Google Released A New App Called Google Photos ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Whoah. Ok. Just downloaded this app. Stay tuned for a rAPPido Review next week… but so far, it offers way more functionality than the built-in photo app: I built a quick collection and it automatically turned my photos into a movie, offering me soundtracks and export options. It is free but as always, I wonder what the privacy policy is…

Can’t wait to play around with it!


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Web IQ Quiz: How much do you know about the internet?

Here are my results:

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Not bad, but could be better- I might have to brush up on my internet history… How did you do? Take the quiz and see how your knowledge of the internet compares to Americans…

Do you know Twitter’s character limit? Or which is bigger: a megabyte or a kilobyte? Take our quiz to see how your knowledge of the web and digital technology stacks up against the online Americans in our survey.


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Free Online Infographic Maker by Canva

I like to use Canva to create posters about upcoming events at the library. But now I can use it to create infographics! Now I just need some info to graph…

There is a user-friendly app for free on the app store, but I just checked and it seems that the have not added the infographic template yet… hopefully it will be there by September so that we can begin info graphing with our students!

Design awesome infographics that go viral with Canva’s amazingly simple drag-and-drop tool. Free!


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Technovation Challenge: OrangeYouTech’s Food friend

newtechovationlogoThis year Traf participated in the International Technovation Challenge a competition to empower girls to get more involved in creating rather than simply using technology. The challenge was to create a prototype of an app that would benefit the community. The students then needed to create a business plan for their app,an elevator pitch, a pitch video, and a demo video as well as the source code for their app.

As you can imagine, it was a lot of work- we met several times a week, sometimes even on a Saturday. The girls coded their little hearts out at home and we all learned a lot – not only about how to program but about what it takes to put together a business plan. It was a great experience and I hope to do it again next year!

Here’s the team:


Elevator Pitch:

Think a doughnut or a cupcake is a healthy snack? Do you hate counting calories? Tired of complicated food logs? Then Food Friend is for you! Record your daily meals, sit back, and let our app tell you what you’re missing for a balanced diet. Don’t let a number define you. Friends don’t judge, they encourage. Food Friend doesn’t believe in calorie counting, just in helping you along your way to your healthiest self. Food Friend offers healthy recipes, fun tips and supportive badges for your health achievements! Friend your food. It will friend you back.

Here is their pitch video:

Here is their demo video:

Though our intrepid team did not make the semi-finals, we did place 3rd in Saturday’s Montreal edition of the Technovation Challenge presentations. This means that they get to pitch their app at the Montreal Start Up fest in July! Here are our girls at Saturday’s pitch fest:

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How (and Why) To Use Student Blogs | Edudemic

Here is a very succinct and thorough guide to setting up students blogs in the classroom, from what platform to use to privacy settings to discussing with your students what they need to think about to make a good blog. If you were thinking of trying out a student blogging project for next year this would be a good place to start!

Blogging doesn’t just mean putting diary entries out on the web for the world to see. It can be a way to learn more about yourself and any other subject.


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The Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Design for Students

Here is another great post by Lisa Johnson (techchef4u). She has created a handy infographic for high school students laying out some design principles for their slide presentations. Also handy is a link to a post about how to design beautiful hand outs. Check it out!

» The Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Design for Students |


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The Care and Keeping of your iPad: Today’s iPad Challenge

Here is today’s presentation for those who missed it. The need for this presentation sprung out of the results of our student iPad survey, where we realized a lot of the dissatisfaction with the iPad came from improper care. Students were not backing up, updating, charging their iPads. They were pulling on the tail of their charger instead of by the nub. They were running out of storage.


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What Schools Must Learn From LA’s iPad Debacle | WIRED

It is interesting to see that even the large districts are dealing with the same problems. It sounds like LA had less of an issue with the iPads but with the use of the Pearson curriculum on the iPads:

But the abundance of expensive hardware wasn’t the central problem in LA. It was Pearson’s curriculum that proved most troublesome. In her memo, Bernadette Lucas, the initiative’s director, wrote that less than 5 percent of students had consistent access to the content due to technical issues, and that some students had no access at all for months. As of March, all but two schools had stopped using the Pearson curriculum entirely.

CEC platform anyone? It seems that it is less the actual hardware but the poorly designed and rushed software that is the biggest impediment right now…

The questions the district are just now asking themselves, “What will students learn? How will students learn? What resources will be needed? How will it work?” are good questions. I would argue that they not only need to be asked before a roll out, but perennially.

If one of the country’s largest school districts and the world’s largest tech company can’t make tech in the classroom work, can anyone?


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