Archives for March 2015

Lock Your Google Docs on the iPad

passcode_driveEvery so often, I’ll stumble upon something that’s not-so-new, and think to myself, “I cannot believe I didn’t notice this before!” Today was one of those days. As I was putting together slides for a presentation I’ll be doing at the Annual CUE Conference about Maximizing Google Drive for the iPad, I tapped the settings gear instead of my name when trying to switch accounts. I’m so glad I did– I was quite thrilled by what I found.

Lock Your Docs!

If your students are sharing iPads and they are also using Google Drive, you might want to have each of your students place a passcode lock on their Drive. That way, other students will not have the ability to accidentally access another students’ work. Start by tapping the menu icon at the top left of the screen or by swiping the screen to the right to reveal the menu. Tap the settings gear icon next to the user’s name.IMG_1376The settings for the account will pop up in the center of the screen. Tap on Passcode Lock.

IMG_1377On the next screen, you will swipe the passcode lock to the on position.

IMG_1378You will then add a 4-digit passcode for the account. You will be prompted to enter it twice.

IMG_1379Once you have put in a passcode, you will be taken back to the passcode lock screen. This is the same screen where you started, but now there are some additional options, including Change Passcode if a user wants to change their code. Tap the “Always Lock” button and wait until you see a blue checkmark appear next to it.

IMG_1380Now you can tap on the back arrow and return to Drive. Any time there is a change in user or the account has been idle for 15 minutes, you will need to put the passcode in to access work in any of the Drive apps– Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive.

It’s important that students remember their 4-digit code, but if they do happen to forget the code, they can always remove the account from the device and start over again.

What Do You Think?

Are you using Google Drive on iPads with multiple users? Have you used the Passcode Lock feature?

Create Videos with Shadow Puppet EDU

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 8.59.09 AMShadow Puppet Edu is a fantastic app for helping students make videos to show their learning about a topic. The app allows students to use images found on their camera roll, on the Web, or through specific educational databases. Students then record their voice to narrate the video about their topic. All they need to do next is share their work!

How Does Shadow Puppet Edu Work?

The landing page of the app contains a couple of sample videos as well as the large Create New button. Additionally, at the bottom of the screen is an Ideas page. This section provides numerous activity ideas that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which are provided for you if you tap on one of the suggested ideas.Shadow_landing_page

Shadow_activity_ideasAfter tapping the Create New button, students begin choosing images for their project. They can choose from their own camera roll if there are images and/or videos (up to 30 seconds) they’d like to use. On the left side of the screen are all the different types of searches students can do. The app provides access to images from the Library of Congress, Met Museum of Art, The British Library, NASA and NOAA. Students can also search images on the Web, Flickr Creative Commons, Wikimedia Commons, and Open Clipart. This gives them a plethora of options.

Shadow_image_pageStudents can do a map search to find a specific location, and they can view it in three different ways— standard view, satellite view, and hybrid view, which provides a satellite view with street names and areas of interest. To capture the map and use it in the project, students tap on the camera button at the bottom of the screen.

Shadow_mapWhen students find images they want to use, they tap on the image and it will jump into the timeline. When students are ready to record, they tap Next. Students can record their voice and add text, music from iTunes, or background music from the app. As they record, students can write on each slide to highlight different areas of the page.

After students finish recording, they can watch their completed video. As long as the “Save to Camera Roll” setting is turned on (it is on by default), the video will automatically save to the camera roll when the students tap Done.shadow_finished_2Students can also tap the No Thanks, I’ll Share Later button at the bottom. In this case, they can return to the video and share by tapping the icon in the upper right hand corner of the selected video.

Shadow_shareShadow Puppet EDU also provides images credits at the end of each video, as long as that option is turned on in the settings. This helps students recognize that even though they are using certain images for free, they are still responsible for practicing good digital citizenship by including citations. Tap the settings gear on the landing page to make changes to the settings.

Shadow_settingsHere’s a video I created using Shadow Puppet EDU about how to use Shadow Puppet EDU.

Common Core Connection

One of the great things about Shadow Puppet EDU is that there are many Common Core Connections. As is the case with most creation apps, students can use Shadow Puppet EDU to show their learning of anything and everything in order to address specific standards at each grade level. Teachers will also appreciate that the app provides options for projects and lets the user know which Common Core Standards that particular project addresses. Most of the projects students will create using Shadow Puppet EDU will address these standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience, and
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.5: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

There are additional examples of lesson ideas, including the standards they address, on the Shadow Puppet EDU website.

What Do You Think?

How have you used Shadow Puppet EDU in your classroom?