This is a page for us to share PD opportunities as well as notes from PDs we have attended.

Setting up your Office 365 account

Setting up your account:

1.go to form Safari on your iPad.

2.Enter your Cambrian email address as your username.

3.Enter Pass1234 as your initial password.

4.Click the Sign-in button.

5.When prompted, enter Pass1234 as your old password.

6.Type in your current network password in the new password field.

7.Type your current network password in the confirm new password field.

8.Click the Save button.

9.Close Safari.

Download Office Apps on your iPad.

1.Launch the App Store and search for Microsoft Office.

2.Download the following apps:

a.Microsoft Word for iPad

b.Microsoft Excel for iPad

c.Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad

d.OneDrive for iOS

e.Microsoft OneNote for iPad

f.OWA for iPad

3.Launch the Microsoft Word app and click on Sign in.

4.Enter your Email address.

5.Enter your password.

6.Click the Sign In button.

7.You are now signed in to Office 365 and will have access to create and edit Office documents and save them to OneDrive (The Microsoft could).

Teachers in iPad Academy

March 2013

The past few days, some of us attended the CUE conference. This professional development opportunity was wonderful and we wanted to share what we learned. So here are notes from each of us from the sessions we attended.

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken.jpgSir Ken Robinson was the incredibly funny, articulate, educated and inspiring keynote speaker. Since we all attended, we all have our reflections.

Sandy's blog post about Sir Ken @Cue13

Technology for Planning and Teaching to the Common Core

Brian Balaris, Chris Morel, Todd Reed
posted by Sandy McConnell, 4+5 teacher

As you are implementing technology, there are several ways to provide necessary Staff PD to helped inspire prepare and support your teachers. In their district, they use independent contractors and send teachers to conferences to see what is going on
  • boot camp - at the beginning of their school year, one day (paid) is devoted to technology training using a boot camp model. There are a variety of workshops that people can sign up for. They get low or no cost presenters (the price of lunch for some) and teachers can sign up for the things they need, such as Google sites, Google forms, iPad basics, SMART, etc.
  • Site early outs - on some of their early out Wednesdays, they continue with the staff PD for tech, which is especially helpful as teachers have begun using the technology and have some new and more complex questions and challenges.
  • Grade level pull outs - these would address specific grade level needs
  • Pedagogical PD

ITSE NETS (National education technology standards) for Students NETS-S and teachers NETS-T - know technology standards for teachers and students and use them in backwards planning of units and your school year.

Here is an interesting resource I found while poking around ITSE , an implementation wiki for NETS standards!

They also recommend a coaching model - to provide help with how to, to model lessons, research and share new ideas, generally, to spread the wealth. Coaches can take what they see at one school, one classroom and pollinate it throughout their district.

This session blurb said it would "provide teachers and administrators with a detailed understanding of the technology needs embedded in the common core and how to start the process of using these skills. The integration of more technology into engaging teaching and learning activities are the themes presented." My slight frustration with this year's CUE started with this presentation. I know WHY we need to use technology with common core, I want to know HOW to best implement real projects with tech+common core! They had some great ideas but no actual projects, lesson plans, nor implementable strategies. I am hoping to follow Balaris, Morel and reed and do some investigation into how they actually are implementing tech+CCSS in their schools.
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Using iPads to Build Research Communities in a Common Core Classroom

by the Bedley Bros - Scott and Tim

posted by Sandy McConnell, 4+5 teacher

This standing room only CUE TIP was informative and engaging. It was a short presentation but packed with great ideas and examples. They talked about students can learn to research collaboratively. Tim discussed how students can delve deeper into a subject by using technology and their brains to mine reliable sources. Students were gives a topic to research and had to come up with consensus in their research community - (GLAD=>expert group)

Tim Bedley, one of Riverside County's Teacher of the Year from 2013! He has some great info on his website.

You can catch the Bedley Bros. #edchat which gives much of the information from the presentation.
Tim also has an amazing band Rocking the Standards, check out their educational and entertaining songs. Their parting piece of advise, Leave your voice out! I am the last resource for feedback.

