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How to back up your Notability files to Google Drive

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Unless you are backing up your iPad to a computer or iCloud, data stored in your apps, like Explain Everything, Pages, Notability, etc,will no longer be there if you need to wipe and restore your iPad.

Let’s say you use Notability for your observations of teachers if you are an administrator, and observations of students if you are a teacher. You are using Notability to not only write in notes onto the observational document, but also recording audio from the classroom. This can take up a lot of data, and the 5MG of storage in iCloud may be used up quickly. You can use Google Drive as a place to back up your documents.


iBooks Author & the Colorado Flood of 2013

Over the past couple of weeks I reflected on all that has happened in the year that has passed since the flood. When we participated in iBooks Author training the other week I decided that I would learn to use this tool by telling some of my experiences during the Colorado Flood of 2013 and what followed. The book is still in draft form, but I thought it may be helpful to see a tech work in progress. Your feedback is welcome, please leave a comment or send an email to anderson_jennifer@svvsd.org. Thank you!

This blog has 2 parts, kinda like the book:

Part 1. iBook Viewing/Creating/Organizing Notes [Read this for notes on how to read this book.]

Part 2. Some of my story with regard to the flood and why I’m sharing it on the ITC blog.

 Part 1. iBook Viewing/Sharing Notes

1. If you want to read the iBook I created you will have to have the iBooks app downloaded on your device. Some notes on this: 

  • These files are too big to be shared through email, but can be shared through Google Drive.1
  • The file shared through Google Drive opened differently on different iPads. One of them was to find it through Google Drive App by title, after selecting on this link, the others opened it simply by selecting the link and not having to open the Google Drive app. The same thing happened with desktops.
  • If you want to share this with someone without iBooks you can save and share it as a PDF file. As you can see in the PDF version of my iBook, it will lose the fancy interactive widgets or other features like videos.

2. To create a book like this you will need to download iBooks Author to your desktop or laptop.

3. Organizing tips I wish I would’ve known before starting this project:

  • Create an outline of the book. I tried to organize photos beforehand, but found it would’ve likely been more beneficial if I took the time to draft an outline.
  • Organize photos or videos taken on your iOS device for an iBook into chapter or section photos, while making space on your device. This would’ve helped me to learn more about the tool and less time trying to reorganize later. I expect any first time learning to be messy, but this may spark an idea as you enjoy the features of the tool and your creation.

 Part 2. Some of my story with regard to the flood and why I’m sharing it on our work blog.

This past year I wanted to create something to thank those that supported my family during this time, and share an update for the interested folks that brought hope and beauty to our lives this past year.  Given this group included several folks from SVVSD2, and the surrounding community, it seemed an appropriate topic, more so to share it here. Then I realized that I could write about my experience using iBooks Author and make something that may support or inspire others in our district to create something awesome and help other learners to do the same!

When I attended our neighborhood commemorative event two weekends ago there were neighbors that expressed interest in sharing their stories and media in this book. I was glad because I had already decided that this would be a draft, as I had not properly organized the media for the iBook. So pardon the inevitable grammatical errors or empty pages.

Below is a motion picture and a section pulled from one of the chapters of the book:

As I look around my home, especially the basement, there are many reminders of the support that came from so many and not only restored my home, but helped heal and grow my heart. These are also reminders of the strength that came for us this past year, and the hope for what the future will bring.

The following pages present a few of the images of our home one year later. There are remains of the flood in small ways when compared to where were were a year ago. Thank you to all that helped get us here. It still brings tears to my eyes as I consider how much you all have impacted our lives. I do hope that my life will reflect your gift to me in the best possible ways.

Again, thank you for all that you’ve done for us, our family, the community and beyond. I look around my home, especially the basement, there are many reminders of all that has happened in the past year, and hope for what the future will bring.

Finally, to those that are still in the hardest part of the recovery process, and/or your loss included life, our hearts ache for you most. Our hope is all the support you need will come to you swiftly. If you need help recovering from Flood 2013 please email me and I would reach out to my network to see if there is something that might be of support to you.

  1. More information may be found on this and other iBooks Author stuff via this iTunes course. []
  2. I still hear the voices and see the images of my colleagues supporting me through this experience. A particularly vivid image is one of mud slinging in the face of our CIO Joe McBreen and Leroy Martinez carrying up the treadmill that Michelle Bourgeois and her spouse had carried down two weeks prior. Or Michelle telling me that she wouldn’t get off the phone with me until my dog was safe with my sister and I (it must’ve been past 8pm and she had been keeping me posted for hours prior). []

ITC Video Warehouse!

In an effort to provide more support for teachers across the district, we are attempting to consolidate our instructional videos/screencasts in one place (Yahhhh!!). That one place is the ITC Video Warehouse through Google+ pages.

The actual link is UGLY, but here it is.   https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/105240169925394198187/105240169925394198187/posts

And the PRETTY link is http://bit.ly/ITCVideoWarehouse


Sharing is Caring.

email is itc-team-group@svvsd.org

AND…the newest video is how to move Explain Everything files to Google Drive!


5 Links Monday (on Wednesday 8.13.2014)

Message from Zac-

I am in Washington, D.C. this year working as a ConnectED Fellow in the Office of Educational Technology in the Department of Education. While I’ll be attached to a number of projects, my chief role will be heading up the revision of the National Education Technology Plan.

Whilst Zac is away, the ITC team will share the responsibility of 5 Links Monday (on any day), starting with me, Steph Schroeder, the new ITC (I did not replace Zac, so please give me a chance).

