GAME Plan Resources and Information

My GAME Plan Goals:

1. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.

2. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.

The resources I will use to achieve my goals include the University of Maine of Farmington website which is dedicated to the implementation technology in the classroom and pushing learning beyond their limits through the enhancement of technology.  This site has several links associated tie each of the strands of the NETS-T standards.

Another site I will use as a resource is cool tools which works with differentiation in the digital world.  Tools that can help students at different levels but focused around the same concepts.

Another resource that will help me along my way to reaching my goals set for this assignment is the Edudemic website.  This site contains countless examples, tools, and more resources to aid in my exploration of this topic.

I found a great site which lists different modes for review and reflection tools that I am looking at implementing in my own GAME Plan.  Several seem like they are reliable and engaging for my class.  I am looking forward to giving a few of them a go and see which ones yield the best results from the students.

Thanks for reading!

Josh Peterson




Conferring with the iPad-Confer

The current push for the workshop model in the classroom is hefty.  What goes right along with the workshop model is the process of conferring with each kiddo on a regular basis.  The process of conferring includes discussing the child’s current book and speak about what thinking strategies they are currently struggling and excelling in.

An app for iOs that has popped up time and time again is the Confer app.

From what I have experienced from the lite version, this app is worth its weight in gold and I look forward to putting the Full version through its paces as soon as I can afford it!  HA!

iPad Air 2

I have been using iPads since the second generation was released.  I have found in my Apple opinion, purchasing the second generation or later of any of their products is truly the best practice.  I stuck with the iPad 2 until this year when I purchased the iPad Air 2.  Which I love! Going from the 2 up to the Air 2 was like night and day when it came to functionality, speed, weight and security.  The Retina Display is gorgeous. The speed bump is ridiculous. The weight is so noticeable that you would not even think you are using the same machine. Finally the finger scanner is not without its flaws, but the ease at which one can unlock the device without a passcode is wonderful.

I use the iPad everyday in class. I complete my daily lesson plans on it using the app and website. I use Splashtop to easily access my Smartboard and desktop computer without having to be in my classroom.  Accessing the districts web-based grade-book and attendance is flawless.

I count on my iPad each day I enter the class and would recommend it to any educator who wants to streamline their classrooms and life.

Smart Response PE

I have had the opportunity to utilize the Smart Response Responders in my classroom for the past 2 years.  I use them for various activities in all subject areas.  But what I use them most frequently for is quick checks to see what my students know in math and reading.

These devices are simple to setup. You must have a projector and preferably a SMART Board to really get the full worth of devices. Creating a questionnaire or quiz is quick and easy.  The responders will even quick grade the questions for you after the time is up (if you setup a smart document that includes the answers). The responders can also be used for random questions by just accessing the SMART Board and a blank SMART Notebook Document.

I have had the fortune of being the only one in my school that takes advantage of these bad boys and so I am able to use them whenever I choose. I ave tried to advertise the capabilities to the rest of the staff at my school. But they haven’t heeded my advice and the case of 30 remotes still sits in my room.  Works for me!smart response

How to run your business in Evernote

How to run your business in Evernote

Evernote isn’t a revolution. Like most of the technology products we tend to use regularly in our daily lives, Evernote is an evolution, a collection of good ideas that rolls into a single program the functionality of a half-dozen apps you would otherwise use separately.

Evernote was designed for individuals, but businesses have been adopting it in increasing numbers, finding unique ways to put it to use. Evernote itself has taken notice of this, and later this year it will be launching Evernote for Business, which could elevate Evernote’s business utility even further.

Meanwhile, if you’re new to Evernote, or are just dipping your toes into it, here’s how to put the little app that could to its best use.

Evernote’s desktop app syncs with its mobile and browser counterparts.
Get started with Evernote
Evernote is a hybrid system of offline and cloud-based features. You’ll need to create an account when you first download Evernote; you can then install the software just about anywhere. In fact, the more places you install it, the more useful it becomes. Evernote is available for the Mac and Windows and all mobile platforms, so no matter how multi-platform you are when you work, there’s nothing keeping you from running Evernote on every device.

Evernote’s core functionality is in storing your notes and keeping them organized and synchronized, in real time, among all your devices. It pays to understand a bit about Evernote’s terminology, which isn’t always intuitive, before you start filling the app up with content.

In Evernote terms, every page you create is its own Note. Notes are most useful when organized into various Notebooks, essentially a folder full of notes. Setting up notebooks tends to be easier on a computer than in a mobile app, so it’s a good idea to configure your notebooks ahead of time on a PC, even if you leave them empty to start. A group of notebooks is a Stack. Just drag one notebook to another to automatically create a stack. (Right-click to rename it.)

For example, if you used Evernote to keep an archive of payroll, each paycheck would be a note, each employee would be a notebook, and various classes of employees (full-time, part-time, contractor) might be a stack.

