Saturday, July 7, 2012

An Open Infinite Canvas Where To Collect Anything You Want: Murally

Curated by Giuseppe Mauriello on, and if you are not following this social media curation guru, you should, comes a multi-tasking curation tool. Welcome to one of the newest reinventions of Pinterest. From Robin Good: is an infinite visual canvas that can be used to create visual maps, digital posters, collections of information resources, images and video clips. makes it particularly easy to search the web and to import any image, video or content clip you decide to use. It is, however, presently in invitation beta. The good news: I had my invitation within a day and it is a cool tool indeed.

Find out more and see work created with it here:

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Different by Design

Browsers are a personal item and like the 3 friendship-breaking topics, trying to get a friend to change browsers could be a fourth, so just don't. So why am I writing this post. Because I LOVE Firefox and just downloaded Firefox 11. Something about not being part of mega-giant corporate America, something about grass roots, smart people working in the open. But I'll let them tell you their story.

I'll leave trying the beta versions (Firefox 12, 13) to my more intuitive friends, but am eager for the public release.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Mush! + MT Trek = Inspiring Journeys

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Inspiration is like an unexpected gift; it meets and greets you in unsuspecting ways, energizing. So it was that I settled down with 2 romping kittens, a galumphing black Lab, and my laptop in the sun room (glorious with sun today) and morning coffee, off to troll the DEN blogs. The joys of retirement--working on my own clock to an inner bell schedule, or none at all. Lovely. Turning to the PA blog, I found Patti Ruffing's brilliant post, Mush!. Following the connections--the start of the Iditarod (3-3-12), her student who treked to Alaska, blogging her travels, Patti's subsequent blogging about her student and educational resources--Discovery and others--was truly inspiring. The HUGE potential for a great Challenge-Based Learning experience and an invitation to participate (see the end of Patti's post)--all before I even had a start on AM caffeine.

Jan's Facebook Profile PhotoThose circuitous connections, from mushing to trekking--a long introduction--brings me to the heart of this post--PA DEN STAR JAN ABERNETHY's travels from Harrisville PA to Bozeman MT for the DENSI 12, a sweetheart of a trek 1,881 miles on her horse "Sweetie." Her Facebook photo captures her boundless spirit. You can follow Jan's trek on her blog, DEN Summer Institute 2012, because now it's official: Jan received her acceptance email to the Summer Institute. Good thing indeed. From her blog post Acceptance!!!!!, she states:

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Woke up this morning, checked my email and read the DEN Weekly Update! Sweetie and I were ecstatic to get the news that we have been accepted into the Discovery Education National Summer Institute. Of course, we would have been there anyway, but I'm glad we don't have to stand outside the gates looking in!
Why I wondered in my first post about Jan where she would corral Sweetie beats me, since she's going to the ranch in the United States. So glad, however, it's official. Acceptance is a wonderful thing. On her Facebook page, Jan asked if we had any special places we would like her to visit, photograph, and blog about on her journey to Bozeman, so If you have a suggestion for her, post it to her FB page. Or comment on this post and we'll forward it to her. Promise.

[caption id="attachment_24376" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Acceptance is a wonderful thing!!!!!"]Acceptance!!!!![/caption]

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What has ALWAYS impressed me about the DEN community is its uniqueness; each and every member I've met--and I was in DEN from the ground floor up--has been a very special person indeed. Each carries an indelible gift, a talent, a sense of something in the air, close by, about to open into a very special inspiration!!!!! Thank you, DEN, each and every one of you!

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Image Credits: Lead photo of 2010 start by Frank Kovalchek under CC License; Jan Abernethy's DEN Summer Institute 2012 Blog. Inspiration image (without caption) under CC License.
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Friday, February 24, 2012

60 in 60 - 60 Web Tools in 60 Minutes with Brandon Lutz

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Last year's P.A.E.C.T. Advocate of the Year, this year's P.A.E.C.T. Southeast Regional Director, and always a DEN (super) STAR, Brandon Lutz is a legend at PETE&C any year. His name is synonymous with 60 in 60, a presentation that packs an overflowing full house eager to cheer him as he achieves the superman impossible: 60 tools in 60 minutes. Hard to find a faster hour, unless it's his App Attack: 60 Apps in 60 Minutes. Brandon challenges any blogger to keep up with his pace, so his generosity in sharing his work ahead of time makes him one of my favorite perennial presenters. Here's his Prezi. You can find additional 60 in 60 resources here. His Scribd Cheat Sheet appears at the end of this post.

