and conditions, you'll need to enter an email address, password, and choose security questions and provide answers to them.
  8. You can also enter an optional rescue email address.
  9. The email address you provide will be your new Apple ID (which is what you will use to log in to the iTunes Store). Enter your email address and then tap Next.

    Tip: If you are trying to create an account using an existing Apple ID, like your MobileMe email address, you will receive a prompt telling you that your email address is already an Apple ID. Simply tap Continue, then tap Use Existing Account on the following screen.
  10. Next, you'll be required to enter your billing information. To change the default card type, tap the Credit Card field. Select your card type and tap Done. You will not be charged until you make a purchase. 
  11. Once you've filled out all the fields for your billing information, tap Next. 
  12. You'll then see a screen that says Verify Your Email Address.
  13. Tap Done and check your email for a verification email from Apple. If you need to set up email on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, see iOS: Setting up an email account.
  14. Open the email and tap the Verify Now link enclosed in the email to activate your account.
  15. You'll be taken to a secure page to enter your Apple ID and password to complete your account verification. 
  16. Once you've entered your email address and password, tap Verify Address.

  17. To modify or change your account information such as Apple ID, payment information, or billing address, tap your account name located at the bottom of the page once you are signed in to the iTunes Store. When prompted, tap View Account. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Canvas Resources for Teachers

Here are some links to additional invaluable resources as you begin using Canvas

  Click HERE to download the "Build a Simple Canvas Course" to practice building a basic Canvas Course

  Check out our VIDEO GUIDES  

  Check out these BEST PRACTICES webinar video archives

  Check out my reply to a question in our Canvas Community about exemplary Canvas courses


  Visit our COMMUNITY often and vote up your "must have" FEATURE REQUESTS or submit one!

Recommended Apps for 7th Grade

English/Language Arts Apps for Teachers of English 7, Read 180 Study Skills and AVID

Mathematics Apps for Teachers of Algebra and Math 7

Social Sciences and iOS Start Workshops for teachers of  World Cultures, Moderate to Severe & Librarians

Annotation, Brainstorming, Collaborating
• Notability ($0.99)

• Skitch (free)

• Popplet Lite ( free)

• Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing ($0.99)
• Bump (free)

Recording tools
• iTalk Recorder Premium (1.99) or Lite (Free)

QR Scanner
• Zapper (free)
( OR QRafter OR ATTScanner )

Science Apps for Teachers of General Science

·   Annotation app such as Skitch for iPad -

·   Drawing app such as Skitch for iPad -

·   QR scanner such as Zapper QR Code Scanner (free for a limited time; QR scanners require a camera) -

·   Bump* -
*Not needed if iPhoto is purchased and installed on devices (iPhoto $4.99/$2.49 VPP -

School Guard - Internet Solution for Parents and Schools

Our School Guard solution would help address this issue, at no cost to schools/districts:

With our solution, parents can opt-in to allow a school policy to manage personal device use during school hours.  The school policy could block different types of traffic and destinations on student-owned devices during school hours, including total internet access during standardized testing or access to social networks during normal school hours.

Parents can also block or limit messaging and calls during school hours using our controls.

While our solution won’t address the entire population, it is also FREE and a step in the right direction showing concerned parents that they have an option to work WITH the school to manage appropriate use.

Even if the school’s policy is “no outside internet access”, our solution can help students/families comply with that by shutting that outside access off during school hours.

QNA about Canvas

Q. What is Canvas?
A. Canvas is a learning management system. It allows teachers, students, and parents to communicate via a web-based, open source, platform agnostic, and mobile device friendly interface.

Q. What is a learning management system?
A. A learning management system (aka: LMS) is like a virtual “school” that allows organizations to create an environment where content, resources, and information is shared among stakeholders. Canvas has the following specific features:
  • a place for learner expression (blog/portfolio/wiki/threaded discussion)
  • a place for content interaction (posting/submitting assignments; accessing courses; posting/submitting grades; online assessments etc.)
  • a place to connect with other learners (e.g. threaded discussion forum)
  • a place to connect the thoughts of other learners in a personal, meaningful way
  • a place to dialogue with the instructor (email, chat, VoIP, etc.)
  • a place to dialogue with gurus and the larger Canvas community
  • a place for learning artifacts i.e. content management capabilities accessible and managed by the learner.
  • modularized for additional functionality and tools which allow for incorporation of new approaches as needed.
Q. Why do we need an LMS?
A. A robust LMS (if user-friendly and widely adopted by students, teachers, and parents):

  • ·         saves paper
  • ·         enhances communication
  • ·         extends the learning environment beyond the school day
  • ·         supports collaboration, makes feedback accessible and easy to manage
  • ·         allows for digital portfolio creation and archiving
  • ·         serves as a portal or dashboard that can be used to access apps, productivity tools, media and rich content, classroom communications, etc.

Q. Are we required to use Canvas?
A. The District adopted Canvas to help support the success of 21st Century learning. Over the next 6 years, Canvas will be adopted District wide. Middle School Principals have been introduced to Canvas. Many have participated in “basic” training. There is no “requirement” that teachers use Canvas but the hope is that teachers will use Canvas when they see the value-added features Canvas has to offer. Minimally, Canvas streamlines communication with students and parents and eliminates the need for a “backpack express.” When fully used, Canvas can integrate and manage every aspect of the administrative side of teaching (communication, grading, posting assignments and collecting work, content sharing, etc.)

Q. Do we have to use the grade book in Canvas?
A. Canvas has a grade book along with a very intuitive speed grader that allows teachers to review, mark, and comment on work (written, video, and voice) with ease. Once a grade is posted, a communication goes out immediately to the parent via text or e-mail depending on which preference the parent chooses. Many teachers have shared that they use other grade book tools.

Q. Will we get support and training for Canvas?
A. Yes. One of the factors in selecting Canvas over other LMS providers is that Canvas provides excellent training and support. We are also incorporating Canvas training with the Apple training scheduled for August.

Q. I have logged on to Canvas but I don’t see my classes. Do I have to create my own rosters?
A. IT is in the process of creating e-mail addresses for students as well as integrating each school’s master schedule with Canvas. Once this occurs, your class rosters in Canvas will synchronize with student information in Chancery. You will be notified as soon as class rosters are visible in Canvas.

Q. How do I get a Canvas account?
A. Go to Use your e-mail ID as your username e.g. If you don’t already have a Canvas account, click on “I don’t know my password.” Canvas will e-mail you a temporary password. Then you will be prompted to créate a new password. USE THE SAME PASSWORD YOU USE FOR YOUR DISTRICT E-MAIL.