• Connecting an iPad to a Projector

    Posted by Tammy Worcester Tang on 2/13/2014 3:20:00 PM

    Connecting an iPad to a Projector

    You can connect most iPads and iPhones to a projector and mirror the display!
    Note – Video mirroring does not work with the original iPad or any iPhone before the 4s.
    Courtesy of Tammy's Tech Tools and Tips 

    Wired options:

    Connect directly to projector with:
    Apple iPad Doc Connector ($25)

    Newer  iPads require a different connector:
    Lightning to VGA Adapter ($49)

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    Wireless whiteboard using an app – FREE!

    Go to the provided URL (server address) on your computer that is connected to the projector. Then whatever you sketch or write on the iPad will show on the large screen!

    AirSketch Free

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    Wireless projection using hardware:
    Apple TV ($99)  + HDMI to VGA convertor ($40ish) + cables
    Click here for instructions

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    Wireless projection using software:
    Note – These do not require any additions to the iPad; they require the application to be installed on the computer (Mac or PC). The computer and the iPad must be on the same wireless network.

    Reflector App ($14.99 single; $49.99 5-computers)

    AirServer App ($11.99 educator price for up to 5 computers)
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    Once You’re Connected:

    โœ” Use the iPad’s camera app as a document camera
    โœ” Give notes to students using an app like Notability
    โœ” Let the whole class enjoy any app including games and talking storybooks


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  • 23 iPad Alternatives to the Book Report

    Posted by Suzanne Lustenhouwer, re-posted by Julie Lyle on 9/4/2013 7:20:00 AM


    Upon hearing that they will have to read another book students usually roll their eyes and moan in disagreement. So to make the reading process more fun for them we let them chose their own book and their own creative assignment.

    There are three parts to the book report: A, summary, B character analysis, C creative assignment. Parts A and B are the same for everyone and resemble ”traditional” book report assignments. To rev up our students enthusiasm we have collected a list of 22 creative assignments to include in their book reports for part C.

    Below you can see the list of assignments. For each assignments I’ve added suggestions of apps that will help the students. The assignments don’t have to be made digitally but most of them easily can be and will make the execution of their book reports more fun.

    For each of the assignments students will need to make sure that their piece of work shows that:

    ·       They have read the book

    ·       Thought deeply & reflected on the book

    ·       Have understood the assignment


    1. If a journey was involved, draw a map with explanatory notes of significant places. (Google EarthNotabilityShowme)

    2. Dramatize a scene from the book. Write a script and have several rehearsals before performing it to the class or recording it. Include stage directions in your script. (ScreenplayiMoviePuppet Pals)

    3. Lead a small group discussion with other readers of the same book. Focus on a specific topic and report your group’s conclusion to the class. (Notability)

    4. Find a song or a poem that relates to the theme or events of your book. Explain the similarities. (PagesKeynote)

    5. Make a travel leaflet inviting tourists to visit the setting of the book. What types of activities would there be for them to attend etc. (PagesLonely Planet)

    6. Write a letter to the main character of the book. Write the letter he or she sends back. (Pages)

    7. Use thewallmachine.com to make a fake facebook page of a main character in the book.

    8. Make a comic with photos of yourself acting out important scenes from the book. (Stripdesigner)

    9. Design and make the front page of a newspaper writing articles, designing adverts based on the character and events of the book. (Pages)

    10. Write a song for your story. (extra marks if performed in class) (Garageband)

    11. Write a poem (or poems) related to characters or events in the book. (Wolfram AlphaPages Verses notebook + rhyming dictionary)

    12. Create a storyboard for a section of the book. Decide on camera shots etc. Remember to explain the plot and also why a particular camera angle was chosen. (Storyboard ComposerStripdesignerStoryboards Premium)

    13. Find the top 10 web sites a character in your book would most frequently visit. Include an explanation of why each would be of interest. Add screenshots of the websites to explain. (NotabilityPages)

    14. Create a board game based on events and characters in the book you read. By playing.your game, members of the class should learn what happened in the book. Your game must include the following: a game board, a rule sheet and clear directions, events and characters from the story. (Poppletlovely charts)

    15. Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene. (no app here. Get dirty with paper, colored pens and glue!)

