Impromptu Throwdown! LMS’s In Schools

Last evening during #ohedchat people were talking about blended learning and how an LMS is an integral part to a successful blended learning environment. Then Jeremy Brueck ( @brueckj23 ) shared

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To which I responded “Then you are using it wrong”

That started the great conversation that we then took to a quick Google Hangout. Sorry for the lack of production value 🙂

For more information about Jeremy check out his blog: http://www.brueckei.org/Raised-Digital/

 

Do you think an LMS is an integral part to a blended learning environment?

Navigating Print Options in Google Presentations

Sometimes you want to create a handout from your presentations or you want to make the pages portrait instead of landscape. This is very easy to do in Google presentations.

To get started click FILE and choose Print Settings and Preview 

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From here you can change your print options for your handout to several slides per page.

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You also have several other options like hiding the background and changing from landscape to portrait. When you have made all of your selections simply click the Print button.

 

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If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email.

 

Thanks

TJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exporting GPS Data from a folder of images & writing to a CSV

While at #educon @alvintrusty was talking about fusion tables which is a tool from Google that allows you to map and plot data. The conversation came up about attaching GPS data from images into the map. There are several apps for IOS, Windows, and Mac that will allow you to see this data. I wanted to share a quick tip using one of my favorite tools, EXIFTool to pull out the GPS EXIF data from a folder of images.
The goal for this post is to extract Longitude and Latitude data from a folder of images and export the data in a CSV so it can be easily imported into a Fusion Table.

To get started navigate to http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/ and download exiftool.

Install the software on your computer.

Once the installation is finished, open up Terminal or open up your Command Line on Windows.

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Here is the line that you need to enter:

“exiftool -csv -filename -imagesize -gps:GPSLatitude -gps:GPSLongitude ./ > long.csv”

 

This command will go to the folder that you input and read through all of the images and pull out the filename, the image size, the GPS Latitude and the GPS Longitude and export everything to a CSV.

Here is the finished CSV that is opened in Excel:

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If you have any issues feel free to comment or email me at tj@tjhouston.com

 

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Carcast Episode 1:Tech Czar

3 weeks ago I moved about a half hour away from Huron where I work. I now have a half hour drive which I use for thought and reflection.
Today I reflected on last nights #21stedchat and how other tech directors block access to needed tools. #concords

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Staying Connected with @TeacherCast

With the month of August in the rear view mirror, so too is Connected Educator Month.  Over the past several weeks, countless educators have expressed great appreciation and enthusiasm for the new teaching connections they have made as well as the new learning resources they have acquired.  With the new school year now upon us, the goal is to incorporate those innovative pedagogical ideas into our current teaching practice.To continue to grow as an educator however, it is important to stay connected.  Not only is it essential to nurture current teaching contacts but it is also important to continue to build your PLN (Personal Learning Network).  Doing so can be difficult for some educators however.  To aid in this process, a wide selection of resources in various formats in a central location is needed.  Consequently, a website educators must try that offers these services and much more is TeacherCast.  TeacherCast is the brainchild of Jeffrey Bradbury, a music teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Jeff’s passion for connecting educators and sharing educational resources is clearly evident through his ongoing work with TeacherCast.  In fact, the underlying principle of TeacherCast is to build ‘a place for teachers to help other teachers’.  With a reach of over 400,000 followers and growing, the collaborative nature of TeacherCast is truly motivating and engaging.

Jeff’s enthusiastic support for his teaching colleagues does not end with just the TeacherCast website, however.  Jeff has recently added TeacherCast University, an educational consulting service for teachers who are looking to expand their teaching practice with a more hands-on approach.  Jeff is a frequent workshop presenter at Edcamps, TeachMeets and other educational conferences with the workshop topics ranging from technology integration to learning about Web 2.0 tools.  Virtual workshops are also available for those looking for a more cost-efficient way of benefiting from Jeff’s expertise.  The goal for each workshop is to provide engaging and relevant material whereby each attending colleague leaves with something new to add to their teaching methodology.  TeacherCast University provides additional professional development opportunities as well such as conference keynote presentations and technology integration consults.  For those teachers who are unable to attend a TeacherCast University workshop, Jeff also shares his expertise through highly engaging webinars.  Below is the first TeacherCast webinar on Sandvox, an easy to use website creation tool for Mac.

TeacherCast offers a wealth of information on various educational topics.  Below is a brief summary of some of the excellent features TeacherCast provides:

1.  TeacherCast Mobile App – Simply put, the TeacherCast iPhone/iPad app is “education at your fingertips”!  This free, time-saving app easily allows educators to stay informed about the most current pedagogical practices, technologies, educational trends and much more.  In fact, students can benefit from theTeacherCast Mobile App too by accessing a myriad of popular web tools and applications such as KidBlog.  It is evident that this app is designed to be “the one app educators can use everyday.”  Click here to download the TeacherCast mobile app.

2.  App Reviews – These very popular teacher-tested app reviews are a definite educational treasure for teachers!  TeacherCast‘s dedicated app reviewers, current classroom teachers themselves, recommend the best educational apps and suggest possible classroom activities for each.  Click here to sample one of dozens of app reviews TeacherCast offers.

3.  LiveBinder Gallery – A wide array of educational resources are shared by educators from around the world in this nicely organized LiveBinder Gallery.  Clickhere to view the more than 15,000 LiveBinder resources!

4.  TeacherCast TV – A library of educational videos are available ranging from tutorials on the latest technologies to keynote presentations.  To sample one of the many screencast tutorials, refer to the video below.

5.  Career Center – Looking for a job?  The TeacherCast Career Center offers a central meeting place for both employers and employees to connect.  To further assist prospective teachers, a search engine is available to help narrow down your choices.

6.  TeacherCast Pinboard – A collection of educational links organized by topic that every educator will find very helpful.  Links range from information about upcoming professional development opportunities to blogging tips.

Without a doubt, TeacherCast makes the task of staying connected very easy!

This is the first in a 3 part series about the benefits of staying connected withTeacherCast.  Next week’s post will focus on the TeacherCast Podcasting Network – a network of very informative and highly engaging presentations featuring respected educators who share their knowledge and expertise on the most pertinent topics affecting education today.

 

This post has been cross posted, see original post here

 

Thanks

TJ

Cyber Monday! Oct 1 2012

So now that school is back in session we have gotten back into the swing of things! So every Monday I meet with my  teachers and the various buildings and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.

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