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Brandon began his presentation by noting he has added 50 new since last year because he is always trying to keep his work fresh, timely, and relevant. Billed by Brandon as a wine tasting of web tools, he recognized that there are different times for different tools. Always keeping his audience in mind, he supplied contact information and directed participants to his cheat sheet: the list of 60, linked, open space for note taking. Thoughtful touch. Brandon's goal: 10 sites you want to check out and share with your community. Following a Wiggins and McTighe precept, knowing the end before you begin, Brandon did it again, beating the clock while making learning meaningful. Each tool is linked after the number. The countdown begins.
  1. Prezi: Keynote or PowerPoint is Prezi, a whole new concept in presentation media. Brandon's presentations (past and present) are done in it. Yon don't need software; just a quick download, then create.

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    PresentMe: allows you to put yourself next to a PowerPoint presentation so you can talk about it in a split frame screen; a good presentation vehicle when you cannot appear in person. Use the webcam and microphone on your computer to record yourself giving a PowerPoint presentation. Very cool tool.
  3. Much Enough: an interesting concept and the way education is moving; create a class for free. Can be a tutoring session or an adjunct to your class; set times and book sessions for free open time or office hours online.
  4. Edmodo: a Facebook type interface within a safe environment, Edmodo requires a code for students to join a class group established by a teacher; can attach almost anything; students submit via Edmoda so a paperless classroom; can send graded work back to students. Excellent for sharing in a closed secure environment.

  5. [caption id="attachment_23575" align="alignright" width="253" caption="Goodbye, Diigo. Hello, Pearltrees."][/caption]

    Pearltrees: (mentioned in App Attack) creates a visual environment for bookmarks, resembling pearls on a tree. This tool enables a drill-down scaffolding of items bookmarked. Must try it; a visual delight. Good-bye Diigo.
  6. Flubaroo: script that works with Google Forms; set up a form and the top line is the answer key; Flubaroo scores you for it. Brandon noted it is complicated but has great site explanations.
  7. Gooru Learning: a content grasper; math/science based; click on link and you get interactives based on one topic. This tool gives you a plethora of resources (almost more than you need); you can set up a collection for your students. An overabundant resource.
  8. Study Ladder: portal for grades 3-8; differentiates instruction based on needs; has interactives with an open whiteboard version.

  9. [caption id="attachment_23577" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Internet for Kids: safe, secure, with parent feedback"][/caption]

    Kid Zui: kid-friendly web browser known as "the internet for kids"; allows a free safe filtered environment. Kid Zui makes Facebook "safe" because of its Facebook integration; you can see your children's visits and have them reported via email. Best of all, especially if you're a Firefox user, you can download the add-on, integrated into your browser.
  10. Reading Bear: reading website for K-3; has a wide variety of interactive flashcards; great for lower primary students; teaches reading.
  11. Star Fall: also lower primary; an alphabet learner and an early reading tool with books that you can read to your children/students or they can be read to from Star Fall; K-3 level.
  12. HippoCampus: brings the content to you, based on math and science; click topic and it delivers interactives to you without searching. Very cool tool!
  13. Learn Zillion: math lessons; click topic and connect to common core standards by lesson and practice. Taught by teachers in video format; great for LS reinforcement; a cleaner approach than Khan Academy.
  14. Math Train: students make math videos and podcast to the world; similar to the Khan Academy but with a Common Craft approach--simple but excellent.
  15. Side Vibe: offers turbocharged web questing, placing the student in online discussion and activities in a direct context; 50 students for free with a charge at 51+. Lets the website and discussions view in a split screen, side by side, answering questions while watching videos in a confined environment, keeping students focused.

  16. [caption id="attachment_23586" align="alignright" width="200" caption="2/2 60 in 60 (2nd presentation of 2 on day 2)"][/caption]

    School Notes: simplified way to communicate with your classes; a very simplified version of Edmodo.
  17. Yacapaca: creates quizzes and surveys and modifies content and assessments; shared with fellow users, if you choose and has a popularity rating to help you make decisions on others' sharings.
  18. Simple Meet: creates a safe, non-login chat room for students; you get an email of all your students discuss; also good for staff development.
  19. BlockSite: a Firefox addon that lets you filter any website you want to access that exists in a blocked environment.
  20. Class Dojo (mentioned App Attack); assigns + or - behaviors to students in a class. Brandon's favorite app/web tool but, as in the App Attack presentation, he cautions against displaying negative behaviors on a white board.
  21. Gnowledge: test and quiz generation site with images, text; easy to create and share with students.
  22. DropBox: file collector; especially good for dropping large files into it; flashdrive free w/24/7 access. You get 2 MG free, but if you go through the tutorial, your free gift is additional space.
  23. dushare: send large files without a login with ease; up to 100 mgs; an alternative to DropBox.

  24. [caption id="attachment_23591" align="alignright" width="300" caption="An interactive book creator for MACs"][/caption]

    iBooks Author: in Apple Lion, a free download lets you create your own virtual interactive textbook with ease of use; better than ePub and had 3D interactive images.
  25. Remind 101: safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents; SMS or email students/staff; students have to come to you to request to join.
  26. Oh Life: journal site with sent emails; if you respond, the site collects the information and then in a week sends it back to you; a gentler way to engage in journaling with reminders.
  27. Boom Writer: grades 4 and up; engages students in reading, writing, creating, and competing; stories can be selected as part of the larger theme selected for writing; does not identify students' names.

  28. [caption id="attachment_23593" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A good way to do RA online"][/caption]

    Scrible: an easy to share online annotation site with iPad app; highlight text and send link to students; they can continue the highlighting. An interesting way to go digital with reading apprenticeship techniques.
  29. Paper Rater: helps grade papers with a plagerism checker plus other writing tool correctors; a good proofreading tool for students before submitting work for assessment.
  30. NBC Learn: brought their educational content into this site and are charging, but some parts of the site are free (science).
  31. YouTube Teachers: creates a safe channel for your students for asynchronous learning; easier to unblock at schools than the more ubiquitous YouTube.
  32. Capzles: creates a whole new dimension of learning and sharing. Enjoy this explanatory video made by DEN STAR Jennifer Brinson. If you missed her groundbreaking PETE&C session, Moving Our World One Project at a Time, presented by 3 of her senior economics students, you can read about it by clicking this link.
  33. Docs Teach: looks at National Archives and combines interactives with archives; shared by teachers, making a bank of materials available without reinventing the wheel.
  34. UsefulCharts: charge for printed copy but free for whiteboard use; very comprehensive and can be screenshot for other use, but it's a chart without links.

  35. [caption id="attachment_23596" align="alignright" width="300" caption="QR code at work"][/caption]

    Desktop QR Code Reader: download and have for your desktop.
  36. QR Notes: lets you select an image, give it a title, image, and note.
  37. QR Voice: scan QR code and it will read it back to your on your phone; a text-audio renderer.
  38. ptable: interactive periodic table.
  39. Screenr: free screencasting program web-based; select what you want to record and record it; Brandon used screenr to record the periodic table shown in his presentation.
  40. 1001 Free Fonts: different fonts for graphic style; very cool fonts for posters, handouts, but not typing documents. If you love fonts, this is your new cool tool.
  41. Jeopardy Labs: online jeopardy game with assessments; the easiest way to build a Jeopardy quiz; great for reviewing; can be downloaded and kept for future use.

  42. [caption id="attachment_23601" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Study Blue: free mobile apps, too!"][/caption]

    Study Blue: flashcard site (mentioned in App Attack); tests students, web-based.
  43. Cacoo: diagram site for step-by-step organizing; a good graphic organizer.
  44. spaaze: an infinite virtual cork board; accepts videos, images, text, sites; great brainstorming tool; similar to Wall Wisher but with infinitely more flexibility.
  45. Free Sound: all kinds of sounds; over 45,000 and copyright free; great for podcasting; Brandon cautions: there are inappropriate sounds, though, so be careful if you let your students use it.
  46. Vocaroo: simple recording site; it just doesn't get any easier. I love this site because it gives you options for a link and embeddable code. I used to use this site to create lesson plans for students, then posted to Moodle. This is a great EASY tool to use for differentiated instruction. Love it.

