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Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Post an eBook from an iPad to Your Class Blog

Category : Tips

In this 3.5 minute screencast, digital learning consultant Wesley Fryer demonstrates how to use the $4 iPad application “eBook Creator” to export an enhanced eBook (in ePub format) to the DropBox application, and then email a public link to the ePub to a Posterous blog so it will “post” as a publicly accessible link for anyone to download. The following iPad apps are required to follow these steps:

eBook Creator ($4)
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ebook-creator/id448273828?mt=8

DropBox (free)
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8

iBooks (free)
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8

A free blog on Posterous.com is also required:
http://posterous.com

View the example enhanced eBook from this screencast on: http://our-stories.posterous.com/the-minecraft-story-by-jakari-ebook

Learn more about “minimal click” ways to share digital text, audio, images and video in Wesley’s eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.”

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ – click to view more info about ‘Day 125 / 365 – iPad ebook demo at Web 2.0 Expo SF 2010′ or find free ‘ebook ipad’ pictures via Wylio”>'Day 125 / 365 - iPad ebook demo at Web 2.0 Expo SF 2010' photo (c) 2010, Anita Hart - license: <a href=http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/” width=”500″ style=”float: none; margin: 10px auto;” />

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Turn Off AudioBoo Comments

Category : Tips

(Cross-posted to Instructional FAQs for Yukon Public Schools)

AudioBoo is a fantastic website and free mobile application to use for recording and sharing student voices. AudioBoo does not, however, currently support “comment moderation.” This means anyone can leave a comment on an audio recording you post to your AudioBoo channel and it will immediately show up “live” for anyone else to view.

As a classroom teacher in the United States, it is a good idea to always use “moderated commenting” on websites where student work is published and other school information is shared. AudioBoo recordings can be linked and embedded on other websites, like a classroom blog with KidBlog, which DO support comment moderation. Since AudioBoo doesn’t support comment moderation, a “best practice” for classroom teachers is to turn OFF comments on each AudioBoo. Unfortunately, it is not possible to select “comments off” as the default setting for all AudioBoos. Currently, AudioBoo comments must be turned OFF on a post by post basis. Here are the steps you need to follow for this process.

STEP 1: Login, Click on Your Boo, and Click EDIT

AudioBoo Comment Moderation - Step 1

STEP 2: Click to UNCHECK the box beside “Enable Comments.”

AudioBoo Comment Moderation - Step 2

STEP 3: At the bottom of the page click SAVE.

AudioBoo Comment Moderation - Step 3

Now commenting should be turned OFF for that specific AudioBoo post. You will need to repeat these steps for each new AudioBoo you post to your AudioBoo account. While the free AudioBoo mobile app for iOS and Android supports publishing and listening to AudioBoo recordings, users cannot presently edit published Boos to turn off comment moderation.

For more suggestions of websites and applications to use for student audio recording, see the “No Edit Podcasts” page of the website, “Mapping Media to the Common Core.”

View examples of student audio recordings of essays and interviews on the Yukon Public Schools Learning Showcase website.


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Create a Narrated Slideshow with ShowMe for iPad

Category : Tips

ShowMe is a free application for iPad which permits anyone to create narrated slideshow videos which can include telestrator (“John Madden”) style annotations. The following twenty-five images highlight the steps to follow in the ShowMe iPad app, using a photo gallery in Picasa (free from Google) as a virtual image scrapbook for project images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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A Story About Parental Feedback on a Student Blog

Category : Tips

Tomorrow I’m sharing a repeated 1.5 hour workshop for teachers in Yukon Public Schools (in Oklahoma) titled, “simple ideas for powerful sharing.” In addition to having fun and experiencing a “paperless learning experience,” I hope all the teachers participating in the workshop will successfully experience new ways for sharing digital text, digital audio, images and video. For the shared audio recording activity, I’m going to play the following 104 second video telling a story related a couple weeks ago on the Yukon Public Schools Learning Showcase website. It’s a simple but important story about parental feedback on a student blog.

 

All the activities we’ll do together in the workshop are included in a twenty slide Google Presentation, which I’ve also embedded on a revised “Workshops” page of playingwithmedia.com. I’m particularly looking forward to using Yodio.com for the first time in a workshop as a phonecasting platform. Tonight’s test with my family members was successful, so hopefully tomorrow’s workshop phonecasts will be too! If you know of another free phonecasting platform in addition to Cinch, iPadio and Yodio, please let me know by leaving a comment. 


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Create Illustrated PDF Stories with Story Patch on an iPad

Category : Tips

In this 14.5 minute video, 8 year old Rachel explains how to use the iPad application “Story Patch” to create illustrated stories. Download Rachel’s FREE enhanced eBook, “Snowflake Gets Lost,” on meetsnowflake.com. Learn more about Story Patch for iPad and download it from storypatch.com.

We recorded this video using Screenflow software, and used an iPhone4 as our video camera with the $5 app iWebcamera. Learn more about iPad applications for productivity on ipadwithwes.com and by following @ipadwithwes on Twitter.


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