EdCampLA – Educators Teaching Educators

by Pablo on January 14, 2013

On a frigid Saturday morning, droves of educators gathered in West Hollywood, CA at the The Center for Early Education to talk technology and education, all for FREE! Yup, this was an un-conference called EdCampLA, where participants are invited to post 45 minute sessions on something they are passionate about and lead a discussion, how-to or just sit back and enjoy all of the great information being delivered. The following is a second look at wonderful presentations, ideas, resources and thoughts that I was fortunate to be part of!

Evernote was the first session on my agenda and in un-conference fashion, the speaker had posted the session on Evernote but wanted to learn more about it, rather than lead the session, and quickly, educators chimed in about their experiences. Just like that we had a full blown discussion on Evernote. Evernote is an online based product that can store notes, documents, audio and much more. Use it with students, share information anywhere, anytime from multiple devices.

@nerdyteacher for hands-on experiences using Evernote
Laurence School has great resources for teachers regarding Evernote
artsonia art online gallery for displaying kid’s art (can also monetize)

Apps! App Differently
This was the second session of the day for me and as the title states, apps! Jo Ann Fox (@appeducationfox) moderated this discussion and many apps discussed. Below is a small list and some of their attributes. See the image below for a more comprehensive list of apps that were discussed in this session. My favorite by far was MyScript Calculator (see video below)

-madlip app- free version gives you 15 seconds of audio. Have students make a talking book cover using
-imovie app. Use to make trailers with your content
-explain everything
-bugsandbuttons, bugsandnumbers, etc (for lower grades)
-imotionhd for creating stop motion movies
-remind101 – a single directional text for parents and students (can set up groups and for field trips )
-vintagio (for silent films)
-creative book builder
-pickplaypost (create collages) idea: take pictures that relate objective, make collage and explain
-myscriptcalculator (Microsoft version is mathmatica for PC). My favorite of the day (see below)
-join.me (cost?)

Apps mentioned in a session at EdCampLA

MyScript Calculator Demo

The 1 iPad classroom
John Stevens (@jstevens009) and Eduardo Rivera led this session on how they use a single iPad in the class to teach 8th grade and 9th grade algebra respectively. They utilize both Apple TV and/or the Reflector app to connect their iPads wirelessly to create an interactive and collaborative experience. Here are a few of the apps and resources they recommended:
-educreations and explaineverything (.99)
-appshopper (track apps for pricing)
-class dojo for participation
-Jumbo Stopwatch

After a great lunch I headed off to John Omekubo’s (@jumekubo) session on Subtext. Subtext is an app that allows students and teachers to collaborate on the same book. Students can be invited to a group by their teacher and then both parties can interact by asking questions, tagging and highlighting text , adding resources for the students and much more! Below are a few ideas and resources to support this app.

-readlist.com: turn web articles into chapters
-make an epub file

The day culminated in a Slam session, where educators stood up and presented their favorite thoughts, apps, websites or whatever they wanted to reflect on, from the day’s events. My favorite is listed below. I actually stood in line to present my slam of the day(MyScript Calculator) but @jstevens009 beat me to the punch, SLAM!
video 514.mov for playing youtube
– upload any video from google using google docs

Here are some other links that might be useful for finding information on sessions that I did not attend or did not cover in this blog post. You can also peruse the EdCampLA website to search for specific information. Thanks to all of the folks @EdCampLA for a great day!

EdCAmpLA Blog
EdCAmpLA Wiki


It was a pleasure to speak to all of the young, pre-service teachers today at Santa Ana College’s Road to Teaching Conference. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. I am very willing to help aspiring teachers. If you decide for this to become your profession, you are joining ranks of the selfless and the very giving.


How To Screencast on an Apple Computer

by Pablo on November 14, 2012

A quick screencasting (record your screen to make a movie) tutorial “how to” on an Apple Computer (Snow Leopard or higher operating system)

Click here to view: Screencasting How To Screenshots


Plug In Show – Episode 20

by Pablo on June 1, 2012

  • Introduced is Text to Voice, an add-on for the Firefox web browser and also Announcify which allows you to turn any website into audio file. This works much like a book on CD would work, the website reads your selected website out loud

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  • Part 1 of a 2 part series on converting text to speech. We look at a Google Chrome Plug-in and a website called QR Voice

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  • Use an about.me page for yourself as an online business card or information center or you can utilize it so your students can create an information page

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  • Don’t have a student response system in your classroom, try polleverywhere.com with your computers, mobile devices and cell phones for free

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  • Today we look at QR Codes or Quick Response codes and how to create one and utilize them in education

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  • Use Shutterlyfly.com as a source to house pictures and video by creating a simple to use website. Use this site to communicate your school year in images and also a good way to document field trips.

    Plug in Show – Episode 14

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  • Screen casting apps for the iPad