Rank #1: 13 – The Google Classroom App: Released for iOS and Android
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.
- Offline Caching
- Work right from the phone or tablet.
- Monitor/Turn-in Assignments
Jan 21 2015
Rank #2: 12 – Voxer: What It Is and How Educators Use It
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 12 – Voxer
This episode was recorded entirely on Voxer!
Jon Samuelson – @jonsamuelson
Starr Sackstein – @mssackstein
Victoria Olson – @MsVictoriaOlson
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?
Connect with me on Voxer: jeffherb
How are you using Voxer? Vox me or comment below!
Jan 14 2015
Rank #3: 11 – Record Lessons and Presentations with Swivl
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
- Re-chargeable battery
- Wireless microphone and remote controls
- Follows you – 360 degrees with 25 degree tilt and 30 foot range.
- Flipped Classroom
- Professional Development
- Student Projects
Dec 26 2014
Rank #4: 07 – GradeCam: Use Your Camera to Grade Quizzes
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 7 GradeCam
This episode of ETYSK focuses on GradeCam, a free tool that allows you to grade multiple choice tests/quizzes (up to 10 questions in the free version) using your iOS/Android phone camera, webcam on your laptop, or many versions of document cameras.
GradeCam features include:
- Instantly grade multiple choice tests using devices you carry with you.
- Create class rosters and scan directly to a student's name in your grade book.
- Create custom answer forms and print them yourself for free.
- Provide instant feedback to teachers and students.
Getting started with GradeCam is really easy. Just head over to gradecam.com and create a free account. Then, create your classes and class roster. After that you're ready to scan!
Consider using these for exit slips, short vocabulary checkups, checks for understanding on current lessons, and so much more.
How do you think you could use GradeCam? Let me know in the comments.
Nov 12 2014
Rank #5: 05 – Communicate with Students and Parents using Remind
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 5 – Communicate with Students and Parents using Remind
This week's episode of ETYSK talks about Remind and their great tool for communicating with students in your class or who may be members of your team or activity.
Remind is a great tool for the following:
- Safe/Secure communication between teachers and students
- Teachers don't know student phone numbers, students don't know teacher phone numbers
- Schedule reminders to be sent to students – plan your week in advance
- Use the new ‘stamps' feature to allow student/parent response to your questions/comments
- Use the great Remind app to keep track of your classes and share information with students easily
- It's FREE
- So much more!
How are you using Remind with your students and/or parents? Let us know in the comments!
Sep 25 2014
Rank #6: 04 – Google Classroom in Your Classroom
Episode 4 – Google Classroom in Your Classroom
This episode of ETYSK focuses on Google's new Google Classroom LMS (learning management system) that ultimately helps teachers and students stay organized and connected throughout the duration of a course.
While Google Classroom is currently only available to those using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), so many educational institutions use GAFE that I would imagine if you are reading this or listening to this podcast you likely know that you are a GAFE school and are eligible to access the new platform.
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This podcast mentions several features that were highlighted in my previous post “Getting Started with Google Classroom,” so instead of reposting everything here I will just encourage you to check out that article for screenshots and information that is discussed in this episode.
Sep 10 2014
Rank #7: 03 – Mirroring and Screen Sharing with Reflector, AirParrot, and Slingshot
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 3
Mirroring and Screen Sharing with Reflector, AirParrot, and Slingshot
On this week's episode we talked with Drew, the co-founder of AirSquirrels (the firm that produces the great apps we are discussing today).
Drew and I talked about the following three apps in relation to mirroring and screen sharing:
“Reflector is an AirPlay receiver that allows you to wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone on a number of devices. It’s available for Mac, PC and most Android devices. Mirror your device on a big screen without wires or complicated setups.”
“AirParrot adds AirPlay screen mirroring to any Windows or Mac computer. Wirelessly connect a computer to a TV and stream movies, music, photos and more to an Apple TV or computer running Reflector. AirParrot is the only Windows screen mirroring solution, and it's a great Mac AirPlay alternative.”
“Slingshot allows you to share iOS device screens, Mac and Windows desktops or specific applications. Share with anyone, whether they're across the world or in the same room. Simply start a session, share your device and then invite others to join in! A number of collaboration tools are included, too! Video, audio and text chat are paired with collaborative note taking, file sharing and more.”
The headers above are direct links to the apps. A special thanks to Drew for talking with ETYSK about these awesome apps for educators!
Aug 19 2014
Rank #8: 18 – EdCamp Voxer
EdTech You Should Know – Episode 18 – EdCamp Voxer
Host: Jeff Herb (@jeffherb)
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?
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 23 2015
Rank #9: 17 – Live Streaming with Blab
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!
Dec 11 2015
Rank #10: 16 – WhatsDue: Keep Track of Assignment Due Dates
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.
May 02 2015