Apple TV tech tip

In large scale wifi network deployments it is often necessary to implement peer-to-peer blocking protocols in order to stop devices interfering with each other.  While this does provide a much better, and arguably safer, end user experience, the approach does restrict the use of screen sharing devices such as  Apple TV or  Chromecast.

There is good news on the Apple TV front.  The latest iOS and Apple TV software now provide added functionality which solves this challenge.  Lets zero in on the needed settings.

settings

On the Apple TV end you need:

  1. software version 6.1 with
  2. Airplay = ON
  3. Conference Room Display = ON
  4. Bluetooth = ON

and an newer  iPad/iPod/iPhone  running iOS version 7.1

This combination of devices and settings will let the  “iDevice”  connect to the Apple TV through bluetooth.  Once connected, all of the display functionality works as you would expect.

I was able to successful test this functionality in my WRDSB office.

Happy mirroring and sharing!

~Mark

 

Connected Learning with Grade 3s

Last week I became aware of an interesting approach to learning about Ontario communities with grade 3 classes.  The  idea is  to involve people from around the province to submit picture clues about the community they live in.  The clues are shared with the students, and student responses are tweeted (posted) back through a class or teacher based Twitter account.

The project takes on another level of connectedness by using a hashtag (Twitter conversation label)  to collect all of the tweets on this topic into a searchable stream which can be viewed [ here].  What a GREAT way to bring a personal and connected context to the classroom.

I enjoyed an afternoon walk this weekend to take a few pictures to participate this week.  I wonder how many clues it might take the students to guess where I live.

Here are some sample tweets from last week.

WhereAmI 1

possible answer

WhereAmI 2

This will be a great week in the connected learning world.

~Mark

How many apps?

This point from the Twitter stream of  EdCampSWO resonates with me.

NoAppAddict

How thoughtful are you about choosing apps for use with your students?

Do you choose apps that support the “C’s” in a technology enabled learning environment:  Communicate, Collaborate, Create, Citizenship, Critical Questioning/Answering?   Perhaps your app choices facilitate inquiry or project based learning.

Where do you stand on app selection?  How many is too many?  What do you use as app selection criteria? I would be interested to know your ideas on this.  Please comment or get in touch via  @markwcarbone  on Twitter or  +markwcarbone  on  Google +.

~Mark

Shift: hand in or publish

Today’s blog post is a simple question to ponder that came up in an insightful conversation with Ken Whytock.

Rather than ‘handing in’ assignments  today’s students  should:

publish_button

on the web.

 

Please weigh in.  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment or connect with us via twitter:  @markwcarbone  and  @kenwhytock.

~Mark

Celebrating Excellence

“The Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning was established with the generous contribution of Dr. Ken Spencer to recognize and publicize innovative work that is sustainable and has the potential of being taken up by others; to encourage a focus on transformative change in schools; and to provide profile for classroom innovation within school districts, schools, and the media.”

The Waterloo Region District School Board’s Futures Forum Program was recognized for for innovation today at a ceremony hosted at Forest Heights C.I.

Ron Canual, CEO of the Canadian Education Association presenting the aware to Chair Ted Martin.

WRDSB Director John Bryant

Perspective from CEA member  Marty Keast

See the amazing work in these Canadian schools.
The 13-14 Ken Spencer Award finalists

Full press release:   CEA_PR_KSAward_2014

~Mark

London PNC: Digging into change

Last Thursday (April 10, 2014) I had the pleasure of attending the meeting of the London MISA PNC group  to serve on a panel discussion with

L-PNCpanel

Joe Sisco of the WECDSB did a nice job hosting the event and moderating the panel discussion.  My role on the panel was to share some ideas concerning technology planning.

My response:

I enjoyed the variety of  questions the panel addressed.  Two conversations really stood out for me.  First,  some excellent dialog around the notions  of professional sharing:

and secondly, examining comfort with change:

In a rather timely fashion, this tweet from  Donna Fry  was posted just two days later while she was participating as a virtual learner by following the Twitter conversations of  Edcamp SWO  and  Edcamp London  which ran on Saturday April 12th.  I think the tweet captures the essence of the panel discussions in a nice concise way.

LivingInBeta

~Mark

Related Resources: sound clips in a local format

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Leveraging the Lull

I had a chance to chat with  Brandon Grasley  at the end of the  OTRK12 conference  following the  OSSEMOOC  “Getting Connected” session.  Somehow we got onto the topic of new social media users adapting to the “fire hose” information flow of services such as Twitter.

You can’t get caught up in reading endless material.  One must become comfortable with jumping in and out as time permits.   Information can be tailored to your interests by using dashboards such as tweetdeck to follow topics of interest.

I decided to put the  “jump in”  theory to test, so one morning this week I looked at my twitter dashboard to see what could be noted in just a couple of minutes.

SUCCESS !!!

… an insightful blog post

JBalen

… a digital citizen/digital literacy tip

LynHilt

… and a PD opportunity

M-EdCamp

Excellent results for just a couple of minutes of reading I would say. Here are a few ways to “jump in” that work for me.

- breakfast & twitter – I enjoy an interesting read to start the day
- tea & twitter?
- a few minutes between meetings
- lunch break
- waiting in the car to pick up your kids
- standing in lineups

Well, you get the picture.  Jump in when you can and leverage on the go connected learning .

~Mark

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