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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.
Simple to write, add stickers, and frames.
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.
Fun app to change the texture for a picture.
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.
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.
Simply turn a picture into a drawing. Choose style and textured background.
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.
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
Check out the resources on my presentation Wiki. If you have ideas of how to bring learning to life with ThinkLink, please share!
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/
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/
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:
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.
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.
In the #mnlead discussion, the topic of Twitter Lists came up. What are Twitter Lists? Lists allow you to sort the people that you follow by relevant area. For example, I have a group for Minnesota Ed Tech, National Ed Tech, Media Specialists, Local News and more. You can make the lists public, like most of mine are. You can also make a list private. I’ve done that with a few family and friends, as well as a group of Tweeters that I have on a “Can’t Miss” list.
Lists are powerful when faced with the ocean of Tweets. When I first joined Twitter, I had few enough people to follow that I felt like I could keep up. It wasn’t like I read every post, but I got the highlights just by checking for a while each day. As my Twitter PLN grew, so did the number of posts in my stream. I love following some people with great ideas, but the Tweet volume can be overwhelming. This is when I discovered Tweet Lists.
Below are the ways that I set up Lists. If the description above or the steps below need clarification, please let me know! When done setting up lists, please let me know what you think!
I start organizing my Lists on the computer.
1. In a browser, open Safari.
2. Click on your name to open your profile.
3. On the left, choose Lists.
4. On the right, you will see Create list. I like to create the lists on Twitter, though I use a tool to organize people into the lists once they are made.
5. You can set people individually by clicking the gear next to their Following button.
Rather than do this by hand, I use http://twitlistmanager.com/index.php to organize my lists.
1. Sign in with Twitter.
2. You can also can create a new list in twitlistmanager.
3. Mark some of the people into the proper list.
4. I save changes at the bottom after about 5-10 so that I can toggle to hide the marked users.
5. Toggle unlisted friends.
6. Remember to save changes often.
Now, you can view the lists in a few different ways.
On my computer, I use TweetDeck, especially at conferences. I can make a column for different applicable lists. I can easily see new posts in each list. I also use TweetDeck to follow hashtags such as #marchmemo in the screenshot below.
On my iPhone, I use a free app called TweetList to view each of the groups. I have them from most essential to ones that I don’t mind to miss. When I’m checking Twitter regularly, I used this method quite often.
I use Twitter Lists to try to keep from being overwhelmed with Twitter. Maybe it can work for you, too. Let me know what lists you create! I’d love to share ideas with you.