Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Keith Schroeder Winner of ASCD Suite & 20 Ways HS Are Using Twitter

Good Morning Everyone!

I want to make a NEW  announcement today that we have a winner for the ASCD suite.  Keith Schroeder from the Bay Port School District in Green Bay, Wisconsin is the lucky winner of the Adobe Digital School Suite. Keith is a dynamic High School Library Media Specialist providing his staff professional development training incorporating information & technology literacy standards into their curriculum, team teaches lessons with his staff, oversee the operation of the Library Media Center, maintains the Bay Port High School website, and assist High School students in the LMC.


I am hoping I can have Keith provide a guest blog post to share his new learning experiences with Adobe Digital School Collection with our readers. Congratulations Keith!!!  I also know that Keith is an avid Twitter user and utilizes Twitter in his High School library Media position to enhance his own professional development, but also shares a multitude of critical insights with others, and thought this next lead in- would tie in quite nicely.


According to the provided article of  “20 Innovative Ways High Schools Are Using Twitter” many colleges are utilizing Twitter to provide students with new and interesting ways to learning, but unfortunately, we still have many high schools - even in the Midwest- that are restricted from using a social media resource such as Twitter due to acceptable use policies. Those that are allowed to in k12 environment are taking great advantage of Twitter, and  are already doing amazing things. "Chatting with students in Pakistan, reporting high school football on the fly, and supplementing classroom discussion are just a few of the great ways high schools have made use of Twitter." 

How are you integrating Twitter into your High School classroom instruction to support and extend learning for each and everyone of your students? Or are you tapping into the stream to enhance your own professional development?   

Please share with me by February 6th ways or innovative  ideas of how you are utilizing Twitter, and I would like to create an infographic to visually display our learning results form the collection of responses with your name as a contributor to this new curated innovative ideas collection. You may add your thoughts to this blog post or tweet out your shared responses with noting the following hashtag #nharm in your tweet for easy retrieval of your innovative ideas.

Thanks for your contributions!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Infographics Are Intriguing

I am finding infographics quite intriguing.  The visual display of data really draws me in and makes an instant and meaningful connection with the world around me.  It is relevant, inspiring, and visually appealing- and yes it will be your next essential hook to draw in and capture your students attention while showcasing the wonderful  world of understanding data all around them.  So why not create your own infographics on February 1st in support of Digital Learning Day?    Don't know where to start- well I have a few creative resources you.

13 Free Online Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

1. Wordle - Create beautiful and fully  customizable word clouds with this free tool.  Simply paste in your  text and click “Go”, or specify your own color scheme, layout, and  fonts.
2. Visual.ly is a brand new online  application which allows you to create detailed data visualizations and  infographics such as the one below.  They are still in private  beta-testing, however you can sign up for an invite now.  And in the  meantime, you can browse the Showcase of over 3,500 of the best  infographics on the Web.
3. Twitter Visualizer – This fun  tool quickly creates a personalized infographic of your Twitter persona  based on what you tweet.  You can create a solo infographic such as the  one created for me below or compare yourself to tweeting celebrities.
4. Creately let’s you build organized  concept maps, flowcharts, and diagrams for free.  Although they do have  subscription packages, users can create 5 public diagrams with the free  account.  They offer an easy-to-use interface with drag and drop shapes  that will have you mind mapping in seconds.

 
5. Tagxedo - Create a beautifully  shaped word cloud from your blog, tweets, delicious tags, news topic, or  any RSS feed.  Tagxedo lets you customize words into stunning images.
6. Visualize.me syncs with your LinkedIn  account to create a stunning infographic of your experience, education,  and skills. You can customize how much or how little is displayed within  the easy editing interface. Fonts, colors, and backgrounds are all  editable as well. Each position and educational entry can be moused-over  to view the full job/school description that is found on LinkedIn.
7. Stat Planet allows you to create some amazing interactive visualizations, which you can then use as is or create a static image. It can be used within your browser or downloaded for free.
8. Hohli is an intuitive, simple online chart maker. It’s incredibly easy to pick your chart type, add some data, vary the sizes and colours and see the finished chart. The finished charts are also very well designed and look great!
9. Many Eyes lets you upload your own data or use data already stored on the site. The visualisations themselves are well-designed and very professional-looking. This is definitely the easiest way to use your own data for online visualizations.
10. Google Public Data lets you easily take public data and transform it into an infographic of your choice. These beautiful, colourful graphics simplify and communicate the data perfectly.
11. Tableau is a free Windows-only software for creating visualisations. As you can see, these impressive graphs are colourful and quite unique.
12. GapMinder is a free Adobe Air (cross-platform by nature) application to ensure you have current data on major world issues and can create visualizations for your purposes. Data is updated yearly and released with new versions of the application.
13. Inkscape is a free vector graphic software available for many platforms. This is the ideal free option for the creation of your overall infographic. Simple and intuitive, you should have no problems importing your visualizations and combining them with other visuals to create your masterpiece.



