Saturday, February 25, 2012

Evernote - Made Easy

Here is a well done Prezi about Evernote.  One of the all time best apps.  In a national poll it beats Pinterest 10-1 and Angry Birds 4-1.

(*Note: This national poll may or may not be completely fabricated by a unnamed LiNC trainer.)



Thursday, February 23, 2012

FlipSnack


Interesting looking online "book" creation tool. Click here to check it out.
Here is an example that a teacher created to present on using technology to promote literacy in the elementary classroom.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Timetoast



Time toast is a great way to search and create time lines. This is a simple program that allows the teacher or student to create a time line with links, descriptions and pictures. Try it out and have fun.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Toontastic

This is the most amazing app!  Creating cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show - simply press the record button and tell your stories through play! Once you’re done, share your cartoons with friends & family around the world.

Creating A Movie?

If you are creating a movie, here is a link from the technology conference I recently attended.   It is AWESOME!  Lots of cool tips and tricks for using an iPod, iPhone, or iPad for movie making.   
Want to see movie making in action?  Click here to see 5th graders “interview” famous explorers.

In addition, here are some of the notes I took:
Students can make videos for all kinds of reasons
Creation- allows you to think about your thinking

Used one camera...stop and start the action and reposition the camera.   
Gives illusion of multiple cameras. 
Visually interesting.
Shorter lines for students to memorize.
Trick....look at a person who is holding a script

iMovie-app $4.99

Splice-free app for iPhone

Movie making tips
  • Fire hosing- quickly panning the scene-don't do this
  • Use 2 hands when holding camera
  • Elbows in
  • Stand against a wall
  • Take video in landscape mode....will allow video to take up full screen 
  • Tripod for iPad or iPhone 
  • Zip shot instant tripod
  • Use iPad as a teleprompter-download an app
To make someone appear:
Shoot a scene on tripod
Pause....add the person and start again.
In between-Cross dissolve

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lindbergh Rocks!

I am so proud to be a Lindbergh teacher right now. We are at the METC (Midwest Educational Technology Conference), and I am in a session where our own Mariano Marin is presenting on BYOD (bring your own device). More tips and tricks to come later but just wanted to share that we are leading the way in our area....Parkway, Rockwood, and Francis Howell are all looking to US for how we are pushing forward with BYOD.

Sometimes when we are right in the middle of our own little teaching world...we don't realize that we are experiencing history in the making!!! So cool-glad to be on this journey with all of you.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Evernote?

I am looking for anyone who uses Evernote.  Do we have any daily users?

Amazing!

Angie and I facilitated a conversation today at edcampstl.  The most amazing part was that this PD event was unlike anything I have ever experience before.  The whole day was very casual and the purpose was to have meaningful conversations about topics you were passionate about.

It appears this event will take place next year and I highly encourage you to join us!

I am reviewing my notes and look for some idea to be posted later.

I think the fist topic/idea I want to go deeper with is infographics.  I think we could use them at at any grade level.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What do we OWE our students?

Interesting question, isn't it?   Check out this list of rights regarding using technology as an educational tool, written as a student to their teacher.  What are your thoughts on the issue....what do you think students would say to us?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Photo Story 3


Photo Story 3

Photostory is a program that can be installed on P.C.s that allows the user to combine photos and audio in a movie style format. This is a quick and easy way to create student projects that have a video effect.








Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Screencast-O-Matic




Screencast-O-Matic is the original online screen recorder for one-click recording from your browser on Windows or Mac with no install for FREE!  This software will allow 15 minutes of record that can be directly posted to youtube. 
**Warning: You will need to connect to the student network for this site to properly load.

Instructional video - Using Screencast-O-Matic
Hint: After you click on the link above you will need to change the video to a higher quality to enable to to play properly.  In the lower right corner click on the small gear icon.  Select 720P.

Why would you use screen capture software in the classroom?
  • Introducing a new topic - the video is use to reinforce the skill at home or on a device.
  • Record a difficult experiment or demonstration that can be view later.
  • Demonstrate how access documents and upload assignments in moodle.

The list is endless.  It will change over time due to the needs of your class.

Additional Resources
How to use Screen-Cast-O-Matic and upload to YouTube.


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