23 Mobile Things: 10. Sharing Photos #23ThingsMN

Professionally, I share pictures occasionally on my Twitter feed and on this blog. I save websites with images to Diigo. I haven’t shared enough images to warrant using a program like Instagram to put them all in one place.

Personally, I share many pictures with friends and family on Facebook. At some point, I need to weed out some of the images from years ago. Facebook is really my conduit for sharing so much.

Sharing my work

In my spare time, when I have some, I love to scrapbook. This is my non-digital distraction. I love finding just the right paper to match the photos and putting together powerful pages. I am not an artist in the sense of someone who can paint or draw with skill.  But, I feel my scrapbooks show an artistic creativity that captures moments of time.

My scrapbooks are primarily focused on my children. When the pages are complete and I finish a book, I scan them into digital format. I do this to protect the work from wear and accidents like fire. I also do this so that I can put together printed books like I did when we left our daycare after five years.

I also wanted to share the images with friends and family. Four years ago, I looked at every public service like Instagram, Flickr, Photobucket, Walgreens, Snapfish, Picasa, and Shutterfly. I read the black and white of the fine print of the privacy and sharing documents. In each service, there was some language that gave up rights to your photos in some way to the provider— or made them available in an internet search format.  I did not like that idea. These were pictures of my children.

Instead, I created my own webpage. I used iWeb, which no longer exists in the Mac iOS. But, this way, I could publish my pages, format the layout, and keep control over what was shared. While the images are out on the internet, the webpage and images are not housed on another program’s site. I have kept the site out of Google search results, though I just found at least one page has been indexed for search results.

My images are important to me. I know how often users on the internet just copy/paste and use anything because it’s published on the web. When I share images, I want them to be for a specific audience and leaving as small of a digital footprint as possible.


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Tony Vincent’s iPad as Teacher’s Pet v2.0

This is an extraordinary graphic by Tony Vincent that came across my Twitter feed this morning. From the Learning in Hand Blog, this graphic is explained as “It’s all about what can be done by Pad-using educators, whether or not their students have iPads.”

Take some time to look over the graphic.

  • How are you showing your iPad on the big screen?
  • How often are you showing STUDENT iPads on the screen?
  • What is your workflow for accessing student work?
  • How are you using the iPads to interact with students?
  • What is your file management tool?
  • What are you doing to create instructional resources for your students?

I would love to see the topics of this Infographic completed from a student’s point of view. I think students hold some valuable insights into how the iPad can transform their learning.

iPad as Teacher's Pet v2.0 by Tony Vincent

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23 Mobile Things: 9. Taking & Editing Photos #23ThingsMN

A camera in my pocket is one of the most powerful tools that I’ve had in my life. The first iPads were not as powerful until the camera was introduced. 23 Mobile Things #9 is focused (get the pun?) on Taking and Editing Photos.

While I’m partial to my full 35 mm Canon camera, there are many times when whipping a phone out of a pocket can capture a priceless moment. I follow Apps Gone Free daily. After games, I think camera apps are one of the most popular apps that appear in the lists. I have downloaded many to try here are there.


Doodle Buddy:

Simple to write, add stickers, and frames.

Photo Apr 08, 10 55 09 AM Photo Apr 08, 10 47 07 AM

Powerful editor for effects, frames, stickers, drawing, Meme and more.

Strange thing: I couldn’t find a save to Camera Roll. Basically every other sharing option, though.

Photo Apr 08, 10 51 37 AM

Fun app to change the texture for a picture.

Photo Apr 08, 11 31 12 AM Photo Apr 08, 11 31 44 AM
Line Camera

This app allows you to adjust facial and body features. You can see it in my daughter’s face. I’m not a fan of some of the descriptions- may not be school appropriate.

Photo Apr 08, 11 40 08 AM Photo Apr 08, 11 40 12 AM

This app works magic on pulling just one color out of a picture. I wanted to do this with my daughter’s blue eyes six years ago, but the tech didn’t exist to do it this easily.

Photo Apr 08, 11 58 45 AM Photo Apr 08, 11 59 45 AM
Sketch Me 

Simply turn a picture into a drawing. Choose style and textured background.

Photo Apr 08, 11 49 16 AM Photo Apr 08, 11 49 19 AM


Cam Me – I would not use this app.

