Have Your Students Make a Comic Strip








I saw the site MakeBeliefsComix.com mentioned on the amazing freetech4teachers.com site. With it you can easily create comic strips in minutes. So how could you use comics in class, well, maybe have your students create a comic based on current events or as a visual journal of their week. Comic strips could be a fun way for students to collaborate on an idea, or can be created just for fun. I hope you enjoyed the hilarious comic in the post. I’m of to grab a coffee.

Haiku Deck









I’ve been using the ipad app Haiku Deck for a few months now. It’s a simple way to make very visual presentations. I just read a nice article over at Freethech4teachers.com by a guest blogger that I wanted to share.

Article at Freetech4teachers.com

Here’s a Haiku I made that talks about Elluminate. You can read more about Haiku in my previous post by clicking HERE.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad


Wunderlist – A great way to manage you to-do list


I’ve been looking for a simple yet powerful to-do list for some time. I’ve played around with several and they have either been to complicated, ugly, or just clunky. Well I think I’ve finally found a winner in Wunderlist.

It’s interface is simple and clean. I can easily add new tasks and then easily remove them when they are completed, because really isn’t that supposed to be the point in a program like this.

You can create Lists where you can group your tasks, or just have them all collected in one “Inbox”.  Again, simple and to the point. But as simple as Wunderlist is, it still has some pretty cool tools under the hood. You can:

  • Add notes to tasks
  • Collaborate with friends and co-workers on tasks
  • Change the look of the app
  • Print your lists out
  • Share them with the cloud

The other thing that makes this app a winner is that its free for all mobile devices, Android, iOS, and can be downloaded to your Mac or PC. You can then sync your lists to any and all devices once you sign up for a free account.

Overall I’m very pleased with this to-do app. Now if you will excuse me, I see by looking at Wunderlist, I have a lot to do today.

Video From Wunderlist

Qwiki – Great Presentation Tool for Teachers


Qwiki is a fairly new web tool that allows creators to make short, 2- minute presentations, incorporating many different types of web media along with a video, audio or text narration you create.

“Qwiki is very simple to use. Sign up for an account (it will be by invitation only for the next two weeks), decide what topic you want to make a Qwiki about, and then add up to six pieces of media — images, video, a Google map, etc. You can also add text to those image-heavy assets and then record a video narration to string together a visual, multimedia story.”

I found out about Qwiki in May and started using it in some of my classes. It’s an interesting and quick way to present information. When I have used QWIKIS, students have told me they enjoyed them because they were fast and got the message across using a lot of media formats they were used to seeing online.

In the post I’ve included a three part tutorial on how to create a Qwiki. I’ve also embedded a few Qwikis I have created and how I used them in my class.

QWIKI Tutorial




My Qwiki Channel

Play the Qwiki: Kevin’s Qwiki Channel

How Other Media Outlets Use Qwikis




How I’ve Used it in My Class

Pocket – What is it?








Pocket is a great little app/website that allows you to capture entire webpages/articles and even videos, that you can then read later even without internet access. It’s an interesting visual way to bookmark articles that you want to read later, whether its a few hours when you know you won’t have wifi access, or a year later as a reference. Take a look at the videos below to learn more about it.



Pocket on the desktop



Pocket on the iPad

KickStarter for Students



KickStarter.comis one of those sites that you may not have heard of but once you do you’ll think, wow, that’s a great idea.

KickStarter combines social networking and fundraising, allowing you to pitch your project to the masses. It’s not easy though, it’s a lot of work, but getting someone to give you money for your great idea never is.

So how does it work? I’ll use filmmaking as an example. Let’s say you want to make a documentary about your home town. Before you even think about going to KickStarter you need to have all your ducks in a row. You need your shot outline, script, shooting schedule, expenses, etc. You then right a proposal to KickStarter as to why you think your project should be on their site. If you get approved your next steps are to setup your KickStarter.com page, think of incentives for people who are going to give you money, make a video telling people what your project is, and then do a lot of social marketing. Like I said, it’s not easy, but it’s pretty powerful.

How does the money part work? You ask for a certain amount, the funds you receive stay in an escrow account until you hit your funding target. If you don’t hit your target in the allotted time, you don’t get any of the funds. Sounds harsh, but think of it, if you don’t have all the funds you ask for, you don’t have enough for the project.

There was a great post on Edudemic about students using KickStarter.com, check it out. And visit Kickstarter to see and maybe fund some amazing projects by passionate people.

Google Drive Is Here


Google Drive has finally be released. Didn’t know it was even coming, that could be because you aren’t glued to your computer like I am. :)

So what is Google Drive. It’s Goggle getting into cloud storage. With Google Drive you get 5 gig of space in the Googlesphere (is that a word) and can upload whatever you want using it as a hardrive in space, then share it and work collaboratively if you choose. Drive is also tied to your Google Docs account, in fact, it  actually replaces Google Docs. All your files will remain but now instead of being stored in Google Docs, its called Google Drive.

But the cool thing is, like with DropBox, you can syn all your Google Drive content on multiple machine by loading the Google Drive Application to your computer. This is great news. Say you need to edit a paper but do not have internet access…just head over to your Google Drive folder on your computer, and all your files are right there. Edit away, and then when you have internet access again, Google Drive will sync all versions of the file automatically.

So why use Drive and not just stick with DropBox or whoever you are using for cloud storage? One really powerful feature of Google Drive is that it employs Google Search when you are looking for something in your Google Drive. So you could search for a name and it will look through the files, the text in the files, or the names of the files. Very cool. Another reason I am thinking of migrating to Google Drive is that its a Google product. I work in what was Google Docs a lot, so this would allow me to move even more towards all my work and much of my personal content being in the cloud. Extra space is also cheap. For 30 bucks a year you can bump your account to 25gig, and in doing so Google gives you an additional 25gig for your mail account. As someone who gets a lot of large emails and is now using 30% of there Gmail storage, that’s another big draw. Lastly, this is Google. When someone with that much power enters a market things change, storage gets cheaper, more functions are delivered, and Google has the juice to do it.

The people over at Edumedic have one of the best how-to posts I’ve seen about Google Drive so far. Take a look for more info. 

Are you planning to use Google Drive, or switch from DropBox to Drive?

DropBox – New Feature – Amazingly Simple File Sharing








Dropbox has made it incredibly easy to share files. You can now share files and entire folders with DropBox AND non-Dropbox users, simply by sending them a link. They can then view or even download the file, but not edit or delete it. So for example, you have a movie file that is 500meg, you upload it to Dropbox, create a link, then email that link to someone. They can then view the movie, or download it. And its all very simple.

Watch the video for more information. If you want to sign up for Dropbox and also help me earn more space, click here.

16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest


I came across this great infographic from OnlineUniversities.com, by way of Edudemic. It shows 16 different ways teachers are using Pinterest for education.

I plan on using Pinterest in a summer mini I’m teaching and am looking forward to using such a “new” tool in the class. I’ll be sure to post often about how its working in the class.

Is anyone else using Pinterest in the classroom? If so, how?

Other Post About Pinterest.

What is Pinterest
Pinterest Legal Issues
Pinterest Updates License Agreement