    16. Imagine that you are about to make a feature-length film of the novel you read. You have been instructed to select your cast from members of your class and/or teachers. Cast all the major characters in your novel from your English classmates and explain why you selected eachperson for a given part.  (NotabilityPagesiMovie)

    17. Plan a party for the characters in the book you read. In order to do this, complete each of the following tasks: (a) Design an invitation to the party which would appeal to all of the characters. (b) Imagine that you are five of the characters in the book and tell what each would wear to the party. (c) Tell what food you would serve and why. (d) Tell what games or entertainment you will provide and why your choices are appropriate. (e) Tell how three of the characters will act at the party. (f) What kind of a party is this? (birthday, housewarming, birthday, anniversary, etc.)  (NotabilityPagesiMovie)

    18. Make a collage that represents major characters and events in the book you read. Use pictures and words cut from magazines in your collage. Include, on separate paper an explanation of some of your choices. (Photo Collage ProPic Collage Pages)

    19. Make an audiobook of one of the chapters of the book complete with background music and sound effects. Have different voices for different characters. (Garageband)

    20. Record a video interview with a character from your book. Ask at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. (Reel director,  iMovie)

    21. Make a trailer for your movie version of the book. (Reel director,  iMovie)

    22. Write an alternative ending for the book. (PagesBook Creator)

    23. Make a silent movie of the story. The audience needs to understand the storyline without sound. (Silent Movie Maker)

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  • How-To: Upload your video from the iPad to YouTube & embed it in your blog

    Posted by Julie Lyle, content from http://tutorials.wonecks.net on 8/28/2013 8:05:00 AM

    How-To: Upload your video from the iPad to YouTube & embed it in your blog

    March 14, 2013


    I was working with Coach Brown’s biology class a few weeks ago on uploading the videos they created to YouTube and then embedding them in their blogs. I figured I’d write out the steps we went through and share them here in case others were interested. As we move more and more into students posting their content to their eportfolios, this is a great process to get comfortable with.

    Uploading to YouTube from the iPad

    For a video shot using the camera and NOT using iMovie:
    Go to the Photos app
    Locate the video to be uploaded and tap on that one
    In the top right corner, there is a box with an arrow in it. Tap on that.
    Select YouTube
    Enter username/password to login to your YouTube user account

    (NOTE: If it fails to let you login, this means you probably have never setup your YouTube channel yet. You will need to use a computer and go to youtube.com. Login. Click Upload. Follow the prompts to setup the channel. You know it will be complete when you click Upload and it goes straight to the Upload page.)

    Enter a title, description, tags, etc. Select a Category for the video to match the project/class.
    Tap Publish. (the video will process and then upload)
    A box will pop up asking you if you wish to View the Video. Tap that option.
    A browser opens with the YouTube video on it.

    (NOTE: If the browser is in Mobile mode you will see a little icon of three horizontal bars in the top left corner. Tap that and select Desktop.)

    From the Desktop mode, you will see the option to Share beneath the video window. Tap that.
    Then Tap Embed.
    Copy that embed code. (This will require you to tap it once to activate that window. Then tap again. Tap on Select All. Tap on Copy.)

    Embedding Your YouTube Video to Your Blog

    Go to wonecks.net and log in on the right.
    At the top of the page is a link to your site. Tap on that.
    Once your blog is loaded, click on the +New at the top of the page and select New Post. (If you are on an iPad, when you tap new, it goes to new post by default.)
    Type in your title.
    Click/tap on the HTML tab in the post window.
    If you want to type anything in the post window (like a description of the video/project) type it now. Then, double space to make space between this text and the next step.
    Paste the embed code in the post box.
    Click Publish.
    The page will save and refresh. You can click on View Post at the top of the page to view your post to make sure it looks like you want it.

