Blog Archives

TTCT Member Spotlight – Kelsey

I am privileged to work with some of the most talented educators in the world. I’d like to introduce you to Kelsey, an incredibly creative teacher who joined the Thom Technology Catalyst Team (TTCT) last year and hasn’t looked back since. Although Kelsey no longer teaches full time at Thom, her presence is certainly still felt. She is also keeps connected with the TTCT through Twitter.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Kelsey last month to talk about her experience as a member of the TTCT. The following is just a short excerpt of that conversation. What I find interested about what Kelsey shares is her progression regarding the way she uses technology in her classroom. She describes joining the TTCT as beginner, creating a blog to interact with her students’ parents, and finally using that blog for student-centered inter-activities. In the interest of time, you won’t hear her talking about how she masterfully used Twitter in her English class to engage her students in conversations around literature, but she did that too. Clearly, she has demonstrated tremendous growth and development in the area of Ed tech. Her story is an nice example of why we need to encourage risk taking and experimentation with emerging technologies and trust that teachers will gradually, or in Kelsey’s case quickly, move towards pedagogically significant applications of technology.

With any luck, Kelsey will be making an appearance at the IT Summit in Saskatoon on Monday, May 6th when the TTCT will present their work. Until then, you can check her out in this video or follow her @KelseyMcTeach

Kelsey- Professional sculptor of minds and finder of students’ stories.

Advertisements

Technology Catalyst Teams

Thom Infographic

Following my last post, I have had several requests by email for more information on the work and approach of the Thom Technology Team. At the time, I didn’t have many free evenings to publish a post that would do justice to the outstanding work being done by the team over the past two years. Unfortunately, I doubt I will have that kind of time now that the new year is here and I’m booked up for what seems like the rest of my career. I would, however, be remiss if I did not make some type of attempt to respond to folks who are interested in perhaps starting their own technology catalyst teams and starting a Bring Your Own Device initiative.

I therefore leave you with the link to the wikispace page created by the team and the infographic above for now along with a promise that I will return to properly blog about what the TTCT does and to give them the credit they deserve.

5 Alternatives to Powerpoint

Powerpoint can quickly turn into Powerpointlessness if not used correctly. Check out these 5 quick and easy presentation applications.

1. Prezi  Make your presentations pan and zoom with this online application. Import media, collaborate, and present online and offline. Mobile App also available.

2. Animoto Create stunning video slideshows. Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy!

Sample videos!

3. Xtranormal Go viral in style with this online application that allows you to make animated movies within minutes.

4. Voicethread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

Here’s an example!

5. Glogster Combine images, video, music, photos and audio to create mulitmedia pages. Embed into any webpage.

Explore here!

BUT>>>

If you must use powerpoint, please try this!

%d bloggers like this: