iPad Skill Stations for Teachers &/or Students

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Mar 262013

This PDF of different essential iPad skills in education is a great tool for helping teachers and students alike to know how to perform these different skills (annotate a screenshot, recording short videos, QR Codes, screencasts, etc). More importantly, it describes WHY these skills are important and how these skills could be integration into instruction.

This activity was created by Lisa Thomas (lisa.thomas@byu.edu) and was presented at the March meeting of the Utah C-Forum of Technology Trainers from around the state. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend, but I’m very glad that they sent out a link to this from the group Wiki.

So Long Posterous… Hello WordPress!

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Mar 132013

I’ve been a strong supporter of Posterous ever since I sent my first email to create my Posterous site way back in 2008. It was just about the most amazing thing I’d seen at the time. Super simple site creation and updating – an amazing tool. I’ve trained more teachers that I can remember how to use it to create an easy-to-update and maintain teacher web site, and now this service is going away as of April 30 due to the purchase of Posterous by Twitter. This saddens me quite a bit, because I have 5+ years of content on my Posterous site that I just can’t loose.

My blog has moved to the WordPress platform. I’m using the self-hosted version that is downloadable from WordPress.org, but I think that a free WordPress.com site is more than sufficient for most teachers. The main reason for the move is because I was able to import ALL of my Posterous posts and images to my new site with the help of an import tool. Also, with the help of some good tools and plugins detailed below, I can get my new WP dog to do the same tricks I loved in Posterous. Unfortunately, my embedded videos and documents that I’ve uploaded did not come over, so I’ll loose some of these until I go back and fix each effected post, which could take some time.

To help other teachers in this circumstance, I’ll point you to some good help to make the transition as easy and painless as possible.

  • Import from Posterous to WordPress – these instructions will walk you through how to backup your Posterous site data (which you should do regardless!) and then import it to a new WordPress.com blog or site. The WordPress Importer PlugIn worked for me on my hosted site.
  • Post by Email – this was one of my favorite features of the Posterous platform, and you can do this with a WordPress site as well.
  • Publicize – One of the features of Posterous that I really liked was that it would automatically update my Twitter account and Facebook Fan Page when I published a new post. The Publicize tool can be configured to do this on a WordPress.com blog. If you are self-hosting, the Jetpack plugin will add this feature and much more.
  • Ultimate Follow Me – this is an easy to set up plugin that will give you a sidebar module with quick links to any or all of the social sites you may use to make it quick and easy for people to follow you.

I will update this post with more of the tools and plugins that I’m using and liking on my new site. Now, back to work!

UCET 2013 – New Sites and Services (to me)

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Mar 112013

UCET 2013 is now over and done, but what a great conference! If you didn’t attend, you can get an idea of the happenings by taking a look at the Conference Twitter Hashtag.

This year I was lucky enough to have a few sessions where I was not presenting and was able to sit in on a few good ones. Below is a quick list of sites, services, and presentation links that I quickly noted to myself to check out at some point. I’ll list them here for both my benefit (get them out of my Inbox) and anyone else out there listening:

I Have an iPad… Now What??? UCET 2013

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Mar 082013

Permalink: http://goo.gl/9fsBQ

Thanks for attending my session at the UCET 2013 Conference today! We have much ground to cover, and I’ll move quickly, but PLEASE feel free to ask questions at any time.

Attached below is a PDF and PowerPoint version of the workshop for today – the links are active! Just click on the app or service that I’ve linked with the underlined words, and you’ll be taken to that resource immediately.

iPad Now What for UCET 2013 PDF

iPad Now What for UCET 2013 PPT

Quicklinks to the apps and services in the presentation:

UCET 2013 – Links to My Presentation Resources

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Mar 062013

Welcome to UCET 2013! Below are the links to all of my presentation resources – just click on the session you have attended, and you’ll be able to download PDF’s of my presentations (or access them directly), see all of the session notes and links to the apps and resources that I have presented.

If you’d like to be informed when I post new resources and information, you can follow me on Twitter @sedcclint, or on my Facebook Page. Thanks for your attendance and interest!

Friday, March 8

Saturday, March 9