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Apples for the Teacher

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Apples for the Teacher


The Read/Write Web for the Classroom Workshop

 Web 2.0 may be the best thing since little apples. Using the Internet has become as American as apple pie. While red or golden delicious are apple varieties, del.icio.us can keep your bookmarks in apple-pie order.  You can upload and share all the apple of your eye pictures to FlickrWikispaces and Peanut Butter wiki will offer an opportunity to compare apples to apples, while Ning and TeacherTube will be like comparing apples to oranges. You may have heard about some of the content on YouTube, but remember that one bad apple does not always spoil the whole bunch. We’ll even eat some apples while we learn about Web 2.0, because an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Be careful not to have the Audacity to upset the apple cart because that would be lame. Ready, set, let’s use the Read/Write Web. So, how do you like them apples? 

Apples Agenda.pdf

A Few Apples.doc

What in the World Wide Web is Web 2.0? Webquest

Educational Podcasting - Create a Podcast of Two Sisters' Dowries Using Audacity

Audacity audio editor & LAME MP3 encoder - free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds 

Audacity QuickStart Guide

Audacity Basics

Audacity How-To

Gcast - record a podcast entry via a toll-free call
podOmatic - find, create, distribute, promote and listen to both audio and video podcasts

Social Bookmarking with del.icio.us

del.icio.us is a website that allows you to bookmark your favorite sites and access them from any computer.

del.icio.us Quickstart

My del.icio.us links for apples 

del.icio.us/klmontgomery I am klmontgomery on del.icio.us

add klmontgomery to your networkAdd me to your network

Social Networking with Ning

Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds.

Web 2.0 for Teachers

Add photos and videos to Web 2.0 for Teachers.

Second Life - a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.

Photo Sharing with Flickr

Flickr is a photo sharing resource that allows you to upload and tag your photos for free.   Explore classroom applications using Flickr and create visual stories with a digital camera or camera phone.  Upload pictures from a camera phone.
 Golden Delicious
Flickr Resources
Additional Flickr Resources

Digital Storytelling

Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP - create, edit, and share movies right on your computer
Photo Story 3 for Windows XP - a free tool you can use to create media presentations from your digital photos, complete with transitions, music, narration, and special effects
Jodix Free iPod Converter - provides an easy and completed way to convert all popular video formats to iPod video
Jumpcut - a free online location where you can use all your media, create great looking movies and publish to anyone you choose

Upload educational videos with TeacherTube

TeacherTube is a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill. Videos are screened for inappropriate content.

Find online videos on YouTube

YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on YouTube and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.

Watch Johnny Appleseed

Part 1 of 2

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Part 2 of 2

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The New WWW - Wonderful World of Wikis

Looking for place online that will allow you and your students to add, edit and share quickly, build a community, collaborate, create picture galleries, manage a project or team, plan an event, share stories, store documents and files and more. You need a wiki.  We’ll look beyond Wikipedia and discuss free wiki sites that will have you online and editing in minutes.

Using pbwiki because Peanut Butter tastes great with Apples!!


We are going to have some fun recording our apple tasting using this wiki page! Apple tasting skills are fun to develop.  Did you know that Americans eat 19.6 pounds or about 65 fresh apples every year?  As your taste for apples is developed you can start to notice the subtle differences. Many orchards are able to provide the history of each apple variety they grow.  We will concentrate on the five most common apple varieties: Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Red Delicious.
When tasting apples you should use most of your senses.  Look, touch, smell, taste. Before sampling, does it have an aroma or a texture? High quality apples are smooth-skinned, crisp, juicy and well-colored for their variety. Varieties of apples that are not solid red should have a yellow-green undertone, often called "ground color." A ground color that is too green indicates a less sweet or under ripe apple. Ground color that is too yellow identifies an apple that is overripe, soft and mealy textured. Avoid apples with bruises, soft spots or wrinkled skin. Eat about a 1/8 slice of each apple variety. Allow the apple to sit on your tongue to savor for a few seconds before chewing.

Apple Variety




Harvest & Storage

FUJI Developed in Japan and introduced in 1962, but now the U.S. produces more Fujis than Japan Fuji is a cross between Ralls Janet and Red Delicious High quality apple with fairly poor appearance; yellowish-green skin with an orangish-red flush and darker stripes; pale pink stripes over a light green background; attractive, but not gorgeous; tall, rectangular, medium size fruit.  Very long storage life; ripens very late. The best keeping sweet apple in the world. In a refrigerator, Fuji will keep through April and still be just-harvested crisp.
GALA Developed by New Zealand plant breeders and introduced in 1965 Gala is a cross of Cox's Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious Pinkish-orange or orange-red stripes over a creamy yellow background; light golden yellow with a pinkish-orange blush; striking, peach-like appearance; mid-medium to large size, conic to round. Gala harvest begins in the middle of August and lasts through early September. Galas are stocked September to May.
GRANNY SMITH Developed in Australia and introduced in 1968 Believed to be descended from French crabapples, the Granny Smith apple tree was accidentally seeded by a grandmother named Mrs. Smith Medium sized, tart-flavored, grass green skinned apple; dark to pale green, distinctive whitish dots. It is one of the few all-green apples that have gained popularity in the American market. It is a good keeper and considered by many to be one of the best cooking apples, making excellent applesauce and apple juice. Warm days and cool summer nights ensure crunch and flavor for October harvest.   It is available year-round.
GOLDEN DELICIOUS Clay County, West Virginia, ca. 1912 Uncertain, chance seedling of Grimes Golden. conic to round golden yellow fruit; occasional russet patches; smooth skin; crisp, clean juicy yellow flesh. Shrivels in storage. Requires gentle picking, bruises easily. They’re harvested in September and available all year.
RED (HAWKEYE) DELICIOUS Discovered in Peru, Iowa and introduced in 1870. Unknown, discovered as a chance seedling on the farm of Jesse Hiatt. The variety was originally known as Hawkeye. The original delicious tree sprouted from seeds of Yellow Bellflower in Mr. Hiatt’s orchard. Fruit is medium to large with clear, smooth, glossy red skin covered with red shading and striping. The yellowish flesh is fine-grained, crisp. Ripens September to October and keeps until December to January.
  • Select apples that are bruise-free, and handle them gently to prevent bruising.
  • Select apples that are firm to the touch, for the best flavor and crunchiness. 
  • One pound of apples generally consists of:

