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Friday Find - Technology Integration Matrix

Technology Integration Matrix from - "The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below."

Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology,

College of Education, University of South Florida © 2011-2013.

Moodle - Managing the Messaging System

Changing your Messaging SettingsToday we will look at another way to control the number AND type of emails you are getting from your forums and all other activities in Moodle.  This is through your messaging settings.

To get to your messaging settings, go to your settings and look under "My profile settings" for Messaging. 

This will bring you to a window that has a list of all the items you can set your messaging choices for.  This list will change depending on the roles you have on the server -e.g.  if you are a teacher, you will have more choices than someone who is only a student on the server.

For each item that appears in your list, you have two different messaging choices you can enable/disable via checkboxes: Popup notifications - which will appear on the screen when you log in for several secondsEmail - which will send an email from the Moodle system to your accountAdditionally, you can choose whether/if it happens:
When you are logged inWhen you are offlineLooking thro…

iPads in Education - Tellagami App Review

Tellagami Review
Basics: "Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated message called a Gami."  Think PSA! The user can set a male or female character's characteristics (including emotion), adds a background then records the message.  Upon playback, the character is animated - with some emotion added to the hand gestures.  It can then be shared.
Drawbacks:  There is a 30 second time limit to your recordings - this could be a drawback or a benefit.

Current Costs:  currently FREE!

Link to iTunes Store:

Google Apps - Contact Groups vs Google Groups Intro

Google Groups vs Contact Groups One of the most confusing items for new Google users is the concept of groups...I say this as I feel I am pretty savvy, but it took a lot more reading and experiencing than normal before I got my head wrapped around it and could explain it to others.  I've decided this is because Google uses the term groups in multiple ways within its products, so just talking about a group is a little misleading as it might not be the group you are thinking about.

So, here's a little rundown of the two types of groups you as a user may be using.

Google Groups
Google Groups are a bit like a listserv. They are a mechanism for you to create a group that is managed by a group owner and shared with others.   Here are some key points about a Google Group: a Google Group has a unique email address - when you mail the group it is using this single email and upon receipt it is dispersed to the group in the manner each user has designatedGroup members only have access to …

Friday Find - "What Can I Still Do with an iPad - First Generation?" collaborative document

One of the questions I am beginning to be asked is "What can I still do on an iPad 1??"  We have several districts that purchased the devices in their first iteration and are unable to update them as they are no longer supported.  But, they are still usable educational tools...

Here is a collaborative document I ran across that may help you out with that -
"What Can I Still Do with An iPad - First Generation" by Naomi Harm
Not only look for ideas, but feel free to add some of the activities you are still able to do

Moodle - How to set forum subscription settings

Controlling Emails from Moodle Today in looking at how to control the number of emails you are getting from your forums in Moodle, I will address subscriptions.

First, you should know how to control your default subscription settings. To get there, log onto your Moodle and click on Administration - > My profile settings -> Edit profile

Once there, look about half way down the information to the "Forum auto-subscribe" option.

You can change that either to "Yes: when I post, subscribe me to that forum" or "No: don't automatically subscribe me to the forums."  Remember, this is a default setting; you can individually change it for each forum you participate in when posting.  So, if you do not want most of the messages you are getting from forums, you should select "No."

Another choice you have is the Email digest type:

You can choose from the following options to control the amount of email: No digest ( single email per forum post)…

iPads in Education - MyScript Memo app Review

MyScript Memo
Basics: Today's app review is a handwriting to text converter! You can now take handwritten notes on your iOS device, and either send the picture of them OR have it convert the writing to text and send the text
Drawbacks:  The screen size on a phone is somewhat a hindrance, but on the iPad it works great.

Current Costs:  currently FREE!

Link to iTunes Store:

Google Apps - New Google Menu bar

New Way of Getting to Apps At some point in the near future you are going to look for that familiar black bar across the top of your Google Apps to switch to a different app....and realize it is gone!  That is because Google is providing a "new way to access your apps."

Instead of this:

You will see this:

To access apps, you will need need to go to the 3x3 grid that is in the upper-right side and click on that:

This grid displays the basic Google apps up front; clicking on the More at the bottom of the window will display additional Google apps, and below that any items that have been installed from the Marketplace.

You might notice a few other changes at the top, as well:
The Google+ is moved from the left to the right.The notification has changed to a bell with a red badge displaying the number of new itemsA share callout that will post to your Google+ from any Google App
Not all of these are going into place at the same time, but eventually we all will see the changes…