SDCUE was a great day of learning, connecting, and collaborating! Since I was led two sessions and helped with the Google Certified Teacher’s panel, I only had the opportunity to go to one session. My biggest takeaway came from two people!
The first person I learned from was Vicky Sedgwick. I was able to attend her session called Coding with iPads. She has done a lot of work with giving her students experiences with coding. She really helped to make something very clear… there are really two types of coding apps out there. Skill review based apps and open-ended creative type coding apps. If you are regular reader of my blog, then you know that I am a huge supporter of using iPads for student creation rather than student consumption. I happen to believe creative apps lead to more critical thinking and well… creativity!
When talking about coding apps we can categorize them this way too. Take a look at my sketchnotes from her session. It is clear which ones are creative coding apps that start with a blank screen and allow students to create code to build something new. Some of these apps even allow you to remix codes other people have posted to the community. Thank you so much Vicky for introducing me to many new apps!
The other person I learned from was Nicole Delasio, the keynote speaker at SDCUE. During her Google Slam session she showed us how to easily create a black and white silhouette image using Snapseed. Then she suggested posting these silhouettes onto a Google Slides presentation. From there you can annotate or animate. I would even suggest putting the image into Google Draw to add annotations as well. I will work on a sample of this tomorrow.
After SDCUE I had a chance to sit down with her and talk about sketchnoting. She showed me a great new tip that I didn’t know about Paper53. When you save my sketch to camera roll one of the options you are given is “save background on” or “save background off.” If you select “save background off” then it will only save the sketch, not the background. Then you can use a app that allows layers like Photoshop Touch (an app she encouraged me to purchase… $9.99) to create something entirely new!
Here is an example of a sketch I created in Paper53, saved with the background off, then layered with a photo (that I too while beach camping this summer) in Photoshop Touch.
Nicole also introduced me to another sketching app that allows you to have layers, insert images, and sketch called Procreate! It has all the tools I have been wanting with Paper53. Procreate has a lot of art tools to use including oil pastel, artist crayon, markers, pens, Gesinski Ink, a lot of brushes, airbrushing, textures, and some very interesting abstract tools. Here is an example of an oil pastel creation with my Paper53 sketch added as another layer.
These new tools are sure to keep me busy for a very long time.
While I learned about some new a fantastic tools, the best part of any conference is catching up with my PLN in person. I loved seeing all of you there and if I didn’t see you and get a chance to talk to you… we shall meet again. Perhaps at #edcampLA?