  47. [caption id="attachment_23602" align="alignright" width="300" caption="You have to try this one (!"][/caption]

    ifttt (if this then that): saves visiting several social networking sites; check this one out; lets sites talk to one another by following the simple if this...then that. Just visit the site. Very cool tool.
  48. Blabbarize: an oldie but goodie; lets non-talking things talk (remember the talking alpaca).
  49. fotababble: lets you tell your stories with talking photos and slideshows.
  50. Jelly Cam: Mark Perlman at his best, doing a demo; has apps for a smart phone; a download with Adobe Air; good for stop motion using a computer.
  51. VoiceThread: 3 accounts free for teachers and then a paid site; text, audio, video, and drawing responses. An excellent collaborative tool.
  52. Producteev: a task list website; has an app; lets you create a task group with one other person; emails you pre/post task reminders; interfaces with Google.
  53. a newspaper-type aggregator. Jennifer Brinson's students decide what content goes into their daily, Moving Our World.
  54. Tweet Chat: can create a chat room with a hash tag or can search by hash tag for academic public content; a filter for Twitter for people who do not want to use Twitter directly.

  55. [caption id="attachment_23607" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Super Simple, Fast, and Fun!"][/caption] allows you to create a website without a login; is password protected for editing; has all the usual frills and you get a quick and easy site (not elaborate but can be done in a non-block class frame).
  56. Sumdog: login and play games with other students; builds math skills; a robust site that continues to add content.
  57. Pattern Cooler: graphic design and web design lets you customize patterns and download as a .png file. This site is really worth investigating; like what it lets you do with customization of a stock image.
  58. Pinterest: aggregates urls by image but can add text; you can allow people to add content. My favorite new site; has a mobile app, and has made the Top 10 Social Networking sites.
  59. Mentimeter: quick and easy way to poll students, staff; super simple poll site; can answer with laptop or mobile device; gives you QR code to answer codes.
  60. Google Forms: an oldie but goodie; Brandon added a QR code for his own survey, which takes GF into the present and ends Brandon's presentation.
Another amazing presentation, the second of two 60in60 presentations in one day!

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APP ATTACK! 60 Apps in 60 Minutes with Brandon Lutz & Scott Snyder

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Are you ready for the fastest 60 minutes on the planet? Is there a faster conference session anywhere? Yes, if you count Brandon Lutz's legendary 60 in 60 crowd pleaser, possibly the most popular session at PETE&C any year. Lutz and his co-presenter Scott Snyder, both DEN STARS, have achieved legend status, famous for a full house, so much so these presentations were moved to a larger venue at Hotel Hershey. And they still pack them in. A special thank you, Brandon, for sending the Prezi code in advance, a blogger's heaven. Here's the Prezi. You can find additional App Attack resources here.

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Making the impossible possible, Brandon and Scott began their presentation with emails: and They welcome comments and feedback from virtual (part of the Virtual PETE&C Conference) and live audiences. Scott welcomed the virtual audience since this session is streamed, archived, and an available reference in the future. Brandon began with a Sock Puppets introduction. A fast-paced session, the only slow part was the intro from PETE&C Red Shirt Ambassadors.

This session has Android and Apple apps and where applicable will be listed and linked as Apple and Android. Unless otherwise noted, apps are free.
  1. Posterous's mobile app lets you blog on the go and follow people as well; Apple; Android.

  2. [caption id="attachment_23481" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Scott & Brandon working the App Attack audience "][/caption]

    Cardio Trainer tracks on a GPS the distance you travel, the carbs you burn, and your overall progress. Android.
  3. Pearltrees lets you add your links as a pearl or a folder in a visual environment. Apple.
  4. Cloud On lets you open a spreadsheet or a document easily, enabling editing and saving to a dropbox. Apple.
  5. Qik is a streaming tool; stream your classes with a private link and parents have a window into your teaching environment. Qik also archives. Apple, Android.
  6. Grocery Gadget lets you maintain shopping lists jointly. A great app for LifeSmarts classes to teach students organizational and budgeting skills. Apple, Android. Free to $3.99.

