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Transcript for the 8/25/13 #storyappchat: Writing Lesson Plans Featuring Your Story App

Last night we discussed the logistics of putting together a lesson plan, and why a content creator would want to do so. Here is one brief framework for authoring a lesson plan:

Grade/Class: cite the targeted grade here (i.e. Fifth Grade)

Subject Area(s): ELA, mathematics, science, etc.

Lesson Topic: title reflecting the topic

Suggested Learning Outcome(s): detail what the students will Know, Understand or be able to Do as a result of this lesson

Common Core OR State Learning Standard(s): list the specific standards this lesson is designed to address (CCSS available for perusal here)

Learner Prior Knowledge/Learner Background Experiences: these can come from the standards for the prior year

Materials and Resources Needed: specific listing of all the items needed to carry out the lesson (paper, pencils, smart board, etc.), including the name of your book or app

Suggested Teaching Strategies: these are the specifics of carrying out the lesson plan, including Anticipatory Strategies (Background Knowledge), Developmental Strategies and Concluding Strategies

Assessment: how will the students be evaluated on their understanding of the material covered in this lesson?

EC accommodations/modifications to strategies or assessments: detail any necessary considerations for exceptional children as seen in the typical classroom (ADHD, ASD, HAG, etc.)

Resources Used to Create This Lesson Plan: mention any books, videos, websites or other resources you consulted to put this lesson plan together, including a link to your app

Here are the links I shared:

A site with free lesson plan templates, and another similar one

Discovery Education’s bank of free lesson plans

Google’s monster database of free lesson plans

Free Gradebook and lesson plan software from Google

Hundreds of free lesson plans from the International Reading Association

A free web-based software package that generates lesson plans, and another one that incorporates CCSS

Some tips for writing lesson plans:

Five Secrets for Writing Great Lesson Plans

About.com: How to Write a Lesson Plan

Principles from Colorado State University, including a sample lesson plan format

While the up-front work of creating a custom lesson plan may seem daunting, it’s really not a big deal and ultimately it will help sell storybook apps!

The transcript for the chat appears at Storify here. Do plan to join us for the next chat, on Sunday, September 8!

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8/18/13 Transcript

8/18/13 Transcript

Transcript for the August 18, 2013 #storyappchat. Title: “Apps For Babies: The Good, The Bad and The Educational”

Transcript for the 6/23/13 #storyappchat: Screen Time vs. Screen Quality

[#storyappchat Transcript for 062313]

The transcript follies continue, since SearchHash, the free transcript-generator I’ve been using for the past several months is now down. I put this transcript together using Storify, and hopefully this service will a) serve our purposes and b) not disappear in a few months, just as I’m getting used to it. Also, please bear with me–there may be some bumps in the road as I try to capture all our tweets from the chat, in chronological order. Storify requires me to drag each tweet to a different window, which opens up the real possibility of human error in the process. UGH!

Transcript frustrations aside, this was a solid chat with good links and opinions flying back and forth. If you missed it, go ahead now and make plans to join us for the next one on June 30 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, OK?

Topic for the 6/23/13 #storyappchat: Screen Time vs. Screen Quality

#storyappchat topic badgeNo doubt about it, our kids are spending more time in front of screens–and there is some concern about whether or not this is a good thing. But isn’t it time we make a distinction between passive screen time (i.e., television) and active screen time, like engaging with book apps and other educational material on a tablet device?

Carisa wrote about this very topic a few weeks ago on her blog, and it’s worth a look. She reminds us that not all television is bad, and perhaps we should be focusing on the quality of the media we’re consuming (and who we consume it with), instead of the amount of time spent in front of the screen(s).

Let’s discuss the latest research and opinions and what these might mean for content creators, developers and others involved in creating stories for children during the next #storyappchat. We’ll kick things off this Sunday evening, June 23, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Join us! Simply start tweeting using the #storyappchat hashtag–we’ll leave the light on for you.

Transcript for the 6/2/13 #storyappchat: Skeuomorphic Design

The pros and cons of visual realism, skeuomorphic design, and other aspects of the app user experience were debated last night in the latest #storyappchat. Great discussion all around! Get the details in the transcript above, and be sure to take part in the next #storyappchat, set for this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, OK?

Transcript for the 5/26/13 #storyappchat: Developing for Android

Wow, I am really sorry I had to miss this discussion, because it was full of great links, resources, stats and opinions on creating apps for Android, from people who have been there. Luckily for me, though, I have access to this transcript (just like you) which contains a rather plain but complete capture of the entire thing. So I can benefit from last night’s wisdom, almost as if I was there in person!

Don’t miss the next #storyappchat on June 2, when we’ll discuss the pros and cons of skeuomorphic interfaces. Details later, but plan to join us at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific!

Transcript for the 4/21/13 #storyappchat: Story Apps for Exceptional Children

Informative chat last night, which was strengthened by folks like Jon Smith (@theipodteacher) sharing why he’s chosen an ebook created with iBooks Author as the big writing project he assigns the kids in his EC classroom. Several other folks posted good, thought-provoking questions, and still more shared links and other wisdom with the group last night.

Weren’t able to join us? It’s all there in the transcript above–I hope you find it useful. Make plans now to participate in the next #storyappchat, when we’ll talk about the Kindle format, and its suitability as an app substitute (or complement). See you this Sunday evening (April 28) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific.