Edmunds Infomercial 03/26/2012
Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Caring. At Edmunds, we call those the "Wildcat Way". Join us as we spend some time teaching about the Wildcat way....Infomercial style!
App Reviews 03/26/2012
It has been a while since I have reviewed educational apps that we are using at Edmunds. It is my vow that I will complete my long list of apps that need to be reviewed by the end of this week! SO....check app review link to see the latest reviewed apps.
Here is our newest video from our great Kindergarten Teachers! Nothing like a little Aerosmith to teach students how to handle someone picking on them!
So with the success of our first video, we felt it was only fair to do another video for our younger students. They are also earning paws and collecting them to spend at our Edmunds School Store. To get them excited about earning paws, we felt that a little WHAM! was in order...
First Music Video... 02/09/2012
Okay, so our school is doing a PBIS promotion where the students are awarded yellow "paws" when staff members notice respectful, responsible, safe, or caring behaviors. As soon as a class earns 250 paws, they get a pizza party. The promotion will then increase to 300 paws, and so on. To help get the school excited, a few of us teachers put together a rap video.
I have dabbled with grageband and iMovie, but this is my first attempt at something from scratch (beat, lyrics, filming, and editing). Let me know what you think and hopefully you get a smile out of it! :)
Class Set of iPads + iCloud Issues... 02/06/2012
Okay, so this only pertains to those of you who are managing a cart or more of ipads on a single iTunes account. When the IOS 5 update came through, I (painfully) updated all of the iPads. A long and tedious process, but I felt it would be worth it for the use of the iCloud. All was going smoothly until last week when I started getting e-mails about the iCloud being full. I'm not sure why I didn't think of this, but with only 5 GB and 30 student ipads full of photos, videos, and apps, it filled up VERY quickly. The most frustrating thing about the iCloud space being full was that I was having a hard time adding new apps. I am by no means an Apple Technician, but feel pretty competent when it comes to these things. I troubleshooted all of the ways I could think of and finally ended up turning off the iCloud backup on each iPad and starting from scratch. The iPads are working fine and now and we are rolling again. One of those unexpected hiccups and events to learn from. iCloud is fantastic for a single user, but a bit more challenging if you are managing 30+. If anyone has any thoughts on this, I would love to h
Website Goes Live 01/30/2012
After about a month, The Learning Pad is finally live. There are still quite a few updates that we will be making (links, products, etc.) We will also be reviewing Apps that we have been using since the beginning of the year, so check back often. Please feel free to leave comments, questions, or thoughts on the site. We would love to hear from you! Send me (Collin) a message on Twitter or shoot me an e-mail if have any direct questions.
Next Round of iPads 01/17/2012
We just received our newest round of iPads yesterday morning. Now we are able to starting transitioning our 4th grade into 1:1 with the iPads. Currently, we have 5th grade 1:1 and a cart of 30 for the rest of the school to check out as needed. With the addition of our units for 4th grade, this should open up a few more units for the school. Next stop
Catching Up: Part 1 01/17/2012
In late November, we began our implementation of 1:1 in our 5th grade classes. We worked closely with the classroom teachers and building administration to make sure that we were prepared for the changes that were about to come. We learned a lot from this initial 1:1 transition that will help us in upcoming 1:1 initiatives (we plan on going 1:1 in 3rd and 4th grade as well).
Our first round of iPads came and we immediately started learning so much about the management of the iPads, itunes, and apps. We eventually found a system that worked for us. The biggest thing that we try to do is make sure that the apps that are on itunes are the same ones that we want on the ipad. We are actually going to have a macbook for each cart, so the ipads in the cart will mirror that macbook's itunes account. We will also be creating master backups in each cart to help if we have to reset anything.
The changes in student engagement were immediate. Our 5th graders were more interested in writing in their notepad app then they ever had been before. Of course many will test the waters, but we were very clear and intentional with our expectations and students gradually started to learn appropriate and inappropriate iPad use.
So far, so good!