This past Wednesday I had the pleasure of taking part in a Skype videoconference call with a terrific second grade class in the Arlington School system near Washington, D.C. Their talented teacher, Heather Blake, and my niece Jen Irvin created a wonderful holiday activity for the students called Appy Holidays. Jen’s son Chet is in Ms. Blake’s class and I had a great time visiting with Chet and his classmates.
For Appy Holidays, each student completed an “entry form” to illustrate an idea for a holiday themed app, including drawing an icon, describing the purpose of the app and showing three sample screens. As the Portable Prof and founder of iPad Academy, my role was to use a rubric to review scans of all the Appy Holiday entries and choose the top three. (Entries were identified only by number, so Chet had no advantage). Then the next day, I announced the winning entries during our videoconference. That’s me below in my doctoral robes dressed for my part. The little fellow on the left is a cousin of Frosty the Snowman who joined me for the show.
I must tell you, I’ve evaluated tens of thousands of student papers and projects during my long career as a teacher. With so many creative entries, this was some of the most difficult judging I’ve had to do.
My sister Anne and my wife Emily took photos and video of me during the Skype activity. (We were visiting family and friends in Pennsylvania for the holidays. Special thanks to Anne for encouraging me to set up her living room for the videoconference.) Once the Skype call ended, I needed to gather the photos and videos they had recorded on an iPad and iPhone. I wanted to transfer these pictures and movies to my iPad. As I pondered how to do this, I remembered I had Apple’s Camera Connection Kit. I’ve written about the Camera Connection Kit before. See that post to learn more about this kit.
All I needed was my sync cable and USB adapter from the Camera Connection Kit.
I plugged the USB adapter into my iPad and connected the USB end of the sync cable. Next I connected the 30 pin dock connector end of the sync cable to the iPhone or iPad that had the photos or videos I wanted.
Content from the connected device showed up quickly on my iPad and then I could choose just the pictures or movies I wanted to copy to my iPad (checked items).
The holiday season is always an enjoyable time with family and friends. My time with the children from Jamestown Elementary made this holiday even more special.
Appy Holidays everyone!