10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Tech BFF: Speaking through your Photos and Pictures with Fotobabble

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

Here is an engaging and easy-to-use tool to add voice to your current posters and illustrations.

Just upload a picture or photograph to Fotobabble, then record your voice and click Save.

Fotobabble creates a link and an embed code that you can copy and paste into your class webpage, blog, and social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

Kindly click on this link to see a sample I created called Writing: Providing Evidence of Reading Responses: http://www.fotobabble.com/m/Ym9DdkZXTElVTUE9

fotobabble sample

Fotobabble is a software company that provides free photo- and audio-powered social marketing solutions for businesses, brands and nonprofits. Fotobabble’s integrated application suites help organizations attract and engage audiences across web, mobile and social networks.
Interactive images can be created online, no need to download any specialized software.



There is an App For That: Common Core

Splaysoft, LLC has an iPhone/iPad App called Common Core Look Fors that helps educators integrate the Common Core State Standards into their classroom. The app covers Mathematics, Technology, English Language Arts. ELA was recently updated. This App costs $2.99 and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

I like this one because it comprehesively includes Math, Tech, and ELA as opposed to others which treat each subject separately.

Please click here to learn more

Which common core apps do you favor?




Attracting and Retaining Online Audiences

Attracting and Retaining Members Online

Some web portals experience growth and draw highly active members. What’s the secret to their success?

The number of members doesn’t always matter. What matters are members who are engaged, who show up daily or bi-weekly, who post content and interact with other members/participants. Engagement happens when people interact with moderators/hosts and with each other.


Interaction includes:

  • ·  posting or commenting on a blog
  • ·  forum discussion
  • ·  recommending/sharing resources/links
  • ·  sharing best practices
  • ·  uploading/sharing photo(s)
  • ·  uploading/sharing video
  • ·  customizing an avatar or profile image


It may also take the form of becoming friends with another member, giving a gift or adding a comment to a profile. It’s all about participation. And it’s about more than simply getting people to sign up and getting website “hits”.


Member engagement grows with participation and engagement. Member/ participants engagement creates a feedback loop: Members/participants post content, contribute to discussions and invite their friends.

Engaged members can promote your Ning to friends, colleagues, and Twitter followers, etc..


Essential Questions:


  1. 1.     Who am I trying to attract? Explain it on your Main Page
  2. 2.     Why should they join and contribute content?
  3. 3.     What makes my Ning Network different than my existing Web site or blog?
  4. 4.     Carve out your own niche.
  5. 5.     Capture your hook in a sentence — or in your name. 
  6. 6.     Focus on your members as the STARS



Member/participants engagement is the difference between a successful Ning Network and a stale Web site. It’s what makes your social network…social.

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