Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reflections from Tennessee Education Technology Conference

Today I presented and attended TETC 2011.  I wanted to share what I learned today!

The best session that I attended (by far!) was a session on Educational Apps.  You can visit the fantastic Live Binder resource that the presenters put together for the session.  It was also great because there was an atmosphere of collaboration in the room.  Here are some new apps that I learned about today (in addition to the live binder!):
  • Prezi Viewer App
  • AudioNote- Documents time and records audio while you are taking notes (great for administrators!)
  • Forms
  • Sample Lessons
  • Toontastic
  • Comic Strip
  • TouchMouse- Free wireless controls
  • Printopia- software, for $20 you can print from all mobile devices
  • Beyond Planet Earth Augmented Reality
  • Bluster
  • TagDisk HD (free)
  • (free)
  • Idea Flight (free)
  • Karaoke HD (free)
  • Picture Link (free)
  • Map Projector ($1.99)
  • Note to self: I need a VGA cable to connect my iPad to the computer

If you are new to my blog, check out some of my past technology posts:
Ipad Apps for the Classroom
An Educator's Guide to Augmented Reality
QR codes for Education
Tweet Tweet!  Why you need Twitter

I wish I would have spent more time on Twitter.  The hashtag is #TETC11 if you want to check out what everyone is discovering this week.  

I presented a session on MovieMaking.  It wasn't nearly as good as the one I did the summer using Jaycut (RIP) but it was a much shorter session.  However, I tried to showcase more technology in the process.  You can see a link here which I will probably convert to a LiveBinder soon.  Overall I think it went pretty well, and I received lots of positive feedback.  *If you attended my session and you are reading this, I would love to hear from you!

Image Source: Iwantthisinmyclass

So.... I may have sat through like 3 sales pitches trying to win a Mobi Interwrite.  Those things are sooo cool.  Doug Eaton was the sales rep, and he really did a great job explaining all the features.  They gave away 7 Mobis and a class set of Clickers today.  I know I can use the iPad to write on the board, but it's not a fine point of the pen like the Mobi has.  I LOVE how the Mobi view shows the clicker responses on the pad!  The Mobi is $450 and the clickers are $2,500.  Back to grant writing for me!

Free Swag
I did come out of the convention with a nifty set of fuzzy dice (courtesy of Proven Learning) that I can't wait to put in my math centers!  They had a really fun Plunk-o game to get a prize.
I also got a shirt (thanks Education Networks of America), visor (PCS), bags, charger...

You know my favorite station?  Learn360 had a set up where you could talk to a rep for a few minutes and get a ticket.  You could redeem your ticket at their Cafe!  It was such a neat idea, and I really enjoyed my Mocha Nut Latte!  :)  Thanks Learn360!

Other not so great things...
The first session I went to let out 30 minutes early and I didn't pick up a single new thing.  I don't mean to sound like negative Nancy here, but I had really built this up in my mind.  I went to a session put on by Kathleen Richardson this summer, and I literally came out with a list of probably 200 new technology things that I had never heard of!  I want that again.  :)  

Last Session- The lady probably had 100 slides on an ancient looking Powerpoint presentation.... And none of it was about technology at all!  I felt like I was in a college methods class.  She had a handout with some websites and that was about the extent of the technology.  The focus of the class was completely different than the program.  We watched several video clips, including 10 minutes from Freedom Writers that had nothing to do with technology in the classroom.
Final thing- No meeting Mobi the robot at the BrainPop Booth.  :(  I really wanted a picture with him to show my kiddos.

Today really made me want to present/attend a national tech conference (hellooooo ISTE!).  I also really want to work at developing my PLN via Twitter, because I was flying solo today.  I learned a lot that I can do to make my future presentations better.  I look forward following the remainder of the conference on Twitter  because I will be back at work tomorrow!
Overall great time and I will definitely be back (the full time) next year!  :)

TETC Wiki 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Links for TETC Movie Making Session

Video Creation Glog
Click here to try out Jing screen capture program

The Kindergarten Tree Video

Mix 'Em Up Fractions Show

Visualizing Movie

Click here to download the sample bluescreen movie

<!-- -->
<TransitionsAndEffects Version="1.0">
<TransitionDLL guid="{C5B19592-145E-11D3-9F04-006008039E37}" >
<Transition name="Greenscreen" iconid="12" comment="Makes first clip show through blue areas of second clip">
<Param name="KeyType" value="1"/>
<Param name="Similarity" value="100"/>
<Param name="Progress" value="0.0"/>

Copy it, and paste it into notepad. Click File>Save As, and navigate to C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX. (If you don't already have an AddOnTFX folder, right click then New>Folder.) In the drop-down "File type" box, select "All types". Save the file as "greenscreen.xml"

Prezi Presentation


  • Post it on your class website
  • Post it on TeacherTube.
  • Post it on iTuneU.
  • Post it through Jing (a screen capture program).

Resource Sites:
Pinnacle Tutorials and Resources
Free Music, Photos and Clips
Rubrics for Video Production
Stop Motion Animation

Podcasting Tutorial 2
Step by step: Greenscreen in Movie Maker
FreeTech4Teacher's Making Videos Guide
Beth Newingham Moving Making/Teacher Guru
Ways to make movies without a camera
All Scholastic Movie Making Blog Posts

Other Resources (Source: Angela Buyni)

·       Recording Desktop Activity
o   CamStudio        
·       Recording Audio Only
o   Audacity        
·       Editing Video
o   Windows Movie Maker                          
·       Creating RSS feed for uploading to iTunes
o   ListGarden Feed Generator        
·       Converting from wmv to mp4
·       Listening to Podcast
o   iTunes        
·       Converting files for iPod
o   QuickTime Pro ($29.99)        

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Best news ever!

So want to hear my crazy exciting news?!
Our school is setting up a P.O. with Teachers Pay Teachers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ahhh!  I'm so happy!  I'm pretty much going to dedicate my entire school budget to this, minus the cost of a few ink cartridges  :)

What is your favorite thing from TPT?  Do you have a store?  Leave some love and who knows, I may come buy your entire store!  :)  Right in time for the holidays!  Woohoo!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Turkey art activity & Dolch Rainbow Rings

Ok, a few pics for ya'll:

Everyday we sing this in a circle with our arms linked.  <3 Dr. Jean!

"Watercolor" turkeys... give each kiddo a coffee filter and let them color it with washable markers.  Dip in a glass of water and set out to dry.  Ta-da!  I think you may want to leave the full coffee filter.... mine came out slightly peacock-ish.  NBC, anyone? :)

Also, I'm starting "Rainbow Rings" with the Dolch site words.  You can find primer, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade dolch lists in flashcard format here.  Run each page off on a different color.  When a student masters that set, they get to add the entire color to their ring (shower curtain ring- the large ones!).  It becomes a status symbol when they can add to their rainbow.  :)  Pics to come.