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.

What I’m Learning: Youtube Creator Academy

I love the idea that YouTube is helping people to create things. These quick lessons are wonderful for teachers and learners of all ages. How will you use it in your classroom to build an audience for your work or the work of your learners?

Creator Academy – YouTube

YouTube Creator Academy Strengthen your YouTube skills with free online lessons Welcome! Whether you have a minute or an hour, there’s something here for you. Take a lesson, join the community, or practice new skills on your channel.