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Please grab your lunch before coming to this session. You are welcome to munch away while we work and play!

Presenter: Vicki Sherbert, Kansas State University, Manhattan

Email: sherbev@k-state.edu
Twitter: @sherbev

In this session, we will explore a variety of apps that allow students to create, collaborate, and share in the Language Arts classroom. It is not realistic to expect our students to be creative if we do not allow/empower/require them to create anything. In his ebook Mapping Media to the Common Core: Vol. 1, Wes Fryer states, "As teachers one of the most important things we can share with our students is our love of reading, writing, and learning." The apps we explore in this session will offer opportunities for us to utilize our passion for Language Arts and produce creative, lightly edited, "quick success" products.

What you need to bring to this session:

  1. Fully charged iPad, charging cable and power adapter
  2. Your Apple ID and password
  3. Headphones with mic if you have them (the ones that come with smart phones such as an iPhone)
  4. Any images or examples of creative projects you do in your classroom
  5. Ideas for creative projects you would like to try

Please have the latest versions of these apps downloaded to your iPad:

  1. Educreations: Free https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educreations-interactive-whiteboard/id478617061?mt=8
  2. Explain Everything: $2.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8
  3. Book Creator: $4.99 (There is a free version, but it is definitely worth the money to purchase this version!) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/book-creator-for-ipad/id442378070?mt=8
  4. iBooks: Free https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8
  5. Haiku Deck: Free https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/haiku-deck-presentation-slideshow/id536328724?mt=8
  6. Puppet Pals &/or Puppet Pals 2: Free https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puppet-pals-2-free/id589141096?mt=8
  7. Toontastic: Free https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toontastic/id404693282?mt=8

Recommended reading:

I have found a couple of books by Wes Fryer very helpful as I've journeyed into utilizing digital media in Language Arts. Details for ordering these books are at http://playingwithmedia.com/ The books are both available through Amazon, but I recommend having them in iBook format for the interactive features.

Fryer, W., (2011). Playing with media: Simple ideas for powerful sharing.
Fryer, W., (2013). Mapping media to the common core: a handbook for creative digital teaching and learning.