Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tips on Following or Reviewing Twitter Chats

Last night's (Wednesday, February 4th, 2015) North Dakota Ed Chat (#ndedchat) topic was SAMR and technology integration. Each of the links below pulls out the tweets associated with each question.

Having these links ready before the start of a Twitter Chat could help in chats where the Twitter stream is flowing too fast to really follow.

Note: In a week these links will be pulling Tweets from the latest Twitter Chat, so these links will no longer be showing the Tweets from this week's chat at the top of the list.

Tweets about #ndedchat AND (Q1 OR A1)
Tweets about #ndedchat AND (Q3 OR A3)

This finds some of the information about SAMR that wasn't part of the questions and answers



These links were created using the Advanced Search option in http://twitter.com/
You can get there by going to https://twitter.com/search and clicking on "Advanced Search" or by going to https://twitter.com/search-advanced


You can also get there by doing a search in Twitter and then selecting Advanced Search from the left hand column.


However you get to Advanced Search, you can enter your search terms. 


Once you see how they are constructed, you can enter them directly into the search box if you prefer.

Ex: #ndedchat Q1 OR A1 lang:en

Once you have executed a search you have the option to save the search, or to get the embed code which can be added to a web site or blog (like I have done here after I modified the code)






Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tips to Manage Twitter Chats such as #edchat and #ndedchat

During an active Twitter Chat it is hard to follow all the Tweets and different conversations that develop. Sometimes you might even miss the question that others are starting to answer.

I use TweetDeck when I am participating in #edchat, #ndedchat or other active Twitter Chats. I set up multiple columns, each with a specific purpose.

The main column is searching for all Tweets that contain the hashtag for the Twitter Chat.

A second column is set to search for the same hashtag, but I use it to find secondary words. It might be "Q1" because I missed the first question by joining late, or it might have passed by without my seeing it. It might be "A1" to find all the (correctly tagged) answers to a specific question. It might be a term you want to search for to follow a side conversation, such as "common core" or "genius time."

A third column is set up with a list of people whose Tweets I want to pull out of the Twitter stream. In my example, two of the people in my list are the organizers of #ndedchat

There are times when I might have even more columns open, each devoted to a specific search term that I want to pull out of the stream.

I always have at least one column open and devoted to the specific hashtags I want to follow, such as #edchat, #commoncore, #mathchat, or #edtech.

You can double click on this image to see it in original size.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Why I don't like the Olloclip Lenses for iPhones

Now that I have your attention, I really do like the Olloclip lenses. Just not for use in a school. https://www.olloclip.com/order/iphone4/

Bea Cantor's free book on using the Olloclip for macrophotraphy of insects got me intrigued. If you haven't seen her book, take some time to download it to iBooks on your iPad and read it.
Bea Cantor - Calling Nature (Free) - https://itun.es/i6x72cq

The problem with using the Olloclip lenses in school is that they can only be used with the iPhone. You have to order it specifically for the iPhone 4s or the iPhone 5. They are not interchangeable. I have the Olloclip for my iPhone 4s, but it won't work with my wife's iPhone 5. Also, few of our students, especially at the elementary level, have iPhones they can bring to school, and we are not going to purchase iPhones for use by students.

I have the Olloclip lenses for my iPhone 4s, but prefer to use the Photojojo lenses instead. These are the lenses that I would suggest schools consider purchasing.
http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/cell-phone-lenses/

Why?

There are several reasons.

The Photojojo lens kit is less expensive. The list price is $49 vs $69.99 for the Olloclip.

The Photojojo lens kit can be used on any iPhone, iPad, or Android device. They can also be used on the 4th Generation iPod Touch.

The Photojojo lens kit can be used on three different iOS devices at the same time, where the Olloclip can only be used on one device at a time.

Since we are most interested in the maco lens, we can purchase the Wide/macro lens for $20 instead of purchasing the entire lens kit. We just ordered 20 of the Wide/Macro lenses to be used with iPads, iPad Minis and 4th Generation iPod Touch devices.

The Photojojo lens kit includes a 2X Telephoto lens which is not available with the Olloclip. We ordered five of these lens kits to get the telephoto lens and five more macro lenses.

If you aren't aware of the Photojojo site, take a look. They are starting a Phoneography 101 course (Note: not an iPhoneography course) August 1st.
http://photojojo.com/university/

Photojojo University is a 4-week course that teaches you the principles of photography through the lens of your phone. Twice a week you’ll get an email with a simple and fun lesson that ends with a challenge to help you solidify your new skills.

Whatever you decide to do, take a look at Bea Cantor's book and see how you can use macro-photography in your classroom.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

What I learned about iPadography (not iPhoneography) during the ISTE 13 Photo Walk

During the ISTE 2013 Photo Walk in San Antonio, TX we met Carlos Austin. He is a professional photographer from Austin, TX who drove to San Antonio just to participate in the photo walk.

