Show 27: Peter Pappas and iBook Publishing

Guiding Question- What are the promises and pitfalls of creating books in iBooks Author?

Guest: Peter Pappas

Tips of the Week:

David: Edgamer show where they speak with the creator of the Quandry role playing online game to give students opportunities to learn about ethical decision-making. Edreach also has a new podcast featuring my old podcasting partner, Jeff Utecht, along with fantastic thinkers and leaders like Kim Cofino. The show is called COETAIL Presenters and look to listen to hear how international schools are really leading in ICL integration.

Peter: on iBooks Author  Publishing with iBooks Author

Mark: The Teaching Channel is a great collection of inspiring teaching videos. It’s a great collection of robust and powerful classroom examples. I really liked a STEM-focused science lesson on heat loss. There’s also a really interesting middle school social studies lesson focused on maps and migration using interactive maps. They don’t all incorporate technology, but they would be a great starting point to think about ways in which some of the lessons might be enhanced through technology.

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Show 26: Peter Pappas

Guiding Question: How might technology be used to foster and support higher level thinking in our schools?

Guest: Peter Pappas


Tips of the Week:
Peter: Ken Watanabe - Problem Solving 101 - interesting in that he designed the book to teach Japanese children critical thinking. It caught on with adults and has since spread. It includes a variety of problem solving strategies. Great inspiration to incorporate in the classroom. Slideshare on Students as Historians.
Mark: is a site that allows you to “stitch together” Web content into a sequential collection. It is great for creating resource links, but even better for creating guided explorations of topics for your students online. With each site or bit of content you link to, you can create a title and brief directions at the top.  
David: Andrew Taylor in his blog adds to the conversation about digital textbooks. Also, we have spoken about the idea of creating menus of instructional and assessment strategies to be built into units of study when your curriculum collaboration teams meet. This means teachers can have lots of choice in deciding which learning strategies work best to differentiate lessons. There is an excellent series of books entitled Differentiating Instruction With Menus for Language Arts, Social Studies, etc. written by Laurie Westphal published by Prufrock Press that offers this same model. The books are filled with learning activity types as we spoke about in our last show. They are presented in a menu fashion for students to have choice over how they communicate their understanding. Here is a link to a Amazon listing of all the books. Thanks to Kathy Heyder of Alexandria Country Day School for sharing these excellent resources for differentiated instruction.

Next Show: We continue our conversation with Peter.

Show 25: TPACK and the Learning Activity Types (LAT)

EQ: What is TPACK? What are the Learning Activity Types (LAT)? How can they support teaching and learning in your school?

Tips of the Week:

  • TPACK site
  • A listing of articles about learning activity types that Mark and Judi Harris wrote for Learning and Leading with Technology. Go to the navigation area on the left to choose articles by subject area.

Mark: Spundge is a really interesting site to build collections around different topics. At first it looks like Pinterest or or any number of “pinning” sites. What’s different about Spundge though is that the site automatically pulls in content related to the topic from Twitter, YouTube and other social services. The content is a little hit or miss in terms of relevancy for the topic, but it pulls in some resources that you might not otherwise stumble upon.

David: I have two resources from the world of independent schools in the US. The first is a publication by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) about efforts to integrate blended learning into independent schools.

The second resource is an excellent blog called the Learning Pond authored by Grant Lichtman who is the CFO of a west coast independent school. Grant is currently on sabbatical traveling the US looking for innovative practices in independent schools. Grant’s very thoughtful and insightful writing gets at the change process highlighting specific schools while offering his take on the process.  

Next Show: Peter Pappas. Educator, blogger and consultant. Checkout his blog at:

Edtech Co-Op Show 24: Update on STEM

EQ: Where are we headed with STEM?

Guest: Greg Moncada

STEM blog Greg runs for Bainbridge School District

Tips of the Week:

David: A teacher put together the ClassBadges site where you can create accounts for your class or school so that each student can have a record of badges he/she is working towards and earning. Very nice artwork on the badges and an easy way for teachers to target specific benchmarks and skills they want their students to learn.

Mark: In my class at William & Mary, my students have been developing Mightybell spaces to curate collections of content specific Ed tech tools and resources. We've developed collections in the core content areas. For each entry students describe the tool, discuss the connection with the curriculum and identify affordances and constraints for using them in the classroom. Please email the show using the contact info on the Ed Tech Co-Op blog for an invitation.

Greg: Look for the Researcherswithoutborders for the STEM visualization page. You will find a critical components infographic there.

Show 23: The ISTE Standards for Coaching

EQ: How do the ISTE standards for coaching measure up in real world practice?

