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A podcast series about cool ways to do practical practice with technology in the classroom technology

iPad as IWB Update 4 - Limitations & Advantages

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There are still a few limitations. This quickcast contains an updated overview of the current (3/18/11) limitations and the advantages of using your iPad as an interactive whiteboard solution. The limitations are shrinking as the advantages grow! The iPad as an IWB is really an awesome, useful solution! I know of one school district that is already discussing implementation.

Having trouble viewing this quickcast? It is also cross-posted at my YouTube channel: iUpgradeTV. The URL is: http://www.youtube.com/user/iUpgradeTV

Mar 20 2011

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Your iPad as an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard) - Part 4

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This is the fourth in a series of 4 episodes on how to turn your iPad (first or second generation) into an interactive whiteboard without having to purchase an interactive whiteboard. This first episode is an introduction and covers what you will need to make your iPad an affordable interactive white, in addition to all of the other things an iPad will do.

Part One: What You Need
Part Two: The Setup Process
Part Three: The Demonstration
Part Four: Current Limitations

Mar 16 2011

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Doceri - A Complete IWB Solution for the iPad (part 2)

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If you are thinking about purchasing a physical interactive whiteboard, think again. By purchasing an iPad and software like Doceri, you probably could easily save your school about $1,000 or so (per classroom installation) and have an even more versatile tool than a fixed interactive whiteboard. And if the iPad travels with the teacher, then you have greater flexibility of use over a physical interactive whiteboard that is permanently mounted in one classroom location.

While these quickcast videos are not a comprehensive tutorial in how to use Doceri, they do provide a good overview of the current features of Doceri.

The good people at Doceri are actively working to add some very impressive features to their already awesome product. I don't know if I am at liberty to share those or not, but this will be a product to place on your watch list. They are actively working to leverage the unique power of Apple iOS devices to extend Doceri well beyond a mere content deliver mechanism. I am eager to see how this product, already the most powerful in its class in my opinion, evolves into a comprehensive tool that teachers will just not be able to live without.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with nor am I receiving any consideration of any kind from Doceri or SP Controls, Inc., for bringing this product forward. I do so only because I would have to have and use it if I were working in the school setting. I use it now every time I present to educators.

May 29 2011

23mins

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Doceri - A Complete IWB Solution for the iPad (part 1)

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If you are thinking about purchasing a physical interactive whiteboard, think again. By purchasing an iPad and software like Doceri, you probably could easily save your school about $1,000 or so (per classroom installation) and have an even more versatile tool than a fixed interactive whiteboard. And if the iPad travels with the teacher, then you have greater flexibility of use over a physical interactive whiteboard that is permanently mounted in one classroom location.

While these quickcast videos are not a comprehensive tutorial in how to use Doceri, they do provide a good overview of the current features of Doceri.

The good people at Doceri are actively working to add some very impressive features to their already awesome product. I don't know if I am at liberty to share those or not, but this will be a product to place on your watch list. They are actively working to leverage the unique power of Apple iOS devices to extend Doceri well beyond a mere content deliver mechanism. I am eager to see how this product, already the most powerful in its class in my opinion, evolves into a comprehensive tool that teachers will just not be able to live without.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with nor am I receiving any consideration of any kind from Doceri or SP Controls, Inc., for bringing this product forward. I do so only because I would have to have and use it if I were working in the school setting. I use it now every time I present to educators.

May 29 2011

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iPad as IWB Update 1

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As a result of everyone's enthusiasm in sharing their new ideas about how they are now implementing the iPad as an interactive whiteboard, I created this follow up quickcast sharing the collective creativity of educators everywhere. It contains numerous ideas and suggestions from around the world.

Having trouble viewing this quickcast? It is also cross-posted at my YouTube channel: iUpgradeTV. The URL is: http://www.youtube.com/user/iUpgradeTV

Mar 20 2011

7mins

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Doceri - A Complete IWB Solution for the iPad (part 2)

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If you are thinking about purchasing a physical interactive whiteboard, think again. By purchasing an iPad and software like Doceri, you probably could easily save your school about $1,000 or so (per classroom installation) and have an even more versatile tool than a fixed interactive whiteboard. And if the iPad travels with the teacher, then you have greater flexibility of use over a physical interactive whiteboard that is permanently mounted in one classroom location.

While these quickcast videos are not a comprehensive tutorial in how to use Doceri, they do provide a good overview of the current features of Doceri.

