Weekly Geekly

January 11, 2016

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Follow Friday

George Couros (@gcouros) offers an administrator perspective on digital learning, and you can follow his blog or follow him on Twitter. I just recently started following him, and I really like what I have seen so far.


Sylvia Tolisano (@langwitches) I am passing on because she came highly recommended to me. I have not followed her for long, but a review of her tweets has me thinking there are going to be some gems with this one!

Tip of the Week- Quote Assessments

MASHUP! A mashup is when you use multiple tech tools together to do something awesome. If this is intimidating, try one step.


Try using one of these quote makers to have students highlight one important thing they learned from your lesson. Turn them in with Google Classroom and display on a page in your Moodle. Or even better, have them post their image to a Padlet, tell them they cannot duplicate ideas. Embed the padlet on your Moodle. I made the image below in about a minute at Recite. This is a good activity for using the tablets.



Adobe Post (iPhone)

Recite (website, Android, iTunes)

Quozio (website)

Notegraphy (Android, iTunes)

Wordswag (iTunes, paid)


There are LOTS more and chances are the kids could already have one of these apps on their device. Some others to check out might be TextGram or InstaQoute.


Several of these require logging in with Facebook or Twitter, but Recite does not!

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ISTE Standard of the Week

Today we continue with standard 4: Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. This standard says that "students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources." And part B of that standard states that students should be able to "plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project".


I think the most difficult thing for students (and teachers) is understanding all the steops that go into creating a project online from start to finish. The time factor is more of an unknown when dealing with online tasks. Guess what helps? Practice!

Tool of the Week- Soundtrap

The next time you have the students do a project that requires sound, why not have them make their own? That's exactly what Soundtrap allows you to do. Think Garage Band but on the web. You can log in with your Google account, which makes this nice for our kiddos.


Features include:

· Opportunity to collaborate in real-time with other SoundTrap users!! You can even video chat while you’re working together.

· The free plan gives you access to 480 loops and allows you to create up to 5 projects with 125 instruments.

· Can store up to 5 songs, but you can download your song as an mp3! (Makes it easier to add to your video.)

· Appears to be device-neutral because it runs on HTML5.


Check out the Intro video below!

Make Music Online - Play with Loops - Soundtrap.com

Article- The $7,500 Blogging Mistake That Every Blogger Needs to Avoid!

You need to read this.

Not because you blog, but because you have students who might someday blog. Or post pictures online for some reason. Like they might have a Weekly Geekly Newsletter for example.


If you are interested, my green pepper photo came from Morgue File, an amazing resource for students and teachers where you can find images that are downloadable and require no attribution with use.

Have you heard of Sketch Noting?

Unbeknownst to me, I have been sketch noting my whole life. I remember one class in high school in which I got in trouble for doodling on my paper. The teacher thought I wasn't paying attention! I also remember specifically taking notes in one of my first faculty meetings at Allen High School (probably 1996 or 1997) and drawing a picture of a giant house as we were told about the house structure that the school would be moving to in the coming years. I still remember that note and what that particular meeting was about. That is the power of sketch noting! Sketch noting is simply taking notes using both words and pictures. Check out this article to learn more about it. If you are really interested in SketchNoting on the iPad, Sylvia Duckworth has a great resource to teach you how! Sylvia Tolisano from our #FF this week is also a great note taker. Check out her example below!


Image Credit (Inset Image)

Image Credit (Sketch Note Below)

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