This is student lead, class-room blog about our first year with 1:1 iPads in 8th grade. We are sharing our triumphs and failures as we learn together how to best use this powerful tool to enrich our study of American History. Glad you joined us!
Last week was really incredible for me. This is true for many reasons. Subsequently, I am still sorting it out.
Monday morning I completed high-jump practice with four very talentent young women with great enthusiasm for the sport. Then I heard some heart-breaking news that can only be described as a gut-punch.
Emotionally on edge, I continued on to SXSWEdu that morning and immediately began being bombarded with new ideas and new methods of learning. I was introduced to GeekDom and Spark Ed. I hope to visit their space with students sometime soon.
Some Key Points he made:
1. Start with a field trip to get students invested.
2. Give kids Voice and Choice
3. Do the project yourself FIRST and build the rubric in your head as you do it.
4. After the visit do a Blog-o-Thon (Blog-o-Con not sure which), notice that this gives quite-types a voice.
5. Make your Guiding question UnGoogleable ex. Does Music Make Waves?
I asked my students what we could do with this app. This was the result. Thanks to TechChef4U for making the video.
There are so many things to share about this project. My students wrote children's books about the topic we were studying in class (Washington), they created instructions for the Elementary students to guide them on drawing illustrations and we met in person to record the Elementary students' voices.
Ann Root (5th gr teacher) , Katey Crowley (3rd grade teacher) and Marianna Husain (EdTech) welcomed the idea even before we knew what we were doing.
Its taken me forever to get this post up. You how the end of school is. I plan to make an iTunesU course with all of the materials you will need to replicate in your classroom, so stay tuned.
Here are all the finished books. Thanks to Marianna for making this!
On Friday 2/22, 13 of my students and @techchef4u joined me on a wonderful fieldtrip to @rocksauce studios.
Here are some pictures from our trip.
Our group was amazed by the hospitality of Rocksauce and their team. They welcome us in and shared all parts of their app dev team. Our group was thrilled to see the process of making apps and many commented that, "They had no idea how involved app making was!"
Here are some of the students' reflections on our trip.
"The app world is very complicated. The code and development is very complex and, it seems like, endless. The companies who develop apps run on a type of development process that has many "checks and balances." The app development process can take between 4-24 months and is very tedious."
"Rocksauce Studios has different types of people working there. They develop a client's app idea. There are different stages to the app making process. They are in charge of fixing bugs within the app. Most of the artists majored in graphics design in college. They work well with one another. They have to finish and release version one of an app before even thinking about version two." BC -thought leaders- where on a social media program, others ask the company questions or advice
-you can have any kind of background and still be a part of app development
-there are app maps for each screen and what they lead to
-after, each layer such as a button (the shape, letters etc) is separated
-one section of the company makes the requirements (what it has to have) another reformats and designs that same information in a different way
-when making apps for ios and android you have to use two separate kinds of development
-you can draw a character and then have someone else program/process it into the app
-rating is like status and is very important
-it can take 3 months to 2 years to make an app meeting to store
-you have to have a basic format for the first version of an app before you add transitions
So overall, the trip was HUGE success. We are now hoping to host RockSauce on our campus. What a wonderful example of community involvement outside our classroom!
Today during C lunch, my students have the wonderful chance to talk to a Stanford Professor of App Development. We are using this day as a chance to test our communication systems and prepare for a longer chat in the near future. One of our HC student's uncle is the Stanford Prof, so its a cool in house connection. We look forward to sharing the results!