WEP 0058: An Interview with Cathy Hunt

Cathy Hunt and The iPad Artroom

In this episode, Kelly interviews teacher, author, and international speaker and creative educational design specialist, Cathy Hunt.

11903734_1645661972385006_6994593764229190732_nCathy is the author of bestselling iPad Art: Lessons, apps and ideas for the iPad in Visual Art and More iPad Art as featured on iBookstore.

Cathy  is a well-known advocate for the creative integration of technology in education, developing ground-breaking programs for students around the world that combine hands-on, tactile and collaborative ways of working with mobile devices.

As an award-winning educational consultant, presenter, author and experienced Visual Art teacher at The St Hilda’s School on Australia’s the Gold Coast, she has worked with thousands of teachers globally to connect creative technology and cutting-edge pedagogical approaches with diverse learners.

Through her bestselling books, dynamic presentations and workshops across the globe for schools, and work for prominent cultural organisations and galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, Cathy models and promotes learning across subject areas that leverages ‘hands-on making’ with 21st Century skills and tools.

Cathy is probably best known for her work on iPadartroom.com, a home base for educators to engage with innovative ideas, resources and technology for learning in that combines paint and pixels. Her site has grown to become the ‘go-to’ resource for teachers leveraging mobile devices for creativity.

Cathy is an Apple Distinguished Educator currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Asia-Pacific region, and the Educational Reference Committee for the God Coast City Art Gallery. Recent accolades include the 2016 International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Mobile Learning Innovation Award, two Digital Innovation in Learning Award honourable mentions from Edsurge/Digital Promise, ‘The Futurist’ Award winner for the Women in Business Awards, and 21st Century Learning International’s Teacher of the Year finalist. Cathy’s iBook, ‘More iPad Art’ also won Best Non-Fiction and Best Reference title at the iBA Awards in Nashville.

 

Mentioned in this podcast: 

• Cathy’s website: www.iPadArtroom.com

• Cathy’s books on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-art/id706608032?mt=11

Lego Mindstorm Robots

• Swift Playgrounds

• For information on Kelly’s speaking and art presentations: www.KellyCroy.com

• Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader, and for a signed copy, go to www.AlongCameALeader.com


Khan Academy Announces 21 Free Apps and New and Updated Courses

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I received a very nice email from Khan Academy this morning. I am very impressed with all they have to offer learners. It really is amazing at how well developed and organized the Khan Academy is and the depth of learning you can access.

Teachers can use the site to supplement, reinforce and enhance the classroom experience. Students can use it independently or for remedial work.

The only area that I can find Khan lacking is in Reading and Writing. I would love to see Khan acquire or partner with Newsela to offer students great, contemporary nonfiction articles that are interesting to readers complete with text dependent questions and a writing prompt. Khan seems to cover everything well except for ELA.  I use both Newsela and Scope magazine for my seventh graders. The students are interested in using these resources because there is great variety and they are current. The metrics, diagnostics, and organization is okay and will hopefully improve. Newsless and Scope are NOT free, and this is really my point. Everything Khan offers is free.  It would be great to see a partnership or acquisition by Khan of these two sites, and then I think, Khan would be complete. (I’d also add some Swift programming course and some art resources if you’re asking.)

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21 Free Apps for Young Learners:

Khan has partnered with Duck Duck Moose, a developer of apps for young learners, is making all 21 of their Apps free on the Apple App Store and Google Play. These are great educational apps every young student should have on their device. 

 The Khan Academy: 

Khan has added some new courses and updated others. What a great list! Here is everything Khan Academy has to offer, organized for you in one concise space, complete with hyperlinks: 

Hi Kelly Croy,

As you head back to school, there’s only one thing you need to know: you can learn anything. Khan Academy is here to be your personal tutor throughout the school year. We have thousands of videos, articles, and exercises to help you sharpen your skills anytime, anywhere, all for free.

Here are some things you can learn on Khan Academy:

Advanced Placement & college prep
AP Calculus AB AP US history
AP Calculus BC AP Art history
AP Physics 1 SAT
AP Physics 2 College admissions 
AP Chemistry
Math
K-2nd grade Algebra I
3rd grade Geometry
4th grade  Algebra II
5th grade  Trigonometry
6th grade  Statistics & probability
7th grade  Calculus
8th grade  Differential equations
Arithmetic Linear algebra
Pre-algebra  
Science & engineering
Biology Health & medicine
Physics Electrical engineering
Chemistry Cosmology & astronomy
Organic chemistry
Computing
Computer programming Computer animation
Computer science
Arts & humanities
Art history US history
Grammar World history
Music
Economics & finance
Microeconomics Finance & capital markets
Macroeconomics Entrepreneurship

Happy learning!
Girish and the Khan Academy team

How to Learn to Code in Swift with a Chromebook

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I am incredibly excited about Apple’s new programming language called Swift, and Swift Playgrounds arriving on the iPad for free this Fall. I cannot think of a better way for students to learn to code. In addition to Swift Playground on the iPad, Apple has released amazing resources for free to help everyone learn to code. Check out Apple’s education page: Everyone Can Code. http://www.apple.com/education/everyone-can-code/

As exciting as this is, however, I know there are schools that will be unable to use these awesome resources because their school went with Chromebooks. While affordable, Chromebooks just don’t allow the creativity and diversity of an iPad or MacBook. 