After our walk from the convention center to the Alamo, the 172+ participants started breaking into smaller groups to continue their photo walk. Carlos approached Larry Anderson and myself and offered to guide us around the Alamo grounds and Riverwalk, showing us photo opportunities we would never have found on our own.

I can't express enough how much Carlos added to our photography experience. He is a natural teacher, and actually teaches an extension photography course through the university in Austin.

Carlos helping Tony, just as he helped all of us during the day.

I have not learned so much about photography in a short time since spending three days learning about photography from Vincent Laforet in 2007 at an Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Monterey Bay, CA. Carlos would watch us make a photo, and then kindly suggest that we try again from a different angle, framing it differently, work with the lighting and shadows, try different exposure settings, etc. I have several before and after photos - before Carlos' suggestions and after his suggestions - that I will use in future workshops. For one photo Carlos had me try it at least six times until I got it right :-)


Here is the photo that I made multiple times before this final image.



Here Carlos is helping Larry with the same photo, and using a reflector to fill in light in the dark areas.


I had first composed this photo cutting out the tree on the left. 
Carlos pointed out how it helped frame the photo.


Here I had originally made the photo without the boat. 
Carlos suggested I wait for one to come by and capture it as it just went under the bridge. 
He explained how the lines in the photo would draw your attention to it.

Even though Carlos came all the way from Austin for the photo walk, all he brought with him was an iPad and tripod. I had not considered the iPad as a serious camera since the iPhone has a better lens and is always with me. In fact, there is a new branch of photography people refer to as iPhoneography but is now considered to be photography from any smart phone. Carlos prefers the iPad as he used some Apps I had never heard of that provide adjustment tools that require the larger screen.


Carlos also uses a tripod, and usually sets a timer to make the photo so that he isn't getting the photo out of focus by moving the screen. This "trick" also allows him to get into the photo himself, such as the photo he made of our group at lunch. It also allows him to extend the iPad to make photos up to ten feet in the air or out over obstacles such as water.


Here Carlos uses the tripod to hold the iPad out across the water to 
make a photo of a mother duck and her ducklings.



Here Carlos used the tripod to hold the iPad up closer to the butterflies to make this photo.
He set the timer so he had time to hold the iPad up and arrange it where he wanted it.


This is the iPad holder he used to attache it to his tripod.

Some of the Apps Carlos used extensively are PureShot, Hipstamatic, Snapseed, Crop Suez, iwatermark, pixlr express +, PS Touch, Flickstackr, Awesome camera, icolorama, distressedfx, over (text app), mpro, fotor, lensflare, lenslight

I have been doing iPhoneography workshops for some time, and have collected around 60 Apps I recommend. Only about ten of them are Apps that Carlos uses.
http://list.ly/cnansen

Here are the Apps Carlos had on his iPad, with prices where I could find them and a link to the App in the iTunes Store. They are grouped in the same way Carlos had them organized in his folders.

PureShot ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nq
Hipstamatic ($1.99 - iPhone) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nD
Hipstamatic Oggl (Free - iPhone) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nJ
Snapseed (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xL2mX
Crop Suey HD ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nx
Pixlr Express PLUS (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xL2mq
iWatermark (Free, the $1.99 version removes their watermark) - http://itun.es/i6xS7n6
A Clear Watermark ($1.99, embossed watermark) - http://itun.es/i6xS2W9
HelloCamera ($1.99) match filters - http://itun.es/i6xS7nS
PS Touch - Adobe Photoshop Touch ($9.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY4Xz
FlickStackr for Flickr ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xL2cQ
Camera Awesome - http://itun.es/i6xL2cy
iColorama - http://itun.es/i6xS7QH
Distressed FX ($0.99) - http://itun.es/i6xL2wX
Over ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY4Xy
MPro ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY4XC
Fotor™ ($2.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY3Dz
LensFlare ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY3D4
LensLight ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY3DQ

iPhoto - http://itun.es/i6xL2mx
Pixlr-o-matic (Free, also a $0.99 version) - http://itun.es/i6xL2mL
Photo fx Ultra ($4.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nk
Adobe Photoshop Express (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xS2Wj
Laminar Pro - Image Editor ($0.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2WD
Perfectly Clear ($2.99) – Photo Correction (Automatic) - http://itun.es/i6xY3JX
Filterstorm - http://itun.es/i6xS7nK
Filterstorm Pro is $14.99 and is for the iPhone
Jazz! ($0.99) - Edit photos with powerful filters, effects, unlimited vintage  - http://itun.es/i6xS2WL
TouchRetouch HD ($0.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nG
Process ($14.99) - http://itun.es/i6xL2m2
Image Blender ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2Wd
Gridditor ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nr
PhotoTangler Collage Maker HD - http://itun.es/i6xS7nc
Geló ($0.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2Wp

