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While I was sitting and enjoying the opening keynote for the TIE Colorado conference, I could help but notice that the presenter, Roger Pryor, was wearing a tshirt with a elephant’s head printed on it. If fact, he even referred to his shirt a few times in his keynote. The elephant’s head is of course the logo for Evernote. I had never really though very much about Evernote, but the keynote references to it were just the beginning. It seamed that everywhere I went this summer I kept running into people that love Evernote.
So take I finally gave in and I downloaded the Evernote app to my iPad, then to my iPhone and then finally to my MacBook. I will install it on my school PC when I get back to work next week. I know nothing about using Evernote so I started with some online tutorials form Atomic Learning. You can see from this image that they had a lot of quick little lesson videos about Evernote. These lessons are part of their much bigger workshop called “The Social and Interactive Web.”
I spent about 15 minutes watching the videos all the while pausing every now and then to practice what I had just learned. I am now using Evernote lickety-split. I’m no pro — but I know way more about Evernote than when I woke up this morning.
Part of being a 21st Century teacher is always being ready to learn new things — and today I am glad I did, I can already see how this little program is going to help me get a little more organized as teacher.
- Brad Flickinger, Bethke Elementary School
- Keep it Forever Using Evernote’s Web Clipper (techie-buzz.com)
- Evernote Tips Tricks and Resources (ismckenzie.com)
- App of the week for journalists: Evernote – A must-have app ‘like having a second brain’ (blogs.journalism.co.uk)
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A few weeks ago I blogged about how webinars have gotten a bad rap because some webinars have wrecked it for the rest of us (see link below). Well, as the saying goes, “Talk is cheap.” so I have been working on my upcoming webinar to make sure that it delivers.
Last week I did my first rehearsal with Kathy from Atomic Learning. Most parts were smooth, but there were still a few rough spots. One of the big parts that we were focusing on is the audience participation pieces. Polls and surveys that, depending on the audience results, change how the webinar is presented. These polls are very valuable to me as the presenter, they let me know where everyone is at.
So I guess what I am trying to say it that great webinars don’t just happen, they are planned and rehearsed so that your audience gets the most of the hour that they spend with you.
One of the things that make our webinars so successful is that we don’t just do a “data dump” on the participants. Instead, we tell stories, stories about what real people are doing on the subject. In this case we tell about how one particular principal got technology integrated into her Montana school, and how she went from nothing to full integration in less than a year.
For more information on my upcoming webinar, just click the link below.
- Webinars that don’t suck. (schooltechnology.org)
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Every week I try to improve as a teacher — so what happened this week?
On Monday I was cruising through my Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Tweetdeck when I noticed a tweet about a new book that I have been interested in for months called The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. The tweet was about how the ideas presented in this book could be used in education. How could using checklists improve education?
Since I am a big believer in checklists, I was intrigued. I grabbed my iPhone, opened the iBooks app and found the book in the online store, then downloaded a sample. After reading the intro (that was all that was included in the sample) I was hooked. I pressed the buy button and I continued my reading.
I could only read for a few minutes before I would have to put it down so I could go to the Notes app and write down the flood of ideas that were coming to me.
- A checklist for my daily podcast; one for the host, one for the sound tech and one for the producer.
- A checklist for the new 5th grade documentary project.
- A checklist for the old 5th grade blogging project (that could have saved a lot of heartache).
- A checklist for the 4th grade U.S. Constitution podcast project.
You get the picture. Checklists can make our student projects even better. And I am only on chapter 3!
I can’t imagine what things will look like with my teacher by the time I finish the book.
- Applying Atul Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto to SEO (seomoz.org)
- Book review: The checklist manifesto(scottberkun.com)
- Checklists: They help surgeons, journalists and Van Halen prevent errors (stevebuttry.wordpress.com)
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This morning while plowing through my incoming messages I came across an email from a fellow Google Certified Teacher; Darren Cannell, an assistant principal in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada. In his email he explained that he and his family will be embarking on a worldwide trip, traveling to 35 countries starting in September, and that as part of his travels, his 2nd grade son will be blogging about it.
I checked out his son’s blog and it looks promising:
If you want to get really jealous, just check out the Google map and calendar, then you will see all of their destinations. I saw in the video section that they have used the TripAdvisor’s new TripWow tool that makes really cool videos from your photos.
I think it would be a great idea for your classroom to follow this young student as he travels the globe this winter, part of his schooling grade is to participate in comments on his blog — so get connected and be part of a cool project.
How can you use school technology to track this world traveling second grader?
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