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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
Aviary:

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
PaperCamera

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
ColorManager

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.

DISCONNECTING

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.

 Twitter:

  • 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.

Facebook:

  • 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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Twitter Lists: My way of swimming through an endless ocean of Tweets

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.

Find 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 
 

 

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Archive of #MarchMEMO14 on Storify

If you were not able to make it up to Duluth for the March MEMO Conference of 2014, check out the Storify Archive below.

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23 Mobile Things: 7. Content Saving & Sharing #23ThingsMN

Thing 7 talks about the challenge of saving and sharing digital content: “ideas, essays, pictures, blogs, news sites.” This is was one of my big challenges as I stepped into the role of a Technology Integration Specialist. I was finding so much information, saving it to multiple locations, and I wanted to be able to pull it up when needed.

In this post, I’ll discuss Pinterest and Bit.ly, but I’ll also discuss the main bookmark tools that I have used: delicious and Diigo.

I was late into the Pinterest game. It was not that I didn’t see the power in Pinterest. I knew that, once I started digging into that world of ideas, I may not be able to pull myself out. I created an account and let it sit for months. I first started pinning ideas for making metal jewelry. When my daughter became a fan of Rainbow Loom projects, I created board for that. And, recently when I found a house to dream about, I have explored decorating and organizing ideas. I know that there are professional Pinterest boards, but I’ve kept most of my Pinteresting to personal ideas.

Bit.ly is a site that allows you to save links, create short urls, and create QR codes. This is one short link creator that allows you to easily customize the URL. This helps to make sharing URLs so much easier. My favorite part of the site is that analytics that come with the links. I can see the traffic of when links have been accessed. I don’t use it, though, as a place to store my links. This would be quite overwhelming.

When I first started organizing my professional links, I used Delicious. I loved the ease of use, the tagging capabilities, the tag cloud, and many more unique features. But, Delicious was bought and after that acquisition, many of my favorite features went away. It was then that I exported my bookmarkes and brought them into Diigo.

Diigo was actually my very first post in my 2012 366 Blog:  Day 1 of 366: Diigo, the Power Tool. Diigo is a powerful bookmarking tool. With Diigolets in my browsers, I can add a link to my collection in one or two clicks. I have over 2,000 links in My Library. I do have to admit that I have over 150 that are untagged because I have simply entered them into Diigo. I love that I can categorize the topics. My top tags include Reading Research, Science, Interactives, and Web 2.0. This collection is about five years old, so the original Web 2.0 tools may be out of date. But, at least I know that I won’t be sitting at my work computer looking for a link that I had saved at home.

There’s a lot more to Diigo that simply bookmarking, though. I do not take advantage of many of these features. Diigo allows a user to track highlights and notes on websites. It is a very powerful research tool. Diigo is a social network, so that one can look at other’s bookmarks, share links with groups, and connect with other bookmarkers.

Look for my Diigo links at https://www.diigo.com/user/jenlegatt 

Do you have a Diigo account? If not, how do you organize your bookmarks?

 

 

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