Handy Photo® ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2Ws
PhotoMagic HD ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2Wb
PuddingCamera (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xS2WM
Color Lake ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY3qp
Momentsia (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xS2Wt
PicsArt Photo Studio (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nv
PicShop HD - Photo Editor - http://itun.es/i6xS2Wn
FX Photo Studio: pro effects  - http://itun.es/i6xS2Wv
PhotoWizard-HD Photo Editor ($2.99) - http://itun.es/i6xL2mr
SubtleColor ($0.99) - http://itun.es/i6xL2mt

Glaze (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xY3qG
Tangled FX ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2W5
Art Set - http://itun.es/i6xY3qt
Repix Inspiring Photo Editor (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xS7nQ
AutoPainter HD ($0.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY3qc
Painteresque ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2WQ
PhotoViva ($5.99) - http://itun.es/i6xL2mN
PhotoArtistaHD ($1.99) - http://itun.es/i6xL2mv
Etchings ($0.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY3qN
Aquarella HD ($2.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS7NX
Flowpaper ($0.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY3q5
My Brushes Pro ($2.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2Qf
MyBrushes (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xY3q4
Sketch, Paint, Playback on Unlimited Size Canvas
Mobile Monet HD ($1.99)- Photo Sketch and Paint Effects - http://itun.es/i6xL2mQ
ArtRage - http://itun.es/i6xY3qQ
Procreate ($4.99) – Sketch, paint, create. - http://itun.es/i6xS2QT
Moku Hanga HD ($2.99) - http://itun.es/i6xS2Qj
ArtStudio ($4.99) - draw, paint and edit photo - http://itun.es/i6xS2QD
Deco Sketch - http://itun.es/i6xY33X

An app for an iPhoneography community
Mobitog Community (Free) - http://itun.es/i6xS24W

For keeping up with the latest news on mobile device
http://Mobitog.com
http://theappwhisperer.com
http://lifeinlofi.com/
http://lifeinlofi.com/photo-apps-on-sale/

Not essential for photography, but for planning
Radar Cast Pro ($1.99) to check the weather - http://itun.es/i6xY3fn
LightTrac ($4.99) - http://itun.es/i6xY4Xn
to see where the light (sun, moon) will be coming from

A portable light source Carlos had with: CN-160 video light
http://www.amazon.com/Neewer%C2%AE-CN-160-camera-video-light/dp/B004TJ6JH6

Austin Photography
Carlos Austin
Austin Tx 78748
http://austinphotography.com/
Info@autinphotography
512.292.9832

Reflections on the Photo Walk at ISTE 13

The ISTE 2013 Photo Walk Sunday morning was enjoyed by 172 (or more) ISTE members. After a group photo at the convention center, the group walked to the Alamo where a second group photo was taken, making photos and connecting with other ISTE members on the way. After the group photo people broke into smaller groups and continued their photo walk, some staying around the Alamo and others headed for the Riverwalk. Some people headed back to the convention center for 8:30 am sessions.

Participants were encouraged to post their favorite photos to http://www.flickr.com/groups/iste13photowalk where you can view them. Participants were asked to give permission using Creative Commons so that educators and students could use them in their presentations, projects and reports.

Organized by ADEs (Apple Distinguished Educators) Larry Anderson, Gordon Worley, Cristina Popescu, Anna Adams, Helen Mowers, Michael Hernandez, Gayle Berthiaume and myself, this was the first time the ADE  event was opened to all ISTE members. Previous events have been held during ISTE in Washington D.C., Denver (Rocky Mountain National Park), Philadelphia and San Diego.

All the feedback we have received about this year's event was extremely positive, most coming in the form of verbal comments or via Twitter using the hashtag #iste13photo.

One group, including Larry Anderson, Nia Ujamaa, David Warlick, Carlos Austin, Tony Baldasaro and myself went until the afternoon, some of us making photos until 4 pm.

The concept behind the photo walk was to get ISTE members who have an interest in photography together to meet each other and share their passion and photography skills. Participants were helping each other with their camera features as well has ideas on photo composition, handling lighting conditions, etc. Everyone was encouraged to add their best photos to Flickr at http://flickr.com/groups/iste13photowalk.

While at the Alamo several of us ended up give a short 10 minute presentation to a group of spectators after they noticed us using macro lenses attached to our iPhones to make a photo of a flower with a bee inside.

Tony Baldasaro, who had a Canon camera with a to-die-for telephoto lens, struck up a conversation with Larry and ended up joining our group as we were leaving the Alamo.

