Last year, I organized an unconference at Wayne State University and it was a huge hit! I'm happy to say that Edcamp Detroit will be back at Wayne State on Saturday May 5th. You can checkout our website at EdCampDetroit.org or click here to be taken directly to registration.
We have worked very hard to get even more sponsors and predict that space will fill up fast, so be sure to lock down your spot as soon as possible. Like last year, this conference will be free for all who attend and we will be looking to live stream many of the sessions for those who cannot make it in person but want to watch at home. I have been to 3 different EdCamps and I have to say it has been one of the best learning experiences I have been part of. There were many GPPSS teachers there sharing and learning with teachers from all over the state. I hope to see them and many new faces at EdCamp Detroit 2012!
Here is a video of my friend Kristen Swanson who explains how EdCamps started in Philly and spread across the country. If you have any questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter at @EdcampDetroit
I was able to create the collage above using photos from my Facebook account by using Muzy.com! I found this site on my Google Reader and I played with it for a little bit and I'm hooked. The site allows you to create photo collages and share them directly on Facebook or Twitter. Once they are created, you can download the image and place it in blogs if you want. You could print them up and place them in a frame.
You do not have to use photos from Facebook though. You can upload the photos you want directly to the site. There are many different collage layouts you can choose from to make the picture look the way you want. There are also effects you can add to the collages as well if you were looking for more of a retro look.
There is actually much much more to Mazy, but I have only scratched the surface. I recommend that you dive in and see what hidden gems you can find and use.
This could be a very fun way for a teacher to share pictures of class trips or fun things happening in the classroom. These pictures can be placed right on the school website. Please take a look at Mazy and see how you might use it in class.
Kicksend is a pretty simple concept. Let people send very large files through email. We all have had issues with multiple documents that are to large to email and have to send many emails in a row. If you are not ready to go to Dropbox and want to share documents, pictures and video over email, Kicksend is just perfect for you. It is a free site that does not require you to sign up to use. Just go to the site and start uploading the files you want to send.
Kicksend allows you to download their app for your computer for even easier sending and it even has an iPhone app so you can send large photos and videos you take directly from the phone. This site is worth the time to look at.
Museum of Obsolete Objects
This is a funny site I wanted to share with all of you because I remember when some of these things were cutting edge. The YouTube page is a collection of videos that talk about technology that has now become obsolete. Here is a great video example,
This could be fun to share with your students to show them what communication used to look like when we were growing up. I wonder if the the telephone game will still be called the telephone game by the time Leo is in school.
GPS Featured in Japan!
A couple of months ago, some reporters from a Japanese newspaper came to my class to see how I was integrating social media into my classroom. Here is the article that ran on the front page of their evening edition that has 2-3 million subscribers. I always thought social media would take me places, but I never thought it could do this. The reporter said he is working on a translation for me, but I thought I would share this with all of you.
I hope you give some of these new tools a try.