January 25, 2014

Weekly Resources to Wrap Up January

Here in New England, we’ve had a pretty brutal week. However, we’re all looking forward to warming up next week in San Diego! February 3-5 will be our inaugural West Coast event with iPad Summit San Diego. If you aren’t able to join us, we will be tweeting at #ettipad and LIVE blogging much of the conference right here!

We will also be running iPad workshops in 6 cities this summer, and have more learning opportunities with our winter webinars on January 30th and February 6th!

NEW from the ETT Team

The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful

EdTechTeacher Co-Founder, Justin Reich, and colleague Andrew Ho wrote this new post for The Atlantic. This comes on the heels of Justin’s presentation of The First Year of HarvardX: Research Findings to Inform the Future of Online Learning. You can also watch the video below.

Greg’s iOS Experiment

This marks the last week of Greg Kulowiec’s iOS Experiment. He has been blogging his experiment of trying to use only iOS devices for the past month. This week’s challenges: reading offline and digital portfolios.

Teachers Make Good DJs

Though Carl Hooker retired from the music DJ business this week, he offers some great lessons learned in this blog post and promises to continue DJing to teachers.

The Student’s Guide To Using Fonts In Education

Do your students understand typography? Should they? Holly Clark wrote some great guidelines for students and teachers in this Edudemic post.

Resources from the Web

DoInk Blog

Awesome examples of app smashes using green screens.

Tellagami App teacher tutorial
Great tutorial created by Paul Hamilton.

Extreme Collaboration
Use this add on with SMART Notebook to add collaboration across devices.

Dreamweaver | Open Source Alternative – osalt.com
List of open source alternatives to Adobe Dreamweaver for working with HTML and scripts.

Storehouse – Visual Storytelling
Create a story with text, images, and video from your camera roll, Dropbox, and the cloud. Scroll through to read online and share. Interesting free option.

▶ How to Show an iPad App During a Google Hangout – YouTube
Quick tutorial from Jonathan Wylie.

My Favorite Mobile Apps #2: Socrative (+Lesson Ideas)
Great list of ideas for using Socrative in the classroom.

Solar System Scope
This is similar to Solar Walk for Mac but FREE and web based. Explore planets and the solar system.

▶ “Google Scripts and Lady Geeks” | #TechEducator Podcast 41
Podcast about Google Scripts – GClass Folders and Doctopus.

Biteslide lets you quickly and easily create web-based presentations that can be shared or embedded on a class web site or blog. The FREE account allows 1 teacher to create 30 accounts for 1 project.

View maps from a totally different perspective! Choose a data set and watch the maps change accordingly.

This new feature of the Google Chrome browser combines the old features of iGoogle with the new benefits of Google Now. It’s a great way to customize your browsing experience.