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Ed Tech Resources: December 1st, 2013

Now that you have finished digesting all of the turkey, stuffing, and desserts, here are some of the articles and tweets that I found interesting over the last few days.

Blog Posts/News Articles

Slideshows in Sync
Some teachers already use an app called Nearpod to share class presentations with students. This blog post details this app, as well as many alternatives. Another option not included in this post (but was later mentioned somewhere else) is a new site called Presentain. This service is still in Beta mode, but one feature that looks promising is the ability to “push out” Google Presentations to students.

7 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen
Many of us already use the Reflector software, but it’s always nice to know what’s out there.

Zdeno Chara has Blueprint for Team Leadership
This has nothing to do with technology. However, we often encourage our students to step up and be leaders in and out of the classroom. There has been a lot of information in the news recently about a lack of leadership in sports. I think we can all learn something from the Bruins captain!

Tweets

It’s important to note that this guy retweeted her image. Just his retweet alone has been retweeted over 20,000 times!!! I imagine the original image has been seen over 100,000 times at this point. It’s a great lesson to share with students regarding digital citizenship and how quickly images can go viral online.

If they’re still on sale (and they may not be), my favorite app is Calendars 5. I like it much more than the native calendar iPad app.


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Use Reflection to Mirror and Project Your iPad

Teachers often want to project and share their iPad screen with the students in their class. One way to do this is to physically connect the iPad to an LCD projector using the Apple VGA Adapter. The major drawback to this is that your iPad must stay next to the projector. Teachers like to move around the class so this is not a great option. 

Last year, one of the one Oak teachers used an Apple TV ($99) setup to wirelessly “mirror” his iPad and project it onto a screen. This is very expensive and not reasonable for most teachers. 

During the Shrewsbury Summer Institute, presenters from EdTechTeacher used a great program called Reflection that allowed iPad to connect to their Mac laptop using AirPlay. When their laptop was connected to an LCD projector, this image was then able to be projected for all workshop participants to see. One great benefit of this program, other than having the ability to walk around the room with your own iPad, is that you can “mirror” any student iPads onto your laptop as well. For example, imagine you have students use a “whiteboard” app such as Educreations or Show Me to draw food webs. When finished, the students can take turns displaying the food web on their screen and project it for the class. It’s very quick to turn on and off which lends to great classroom management. 




Shrewsbury has purchased enough licences for all Sherwood and Oak teachers to download the program onto one school-issued laptop! 


Directions

1. Go to http://sln.shrewsbury.k12.ma.us/node/1157

This is an article on the SLN that explains how to download the program and display an iPad onto your laptop screen.

2. Once the program is downloaded, go to http://tinyurl.com/spsreflection


This is a Google Form that will dispense the license key when a user enters their initials and hits submit. 

3. Select all the characters and choose “Copy” from the Edit menu.

4. Launch Reflection, paste the license key into the box, and click OK.