Monday, June 9, 2014

Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things)

This is a guest post from Lisa Johnson of, an advertiser on this blog.

While gathering resources to share with campus teachers, I stumbled upon the Photo Mapo app and quickly added it to my list of tools for summer archival. The intent was to provide a repository of tools and applications that educators could utilize in the midst of their staycations and vacations that could also be extended to the classroom. Photo Mapo is a FREE app that does just that.

Applications for Recreation

Transform your photos into mapped masterpieces with textual anecdotes, pics, and actual maps of places you visit. While map styles and formats change, each Photo Mapo masterpiece can include a photo, a textual blurb, and a map highlighting location data. As much of my summer is devoted to speaking engagements and delivering professional learning app-ortunities to educators, I thought it only fitting to include a sample to promote one of these events, The EdTechTeacher Summit, where I will be leading an exploration of S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR.

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Applications for the Classroom

Research origins of famous people, historical figures, or events, and create a Photo Mapo to capture content in a visual manner. Consider assembling all student-created Photo Mapos in Book Creator FREE and add audio narration to create a historical travel guide or class travelogue. Take app-smashing to the next level and use Photo Mapo to create Augmented Reality postcards detailing facts about countries and landmarks. Visit for additional classroom integration ideas for this little digital gem. Truly, the instructional app-lications are endless. Imagine using this app with World Language students to practice contextual vocabulary in different languages or English teachers mapping the travels of a character from a novel. For more inspiration, scroll through Photo Mapo’s Facebook page.

Lisa Johnson is the author of the TechChef4u blog and will be keynoting Keystone’s Technology Integration Conference with Richard Byrne June 18th, 2014. To learn more from Lisa Johnson, you can hear her at the July 28-30 EdTechTeacher Summit. She will also be teaching a three day iPad Classroom workshop in Austin, TX this August.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Week In Review - The Most Popular Posts

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Good afternoon from New York City where I spent the day exploring the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the neat things I saw at the NYPL was a display of the stuffed animals at inspired the writing of Winnie The Pooh. This was my first time in either of the buildings since I was teenager so it was nice to revisit with a new perspective on what I was seeing. If you get the chance to visit either the Met or NYPL, do it. If you cannot visit in-person, both organizations offer nice online resources for students too.

Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you're doing something fun too.

Here are these week's most popular posts:
1. 30,000+ Images of Art and Artifacts to Download and Re-use for Free
2. Essay Map Provides Step-by-Step Help for Constructing Essays
3. A Short Example of the Benefits of Classroom Blogs
4. Finding Hidden Sugar
5. Show Students How Far a Dollar Used to Stretch With this Economics Calculator
6. Augment - A Platform for Sharing 3D Models in Augmented Reality
7. What is the World Wide Web? And How Does It Work? - Two Good Explanations

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Math Graphing - A Nice Collection of K-8 Math Resources

Math Graphing is a part of a larger compilation of K-8 resources assembled by the Jefferson County Schools of Jefferson County, Tennessee. The Jefferson County Schools have hundreds of links for K-8 math, science, social studies, and language arts. I came across this great resource while looking for an interactive graphing activity. I found the activity I was looking for, but of more value is the Math Graphing collection of links from Jefferson County Schools.

Math Graphing has links to 48 interactive graphing activities appropriate for elementary school and middle school use. If you're looking for other mathematics activities, check out the Jefferson County Schools' general math page. The general math page is divided into fourteen categories including fractions, flashcards, integers, telling time, algebra, and geometry.

Gooru Adds New Content for K-4 and a New Question Type

Gooru is a nice service for creating and sharing collections of educational videos, images, and texts. Over the last couple of years Gooru has steadily added more content and more features for teachers and their students. The latest update to Gooru includes eleven new content sets for K-4 students. The content sets include materials for ELA, Science, Math, and Social Studies. You can find the new materials in the "communities" section of Gooru.

Earlier this year Gooru added the option to create quizzes about the content that you share with students. The latest update added an option to create questions that have multiple correct answers.

Applications for Education
Gooru makes it easy to create collections of videos, images, and interactive websites to use as part of a flipped lesson. Being able to add quiz questions for students to answer as they go through one of the units you've created is the feature of Gooru that I like best. By having students answer as they go through the collection I can get a sense of what I need to spend more or less time covering in my classroom.

Gooru does offer an iPad app. You can learn more about their iPad app here.

Service Through Video - A Next Vista Challenge

As many readers of this blog know, Next Vista for Learning is one of my favorite sites to share with others. Next Vista for Learning is a video sharing site unlike any other. Videos hosted on Next Vista are created by teachers and students for the purpose of sharing good news and good lessons with other teachers and students. Throughout the year Next Vista for Learning hosts challenges that are designed to get students and teachers thinking about creative video projects. This week the founder of Next Vista, Rushton Hurley, sent me an email about one of their recently concluded challenges. Service via Video was a challenge that asked students to create short videos about people working to improve their communities. The four most popular videos from that challenge are embedded below.