Mini-Geekfest May 21, 2012

Mooney Falls, Havasupai Falls

URL for logging into our Mini-geekfest live sessions on Blackboard Collaborate OR (both take you to the same place)

Blackboard Collaborate recording link for tonight's show if you'd like to watch it again or share it with friends

Shortened URL for Blackboard Collaborate Recording:

Links and tools shared during the session will be added to this wiki (see below) and the Livebinder.

LiveBinder link for tonight's resources:

Peggy's Resources and Links for May 21st, 2012

Many Eyes-Data visualization site - free registration


Eight Free Tools for Teachers to Make Awesome Infographics (ManyEyes is on the list)
List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows

Making Curriculum Pop Ning Site

Poetry Symbaloo Symbaloo Poetry Mix by Ponderous Pandas

Google Education on Air Conference - held on May 2all sessions recorded

Per Rushton Hurley: Google recently sponsored a big online gig called Education On Air, and there were about four dozen sessions on ways of using all sorts of Google tools. If you're working to learn any Google stuff, having 40+ hours of free advice, organized by topic, is certainly not a bad thing. Find all the offerings at this address.
Also from Rushton: Google Certified Teacher Aaron Slutsky created a YouTube channel covering all sorts of this-and-that related to Google Docs. This playlist will give you a quick over view of Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Including creating docs and spreadsheets, sharing, and creating forms.
The Apple Distinguished Educator crew creates a number of resources, and the link below is to those it gathers under the title, "Global Collaboration, Exploration and Innovation." These are videos, ePubs, PDFs and similar to provide ideas on all sorts of cool projects. Thanks to Lucy Gray for helping create and share these. You can subscribe in iTunesU.

This collection focuses on providing global collaboration resources for students, educators and leaders, engaging teachers and students in global citizenship activities, developing global competencies, building global relationships and cultural understanding and providing a framework for developing Challenge Based Learning in a global context.

TeacherCast website and App (TeacherCast Pro app for iPhone and iPad-free)

Need to send a quick video to someone? Eyejot is a new tool that allows you to do so from your computer or mobile device. From Rushton's May Newsletter.
What's Eyejot? Eyejot is the first, comprehensive, client-free online video messaging platform ideal for both personal and business communications. It offers everyone the ability to create and receive video messages in a self-contained, spam-free environment. With no client to install, you can start using Eyejot immediately with any browser, on any platform. It even features built-in support for iTunes™ (and iPods&trade), mobile devices and social networks like MySpace™. Watch Eyejot video examples.

Why Eyejot? Eyejot offers people the ability to easily communicate more naturally with one another through video while still taking advantage of some of the great traits that email offers in terms of working across geographies and time zones, and eliminating spam from the equation.

Kevin Honeycutt's webinar: Inspiring Teachers, Changing Lives on
Starts with pre-show music by Kevin and Ginger and then goes into his presentation followed by post-show music.

Last week's Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar "Tips and Tools for Building your PLN" with Tim Wilhelmus and Brett Clark
Livebinder links:

Writing I Am Poems (did this activity in a virtual webinar at 4T Conference with Jackie Gerstein. Submitted a photo and put our poem in the message area and all were compiled in Flickr.

AzTEA WOW Virtual Technology Conference Recordings (need to sign up on the Moodle site but can do that anytime and access all of the recordings and Livebinders from the entire conference day)
Almost all of the Livebinders have been viewed at least 450 times and the Smackdown has been viewed 1115 times!

Livebinders compilation for Writing (1000 Livebinders!)
Audio software which is like Twitter except messages are spoken. Writing teachers find it a useful tool to catch thoughts on the run, Users can 'follow' people as in Twitter and Facebook. Messages are called boos. Mobile, laptop, or desktop usability.

Kim's Resources and Links for May 21st, 2012

Create a Graph
This may have been shared before but it worth repeating. Incredibly easy tool for students to use to build graphs.
Pick the type of graph you want to build.

Pick the features you want in your graph.

Add your data and graph info.

Add labels.

Preview. You can click on the tabs to go back and edit.

You can print, download or email your graph.

From the website -"
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets."
This was shared during the Smackdown at WOW 2012 on May 5th. One of the Madison teachers participating in the virtual conference, Glynis Watkins, promptly went back to her classroom (where she teaches technology) and put it to use with her students. I was amazed at how easy it was to use! Yes, we love stuff that has a true purpose in teaching is easy to implement.

From the website - " Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time. When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video - they can play, pause, slow and speed up the action!"

New Google Research Tool

Allows you to do your research on the web without closing out your Google doc. To learn more visit:



Steve Spangler Science Experiments
If you love Science, you are going to love this site!
  • Free
  • Top 10 Science experiments + more
    • Magnetic Money - way cool!
  • Sign up for Experiment of the Week
  • Videos

Links shared by our fantastic participants/supporters in the chat:

During the webinar we were treated to a fantastic demonstration of the Reflection App by Lorna Costantini. She used this app to share her iPad screen with us and projected it through Application Sharing in Blackboard Collaborate. We were able to view a course she discovered in iTunesU (see link below) and the images were crisp and clear. The only thing that wasn't possible was to view a video within Application Sharing which is a known problem within Blackboard Collaborate and not related to using Reflection. We're hoping Lorna will come back another time and give us a tutorial on what she had to do to make it all work. If she creates a tutorial, we'll share it here. :-)

Reflection App

Mastering Tech-Artistry by TED

Course Description

Take a dive into a world where mobile technologies, social networks, software engineering, robotics and structural engineering come together to create works of art that astonish, provoke and delight. Relevant areas of interest, study and coursework include: Conceptual Art, New Media Art, Textile Arts, Sculpture, Paper Art, Applied Computer Science, and Structural Engineering.