Tech Tuesday: Top 10 Tech Tools For Your Break

  1. Twitter: Seriously, getting on Twitter and using it for professional purposes is the single best move you can make to improve teaching and learning.  Here are educators to follow on Twitter, a guide to educational hashtags and an introduction to twitter for newbies.
  2. Professional Communities Online – EdWeb.net, Connected Educator Ning, Future of Education, Classroom 2.0, The Educator’s PLN
  3. Webinars: Check out ASCD’s free webinars archive, Google Apps for Education webinars, Education Week Webinars, Open Education Week Archived Webinars
  4. Google+ Communities – Google Apps for Education, Gamification in Education, Physics Education, Minecraft in Education, 20% Time
  5. Blogs & RSS Readers – Try Feedly, Flipboard, The Old Reader 
  6. Social Bookmarking and Curated Collections- Diigo (K-12 Education groups), Pintrest and ScoopIt
  7. Online Book Club – Simple as GoodReads, complex as Book Club 106, or get picky with something subject specific like Level Up Book Club
  8. Follow “Summer” Conferences online – ISTE for example. They even have their own Ning.  Of course, who needs that when you can read their Tweets? Seriously, just get on Twitter.
  9. TED-Ed & Ted Talks
  10. Learn to Code.org

Tech Tuesday: Beyond Google!

Whispering Secrets

Photo by Flickr User: Cameron Maddux under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license

I’ve got a secret: Google isn’t always the best at finding you what you want!  Of course, if you use all of its tricks, you can Get The Most Out of Google!  But still, there are other search and discovery engines out there that can help you find what the information you need, when you need it.

Try these Search Engines on for size:

  •  DuckDuckGo: Don’t want “someone” tracking your every move?  Don’t want your search results to be impacted by your search history?  Search with DuckDuckGo. 
  • InstaGrok: Visually pleasing, interactive results with alternate and extended search terms right in front of you.  Research a topic, customize your results, share your search results web.  Try it out!
  • Scrius: It’s science! Check out their “About Us” page for more details, but the quickie version is that when you search REM, Google thinks rock music and Scrius thinks sleep.
  • KidsClick!: Search Engine for Year 1 – Year 8

How about these Discovery/Reference sites?

  • Finding Dulcinea: The library of the Internet!  High quality, trustworthy websites selected by REAL HUMANS. 🙂
  • Internet Public Library:  This is the online version of the reference desk at a public library.  In addition to a wealth of resources carefully selected for your use, there are REAL HUMANS working behind the IPL desk.  Just “Ask an IPL Librarian” and a librarian or library student will help guide you to resources for your question.
  • GapMinder: Aiming to support a fact-based worldview, GapMinder takes boring numbers and converts them into animated statistics in colorful graphs.

This only scratches the surface.  What’s your favorite search engine or discovery website to turn to when the Internet giant Google isn’t what you need?

Tech Tuesday: Padlet

PadletPadlet, (paper + wood + tablet, the stone ones), formally known as Wallwisher, has undergone an overhaul, an upgrade of sorts, but their missions remains the same;  “Easiest way to put something on the Internet, or as we like to say ‘write’ on the Internet.”  From creative writing, to posing thought provoking questions, initiating debates and many more uses.

Learn More About Padlet

Sample Padlets

Like it?  Then you should sign up for an account.

Tech Tuesday: Thinglink

Thinglink allows you to “create rich images with music, video, sound, text & more.
Share and discover deeper stories through images.”

Register for your ThingLink account today!

ThingLink Blogs

Great Examples: ThinglInk at Work

How are you using Thinglink in schools?

Tech Tuesday: Publish and Promote your iMovie

Tech Tuesdays

Tech Tuesdays

For our last in the Tech Tuesday iMovie series, we will look at how to export your iMovie, where to share it online and how to promote it so it will be seen by the people you care about.

License your Video

Use the Creative Commons Choose a License to generate a copyright license for your work. New to Creative Commons? Check out:

Finish Your Video

See Ms. Allan’s iMovieHowToGuide to follow two simple steps to finish your video: Share & Export. Or, if you want to publish it directly to YouTube, watch the video: Publish Your Project to YouTube.  If you have iMovie ’11, you can Publish to Several Video Sharing Sites. Your iMovie will export as a .M4v file, which can be watched using these programs.

Promote your iMovie and Yourself

Check out some Alternatives to YouTube:

  • Vimeo: They have a helpful video on Exporting to Upload for Vimeo with iMovie ’08 & ’09
  • Internet Archive: This site supports Creative Commons licensing and is generally awesome in its drive to build a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
  • Blip.tv: For serious video makers only (or perhaps the seriously unserious?). Blip.tv publishes original creative series works. You have to submit your series for publication consideration.
  • Veoh: Feeling restricted by YouTube’s entry level length limits? Veoh doesn’t have ’em!
  • Metacafe: If your video gets over 20,000 views, they pay you! Awesome. There is a limit of ten minutes on any upload.

Thanks to Mashable’s Zachary Sniderman for his article on 7 YouTube Alternatives & Why They Make Sense and Top Ten Review’s analysis of Metacafe.

Tech Tuesday: Making your iMovie Fancy!

How fancy do you want to be?

How fancy do you want to be?

Today’s Tech Tuesday is a workshop on editing your iMovie once you’ve imported all of your content. Use these tutorials to rock your iMovie.

Business Casual Fancy

Suit and Tie Fancy

Tux and Tails Fancy 

What else do you want to know how to do?  Ask your iMovie question as a comment on this post.

Tech Tuesday: Fair Use Media and Starting Your iMovie Project

Today’s Tech Tuesday is the first of a series of three sessions on creating your iMovie.

Station One: Collect Media

Collect Fair Use Media

Collect Fair Use Media

If you don’t have your own photos and videos from your classroom or vacation, you’ll need to collect media (images, video clips and audio) that is free and fair to use in your new project.  

Just like you don’t want anyone using your creative works in a way you didn’t intend, we should be fair to authors and artists around the world and heed their copyright wishes.

Ms. Katy’s favorite sites for Copyright-Free/Copyright-Fair Media

Station Two: Start your iMovie Project

Start your iMovie!

Start your iMovie!

iMovie Tutorials –My apologies in advance. Morgan Freeman wasn’t available for narration, so we had to settle for Ms. Katy.

Prefer not to listen to the songbird that is Ms. Katy?  Check out the iMovie – How To Guide created by our very own Ms. Sheila Allan.

Station Three: How Do I…?

How Do I...

How Do I…

What questions do you have? Next week’s Tech Tuesday will be dedicated to making your iMovie fancy as we look at some of the bells and whistles iMovie has to offer. Respond to this post with what you want to know about how to make your iMovie fantastic.