Tech Talk Update

I don’t think I’ve ever been so behind on Tech Talk posts! So sorry! Here are the topics we’ve covered in the last several weeks! Many of these topics will also be featured sessions at the Summer Instructional Technology Academy (SITA), so I listed the session time. If you are consortium member of EWITC, you can attend for FREE! Non-consortium members can attend for $25/session. It is filling up fast!

Google Maps – (SITA Session on 8/1 at 9:00am)
Google Maps is becoming more and more robust every day! Many of the features are becoming comparable to Google Earth. One activity that you can do is map a character from a book. In this example, 4th graders used Google Maps to mark the places that the characters visited in the book. The capability to add pictures, links and videos is also available! Students can actually go on this “trip” and go into street view to see what the characters saw in the book!

Quizlet is an AMAZING flashcard study tool! Check out this demo video! Before you spend lots of time creating the flashcards, search for similar ones on the site…there may be some that have already been created! Be sure to download the app too!

Are you looking to add another Web 2.0 presentation option for your students? If so , PowToon is a great option! Check out these examples of educational PowToons to see the potential! (They have just added pricing options for educators, but there is a 30 day free trial! Their FREE PLAN is restricted to 45 second presentations, but might work for you.)

Doctopus/Goobric – (SITA Session on 7/29 @ 12:00pm)
Managing student files in Google Drive can be a nightmare! Doctopus to the rescue! Check out the video walkthroughs for Doctopus and Goobric, and call me if you would like to try to set this up for your students! It is sure to make grading more efficient, and file management much more tolerable!

Chrome Apps & Extensions – (SITA Session on 7/30 @ 12:00pm)
Once you log into the Chrome browser, you have the option to add apps and extensions to enhance your experience on the web. Confused? Check out this presentation to learn more about Chrome. Check out this presentation for more app/extension recommendations. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Announcify – You must try this! Great for kids that have a tough time focusing in busy websites. It reads the site to you and blurs out the junk!
  • YoWindowWeather — great for teaching weather to primary students, allows them to see through a “window” to the outdoors!
  • ScreenCapture by Google or Awesome Screenshot – annotate screenshots in a jiffy!
  • TabCloud – have a million tabs open? Use TabCloud to save your tabs and open them all back up when you need them again.
  • Readability or Clearly – cut the junk off of those busy websites to make the page easier for kids to read.
  • Ginger Spellchecker – Who doesn’t love a good grammar/spell check while on the web?
  • Shortener – shorten those loooonnnnng web addresses in one click!
  • Sharaholic for Pinterest – pin to your boards in one click!

Here are some apps that you may want to check out –

  • Haiku Deck – a SUPER AWESOME presentation app
  • Google Drive – upload videos right to your Google Drive from the app, great for sharing videos with a restricted number of people
  • FaceTalkHD (.99) – create a talking avatar, similar to Blabberize

edcamp Milwaukee was last weekend! Check out the great list of sessions and notes that the participants came up with! Remember to mark your calendars for edcamp Green Bay on October 19, 2013.

Phew! I think that’s it for now! If you have any questions or need help with any of these things, please let me know!


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