I don’t want learning the future of code, Swift Language, to be limited to students who do not have access to iPads and Chromebooks, so, I am pleased to share my thoughts on how this can be accomplished. 

Everyone can learn to code Swift!

A MacBook would allow you to download Xcode so you could program, and an iPad using Swift Playgrounds has a built in Swift emulator to let you try out code. But what could you do on a Chromebook or a computer other than an Apple product? While the experience will not be as rich and full, there are some options. 

First of all, I would start by downloading and going through Apple’s iBook, App Development with Swift and App Development with Swift: A Teacher’s Guide. I’m not sure if you can export these as a PDF to share on the Chromebooks or not but regardless, these are excellent guides to help you learn to code in Swift.

Second, there are several websites that are starting to allow you to learn to code in a playground environment in your browser:

IBM Swift Sandbox: This is a great resource and it’s free. You can find the IBM Swift emulator here: https://swiftlang.ng.bluemix.net/#/repl This is an interactive website that lets you write, execute, and share Swift code in a server environment. This is very well done and perhaps the best of the bunch. 

RunSwift: http://www.runswiftlang.com RunSwift allows you to try Apple’s Swift Programming Language from with the browser. While you cannot import arbitrary modules, a small subset of Foundation is included.

SwiftStubhttp://swiftstub.com Allows you to type some Swift code. There are links to tutorials. Rather limited. 

Last, you need to check out all of my articles on Wired Educator related to learning to Swift Code. I think you will be impressed with the variety and depth of my research.  I have written many. I even have an article on learning to code Swift on your phone!

If you are serious about learning and teaching Swift, my best recommendation is getting an iPad as the perfect Swift learning tool, and a MacBook as the ultimate Swift Programming Tool. 

Llearn Swift.  I am convinced this is the future of code and by starting now, right now, can catch the wave while others are still paddling out. Apple is convinced that EVERYONE can learn to code and they want you to learn this and are making every effort so this language can be learned by ANYONE. You can do this. Get started today. Every excuse you can come up with has been eliminated. Go!

Apple’s First iOS Developer Academy to Open in October

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Apple announced that its first iOS Developer Academy will open in October at the University of Naples Federico II in San Giovanni a Teaduccio, Naples, Italy. 

While Italy is pretty far for me, and many of the Wired Educator readers, this is still exciting for many reasons. 

This is the first academy, and the way the press release was worded in a join announcement by the University and Apple, saying it is the “first” means there will be more. Yay! I am excited and hoping for one near me soon.

Also, and maybe even more important is the fact that this iOS Developer Academy is FREE. That’s right, free. 

This first, free academy, will prepare more than 200 students with a nine month curriculum with more to follow after the first year. 

You can learn more at the University of Naples website where applicants will find an online test. Hmmmm. 

I have been working on my Swift coding and with the recent announcement of Swift Playgrounds at the last keynote, it appears that iOS developing is going big in the near future. It’s time for you and me to learn Swift and get in the game. 

Did I mention I am excited?

I have written many articles about learning Swift and iOS code in the classroom. This is another great step for students wanting to learn to code iOS apps. 

 

WEP 0044: Technology and Curriculum an Interview with Jenny Grabiec

An Interview with Jenny Grabiec

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Jenny began her teaching career as a third grade teacher in New York State. Selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Jenny has spent the past five years working primarily with iPad and Mac in education. Jenny is currently the Director of Instructional Technology at The Fletcher School, a K-12 school in Charlotte, NC for students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Here she had the privilege of leading a one-to-one iPad/Mac rollout with students, faculty and staff. Her passion is inspiring students to select the best tools to support them in their learning. You can followh her on Twitter @jennygrabiec .

Mentioned in this podcast:

Jenny’s website: www.jennygrabiec.com

To learn more about UDL: www.udlcenter.org

iCan with iOS a book by Jenny you can download now off of the iTunes store. Yes, and… here are more books by Jenny.

Orton Gillingham Approach to Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orton-Gillingham

Most influential book: The Dyslexic Advantage by Ben Foss

Jamf Casper: the ultimate mobile device rollout tool.

Favorite Apps: Wunderlist, BookCreator

 



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