Here are more great resources to refer as visualization tools to extend your learning.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today is the Day- Here is the Lucky Winner of ADSC!

We have a winner!  Please view the following video clip to see who our luck winner if of the Adobe Digital School Collection Suite!

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Congratulations to all of our entries through their thoughtful blog reflections of how they are or are planning to use ADSC.  More contests will be around the corner with our other members of the Adobe Influencer team members, and I will keep you posted on those contests too.I hope you continue to look to Adobe products to enhance your student digital projects and creation in your classrooms, school  libraries or workplace environments. 

The winner of the ADSC suite is Kristel- she has noted in her blog post reflection on January 13th that she is  just starting her  student teaching practice on Tuesday. She plans  plan to use ADSC suite to create digital lessons and digital projects within her classroom with students. I hope to have Kristel provide a guest blog post to keep us updated on her new discoveries and provide examples of how she is infusing the suite into her teaching practices and impacting student learning. 

Congratulations Kristel!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Afternoon Blend- Last Chance To Enter Adobe Digital School Collection Contest

This week we are wrapping up the last blog post of the six week series from the Adobe Digital School Collection (ADSC).  You can enter to win this creative suite by replying to the blog post below and share with us how you are  currently using Adobe tools and resources in your classroom, or share a creative idea of how you would use the ADSC suite in your classroom if you won these digital resources. 


Teacher Resources Available on the Adobe Education Exchange

Adobe also provides a number of free lesson plans, assessment tips and digital portfolios to help educators incorporate technology through the use of Adobe Digital School Collection software – when teaching about math and science, language arts, history/social studies, and visual and performing arts.  Resources can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange
 
So what are you waiting for? Take an educational risk this year that is sure to pay off in true educational value, limitless creativity and aid in your own personal and professional technology skill sets!  ***Be sure to also add a reflection to the bottom of this post to enter to win the exclusive ADSC suite.  Your blog reflection is your contest entry and your chances are very, very good! Drawing will take place on January 15th and the winner will be noted on my blog and tweeted out to the world! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year Blend- One of Your Last Chances to Enter

Happy New Year Greeting to Each and Everyone One YOU!

With the New Year brings many new opportunities to start fresh or dig even deeper into your goals that you have for your self.  If you are still looking at targeting an edtech learning goal for yourself or your classroom, now is the perfect time to try Adobe's Digital School Collection (ADSC) suite! I want to emphasize this week some great success stories in the form of video clips to showcase first-hand how ADSC is making an educational impact with improving visual literacy and multimedia skills sets, 21st century skills, and making learning fun, engaging and motivating for each and every student in your classroom!

Also look and see what other educators are saying about this blog post around the country from Nancy Sharoff:
  http://just-in-time-tech.blogspot.com/2012/01/holiday-season-may-be-over-but-giving.html

So what are you waiting for? Take an educational risk this year that is sure to pay off in true educational value, limitless creativity and aid in your own personal and professional technology skill sets!  ***Be sure to also add a reflection to the bottom of this post to enter to win the exclusive ADSC suite.  Your blog reflection is your contest entry and your chances are very, very good! Drawing will take place on January 15th and the winner will be noted on my blog and tweeted out to the world!
ADSC Customer Showcases & Success Stories:  

 Johann Zimmern shares a case study with you from Samsula Elementary School and how Adobe Photoshop Elements helps instructors address multiple learning styles & make subjects more accessible for students (View the Video or Success Stories).  Another Customer Showcase involves the Lincoln Public Schools.  This Nebraska school system blends Adobe technology into K-12 classroom to provide extraordinary learning opportunities for students and families.

ADSC Overview in Video Form

Learn how educators are engaging students in teaching & learning 21st century skills using ADSC tools and resources.  Hear the opinions & experiences of K-12 educators and their students on using the software (View the video on Adobe TV)



Teacher Resources Available on the Adobe Education Exchange

Adobe provides a number of free lesson plans, assessment tips and digital portfolios to help educators incorporate technology through the use of Adobe Digital School Collection software – when teaching about math and science, language arts, history/social studies, and visual and performing arts.  Resources can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange