Earth Day Resources: Multi-Touch Book and Lessons on iTunes

askEarth Day is April 22, 2015 – What is Earth Day?

Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 50,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

One of the things that I like to make people aware of is the dangers of bottled water (not the water, but the bottle itself). To promote it I have worked on a range of resources, I quickly made a Multi-Touch book last night (cause’ that’s how one should spend their evening right?) on the issue.

Ask for Tap is a Multi-Touch book designed to make students aware of the dangers to the environment that bottled water (more the bottles than the water) can cause.
It combines a variety of sources and videos in a simple and easy to read book for students. There is also a project for students to complete at the end of the book using the information here and form their own research.

It is up on iTunes now, so feel free to download it (by clicking this link) and run a lesson in your classroom.

Other Multi-Touch Books and lessons you may want to check out are being promoted on Apple’s website. You can check those out directly here: http://www.apple.com/education/earth-day-lessons/

Japanese Art History & Project: Interactive Multi-Touch Book now on iTunes (Australian Curriculum – History)

Japanese_Art_Project.600x600-75This is something I created a few years back when I was teaching Middle School History, but recently I have got a lot of request from teachers to get a copy, so I dug it up and have since published it freely to iTunes (I will try and find the time to do this to the many, many, books I made when I was teaching secondary school).

…or from the blurb: 

This interactive, media rich, Multi-Touch book explores many aspects of Japanese Art History. Upon reading and engaging in this book you will learn a lot about much of this, and will build up you knowledge to complete the included (and choice of) Major Project (full success rubric included for students and teachers)
Japanese art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient potterysculptureink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, kiriekirigamiorigamidancetheatre and more recently manga and video games; these becoming so popular they have created their own subculture, Otaku (おたく/オタク)
Japanese art has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in Japan, sometime in the tenth millennium BC, to the present.
In this project you will choose to focus on one aspect of Japanese art and use this to tell a story from The way of life in shogunate Japan. 

Though I have changed a lot in the way I create and design digital textbooks and online courses, I feel it is still a great example of the medium and how some good content design can go along way to having and engaging, interactive resource for students.

You can download it from iTunes here

My Anzac & World War 1 – Year 9 Australian Curriculum Course & Resources on iTunes

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NapkinJust a reminder to everyone gearing up for Term 2 (tomorrow!)

The course and resources I created for Apple are freely available and promoted on iTunes. The course has a wealth of original learning activities, resources such as original videos, Multi-Touch Books, Critical Thinking questions, other cool interactive elements and more created by your truly. Designed with the Australian Curriculum in mind, if you’re a Year 9 teacher, all the work is done!, One whole World War 1 unit ready, with a depth study and final assessment task (with multiple learning choices for students to cater for the diversity one finds in the classroom)

You can subscribe to the course as a teacher and take what works for you, or send it to all your students, all materials a freely downloadable.

Finally, if you want to run this course in your class and enable cool things like course discussions, student tracking and more, feel free to email me and I will send you a copy of the course so you can remix it to suit your classroom.

Subscribe to my course here (for iPad)

And check out the full collection on iTunes here

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Apple Watch, MacBook and Me or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Teaching Tools I Have Or: A Teacher doesn’t need an Apple Watch…Yet

This is a first in a series of feature posts by me. Basically stuff I want to talk about and my thoughts on the education, learning technologies and everything in-between.

bombI admit it, I have a problem, my name is Daniel and I am an alco.. Gadget person. I love myself a good gadget, the more it can be used for education or in the classroom the better. So, when Apple opened shop yesterday for two brand new devices, well, there could have been problems (not sure if they have a 12 step program yet for Gadget people).

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love me a good Apple Gadget (the industrial designer background of me is just too jealous of the stuff they can make) but I appreciate any good device or design that will either; make me a better teacher, or help in my students learning (I am loving playing with Spheros right now)

But something strange happened yesterday, I realised that though I really want both of these things (Apple Watch and the new MacBook) I don’t actually need them.

Let’s start with the new MacBook. Yes it has a great new design (Yes, I think it is weird when we use words like gorgeous to describe computers, but hey, it sure is puurdy‘) a retina screen, and it’s gold…gold Jerry! But I have a MacBook Air 11″, exactly what I am using now and what I use for all my classes. It is powerful, small, and does everything I need. I am also a teacher and presenter. I go into lots of random classrooms and schools every week, I have no idea what I will be connecting up to, the idea of having one port for everything sounds nice and futuristic, but I am afraid I am still in the present. And knowing I will constantly forget to bring the many dongles required makes this one a pass for me, for this year.

Ok, the Apple Watch, a very popular little nugget. But again, something I don’t think I need as a teacher. Sure the notifications stuff is cool, but I rarely use my phone for, well, phone stuff, and I am patient enough that I can check that stuff when I am out of the class. I am also a runner, and yes the sport stuff is also cool, but I don’t need a watch to tell me I need to run more, my own stupid brain does that, and I stand all day if I am at my desk so…boo you watch.

Now the Watch does have some handy Accessibility Features, and I am sure I could think of some cool ways you could use force touch to get private ‘I need a hand on this question’ notifications from students, and finally, keep an eye out for a colleague of mine, Craig Smith and the great stuff he will no doubt be talking about with his new watch (for which I will be borrowing – Thanks Craig, even if you don’t know it yet) and autism, but until we start seeing some 1:1 Watch, or BYOW*(atch) programs in schools, I may take a pass on this one too…for now.

Can you think of some great, educational uses for these products? then please, convince me in the comments below…(it won’t take much, I am an addict remember)

* I hence forth lay claim to the copyright on the term BYOW!

