RRR Cy Fair iPad in Leadership and Productivity

Resources for participants of the Cy Fair iPad in Leadership Productivity Session at the Rigor, Relevance and Relationships Conference.

Instructional Planning Apps for Teachers and Admins

  • Planbook Touch for iPad: Link
  • iPlan Lessons: Link
  • Lesson Plans: Link
  • QuickVoice Recorder: Link
  • Dropbox: Link
  • Things for iPad: Link
  • Discover: Link
  • Evernote: Link
  • Pages for iPad: Link
  • Numbers for iPad: Link
  • Goodreader for iPad: Link
  • Mobile Air Mouse: Link
  • WritePad for iPad: Link
  • iTranslate: Link
  • Flipboard: Link
  • Dragon Dictation: Link

Assessment and Evaluation Apps

  • TOWER Mobile by Randa: Link
  • Classroom Mosaic:Link
  • Bento:Link
  • eCove suite of apps:Link
  • Classroom Walkthrough and Observation Form Courtesy of Kern Kelly and Fred Johnston: Link
  • Mastery Connect and Bubble Sheet: Link 1 and Link 2
  • Show Me:Link
  • Screen Chomp:Link
  • Explain Everything: Link
  • Popplet: Link
  • Videolicious: Link
  • AT&T Code Scanner: Link

Grouping Apps by Bloom’s Taxonomy (also by standards):

  • Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano A.K.A Langwitches’ Bloom’s Taxonomy for iPad: Link
  • Kathy Schrock’s Bloom Apps: Link
  • Teach with Your iPad Blog Bloom’s Taxonomy for iPad: Link
  • Diane Darrow’s K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom’s Taxonomy: Link
  • Kelly Tenkley’s Bloom’s Taxonomy of Apps: Link
  • Blooms App Blog: Link

Research and Information:

  • The Marzano Evaluation Model: Link
  • The Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson: Link
  • School Leadership and Teacher Effectiveness Using iPad Apps from Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland: Link
  • Educational Outcomes and Research from 1:1 Computing Settings: Link
  • Prince George’s County Public School TEDL Initiative (1:1 Middle School): Link
  • Reviewing the evidence on how teacher professional development affects student achievement: Link
  • Flipped Classroom Infographic: Link
  • Neff Elementary School (Houston Independent School District): Link
  • Download iTunes: Link
  • iTunes U link in iTunes: Link
  • iTunes U app for iPad (also available for iPhone): Link
  • iBooks app for iPad (also available for iPhone): Link
  • How districts can sign up for a K12 iTunes U Portal: Link

CardFlick is Hot!

Ok, ok, ok…we all know about my technolust with apps.  Well, today I saw Card Flick and I am loving it.  I am always digging in my laptop bag, purse, truck, lipstick case…whatever, for a business card (on a side note I just got a really hot LV card case in an attempt to not lose my cards anymore).  Anyway, I am focused again…CardFlick is a new app “coming” to the App Store that will allow you to make your own digital business cards with varying themes and then “flick” them to a nearby person.  Check out the vid.



You have to go their site: http://cardflick.co and apply to be a Beta user.  Click this link here > http://cardflick.co/e75e10 to sign up.  The more friends I sign up the quicker we will all flick!

Flickly Yours,

The Cre8tiv Mind

dotEPUB — Download any webpage as an e-Book

dotEPUB — download any webpage as an e-book

I am about to scream.  I love my iPad and my iPad (hopefully iPad2 within the next hour) loves me too…but today, the love has grown.  A fellow colleague, Sam Parisi shared with me today the most unbelievable site: dotepub.com.  dotepub allows you to turn any webpage into an .ePub on the iPad! 


I know…let me repeat this: dotepub allows you to turn any webpage into an .ePub on the iPad! Now, if I am student who doesn’t have internet access at home I can simply create an ePub of a website I need to read and then…BOOM, I have access at home.  This really works well for anyone, but great implications in the classroom and beyond.

I really like the fact that we are able to promote literacy even through a webpage.  The Common Core are coming at the rate of speed.  We need to start creating more examples of learning like this!  Students having a digital library of ALL types reading material is just awesome.  We have to THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOOK (website to follow soon 😉

Students can open the ePub in the iBooks and…

  • Tap and highlight any word and get the word defined for you instantly
  • Highligh words and phrases in different colors
    • Maybe highlight symbolism in pink
    • Highlight compound sentences in blue
  • You can also tap on any word and or phrase and create sticky note.

And people don’t understand the power of mobile!  Elation…after a long hard night, this was just the pick me up I needed.  Oh, and did I mention this is all FREE!

ePubly Yours,

The Cre8tiv Mind

Technology tools…are we too addicted?

As I was running to catch my flight this afternoon I flashed back to the night before thinking about how my Fly Delta app on my iPhone notified me that my upcoming flight would be cancelled.  I dismissed the pop up message that appeared on phone and figured it was a technical glitch.  I even called Delta who confirmed my flight was indeed not cancelled.  As I ran (too overweight to be doing this!) to my gate to catch an earlier flight I couldn’t help but ponder…how much do we rely on technology?  And, should we trust technology more.
As much as I am a technology proponent I believe somewhere in the back of mind, I doubt it every now and again.  I decided to make a list of all of the ways I depend solely on technology and my list frightened me.
  1. Directions
  2. My Calendar
  3. My Contacts
  4. Communication (text, email, tweeting, etc.)
  5. Camera
  6. Camcorder
  7. Notes
  8. Scanner
  9. Check my son’s grades and assignments
  10. and on and on

Some of the most important things in my life are entrusted to technology.  I use an app on my phone or iPad for directions.  I use a calendar program on my phone and computer only…no paper.  All of my contacts are stored on my mobile devices and my computers.  I communicate solely with my phone and computer.  I take the most valuable and precious pictures of my children and other events with my iPhone and/or iPod touch…same with videos. If someone ever crashed the Evernote server I would die (used for notes).  I scan all of my sign in sheets/rosters with an app.  I keep up to date with my son’s assignments and grades via a web app and the list goes on and on.

