The Weekly Patrick®
Instructional Technology that YOU can use!
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In this week's edition of The Weekly Patrick, I'll be focusing on Random Stuff! Actually, I won't really be focusing on anything in particular. I'm going to just throw some cool Instructional Technology stuff that's come onto my radar at you, and let your own personal brain-filters sort it out. Use what you can - discard what you can't!
In This Week's Issue:
Make awesome timelines.
Accessing Student H Drives
Did you know you can access student folders? You're supposed to know - but I forgot to tell you!
TCEA iPad Apps and Resources
Lots of free and pay apps for education.
Timetoast: Make your own timelines!
Timetoast is a fantastic tool that lets you create and view timelines that you can use in your classes, presentations, etc. I was told about this by my lovely and talented colleague April Bowden, my opposite number over at Rucker when I was asked for a good timeline tool by another lovely and talented colleague, Coach Anderson.
Timetoast is simple. You just create an account, set a time range, then start entering dates/pictures/links/etc. You can also view tons of other timelines created by others; it's kind of like YouTube for timelines, with the added bonus of being able to create them from scratch.
Obviously this would work for History classes - but one could think of tons of other awesome uses. The life of a famous author in English; a timeline of evolution in Biology; a timeline of an athletic program's accomplishments for a parent presentation. The possibilities are nearly endless.
I've included a quick one below to give you an example. It only took me a few minutes to make, and I stopped to watch the two videos in it. It's about me, of course. Because I'm self-centered.
1) When you look at the timeline, make sure you click the little black dots at the bottom to expand the information.
2) When you click on a video or link within the timeline, make sure you click back to get back to the timeline (or it will close out of your web browser.)
Oh No! I Forgot to Teach You Something!
So, I really should have told you this back in like September (and in fact most of you old fogies probably already know how to do this,) but did you know it's possible to get in and view your students' H drives? A new-to-the-district teacher told me that she was amazed to discover this, and the fact that she didn't already know how to do it made me realize that I had been neglectful. So now, without further ado, I present a lovely screencast that will teach you just this thing!
TCEA iPad Apps
If you're a Twitterer, you can also follow TCEA. That's where I get my free apps of the day - they have someone who tweets daily free apps.