Ed Tech Trends for 2013-2014

OnlineColleges.net provided this great infographic about the major Ed Tech trends in 2013. Have you seen these trends in your classroom or campus this year?


  1. The use of texting/SMS in class. Notify students of class cancellations or emergencies using text or tools such as Twitter or Remind101. Have students participate in class using Poll Everywhere ~ students can text in their answer. If 93% of students use their phone to text, why not use it as a tool?
  2. Social Media. How about creating a Google+ Community page for your class? Share links and discussions in a secure environment.
  3. Free online courses available. Visit OpenCourseWare or Stanford MOOC.
  4. 3-D printing. Well, I can’t say I’ve tried this yet. According to this infographic, I will!

Upcoming trends for 2014:

  1. Universities embrace eBooks. Visit HERE for Academic eBooks.
  2. Virtual college counseling.
  3. Game based learning will become more accepted and effective.
  4. BYOD. Bring your own device!
  5. Universities will become more cloud based.


Major Ed-Tech Trends for 2013


Apps and Web Tools for Multiple Intelligences


My teacher education candidates researched apps and web tools for Multiple Intelligences this week. They did a great job coming up with quite a list! Here are some of the resources they found, broken down by learning style: (NOTE:  varying ages!)









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Stop Motion and Video Projects

I have long been a fan of claymation films – also known as stop-motion. A few years ago I took my 3rd/4th grade students to San Francisco to work at the Zeum Museum and the Claymation Studio. I was amazed at the work they produced! As much as I adore creating stop-motion films, I also realize they take a LOT of work and a lot of pictures! In fact, my students took hundreds of photos for a 3 min. or so clip.

Stop-motion films are no longer difficult! The MyCreate App helps you create films easily with your iPad or iPhone! Using the built-in camera on your device, easily capture a series of photos and immediately play back in stop-motion animation. Add your own voice or music to the background. I tried a simple (NOTE: simple!) video to test it out. It took  little time, and 39 shots for this 14 second video:

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If you don’t have a mobile device,  iCreate to Educate has SAM Animation available for both Windows and Mac. Easily snap images frame by frame, add narration and background sounds, edit with paint tools, then share with others!

Teachers…need ideas? How about time lapse videos for math or science concepts or bring a poem to life through animation? 

Grading a video project can be difficult. However, several rubrics are available online:

A+ Rubric Video Project Rubric

Digital Assignment Sheet and Evaluation Rubric

KQED Slideshow/Video Rubric

or create your own with Rubistar.


10 inspiring talks from TEDYouth

TEDYouth? I imagine it was quite inspiring! Here’s a look at 10 inspiring talks:

TED Blog

What conference, besides TEDYouth, could bring together an elephant communication expert, the head of research at Pixar, a professional storm chaser, and a 16-year-old DJ? TEDYouth 2013, “The Spark,” happens tomorrow, November 16, at 11am CST in New Orleans, Louisiana. And you can watch along via the live webcast, which will be available in English, Spanish and Arabic. To get you ready for this fast-paced, mind-blowing conference, here’s a playlist of some of the best talks from TEDYouths past.

Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries
Adam Savage is the host of Mythbusters, and the king of making scientific analysis fun. In this talk from TEDYouth 2011 — which happens to be half animated — he shows how simple methodologies led to two of the most exciting scientific discoveries of all time: Eratosthenes’ calculation of the Earth’s circumference and Hippolyte Fizeau’s measurement of the speed…

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Want a Friend to Quiz You?

My son is studying physics and he often asks me to quiz him on his content. I must say, he is a studious worker. He strives to do his best in his college courses. Last week, he must have had 300 notecards that he was using to prepare for a test and he wanted me to quiz him. I love my son, but sitting for hours reviewing terms that I can’t even pronounce is a little difficult to swallow.

I came across this app that I think would be a great resource for any student. How about using it to memorize Bible passages!?  It is called Quiz Dojo.

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Save your notes as a PDF. Next, highlight, underline, and strikeout words on the PDF notes. Quiz yourself from the highlights/underlines. Quiz Dojo will track your grades and common mistakes. Share the note with/without the quiz session in Dropbox, Email, or iTunes.  I have the lite version, which is free. It does limit the amount of PDFs that I can save. It costs $2.99 for the full version.

