Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dublin Literacy Conference 2013

Wow.  Today I am fortunate to be able to share Web 2.0 Tools for Literacy with teachers at the Dublin Literacy Conference.  I love showing some of the free resources that are out there.  Here is the slideshare that guides the presentation.

Friday, February 22, 2013


Create an online magazine just for you.  Sound great, well it is.  With Flipboard, you can bring all of your online accounts into one application right on your iPad or iPhone.  It also works on other devices, as well. Flipboard allows me to set up one app and read my Twitter feed, Facebook, Google Reader, and many other accounts.  I get to choose what comes in.  It even brings in the photos that go with the article, so I can decide if I want to read more or just skip over it.  It's awesome.

I can also reply to articles by re-tweeting, sharing, and emailing.  It really does bring all of your social networks together in one easy location.  Check out all of the the things you can add.  It has different subject materials, so you can add topics that Flipboard collects based on that topic.  I add some tech topics as well as sports topics.  It even allows you to add hashtag searches, so you can bring in those Twitter topics you are keeping close tabs on.

The nice thing is that you can control it all.  I really think that anyone that owns an iPad should take advantage of Flipboard.  It is one powerful app.  Download the app here and give it a look.  I think you'll love it.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


 Bring your pictures to life with Narrable. Narrable is a website that allows you to upload your own pictures, then add sound to each picture to bring it to life. Narrable is very easy to use on an iPad, as well.  You can add sound in three ways. First, you can have the Narrable website call a phone number that you give them and ask you to record your thoughts.That is one nice option, especially if the person you want to record is somewhere other than where you are. The other ways are to record from your computer or to upload a sound recording that you had previously saved. 

This makes it very easy to "tell the story" of the picture that is on the screen. Next, it is very easy to share your narrable. You can click a button that shares with your Facebook account. You can click a link that allows you to email the link to the recording. And like the example below, you can grab the embed code and embed the narrable right on your webpage.

Check out Narrable and see how your students could use it in the classroom to add life to pictures they've taken. I think it has great potential.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Twubs - Moderated Display of Twitter Hashtag

We've been looking for a way to display a twitter feed at a conference.  We would like to moderate it so that the feed doesn't get spammed. is a site that allows you to register your hashtag and register your event.  You can then control how fast your feed displays - so people can read it - and you can alter the screen - so that your hashtag is displayed for people to participate.  We are getting ready for our conference this weekend, so this will be our first live event.  All of our tests have worked great. will help us display our hashtag for the Dublin Literacy Conference - #dublit13.  I hope by displaying the pre-conference tweets, it will generate some excitement and lead into some continued backchannel discussions.  Check it out on Saturday.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tagul - A Word Cloud

A lot of people have made word clouds to help illustrate important words in a group of words, whether it's from a story or "brainstorm."  I have looked at and to create in the past, but recently came across  I liked the fact that you could embed the cloud on your webpage with words being interactive links.  Here is a quick cloud I made using text from this blog, and a little bit of tweaking.

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I don't know which you like the most, but Tagul does do some neat stuff.  Give it a try.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Just Beam It

Have you ever been in a meeting with a group of people and needed to get a file to all of them?  What are your solutions??  E-mail them??  Pass around a USB device??  Well, I have found a great solution for that quick sharing of a file.  I stumbled upon this website that creates a link to your file.

Just Beam It allows you to drag a file onto the open window of your browser.  It creates a link to the file and displays it right in the browser so that others can access through their browser and download the file.  Easy and simple.  When they have all received the file, you can do another.

This would be awesome in a meeting, at a conference, in a computer lab, or anywhere you need to get a file to many people quickly and easily.  Give it a try.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Doug Unplugged

I was recently shown a picture book, and told I should read it.  It was about "technology."  So I read, Doug Unplugged, by Dan Yaccarino.  It was a cute little story about a robot that got plugged in to the network to learn all about what he needed to know.  One day, he "unplugged" and learned a lot about being a friend, having fun, and being part of a family.   He reminds us that sometimes we have to just "unplug" from what we do and have fun with our family and friends.  Spend a few minutes with Doug Unplugged.