Friday, March 30, 2012

Bookmarks via PS10iPads

The latest and greatest bookmarks from the PS10iPads shared Diigo group...
Posted from Diigo. The rest of our favorite links are here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

European Art HD - iPad app with 800 works of art

Takeaway: Another great app recommendation, currently free, from the art teacher, Joe Peterson, here at P. S. 10...

Mr. Joe, as I mentioned previously, is not only an art app connoisseur but he uses his iPad constantly, fully integrating in within his instructional framework. So, when Mr. Joe forwards an app suggestion I listen and download...

SketchBook Pro for iPad - on sale!

Takeaway: A great app recommendation, currently discounted, from the art teacher, Joe Peterson, here at P. S. 10... 

Mr. Joe, as he is known, has already maxed out a 16 GB iPad and is on his way to maxing out his 64 GB (not sure what we'll give him when that happens...). He is not only an art app connoisseur but he uses his iPad throughout the day for demonstrations, tactile interaction, as an overall added resource to a traditional art classroom. He usually ends the day with about 27% of battery life left...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bookmarks via PS10iPads

        A great list of tools & resources for effective internet searches with students

        tags: primary research google teachers
  • Wikisapces: "Which is why we created our brand-new YouTube channel for all our video tours and instructional videos. Not only because it gives us a handy place to share tips and instructions that might be too confusing to describe in just words, but because it lets you, our users, share these videos with your members."

  • Dropbox, the app we all (at least many of us) know and love, has a plethora of advanced uses to make life so much easier in managing data between multiple computers and online. We’ve posted several roundups of tips and tricks for Dropbox and now we present our ultimate toolkit and guide.

    We’ve pulled all our tips and tricks together and added quite a few more. Additionally, share your Dropbox tips and tricks and we’ll update the list to share the fun with everyone.

  • This Google Site has been set up by Dr. Helen Barrett to focus on the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios. On this site, there are instructions on how to use the different elements of Google Apps to maintain e-portfolios.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Oh, my iPhone woes...

Last week I wrote about my dead iPhone and how I was happy to be phoneless.

I was happy. Technically, I still am happy. Although today it's more annoyed.

In the immortal words of Paul Harvery, and now, the rest of the story...

I went in to Verizon Wireless at 7pm last Wednesday. They confirmed my phone was dead and put in for a replacement to be shipped to me. They were honest that since it was late in the day so I probably wouldn't get it until FRiday. No worries. Thursday around noon my replacement shows up. Way to go Verizon!

Fire up the replacement and I get:

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I figure it can't connect because I'm at work and we are behind a proxy server. No worries, I'll do it at home.

At home, on my Verizon DSL I fire up the replacement and get:

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No worries, still undaunted. I shut down the phone and I open my MacBook Pro, which my previous phone was synced to and plug in this new one. It fires up and I get:

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Notice a trend...?

Long story short (too late?), Verizon is sending me another new one. Should be here tomorrow. Almost a week without a phone. Aside from the annoyance of spending hours on the phone trying to resolve this, not having a phone is still not that bad. My life is pretty well synced and backed up across my devices and the only thing I haven't done since my phone died is check Facebook... so it isn't bad at all...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My iPhone Died and I Couldn't Be Happier

Takeaway: My iPhone is dead and disconnected but I am not. I am now a man of 1990s telephony with late 'aughts connectivity. Pleasantly ironic in a digital age.

About 2 weeks ago my iPhone starting losing its ability to keep a charge. The battery would charge just fine, but within an hour it would be 50% drained. Epic battery drainage.

This rapid charge/rapid drain wasn't a big deal since I have iOS device chargers coming out of my ears. I have my iPhone, my primary iPad, my back-up iPad (used for testing settings, apps, etc), the iPod Nano I wear on my wrist, not to mention the 4 standard iPods my wife and I share (oh, yeah, she has an iPhone too). Having chargers handy isn't a concern...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bookmarks via PS10 iPads

Bookmarks from the PS10 iPads Diigo group:
These are the links we find valuable for furthering our effective use of iPads within the PS 10 community.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of PS10 iPads group favorite links are here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Digital Record Keeping & Portfolio Building - Rubrics

Takeaway: Using the iPad & GoodReader can easily digitize a teacher's assessment process as well as give parents quick & easy access to the results.

As teachers we are always creating rubrics. Rubrics for assignments, rubrics for projects, rubrics for units. With upwards of 30 students in a class keeping the weight of the rubric paper to a minimum is key. In addition, how do you ensure the parents are seeing the results and staying informed & connected to their child's learning?