Printer Pro – Print Documents from your iDevice

Printer ProPrinter Pro  I have spent more time and money than I’d like to admit testing out various iDevice printing apps. In my opinion Printer Pro is by far the best one I’ve found thus far. To my understanding there are three ways to print using Printer Pro:

  1. Straight to a wifi enabled printer.
  2. Remotely through a computer to it’s attached printer as the document appears on the iPad or
  3. Remotely through a computer to it’s attached printer but also using the documents default software (eg. it will actually open microsoft word on your computer and print the document as it would appear there).

Option 3 seems to work the best from what I’ve seen. If you are planning to use option 2 or 3 you will need to download Printer Pro Desktop for your computer. They also have a Lite Version of the app so you can test it out and make sure it works with your printers and computers appropriately before purchasing the pro version.

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/printer-pro-for-iphone/id410011612?mt=8

 

iPad must have apps for Educators

Last Updated November 29th, 2015

Knowmia Teach – Free Whiteboard and Presentation App

Knowmia LogoKnowmia Teach – I know what you’re thinking…  “Another whiteboard app… really!?”  Well I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this one combines all of the best features from apps like Explain Everything, Smart Notebook, EduCreations, and Board Cam into one easy to use app. If you are not completely happy with any one of the apps listed previously…  I would recommend trying this one out. It’s laid out a lot like notebook/powerpoint/keynote but has the ability to record annotations along with your presentations. It also has the ability to insert a personal video recording of yourself into the presentation as well which is pretty cool. Create an account at Knowmia.com and convert your presentations to videos that can be viewed later and embeded. The only downfall I’ve noticed is that it can be a little glitchy from time to time. I’ve already deleted all of the other whiteboard apps that I own and replaced them with Teach. Watch the video and read what Knowmia has to say about their app below. Continue reading

Using Dropbox with Intermediate Students

Dropbox – I recently decided to start using dropbox with my grade 7/8 students so that they can submit assignments via the web instead of having to lug around usb sticks and hard copies. I created two dropbox accounts 1) for me, my personal account and 2). a generic account for the kids. A really cool feature about dropbox that you can access from the website is that you can “share folders” with other users. So I created a class folder “Mr. Kelly’s Class” and shared it with the student dropbox account. Students can now submit assignments directly to me from the comfort of their own homes or even mobile devices. One better…  I can type my descriptive feedback and suggestions for improvement directly on their assignment…  which then they can access from any computer with internet access at anytime. Ideally giving them additional opportunity to use the feedback given to further improve their work without the mass murder of trees. This idea and concept is old news for those using Google Docs but I found that it was a lot easier to set up. 2 accounts does the trick as long as the students using it are trust worthy and responsible. All in all I’m pretty excited to see how this goes.

Areas of concern: Students have the ability to access and delete other student’s work (This can potentially be done both by accident and on purpose).

www.dropbox.com

 

List of 100 Top iPad Apps 2012

Hey Folks,

Since the school year started up I haven’t had much time to add posts here. I came across this list today and found a couple new gems that I didn’t know about before. Check it out if you’re looking for some good app ideas. Most of the the suggestions have been around for a while but they seem to be ones that have stood up over time. http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow_viewer/0,3253,l=250054&a=250058&po=1,00.asp

Running Record App

Today I stumbled upon a bunch of apps that help with the calculations for running records. These apps varied in depth and functionality but a couple of them stood out. These app actually help measure reading accuracy, error ratio, self-correction ratio, words read per minute, reading time as well as record the students oral reading itself. I’m only featuring the one app here because the second app had a number of bugs that the developer explained he was still working out.

Running Records Calculator – Von Brunos app combines a running record calculator and stopwatch with the convenience of audio recording playback. There is flagging which lets you quickly refer back to the audio of difficult sections of the reading for more accurate scoring. This app helps to easily calculate a students’ reading rate, percentage of accuracy, and self-correction ratio. As you enter this data, the scores automatically calculate and display on your screen. Once you have finished the oral reading with your student, you can playback the entire reading session. My favorite feature of this app is the share button which lets you send yourself, your administrator, a reading specialist, or parents a report of the running record. The report includes an attachment of the audio recording as well as the individual scores for that assessment. You can edit the body of the email entering the student’s name, leaving notes on progress, and adding the student’s comprehension score. I’m looking very forward to using this app in the coming school year.  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/running-records-calculator/id507919711?mt=8

Nearpod – Great App find!

NearpodNearpod – Thanks to my twitter PLN, today I was introduced to an amazing app called nearpod. This program allows teachers to take new or pre-existing powerpoint or keynote presentations and create interactive iPad lessons from them. There are two apps, a teacher version and a student version. The teacher can broadcast presentations, poll the class, ask open ended questions, give quizzes, show videos, and implement interactive slides, to the students individual iPad. Oh… and did I mention that it’s free?

