2010-07-25 iPad in Education Activity

Today's Activity

Goal: To create a short video as if you were someone seeking your fortune during the California Gold Rush. Your task as a gold miner is to describe the general history of the California Gold Rush and the benefits and consequences of the gold mining method you selected. Be sure to set the stage for the time period you are living in, and use the period images for supporting details/introduction/conclusion, etc. (Note please limit your project to 3-5 minutes).

Ready? Follow the steps below.
  • Save images to your iPad from this link (click and hold the image and select save)


  • Additional images of the Gold Rush to use from Wikimedia Commons(click and hold the image and select save).
  • Find your saved images in your Photos
  • Open up the SonicPics Lite and import the 3 images
  • Drag your images to change their order
  • Write a script that will cover all the areas mentioned (if you need some background knowledge, that's okay! Visit the Wikipedia entry on the Gold Rush, the information on Calisphere, or The American Experience PBS Special on the Gold Rush
  • Practice speaking with inflection
  • When ready, click record to narrate the movie. As you narrate you can move to the next image and keep speaking by sliding your finger over the image from left to right.
  • When you're finished, save and preview the movie
  • Share your video, send your video to ted@podpiperproductions.com

Finished with your movie?

Test your memory of our States (don't worry, it's just state names and locations... no capitals)!
Pass the State Quiz with flying colors?
  • Click on the iBooks App. Try out a sample book or download something else, select a word within the book you chose, tap and hold, and explore the options (dictionary, note, highlight, etc).
  • Let's try out Dragon Dictation, the free transcription software! When you're ready, start recording and watch what happens!
  • Now that you're a recording pro, download the PDF below, use Voice Memo or another recording software on the iPad, and complete the reading fluency practice.
  • If we have time, we'll walk through how to download the white paper on iPhone App Use in Higher Ed from GetYaLearnOn.com and use the GoodReader App to read it. 
Want to learn more about transferring files from the iPad to a computer?
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Ted Lai,
Jul 25, 2010, 4:19 PM
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