I have owned a Livescribe Pen for a number of years. I earned, or was rewarded with my first Livescribe Pen for attending the Keystone Technology Integrator’s Summit at Bucknell University. I cannot remember if it was as an attendee or a staff member that I received the pen.
My students use the Livescribe Pen to take notes in class, the Livescribe is referred to as “The Magic Pen.” The notes are pushed over to an iPad and then uploaded to Evernote. Once in Evernote, the .pdfs are embedded in the class wiki so other students can access the notes if need be. A written copy is printed for the students who take the notes for the class.
In my quest to take existing skills and tools and apply them to more situations, I decided it was time to learn how to create pencasts with the Livescribe pen. Needless to say, there was a learning curve for me. The first couple attempts…or so did not work our so well. I ended up with an audio file, but no corresponding video to see what was being discussed.
Long story short, I was “pushing” the wrong virtual button with the Livescribe Pen. I was “pushing” the record button in the notebook, I was supposed to just “push” the little square button on the iPad.
Today one of my students said I looked like a baseball dad…I have no idea what that means or meant. When I inquired as to the meaning, the students who were sitting there whispered amongst themselves then replied, “We don’t know…like a dad who likes baseball.”
I have no idea if the comment was complimentary or not. It is dress down day, I have on jeans, my KTI Golf Shirt, tenna shoes (in my best Pittsburghese), and my $1.00 reading glasses on top of my head. No full selfie to go with the description, I thoroughly dislike the angle needed to show the entire pic, but here is part of me…
Later I overheard the term “Soccer Mom” being used by these same students. It was not directed at me, but knowing how many of these terms have both positive and negative connotations…I must expand my culturally aware vocabulary.
Until next time…
I am still sifting through information from PETE & C 2016 and implementing ideas into my professional self. One idea that I especially liked was from George Couros, whom I follow on Twitter and via his blog, Connected Principals.
The idea was to daily Tweet something you or your students do in your classroom, adding a hashtag so you can easily track your Tweets. I have started that process, which is not very difficult to accomplish; there should be tons of ideas that can be promoted in your day if you just pay attention to what is going on…I am using the hashtag #Sal308.
This is my first weeks’ effort archived via Storify.com.
This is the last planned post of tweets from Storify. This is cross-posted to the Southwest PAECT Blog located here.
This is also posted on the Southwest PAECT Region Blog on Blogger located here.
TRETC, the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference was held at Bethel Park Senior High School this year. TRETC is an excellent educational conference held in Western Pennsylvania every year, it has been growing regularly since I began attending them back in the early 2000’s.
Below is a Storify of the event, I collected Tweets and here they are:
EdCampPGH is a free “Unconference” where educational stakeholders gather to discuss how to improve education and share ideas. Below is a Storify of Tweets from EdCampPGH.
Last week at the KTI Summit, I was shown how to use Posterous.com to create a social media blog feed. It is easy to use and allows you to post in multiple ways.
I think I figured out how to use the web-clipping tool to work straight from my FireFox browser. I am still having trouble using the Posterous add on that I downloaded for the main FF toolbar. I could not get it to load into the toolbar.
I decided on plan B. I went to this link in Posterous, and just did a click and drag of the icon to my toolbar. You can see the image below.
Click and drag the icon to your toolbar.
Once you place it in your toolbar, all you need to do is find something you would like to write about. Once you find something, highlight it and click on the button in your toolbar. The highlighted image will be clipped and imported into your Posterous blog. You have the option of adding your own comments, which is highly recommended. See the image below to see the tab in my toolbar.
As I mentioned in a previous post, you can set up your account to automatically push your post out to other social networking sites you have.
Setting up your account this way, with the toolbar tab, allows you post in seconds. NICE!