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Mat Honan tells us that If you want your videos to look their best, don’t send them from your iPhone via email or iMessage. Here’s why.

When you shoot a video, your camera app creates a very big chunk of data. Your phone looks at this giant file and says, “Hey, that’s too big and may cause problems. I don’t want to tell this guy I can’t send it because that will make him unhappy. So I’m going to try to make it smaller by throwing away details.”

Okay, it may not be that friendly. But the results are the same. Your phone tries to make the files smaller and more send-able so that neither you, nor your recipient will have to struggle with some huge file over a crappy 3G connection somewhere. Your phone doesn’t ask you if you want it to throw details away, it just does this on its own. But the end result is always the same: chunky, blocky video.

The solution is to use a backup service, and send directly from within that app. You can install something to automatically backup both your photos and video — Dropbox and Google+ are both fine choices. These will suck up every picture and video you take in full resolution to the internet. Don’t think of these as backups, or social networks. Just think of them as simple ways to store and share stuff.

Then try this: Instead of starting in your photos app and sharing via email or iMessage, start in your storage app itself, and share directly from it. Yes, you’ll essentially be sending a link to someone, rather than a file. But that’s okay, because then they’re getting a link with all the details of the original. And if you start in the app, rather than in your photos folder, it only takes a few taps to share something with anyone. You can even grab a link and send it on iMessage, if you’re really into that sort of thing.

However you do it, if you want people to see details, send a link to a file, not the file itself. In simple terms: Share the link or share the blur.

Google Glass, a wearable technology product from Google, is now being used in some classrooms. Google Glass is operated by voice commands, which direct the technology to call up information, and the device also has recording and photo capabilities.

A unique feature of Google Glass is its facial recognition technology, which allows teachers to look at students and take attendance, creating a database to access each student’s academic record just by looking at them.

Margaret Powers, a technology coordinator at a private school near Philadelphia, is beta testing Google Glass in her classroom and is keeping a blog to share her experiences. And, what is she learning?

  • Teachers can wear the device and record their lectures while they’re teaching
  • It features Google Translator, which allows the student to translate texts immediately
  • Students could record their activities while working on a project
  • It provides new opportunities for creating visually-stimulating presentations, webinar screenings, and out-of-class learning opportunities.

One drawback Powers found was that while wearing the device, students can pull up anything from around the web on it’s the device’s tiny screens, allowing them to look at what’s in front of them while also accessing whatever they need from the internet.

Want to see what other people are doing with Google Glass? Follow the hashtag#GlassEdExplorers on Twitter.

In an open letter to educators, Richard Culatta, the U.S. Department of Education’s director of the Office of Educational Technology, outlines some ways that federal funds from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), along with funds from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), can support ed-tech goals to use technology tools to improve teaching and learning.

These funds might be used to improve ed-tech professional development opportunities for educators, expand access to digital content for students, promote educator collaboration and communication, and give students devices to access digital learning resources.

  • So how do you leverage funds for professional development?
  • Where do you find funds to provide student access to ed-tech resources and support?
  • Where are the funds to support educator communication and collaboration?
  • And, last but often most difficult, where do we find funds for devices?


Answers to these questions can be found by reading this article -


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1 p.m. EST, March 27, 2014

Recent high-profile mistakes in deploying tablet computers in Los Angeles schools and elsewhere highlight the need for sound planning when rolling out a mobile learning initiative. In this free, one-hour event, you'll hear from experts as they reveal the keys to successfully planning and launching a mobile learning program in your own schools.

Attend this webinar and you'll learn…

  • How the right infrastructure can make a big difference between failure and success.
  • What to consider when choosing a device that best meets your students' needs
  • The mistakes you should avoid, and the often-overlooked keys to success.

Webinar Speakers:

Marie Bjerede
Founder, e-Mergents LLC

Traci Parrish
HQ Education Marketing Strategist, Product Management and Development Verizon


Dennis Pierce,
Editor in Chief eSchool Media



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When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for teachers and administrators is classroom management. Author, Jennifer Carey is often asked if there is a way to “lock down an iPad screen” or “ensure students cannot go to inappropriate websites” (e.g. Social Media). In other words, how do we keep students on task and are not distracted by the novelty of gadgets or communicating with friends via texting or social media. She has found that many traditional methods of classroom management readily translate to the technological rich schoolroom – with some slight modification. If you would like to know those slight modifications, please read:

5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices - Edudemic

5 Surprising Ways Writing Makes Your Life Better, by Drake Baer, reinforces the notion that when you write things down, you "clear the clutter from your mind".  Many folks have the habit of writing "To Do" lists and have stated that they are more productive as the list provides them a focus for their day.  Students who record assignments in their planners and get in the habit of taking good notes are generally successful in turning in homework assignments and scoring well on tests and quizzes.