Redefining the Writing Process

A blogger I enjoy, Indiana Jen, has been attending an iPad conference. She’s been writing about all her experiences and sharing conference notes. She shares some great tools for Redefining the Writing Process. One that stood out to me was creating feedback on student work using Explain Everything. What a great idea! Read her entire post to find out more. Thanks, Jen!

Indiana Jen

The last session I am attending is “Redefining the Writing Process” with Beth Holland and Samantha Morra. Beth highlights the idea we all have about writing – that it’s about paper and keyboarding. Beth wrote a great article about this at Edudemic, “5 Myths About Writing with Mobile Devices.”

Now that we’re in a 2.0 world, writing has become a Digital Process. We can use tools like Google Drive to provide simultaneous feedback or even use audio comments instead of written ones. I wrote about leaving Voice Comments in Google Docs.

hero_penultimateBeth highlights the fact that we now live in a world in which writing is becoming mobile. Not just in the sense that we can pick up and go with our material, but that we can use multiple tools to scaffold and create our pre-writing projects. Not just the output, but the input!…

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TouchCast = One GREAT Tool!

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I am constantly amazed. Every time I find a new tool, I wonder what could beat it. TouchCast has done that for me (for now!). TouchCast is a simple to use, great tool to create interactive videos. Yes, that’s right. INTERACTIVE videos. Not only can you record a video, but you can insert pictures, videos, news tickers, Twitter and Facebook feeds, and web pages into the video while recording. Users can also draw on the pictures/videos while recording – and include interactive polls!

Instructors…if you have an iPad, you must test out this tool. It is FREE and easy to use. Simply load all the resources you wish to use, then record. Click on and off your resources as you are recording.

Imagine talking through a science lesson while showing the pictures, drawing and labeling, and inserting polls for students. Include in the sideline a Twitter feed with your classroom hashtag!

CLICK HERE to view my first try at a TouchCast. (You may need to wait for it to load properly.)

Finally, I want to show off the work of some of my teacher ed students. I appreciate their hard work! They have been working on sharing information regarding digital citizenship with elementary students. Here is an example of a Glogster:

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…and a Prezi:

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How to tell a great story, visualized

One thing I love about my pastor, Brad Franklin of Lakeside Church, is that he can tell a good story. In fact, I found out that he even took a course in storytelling. Why? A good story can capture interest. We are always wanting to know how to engage our students. One way is through storytelling! This TED blog tells how to tell a great story, visualized. Enjoy!

TED Blog

A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. [ted_talkteaser id=1379]A good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation.

So, uh, how do you tell one?

Andrew Stanton, the Pixar writer and director behind both Toy Story and WALL-E, has many ideas, and he shared his expertise in his TED Talk, The clues to a great story. Below, see his golden rules of storytelling visualized by Karin Hueck and Rafael Quick of the Brazilian culture and science magazine Superinteressante. Each month, the magazine’s editors take a TED Talk and give it to their graphic wizards to interpret in any way they see fit. Here, a reimagining of Stanton’s talk on stories. Via the Ugly Duckling. Just click the image…

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Death by PowerPoint

Do you enjoy PowerPoint? It is a great tool – if used correctly. When poorly created, it can be a disaster! If you want to make sure you are creating the right type of slides, watch this hilarious video Don McMillan created, “Life After Death by PowerPoint.” It will bring a laugh to your day! You will need to click the picture to view it on YouTube. (I apologize in advance for the YouTube ads!)

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Book Creator + Tellagami = eBooks with UDL Supports!

I know my students loved it when I introduced them to Tellagami. Honestly, I never thought of a moving avatar as a teaching tool for eBooks. I’m sure it will be coming soon – unless it is here already and I just don’t know about it!

Beth Holland

Strange things keep me awake sometimes, and last night it was Tellagami. Some of my EdTechTeacher colleagues love Tellagami. Sure, I can create a talking avatar. It can speak with my own voice if I record audio or via text-to-speech. However, I just found it sort of flat. I get that I could use it for App Smashing and have a mini-virtual me travel in and out of screencasts. In fact, Greg Kulowiec (@GregKulowiec) wrote an amazing post this week about Green Screen App Smashing with it.  But honestly, until about 4am, I just didn’t get it.

I get it!

When teaching, one of my favorite web tools was the CAST Book Builder. Teachers could create their own custom content and then employ animated coaches to ask thought provoking questions, support prediction making, and scaffold concepts. What if I could do the same thing by combining Tellagami…

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