The advertisement was my first deterrent to using this app. The wave didn’t work. Most importantly, be aware and look at the selfie backgrounds. There are some that I would say are not school friendly.













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A Preview of Tomorrow’s Resources for the TIES #appsmashday

Tomorrow I am honored to take part in presenting at the TIES App Smash Day. For a description of AppSmashing, read the paragraph below.

AppSmashing is the art of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a task or project. This high-energy day will introduce different iPad “Smashtivities” that will redefine classroom projects. Participants will experience the workflow of each Smashtivity and create a Smashtivity project.

I am excited to explore ThingLink with the participant learners. At the link below, you can view the resources that I have put together.

Smashtivity #3- ThingLink Resource Page

  • A Jog the Web presentation with a dozen ThingLink examples and additional resources.
  • A presentation exploring some AppSmashing options to enhance ThingLink projects.
  • A presentation walking through the basics of getting started with a ThingLink project  on an iPad.

Check out the resources on my presentation Wiki. If you have ideas of how to bring learning to life with ThinkLink, please share! 


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The highlight of my summer: The BestPrep Technology Integration Workshop


The Highlight of My Summer

Summer is a time for teachers to unwind and relax. Summer is also a time for learning that is hard to do in the fast-paced school calendar.  Teachers rarely get time to reflect on the big picture of what they teach and how they can really re-envision how they may deliver that learning.

For the past decade, I have spent a week revitalizing myself in just this type of learning. I’ve taken four days of out my summer to stretch myself, learn from others, share my knowledge, and watch teachers get that precious time to design. This week is by far the highlight of my summer.

I am talking about the BestPrep Technology Integration Workshop. http://bestprep.org/programs/technology-integration-workshop/


What is BestPrep?

BestPrep is a non-profit organization “with a mission to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life.” http://bestprep.org

I got involved with BestPrep when teaching middle school. I was asked to help out by opening the computer lab for students in the Stock Market Game, one of BestPrep’s programs. http://bestprep.org/programs/stock-market-game/   I did not know that I was going to be involved with BestPrep for the next decade.

In my next year, I used Classroom Plus to bring real-world speakers to my classroom. http://bestprep.org/programs/classroom-plus/

I also set up my class to connect with eMentors, emailing people in the business world to give my students a new perspective on life beyond high school. http://bestprep.org/programs/ementors/


The Technology Integration Workshop

Then came the summer Technology Integration Workshop http://bestprep.org/programs/technology-integration-workshop/. I attended the first time as a participant, and I kept coming back as a Technology Integration Specialist. This was the very first time that I had this title, and one that really developed my professional path.

During the workshop, attendees:

  • Increase knowledge of educational technology while applying it using new technology integration skills
  • Job shadow a business or industry professional
  • Have designated time to apply the information learned to curriculum by modifying a unit plan

During the week, teachers attend breakout sessions to build their technology integration skills. At the beginning years ago, intro to PowerPoint was a popular session. We helped teachers envision how a single-computer classroom could engage learners. Over the years, the sessions have grown along with the transformations in education. Now sessions include digital assessments and teaching in a BYOD or 1:1 environment.

Teachers also work closely with a Technology Integration Specialist to transform and design a unit to teach in their classrooms. The breakout groups are thoughtfully chosen to create a collaborative and supportive environment for educators to work together. I have worked with media specialists, elementary teachers, administrators and instructional coaches. This is the only time of the year where I have time across four days to work closely with educators. The work time sets the BestPrep workshop apart from other professional development sessions. The products that teachers come up with are amazing. You can see the Lesson Library here: Lesson Library: http://bestprep.org/programs/technology-integration-workshop/resources/lessons/

Teachers also attend a job shadow with a business partner at companies such as Ecolab, Target Corporate, and Thomson Reuters. Even the elementary teachers in my groups have found valuable insight by taking time to glimpse into the business environment.

It is honestly hard to put the workshop into one blog post. If you are a teacher on the cutting edge of using technology for learning – or if you are later getting on the train for the journey, you will find your place with us.

Please contact me if you would like to know more about my experiences.

For a flyer and a sample schedule, visit http://bestprep.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/TIW-Flyer-Schedule.pdf.