TAGS: GATE, Common Core, CUE13, CUE, Bedley, research, ipad, coach

Visual & Digital Storytelling with Ken Shelton -

brain candy!
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Challenge Based Learning

(with iPads!)

Random Notesfrom #CUE13

Notes by Sandy McConnell, 4+5 teacher

SVCUE Conference March 23, 2013

Notes by Camille Johnson, K/1 teacher

I attended four sessions during the one day MiniCUE conference held in San Jose. Here are my notes from my four sessions.

Math Talks

Greg Pitzer SCCOE
  • Summary: Great presentation on using technology as a tool during math talks.
  • Welcome
  • Used Educreations App on iPad to have students capture their thinking and share with class; Greg passed around an iPad and our thinking was shared to the screen via AppleTV
  • What is a Math Talk / Number Talk?
    • 10 minutes / day
    • Work on: number sense, conceptual understanding of arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving
    • Questions teacher might ask:
      • Who would like to share their thinking?
      • Did someone solve it a different way?
      • Who else used this strategy to solve the problem?
      • How did you figure it out?
      • What did you do next?
  • Meets Common Core standards for Mathematical Practice
  • VoiceThread
    • Free: students can go in and leave name and record; not perfectly secure
    • Paid: $80/ year – students can have own accounts; secure;
    • Goes in order of comments left
    • App for iPad/ iPod
    • Teacher puts up problem
    • Students log in and respond via text message, video, voice; text annotation also available
    • Teacher can then view and/or play back to class
    • Voice Thread directions:
      • Log in to
      • Sign-in
      • Click on create
      • Click on upload
        • Download file/photo
      • Click on picture and comment (teacher leaves first comment)
      • Math Talk Content: Greg has links on his site for ideas for Math Talk questions; or you can google math talks

iPads, QR Codes and Cloud Storage

Anne Dumontier
  • Note: This presentation gave some good ideas, but didn't give me enough of the how to information.
  • Anne is a French teacher at Gunn High School in Palo Alto
    • Anne imbeds QR codes into worksheets so that students can scan and find text, websites, audio or video; students can work at their own pace; fast access; uses the iPad as a content reader; can also use iPad to read and then student can respond on paper; allows teacher to NOT load sites onto each iPad, instead students scan QR code and immediately go to site; can also post QR codes onto walls and have students walk around to read them
    • Anne differentiates by having different codes on different students’ papers
    • Need:
      • iPad 2 or later because camera is needed
      • QR code reader (example: KAYWA reader or
      • QR Code maker; can add to Chrome page as a tool at the top (add-ons to create QR codes are also available for other browsers)
      • Cloud storage so that you can use QR codes to read documents
      • Students can create presentation, save it to Google, create a QR code and then share it with the class
      • Directions:

1) Change document to SHARE with anyone with link
2) Open a Word / Pages document
3) Generate QR Code
4) Insert code into pages
5) Leave on screen for students to print or print out
6) Try out the code before you give it to the student

To share with class:
  • Mirror the iPad wirelessly with AirPlay (within same wifi network)
  • Can use Apple TV OR Air Server ($15) (also Reflector App is available; AirServer has a password protection, but Reflector doesn’t)


  • Exhibitor
  • LiveBinders can be used to store and share curriculum including documents, photos, videos, links, etc.
  • Shelves can be used to store similar binders – example Science Shelf for Animal, Plant and Weather units
  • I am considering using this free tool to allow my grade level to collaborate on units

