Jim’s WebLetter for 3/23/13

Hi-ya friends!

When putting things together this week I realized I was drawn to the tools that are being created today using the new computers and mobile devices being built and sold at record pace. I think you’ll agree, the technology is leading to better educational practices between teacher and student. Feel free to bookmark and pass along what you read with someone you know who could use it in their own life.

Lifehacker.com is a website loaded with tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done (not my words, but theirs). Their stories vary widely but include things you always wanted to know. Like for instance, don’t you hate it when you brush your teeth but then eat or drink something and its tastes bad? I happened to come across the story in Lifehacker about that very thing. What makes things taste that way and what you can do to fix the problem …
http://lifehacker.com/5991693/why-toothpaste-makes-everything-else-taste-bad-and-how-to-fix-it

There are a number of tools coming out now that take advantage of writing (and speaking) and storing the result in a cloud. Richard Byrne describes and links 10 such program tools for teachers, and all of them are free. His article lists tools including sticky notes and teacher/student activities. These are worth the read and to try out. I think my favorite has to be Creaza Education because it includes a video and audio editor in the tool suite. http://www.ufreetech4teachers.com/2012/10/ten-terrific-mind-mapping-and.html#.UUxMiNG9KK0

Another such tool I began playing around with that Richard wrote about is Sketchlot, a free whiteboard service that works on any device that has a web browser. It’s designed for teacher and student use. Teachers create their own accounts and then inside that account they can create a list of students. Each student is assigned his or her own password to use to join a drawing shared by his or her teacher. Teachers can create as many drawings as they like and share them on an individual basis. Teachers can share their drawings to one or all of their students at a time. Students can create their own sketches to share back to their teachers through Sketchlot. This has practical application for all sorts of Mind Mapping and Brainstorming ideas from drawing and sharing layouts to writing a list of things to do. http://www.sketchlot.com/

Over the years, I have used my email to store websites and jokes for WeLetters I have written. Now, Google has created a companion called Keep, a note-taking and list-making app for it’s Drive storage. The tool, which can be found at drive.google.com/keep or in the Play Store for Android 4.0 and up, is meant to replace physical notepads by giving users a quick place to jot down reminders or lists. Since it’s on Drive, they’ll sync across devices (unless, at least right now, you’re on iOS or Windows Phone… in that case, I just open my Drive account in a browser and access it from there), and notes can be organized in multiple colors, then archived or deleted when they’re no longer needed. There’s also a transcription tool, which will turn your voice memos into text.

Finally this week, the Cleveland Museum of Art has an exhibit that is comprised of iPads 5 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Each tablet is connected to a content manager that changes the image or video that each tablet is displaying every 10 minutes or so while the center display updates every 40 seconds. There’s a picture of the exhibit known as He Collection Wall along with the explanation of the exhibit at the museums website … http://www.clevelandart.org/gallery-one/collection-wall

=== HuMoR ===
A mother of two teenage boys was constantly being asked to look for things that they couldn’t find. Most of the time these items were directly in front of them. Seeing her frustration over this when it happened yet again, one of her sons remarked: “It’s not my fault, Mom. I don’t have parental vision.”
(thanks, Henry)
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The husband was constantly working on their defective washing machine, and his language was often colorful. One day the daughter returned home from a movie, and the parents asked if she had learned anything from it.
“Only a lot of four-letter words,” she told them, “that until now I always thought were parts of the washing machine.”
(thanks, Karen)
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That’s what I have for you this week … make it a good weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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