Jeff Herb shares the latest and greatest Educational Technology tools on EdTech You Should Know - a show for educators at all levels and in all positions.
Dec. 23, 2015
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 18 – EdCamp Voxer
Host: Jeff Herb (@jeffherb)
Sarah Thomas – Twitter: @sarahdateechur & Voxer: @sarahdateechur
Nicol Howard – Twitter: @nicolrhoward & Voxer: @nicolrhoward
Rachelle Wooten – Twitter: @rwootenits & Voxer: @rwoote203
Carla Jefferson – Twitter: @mrsjeff2u & Voxer: @mrsjeff2u
Shana White – Twitter: @ShanaVWhite & Voxer: @svwhite
EdCamp Voxer takes place online using the app Voxer. It runs Dec 23-30, 2015.
Get started with EdCamp Voxer (IMPORTANT LINKS)
Propose a session: http://bit.ly/edvsessions
Room Signup: bit.ly/edcampvoxer
Follow on Twitter: @EdCampVoxer and #EdCampVoxer
New to Voxer?
Listen to this episode of ETYSK.
If you are new to Voxer, please feel free to join the New Teachers to Voxer group to explore in a no judgement zone. Here is the link: https://web.voxer.com/chats/1433596583445_218524181_9b68a85f
Dec. 11, 2015
EdTech You Should Know 17 – Live Streaming with Blab
Host: Jeff Herb (@jeffherb)
A new live streaming site called Blab.im has taken the internet by storm. It’s a great tool for those who want to live stream their podcasts, setup a study group, collaborate on a project, or host a review session (and so much more).
Here are some features of Blab:
Emails you an audio file and a separate video file of your broadcast
Up to four ‘talking head’ video participants
unlimited people on the chat
Integrates with social media to easily share your stream
Can add/drop participants with a click
Schedule ‘Blabs’ to promote your live stream
Viewers can add questions to have the hosts answer
Blab has been evolving constantly with new features being added regularly.
Check it out – and join us for live streaming of The Instructional Tech Talk Podcast on Sunday nights!
May 2, 2015
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 15 – WhatsDue App
Host: Jeff Herb (@InstTechTalk)
WhatsDue is a free app that allows teachers to create courses and then post assignments/due dates so that their students can keep track those due dates as they approach.
Here’s how you can make the most of the app (as listed in the tutorial on the site):
Add the courses you teach
Add as many upcoming assignments as you can. The more you add, the more your students and/or parents will know in advance.
Invite students and/or parents to use WhatsDue. Just hit the “Invite” button and enter the email addresses of everyone you think should know what assignments are coming up. The email will contain the course code that the students and/or parents will need in order to join the class.
Also, every time you add, update, or delete an assignment, everyone who joined your class will get a push notification. Keep this in mind before you make changes.
The service was extremely easy to setup – it took me about 3 minutes, most of which was reading time so I knew the functionality of the site. Once you’re setup, students can download the app to access the due dates and assignment information.
Support seems to be readily available – Aaron, the creator I presume, has linked multiple ways to contact him should you need it.
I’ve heard from many that they are going to do district-wide implementations of this app in the coming year. This is definitely worth checking out.
April 3, 2015
EdTech You Should Know – 15 – YouTube Capture
If you’re interested in an easy way to capture, edit, and upload video to YouTube from a mobile device you’re going to love YouTube Capture. More about this great app coming up!
Today we’re talking about an app that allows mobile device users a simple way to capture, edit, and upload video to YouTube. The app is called YouTube Capture and has been created by YouTube itself.
It’s very easy to get started using the app.
Simply download it on iOS.
Sign in to your Google/YouTube account.
Get a quick walk-through of the apps features – take Landscape videos!
Allow access to the Camera Roll and Microphone (on iOS).
There are some great features of this app too:
Tap or hold to record – allowing for quick bursts of video or longer videos as needed.
Record multiple video clips and edit them together prior to upload.
Prior to upload, you can edit your clips, add even add music as a background – with tons of great YouTube music available for free use.
Quick uploading makes use of this app on the go easy.
