Beginning w/ iMovie

iMovie is an easy way to create, edit and publish movies from both your MacBook or iPad.  This session will really involve adding content, editing the order of clips, adding audio and visual effects, enhancing and publishing your final product.  Bring your MacBook and your iPad along with any digital media you might want to add to your short film.

Apps Needed:


Breaking Down the Walls, Little by Little

Nicki Ruthai presented on our second day of professional learning here at SIS. She has been using Kidblog in her classroom for several years and has found it to be a powerful tool for her students. Here is what she as to say about it.

“I use Kidblog to show case learning in my classroom and as an ePortfolio. What is special about Kidblog is how I am able to connect with other classrooms around the world. It so happens a lot of the schools that I have connected my class with are actually executing some of same exact units and concepts.

“This didn’t happen over night, I used Twitter as well as the hashtag #comments4kids to have students from other schools comment on my learners’ work. My students are actively engaged in their blogs and are always excited to read and view the number of comments they have on their posts. It’s a process, whatever platform you are using, Macbook Pro, PC, or mobile device it is important to set precedents when blogging. I also taught my students how to comment on other students work, whether in my class or another school around the world. I really feel it can be used at all grade levels, it really has made each of my students work personal and authentic. ”

If you have any questions about, feel free to connect with Nicki Ruthai or just visit her Kidblog or class twitter account to view the powers at hand.


Where is my Device

What happens if my iPad is lost or stolen?

Who to inform:

Student: Teacher, administrator, and parent.

Teacher: eSupport staff or eLearning staff.

Our own system may also be able to track your lost device, otherwise follow the instruction below.

Immediately go to iCloud dot com

1. Sign-in to your iCloud using your Apple ID & password.

a. Select “Find My iPhone.”

12. Map of your bound Apple ID devices will appear.


3. Select on the button that indicates device.

Select the device that is lost from the list below if you have more than one bound device.


4. Three options are given to choose from.

Depending on the severity of the missed placed device, you have three options to choose.


5. For recovery select lost device.

a. If your device has a passcode, enter the code and proceed on to the following. Then cross your finger and hope for the best.

b. If you know where your device may be select play sound.

c. If you know for sure that it will not be recovered, select erase device.




Creating an iTunes U course

With iTunes U you can create rich learning experiences that your community can access anytime, anywhere.  This session will explore the how to create an entire course the iPad.   Please bring your iPad, Mac and any digital resources you may want to include.

Key Resources

Exemplar iTunes U Courses

Ongoing support



Our professional learning month begins!


Our professional learning month @ SIS kicks off next week with three workshops:

  • Mon 22 ~ Unleashing Creativity ~ Brittany McCrea, Mountainside (iPad)
  • Tue 23 ~ Creating an iTunes Course ~ John Burns, Bayside (Mac & iPad)
  • Thu 25 ~ iMovie Basics ~Mark McElroy, Aulon (Mac & iPad)

These sessions are open to all staff so please come along if you’re interested.  You can check out all the sessions here.

The Power of the Podcast

Short History of Audioblogging or Podcasting:

Audioblogging as it was once known actually came about in the 1980s. But it wasn’t until the beginning of the 21st century that it really took off under the new label of “Podcast,” derived from Apple’s iPod. The point of it all was to capture one’s voice so it could be heard over and over again as wanted.

Exposure to Different Media

Since the upload and streaming of video has become the norm when absorbing content, it seems natural for us to move away from a radio-like media. However, podcasting holds a great deal of power, especially in the realm of education. With videos, students need to think of multiple variables to capture their learning, whereas creating a podcast requires only a quiet room to unleash one’s creativity. Click on the links below to hear Podcasts about the planets. These Podcasts were created by our grade three SIS students in just three days. It was their first experience using Garageband and creating Podcasts, which is a testament to just how simple this platform for showcasing learning can be.


3B learners Kidblog

3C Learners Kidblog

3D Learner Kidblog


Biome Projects on the iPad

Kristin Mikulka has been facilitating a biome project in her 6th grade science classes for several years. This year, the project was enhanced by the integration of iPads at SIS. The students were both creative and resourceful!

Here is Ms. Mikulka talking about the project:

In this video, Jamie Fraser talks about her experience with her project which was planned using Popplet (Jamie’s Popplet) and created in Educreations (Jamie’s final project).

One of the more challenging projects was undertaken by Jennie Guo who wanted to create a virtual museum that was sharable on the iPad. Here is Jennie explaining her Biome project which used Google Sketch-up and then the app Sight Space:

Other submission examples:

Moritz Friebe got creative with his project by incorporating drama and rap into an iMovie for his Biome project.

Terry Pi’s biome project on the wetland also used iMovie  and succeeded in informing while entertaining.

~ Katie Kruse



Sharing via Instashare

When students in the HS/MS Spring Musical needed to quickly access the songs they would be performing this weekend (April 12th and 13th) and all they had were iPads, Instashare to the rescue!

Instashare allows for easy sharing between iOS devices, and between OSX and iOS devices.  It works much like AirDrop on your MacBook pro.


Get Instashare for iOS


Get Instashare for Mac OSX


Below is a video tutorial of how to use Instashare to transfer files between devices. Note that the Instashare app must be open on each device to transfer files.

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  *Remember that some files with copyrighted material must be licensed before being used on different devices.

Student eCoaches?

With so much technology at SIS, staff members can’t do it all.

Apple Distinguished Learners Bamboo Program, better known as ADL at SIS is a program for students who want to have a leadership role through technology and learning. Students who applied and got accepted into the program will be taught a number of valuable skills besides using technology in their classroom. This extracurricular program has just begun at the elementary school with grades four and five students,  but has already been up and running at the high school. The current members of the high school ADL program are working towards becoming SIS Apple Genius.

The power of the program is endless in the fact students are pushed to make the program their own. Students will be going through a number of assessments of technology and learning as well. At the elementary level and soon to be in the near future at the middle school, ADL participants will be learning the ins and out of the iPad and Macbook Pro and the powers of iOS/OSX ecosystem. Participants will use the SAMR model to redefine their education. They will use these skills to help teachers and peers troubleshoot devices issues, along with offering sound pedagogical app suggestions.

What sets this program apart from other technology programs at other schools around the world is that we are putting student eCoaches into the classroom. For more details about the program click on the image image below.