Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Connected in So Many Ways

This spring has been super busy for me.  There are track meets, baseball games, practices, school events, and of course teaching every day.

Because I like to stay connected to all of my social media outlets, I am finding that I use apps on my iPhone more than I do my laptop to keep up-to-date.

Here are the apps that I have been using a lot in between track events and baseball games:

Twitter - I check Twitter more than any other app. I love keeping up with all of the wonderful people in my PLN.

Feedly- This is really a wonderful app.  My RSS feeds build up fast and the Feedly app makes it easy to peruse through the long list of blog posts and articles.

Facebook - My friends and family are always with me through this app.  It seems that the Facebook app keeps getting better and better with each update.  I particularly like the new message feature.

Linkedin - It's nice to see the new connections that professionals are making as well as job opportunities.  Linkedin also has the new endorse feature, which is a nice way to support one another in our professional careers.

Instagram - I used to use Insagram quite a bit in the past, but now I only occasionally check it out.  I guess this is one social media outlet that just didn't stick with me.  I do still enjoy the posts made by my sons and friends. - this is by far one of the best sites for curating the web that I have ever found.  I just love and the visual way that I am able to capture great finds on the Internet.  Check out my Project Showcase of sites and projects we have done through out the years.

Snapchat - I started using Snapchat to connect with my nieces while they are away at college.  Snapchat allows you to take a picture or video and send it to others.  The catch is that when you receive a Snapchat you can only view the picture for a few seconds and then it is gone.  You cannot save or capture the picture.  It's like getting a snapshot of a moment in time.  What I love is that I feel more connected to my nieces that I ever have in the past and it's due to this wonderful little app.

As you can see, each app connects me to different groups of people and serves a special purpose. Even though I love my social networking, my favorite way to connect with people is still face to face.

Here's hoping you have a wonderful, connected day!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Wireless Transfer App

I have found a wonderful app!  Let me tell you about the situation.

Last week a colleague of mine needed to get videos from one iPad onto another.  The goal was to get the videos into one photo stream so that the videos could be inserted into iMovie. 

Perhaps you've had the same idea of students using several iPads to capture video and then put all of the videos into one iMovie.  We discovered that this is actually not an easy task.

We tried several ways to transfer the videos through other apps without any luck.  We tried Dropbox and Google Drive, but neither offers an option to save the video to the Photo Gallery.  We tried emailing and the Bump App, but the videos were too large.  It seems that only videos under 30 seconds could be bumped.  So I started asking my Twitter friends, but no one seemed to have a solution. 

I began searching and came across an app that looked promising.  It was called Wireless Transfer App. The cost was $2.99.  
Here is what the app can do:
With Wireless Transfer App, you can transfer photos and videos from iPad to iPad, from iPad to iPhone, from iPhone to iPad, from iPhone to iPhone, from computer to iPad, from iPhone to computer and more. There is no need for USB cable or extra software. You just need to put your devices under the same Wi-Fi network.

We gave it a try and the app worked flawlessly. 

We made sure that each of the iPads was on the same wireless network.  The larger videos did take a little while, but transferred in a reasonable amount of time. 

If you are looking for an app that can transfer videos from one mobile device to another, I highly recommend giving the Wireless Transfer App a try.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pixlr Express

Pixlr Express is an app you can add to your Google Drive for photo editing.  It's a very impressive app.  Watch my video tutorial below to see more about Pixlr Express.  Pixlr has now been opened to students in our district.  :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I Attended Minnesota's First Google Summit - Sort Of

On Saturday morning I was perusing through my Twitter feed when I came upon several of the awesome people that I follow tweeting about attending Minnesota's First Google Summit.  
I will admit that I was a bit jealous that while I was sitting at home my friends were at a technology conference getting the chance to be inspired and Googled up.  

So I did what any Twitter extraordinaire would do; I stalked the Twitter hashtag and followed all of the tweets from the conference.

One way to follow a hashtag is right in Twitter.  All that is needed is to enter the hashtag in the search bar.  

As an alternative, I used a site called TweetChat.  This is one of my favorite ways to follow a hashtag live.  

Here are a few of the great resources I acquired from the Tweets.

Flipped Classroom
Kristin Daniels, a friend of mine, presented on the Flipped Classroom.  As always I was very impressed by what Kristin and her team in Stillwater, MN are doing with the flipped classroom.  Here is the site that Kristin shared at the summit.  I love the new acronym for FLIP!

Digital Book Reports
This is such a wonderful Google Doc to share with all of us.  I love the idea of giving students choices for their book reports.

Google Spreadsheets
One session that received a lot of tweets was the Spreadsheet Madness Session.  The presenter was Terri Osland.  On her website she has several videos to help us learn more about Google Spreadsheets.  This video was particularly helpful for me.

There is so much more to explore and discover from the Minnesota Google Summit.  Click here for the schedule and the presenters' resources.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Intel for Education - Check it Out!

Recently I had the most amazing experience.  I interviewed for a case study with some great people at (American Institute for Research) and Intel for Education.  We had a wonderful conversation about Mobile Learning and technology integration.  

Today, I want to share with you the Intel Mobile Learning Website.  There are some great resources available for teachers on this site.

There are 3 main sections:

Each section offers informational articles and research.  For those of us that want to keep up with the pedagogy of instructional technology and mobile learning, these are very helpful and interesting reads.

Another section is called Teachers Engage.

This is a community for educators to connect.  In this section Intel also offers free webinars!  (I've posted about Simple K12's webinars before.)  As I have said time and time again, I LOVE learning through webinars.  They are such a quick and engaging way to keep up with the world of technology and education!  
Other opportunities include sharing resources, and free professional development resources.  

One more thing I am excited to look further into is Intel's new app!  
It is called Mobile Scenarios for K12 App.  This app lets you select and read real stories from educators across all grade levels and subject areas.  Find ideas and specific tools that can be used for integrating technology in your classroom!  I love how the app has teachers sharing ideas for mobile learning that they have used in their classroom.  

There is much more to explore and find on the Intel Education Mobile Learning site.  If you are looking for some great reading material, free tools and resources, and even some videos, Intel Education Mobile Learning is a wonderful site to visit! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Few Good Blogs and A Tribute To My Colleague

Last week a colleague of mine, Erin,  shared a new blog that she had found.  I told her that I also had discovered a new blog.  And that is all the inspiration I needed for this blog post.  I knew that we needed to share these new found blogs with all of you as well!

I highly suggest that you read this entire blog post, since there is a little surprise at the end!

Erin's find:  Digital: Divide & Conquer - (Clever Title!)

Written by Matt Sutton a K-5 Sp. Ed. Resource teacher.  Matt's blog shares awesome ideas for technology integration as well as actual activities he does in the classroom.  His blog is full of great ideas and inspiration.  

You must check out this post on an app called Funny Movie Maker that Erin pointed out to me.

Deb's find:   Technology Tailgate

This blog is a network of technology blogs.  It is dedicated to showcasing technology in the classroom.  The blog posts are written by a variety of "coaches" who take turns sharing ideas for technology integration in the classroom.  

Click here to view all of the fabulous people who help to write the blog posts for Technology Tailgate.

In honor of Erin, I decided to use the app Funny Movie Maker to thank her for sharing the Digital: Divide & Conquer blog.   

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sheppards Software is the Jackpot of Activities!

Have you been on the Sheppard's Software site lately?  If not, you should!  This site is full of activities for your students.

Here are some of the activities I found while browsing:

One way to search the Sheppard's Software Site is by grade level:

If you're looking for an interactive activity to supplement a lesson or unit, I highly recommend giving Sheppard's Software a try.