Saturday, January 30, 2016

#WgBuzz - This Week in the #HxTech Center

Our morning announcements host was unavailable this week so a new producer and host stood in.

They had a lot of fun, and it just kept getting more interesting each day:





And then our Friday Show

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

#TechTipTuesday Sharing, there's an app for that

Today the app stores are bursting at the seams with production apps, fun games, photo editing apps, you name it and they've got it.

I thought today I'd share a few quick and easy to use apps that can result in simplified sharing.

1. Instagram - Take a picture and share it.
Great free app, easy to use and connect with other social media apps/tools. 

For years I've shared with principals, teachers, admin, and anyone who'd listen: Blogging made easy is a picture a day. 

People love seeing what is going on in your classrooms/buildings everyday. Instagram makes it easy to share and to share to multiple venues.

2. Vine - 5 second videos that loop.
This tool allows you take up to 5 seconds of footage and share it. You can share your Vines directly from the app to Twitter ,Facebook, and Tumblr if you choose. 

Best suggestion: Ask your kids to create a Vine each day demonstrating the learning that is going on that day.

3. Periscope - Live Streaming made easy.

Live streaming is popular, hop on the band wagon and give it a try. Classes could share weekly conversations about what they are doing, connect with other broadcasters, ask questions  and connect with a global audience.

Admins, setup a regular schedule and do a live Q/A or weekly roundup of the going ons in your building/district.

Protip - Make sure you choose "Save to camera roll" after your broadcast to upload your video to your YouTube Channel later . (Also film in landscape)

Hope you give any one or all three of these a try this month.

You can find me on all three, just search for TheTechSpec.

As always,
Stay tuned and 
Stay connected.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#TechTipTuesday - Pushbullet, the easiest way to get things from one device to another

Ever have a photo that you wish was on your computer?

Perhaps your viewing something on your PC, but want to read about it later on your phone?

Ever want to get a video from your PC to your MAC, and fast?

Look no further that the App/extension called Pushbullet. Simple to setup (login with Google? Yes please) and easy to use.

Check it out today.

Pushbullet by Pushbullet for iOS

Pushbullet extension for Chrome:

Android user? Grab the app here!

Friday, January 15, 2016

#WgBuzz - This Week in the #HxTech Center

Assisted two kids from Mr. Eckert and Mrs. Hellwig's class connect with Ken Surritte, founder and CEO of Water is Life, via Google Hangouts.

Edits and revisions to scripts after news of the Rams leaving St. Louis

Discovering how much she loves coding, while unlocking new challenges and levels.

A student investigated what it takes to make a website.

The iProduction crew researched, wrote, prepared and edited the 15th episode of This Week at Hixson

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

#TechTipTuesday Something new 🍑

The Consumer Electronics Show ended last week, and this year there was a lot of buzz around a new app called: Peach

This app lets you stay connected with your friends in a few new fun ways.

Their key element to pique your interest is the function which they call "magic words" which when used allow new ways to for you to share information. From "good morning" sharing the time, and temperature, to typing "draw" which allows you to draw a picture to share.

Check it out today, this one is for iOS users only currently.
Find me on Peach as: TheTechSpec

Peach — a space for friends by Byte Inc.