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  • Using your iPad to shoot video & upload to YouTube plus QR Code

    Posted by Julie Lyle, content http://scottsfloyd.com on 8/28/2013 8:05:00 AM

    Using your iPad to shoot video & upload to YouTube plus QR Code

    August 1, 2013


    So you’re interested in posting QR codes (like the one to the left) around your classroom to link to videos you found that might be of interest to the current topic of study. Or maybe you decided that posting a QR code next to your door or room number will allow parents and students a chance to watch a video introducing you and your classroom during open house. Well, here is what you need to do.



    I realize this looks like a lot of steps, but I was trying to be very specific for those not comfortable with their tech use. Trust me, it is a very quick process after you go through it once and see the workflow. Use the previous post titled “How-T Upload your video from the iPad to YouTube & embed it in your blog” to learn how to embed the video you create into your blog, if you are so inclined.  Let me know if you need any help. If you see anything that differs for you in the steps below, let me know and I will check it out.

    Open the Camera app

    Make sure the still/video icon in the bottom right corner is over to video

    Shoot your video using the Record button to start and stop. (remember you can use the camera switching button to select the front camera or back camera, it looks like a camera with arrows circling it)

    Once you have your video recorded, close the Camera app.

    Open the Photos app.

    Find your video and tap on it to open it.

    Tap the rectangle box with the arrow in it in the top right corner.

    Tap YouTube

    It will ask you to log in to your account (Username is your school email address with password the same as your school email password). NOTE: If you get an error message during this process or the upload, there is a very good chance that you have NEVER uploaded a video to YouTube before. Therefore, you don’t technically have an account (or channel) to upload it to. See directions to fix that below.

    Add a Title

    Add a short Description

    Change the Category to Education (or whatever you’d like)

    Make sure Public is selected so anyone can view the video

    Tap Publish (your video will optimize and then upload, so be patient)

    You will get a popup notice telling you that your video is ready to go

    Now, your video is on your YouTube account. Here is how you turn your video (or the link to it) into a QR code that you can print out, put on your blog, or put just about anywhere.

    On your laptop, go into your school mail

    At the top of the page, click on More and select YouTube

    Click on your icon/name in the top right corner of the screen

    Click on My Channel

    Click on the link Videos in the middle of the screen (this lists all of the videos you have uploaded)

    Click on the video you want to use

    Underneath your video, you will see a link that says Share. Click on Share

    Copy the link it gives you (Command C on a Mac)

    Open a new tab and go here: http://tiny.cc/

    Paste in the link in the box in the middle of the page

    Click Tiny

    The page will refresh and a new link and QR code will appear below where you pasted the link.

    Click Get QR

    Click Print QR to get the larger size that will be noticeable by your door.


    PRO TIP: If you like doing this and want to do more in the future, go ahead and create a free account on the tiny.cc site. This will allow you to automatically save every shortened link and QR code you create on their site to refer back to later.

    PRO TIP #2: You can embed the QR code into your blog so readers can access them online as well.


    Do the following steps ONLY if you have never logged into your YouTube acount to Upload videos before.

    Setting up your YouTube account in your school mail

    NOTE: If you’ve never uploaded a video to your YouTube account, you must use a web browser on a computer to set the account up. Otherwise, your uploads will not work since there is no “channel” to upload to. Follow these directions:

    On your laptop, go into your school mail

    At the top of the page, click on More and select YouTube

    If it asks you to log in, use your school email address as the username and your email password as the password. Follow the steps it gives you.

    If it doesn’t ask you to log in, then click the Upload button at the top of the screen. It will either force you to log in, or it will take you straight to the Upload page. If it takes you straight to the Upload page, then your account is already setup and ready to go.





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