When Great Products Go Bad

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I am in presenter overload. I am gearing up for the Google Summit Korea this coming week and I have another two more presentations coming up in the very near future. In getting ready for my upcoming talks, I neglected to prepare a visual aide for today’s faculty meeting. No biggie. I made a video last night. I started at 10 pm and finished at 2:30 a.m.

Hmmm…

I am going to have to admit it’s kind of awful. I was rushed, I was tired, I had only used the app, PowToon, once before. I didn’t take into account narrating the video.  Today when I viewed it with fresh eyes it was evident it needed some voiceover work. I tried to narrate it using PowToon but it just didn’t work. For some reason the mic was giving awful feedback. It seemed as if the track of Finding Nemo was playing in background. In desperation I  switched to iMovie, but the timing was all off. I had to present today and so at this point I was fully committed to completing the project.

The final product sounds like I am one of those auctioneers, except I’m peddling ed tech to teachers. The Mandarin teacher was 100% sure it wasn’t me narrating the video. Here it is for your viewing pleasure:


But as I lay awake, sleep deprived, back in knots from sitting for hours working on my techie projects, humiliated from today’s failure, I wonder if today was such a wash after after all. Did I waste my time? Or can we learn from our failures and next time produce something magical? Ok… maybe not magical but at least coherent.

I don’t regret my fiasco. I learned a lot about using the software. I refreshed my skills in voice-over work. I inspired a few teachers to try a new piece of software. So maybe I did turn a great product into something slightly awful but at least I’m trying and in the process learning and creating something that I hope will help me be a better teacher.

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iPad Note Taking: iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide

iPad-Apps-for-Taking-NotesiPad Note Taking: iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide is list of helpful note taking apps for iPads. I’m still searching for the perfect app. I am using Evernote in conjunction with Penultimate. I like them OK but I don’t love them yet. Maybe I just need more time playing around with the features I like, dictation and imbedding web images and links. Which ones have you tried?

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Level Up

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What if gaming was used to solve real world problems?

Jane McGonigal is a game designer that has been studying that very question for several years. She gave an intriguing TED talk on the subject. I must admit that I have not always been a fan of gaming, though I am a bit of a gamer myself. Ironic. But lately, I’ve been thinking about incorporating gaming as part of my instructional practice. Why? Because I’ve come to believe gaming can and is changing the world.

I can tell you don’t believe me. Check this out… Read more ›

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Evolution Not Revolution… and No There Is Not an App for That

Walking home today I had an interesting conversation about digital natives and the teachers that are desperately trying to catch up their level of expertise and experience with technology. I can see my own evolution as both an educator and techie.  I cringe at the memory of some of my past beliefs and perceptions about technology.

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1:1 iPads… What I’ve Learned So Far

Today was a good day. We finally received our iPads ready for implementation. It was an exciting day. Students and teachers have been waiting anxiously for the chance to glide fingers and gestures all over that miraculous glass pad.

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B2SN or Back to School Night

I really want to make the focus of this blog about how I use technology to improve my teaching practice with all stakeholders in my learning and teaching community.

B2SN was a perfect opportunity to do just that with my parent community.  I revamped my presentation switching from PowerPoint to Keynote. I am really trying to embrace all things Apple since I work for an Apple school. I am hoping to create a screen cast of the Keynote in the next week or so for parents that missed B2SN or for families entering my class later in the year.

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Be a Newspaper Mogul with Paper.li

As I maneuver this world of social media, ed tech, and education, I search for easy ways to monitor the latest and greatest on the web.  I randomly stumbled upon Paper.li, a site that allows you to “create your online newspaper in minutes. Automatically find, publish & promote engaging articles, photos and videos from across the web.”

I jumped on this opportunity, and created TeachRemix with EdTech, an online newspaper that will link my followers to some of the sites I’ve started following.  Some of my favorites in the ed tech field are  EdTech and Edutopia.  Since I also like all things technology I started following Wired and Gizmodo as well. I hope to build my “newspaper” as I discover great new resources in the areas that intrige me in both technology and education.

If you want to create your very own newspaper just visit paper.liand create a free account!

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