Friday, April 24, 2015

KIS Middle schoolers using #AdobePhotoshop & #Bamboo tablets in Art! #kisart #kispride #artschultzblog


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Teaching a teacher to use IFTTT to Post Instagram to their blog.




Everything is possible.  You can publish amazing things, right from Instagram... with the right tools.

This week in the fishbowl, we are talking IFTTT to simplify your life...  Next week... a bit of Apple's Automator.

Here is the post below.

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This is a professional development opportunity that is for any Mac, iOS or Android user. Welcome to >_Automatic - a 2 Week session that perhaps unsurprisingly focusses on automation!

Goals
Introduce ways to make your digital work/social life more efficient and walk away with some tangible 'gains'.

Who is this session for? 
People who are ready to take ordinary tasks, and automate them. It's also for the tech curious!

We therefore dive into 3 levels of automation:

Week 1

IFTTT - the innovative and clever service (brought together with the IF App for iOS and Android) links together many of your favourite social media and broader internet sites - delivering automated tasks and information retrieval. It's actually quite fun to dive into the IFTTT 'recipes', and you too can create your own. Simple to use, easy to setup. For participants in The Fish Bowl this week, we may not make it beyond IFTTT...40 mins disappears quickly in this universe.

Week 2

Automator - This native App to the Mac coordinates applescript with a tidy UI (user interface). It looks daunting at first glance, but we will guide you through some processes that will perform common tasks such as shrinking a PDF with no loss of quality; merging PDF files into a single file; converting image types; pulling text from PDF files; converting to PDF...actually the Automator options here mostly relate to PDFs. Whatever the recipe, Automator can take all the repetitive legwork out by creating automatic processes that you normally do manually.

Extension

AppleScript - Offered as an extension in this session, we offer a look at this form of programming language that is one of the simplest languages to understand, mainly because it so closely resembles regular prose. Great for people who are curious and requires no experience in scripting languages.



Some of our IF recipes from this session (watch this space...!)

IFTTT Recipe: YellowDust Korea Update connects twitter to ios-notifications IFTTT Recipe: If it's raining, email me! connects weather to gmail IFTTT Recipe: Remember this business card connects do-camera to evernote IFTTT Recipe: Tweet when someone faves your Published Recipe. connects ifttt to twitter IFTTT Recipe: Publish that blogpost & share on Twitter. connects blogger to twitter IFTTT Recipe: Make a quick Photo Post in Blogger from Instagram connects instagram to blogger IFTTT Recipe: If it starts to rain send me a notification.  connects weather to ios-notifications IFTTT Recipe: Send iOS notifications about 54cm touring bikes in Minneapolis, MN on Craigslist connects craigslist to ios-notifications IFTTT Recipe: Dallas Cowboys Game Starting connects espn to ios-notifications

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TouchCast for Flipped Learning for COETAIL Course

 
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Imagine you can use your iPad for creating professional presentation videos...  just like those that in professional media... Well you can! In leading up to my final product for Course 5, I was intending on creating a Schoology course for my incoming teachers.  But after creating a session for the Fishbowl classroom, I decided to change it to a TouchCast.

TouchCast is MADE for Flipped Learning!

Imagine creating a Video, that you can have interactive elements that pause while you interact.  You can present information, ask the viewer to do something, and then they can continue.  There are a lot of great features to TouchCast.  Here is a set of Google Slides that help to illustrate what the product can do.
 

 So here is the Script that I wrote to work with my TouchCast. I wanted to have prompts of which vApps I wanted in my script, while I was speaking in my Teleprompter, so I could click them in as I recorded.  Hope this helps you! Stay tuned:  The Final TouchCast will be in my reflection post.