Tips of the Week:

- ISTE NETS-C And look to download the white paper on Technology, Coaching and Community
-The Standards section of David’s eFolio
- Link to Judi Harris’ articles in Learning and Leading with Technology on Ed Tech Professional Development

Mark: Kerri Mahoney just shared with me the excellent copyright resources from the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island. Be sure to check out the Best Practices document and great videos.

David: The Teacher Channel provides video recorded classroom examples of instructional and assessment strategies. Many of the strategies support differentiation.

Next Show: Greg Moncada, the STEM Coordinator for the Bainbridge Island School District, joins us to talk about the latest trends in STEM education.

Show 22: Universal Design for Learning

EQ> How can technology tools and resources help teachers meet the diverse needs of students in the classroom?

Tips of the Week:

Mark- Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) , Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age

UDL Mightybell Space-  Community created by Mark to discuss and share UDL resources, if you’d like to join the space, email us with the request and we’ll invite you with your email address.

David- Tyranny of the Textbook by Beverlee Jobrack. Excellent book where the author explains one more component of K-12 education that is not shifting to support School/Learning 2.0 principles. The chapter on technology is concise covering why money spent on technology usually does not lead to changes in instruction and student learning. Ms. Jobrack sings our tune expressing the value of developing curriculum that is well-designed pushing teachers out of their comfort zones.

Shifted Practice: How to improve your new teacher orientation.

Next Show: We discuss the ISTE standards for coaching with educational technology.

Edtech Co-Op Show 21: Multimedia Essays in Language Arts

Essential Question: How can technology and visual literacy connect with key ideas in writing while engaging students with 21st century skills?

Guest: Kerri Mahoney of the College of William and Mary

Tips of the Week:

David- Knowmia is a clearinghouse of tutorials across all disciplines for high school students. Like Khan Academy and doing a search on YouTube, it offers support and enrichment opportunities for self-directed students. Students just need to use their information and media literacies to compare and evaluate the sources they draw from.

Mark- I’m a big proponent of project-based learning (PBL), but have always struggled with the assessment piece. I came across a great article from Edutopia called Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenge of Assessment. The author, Katie Piper raises some good issues and provides some good ideas to think about. Get more information about Kerri’s multimedia essays at the site she created. Kerri's site on Multimedia Essays- not only see examples of student essays but get further information on how to implement this instructional strategy in your classroom.

Next Show- Mark shares about using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in one’s teaching and how he helps his pre-service teachers use it in their lesson design work.

Edtech Co-Op Show 20: Using Evernote for Class Notetaking & Reflections from the Flipped Classroom Conference

Essential Question: How can digital note taking tools support learning in and out of the classroom?

Guest: Chris Ros of Alexandria Country Day School

Tips of the Week:
Chris- How to get things done by using Walt Disney’s 3 phase creativity strategy to come up with out of the box thinking. Three stages: Dreamer- think big; Critic -analyze the ideas; Realist - practical - how to make it happen.
David- To help students stay focused doing one task at a time, be efficient, help to be more productive and not try to multitask, look to use the Pomodoro Technique of working in 25 minute intervals with short breaks using a timer.

Mark- Paperless - great iBook from David Sparks that shares different workflows for eliminating or at least reducing our reliance on paper. It’s also a great example of some of the potential of iBooks as a platform for ebooks on the iPad.


Flip Your Classroom by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Next Show- Kerri Mahoney, high school English teacher and W&M Curriculum and Ed Tech doctoral student.

Edtech Co-Op Show 19: Piloting a 1:1 Tablet Program and Writing Your Own Textbook

Show 19: Piloting a 1:1 Tablet Program and Writing Your Own Textbook
Essential Question: How can writing one’s own textbook help support a 1:1 program?



Guest: Chris Ros of Alexandria Country Day School

Tips of the Week:

Chris- Books to add to your reading list:

The World Without Fish, The Nature Principle, Lifetime of Observations... Coach Wooden

Mark- Mightybell Spaces - great way to share collections of materials - Web pages, images, videos, etc.

David- Challenge-based learning from Apple site and the Challenge-based Learning website for examples. Project and inquiry-oriented with very real world practicality. Follows the normal research process of choosing a topic area to then do a little research, question creation followed by choosing a problem (the challenge) that needs solving. Push to use research skills and contact with members of the community to gather data and develop answers to the essential questions. Apple Distinguised Edcuators work in teams to create a challenge-based unit when they go through their initial training.  The Learning Mag for online textbook creation.

Next Show- We interview Chris a second time to discuss using Evernote for class note taking & hear his reflections from attending the Flipped Classroom Conference over the summer.