  7. [caption id="attachment_23483" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Brandon before the crushing pace begins..."][/caption]

    Instapaper lets you save web links and gives you the opening paragraph without ads and distractions. Sync your device and you can read offline. Apple. $4.99.
  8. Byline lets you connect to your RSS feeds, syncs and caches your readers, and provides articles by groups. Apple. Free / $2.99.
  9. DropBox syncs all your devices and aggregates them in one place. Apple, Android.
  10. Box is a web storage spot with teaching relevance as a digital locker. Great storage platform that enables editing, footnotes and the like. Apple, Android.
  11. Sound Hound identifies music you tap and play. Apple, Android.
  12. Falling Stars plays music with visual animations. You can create copyright free music with this app. Apple.

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    Mobile QR Scanners-Droid or iPad-let you scan virtual information codes into your device. Apple: QR Scanner, QR Droid.
  14. InAWorld Drama and Comedy lets you create fast video trailers. Apple. $1.99.
  15. Puffin plays flash on Apple devices. LOVE IT! Apple, Android. $0.99.
  16. 360 Web Browser allows integration with your Dropbox and Firefox sync; incorporates bookmarks and history into your browser. Apple. Free / $0.99.
  17. Diigo Browser brings annotating pages into your browser by tab browsing. Very memory friendly. Apple, Android.
  18. Firefox Home (love this one) maintains your desktop history and bookmarks. Apple, Android.
  19. Opera Mini compresses pages quickly before sending to your device; if a school's system is slow, this app pushes the website through quickly. Apple, Android.

  20. [caption id="attachment_23498" align="alignright" width="300" caption="See and be seen--best business card in the room?"][/caption]

    1Password tracks all your passwords and syncs across multiple platforms. It's not free but worth the cost to sync everything at the same time. Gives you a password connected file and is password protected. Pricey but love the layers of protection. Apple, Android. $9.99 / $14.99.
  21. Sock Puppets lets you create a 30-second lip synced video. This is the tool Scott and Brandon used for their introductions. Very cool and very fast way to tell a story. A pay version gives you more than 30 seconds. Apple.
  22. Puppet Pals creates unique animations for digital storytelling. Apple. Free / 2.99.
  23. Strip Design creates mobile comic strips. Apple. $0.99.
  24. Toontastic is Puppet Pals on steroids; you create puppet videos and aggregate them into a digital story. Very flexible with nice editing features. Apple.

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    AudioBoo records and shares your voice with the world and posts to the web or emails to friends. Can DropBox as well. Apple.
  26. Animoto is content creation at its best; what you knew on the web comes to your mobile device. Free version gives you 30 seconds; the pro is worth the small fee and if you have pro on your computer, it follows you to the mobile app. Must add that this is my favorite app because I have been an Animoto user in and out of the classroom for years, and if you haven't used Animoto yet, what are you waiting for. Apple.
  27. Study Blue is a flashcards app. Apple, Android.
  28. Assist uses bubble sheets that are downloadable for classroom sets. Scott suggests laminating and using them with a scantron for instant grading and accuracy. You can wipe the laminate clean and reuse. Good assessment tool for indexing what students have learned or for an exit ticket. Apple.
  29. Board Cam Lite turns your iPad into an enhanced document camera; works with very small images and expands them. Similar to Hall Davidson's DENPreCon presentation when he demonstrated how you can attach a magnifier to your iPad. This app is grommet free. Apple.
  30. ShowMe is Scott's favorite app, dating back to when it appeared in beta version. A great app for a flipped classroom. Makes short videos similar to Lee LeFever's Explanations in Plain English Common Craft videos. That would be reason enough for me to download this app. Apple.
  31. ScreenChomp is similar to ShowMe; you need to try this app to experience its ease of use. Basically, ScreenChomp is similar to Camtasia or Jing, a tiny app but big on power. Lets you screencast and the nice thing about this app--the developers continue to develop, adding scrolling and other features that feedback indicates are user needs. Take a look at this one; it's a mighty little app that saves to the Chomp library, AND it has a whiteboard app you can download as well. Beginning to see why I really embrace this app...
  32. iReview is a flashcard app similar to Quizlet. Apple.
  33. Algebra Touch teaches the basics of algebra but allows students to interact. Our presenters say it's worth the cost. Apple. $2.99.

