iBooks Author Training Video and Free Guide

» 15 May 2014 » In Ed Tech, PD, Presentations, Publishing » No Comments

IBA DesktopHere's session one of my recent iBooks Author (iBA) training workshop. This one-hour session was designed to introduce iBA to about a dozen teacher at LaSalle Catholic College Preparatory in Portland Ore. I covered what can iBA do and workflow suggestions for next steps. I stressed it’s not about  the technology -  book design begins with content, audience and purpose. Their next step is to gather content, think about how to present it with iBA's native (and second party) widgets.  

Here’s a resource site I built for the session Get Started with iBA 

If you want to follow along with my widget review -download my guide - Quick Start: iBooks Author free at iTunes I'm demonstrating all the widgets found in chapter 2. 

We shot a video of the session using a stationary webcam. Not the best quality (off center and off mic) - but some may find it useful. Here’s a rough outline of what I discussed.
1. Widget intro (chapter 2 in Quick Start: iBooks Author)
2. I demonstrated project work flow using my latest iBA project "Lost Japantown PDX" (working title).  See reveal widget video demonstration here

  • Gather content and archive in Evernote
  • Format content - edit video, crop images, edit text
  • Begin layout of book pages in a program like Keynote. Remember that it's not easy to rearrange pages in iBA. Keynote provide a simple way to get you content in order
  • Begin to build iBook in iBA.

3. Considerations - file size, user experience, copyright
4. A collaborative iBook design project I did with my University of Portland students Exploring History - free at iTunes.

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Reflection and the Student Centered Classroom

» 27 April 2014 » In Presentations, Reflection, Students, Teachers » 2 Comments

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The key to fostering reflection is scaffolding more choices for students to make about key elements of the lesson. Then students have more to think about and compare with their peers.
Content – what knowledge and skills will be studied?
Process – what materials, procedures, etc will be used?
Product – what will students produce to demonstrate their learning?
Evaluation – how will the learning be assessed?

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iPDX14 Session Preview: Getting Started with iBooks Author

» 24 February 2014 » In How To, Presentations, Publishing » 3 Comments

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Here’s your chance to learn how easy it is for students and teachers to create multi-touch iBooks using iBA. We’ll demonstrate the key steps in designing an iBook that can be published to iTunes or shared as iBooks files. Download my free 20-page “Quick Start: iBooks Author.” Links to more how to’s and free content resources for your iBook project – interactive widgets, images, videos, audio and more.

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iPDX14 Session Preview: PBL Case Study

» 22 February 2014 » In Presentations, Students » No Comments

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Instead of simply telling my preservice teachers about the critical components of the new classroom – student-centered, project-driven, community-based, tech-integrated – we used them. This iPDX14 session will give participants a look at these instructional approaches, work-flow models, sample projects and a reflection on how it went. Spoiler alert – it’s not all positive.

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See You At integratED Conference #iPDX14

» 12 January 2014 » In Ed Tech, Events, Presentations, Students » No Comments

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I’m looking forward to presenting at integratED Portland 2014 February 26–28, 2014. It’s a premier edtech conference features active hands-on sessions with an impressive team of presenters. I’m honored to be doing two workshops. Here’s my previews

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Digital History Workshop – Tech Meets Critical Thinking

» 24 March 2013 » In Ed Tech, History / DBQ's, How To, PD, Presentations, Publishing, Web 2.0 » No Comments

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Our goal was a practical hands-on workshop that fused technology, critical thinking, and strategies for students to be the “historian in the classroom.” We were focused on ways to use iPads for content creation, feedback and reflection. Plus we showcased a variety of other critical thinking digital tools for the classroom – iBooks Author, Haiku Deck, Evernote, nGram Viewer and GapMinder.

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Have a Minute for the Shortest TED Talk Ever?

» 19 September 2012 » In Commentary, Presentations, Visualizations » No Comments

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Who needs PowerPoint when you have stones? He even finds time to add a reflective question as a kicker. This talk ‘happened’ during a spontaneous interview with Hans Rosling, the famous TED speaker. Hans joined us at the TEDxSummit 2012 in Doha, April 15 — 20, Qatar for another memorable TED talk on global population predictions.

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WebEx and LearningCatalytics Create a Virtual Keynote

» 18 July 2012 » In Events, PD, Presentations, Reflection » No Comments

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I recently was asked to keynote at the MicroSociety annual conference in Philadelphia. While my schedule prevented me from appearing in person, I thought it was a great opportunity to see if I could scale my small group webinar model into a conference keynote.

I used WebEx as my platform and attendees brought their own web-enabled devices to access to respond to my questions and prompts via LearningCatalytics.

Here’s how it went.

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The Flipped Classroom: Getting Started

» 07 June 2012 » In Ed Tech, How To, PD, Presentations, Strategies, Students, Teachers, Web 2.0 » 2 Comments

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I recently gave a webinar on getting started with the flipped classroom. Lots of good questions – seems like many teachers see the value in using “flipping” to redefine their classrooms. They recognize that the traditional classroom was filled with a lot of lower-order, information transmission that can be off loaded to “homework” via content-rich websites and videos. That frees up more classroom time as a center for student interaction, production and reflection.

Download my slide deck.

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The Student as Historian: A Teaching American History Webinar

» 04 June 2012 » In Ed Tech, How To, PD, Presentations, Strategies, Teachers, Web 2.0 » No Comments

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I just wrapped up two webinars with teachers participating in a Teaching American History (TAH) Grant workshop focusing on strategies for using documents to let your students be the historian in your classroom. I was in Portland Oregon – they were in Salt Lake City, but through the wonders of technology (I used WebEx videoconferencing along with a web-based LearningCatalytics response system) we were able to interact. I don’t think people learn much by telling them things, so I put participants “in their students’ shoes” to experience the power of document-based instruction and four key components to making it work:
1.The right documents.
2. Knowing how to look at them.
3. Letting students discover their own patterns, then ask students to describe, compare and defend what they found.
4. Basing the task on enduring questions, the kind that students might actually want to answer.

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