Check out these video clips.

About Me

Thanks for stopping by!

So this is where I get tell you a little bit about myself and the spin that I bring to my classroom and education in general. First and foremost I would like to say that I am one of the lucky people who has a job that I love waking up and going to each and every morning. I have been placed in a very unique position where I get to combine three of my favorite passions into one always evolving workplace. I am passionate about music, technology, educating the future leaders of tomorrow and my job allows me to mesh these things creating a career that feels handcrafted for me.

I grew up in Burlington, Ontario playing sports and being a pretty average kid. My life changed when my dad took me to Lakeshore Music and bought me my first electric guitar. I traded in my hockey skates for a black Fender Stratocaster and what was to become a pretty exciting career in music. I am extremely proud to say that I spent most of my teens and early twenties playing and writing music with three of my best friends. Over the years we ended up obtaining two recording contracts, one with Atlantic Records/Warner Music and the other with EMI/Capitol Records. We were able to tour coast to coast several times through most of North America and surprisingly were also nominated for a Canadian Juno Award in 2006 for new group of the year.

I was very fortunate to have the experiences I had, meet the amazing people I met and have the strength to walk away from one dream in order to pursue another. Things change, passions evolve and hard decisions are made. I left music in order to go to teacher’s college and to provide a more solid foundation for my family.

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Through my years in music, I was fortunate to learn from very talented people how to use a lot of audio and video recording and editing equipment. This helped spur my passion for all things technological. I began familiarizing myself with both Apple and PC applications finding amazing features and uses from both computer heavy-weights. More recently, I have been consumed with finding ways to use Google and the iPad in order to engage my students and encourage even more innovative collaboration among them. I believe that my students, your children, need to learn using the tools that they are familiar with, and that they will be using in the working world on a daily basis. Technology is changing at a rapid pace but as an educator I feel a responsibility to keep up with this change and help ensure that our future generations are using it wisely, responsibly and for good. I encourage my students to bring their mobile devices to class and am always looking for ways to harness their use.

I have had an amazing start to my career in teaching. Currently, I teach a guitar program in the morning which lets me continue to share my passion for music with my students as well as allow them to make use of the audio and video recording equipment I accumulated from my past career. I also teach grade 7/8 math and language arts in the afternoon which allows me to engage students by letting them use a number of interesting software and cutting edge technologies to solidify and apply their learning. I think that there is a serious benefit to using tools like the iPad in education and a need to embrace our ever changing technological climate. When these tools are used effectively they can help foster unique, creative, engaging and very collaborative learning environments for our students.

I’m pretty sure if you ask my students, your children, they will say that my passion for these things (music, technology and education) is very evident and shines through in the lessons I get to teach them. So thank you for taking the time to read this and allowing me the privilege of continuing to follow my dreams though teaching.

Sincerely,

Mr. Kelly

Some Helpful Tools for Educators

Last Updated Dec 29, 2012

This is a working document compiling my favorite web-tools/sites and iPad apps that can be used to engage students in innovative educational ways. These are the sites and apps that I have found to be relatively easy to use and that in my mind have lasting educational merit or are just really cool! My philosophy with technology is quality over quantity.

Web Based Tools

  • Titanpad – a site where students can collaborate on a single document in real time. Has a time recorder so you can follow the changes made and revert to older versions of a document. http://www.titanpad.com
  • Teaching Kids News – On Teaching Kids News you’ll find original news articles on topics that are timely, relevant and intriguing. They are written for an elementary and intermediate school audience (grades 2-8) and can be used easily by kids, parents, and teachers. http://teachkidsnews.com/

Twitter

  • Twitter – Being blunt, I used to think twitter was a huge waste of time. But in reality I wasn’t using it very effectively at the time. I began following other like minded educators, local news papers, local radio stations, educational tech developers, iPad app developers, google, and other various educationally related tweeters. I now find that instead of reading the newspaper, I read through my twitter feed almost religiously. I have built a Personal Learning Network (PLN) with a number of educators and people from all over the world who are embracing twitter to share ideas and resources. https://twitter.com/

Google

  • Google Docs/Drive – Great for essays, long and short response questions, spreadsheets,  drawings and presentations. You can collaborate on documents in real time. You can also comment on work, share work, post work, download documents in a variety of file types. http://www.google.com/google-d-s/b1.html
  • Google Forms – Great for formative assessment and exit cards. You can create short quizzes using multiple choice, short answer, or true and false question types that can be answered using classroom computers or mobile devices with a web-browser. Google Forms then gives you access to a spreadsheet with all responses neatly arranged for you to view, print, save and use to help direct instructional needs. http://www.google.com/google-d-s/forms/