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Reflections on technology in education.

The Best Tools for Video in the Classroom

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

The Best Tools for Video in the Classroom

Video has become the single most powerful tool for educators in the classroom in my opinion. Gone are the days when students would tell their parents, “All we do is watch videos,” and soon the parent was reporting the teacher to the administration. Now students are creating videos themselves and teachers are using them in ways they never dreamed of. I began my career in video. Video edit bays rented for $3-4,000 a day back then and everyone was editing on (gasp!) tape. There are still teachers who are mourning the loss of their VHS machines in the classroom as their dozens of...

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Collaborative Google Videos? Say what?

Posted on Oct 8, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

Collaborative Google Videos? Say what?

I will say it again. Collaborative Google Slide activities are my favorite go-to lesson and sub-plan. Lately I have been doing at least one collaborate Google activity a week. What I love is the ease of grading and presenting. One slide deck, one document, one anything. Then this week the light bulb went off in my head and I realized I could do this with my student videos. What you say? How? Of course this light bulb went off AFTER my yearly observation so I did not get the chance to wow my principal. Heavy sigh. Next time. Our school use Blackboard as a student learning management system....

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Using the iOgrapher to Create Great Video in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 3, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

Using the iOgrapher to Create Great Video in the Classroom

It happens all the time. We send out kids out to create videos for class projects and the content is there but the quality? This is especially true when using iPads. My friend Holly Clark calls this the Blair Witch Effect. You get seasick watching your students’ videos as they move around and can’t hold the iPad still. That’s where a simple device called iOgrapher comes in-to turn your students into professional videographers for under $100. I first met Dave Basulto at CUE almost four years ago (wow time flies). He was there as an exhibitor with this ingenious product-a handheld plastic case...

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Google Earth Bound CAGTI17

Posted on Aug 6, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

Google Earth Bound CAGTI17

What is CAGTI? This is the acronym for California Geo Teacher Institute, one of many Google workshops held at one of their campuses. And it is by invitation only. Still adjusting to disappointment of not getting into the Washington DC Innovator Academy, and frustrated because the one in Sydney was being held the first week of school, I was more than a little thrilled to be accepted to this cohort. Held in Mountain View (bonus!) for 3 days, this was the highlight of my summer PD. The Google Campus is unbelievable. It’s everything you hear about and more. The toilets are an experience...

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ISTE 2017 Reflections

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 in Connect2Tech | 0 comments

ISTE 2017 Reflections

There are so many things you can say about the ISTE experience. For one, it is completely overwhelming. From meeting celebrity educators like Alice Keeler, inspiring keynotes from the likes of Jennie Magiera, to the new and innovative teaching techniques and tools. This year was better than last at least for me for a number of reasons. Let’s start with the location. San Antonio has one of the nicest convention centers I have ever been in. My hotel was right across the street on the beautiful Riverwalk which was an added bonus.  Lastly, I got to see Adam Bellow and Kathy Schrock in the...

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