Bring on the Bling! Creative Apps = Engaged Students

Smita Kolhatkar and Carolyn Tuomy from Palo Alto School District
  • Summary: This presentation was full of ideas on using iPads to create products. Great presentation by two teachers who really know their stuff!
  • Introduction: Sock Puppets
    • Students prefer apps that they can create with; not game apps
    • Common Core requires presentation skills
    • Goal for this presentation is to answer this question: What can you do with your students?
    • Start by giving students play time with each app
    • Sock Puppets
      • Free 30 seconds
      • 99 cents for 90 seconds
      • $3.99 full access
      • Select characters; choose background; talk
      • Used in a 7th grade science class for elements presentation
      • Ideas: use to record science, social studies content
    • Story Wheel
      • Free: Story Teller
      • Up to four players
      • Spin wheel; get random images
      • Player one records up to 30 seconds; then player two spins, etc.
      • Up to about 12 pages
      • Fifth grade used it to create a story about pioneers
      • My ideas: use during Writer’s Workshop to generate stories either shared or solo
    • Skitch
      • Free
      • Allows you to annotate over a picture
      • Ties in with Evernote (can save to Evernote)
      • Can save to camera roll
      • First grade used it to label clouds in a weather unit; third grade labeled maps (example: map of school); third grade used it to label types of lines and angles (perpendicular)
      • My ideas: use to label personal attributes, use to label animals and then put labeled photos into books
    • Whiteboard Apps
      • Show Me – does one page; can insert images
      • Educreations – has a text tool; can insert images; can create up to five pages; but these must be done at one sitting
      • Doodlecast Pro $2.99
        • Can create more pages
        • More backgrounds are available than ShowMe and Educreations
    • Explain Everything
      • Used for book discussions, draw and explain word problems or math talks; close activity/ exit ticket at centers by asking them to record an answer to “What did you learn at this station?”
      • Kindergarten class used it to create oral story problem – they drew the pictures and wrote the equation
      • First grade used it to explain the water cycle
  • Toontastic
    • Free (with ads) or paid
    • Create animated cartoons
    • Built in music based on mood chosen by student for each part of the story
    • Kinder created a retell of the three bears
    • Toontastic Jr. is $1.99; more appropriate for kinder
    • Kinders started with storyboard that they drew first before recording
  • Sonic Pics
    • $2.99
    • Create projects with images (from camera roll)
    • Students can record audio
    • First grade example: teacher took photos of parachute making; students recorded step-by-step how the parachutes were made
  • Book Creator
    • $2.99
    • Simple way to create nice books
    • Takes images, backgrounds, hyperlinks, text
    • Can photograph drawing made on paper and then select this photo from the Camera Roll
    • Exports to iBook shelf
    • Can collaborate and then send to iTunes or DropBox and then the sections will be combined
    • My ideas: use to create Big Books for GLAD, use to combine books about mammals, etc.
  • iMovie
    • $4.99 / $2.49
    • Limited on the iPad so it is much easier for children to use (than the MacBook version)
    • Built in music files by Boston Philharmonic!!!
    • First grade created Reading Rainbow type of review; retold stories; took four photos: cover, beginning, middle and end of the story
    • First grade retold field trip using photos that parents took
    • Second grade retold science investigation
    • Third grade create math mysteries movie about geometry
  • Transferring Photos and Videos
    • iPad Camera Connection Kit $29.99 – allows you to connect iPhone to iPad or iPad to iPad;
    • PhotoSync $1.99 / 99 cents uses WIFi
    • PhotoTransfer $2.99/ 99 cents – uses Bluetooth
    • BUT all of these methods do one iPad at a time
    • One solution: use parents to help!!
  • Kindle – buy a book for $5 ish and then you can get the app for free and then you may share it on up to 6 iPads; inexpensive way to get a class set of novels
  • Closing: xtranormal video re: preparing children for the real world – hilarious and humbling!!! I choose C!

