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Notes from yesterday’s #NYCIST meeting: @explainevrythng @Showbie @readwithSubtext @bodelinproscope

I’ve been a member of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists (NYCIST) for years. It is a terrific, timely, and transformational professional learning community (PLC), and I value our monthly face-to-face meetings. Two years ago, I was honored to be named President of NYCIST and arrange the monthly meetings; This year I’m glad to see Erin Mumford (@ErinMum) at the helm. Erin is currently an educational technologist at Friends Seminary, and we worked together over the years as organizers of TEDxNYED and the Robo-Expo.

At yesterday’s inaugural meeting of the 2012-2013 school year, the topic was about iPad integration and the following four resources were shared:

1. Explain Everything (@explainevrythng) – Reshan Richards (@reshanrichards) is the Director of Educational Technology at Montclair Kimberley Academy and the creator of Explain Everything. As the website explains,

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display. Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone.  Import Photos, PDF, PPT, and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Email, iPad photo roll and iPad2 camera. Export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration. Explain Everything has been designed for use in educational, business, and entertainment settings. The original artwork and design concept was created by Joy Jee-Hae Hwang.

2. Showbie (@Showbie) As per their Facebook page:

Showbie is a website and mobile app that allows teachers to assign, distribute, and collect students’ assignments electronically. You can use Showbie on your computer, iPad, phone, or even tablet! Effortlessly assign, collect and review student work, anywhere!Showbie works with your favourite Mac, PC, and iPad apps to make classroom document sharing easy. Here’s How Showbie Works:
Create an assignment – Hand out materials to your class by saving them to the assignment’s shared folder.
Collect student work – Students’ saved files are automatically collected and organized, ready for you to review.
Review student work – Use your favourite app to view and mark-up each student’s submission.
Provide rich feedback – Save your feedback to each student’s assignment folder for them to pick up.

3. Subtext (@readwithSubtext) – Rachel Thomas, co-Founder of Subtext, gave a pretty thorough demo that totally impressed me. I c0-created an Independent Reading Site at my school 6 years for kids to upload book reviews and network about literacy. Subtext is ever so much more powerful in that it embraces social reading. As per their website:

Subtext makes it easy to interact with your students in the pages of digital books. You can post and answer questions, link to relevant Web content and create assignments and quizzes—all right in the text. Better yet, your students can share ideas and work together to make connections as they read. Think of it as anywhere, anytime classroom reading guided by you.

4. Proscope Microscope (@bodelinproscope) Finally Laurie Bartels (@brainbits) did a show-and-tell with her Proscope Microscope and the AirMicroPad app. There is a link on ProScope’s website where they offer free downloadable Science Education materials. From the AirMicroPad iTunes App Store description:

Made by Scalar Corporation, the original inventors of handheld microscopy, the AirMicro App and AirMicroPad App are made for the Scalar AirMicro and Bodelin ProScope Mobile, the first wireless handheld microscopes made specifically for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The AirMicro App allows the AirMicro/ProScope Mobile hardware to view live video and capture still images directly into the photo library on your Apple Mobile device. Combined with the hardware the AirMicro creates it’s own WiFi network so it can be used on as many as 253 Apple Mobile Devices simultaneously. The image fills the screen and resolution can be adjusted from QVGA to VGA. Simple to use yet robust for an entire classroom, clinic or CSI team to use in the field, AirMicro and ProScope Mobile have set a new level for true mobile scientific discovery. The AirMicro Handheld Microscope is sold and distributed exclusively in Japan and Asia by Scalar Corporation http://www.scalar.co.jp/ The ProScope Mobile is sold and distributed exclusively in North America by US partner Bodelin Technologies http://www.bodelin.com/proscopehr/proscope_mobile/

Note: Reshan shared a video he made (with Explain Everything) about a DIY “clip-on” microscope he built for about $5.00: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M2yseyd4-E

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Notes from yesterday’s #BabyNYCIST app share. #edchat #isedchat


Yesterday we had an App Share at our BabyNYCIST meeting hosted by the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. K-5 technologists from a variety of NYC indepedent schools gathered to demo some of their favorite iPad apps. (These BabyNYICST meetings are a spinoff from the more techie/geeky NYCIST meetings.)

Here are some of the apps that were shared:
Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1WordFoto – “turns your photos and words into stunning works of art” – shared by Lan Heng from Ethical. Lan also showed great examples of iPad ePub books that her students have published. They designed their books using Pages, these incorporated word processing, Keynote presentations that were exported at videos, and images. The Pages files were exported using the simple ePub feature. Lan said that next year, she is going to use InDesign to make a yearbook and then ePub for iPads. Lan also demo’d Book Creator.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Voicethread  – “create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos…Anyone can join the discussion from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC” – shared by Ellen Baru from The Cathedral School. Ellen likes the iPad version of Voicethread more than the web version. She also uses little microphones from Chill Pill (I’m pretty sure she was talking about the Rap Cap which are ridiculously inexpensive).

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Explain Everything – “easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations” – shared by Marina Benasuli from Horace Mann. Explain everything is described by its co-creator, Reshan Richards, as ShowMe on steroids.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1ShowMe – “turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard…allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online.”

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1FlipBoom Draw – “Create cartoons that come to life on your iPad” – shared by Wendy Semsel at The Churchill School.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Paint With Time – “explore how the world is changing by controlling the flow of time with your fingers in this new app” – also shared by Wendy Semsel.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1PuppetPals – “create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time…simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record…” – shared by Judith Seidel of Friends Seminary. Judith said that her K teachers chose PuppetPals over Toontastic, but she likes Toontastic for the older kids since it incorporates a story arc.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Pages – Judith also shared how 3rd graders make Alphabet books in Pages for their K buddies. Next year she may use BookCreator because of how well it integrates with Lion.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Book Creator – “the simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad” – shared by Ellen Nickels and Scott Lerner from The Dalton School. They like Book Creator’s simple interface for integrating text, pictures, drawings. They find it easier than Pages for the smaller kids. They plan to do projects with SonicPics and ShowMe soon.

Other things shared:

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