10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Free: Adobe Photoshop Express, PhotoShop ‘Till You Drop

Sign up to receive free access to Adobe Photoshop Express during Adobe’s beta* test period.

Photoshop Express takes image editing online with features such as rotating, cropping, adding effects, slideshow options, storing up to 2 gigabytes of images, sharing, downloading, and uploading photos online.

This is an especially great feature for teachers and students who would like basic photo editing features in a browser window, without cost, for digital stories, projects, and personal use. Since all work is down through a browser window, there is no download to conflict with filters or school policies that prohibit downloads. Click here to sign up.

*(A beta test is similar to a TAKS field only fun, without anxiety.) ūüôā



Hybrid Courses Preferred

Research validates what teachers already know: integrated instruct makes a difference in learning.
Source: University of Houston. “College Students Score Higher In Classes That Incorporate Instructional Technology Than In Traditional Classes.” ScienceDaily 25 March 2008. 31 March 2008 <http://www.sciencedaily.com¬≠ /releases/2008/03/080324125154.htm>.


Webquests 2.0

webquest.JPG   In my workshops with educators this week, I was asked to revisit a cognitive strategy from the creative mind of Bernie Dodge.

Webquests are the inquiry-oriented activity that transfer learning from teacher and textbook to students. My updated Handouts and Powerpoint retained the information, discarded old links, and included examples for customization.

One educator asked, “How do we make this available for students?” Her question required a better answer than, “make photocopies.” Her question implied online accessibility.

What better way than to integrate Web 2.0 interactivity into the Webquest strategy.
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Camden Coaching Resources

Any coaching experience that begins in the echo of a motivating sentiment is bound to be a success.

“To be a star, you have to make the people around you stars.”

I heard Col. Webb say this to a student as I booted my laptop and detangled my cords. A great experience followed. Thank you again for letting my visit your classrooms and students.
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Tech BFF: Rebus 2.0

BFF is an acronym for “Best Friend Forever.” These websites and tips are so good that they will become your technology BFFs!

I love Rebus stories! I love the layers of meaning that pictures convey. Phrasr is a free, Flickr-based photo-word-slideshow maker that allows users to input sentences, phrases or even entire paragraphs and then chose from a group of suggested Flickr images to illustrate.

Here is a sample of a Phrasr I made using the first line of the book “Tuck, Everlasting”¬†¬†¬† The Archive also has other samples.
Phrasr Slideshows can be:
~published to an online database
~emailed to friends
~used for units on idioms
~used to teach inference
~used to illustrate quotes from literature, first lines of books, political slogans
~~~~~etc.., etc.., etc…¬† !!!

Give Phrasr a beta-test and leave a comment how you used it.


Doug Prouty: Talented Innovator and Educator

A talented innovator will be missed. doug.jpg 
Others have found better words of tribute at this time than I am able to compose. To read a great tribute click here.
To read Doug’s courageous struggle, click here.

Please remember Doug’s motto: “Tell your family you love them. It’s the only thing that matters.”


Free Animated Download- Horton Hears A Who!

horton2.gifhorton2.gif¬† An animated digital version of Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss, complete with animation, narration and sound effects is available for free download in honor of NEA’s Read Across America Day. This special Seuss classic will be available for free exclusively on Kidthing Read More

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