Add tags by clicking the appropriate box above the note itself.
Add content
When you create a note, you can give it multiple Tags, by clicking the “Click to add tag” button in Windows or the Info button (an i in a circle) in the mobile app. Tags are especially useful when you’re embedding nontext content, since everything in Evernote is searchable. They’re most useful when you have common but more general terms that you might want to search across all of your notebooks: “2012 taxes,” “personal,” or “urgent,” for example. Adding content from within the mobile app may be less intuitive than it should be to new users. To create a note on the go, navigate to the notebook you want to work in, then click the oversized plus-sign (+) button at the bottom of the screen.

Speaking of adding content, one of Evernote’s major features is that you can add all types of content to the archive, not just text. The program supports PDFs, images, audio recordings, sketches (with the Skitch plug-in), webpages (with the Web Clipper browser plug-in), and more. Evernote has a rich plug-in ecosystem, which you can explore on the Evernote homepage if you want to delve even further into special types of content.

Share content
Finally, we come to Evernote’s marquee feature: Sharing. Everything you create in Evernote is automatically shared with your various installations of the software unless you specify otherwise when creating a notebook. (Note that you can’t change this behavior later.) By default Evernote synchronizes all installations of the software every 30 minutes; or, you can press F9 to initiate a manual sync.

You can also share content with other Evernote users. The easiest way to do this is to right-click a notebook and select Share Notebook. You’ll be prompted to enter email addresses or to create a public link to the notebook that is accessible via the Web. After accepting the invitation, the recipient will find the shared notebook under the Shared tab on the left-hand navigation pane in Evernote. Note: To share notebooks with full read/write access, the owner of the notebook must be a Premium user ($5 a month), which comes with additional features like extra content and the ability to make text within PDFs searchable. Otherwise, notebooks are shared as read-only.

Now that you’ve got a handle on the basics, it’s time to put your new Evernote skills to better use. Here are some ways that small business owners are elevating Evernote beyond the obvious.

Combine text and audio recordings into a single note.
Upgrade your note-taking
At its core Evernote is a juiced-up note-taking system, but you can get more out of it if you make use of the software’s multimedia capabilities. Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR, says, “I record the audio of client meetings while jotting down notes in real time. We manage a lot of different clients, and sometimes taking notes in shorthand isn’t enough. Being able to replay the audio back once I’ve left helps me re-immerse in my thought process and generate new ideas to help our clients.”

How to Transfer Everything From Your iPhone to iTunes on a New Computer

How to Transfer Everything From Your iPhone to iTunes on a New Computer

If you’ve gotten a new computer or reinstalled iTunes, migrating your iTunes library is easy—unless you’ve somehow lost it. Luckily, you can get everything off your iPhone without too much of a hassle. Here’s how to do it.
Recently, I had an issue with iTunes and ended up deleting my entire library. I still had all my music and apps on my iPhone, but iTunes has no method for syncing back in the other direction. After a bit of searching, I found it was pretty easy to restore everything back to the way it was—I just needed to do a little extra work. Here’s what the process entails.

Transfer Your Music and Videos with Sharepod
It’s pretty easy to restore songs you’ve bought from iTunes, but anything you’ve ripped or downloaded yourself is stuck on your iPhone. So, you’ll need a little help to get those other music and videos back into your library. Windows users should check out SharePod, which will transfer music, videos, playlists, voice memos, and even ringtones back to iTunes. Mac users will need Senuti, which is $18.99 if you want to transfer more than 1,000 songs (though the old, free version may still work). For more information on how to use these programs check out our detailed guide to copying music from iOS to your computer.

Once all your music, videos, and playlists are back on your computer, you can re-sync everything to your iPhone like so:

Plug your iPhone into your computer. Click on it in the iTunes sidebar and go to the “Music” tab. Check the “Sync Music” box and it’ll re-sync all or your music and playlists.
Repeat this process with your videos, if you have any.
When you’re done, your iPhone will be linked to your new computer, but you’ll have all your music back in sync between both.

Transfer Your Apps with iTunes
Now that you’ve got your music back, the other main thing iTunes is missing is your apps. The problem is, if you try to sync it, iTunes tells you that “All existing apps and their data on the iPhone will be replaced with apps from this iTunes library.” Here’s how to sync your iPhone with the new computer, while making sure you keep all your apps and their data intact.

Plug your iPhone into your computer. Right-click on it in the left sidebar and choose “Transfer Purchases” from the dropdown menu. This will not only transfer purchased music, but any and all apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store as well.
Let the apps sync from your iPhone back to iTunes.
When it’s done, click on your iPhone in the sidebar, go to the “Apps” tab in the main pane, and check the “Sync Apps” box. It’ll warn you that it’s going to replace the apps on your iPhone, but don’t worry—it actually won’t change much. All your documents and data will stay intact.
The one downside is that, when it’s done syncing, all of your apps will have been rearranged on the home screen. But, after putting them back in the correct order and folders, your iPhone should be exactly the same as it was before, with all your apps and their data in the right place, and it should sync normally with your new copy of iTunes.

That’s it! The process can seem a little confusing at first, and it would be really nice if iTunes did this all for you, but sadly it’s still ignoring this very important feature. Hopefully, with these instructions, you should be able to get all your information back into iTunes without losing any data off your phone. Next time, make sure you have a good backup of your computer—that way, you can just restore your old iTunes library in its entirety so everything syncs back smoothly!