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A new and FREE podcasting app came across one of my networks and caught my attention, Anchor. This FREE podcasting app is available for both Apple and Android devices. I downloaded it right away, but had not tested it out until yesterday, when my daughter and I relaxed at National Grind, a coffee shop in Ellwood City, PA after school.
I was grading student work, essay tests and projects, while she played Cool Math Games, Snail Bob was the specific game. After awhile we both needed a break and decided to enjoy our beverages, I had a mocha latte, she had a Smore Hot Chocolate. During our respite from work, she jumoed back into her Edublogs account; she is participating in the Edublogs Student Challenge again this year. She updated her About Me page, and created an avatar to place on her blog.
I thought this would be the perfect time to try out Anchor, it took seconds to set up the account on my phone, link it to my Twitter account and start recording. After a couple of miscues with releasing the record button, we recorded the following podcast.
You can even invite others to join your podcast from remote locations, we will try that soon. I will follow up with another post once we officially try that out. We ran a quick test later last evening, it is super simple to do.
Want to Podcast, give Anchor a try. This is an unpaid discussion of the app and in no way endorses the product…all said for legal reasons…
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.
Last night we interviewed Rachelle Poth, PAECT member and foreign language teacher at Riverview School District. You can access the show recording here.
This is the Storify of our Twitterfeed from last night.
Admittedly, we have not had a lot of Tweets, but we will continue moving forward. It will catch on.
Yesterday afternoon Edublogs.org went down for a brief period of time. Normally it would be no big deal, except my students had blog posts due by the end of yesterday’s classes. The outage created a panic among those who were trying to finish up at the last minute.
I decided to post a quick comment out on Twitter about the situation. I figured someone in my network would respond and I could judge if it was something to worry about or not. About seven minutes later a mention from @Edublogs verified that it was a server issue on their end, not a mistake on mine, and they are trying to fix it quickly. A second message went out to @Edublogs thanking them for the quick response.
In discussing the One Day on Earth project with my classes, the value of social networking was explained. The basic premise is that the network, group, or organization is only as strong as its membership. I believe that I have a fantastic PLN for support. I showed my remaining classes the Tweets from the incident and tied them together with the previous discussions. They understand the concept and saw it work in real-life. It is no longer just some comment my teacher made just to have something to say.
It was not anything Earth shattering, but it was a teachable moment that work. That just seems pretty cool to me, in my humble opinion.