Integrating Movie-Making into the Curriculum

Smita Kolhatkar (IT Teacher) and Shromila Gupta (4th grade teacher)
  • Intro: Google search video
  • Ideas on what to videotape:
    • Short videos on Project Cornerstone topics (2-3 minutes)
    • Nature
    • How tos
    • Student presentations in any curricular area
    • Science investigations
    • Discussion circles in any curricular area
    • Social studies projects
    • Field trips
    • Student examples:
      • Social studies vocabulary
        • ShowMe to create the image
        • Camera in iPad to film
        • iMovie to create the video
        • Wallwisher to bring all the videos together to create a class wall of social studies vocabulary
  • Used photos to create movie about classroom happenings
  • Science investigation of calcite; students in groups of four; one videos, one talks, two record info – then they switch; all groups record at the same time
  • Resources:
    • MacBooks (iMovie)
    • iMacs (iMovie)
    • iPads (iMovie, Animoto (app and website))
    • Give students choices
    • Garbage in the Ocean example
      • Created script first
      • Science Project
        • DoodleBuddy for title and “by” portion
        • Film self
        • Add voice over
        • Add music
        • How to deal with noise:
          • Headset microphone
          • Have groups take turns
          • Snowball mike that cuts out extra sounds
          • Cardboard box
          • Closet – if you have a closet, you can use it for recording
          • Planning Process
            • Subject / topic area
            • Working groups? Teacher often creates groups
            • Timeline laid out by teacher – example: by Tuesday, this must be done
            • Tools available
            • Parameters
            • Steps
              • Gather and Organize data
                • Dropbox
                • Camera roll
                • Other
  • Teach the technology
  • Directions on handling the projects (Specific directions will be given for each project)
  • Give them work time and time to meet with teacher so you know where they are at
  • Coming up with peer expert group on the technology
  • Kinder example: Toontastic Movie – Three Little Bears
  • My ideas:
    • Have my students be zoologists and film each other talking about animals we /they have studied during our next GLAD unit; include the categories on the process grid (diet, habitat, …)

The Power of Story - Thursday March 14, 2013

3 Fabulous educators from Los Altos SD-

Kami Thordarson ( Coach) , Ellen Kraska Technology Integration Instructional Coach & Alyssa Gallagher, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction presented this session on digital story telling. I was very interested in this session as a teacher of children with Autism because of the powerful skills involved in story telling, thinking and understanding. Their point that the power of story which does increase engagement, anticipation, language development etc. while powerful was enhanced by yet another idea of digital story telling - that of making data and facts come alive through story. They talked about using informational texts as an example for presenting data in more engaging way using a story narrative & making it more personal . They discussed students becoming 'data miners' and Apps that help students create digital stories.

"Digital Storytelling offers educators a unique way to use technology across the curriculum. Story is a powerful tool for sharing ideas, persuading, informing, and entertaining." Kami Thordarson

Here is their Prezi

Digital Story Telling An Incredible list of RESOURCES

Debbie Rice
3-5 SDC Farnham School

CUE Conference

Notes by Lorena Karayannis, Second Grade Teacher

I attended many sessions during the three day conference held in Palm Springs. Here are my notes from my some of the sessions I attended.

The Power of Story

Presenter: Kami Thompson and Ellen Kraska
Presenters Resources

Session Description: Explore digital storytelling in a new context. Often we think of storytelling as an exercise in fiction. See the possibilities for creating digital stories in nonfiction curriculum areas.

Lorena’s Notes: Refer to the Prezi. It also has great story maps and story boards. It is always good to provide students a choice of what they will use to create their finished product. It’s good to provide one Tech tool per month.

Literacy and iPads

Presenter: Andrew Smith
Presenter Resources

Session Description: Discover how iPads foster literacy through engagement and research supported reading/ comprehension strategies. This session will provide demonstrations of apps and student created work that increases literacy across the curriculum

Lorena’s Notes: Andrew shared and modeled several apps he uses with literacy.
  • Sock puppets: students write scripts and then read scripts using sock puppets. The videos are shared via YouTube Facebook and photos. For photos to get video feature in photos you must pay for it.
  • Screen chomp: recordable white screen can share URL on screen tips: Teacher needs to state assignment requirement (i.e. how long you want the script to be).
  • Chirbit app: It allows you to record your voice. This finished product is a link, embedded code or you can make a QR code by simply clicking the button. You then can scan the QR code with any QR code reader. He uses the red laser app. voice. Students can Comment on QR codes with .They can choose templates
  • iBooks ios6: It looks different than previous version. It can define, highlight, and read words or voice. For iBooks Author on Mac you must have LION

Mining iPad Apps that Meet Common Core

Presenter: Katerine Burdick
Presenter Resources: Great Resource

Session Description: This session will highlight iPad apps that satisfy Common Core Objectives.