My new website and educational resource – www.appmylesson.com

So, one website is not enough these days Garcia?

I have created a new website and educational resource – www.appmylesson.com – what is it all about? well, below is the first post from my new site.

(Note: I will also be publishing info from appmylesson on this site as I know it will have a lot of interest from my current viewers. Appmylesson will have a specific focus, and as such, a lot easier and more user friendly for those looking for what it offers – which I have found it a lot of people!. I hope to at least publish 1 new appmylesson every 2 days. I, of course will still be publishing everything else on this site that is are things educational and agile tech – and a few things in-between)


icon-blogApp My Lesson is a resource created by award-winning educator, designer and Apple Distinguished Educator Daniel Garcia.

I have worked for many schools and organisations in the fields of agile technologies and design, and one question I get asked by a lot of teachers starting out in using transformative learning tools such as iPad in their classroom is:

So, is there an app I can use for this lesson?

That is the point of this website. A handy go-to resource to find unique and powerful apps that can link into the lesson or learning intention you are planning.

Coming up with engaging and interesting ways to use apps in the classroom can be tricky, especially if you don’t want to use an app for the sake of it, but to really transform the learning.

My goal is to give you some great apps and lesson ideas that you can slot right into your lesson. All apps will be linked to certain curriculum areas (Numeracy, Literacy, Arts, etc) and age group (Lower Primary, Middle Secondary, etc).

Think of these as ‘throw-away’ ideas, something you can pickup and use, add some great technology use, creativity and engagement to your lesson – and then complete them – all during the one class. Your students will come away with some great ideas, resources and skills, and so will you, so in your next lesson you might tailor or build upon what you have learnt with a particular app and remix it to your new lesson (feel free to email me your new app and lesson ideas so I can promote them here)

I will be creating lessons in two ways (for now)

An app overview and lesson ideas – This will give you an overview of the entire app as well as a list of lesson ideas for multiple learning areas. I may delve deeper into certain functions of the app and specific lessons later.

App specific feature and lesson – This will delve deeper into certain functions of an app with a detailed and specific lesson using those features.

Finally, I will be focusing on iOS apps as well as OS X apps (for more detailed teacher resource creation options)

Have fun and happy apping’ (apping is not a word, nor should it ever be)

Daniel Garcia

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My Talk at the Australian Maritime Museum for Apple – Resources

As I mentioned in a previous post (I will be talking at the Australian Maritime Museum for Apple (why don’t you come along?)) I will be presenting a Keynote talk at the Australian Maritime Museum on behalf of Apple Australia focusing on the original, interactive resources I created for the Anzac Day events they are promoting.

I will be giving my talk today, below are a list of resources I will be using. This post is for those in attendance, or viewing online. In my talk I mentioned a bunch of free stuff (sorry again for the Apple Watch gag). That involves all my original working files (to see what makes them tick) and the best part, I will send you a copy of my iTunes U course so you can remix it for your class, enable course discussions and more.

mailSo, to get all the goodies, just send me an email at danielmgarcia@live.com

(and if you take the time to follow my blog that would just be lovely and make me feel important)

My Keynote (in PDF form…sorry you will miss out on all my fancy transitions)

Video version of my Keynote:

Helping Teachers become Authors

I would like to claim all the credit of course, but really that goes to our awesome teachers.

One of our great Prep School teachers has published their first work on iTunes. After showing her iBooks Author and how easy it is to create original and personalised resources, I am happy to say that Bec has caught the creating bug!

You can check out her first book, targeted at Prep students learning phonics, here: Letters and their Sounds – Interactive Book 1 – Make sure and leave her a great review!

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iTunes U How-To Video Series – How iTunes U works, general overview, taking notes, creating notebooks, and annotating videos & audio

I have been getting a lot of questions of late about iTunes U and how it works (remember I will be talking about this next week at the Australian Maritime Museum). I have put together a quick series of videos that go over key parts of how it all works. In a future series of videos, I will show you how you go about creating your on courses.

Catholic Primary Schools: Literacy Tests – Easier with Google Docs UPDATE – Pre Data Tests

Another post directed at my Catholic Primary School Homies’ (sorry, I am clearly not cool enough to drop lines like that)

In a previous post (here), I shared a way to collect literacy data far easier using the collaborative tools in Google Docs for upload to the CEO. All teachers could enter their data collaboratively as they went, instead of one poor sap doing it all one by one.

So, now it is time to upload Pre data. It seems there is a slight change now to the format.

I have detailed all the steps needed below in one handy animated gif (as opposed to an animated gif of kittens)

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New Arrivals and EAL iPad Program – Lesson 4 Video Update: The EAL Class teaches Math to the Prep class (using their Keynotes)

I normally don’t do follow-ups on how my lessons went (I really should start doing that…) but I wanted to share this video.

In my last post (New Arrivals and EAL iPad Program – Lesson 4: Creating Math Lessons with Keynote to share with the Preps (and Mr. Garcia can now speak Arabic!)) I ran a simple lesson teaching the students how to use Keynote and the flow on effect it had with their learning, today they went into the Prep class so the EAL students could be the teachers.

Other than us breaking them up into groups, the EAL students ran the show. It turned out far better than I would have imagined. Not only did the EAL students use their Math Keynotes, but they started to use some great teaching methods to help the students, such as using their fingers to help count, or trace out shapes on the iPad.

Saeed even learnt how tough it can be to be a teacher when one of his students walked out on him! (he made sure we knew this was not on!)