There are several good Apps to use related to note taking and they are mentioned in and around the Community.

Note Taking Help | Free Note Taking Strategy Tips

New online tool for easy math note taking

The Mathist - Write Math Notes, Solve Problems, Share Ideas


There are journal Apps available as well, such as DayOne.  Helping students see that journal writing can help them in life provides a real purpose for their daily writing activities in school.

What should the smart education leader do to leverage the learning opportunities of mobile technologies, while minimizing the risk of a high-profile failure?  "Transform, Don't Conform", "Don't adopt, adapt", "Future Proof Technology".  These are the recommendations made by Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking. Becoming a Mobile Learning Leader provides some great advice. I hope you find it beneficial.

By now, most districts considering the implementation of BYOD know there’s a lot more to success than apps and devices. But how can districts accurately measure how much bandwidth is needed? How do you ensure the quality of student work outside of simply using an app? And can you truly ensure equity? According to one school district, there are hidden gems of BYOD implementation wisdom…and they’re ready to share what they’ve uncovered.

Meris Stansbury, associate editor of eSchool News, is sharing what Dr. Tim Clark, author of the BYOD Network Blog and coordinator of instructional technology at Forsyth County Schools, Ga. has learned through their BYOD implementation. Dr. Clark places BYOD implementation in the ‘instructional initiative’ category and has shared the Forsyth County Schools BYOD successes.

Is there something within 6 Hidden Tricks for BYOD Success that you may find surprising and beneficial as you implement BYOD in your district? 

Amplify has partnered with Common Sense Media to select the best educational apps for Android devices.  They have selected 5 terrific math apps and have shared that it today's post.5 terrific math apps for K-12 students.  The reviews include cost, an overview to the app, and limitations.  The following links will take you to an individual information page on each app.

Motion Math: Hungry Fish

Math Blaster HyperBlast

DragonBox Algebra 5+




This site, Amplify Guide to K-12 Android Apps, provides reviews for the following subjects and is continuously updated.


You may have noticed conversation in the Community with respect to the Digital Citizenship group.  Consider joining/following the group and share resources with other group members.

Imagine being able to create and share directions for your ELL students!  That would be just one way to use one of the free tools described in Richard Byrne's blog post, 5 Free Tools for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online.


Here are the 5 tools he suggests:




Free internet audio mp3 player for personal websites| AudioPal

Record mp3

Mobile Learning at its best according to Mashable!

This is what they had to say:

"What marks a successful product? The same indicator of a successful Facebook post, tweet or status update: something you want to share with others.

At least that's our view. We don't put our seal of approval, Mashable Choice, on a product unless we would recommend it to friends, family or colleagues. It might solve a problem, help you work faster and smarter, or sport a mind-bogglingly cool design."

So here is their list. You decide for yourself if they hit the nail on the head or if they missed something powerful that you use.

13 Tech Products that Stood Out in 2013


January 28 – 31, 2014

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL


The FETC conference is set to open on January 28, 2014 and will provide on site registration from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Wednesday, January 29 offers a full day of registration, workshops, pre keynote sessions, and seminars.  The opening keynote is set to begin at 3:30 PM and the exhibit hall will open at 5:00 pm.


There are many ways to learn at FETC 2014, including networking with peers.  But here’s a list of the types of sessions you’ll find to choose from:

  • Workshops: Learn how to build your technology skills or implement new tools!
  • Concurrent Sessions: Cutting Edge technological implementations shared!
  • Posters: Deep dive into conversations with technology leaders who have implemented successful programs and want to share their best practices.
  • BYOD: Participate in interactive, hands-on concurrent sessions.
  • IdeaFest: Interactive discussion sessions with the technology thought leaders.
  • Aspire Sessions: Learn a new tech skill in 20 minutes!
  • Mega App Share: Sessions designed for participants to share the best apps for each developmental age group.


The four-day event is a platform for the growing FETC community to connect, collaborate, create and improve teaching and learning in the 21st century.

I know many of you are rewriting your policies for acceptable use of digital devices in your classrooms. So I thought I would share this document developed by COSN - Consortium for School Networking. I hope you find it useful.


