Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Vacation iPad Pen Pals...

In our iPad 'One to World' program, Summer Vacation is here! 
Our students all have iPads... help them to stay in touch.

Want your students to Pen Pal, Chat, and FaceTime this summer? Want to have your students to have a way of keeping track of each other after they move on to other places?  Well, let's get started.

Student Step 1:

First, have your students create a Contact for themselves in Contacts.

  1. Find your card, with the one that has "me" next to it.
  2. Press "edit" in the upper right.
  3. Make sure your Apple ID email address is saved as an "email". This is used by default for FaceTime and Messages, assuming they are enabled by your Parents in "restrictions"
  4. Fill in only the information you want to share!
  5. Then Press "Done" 

Teacher Step 1:

Make a Chat for your class in Messages.

Have your teacher create a Messages app chat for your class, using your class Apple ID list. One big chat on Messages, with everyone in it.

Student Step 2:

In Contacts, go back to your Contact Card.

Press "Share Contact"
And Message


1)  Select, Click and Hold on the Contact in the text field.

2)  Double Tap the round 'Home Button' on your iPad, and Select Messages app

3)  Find your Class Chat. Paste your Contact Card to your Class Chat.

Student Step 3:

Add your Classmates Cards to your Contacts.

Click and hold on each chatted contact. It will now give you an option to save the contacts.

These can now be selected and used in FaceTime, Messages, and Email.

Remember, ASK your parents if it is ok with them before you start your Messages and FaceTime sessions.  They set your rules and boundaries.  It may not be an appropriate time for your message, depending on time of day, or time zone that the person lives in...


This tutorial is designed for students to add their classmates to their address books.  Connecting learners to each other.  Of course, you can choose if your child takes part in this activity.  

If there are issues with no longer wanting messages coming in from a particular person, you can find help here

Or if you desire to turn off Messages or FaceTime completely, you can do so in Restrictions

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Create a Google Hangout on Air Event for your Virtual Classroom!

So today my school closed due to the MERS illness that is going on around Asia.  I am not very concerned, but it is good to have precautions.  Students are working from home today.  This cropped up on us last minute, and I thought I'd share as to how to create a Google Hangout on Air for your Class.


  • You need a YouTube Account that is Verified.  Visit to do so.
  • This needs to be done with a Computer, not a tablet or phone.
  • All "attendees" must have a Gmail account. (Google+ is not needed)
  • A list of your student "attendees" emails, I made mine in a Google Sheet.
  • Set up your Hangout on Air.  Visit

When you are about to Start your event:

  • Start your Broadcast 

  • Remind students to Mute their Microphone when not speaking.
  • The Hangout automatically puts the Speaker's picture in the main window.
  • Share your Screen from the Green Button Below.

After the broadcast, it will save to the YouTube account.
Here is my first full broadcast.  (Really not great, learning experience)

But I trimmed it down in YouTube editor.

This was our first attempt at doing this, and if I had time to prepare students, this may have gone more smoothly.  The goal here was to allow some interaction between teachers and students, while we were unable to meet.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

KIS students #coding with #ozobot

A video posted by Art Schultz (@artschultz13) on

I had the FANTASTIC opportunity to see Megan Godek's Korea International School 5th grade students working with students in California in Kristin Hick's class at Tierra Linda this morning.

This project, as I understand, started through Twitter.  Students had been collaborating online with each other.  Ozobot, saw that these classrooms had been Tweeting about their product, and donated 'bots to each of the classrooms.  I would like to say that this is an amazing company for supporting Education.

5th Graders at KIS have been working with students in California via video conference, discussing how to make the Ozobot follow their commands.  The Ozobot is similar in commands to the old school programming language of Logo, but with other variables, such as color changing and twists and turns.  But with the Ozobot, the "turtle" is in their world, not on a screen.

Ozobot can be programmed via paper and colored markers to navigate mazes, or just make them dance.  This can be done with through the  iPad's apps as well.

So... what does this mean in education?  

This can be done as a Simple PBL unit.  Students can think about a task, and problem solve to achieve answers to their task, in a safe and small scale manner.  The students can create challenges, or respond to 'messy problems' given by the teacher.

As these students were teaching each other, it helps to bring connections and collaboration across continents.  Promoting understanding.  Real job skills for the future.

Social Media can be a very productive and important way for classrooms to engage the world, to show safe and responsible activities online in a productive way.

Great work 5th graders on both sides of the pacific!