These are my notes from Maria Henderson’s presentation, “Learning with Apple: New Content, New Connections, New Communities.” This session was shared at the Apple 1:1 Informational Event at MetroTech in Oklahoma City on December 1, 2009. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. This is an all-day event, sponsored by Apple Computer, but I am just able to stay for the morning. Today follows the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Pre-bidder’s conference for our Oklahoma SDE TitleIID ARRA Grant for 1:1 RFP. (PDF) My session notes from yesterday included:

  1. Opening Remarks from AALF / Oklahoma SDE 1:1 Learning Conference
  2. Leadership and Vision in a 1:1 Reality by Ron Canuel
  3. Models of Contemporary Learning by Carolyn Thompson
  4. Leadership, Vision, and Student Achievement (Panel)
  5. 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning by Bruce Dixon

Teachers have something many middle schooler’s don’t: patience and common sense

my 12 year old is on Facebook all the time

rules at our house with my 12 year old:
– no computers behind closed doors (none in the bedroom)
– I know all his passwords

Teachers got into education to share their love for learning
– technologies provide another way

A definition of 21st century learning
– define 21st century learning in 6 words
– tell a story

book: “not quite what I was planning”
– 6 word memoirs
– how can you tell a story in 6 words?
– I often do this with a Google Doc when everyone has a laptop

that is the power of 1:1
– gather information from your students all at once

THIS

MY THOUGHT FOR A 6 WORD STORY WAS: CREATE, COLLABORATE, COMMUNICATE, SHARE, EMPOWER, CHANGE
– THIS WAS NOT A “STORY” HOWEVER, SO I PUBLICLY FAILED IN THIS ASSIGNMENT! OH WELL. WE NEEDED MORE TIME TO

My 12 year old spends hours now playing a farm game on Facebook

Facebook is blogging

THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION. I DON’T THINK I’D ACTUALLY SAY THAT. FACEBOOK IS USING SOCIAL MEDIA AND IT IS SHARING/PUBLISHING, BUT WHEN MOST PEOPLE ARE UPDATING THEIR FACEBOOK STATUS I DON’T THINK THEY CONSIDER THEMSELVES “BLOGGING.”

An expectation kids bring to school
– culture eats strategy for breakfast
– podcasts
– blogs/wikis
– video chats

Our kids will find a way around any blocks and filters we put up

Half of the video found on the web today is posted via YouTube
– Flickr: thousands of photos posted each minute
– 20 hours of video posted to YouTube each minue
– over 100,000 applications on iTunes now
– 150 million profiles on facebook now

These are all stages

We don’t want to just capture everything the teacher is doing during the day and post it online
Now showing a snippet of a lecture from MITOpenCourseWare
– physics professor demonstrating pendulum release

Now showing interview video: How Young Professionals Learn
– example of using a wiki as soon as she entered her “real job”
– contrasting this to what we find in schools

I COULDN’T FIND THAT VIDEO ONLINE WITH A QUICK GOOGLE SEARCH, BUT I DID FIND THIS RELATED RESOURCE ON ALI:
Apple Education Leadership Summit 2008 – San Francisco, California April 10-11, 2008

Think about how we have different stages in our schools for specific groups of kids, where we celebrate what they are doing
– the football field
– the auditorium

With 1:1 learning, you have a chance to provide new stages for your students to celebrate their learning, their achievements, their work

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS METAPHOR OF THE STAGE. THIS IS SO POWERFUL. MARCO TORRES’ TERM “THE GLOBAL STAGE” AS A WAY OF THINKING ABOUT INTERNET PUBLISHING IS SO IMPORTANT.

Many of our kids don’t have any idea about the power of their words
– example: Vitamin D in Arab Americans Too Low – Extreme Biology Blog
– you want to have that ability to publish online
– the power of your learning infrastructure

Example of Mrs Baker’s students and their wiki showing what they are learning
– expectations are to share your learning deliberately, not just randomly sharing ideas

This way of sharing information, getting information, publishing is NOT going to go away

Another example: AP Calculus AB Exam Prep Wiki

Showing calendar feature of Mac OS
– Amy Teapull (sp?) in Floydada ISD has become a guru of using iCal
– she is the go-to person for that specific technology
– I can subscribe to these calendars

Now showing new, redesigned Apple Macbook
– battery life is no SEVEN hours
– life cycle of 2000 charges: should last about 5 years
– we’ve deployed 30,000 of these at a time, 50,0000 at a time, so we know what to engineer to fix (magnetic power plug is an example)
– no latches, nothing to break off

MacBook - consumer pricing 1 Dec 2009

trackpad has been upgraded
– phenomenal
– you can determine what you want the trackpad to do

MY COMMENT: I THINK THE NEW MACBOOK LOOKS GREAT! IT JUST NEEDS TO COST $500 INSTEAD OF $940

weighs 4.7 pounds

For those of you that have tried to post to a blog or wiki on a windows computer, it is very difficult to do, because you have to convert almost everything
– in our day of information sharing, it needs to be easily posted
– students and teachers will lose enthusiasm of they have to do too much with the technology instead of he hardware

iLife is a full version everyone gets, it is not a stripped down version
– everyone gets it

A great studio: iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, iDVD,

Another consideration: iWork with Keynote, Pages and Numbers

Decision schools have to decide: How will we handle basic productivity issues?

Text to speech is built-in
– built-in proofreader
– great for kids who are dyslexic, learning English as a second language, reading below grade level

Now referencing “The Hart-Risley 30 Million Word Gap Study”
good summary of the study available from American Educator

Now showing a new, awesome feature of Snow Leopard so you can make iTunes MP3 files to “Add to iTunes as a Spoken Podcast”

Go to PREVIEW – SERVICES – SERVICES PREFERENCES

Open Preview Services Preferences

Then under TEXT click the checkbox for ADD TO ITUNES AS A SPOKEN PODCAST

Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track

Now that you have the preference setting changed, in the Preview application you can highlight text, control click it, and choose ADD TO ITUNES AS A SPOKEN PODCAST:

Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track

WOW I LOVE THIS! WHAT A GREAT TRICK!

Now mentioning screencapture with QuickTime
– previous OS versions required update to QT Pro
– Apple no longer has QT Pro, everyone has all those features available

I GUESS I DIDN’T REALIZE QUICKTIME PRO WAS COMPLETELY A THING OF THE PAST. GOOD MOVE I THINK

Now demonstrating how you can add multi-lingual transcriptions / sub-titling / close captioning

How many of you have tried to post content to a blog or a wiki?
– on a windows machine this is very hard to do, you have to use something like Feedburner to do it

WELL I HAVE A DATE WITH A 6 YEAR OLD FOR LUNCH, SO THAT’S ALL I CAN STAY FOR TODAY. GREAT SESSION BY MARIA!

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