Rethinking Acceptable use Policies to Enable Digital Learning: A Guide for School Districts


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WLefZuOz26s/Uo-UnumCQJI/AAAAAAAABUQ/efrtPieoPYU/s640/HighLander+in+the+Gazette+icon.jpgAt the beginning of this school year, I [somewhat reluctantly] began teaching Creative Writing and Journalism. This QUICKLY spawned into a Journalism Department after I decided to make my class a center for authentic tasks through project-based learning. My reluctance went away completely as I began to love teaching this subject and these kids.


How did I do it?


I created an online newsletter called The HighLander and made my kids the staff. I began teaching them how to be reporters, editors, layout artists, photographers, promoters, etc. With each passing week, they bought into it more and more. Staffed with a mix of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, we have produced something of which we are truly proud.


That pride made its way beyond the doors of Charles Carroll Middle School yesterday when The Gazette ran a front-page article on The HighLander. I have been glowing since the first second I saw my students on the front page of the local paper.


Print Edition   


Online Article


The HighLander

Jane Brown

Going #MobileEdChat

Posted by Jane Brown Nov 6, 2013


Verizon Foundation and its Thinkfinity Content Partners are pleased to present the professional development series Going Mobile EdChat. In this series of online conversations, learn from and interact with panel experts around the topic of mobile learning. Each week, watch presentations from our panel experts and then join us at 8 p.m. ET for a #MobileEdChat on Twitter. Ask questions or share your experiences with using mobile learning to engage students. After each week's presentation, keep the conversation going in the Thinkfinity Community.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Going Mobile EdChat series?
  2. Do you engage learners with Mobile Devices? - After the First Twitter Chat, please share your thoughts in this lively discussion on Student Engagment.
  3. How are teachers utilizing cell phones and other mobile devices in the classroom?




Jump to the info for the Nov. 5 Twitter chat.

Jump to the info for the Nov. 12 Twitter chat.



First Twitter Chat - Going Mobile EdChat: Student Engagement

Twitter Chat Archive

October 29, 2013, 8 p.m. ET

Leveraging mobile technology for the enhancement of student learning and engagement is necessary with the students of today. Technology-enhanced instruction has the capacity to engage students deeply in their work, connect them with countless resources, and allow them to collaborate across time and space. Join teachers, educators, consultants, and specialists to look at using mobile technology to boost student engagement.


Meet the Presenters

Take a moment to view their brief videos on Going Mobile EdChat on Student Engagement and bring your questions to the online discussion.



Sarah shares her initial thoughts on Student Engagement  (4:09)

Sarah DeLeeuw


Sara DeLeeuw is the Manager of Online Projects at the National council of Teachers of Mathematics, where she oversees the development of content of Illuminations - designing resources for teaching and learning mathematics and advocating for teachers by providing professional development. Sarah is also a PhD student in Mathematics Education Leadership at George Mason University, with a specialization in Instructional Technology, and expects to complete her dissertation work next year.irusSD




Melissa shares her initial thoughts on Mobile Device in Classroom (5:13)

Melissa Edwards



Melissa Edwards wears many hats in supporting teachers especially in learning and creativity as an instructional technologist for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. As a Wonderopolis Lead Ambassador and social media voice, Melissa is well known for her ability to find and share resources. She lives in Kernersville, North Carolina, with her husband, Neil, and their daughter, Madalyn.




Tony shares his initial thoughts on  Engaging Students (Prezi)

Tony Varrato



Educator/author Tony Varrato has taught high school and middle school ELA in Delaware and New Jersey for 23 years. He has served as district lead monitor for new teachers and is currently on the district Teacher Leadership Academy and a building PLC leader. He presents at state conferences and district in-services on several topics including: mentoring, using interactive white boards, and motivating reluctant readers. He also writes articles about using creativity to improve student performance for the International Reading Association's online magazine Engage as well as their new e-book line: E-ssentials. Two of his novels, Fakie and Outrage, were selected as ALA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers.



Second Twitter Chat - Going Mobile EdChat: Student Created Content

Twitter Chat Archive

November 5, 2013, 8 p.m. ET

Having students leverage mobile technology to create content-related resources encourages them to feel ownership of what they are learning and influences their level of engagement. Join teachers, educators, consultants, and specialists to look at utilizing mobile technology to support students creating their own learning content.

Meet the Presenters

Take a moment to view their brief videos on Going Mobile EdChat on Student Engagement and bring your questions to the online discussion.



Alexia shares her initial thoughts on Going Mobile EdChat On Twitter


Page that Alexia made for event.