    4 small apples

    3 medium apples

    2 large

  • Two medium apples are needed to yield one cup grated apples.
  • Allow two pounds of apples for one nine-inch apple pie.
  • A peck of apples weighs about 10 pounds.
  • Use one pound of apples to yield 3 cups diced apples. Use one pound of apples to yield 2 3/4 cups pared and sliced apples.
  • One bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds.


A blogger describes a Heirloom Apple Tasting in Tennesee.

  Apple Tasting Scoring Rubric
4 – 5 points
2-3 points
1-0 points
Appearance of Skin (Color)
Skin is smooth and possesses no blemishes.
Apple is well-colored for the variety.
Skin has a few small blemishes.
Color has a “green” undertone or ground color.
More than a few blemishes, soft spots or wrinkled.
Color has a “yellow” undertone or ground color.
Aroma is strong, rich and sweet.
Aroma is moderately, sweet but not overwhelming.
Aroma is weak.
Loud, crisp snap.
Snaps, but no crisp sound.
Soft, no snap.
Flavor (Taste)
Flavor is just-picked, very sweet and excellent.
Tasty with the right balance of tartness and sweetness.
Flavor is less sweet or under ripe. Too tart or bitter.
There is little or no flavor.
Texture of Flesh
Flesh is juicy, firm and crunchy.
Flesh is firm but not crunchy.
Flesh is soft, overripe and/or mealy.

Candy Apples

5 points for each apple tasting category (1=Poor, 5=Excellent)
Apple Variety
Appearance of Skin (Color)
Total Points
Golden Delicious
Granny Smith
Red (Hawkeye) Delicious
Mystery Apple*
*Go to Choosing Apple Varieties to determine the variety of the mystery apple.
Apple Tasting Comments:
 Circle of Apple Quarters
Group Names:

Instructional Blogs

What are blogs?  How are blogs being used for instruction? How do blogs compare to other discussion tools?  We'll take a look a some great educational blogs used by teachers and discuss ways to use blogging with students while looking at some examples.  Let's blog about apples!!  

Online stories with Apples

Two Sisters’ Dowries

Apple Birds

The Story of Johnny Appleseed

Snow White

Sir Isaac Newton

Your Song: Sir Isaac Newton

The Legend of William Tell 


Books About Apples

10 Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss

A Song for Lena by Hilary Horder Hippely
An Apple a Day by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
An Apple a Day by Judi Barrett
An Apple Tree through the Year by Claudia Schnieper
Apple Pie by Anne Wellington
Apple Pigs by Ruth Orbach
Apple Tree by Barrie Watts
Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble
Apple Tree! Apple Tree! by Mary Blocksma
Apple Treesby Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Apple Trees by Sylvia A. Johnson
Apple Trees by Gail Saunders Smith
Apples by Rhoda Nottridge
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Apples, Apples, Applesby Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
From Appleseed to Applesauce by Hanna Johnson
From Seed to Applesauce by Hanna Johnson
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
How Do Apples Grow by Betsey Maestro
Johnny Appleseedby Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet
Johnny Appleseed by Patricia Demuth
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
Johnny Appleseed by Gertrude Norman
My Apple by Kay Davies
Strudel Stories by Joanne Rocklin
Strudel, Strudel,Strudel by Steve Sanfield
What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed? by Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor


Google Toolbar - Integrates with Internet Explorer's toolbar. Features include web search, image search, search site, page rank, and page information. Additional options include a pop-up blocker and form-filler
Google Notebook - Clip and collect information as you browse the web. Clip useful information. You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages to your Google Notebook without ever leaving your browser
iTunes - a digital media player application for playing and organizing digital music and video files
Flickr Uploadr - allows you to publish a batch of photos into Flickr directly from your computer
Jodix Free iPod Converter - provides an easy and completed way to convert all popular video formats to iPod video
Audacity audio editor & LAME MP3 encoder - free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds 
Photo Story 3 for Windows XP - is a free tool you can use to create media presentations from your digital photos, complete with transitions, music, narration, and special effects
Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP - create, edit, and share movies right on your computer

This & That

SlideShare - SlideShare is a free service for sharing presentations and slideshows.

Google/Gmail - Internet search engine and a free Web-based email (Webmail) and POP3 e-mail service among many other things

AutoScreenRecorder - Screen Recording Software

More Google Products

Google Notebook for Apples

Filamentality - a fill-in-the-blank tool that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet links and turning them into online learning activities without knowing anything about HTML or serving webpages.

Skype - Skype is a little piece of software that lets you make free calls to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world.
Unyte - Unyte enables real-time collaboration through desktop sharing and application sharing.
KeepVid  - Download and save videos directly from Youtube, Google, Metacafe, Putfile and more. Simply copy and paste.
Virtual Magnifying Glass - a free, open source, screen magnification program for Windows.
Think Web 2.0 - my wiki page of Web 2.0 resources
Ozark Apple

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