Showing posts from June, 2014

No Rest for the Techie...InnEdCo, Here We Come!

How do you like to spend your summers? Resting, rejuvenating, traveling, learning? Why not all of the above?

Summer break for my team started on June 10th, but we're not ready to relax just yet! On Monday, three of us head to the mountains to present at the InnEdCo conference (formerly TIE Colorado). We will be leading a session called Exploring the Tech Integration - Blended Learning Continuum. Our session is based on our Blended Learning vs Tech Integration presentation that I blogged about in January.

We are excited to have the opportunity to present and learn alongside so many great Colorado instructional tech leaders, including some teachers from our district. If you plan to attend the conference, I hope you'll come to our session!

For those of you who don't live in Colorado or who are not attending, what are your favorite summer learning options?

Great New Presentation Tool for iPads: Adobe Voice

Adobe recently released a free new iPad app called Adobe Voice. If you use iPads with your students or for yourself, you should check it out! It's an extremely simple and user friendly presentation tool that is great for teachers and students alike.

It has several different combined background/transition options, but not an overwhelming amount and has a nice little music library divided by theme/mood. Users can use the available graphics, upload photos, or add text to one of a few different slide formats, record audio for each slide, and either use the provided music or upload their own. It even has a few pre-made story structures, such as "Teach a Lesson", "Show and Tell", and "Explain Something".

It also has a built in tutorial that walks you through how things work the first time you use it. No need to spend time teaching students what to do! Best of all, it's so easy to use, even a Kindergartner could use it!

The only real downside is that yo…

Instructional Tech QuickGuide to Integration

In a recent post titled "Go Paperless", I shared a Paperless PD QuickGuide our team created to help with meaningful tech integration in professional development. Since then, we've made a few adjustments to it and re-branded it as an Instructional Technology QuickGuide, designed to be a reference for teachers looking for ways to integrate technology. As with the original, this document is filled with links to sites and tutorials. Click on the image below to check it out! (*Note: Strange Google Behavior: For some people, the document is not opening without requesting Share permission, though it is set for all to view. If this happens to you, copy and paste the link into a new browser window, and you should be good to go.)

We hope that teachers will find our QuickGuide helpful and easy to use.

What do you use to inspire tech integration for yourself or others?