The good people at Doceri are actively working to add some very impressive features to their already awesome product. I don't know if I am at liberty to share those or not, but this will be a product to place on your watch list. They are actively working to leverage the unique power of Apple iOS devices to extend Doceri well beyond a mere content deliver mechanism. I am eager to see how this product, already the most powerful in its class in my opinion, evolves into a comprehensive tool that teachers will just not be able to live without.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with nor am I receiving any consideration of any kind from Doceri or SP Controls, Inc., for bringing this product forward. I do so only because I would have to have and use it if I were working in the school setting. I use it now every time I present to educators.

May 29 2011

23mins

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Doceri - A Complete IWB Solution for the iPad (part 1)

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If you are thinking about purchasing a physical interactive whiteboard, think again. By purchasing an iPad and software like Doceri, you probably could easily save your school about $1,000 or so (per classroom installation) and have an even more versatile tool than a fixed interactive whiteboard. And if the iPad travels with the teacher, then you have greater flexibility of use over a physical interactive whiteboard that is permanently mounted in one classroom location.

While these quickcast videos are not a comprehensive tutorial in how to use Doceri, they do provide a good overview of the current features of Doceri.

The good people at Doceri are actively working to add some very impressive features to their already awesome product. I don't know if I am at liberty to share those or not, but this will be a product to place on your watch list. They are actively working to leverage the unique power of Apple iOS devices to extend Doceri well beyond a mere content deliver mechanism. I am eager to see how this product, already the most powerful in its class in my opinion, evolves into a comprehensive tool that teachers will just not be able to live without.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with nor am I receiving any consideration of any kind from Doceri or SP Controls, Inc., for bringing this product forward. I do so only because I would have to have and use it if I were working in the school setting. I use it now every time I present to educators.

May 29 2011

7mins

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iPad as IWB Update 1

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As a result of everyone's enthusiasm in sharing their new ideas about how they are now implementing the iPad as an interactive whiteboard, I created this follow up quickcast sharing the collective creativity of educators everywhere. It contains numerous ideas and suggestions from around the world.

Having trouble viewing this quickcast? It is also cross-posted at my YouTube channel: iUpgradeTV. The URL is: http://www.youtube.com/user/iUpgradeTV

Mar 20 2011

7mins

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iPad as IWB Update 2 - Splashtop Remote

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Thanks to Crystal Priest, from Maine, for this recommendation: Splashtop Remote instead of Air Display. At only $4.99, Splashtop is half the price of Air Display and offers several "must have" features, but there is a trade off. Learn more.

Having trouble viewing this quickcast? It is also cross-posted at my YouTube channel: iUpgradeTV. The URL is: http://www.youtube.com/user/iUpgradeTV

Mar 20 2011

9mins

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iPad as IWB Update 3 - xTag

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xTag is my favorite, affordable, USB, wireless microphone. I highly recommend it. (And Revolabs, its maker, probably doesn't even know I exist.) Learn the basics in this quickcast.

Having trouble viewing this quickcast? It is also cross-posted at my YouTube channel: iUpgradeTV. The URL is: http://www.youtube.com/user/iUpgradeTV

Mar 20 2011

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iPad as IWB Update 4 - Limitations & Advantages

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There are still a few limitations. This quickcast contains an updated overview of the current (3/18/11) limitations and the advantages of using your iPad as an interactive whiteboard solution. The limitations are shrinking as the advantages grow! The iPad as an IWB is really an awesome, useful solution! I know of one school district that is already discussing implementation.

Having trouble viewing this quickcast? It is also cross-posted at my YouTube channel: iUpgradeTV. The URL is: http://www.youtube.com/user/iUpgradeTV

Mar 20 2011

6mins

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Your iPad as an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard) - Part 4

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This is the fourth in a series of 4 episodes on how to turn your iPad (first or second generation) into an interactive whiteboard without having to purchase an interactive whiteboard. This first episode is an introduction and covers what you will need to make your iPad an affordable interactive white, in addition to all of the other things an iPad will do.

Part One: What You Need
Part Two: The Setup Process
Part Three: The Demonstration
Part Four: Current Limitations

Mar 16 2011

6mins

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Your iPad as an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard) - Part 3

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This is the third in a series of 4 episodes on how to turn your iPad (first or second generation) into an interactive whiteboard without having to purchase an interactive whiteboard. This first episode is an introduction and covers what you will need to make your iPad an affordable interactive white, in addition to all of the other things an iPad will do.

