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Using the app “Explain everything”.

I would like to share with you an example of how I used the app “Explain everything”.

I already had a power point presentation on “What to think about when giving a presentation/speech” so I used the app “Explain everything” to show it.

When I gave the “lecture” I recorded myself at the same time and I could also circle, underline and point to important words. Afterwards I shared the recording with the students on Google Drive, so they could go back and look and listen when they were preparing their presentations/speeches. I could of course also have recorded all of it beforehand but I feel so funny doing that, and I wanted to get the students answers to my questions and their questions recorded too.

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Silent movies in my speech class

Last week I tried something interesting with the students in my speech class. After a lesson about para lingual (the voice except the words) and extra lingual (body langauge) signals I asked them to make a silent movie where they presented themselves using only body language and a few words in titles. They had two lessons to write a script, shoot the movie and then edit.

Today it was film time and the result was amazing and led us to a very interesting discussion where we tried to state the difference between body language and gesture and how it affects the way people perceive a speech.

Earlier this year I learned about the SAMR- model (http://www.ipadbootcampforteachers.com/samrtpack.html) A way of sorting out how to use digital solutions in the curriculum – not just substituting the notebook with an iPad taking notes, but redefining the teaching and do things you couldn’t have done without using the iPad. The modell has helped me to think in new ways about how to show learning. This assignement really pushed my student many steps further in their understanding of how to communicate with their whole bodies.

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Watch one of the movies at:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/681l7lqgglo7fs0/Silent%20movie.mov?dl=0

/Anna Oldner

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My iYear

i may be my most used prefix this last year with iPad, iBooks, iMovies, TEDiSUB just starting off the list that threatened to end with a capital I as in I’m drowning in APPle, until I got to know iTunes U. iTunes U has been the missing link in my work with iPads. (I’m fully aware of, as someone else wrote earlier, that iTunes U is not that great if you haven’t got the 1-1-solution that we are fortunate enough to have in Rudbeck.) Suddenly I have come to realize why I, if asked today, would promote iPads over laptops. For me iTunes U is both appealing layout-wise and functional. The fact that the students don’t need to leave the application even though they are using a lot of different apps during the lesson make them less prone to do other things.

The biggest win is of course the structure within iTunes U, Continue Reading →

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Larger steps with google drive

I have been working with google drive since the beginning of the school year and am very excited about it. I was able to gather some experience last year in my ethics class (grade 12). This year I use this service almost all the time in my German class (grade 12); the students upload all their homework to the cloud, they also comment and revise ( in small groups of 4 ) the products of their partners. As a qualified and differentiated feedback is absolutely necessary for the improvement of written and cognitive abilities, I use google drive as a means to an online writing conference.

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Can the iPad replace a DVD-player?

Yes, but… In my latest project with iPads I use them instead of a DVD-player in the foreign language classroom. We don’t watch a film or parts of it together as a group, but I have chosen different scenes from the film for different groups to watch. We only watched the beginning of the film together and now the groups have to work on individual scenes and present the content of their scenes to the class. This would not have been possible with an ordinary DVD-player or by watching the film with the help of a computer and a projector, because we would have needed as many of these devices (and DVDs) as groups. Now two students share one iPad and use their own earphones. Like this, every student or pair of students respectively, can watch the scenes as often as they need or want to, and they can rewind and fast forward the scenes individually which is not possible if a whole group watches a film.

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December 1st

At the beginning of Advent I send my best regards to everybody. I found this postcard when I cleaned up our home last weekend and decorated it for the season.

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And while I did this you wrote so many posts… Thank you, everybody, for sharing your experiences with us. There are so many interesting aspects you mentioned in your posts. I´m so glad about the progress of this EU project. You did a good job!

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