Interivew #46 | iTalki Brings Personalized Language Learning to Your Laptop

Today I talk with Kevin Chen, the co founder of   italki.   We discuss iTalki and how it is a community marketplace that connects learners and teachers around the world for online language lessons. If you wanted to learn Chinese, for example, you could find a teacher from China to teach you 1-on-1 through Skype. […]

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Audio Review # 70 | Moovly Didn’t Move Me

Overview Moovly is an online video editor and builder that allows you to create short, snappy videos that will catch people’s attention. Concerns The sound upload did not work for me. I sent Moovly an email using their support system. A week later, I still do not have a response. So … a big “Bombo!” […]

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Tech Talk Roundtable 82 | We All Must Brand Ourselves

Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss their personal learnings and articles of the week. Articles of the Week How Apple wants to remake the classroom – TechRepublic techrepublic.com pple has more than one million apps, more than two million books, almost one million media files available through its services, according to Couch, as well as more than 10,000 public courses […]

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Audio Review # 69 | FutureMe Gives You Permission To Talk To Yourself a Year Later

Overview FutureMe  is a simple site that lets you do one basic thing: write a letter to yourself in the future. You can also choose to make your letter private, public or public and anonymous.  I like the last option, but reccomend private for students. They do have an iPhone app, but the website is […]

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Audio Review #68 | Grammalrly makes sure that you don’t let your participles dangle!

Grammarly Website & Chrome Extension Overview Grammarly is an online spelling and grammar checker, and also a Chrome extension that helps users catch issues before their writing “go public.” Students can use Grammarly to check for verb- subject agreement, overuse of the passive voice, and other common errors, particularly those associated with ELL situations. Concerns […]

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Audio Review #67 | Wordle asks, What Does Your Word Choice Say About You?

Overview I’m not an artsy person so when I find something that makes it look like I know something about design and graphics without requiring a lot of effort on my part, I love it.  I came across wordle several years ago at a tech conference and it has become a tool that I use […]

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Audio Review # 66 | The Edtech Nut Cracks Open Weekly Worthwhile Chrome Extensions For You

Overview Kelly Fitzgerald is a self-described “Ed Tech Nut” when it comes to using Google Apps For Education (GAFE).  I came across her blog a few months ago and noticed she has started posting her favorite Chrome Extensions of the week.   As you know, there are a zillion Chrome extensions and Kelly does a nice […]

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Audio Review #65 | SchoolYourself is mathematics made sequential

Overview SchoolYourself is a maths website and analytical tool that allows teachers to more easily flip their lessons, and allows students to proceed at their own pace. Teachers can access various MS and HS maths subjects and subtopics, drilling down to specific lessons. Each lesson includes a series of videos, and each video requires student […]

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Tech Talk Roundtable 81 | Everyone is “Fine”

Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss their personal learnings and articles of the week. Articles of the Week Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others – NYTimes.com nytimes.com But does teamwork have to be a lost cause? Psychologists have been working on the problem for a long time. And for good reason: Nowadays, though we may still idolize the charismatic […]

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Audio Review # 64 | Britanica Image Quest is a Safe Place for Students to Search for Images.

Overview The most frustrating part of any technology project in my classroom was trying to find the images.  I wanted my students to be able to bring their work to life, but having them search for photos on google lead to issues with copyright, unsavory photos popping up and constant problems with the size or […]

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