Link 1- How to integrate iPads with Google Classroom

As many of you are aware, the LTP is up and running and iPads are floating here, there and everywhere. And, keeping in true form with the goal of global domination, Google has released a simple management system called Google Classrooms to help teachers manage assignments with Google Drive. But how do you use it with the iPad? Great question. Greg Kuloweic has created a screencast to help show how to use different apps on the iPad with Google Drive, so not limiting the use to Google Docs, Sheets, etc.

Link 2- Music Makes Cows Happy…and thus produce more milk.

What kind of music, you ask? Apparently they prefer easy listening and jazz, but it’s the beats per minute that are most important. More information about this awesome phenomenon can be found here.


Link 3- Supermoon!!

Did you notice that the moon looked GIGANTIC Monday and Tuesday nights? Science@NASA has created a great YouTube video explaining the Supermoon and Perseid’s Meteors that also happened to visible.


Link 4- Why It Is So Hard To Change Math Education

I found this metaphor by The Reflective Educator David Wees to be a great way to think about educational changes in general, not just math.


Link 5- Data Clouds Help Us Predict Real Clouds

Sign Up Now for Technology Professional Development!

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To help teachers gain security in their learning and teaching, the Instructional Technology Coordinators are happy to be offering the following courses to close out 2013. Each is a 4-hour commitment and will earn you .25 credits.

Using Google Tools in the Classroom

Nov. 13 & 20 4:15-6:15pm

w/ Kyle Addington & Zac Chase

Our Google Apps for Education suite has a wide variety of tools that can be used by both teachers and students. The goal of this course is to gain understanding of these tools and how they can support learning. We will focus on topics like organization and features of Google Docs/Google Drive, using and creating mailing groups, and looking into some of the lesser known applications teachers and students have access to. We will also begin to consider how using Google Drive on mobile devices can affect teacher practice.

St. Vrain Blogs

Dec. 2 & 9 4:15-6:15pm

w/ Zac Chase

St. Vrain Blogs is a free tool for educators who wish to incorporate blogging into their instruction or into their reflective practice. This course will be an exploration of the tool, a WordPress blogging engine, as well as an examination of the relevant safety issues and instructional opportunities and challenges posed by blogging in and about the classroom. Participants will learn how to blog for multiple reasons and will experience blogging in a professional learning community.

Introduction to Google Sites

Dec. 3 & 9 4:15-6:15pm

w/ Mary Ellen Graziani & Jennifer Peyrot

Google Sites is a simple, yet powerful, web authoring tool. You can make a classroom website without the hassle of having to learn things like HTML, CSS, FTP. By the end of this course you will have a start on a website that you will be proud to use with students and parents. We will start with the basics and move towards more advanced features.
By the end of this course, you will:

  • understand St. Vrain Apps, specifically, Google Sites
  • build an easy to develop and use website that you can use in your teaching
  • understand basic principles of web design and communication
  • explore several examples of Google Sites

MOODLE: The St. Vrain Virtual Campus (Level 1)

Dec. 5 & 12 4:15-6:15pm

w/ Bud Hunt

MOODLE is a free online course management software package that allows anyone to build course materials to make available to students. Discussions, web pages, assignments, handouts, wikis and quizzes are just some of the many tools available. This software is already available for your use at http://classes.stvrain.k12.co.us. By the end of this class the learner will be able to:

  • Create course pages with embedded resources and links
  • Enroll students and manage their accounts
  • Create and grade online quizzes, discussions, and other activities
  • Plan online extensions to face to face courses

5 Links Monday (on Friday)

As you may have inferred from last Friday’s post detailing the district’s Learning Technology Plan, the ITC shop has been eyeball-deep in planning and support this last week. Fear not, I’ve still been crawling the web when I should be sleeping, and I’ve got 5 links for you (plus, an extra one to say sorry for the wait). As always, if you have a link you’d like to share from your web travels this week, please leave it in the comments.

Link 1 – Textbooks and Coal

Zinn Coal in Textbooks Image

The folks over at the Zinn Education Project are looking to track the treatment of coal in school textbooks to better understand how we teach children about energy and finite resource consumption. To start a conversation on the topic in your room and contribute to the Project’s efforts, take a look here.

Link 2 – Sounding off on being a Connected Educator

It may have missed your radar that we’re in the middle of Connected Educator Month. No worries, the folks at edutopia are here to save the day with several stories and conversations about what exactly the title of “connected educator” means and looks like in action. If you’re wondering if you are one, let me point out you’re reading a blog, so the answer is probably yes. Jump into the conversation here and take a look at what folks around the country have to say about being a connected educator.

Link 3 – Lesson Plans and Google Drive

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Here’s a thoughtful post on the integration of Google Drive and learning and teaching. For those teachers in the district jumping behind the wheel of drive, it’s a great place to start thinking about the questions and affordances of this tool provided to all SVVSD teachers and students.

Link 4 – Computing’s History in Video

Remember the first computer you ever touched? Mine was an Apple IIe. That’s about all I know about the heritage of the machine I’m typing on right now. This curated set of videos from computingheritage on Youtube provides a great primer on the history of computing and computers.

Link 5 – Tinker Your Way to Getting Things Done

Sometimes, it’s about the doing. This piece from the people of 99u’s Mark McGuiness talks about the tinker movement and the ability of tinkerers to make progress in the doing of the thing.

BONUS LINK – Battery Charging and Mobile Devices

Lifehacker can be counted on for some quality advice. As someone who’s life is aclutter with mobile devices, I enjoyed this piece considering the length and timing of mobile device charging and battery life.