What I’m Using: My two favorite sites for analyzing Google+ data

Every once in a while, I have a need to analyze my own Google+ data or that of someone else. Luckily, these two tools do an amazing of helping me to understand the ins and outs of the data. Let me know if you find them useful.

CircleCount.com ? Google+ Statistics – Get your CircleRank & see the most popular people at Google+

The number of followers is a metric that measures a person’s influence on Google+. The higher the number, the higher the person’s influence since more followers are likely to view this person’s posts.

All my + Statistics

All my + Statistics. This script will read the public data available through the Google+ API or all your data downloaded via Google Takeout and present various statistics.

What I’m Learning: Consulting startups on the use of Google Glass in Schools already exist.

I’m intrigued by the idea that these kinds of consulting startups, and practitioner blogs are already at this level. Definitely one to watch.

About | EduGlasses

EduGlasses is a start-up that is part of the education technology market.  This segment is the fastest growing in the education market because it is seen by districts as the best way to incorporate personalized student learning, accomplish differentiated instruction, handle growing classroom sizes, increase district accountability, and enhance teacher effectiveness. Our mission is to provide applications and services for administrators, teachers, and students through the use of smart glasses (e.g. Google Glass).  This next generation technology allows for the control, collection, and distribution of information faster and easier for the user.  The EduGlasses goal is to ensure the content and pedagogy is in place when the technology enters the marketplace rather than lag as many other technologies have when first entering the education technology market.


Any Learning Happening In The 21St-Century IS 21St-Century Learning.

In this episode I talk through the implications of 21st-century learning.

This week I realize that any learning that happens in the 21st-century is 21st-century learning. We should not be disparaging one another’s learning. We should come up with better words and better ideas for what we mean when we say we want students to have access to modern tools and pedagogy.

What should we call the artist formerly known as 21st-century learning?


Any Learning Happening In The 21St-Century IS 21St-Century Learning.

What I’m Using: Text Help Skills – The Google Docs Add-On

I really like the idea of collecting highlights into a separate document. I could see a lot of uses for this in curating great ideas from a document into your own space.

Texthelp Study Skills – Google Docs add-on

Use Texthelp’s Highlighting Tools to highlight key areas of your document to collect, group, and learn from later. Simply select and highlight the desired text and click “Collect Highlights” to extract it and place it in a new document (by color or location) for students or educators to review.

How do you balance planning for learning and learning itself?

In this carcast I expand a conversation that +Jessica Raleigh and I started a couple of days ago about how we plan for learning experiences. I ask the question here of what is the right balance between lesson/experience/template/resource planning and the "event" of learning itself. What is your right balance? Also, is it possible to do one without the other and still be a teacher and learner?

What I’m Learning: You can make any physical object better with a little Sugru.

I really love that this type of a product exists. I want all of the maker/hacker spaces to get lots of this stuff and let children and adults make the world around them more durable and useful. I feel a series of Donor’s choose initiatives coming on.

FIX THAT THING. – the future needs fixing – sugru

What if you could fix, modify or make almost anything? That’s why we invented sugru.  Apply it, shape it and watch it transform into a tough and flexible rubber overnight. More than 500,000 people in 155 countries later, sugru is turning into a movement!  Watch the video!

Project Roundtable: What is the Moral Imperative as Educators to share our work?

*After you RSVP for the event, put your info into the planning doc:* http://bit.ly/shareroundtable

*Audience for Roundtable:* This roundtable is for any teacher or leader who has ever wanted to share something publicly and stopped themselves from doing it. This roundtable is for any educator who has struggled with just what to share and how to connect their classroom or school to the wider world. 

*Roundtable Purpose:* The purpose of this roundtable is to discuss all of the ways in which we should be sharing our work as educators. We will also be diving into what privacy concerns and concerns for "learning in private" we must consider as we move into a world of radical transparency for schools.

What I’m Using: Projeqt (Real-time presentations using twitter and Google Docs)

This is really cool, and I can think of about 100 uses immediately, from running an improvised presentation to providing a way for the front-channel and backchannel to interact automatically.

projeqted – dynamic presentations for the classroom

Real-time presentations with dynamic slides. Create a presentation once, and it updates everywhere instantaneously. With Projeqt, students can access, share, create and review their work from anywhere, at anytime. Give comments and feedback and track student progress; your Projeqts live in real-time and can be shared for everyone to see. Break away from the exhausting effects of the one-dimensional PowerPoint presentation and create a social and interactive learning experience.