Feb. 3, 2015
EdTech You Should Know 14 – Kahoot: An Interactive Assessment Tool
Guest: Rachelle Wooten – Twitter – Website
Today we are talking all about Kahoot – a web-based assessment tool that is essentially setup like a game show. Teachers create questions, the questions are displayed, and students individually respond with what they think is the correct answer. Scores are kept automatically and are reported out in between each question. The result is a formative assessment that is actually really engaging!
The first step is for teachers to create the Kahoot, which is made very simple through their drag & drop creator tool. This can be done on any device. Quizzes can have embedded images and video, which is great too.
Once your Kahoot is complete, project the quiz in the front of the room and have all your students join using their device (no account necessary, just the quiz ID). It will ask for their name, this is what will show as they accumulate points.
Ultimately students will then answer questions in real time, with their results showing on their individual screen and the leaderboard displays at the front of the room. The game pauses in between each question to allow for discussion on any topics that may seem to need clarification.
Jan. 21, 2015
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 13 – The Google Classroom App
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A lot of relevant info with regards to today’s episode can be found on this article about the Google Classroom App.
The app enables users to do the following:
Take pictures and immediately upload them to an assignment.
Share from other apps.
Work right from the phone or tablet.
Again, the Google Classroom App is available for iOS and Android. Share how you are using it with students in the comments below!
Jan. 14, 2015
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 12 – Voxer
This episode was recorded entirely on Voxer!
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This episode talks all about Voxer – an app (and now website) that allows you to voice chat via a ‘walkie-talkie’ type environment. You can start conversations with individuals or with groups – all at the touch of a button.
Topics of conversation:
What is Voxer?
How are you using Voxer personally?
In what ways can you use Voxer with students?
How does Voxer redefine education?
The Voxer App – FREE (iOS, Android)
Connect with me on Voxer: jeffherb
How are you using Voxer? Vox me or comment below!
Dec. 26, 2014
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 11 – Record Lessons and Presentations with Swivl
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Swivl is an awesome tool that harnesses the power of iOS and Android devices to capture high quality video and audio that ‘tracks’ the presenter (or whomever is the keeper of the sensor).
Here are some of the highlights:
iOS and Android compatible
Adapts to hold most smartphones and tablets
Wireless microphone and remote controls
Follows you – 360 degrees with 25 degree tilt and 30 foot range.
Dec. 18, 2014
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 10 – Stick Around with Tony Vincent
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Essentially, the app lets the user set a background, add stickers to the picture, and also incorporates a ‘guess and check’ component that helps individual students assess their work instantly. From Tony’s website, here are some potential project uses of the app:
place locations on a map
tag parts of the body
place items where they belong on a chart
complete a graphic organizer
annotate the water cycle
label people in a photo
diagram a sentence
associate powers with the branches of government
sequence events on a timeline
associate words and definitions
label the parts of a plant
put words in alphabetical order
fill in a Venn diagram
match photos of animals to their habitats
Find out more about the app here: http://learninginhand.com/stickaround/
Also, check out this great infographic about the app: http://learninginhand.com/stickaroundblog/2014/12/15/an-infographic-about-stick-around
Dec. 8, 2014
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 9 – Curating Student and Audience Questions using Social QA
Thanks for tuning in for this episode about a backchanneling tool that is free, easy to use, and focused on developing a list of questions that your audience (students, staff) have regarding your topic of discussion and of those questions, which ones are most important to the group as a whole.
The tool is called Social Q&A and can be found at socialqa.com.
The functionality is simple. Your audience asks questions from their device (any web-enabled device will work), everyone votes on the questions they want answered, the most popular questions rise to the top, and thus Q&A time is streamlined since questions have already been curated.
Their site gives a couple options for implementation:
Before the fact: You can collect questions prior to the event and make your presentation/lesson focus on particular topics of importance.
During: Students/staff ask questions on the site during the lesson/meeting and you’ll have a defined list of questions to answer at the end of the session.
After: Allow the conversation to continue after your lesson or meeting – especially if all questions were unable to be answered in the time allowed. Students can ask questions as they work on homework and they can be immediately addressed the next day.
Social QA is a free tool and users can get started easily by going to socialqa.com. Links and a transcript of this episode will be available at etysk.com/9. Similarly, I’d love to hear how you use this tool – so please comment on the show’s page with your implementation – again that is etysk.com/9.