Friday, November 30, 2012

Are you "STUCK?"

So my best friend Colin sent me this video the other day. He said he wanted to hire this man to work for us on the LiNC team. I waited a few days and finally took the time to watch this video. I took a few notes, watched it again, and have been watching/listening to it every day now. What I absolutely love about this video is the raw honesty Eric Thomas presents. You can apply this speech to any area of your life you are struggling with. It's like a personal challenge. I bring this to our LiNC blog because I know a lot of you out there are struggling with technology in some way or another. Hopefully this video will inspire you to never give up and keep working to find success.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Looking for a new tool to try?

If you are looking for some new ideas for students to use to create, check out some of these fun tools.  Be sure to share how it goes in the comments section of our blog. These ideas are browser based (explorer, firefox, chrome) and/or app based.





Tool
What Can I do?
Educreations-iPad app or browser versionCreate and share your amazing video lessons with your iPad or browser
Camera-deviceUse the camera on your device to take pictures around a central theme.
Video-deviceCreate a video and upload it to YouTube.
Toontastic-iPad appA Creative Learning app for the iPad that empowers kids to draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons and share them with friends & family around the world.
Puppet Pals-iPhone, iPod, iPad appCreate your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!
Storybird-browser versionStorybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.
Animoto-app or browser versionTurn photos, video clips and music into stunning video slideshows which can bring your lessons to life.
Skitch-app or browser versionAnnotate, edit, and share your screenshots and images
Audioboo-app or browser versionRecord and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear.
Edmodo-app or browser versionProvides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices.
Socrative-app or browser versionSocrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
ScreenChomp-app for iPadA simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun!  Just - Record It. Sketch It. Share It. - to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.
Show Me-app for iPadAn easy way to create and share lessons on the iPad.
Audio Recorder-deviceUse the audio recorder on your device to create an audio clip.  Upload the audio clip to your YouTube account.
Wall Wisher-browser versionCreate a wall to add information to access anywhere.
Poll Everywhere-browser version Web based polls to quiz groups of students and gather feedback
KidblogAllow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs. No student email addresses required.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Internet of Things

Where is all this technology going?  Will it reach beyond just consuming media and larger screens?

I have talked about how the idea of common everyday things connected to the internet are coming in every possible shape.  Take a look at these three common items that have been altered to allow them to connect to the web.  (I still believe that the next really big thing will be cereal boxes connected to the web.  I know how it sounds.  Just keep reading.)



nest
It is described as the next generation thermostat.  The most amazing part is it learns your behavior and will adjust the temperature as it learns what you like.

There is also considerable energy savings when using this unique product.

The nest is controllable from an app.  No more coming home early to a cold/hot house.




WeMo

What about all those things that can be connected to the internet?  Your lamp by the front door or that pesky toaster?  Ever turn around and drive home just to check if you have unplugged the curling iron?  Ever get there and it turns out you already unplugged it?  Frustrating!

This tiny device can solve those issues and then some.

Phillips Hue

hue - Master Video from Philips Color Kinetics on Vimeo.

This is one of the most interesting things I have seen in a long time.