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23 Mobile Things: 8. Social Media Management Tools #23ThingsMN

23 Mobile Things #8 is all about social media and managing your connections. Below, you will see my history of joining social media sites and how I use them. Then, I explained some of the management tools that were suggested. At the bottom: the most important part. How to DISCONNECT yourself from third party tools once you decide they are not right for you.

My Social Media History of Connecting

BBSs: My first social media network was a dial-up Bulletin Board System back in the 90s. I could chat in a room with friends, and I knew 90% of the people in person. There was a trivia game playing in the background. You could private message. And, there were simple text-based games that my friends played.

Facebook: I waited quite a while before jumping on the Facebook bandwagon. It wasn’t until I had my first child, home on maternity leave in 2008, that I decided to check it out. I had no idea how it would change the way I connect with family and friends.

Twitter: It was in December of 2008, at the TIES conference, that I tried Twitter for the first time. It changed the way I connect with my professional colleagues.

LinkedIn: I joined LinkedIn just after Twitter, in January of 2009. While I have built my portfolio, I admit that I rarely update or check LinkedIn.

Google+ is still a mystery to me. I connect with a few groups through Google, and I understand how Google+ keeps them connected. But, as far as a sharing site, my Google+ and Twitter connections overlap. 

Foursquare is not something that I see myself using. While I like social media, I don’t like location-based information on myself being shared. I don’t need my friends or my colleagues to know when I stop for a coffee or get to work.

Social Media Management Tools

The 23 Things #8 suggests trying different management tools. Honestly, I try to limit the different third party applications that have access to my different accounts. I feel that the more places that you share your login information, the larger the chance of having an account compromised. But, some of my thoughts and tools are listed below.

Recently, I blogged about some of the tools that I use to manage my Twitter account. You can read about Twitlistmanager, TweetDeck and TwitterLists app here: Twitter Lists: My way of swimming through an endless ocean of Tweets.

I’ve used HootSuite to manage my Twitter account. I have found that I liked TweetDeck better, as mentioned in the post linked above. When I tried HootSuite again today, it crashed on me multiple times.  I haven’t added my Facebook feed. I use different browsers for my personal and professional emails, I don’t want to access my Facebook and Twitter in the same app. I like the separation.

Tweetcaster allows you to post simultaneously to Twitter and Facebook. Since my audiences and connections are very different between these two, I rarely cross post. I do have a Facebook Page set up to mirror my Twitter account. I use If This Then That to cross-post onto the Page.

Below are my thoughts for other suggestions on the blog challenge.

Cloze- requires you to create an account. I would rather go directly to the different accounts.

Echofon- synces your Twitter accounts. I use the tools listed above to do that.

Friendcaster- I tried it. The feed between the online version of Facebook and the app do not align. I don’t know which one was missing the most posts.


Overall:  I’d rather go directly to my social media apps. I like to keep Twitter and Facebook separate. And, now that I have tried these out, here are the steps to DISCONNECT your social media accounts from third party tools.


  • Sign in to your Twitter account.
  • Click Settings.
  • Choose Apps.
  • Click Revoke Access for all tools that you no longer use.

I just removed access to 10 apps right now, and there are a few more that I need to decide if I will actually use. There are also apps that have accessed my Twitter account from iOS that I would need to disconnect.


  • Sign in to your Facebook account.
  • Click settings.
  • Choose Apps.
  • Click the X to the right of a tool, choose to delete data, click Remove.

I rarely connect my Facebook account to outside programs, but some random game showed up as connected. It’s amazing how fast and easily games and outside programs can take over your account.

When was the last time that you checked which apps have access to your account? If you do it now, are you surprised by what you find?




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Creative Commons Infographic Resource: Explaining CC

When looking around for a way to explain Creative Commons licenses to educators, I came across this post by TeachThought: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Creative Commons Licensing. The site has an infographic that is one of the best representation of the elements of Creative Commons, including explaining the symbols and conditions, as well as how to attribute the work. The infographic is sponsored by foter: Free Stock Photos & Images.

Click on the image below to bring you to the complete infographic.

Creative Commons Infographic

A Visual Guide To Creative Commons Licensing; image attribution foter.com (CC BY-SA)

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