January 18, 2014

Weekly Resources & Webinar Recording for the Long Weekend
We had a great week at EdTechTeacher. Our team of instructors led workshops in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Dubai! The iPad Summit in San Diego is now SOLD OUT, but there are a few spots left in the iPads in the Elementary Classroom Pre-Conference Workshop. Summer Workshop registrations are also starting to roll in. Remember that we will have workshops in 6 cities across the country this year. This week, we have some new articles from the team, our 1st webinar recording of the winter series, as well as some new resources from around the web. Enjoy!

Creativity & Learning with iPads

Beth Holland and Shawn McCusker kicked off our Winter Webinar Series by hosting Paul Hamilton (@PaulHamilton8) and Richard Wells (@iPadWells). Unfortunately, there was some time zone confusion, so Richard was only able to say hello briefly. However, they had a fantastic conversation! This week, Greg Kulowiec will be hosting Joe Dale (@JoeDale) from the UK to discuss iPads, Language Learning, the MFL Twitterati, and Sharing Good Practice. Registration is Open (and FREE)!

New Articles from the Team

How To Use The 4 Gamer Types to Help Your Students Collaborate
Douglas Kiang offers strategies for using information about your students to inform how you set up collaborative groups and structure class activities in this Edudemic post.
MacBook, Chromebook, iPads: Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms
"How long can any device realistically be expected to remain an effective tool in the classroom?" asks Shawn McCusker in this article on MindShift.
4 Tips to Help Students Start Blogging
From starting on paper to re-framing the prompt, Holly Clark offers some excellent suggestions to help teachers get their students blogging.
The First Year of HarvardX: Public Talk January 21
For the past six months, Justin Reich has been focused on studying the first year of open online courses created by HarvardX and MITx. On January 21st at 6pm EST, he will presenting this research which you can also watch live.

Resources from the Web

Aurasma Handout Nice handout for getting to know Aurasma. Created by Dakotah Cooper (@dakotahcooper) Book Writer - eBook, PDF creator This may be a solid competitor of Book Creator. Looks very similar. Create multimedia rich eBooks. How I see the SAMR Model Great post full of examples of climbing the SAMR ladder. Using Aurasma to trigger Peer Assessment with LNF Brilliant use of Aurasma for students to provide feedback to each other via video. Kidspiration Maps Lite Kidspiration is a great mind-mapping tool for early elementary students. There is both a free and paid-for version. Code Monster from Crunchzilla Interesting web tool for introducing some basic coding concepts. Notegraphy Not sure how to describe this tool. Use Notegraphy to style any text that appears on any social media. It seems to create a mini microblog that shoots out to multiple channels at one time. Been A new social bookmarking tool that seems to be a hybrid of Diigo and PearlTrees. projeqt - dynamic presentations for a real-time world With Projeqt, it's possible to create multi-media rich presentations that pull from your social media feeds - and on ANY device. PixiClip PixiClip, now in beta, is a streamlined screencasting and whiteboarding tool that runs in a browser. Add audio, drawing, and images to recordings and then share or embed. Pivot Animator Pivot Animator is a free Windows download to create animated stick figures. This could be great for digital storytelling. Booksy: Learn to Read Platform for K-2 Reading app designed for younger students to support their reading. Comes with teacher tools. 8 Incredible online museums for kids to explore Annotated list of online museums perfect for student projects.