Lorena’s Notes: Katherine shared and modeled several apps she uses with literacy. Katherine defined App stacking as using multiple apps to create a final product. (Also called “layering”.) She also stated Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Here are a few. There are more on the presenters Powerpoint.
  • Make Alarm clocks available for students for them to manage their time.
  • Create app folders for similar task apps. Before they even go into an app folder ask a question about the folder. Use an of a app task sheet.
  • Create task activity no longer than 10 minutes
  • Puppet Pals App: Can be used to compare and contrast
  • Dragon Dictation App: to retell the story and email/drop box or Edmodo.
  • Random number App: Chooses students names randomly
  • and
  • Text provides text complexity so you find out the level. Then you can match print books to apps for practice and comparison.
  • Public domain books in apps store.
  • Project Gutenberg to get free books.
  • Songify app: turns everything you speak into a song.
  • Puppet pals HD or school set
  • Face jack lite app: you put fake lips and they move with the students voices very similar to mad lips free.
  • Read Response includes question for blooms taxonomy
  • Scribblenauts .99
  • Carnazoclass is a good source for multiplication stories
  • Reverse math .99 math requires them to solve for X
  • Splash math app: counting bills and coins
  • Motion math - pearl diver and lobster diver
  • In a world drama – it makes movie trailers

Students as Researchers: Using iMovie in the Elementary Classroom

Presenters: Shannon Applegate and Erin Bostrom from Skyline Elementary School
Presenter Resources: Great Prezi with many templates to set up the writing process.

Lorena’s Notes: They gave a background on why it is important for students to research. They stated it is authentic and feels real. It is also empowering. Research is social. A good starting point after the writing process is completed; upload a few movies in Edmodo. The students’ homework is to watch the a few movies and give comments.

Once a movie is created from beginning to end in a whole group setting, you want the students to work in groups on one. The teacher choses the topics and the subtopics to be included in the group project so that the students have a clear direction. Once the students are more experienced the projects should be student chosen.
  • The Prezi provides resources to read and get ideas on how to begin
  • Research Tip: You have to teach how to search, use key words, and analyze the source of the data. Enchanted learning is a great resource.
  • Index cards Apps is used to split the scene one side to research the other to take notes.
  • Teach to write in bullet form. Take out adjectives and prepositions; it helps with plagiarizing.
  • Record voice into italk or something to record and it has to be at least 2 to 3 minutes long. This is recorded in a draft form to determine if more research is needed or too much info. has been gathered and needs to be taken out.
  • Don't worry about the mechanics of making the mechanics of making the movie. The students will figure it out.
  • Tip for recording: Record twice as slow and twice as loud.
  • Grade draft, movie, feedback they give partner,

Google Apps in the iPad Classroom

Presenters: Mark Hailwood
Presenter Resources

Session Description: Google Apps offers teachers and students using iPads a new way to communicate and share work. Take a step-by-step look at how to effectively use this free tool to streamline the work-flow of your iPad classroom

Lorena’s Notes
  • Mark explained and showed how to use Blogger, Google Calendar:
  • Calendar it is good to set classroom calendar and share it. You can make events interactive. You can get a link or embed it to the classroom website.
  • Blogger can be used to get lessons missed or create an online agenda. He uses the blog every morning set class expectation. The format of the daily page is State class objective, do a warm up, then homework related to the class objective. You use teacher goggle account to access blogger. Create a new wall.
  • Google moderator - It is an online discussion board. Students use it to write their daily warm up. The teacher needs to set up a classroom. Students need to log in using google for education to manage student account. You can select if you want student's names to appear or anonymous when you pose a question.
  • Google sites is a way to set up free websites. You can set up a lesson, attach all the documents , and write all the steps need to complete the lesson.
  • Google Drive is a place where students store their information. How do students get stuff saved on google drive to the teacher. They share by putting the work in a folder.
  • Octopus. You create the document the students input info and the teacher has access because it is the teacher's document. They are editors.
  • Gclassfolders is used to create folders for students to store their work.
  • Google forms is used to create quizzes, homework, exit tickets, lesson feedback, and survey.