Part One: What You Need
Part Two: The Setup Process
Part Three: The Demonstration
Part Four: Current Limitations

Mar 16 2011

6mins

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Your iPad as an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard) - Part 2

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This is the second in a series of 4 episodes on how to turn your iPad (first or second generation) into an interactive whiteboard without having to purchase an interactive whiteboard. This first episode is an introduction and covers what you will need to make your iPad an affordable interactive white, in addition to all of the other things an iPad will do.

Part One: What You Need
Part Two: The Setup Process
Part Three: The Demonstration
Part Four: Current Limitations

Mar 16 2011

12mins

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Your iPad as an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard) - Part 1

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This is the first in a series of 4 episodes on how to turn your iPad (first or second generation) into an interactive whiteboard without having to purchase an interactive whiteboard. This first episode is an introduction and covers what you will need to make your iPad an affordable interactive white, in addition to all of the other things an iPad will do.

Part One: What You Need
Part Two: The Setup Process
Part Three: The Demonstration
Part Four: Current Limitations

Mar 16 2011

2mins

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Using PDFs as Podcasts: The Audio Version

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This audio-only podcast is designed to compliment the PDF podcast on the same topic. Before listening to this podcast, I would recommend that you download and read the PDF podcast in yesterday's post (June 22, 2008): Using PDFs as Podcasts: The PDF Version. After you have read that PDF podcast, then listen to this podcast, which goes into a little more detail.

A third podcast, a screencast actually, is in the production pipeline now that will provide a demonstration of the actual publishing process using Feeder, the program I use to write my RSS feed file. I talk about Feeder in this audio podcast and in the PDF podcast published on June 22, 2008.

This podcast episode is rather long (22 minutes and 49 seconds) and is intended to provide the non-techie type with a good, understandable overview of:

  • publishing a PDF as a podcast
  • writing an RSS feed in general
  • using Feeder to write your RSS feed

The podcast uses this outline (approximate location in the time lilne in minutes.seconds in parenthesis):

  • Welcome (0.0)
  • Introduction (0.29)
  • Why Publish PDFs As Podcasts (1.46)
  • Podcasting--a General Concept Overview (3.58)
  • PDFs in the Podcast Feed (5.24)
  • Advantages of PDF Podcasts in Education (6.40)
  • Creating a PDF (8.29)
  • The Podcast Distribution Process in General (10.24)
  • The RSS Feed File (11.33)
  • Feeder (13.05)
  • What's Required to Write the RSS Feed (15.49)
  • Organization: It Matters! (16.57)
  • Publishing (20.37)
  • Exit (22.28)

I had to teach myself all of this when it was new and people had to use terminal scripts to create podcasts. Today, it's so much easier but still requires a foundational knowledge base. Hopefully, this series of podcasts will assist you in building your basic understanding of this powerful publication process so you can use it with your students next year.

To listen to this audio podcast, Using PDFs as Podcasts: The Audio Version, simply click the image above.

Dec 19 2008

27mins

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Podcasting with an iPod Touch

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Yes, you can now podcast using the iPod Touch!

My sister, who is a classroom teacher, just got an iPod Touch as a gift. She's eager to start podcasting with her students. Having never done such a thing, she wanted someone to show her how to do this. So I created a really quick podcast for her, talking her through the process. Then it dawned on me, why not share this with everyone here on iUpgrade! So this podcast is from the "rough and tumble series:" it's not fancy. It's just a quick show and tell on how to do something specific: podcast with the iPod Touch.

Here's what is covered:

  • Adding a mic to the iPod Touch
  • Recording using the iTalk App from the iTunes Store
  • Getting the file from the iPod Touch to the computer desktop
  • Converting the file to a format that will work on the web
  • Publishing the podcast to the web

Links and products discussed in the podcast include:

None of the above are product endorsements, and I don't receive any considerations for mentioning any of the above. The mics all works on the iPod Touch I tested them with, and these applications were used in this demonstration as they are the applications my sister is using.

Dec 19 2008

24mins

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Welcome to iUpgrade!

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This podcast series will feature a variety of podcasts. Some will be audio-only, like the Welcome Podcast at the bottom of this introduction. Others will be enhanced podcasts, video podcasts, and even screencasts that serve to demonstrate how to do any number of things educators might find helpful—your step-by-step private tutor!

If you find a podcast particularly great (or even confusing for that matter), take just a moment to comment. Your comments and email suggestions and requests will be carefully considered as I develop this podcast series. As I am fond of saying, "If it isn't empowering, helpful, and fun, then why are we doing it?!" So let me hear your ideas, because it's all about cool ways to do practical practice in the classroom!

You won't want to miss a single episode, so be sure to subscribe to iUpgrade.

Jun 21 2008

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