How to trace photographs in DrawCast – tutorial and lesson plan

Download/ view my PDF instruction on how to get this doneĀ <a href=”; target=”_blank”>How to trace a photo in DrawCast</a>

If you can not view YouTube videos, here is the first tutorial from SchoolTube that shows how to start and trace the photo:


And here is the second tutorial on how to paint and share your art:


Or check out my YouTube playlist


“Black Water Middle School” App – BWMS Mobile – Updates, Games, Learning & More

Want updates for Black Water Middle School? Live a mobile life? Click here for the web app


Mr. Reeser and I created an app for Black Water Middle. It started off as something to inform the community about the school, but it continued to grow to include education and entertainment.

Source: via James on Pinterest

You can scan the above QR code or click on the Pinterest image and it will take you to the app. 

Save it to your mobile device’s home screen and be a click away from updates

What you will get if you use the Black Water Middle App

  • Quickest way to get updates for Black Water Middle School
  • Contact a teacher
  • Calendar of upcoming events
  • Parents can check grades
  • Teachers can book a sub
  • Students can play games, view tutorials and more
  • Multimedia from sports, clubs, and major events

Help us continue to make the best Mobile App for School around by scanning this QR code and give us some feedback.



How can students create their own apps? Use iBuild

My students studied up on the Principles of Design and took notes by using Evernote. Afterwards they gathered that knowledge and designed their own app using iBuild, which allowed them to make a free webapp that appeared as an iPhone simulator

If you want to do something like this with your students, watch my tutorial below on how they had to embed the app into their Kidblog

Kat made her app about her favorite show Death Note


Jason did his on his about Clemson


Juventino’s on Sports



Wendell’s on Chuck Norris et all



Brandi’s on WWE and wrestling



Finally, Cassandra’s on music



Mr G’s BWMS Media Arts class app made on iBuildApp

Unfortunately we couldn’t use this tool as we had to pay $99. BUT you can create a web app and put the embed code on your blog like I did below


My featured interview on using educational technologies for @GlogsterEDU #edtech #profdev

Check out my full interview on GlogsterEDU


Wanna read more? Check out the rest of my interview for the blog on using edtech

What an honor to be featured on the Glogster EDU community site and for me to share my findings on Glogster so that students can easily make websites.

Wanna know more about Glogster? Check out my staff development video on GlogsterEDU that was also featured on their webpage

  • I have also written an article on Glogster that you can check out if you want your students to get away from making boring old poster boards for projects

What teaching tools were found at ISTE ’12? Check my Livebinder, article and more


Check out my Yahoo Voices article on ISTE


Wanna read more? Click for my ISTE article full of web tools & links

ISTE is the massive collection of the leaders in Educational Technology. I was very fortunate to get invited to the session in San Diego and I represented Horry County Schools’ Middle School grade level.

Here are some images of the beautiful view of the city


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How to make movies in your class part2: #Storyboard on #CyberBullying w/ @spinthought Storypages app #mlearning #film


Students collaborated to write their scripts, break them down into a shooting schedule and then they received a stylus pen and an IPod with the Storypages app to plot out their film (see what you missed in the recent post)

Storyboarding is a serious step when planning the production of their film. I showed students my examples of storyboards that I had done on my own films in the past, along with the samples of Josh Sheppard on his Storyboard sample website

Basically, a Storyboard artist takes a script and works with the Director to help plot out the visual sequential order of shots that need to be filmed. Storyboarding is used in commercials, movies, music videos – and a whole lot more. Sometimes the sketches can be very detailed, and sometimes not – but as long as their is some use of planning done, it helps save time in production.

To help ease the student frustration, I showed them the storyboard to film comparison from a segment of Nightmare Before Christmas

I think the students using the app went quite well, as some of them were using Storypages in the past, and it is a fairly easy app to pick up. They can make a scene just a drawing, a drawing w/text or just text. 

After the students broke up into groups to see who had to draw what, I tried to work around the “sharing” issue of our guest wireless server that the IPods use so that I could easily get the student samples off and then print them off for the students.

Unfortunately, there were several issues against us. The email option that the IPods use could only handle 10 mobile devices, and our school has a total of 59 IPods (you do the Math). So some of the students could email me their storyboard as a .PDF, which was the best option, whereas several others got locked up in cyber space somewhere.

The other option is to export all of the images to the IPod’s Camera Roll. Which I then had plug that IPod into the Macbook and import them via IPhoto. From IPhoto create an album, copy the contents of the album to a folder on the Macbook’s desktop and then upload those images to my Posterous site (phoo!)


Above is an example from Ipod 6, it would seem the exporting, importing, uploading has shuffled the images around a bit. I am not sure if this student’s work is in the proper order but I am just happy it is up. NOW – should I go through the process of combining all of these into a .PDF to print for them too?!

But after all is said and done, and I was able to go through the process of printing this work off for my students – it would seem the majority of them didn’t even use the boards when they started to film.

I recommended that they take their boards with them, and as they finished shooting a scene, their Producer should mark it off of their shooting schedule.

Perhaps I just gave the students an excuse to get distracted with other apps on the IPod or just wasted their time to delay filming – but I really wanted them to understand the planning process when it comes to film production.

Our next step of the film process is to review the film clips that they shot (dailies) and perhaps do some acting excercises and games. To check out my Prezi lesson plan you can modify it to use in your own classroom and do film making in your class