Alexia Forhan



Alexia Forhan is a science educator at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School where she also applies her digital know-how as the school's VILS technology coach. In this role, she facilitates and mentors on how to integrate technology effectively in the classroom. She co-designed and teaches a virtual online biology course to Assabet's at-risk students through Virtual High School. Alexia presents technology workshops at state level conferences and professional development workshops to staff members. She is involved in Biograph, a NSF funded project of the MIT Scheller Teacher Ed program and UPenn GSE, seeking ways to improve high school biology by using simulations of complex systems. Alexia was most recently chosen as one of the five finalists for "The Hall at Patriot Place 2013 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year"--and has been a recipient of the Teacher of the Year award for the town of Marlborough, Massachusetts--a credit to her commitment to advancing STEM achievement and to her dedication to opening minds by creating new learning experiences and finding innovative ways to help teachers teach and students learn.



Eric shares his initial thoughts on Students Creating Content With Mobile Devices

Eric Langhorst



Eric Langhorst teaches 8th grade U.S. history, broadcasting, and technology at Discover Middle School in Liberty, Missouri. The 2013-2014 school year is Eric's 20th in the classroom. He and his wife Jayme have two daughters. Eric was named the 2008 Missouri Teacher of the Year, the 2012 Gilder Lehrman Missouri History Teacher of the Year, and was selected as a Google Certified Teacher in 2012. He teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Baker University and is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the topic of social studies teachers using Twitter to collaborate. Eric visited Japanese schools in the summer of 2011 as a Keizai Koho Center Fellow. In September of 2010, Tech & Learning magazine named Eric as one of the "30 Most Influential Individuals to the Future of educational Technology." Since 2005, he has produced the "Speaking of History" blog and podcast. He presents professional development for teachers and school districts on a variety of educational technology topics.  www.ericlanghorst.com


2 snyder_mark.jpgMark shares his initial thoughts on Playing Deep Sea Duel by Illuminations

Mark Snyder



Mark Snyder is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology's where he studied computer graphics. In 1994 he founded Concrete Creative, Inc. as an interactive multimedia firm and began servicing  educational and environmental clients in the Washington DC metro area. Nearly 20 years later he is still blending his traditional skill sets with new technology and e-learning. His client list includes the World Wildlife Foundation, The Wilderness Society, The Smithsonian, NASA, the George Washington University and many more. He is currently working on a revision of NCTM Illuminations's app Deep Sea Duel, and including not only his own kids but also several students from a local school to aid in the design and development. n addition to his programming and design work, Mark Snyder is also an Adobe Certified Expert, an Adobe Certified Instructor and a Certified Technical Trainer with over 25 years of classroom experience.



This video, created by an 11 year-old, gives a glimpse of the new two-player version of Deep Sea Duel! See how @MarkSnyder, who is developing the applet for @NCTMillum includes kids on his design team.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiNuB1fwuo8


Third Twitter Chat - Going Mobile EdChat: Authentic Tasks

Twitter Chat Archive

November 12, 2013, 8 p.m. ET

Authentic tasks require students to demonstrate proficiency by applying existing knowledge to solve a real-world problem. Engaging students in projects that allow them to construct their own knowledge and develop authentic products while dealing with real-world issues will create a bridge between what is learned in the classroom and why this knowledge is important to the world outside of the classroom. Join teachers, educators, consultants, and specialists to look at leveraging mobile technology to encourage students to engage in authentic tasks.

Meet the Presenters

Take a moment to view their brief videos on Going Mobile EdChat on Student Engagement and bring your questions to the online discussion.



Bob shares his initial thoughts on Authentic Tasks with Bob Hirshon

Bob Hirshon



Bob Hirshon is Program Director for Technology and Learning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His Active Explorer project lets educators create mobile expeditions, called Quests, that kids join on their mobile devices. They then collect video, photos, audio, and other data which they use to create ebooks, science posters, comic strips, and presentations.



Kyle Pace



Kyle Pace is an instructional technology specialist for a K-12 school district near Kansas City, Missouri. His education experience includes teaching elementary school and teaching teachers how to infuse technology with their instruction to provide meaningful learning experiences for students across all disciplines. In 2009, he co-authored Integrating Technology with Music Instruction.

Kyle was not able to provide a video segment for the Mobile Ed series, but all are invited and encouraged to visit http://kylepace.wordpress.com/ for his commentary on education technology.

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Lisa shares his initial thoughts on Authentic Learning and Mobile Devices

Lisa Keys-Mathews



Dr. Lisa Keys-Mathews is professor of geography at the University of North Alabama and coordinator for the Alabama Geographic Alliance, for which she conducts workshops related to best practices in teaching geography topics, including geospatial technology, reading in geography, teacher leadership, geography as science, and teaching geography in social studies and history. She thrives on integrating geography technology into the classroom.