Here’s What We’re Reading | Reflection Friday #8

Our favorite techy blogs, authors, podcasts, videocasts and books Chris For me, few things motivate like a good TED Talk, and not even those talks that are focused on ‘education” necessarily. Listening to brilliant minds being brilliant inspires me. As for bloggers try Christopher Pappas and Annie Murphy Paul. Now, for a real mind bender […]

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Cargobot Teaches Valuable Programming Skills on the Downlow| Audio Review #143

With a name like Cargobot, you might think this iPad programming puzzle would be rather boring. I mean who wants to move cargo around?  Strangely enough, a lot of students do.  Especially those with an engineering mindset. You know, the ones that look at cranes for hours and wonder how they work. Cargobot is essentially […]

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You can’t make me change if I don’t want to! | Reflection Friday #7

How do you make people change and maybe even want to change?   Chris – Getting diction-focused, I wish to point out that “make” in the above question immediately created an adversarial context. Further, people cannot be made to change. I choose to refocus the question to, “How do I create the conditions to maximize […]

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With Shadow Puppet Quickly add Narration to your Photos | Audio Review #142

Overview Shadow Puppet app is one I learned about to App Ed Review (another awesome site we reviewed a few weeks back).  This app is honestly the easiest movie making app I have ever used.  You simply create a new “puppet”, select or search for the photos you want to use, click record and talk […]

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Code Combat Teaches Programming and Killing | Audio Review #141

It seems almost without exception that students LOVE to code.  Especially when there is an interactive, web based environment that provides them instant feedback. So you might want to ask why we would need to gamify a process they already love.  Well the folks at Code Combat went ahead and did that anyway.  They took […]

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Inbox Zero Could Be A Reality With These Tips and Tricks | Audio Review #140

Overview Do you agree that the above graphic is true?  I think I’d add a third type.  The person who has about 100 emails in their inbox and really really wants to get to zero, but doesn’t know how.  A few years ago the idea of “inbox zero” became popular when Merlin Mann began posting […]

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Tynker Totally Takes Students From Zero to Hero in the Programming World | Audio Review #139

Tynker is a MASSIVE suite of programming tools, lessons and projects for individuals, classrooms and entire schools. It uses a Scratch like programming interface, but guides you along the way. Students sign up as part of a classroom that you as a teacher can manage.  They then proceed through the lessons and projects that you […]

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Why We Love SAMR | Reflection Friday #6

Tech isn’t just a babysitter.   Our interview at the 21Century Learning Conference with Ruben Puentedura (Mr. SAMR himself). Chris – I like SAMR because it causes me to reflect on my teaching methods. If what I am doing is effective and efficient, and achieves the learning goals, then I am OK. However, if the […]

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Use Sugru to Modify Your Tech To Work For You | Audio Review #138

Overview From the Sugru website: “Our dream is to make fixing, modifying and making things easy and fun for anyone, and Sugru is our solution.”   So, this review isn’t explicitly techy.  However, I’ve used this product for a bunch of tech related issues so I decided that it should count.    Sugru is described as […]

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Flashcard Machine Makes Flashcards … In A Flash. Sorry For My Lack Of Imagination On This One. | Audio Review # 137

Overview Flashcard Machine is what it says, and straight forward, no nonsense, flash card generator that is free to all users, with the reality of ads, and is ad-free if one donates to the cause.  I like this business model, allowing users to choose what we wish to see. The crowd-funding nature also appeals to […]

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