Twelve shopping days until Christmas!
For the educational technology enthusiast, there are so many people on the gift list. Indiana’s eLearning community, #INeLearn, suggested several, such as:
For me, thinking about all of the ed tech possibilities is like a wide-eyed child the first time he sets foot in an FAO Schwarz. There’s so much great stuff out there, and I want it all!
Let’s take care of this gift list!
I have two. Colleen Lee recently posted a great article at Edudemic called “5 Ways to Get Better at Twitter”. Here are some of her recommendations:
My other gift is a must-have if you don’t have it already: the weekly education Twitter chat list. At the time of this post, there are just over 200 chats to choose from. If you’re not familiar with Twitter chats, they’re a virtual place where educators gather to discuss. There’s a lot that happens in a Twitter chat!
I wish that someone had told me how valuable MailChimp would be when I first started blogging. MailChimp provides, among other things:
If you’re starting a blog — or have already started — I suggest that you make MailChimp a priority from the start. It’s free for lists up to 2,000 subscribers.
I’m quickly falling in love with Snagit. It’s a TechSmith program that captures images and video from your computer. With a quick keyboard shortcut, you can grab a screen capture, add highlights, text and other features, and quickly share it to a variety of online platforms.
Snagit is great for creating tutorials, either with a screencast video or in pictures. It could also be a great tool for newsletters. Snagit isn’t free ($49.95). I very, very rarely pay for digital tools, but this one is very valuable.
Communication has to be one of their main responsibilities, and Remind 101 is a great resource for keeping in touch with lots of people. Remind 101 allows leaders to send text messages to a group. The leader is the only one who can send messages and it keeps contact information private, so it’s a very safe service. It was one of my five changes for a more digital classroom this year.
So many people communicate by text message and it’s so easy. Remind 101 is engaging and gets the job done.
5. A tool or app for a budding young musician: Garage Band. You can create music with a variety of instruments, jam with friends and record your best songs. (iOS, free as of this post)
6. An app or recommendation for your students’ parents: the #ptchat hashtag on Twitter. It’s a weekly chat (9-10 pm EST, right after the #INeLearn chat!), and it’s a wealth of resources and people to help parents connect and support their children and their schools.
7. A blog or book recommendation for the analog admin: The Principal of Change blog by George Couros. This guy really gets what makes schools thrive and what administrators can do to be proactive.
8. Something to delight your picture-happy secretary: Pixlr is a great, free photo editing site that offers 200+ photo filters and effects. It kind of feels like a free online version of Adobe Photoshop.
Who else should we get gifts for? And what other great gifts are out there? Be a Santa and leave a comment!
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