Wow!  I am a tech addict.  Is this a bad thing?  Let me hear from you friends.
Addictively yours,
The Cre8tiv Mind

Cellphones in the classroom

Good afternoon friends!  I am pumped up on this cold and snowy Sunday afternoon.  Just finished reading an article by Kelli Gauthier entitled, “School System my rethink ban of student cell phone use.”  Guess what…it is because of something the Hamilton County Schools in Tennessee heard me say at one of my recent presentations.  Not only am I wowed, but kudos to you Jim Scales for being a visionary leader in a time when it isn’t always popular to go against the grain.  If you would like to read the article, here is the link: http://bit.ly/e3a0dz.

I found the comments most interesting.  I always get passionate about the topic of mobile devices in the classroom.  Here are my comments…as I would just say this again, and again…and AGAIN.

Part 1:

Hello inquiringmind.  First, I am a she and I didn’t say “they are going to use them anyway”…I said “they’re bringing them to school anyway.” I have worked with many school districts across the nation who have implemented mobile devices into their curriculum with much success.  Since I have researched this topic and worked hands-on with schools to infuse these devices, let me give you some data that you aren’t aware of:

1. Mobile devices are helping students to increase their fluency skills greatly.  Our schools are packed with students who aren’t on grade level and can’t read.  Literacy is a huge issue and programs like iRead are turning schools around and increasing literacy and standardized test scores when more traditional avenues have failed.  Here is a link so you can read more: https://sites.google.com/a/eusd.org/eusd-iread/

2.  Schools have had to endure massive budget cuts over the past few years.  Technology is proven to engage and stimulate our students to want to learn content they otherwise aren’t interested in.  Since many of our students come to school each day with these devices (many schools allow cell phones to be brought to school, just not used during instructional time) I believe we should consider utilizing them in many ways.  Have you ever heard of student response systems?  Well, the 20th century model of teaching is that a teacher would lecture from Monday to Thursday and then assess students on Friday.  In the 21st century we can no longer wait for Friday to see if our students have failed.  Equipped with mobile devices a classroom of students can respond to a poll generated by a teacher.  The teacher can then receive instant feedback from them as whether they understood the content or not.   And the cost to faithful taxpayers as yourself…$0.00.  Check out http://polleverywhere.com.

Part 2:

3.  And for @hcirehttae technology is not a fad, neither are mobile devices.  Technology will only evolve.  You may want to research our first U.S. Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra and read his thoughts on mobile devices.  He created a program called “Apps for Democracy” in Washington D.C.  Research how much money he saved DC in one year (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivek_Kundra).  If we have decision-makers in our midst such as Mr. Kundra who believe heavily in technology…where do you think this country is going in regard to technology?

Our students have more resources available to them today than you or your parents ever did combined.  And with the mobile device, it is ubiquitous.  Anywhere…anytime with these devices our children can learn.  Equipped with a smart phone like an iPhone, a student has the world’s largest database at their disposal for research, their summer reading books, textbooks, audiobooks, podcasts, a microscope, a scanner, a word processor, a calculator, and we haven’t even scratched the surface with apps!  And yes, there is an app for that…and they are far from watered down.  To be able to use an app like Voice Memos to record a student making a cold read to assess their fluency level, how many words they read per minute (all aligned with state and national standards) and allow them to hear themselves and then self-correct…wow!  And then, with a tap of my finger I can email the voice memo straight to their parent in an effort to bridge the gap between home and school so they can help their struggling reader…wow!

We can no longer debate whether we should or shouldn’t, but rather how.  By the year 2020, 75% of all jobs will have a high saturation of technology.  If we don’t prepare our students for these jobs now by teaching them how to use technology like mobile devices efficiently and successfully in the classroom…we have done them a great disservice.  More data for you here: http://www.getdegrees.com/careers/tips/top-60-jobs-that-will-rock-the-future/

Part 3:

4.  You may also want to research QR codes and how they can revolutionize the classroom (I will just provide you a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayW032sKtj8), how we fare with students globally (countries like China, Africa, Japan and the UK have been using mobile devices for YEARS and with great success.)  We have to prepare our students to compete globally. Research the following national and international schools as well:

The latter is an awesome account from Liz Kolb, the author of, “From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning.”

As an educator, I am not settling, I am trying to find new and innovative ways to engage our children.  If you have not noticed, our students are different, and they learn different.  As result, they often feel disconnected from their teachers of yesteryear.  We must rethink the way we educate our children, if not we may be faced with a permanent underclass, ill-equipped for the future that surely awaits them.

I too, doubted mobile devices in the classroom in the beginning, but after seeing first hand the power of these tools, I am now a strong proponent.  Hopefully, after your research…you will too!


Read the Joan Ganz Cooney Center reports: iLearn, Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning and Learning: is there an app for that?

Have a GREAT Sunday!

Celluarly yours,

The Cre8tiv Mind