Carlos is a professional photographer from Austin, TX (yep, Carlos Austin from Austin) who drove to San Antonio just to join the Photo Walk. In another blog post I will talk about all we learned from Carlos, including how he used the iPad as his only camera on this photo walk. Tony mentioned that his wife was going to regret him joining our group as he made a list of all the new "stuff" he was planning to get for use with his iPhone and iPad.

Tuesday afternoon Larry and I presented to a packed breakout session about Photo Safaris and how they could be replicated to people's own cities, schools and classrooms. A photo safari is more structured than a photo walk, breaking people into smaller groups with a knowledgeable photographer in each group who can help others improve their skills. Several educators stopped afterwards to tell us how exited they were to get their own students interested in photography through the use of a photo walk or photo safari.

Larry has published a free e-book on how to organize your own photo safari. It can be downloaded by going to http://nctp.com/photosafari/

If you will be at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, consider participating in the photo walk Sunday morning. We have already started planning for it! Contact Larry or me and we will keep you posted as planning progresses.

Craig Nansen
craig.nansen@gmail.com
@cnansen on Twitter

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Our Tech Enhanced Trip from ND to Denver

Back in the "good old days" a 12 hour drive from Minot, ND to Denver, CO involved intermittent AM radio stations, some reading material (for the passengers), and conversation when the passenger(s) were awake.

How things have changed.

This past Thanksgiving my wife and I drove to Denver, but with some technology to enhance the trip.

Before leaving, we loaded our iPods with music and podcasts to listen to. We also added a few movies and books to our iPads.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Drinking from a fire hose

Trying to get information from the Internet using tools like Twitter, Diigo, Google+, and blogs is like trying to take a drink from a firehose. You can only take a little bit at a time and most of it goes right on by. This is reality.

Another example would be going to an evening social event at an educational conference with a large group of people from your own grade level or subject area. You can't be part of every conversation. There might be some real interesting conversations going on across the room that you aren't part of. And when you decide it is time to leave and get to bed, the conversations may still be going on and you will be missing out on them.

One more example would be walking into a library or bookstore and being overwhelmed by the books, magazines, newspapers, and other resources. You can't possibly read or browse through them all. We have learned to manage this situation though - we only go to the library or book store when we have time and it is convenient. When we go to the library we are usually looking for something specific and we go right to the sections that we have an interest in. But when I go to the bookstore, I am usually just browsing for something interesting, again in an area I am interested in, but not really knowing what I am looking for.

This is how you need to handle the information coming at your from Twitter and other online resources. Don't feel you have to check every day or read everything you come across. Check Twitter when you have time and when it is convenient. Use Google Search when there is something specific you need to find information about.

I might go days at a time (or even a week or more) without checking Twitter. I check it when I have time, and when it is convenient. Usually in the evenings when I am watching TV during commercial breaks. And like in the library or bookstore, I just look for things I have an interest in. And when I find something of interest, I don't feel I have to read it immediately. I bookmark it in Diigo to check on when I have time or I pass it on to someone who I know would be interested in it.

I would like to respond to a few of your comments from Saturday's check-in form. Nobody mentioned searching for hashtags in your subject or grade level.

Kiersten, Elizabeth, and Amber; Have you tried searching on the #engchat or #engteacher hashtags?

Sally, Leslie; Have you tried searching on #3rdchat?  Marla and Jenna on #4thchat? Marie and Jenna on #5thchat? Becky on #kinderchat and #kedu?,  Kiley on #1stchat?

Kathleen;  Have your tried searching on #gtchat?

Susan; I just did a search on #reading and found this - Is Writing Practice the Key to Helping Struggling Readers?   - however #reading is a generic hashtag that people use for things like "I am #reading" - I will keep looking for a hashtag specifically for reading teachers.

Several of you mentioned the time it takes to find something. Because I am putting an expectation on you to find things on Twitter you may feel this way. Remember that I stress you use Twitter when you have time and when it is convenient, basically browsing to see if you find anything interesting. Pinerest is more visual, but I find it even more general than Twitter. I find a lot of things that I pass on to other teachers, but I can't narrow down things or carry on a conversation on Pinterest.

Several of you also mentioned it is not easy to find specific information on Twitter. This is basically true, it is more for finding out what is currently being discussed, current articles, blog posts, etc. To find specific information you need to post your question to a chat group like #edchat. In my case I add the hashtags for #adedu (Apple Distinguished Educator), #googlect (Google Certified Teacher) or #edtech (educational technology). Or you need to build up the number of followers so when you post a question you have a large number of people that will read it.

Don't forget about my notes in Evernote on all the educational hashtags you could possibly search on.

Please take a few minutes and read Sally's blog post about "The Value of Twitter." I hope you all get to this point by the end of this course :-)