Going Mobile to Empower Learners and Reach Standards


Pima Summer Institute 2013 

Common Core is being put into practice at the same time as tablet computers and smart phones are becoming mainstream in today’s classrooms. In this session, teachers will learn to harness the distinctive capabilities of the iPad to meet learning objectives. Communicating, collaborating, critical thinking, and creating will be the focus of the apps and activities used. Model lessons will present a variety of workflows–that is using a variety of apps to accomplish a task. The session will involve creating a collaborative eBook, recording narrated slideshows, making simple movies, and designing effective presentations.

This full day session will provide teachers (3-12) information to:

  • use some of the hottest iPad apps like StoryKit, 30hands, Videolicious, Haiku Deck, and Educreations

  • explore various ways students can share and publish what they make on an iPad

  • develop an understanding of how to integrate mobile devices into the flow of the classroom


  • 8:30-10:00 QR Codes, Keyboarding, Edmodo
  • 10:00-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-11:30 Comics, Collages, Animations, Screencasts
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 Books, Reading, Annotating, Slideshows
  • 2:00-2:15 Break
  • 2:15-3:30 Tips, Quizzing, Word Clouds, Audio

QR Codes



  • Use a photo as the background and add speech and thought bubbles in Comic Touch Lite.
  • Strip Designer is $2.99. You can make multi-panel comics.


  • Pic Collage app is great for combining images and text.


  • Easily collect text, images, videos, and web links into one digital wall.
  • Read or watch lots more about online sticky note walls in Tony's video.


  • Funny Movie Maker is free. Pick a photo and then record your lips speaker. Your lips are placed on top of your photo.
  • Puppet Pals HD is free, but you'll want the Directors Pass for $2.99 so that you can use your own images as puppets and backgrounds.
  • Educreations is free and records what you draw and your speaking. The movies are saved on educreations.com.
  • Tellagmi is free. Select a background and then make an avatar speak in front of it. Limited to 30 seconds. To make a longer video or to change backgrounds in the same video, make a series of Tellagami videos and stitch them together using the Splice app.

Use Bump and Bindle to create a quick PDF book.


  • Wonderpolis.org is great for nonfiction selections. They are short and include vocabulary lists.
  • Save a website as a PDF using WEB to PDF+. Place it into your Dropbox and share the link as QR code for quick student retrieval.
  • Open the PDF in PaperPort Notes so that it can be annotated.


  • Make simply and beautiful slideshows with Haiku Deck.
  • Import images into 30hands where you can record audio for a series of images. Export as a movie to the Camera Roll.

iOS Tips


  • Socractive.com works great on iPads. The teacher creates an account and can make quizzes. Assessment data is stored as an Excel document for you.

Word Clouds

  • Word clouds can be a great way to practice critical thinking. Ask the questions "What's going on here?" and "What do you see that makes you say so?"
  • Create word clouds at Tagul.com if you're on a PC. Use WordItOut.com on an iPad.


  • Record up to 30 seconds of audio and share as a web link using Croak.it.


    • Easy way to make 60 second video summaries.

    Come to Arizona K12 Center's Mobile Learning Experience 2013 in Tucson September 16-18. Save $200 is you register by July 12!