The Weekly Patrick®

Instructional Technology that YOU can use!

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It's almost Winter Holiday time! I'm sure everyone's been busy making cookies, buying presents, breaking out the decorations, and taming the traditional holiday mountain lion. Or maybe that last part was just my family; we are from the wilds of Pennsylvania, after all. Well, Pittsburgh. Lots of mountain lions in Pittsburgh. Well, pigeons.

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:

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.

Two tips:

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!

I know you guys think of me as practically a perfect human being, but believe it or not even I can make mistakes (and if you ask the Librarian, she could probably point out a few examples. She enjoys pointing my mistakes out for some reason.) Because I sometimes make mistakes, I've decided to create a new article each week called "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!

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TCEA iPad Apps

If you're an iOS person who is always looking for great apps that can be used in the classroom, TCEA, my professional organization, has a great list HERE. It's divided by subject area, so you can just select the apps you want to view. This is just a list - so once you find what you want, you'll have to go to the iTunes store and search for that app. The list even tells you which apps are free, and which are paid.

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.

Android Folks...

Well... I'm working on it. I do realize that you exist, even though I can be somewhat iOS-centric. I am trying to find a good resource of free Android apps of the day for education. Stay tuned - I'm sure I will come up with something very soon!