Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Presenting Keynotes Without the iPad!

We've often heard (and said) that the Apple devices we have on carts in our schools are called "i"Pads, not "we"Pads. They are designed to be personal devices and we've placed them in a cart, created check out procedures and shared them between students. This is a stumbling block on the way to more personalized learning, but it serves it's purpose and there are many obstacles we can work around if we think about it hard enough.

One of the most rewarding tasks we do as technology integration coaches is figuring out how to realize a teacher's dream outcome. I worked with Chelsea Anderson on some project planning today - she mapped out the unwrapped standards she intended to reach toward with her students and explained the content she hoped to incorporate. What happened next was she put her teaching pedagogy, knowledge and content expertise together with my technology skills and expertise and we discovered something that I hadn't thought of before.

Chelsea wanted her students to be able to do research and create a presentation on the iPads. She has the cart checked out for three days, long enough to produce the project, but probably not present it. So, we developed a workflow that could work for other teachers as well:

1. Students research and create a presentation in Keynote
2. Students upload their presentation as a Power Point to the Google Drive app
3. Students share their  Power Point with Chelsea
4. Chelsea clicks the box next to student's Power Point in her Google Drive and clicks More->Download
5. Power Point opens the presentation on Chelsea's desktop PC so that the presentation can be projected in the classroom for sharing.

If you'd like help with this process, please contact Cara Schueller or Sarah Radcliffe

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