Monthly Archives: June 2012

Transcript for the 6/24/12 #storyappchat: Angie Harrison

What a lively and well-attended chat we enjoyed last night–we were lucky to have educator Angie Harrison (@TechieAng) guest host for us, and we discussed ways in which apps are being used in the elementary school classroom. If you missed it, grab the jumbo (26 page!) transcript above, and make plans to join us at the next one.

Note: we will be taking July 1 (next week) as a vacation to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, but we’ll be back in full force on July 8 to cover the topic “Bookstore Apps vs. Standalone Story Apps: Where Should I Publish?” and then we’ll welcome Julia Brannon (@Julia_Brannon) on July 15 who will guest host a discussion about app marketing. We’ll kick off each chat at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, so make plans to join us!


Guest Host for the 6/24/12 #storyappchat: @TechieAng

#storyappchat topic badgeLately it seems as though we are having quite an educator-rich summer here at #storyappchat–and as part of that, we are very excited to welcome Angie Harrison (@TechieAng) as guest host for this Sunday’s chat. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, literacy coach and Grade 3 Literacy@School Learning Centre Classroom teacher. Angie blogs at

Join us this Sunday, June 24 for a discussion on how storybook apps can be used in the classroom, and the pros and cons of using technology as part of the learning process. We’ll ramp up at 6:00 p.m. Pacific/9:00 p.m. Eastern time–just start using the #storyappchat hashtag to participate!

Transcript for the 6/17/12 #storyappchat: Amanda of the iMums

‘Twas such a thrill last night to have Amanda (one-fourth of the iMums team) guest host #storyappchat for us. It’s truly amazing how the app world has exploded just over the last year, and her comments and advice for developers and content creators is timely and spot-on.

If you missed the fun last night, enjoy the transcript above with our compliments and make plans to stop by next Sunday (June 24). We’ll have educator Angie Harrison (@TechieAng) with us to talk about how story apps are being used in the classroom. We will see you then!

Guest Host for the 6/17/12 #storyappchat: Amanda of the iMums

The iMumsDo you know about the iMums? This is a group of four “mothers of little gadget lovers” who review educational, enrichment and entertainment apps for kids and families. Their site is a powerhouse resource for parents looking for solid information about apps and other digital media for their kids.

From June 23 to 30 they’ll be doing a special week-long event focusing on book apps for kids, so naturally we were excited to get Amanda to guest host Sunday’s #storyappchat–great timing!

Amanda received the nickname “the iMum” in 2005 due to her growing addiction to Apple’s products and her many, many apps. Amanda is a married mother of three boys from North Queensland, Australia and has a background in I.T.

So bring your questions for Amanda and join us Sunday night June 17 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific/9:00 p.m. Eastern for another lively discussion. Just use the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter to chime in!

Transcript for the 6/10/12 #storyappchat: Jon Smith (@theipodteacher)

So glad to get the perspective from inside a classroom, and a special ed classroom at that. This chat was guest hosted by Jon Smith (@theipodteacher) who told us all about his experiences using iBooks Author to publish student work as iBooks. Jon has revealed himself as a true trailblazer with regard to bringing technology into the classroom. Check out the 16-page transcript and see for yourself!

Remember, we chat every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Next Sunday (June 17) we’ll welcome Amanda from the iMums review team. Don’t miss it!

Guest Host for the 6/10/12 #storyappchat: Jon Smith

#storyappchat topic badgeOur guest host for this Sunday’s #storyappchat comes straight from the classroom: Jon Smith, otherwise known as @theiPodteacher. And the timing couldn’t be better, because Math Our Way, the latest iBook created by his students, has just been approved and is now available on iTunes.

Jon will share how his classroom has had success using iBooks Author to create books, and how he’s used technology to bring out the best in his students. He’ll be standing by to answer questions about this, as well as his success publishing to the iBooks store and using Apple’s tool.

Join us THIS Sunday, June 10 at 9:00 p.m. EDT/6:00 p.m. PDT. Just start tweeting with the #storyappchat hashtag. Be there or be square!

Transcript for the 6/3/12 #storyappchat: @Touchoo

We were delighted to have Omer Ginor from Touchoo here for this chat, answering questions about their new Touchoo Creator tool. Get details in the transcript above, and remember to stop by their Kickstarter project page to back their efforts.

Join us every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, and don’t miss next week (June 10), when we’ll have Jon (@theipodteacher) here to guest host. See you then!