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Friday, March 27, 2015

Quick Key Mobile - Now for iOS and Android

For the last 18+ months my former colleague Mike Morrell has raved about Quick Key. Quick Key is an app that turns your iPhone into a bubble sheet scanner. This morning I learned from Mike that Quick Key is now available as an Android app too.

Quick Key has two parts to it that when combined make it very easy for you to quickly grade multiple choice and true/false quizzes. Here’s the basics of how it works; create your quiz on the Quick Key website then print and distribute a bubble sheet. After your students have completed the bubble sheet you simply scan the sheets with your iPhone (it works on iPads too, but the resolution is grainy) and the grading is done for you. From the app you can send grades to the classes that you have created on the Quick Key website. If you enter students’ email addresses into your class rosters on Quick Key, you can have grades emailed to students.

Telling a #Dogsofed Story With Shadow Puppet Edu

If you follow me on Twitter you might have noticed that I started a fun hashtag last night called #dogsofed. I did it just to have fun and help people connect on a common interest of education and dogs. Lots of people shared pictures of their dogs through the chat. Then this morning Tom Grissom upped the fun a bit by posting an awesome audio story about his dog, Wego the Wonder Dog. Tom's story is a great example of the possibilities of telling stories with audio.

Listening to Tom's story about Wego the Wonder Dog got me thinking about making a story of my own. I decided to use Shadow Puppet Edu to create my story about my dogs Max and Morrison. Shadow Puppet Edu is a free iPad app that you can use to create audio slideshow videos. The app offers an integrated search tool for finding pictures from the Library of Congress, to search for images from NASA, and to find Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr. You can also import pictures and videos from the camera roll on your iPad. After selecting a set of images students you can arrange them into any sequence by simply dragging and dropping them into order. Then to create a story press the record button and talk while flipping through your images. My story is embedded below.


You might have noticed that on the first slide I had a magic wand effect to highlight each dog. That is one of many effects that you can add to your images in Shadow Puppet Edu. You can also zoom and type over your pictures. Completed Shadow Puppet Edu projects are automatically saved to your iPad's camera roll. You can also export your projects directly to YouTube.

How to Create a Multifaceted Backchannel Through Tozzl

A few weeks ago I reviewed a new backchannel/ message board tool called Tozzl. Then two weeks ago I had this horrendous experience with TodaysMeet. As a result I'm switching to using Tozzl for most of my backchannel needs. Tozzl allows me to create sections for chat, file sharing, and YouTube videos within one backchannel. I can also import the feed of a Twitter hashtag into my Tozzl backchannel. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to create a Tozzl backchannel.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Google Keep Gets a Couple of Needed Updates

Last fall I wrote about using Google Keep on my phone and in my browser to organize my thoughts with color coded notes. I've used Keep for that purpose off and on for the last six months. The knock against Keep has been that while color coding helps organize notes it would be better if you could label your notes too. The latest update to Keep will let you do just that (the update is on the web version now, the Android version is coming soon).

 I also use Keep to set reminders on my phone. The update for the Android version Keep will allow me to set recurring reminders for tasks and events.

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Setting recurring reminders on Keep could be a good way to help students get in the habit of reading or studying at a consistent time during the week. Using labels and color coded notes in Keep could be a nice way for students to construct an outline for a research paper or presentation.

H/T to Lifehacker for the updates.

Twisted Wave - Create Audio Recordings Online to Save in Google Drive

In my previous post I highlighted five apps for creating audio recordings on iPads and Android devices. If you're looking for web-based audio recording tools take a look at these five or Twisted Wave which I demonstrate in the video embedded below.

Through TwistedWave you can create and edit spoken audio recordings from scratch. Your completed tracks can be exported to Google Drive and SoundCloud. If you have existing audio tracks in your SoundCloud or Google Drive account you can also import it into TwistedWave to edit those audio tracks. TwistedWave's audio editing tools include options for fade-in, fade-out, looping, sound normalization, and pitch adjustments. The editor also includes the typical track clipping tools that you would expect to see in an audio editing tool.

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