  34. [caption id="attachment_23364" align="alignright" width="150" caption="The Akinator Approach"][/caption]

    Akinator can read your mind and tell you what character you are thinking about, just by asking a few questions. It's a different way of thinking about people, real or not. Don't let the look/feel of this app fool you into thinking it's a primary/middle school app. Our audience of adults were charmed by this app. Useful at any grade level and works great for a review session; it's also a much better way to do a KWL analysis. Love this app but Apple only. Worth the cost. Apple. $1.99.
  35. Producteev lets you collect your tasks and share them with one other person. It is a task management and a to do list tool. Apple, Android.
  36. Elements is a basic text editor that saves files to and integrates with DropBox. You can sync and go paperless with this app. Not your priciest app but up there, but for the affordances, I think this will be the first app I download after I post. Apple. $4.99.
  37. Office2 & Office2 HD allows more creation and editing. Coordinates with Google Docs, and for that feature alone, worth the investment. Apple. $5.99 / $7.99.
  38. GoodReader reads or looks at almost anything. Now you can annotate text files or magazines and integrates with iCloud. Good if you want to read by yourself. Of all the reader apps, this one is my favorite. Apple. $4.99.
  39. iAnnotate PDF lets you highlight, annotate, edit with 3 saving options: normal, layered, or flattened, all of which enable either sharing or levels of privacy. Apple. $9.99.
  40. CatchNotes captures ideas and experiences and shares them: voice notes, text fragments, longer messages, images and locations are caught, organized and saved for when you're ready to access them. Apple, Android.

  41. On point and on time--amazing!
    Evernote is great for taking notes. Take a photo of your notes and insert them into Evernote; this app eliminates notetaking. You can create folders, attach PDFs and documents, checklists, and you can share them out. Apple, Android.

  42. Skitch Mobile lets you annotate images. Just like the computer version, but for a mobile app and easy to use. Send your Skitch to Evernote. Easy integration between these two apps. I've been using Skitch for a long time and liked learning there was a mobile app. Apple, Android.

  43. Side By Side splits a screen horizontally and vertically, but can also split the view into 4 quads. Great for multitasking. Apple.

  44. ScratchWork lets you create notes with an original document on the left. Apple.

  45. AppShopper assembles your apps and wish list favorites, sales, and top apps; emails you when a wish list app goes on sale. Apple.

  46. [caption id="attachment_23502" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Our DEN STARS Brandon AND Scott"][/caption]

    Class Dojo is a web app; go to a url and access it to create a home page on your device. You can upload class lists and award behaviors with icons or emoticons. Brandon and Scott caution against displaying negative emoticons for student behavior. Web Link.

  47. Infinote creates work spaces and pins notes to a board; similar to Wall Wisher with much expandable space. Apple. $2.99.

  48. Teacher's Pick randomly calls on students in your class; very cool app because it lets you track responses with icons. Apple. $0.99.

  49. Attendance tracks tardies and movement in/out of classroom. You can customize attendance codes and can group students. Apple. $4.99.

  50. TapForms is a database app to track content using pre-made forms or fields that are list based. A good app for professional use (think instructional coaching). Apple. Free / $6.99 / $8.99.

  51. Splash Top Remote allows you to sync your iPad with your computer screen; costs $4.99 but gives you freedom of movement in your classroom. This app streams video and audio files and allows you to interact with PowerPoints. Apple, Android. $4.99.

  52. Mobile Mouse Lite lets you manipulate your computer or laptop with a digital mouse; works on iPhone. Apple.

  53. Prezi Viewer lets you view Prezis on you iPad by downloading them to your iPad. Now you can edit as well in this app. Apple.

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    PhotoSynth gives you a panoramic view of a snapshot. Apple.

  55. PS Express lets you edit photos, add borders and text. Quick and easy photo editor for mobile devices or iPad, with sharing out features. Apple, Android.

  56. TourWrist gives you 360-degree panoramic views of tour sites. You can add your own as well. A great virtual field trip. Apple.

  57. Time-Lapse allows you to take a look at a process that takes a long time to complete. You can set the time for photo settings. Apple.

  58. Time-Lapse-Lite is the version for Android. Android.

  59. Fast Burst Camera takes rapid shots of an image. Android.

  60. Burst Mode is the iPhone version of 59. Apple. $1.99.

This session ended at 58 seconds and counting and it was fantastic. If you missed it, you can find it at the PETE&C Virtual Session archives soon.
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Moving our World One Project at a Time: Jennifer Brinson and Students

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DEN STAR and PA DEN Leadership Council Events Chair Jennifer Brinson always adds a great dynamic to her presentations: students. This year her co-presenters are 3 seniors from her Economics class: Jackie, Lauren, and Abigail. According to Jackie:
We were doing a scarcity project in our Economics class and we wanted to select a topic more out of the box, so we chose the scarcity of technology, specifically the scarcity of communication between rural medical centers and patients in need. This lead us to the organization of Hope Phones. We then took the process of gathering old cell phones into our school and continue to collect them to this day.
A blogger's delight, Jennifer always accommodates by providing her presentation resources in advance. Enjoy the two PSVs, the commercial, and the presentation Prezi. The PSVs and commercial took 9 days to create, edit, and upload. Work on the Prezi was complete in 2 days.

You can also find project resources (a wealth of information worth visiting) at Jennifer's professional wiki, SHS Instructional Tools.

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Jennifer began the presentation by noting her pride in her students who will do the entire presentation, sans her. Bravo, Jennifer for once again giving students ownership of their learning and presentation process. Also visit Twitter feed: @movingourworld and daily: moving our world. Jackie began by explaining the process of finding a country with scarcity of technology and discovered Malawi, where nurses and doctors travel over 100 miles to provide medical need. Hope Phones, founded by Josh Nesbit, realized the communication issues affecting some countries, so he created an organization to provide mobile phones. Finding this resource through research was a core part of the project. Jackie noted that instructions and rubrics provided by their teacher guided them in creating this project, as well as her 1:2:1 instruction. The students realized and embraced the quotation from Mohatma Gandhi, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." As part of their challenge-based learning project, they sought to make an enduring change in the world.

Then the students created a PSA about their counry of choice, Malawi, one of the poorest places, who desperately need your help (see first video). Lauren mentioned they contacted Josh Nesbit via email to further their research. Then the students created a commercial (see third video) to market their idea within the school community. Finally, they made a second PSA (see second video) guided by a more scaffolded and academically-challenging rubric. The girls stated that making this video was more intense because they needed to find a viable facilitated sustainable solution.

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In the reflection piece of this CBL project, Abigail said they gained an appreciation of how fortunate they are. Asking what the future holds, the team is sending their PSAa and commercial to the middle school, respective churches and their future colleges to continue the challenge of their project: to make an enduring and sustainable change in the world. Taking everything they have learned from this project, the team is confident their futures, including post-college, will be better for what they have learned in one class that changed their world. Now they are changing others' worlds.

  1. Asked about the second PSA challenges, Jackie said they implemented more changes using the high school's media studio. Lauren stated that they learned how to use iMovie in class, but the school has an iManagement class that teaches the "how to."

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    Length of time to complete the project: a semester because they continued to incorporate the project with the class's learning. Block scheduling was implemented this year, making CBL more feasible this year.
  3. Song artist: the team wrote for permission to use the song because of copyright use issues.
  4. 1:1: students have the same laptop for the year; intend to turn in for the summer then pick up at the start of the next year.
  5. Copyright: a comment, not a question, but Jennifer was applauded for enforcing copyright. Asked how that is enforced with faculty: Jennifer said the students are now telling the teachers what is not copyright friendly.
  6. Past experience: PJAS prepped them in some ways, but this project was more extensive.
  7. Fellow classmates: in a class with mixed ages, it was harder for 9th graders than for seniors.
  8. Benefit of laptops now: easier because everything is on 1 laptop, no need to transfer files, nothing gets lost, easier to work; everyone has a laptop; good prep for college where incoming students given laptop/printer; know applications and programs; use of studying, organizing and sharing notes/information.
  9. How did district deter damage of laptops: bulletproof cases--very sturdy--and students must use their cases to carry; have an option to use their own case, but every student must carry w/a case; insurance cost w/laptops
  10. School preparation for selection: surveying and connecting with the community
  11. Do computers increase students doing homework: Jennifer said the faculty would say homework is down, but several reasons could contribute
  12. Do junior high do more homework: Lynn FH, middle school administrator, said the role of homework has changed; not much paper/pencil; Jennifer said her classroom is completely paperless because of Edmodo
  13. % of staff going paperless: approximately 10 %; many teachers use Moodle
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