Category Archives: Conference Presentations

Thank you for attending my pre-conference session at the ITC eLearning 2014 Conference. Here is my handout from the Presentation. You can also click on the image below

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Today’s Topics

Things You Should Know about iPads But Might Not!

Parking Thoughts in Parking Lots in the Classroom

The Power of prE-mail

Feeding: An APP(le) a day

Plan Your PLN

Increasing Time on Task with Guided Access

How to Rock a Google Search   

QR Codes in the Classroom 

Going Walkabout!     

Commonplacing in the 21st Century        

Learning In the Cloud     

Classroom Clickers   

Screen Mirroring      

Screen & Pad Casting  

TED in the Classroom    

Remind 101  

Best Practices for Using YouTube  

The Power of iMovie

Augmented Reality   

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Yesterday, I gave a short talk for Softchalk on Flipping the Classroom. As always, I had a great time and hope all that participated learned something they can utilize. During the presentation, I also shared some tips and tricks:

I also revealed that this year at NISOD, we will be sharing a new open-source, faculty-driven, socially collaborative faculty development initiative called “Circles of Innovation.” You won’t want to miss it. The supporting website is still in design, but the initial face to face sessions at Valencia have gotten off to a great start and people are excited. I will be sharing more soon. The website should be up and operational next week and will be found at You are free to go there now, but please remember it is still in beta and the site is running a little slow.  If you would like to learn more about it, I have placed the NISOD presentation information below.

Thanks again for all of you who came to the talk yesterday. Once I have the link information to the Softchalk archive, I will come back and put it here for you. For now though, here is a copy of my prezi.


This post was written to showcase the power of Poll Everywhere at the SSTESOL conference. If you are not aware of what Poll everywhere is, you might want to check it out.

Turn your students’ smart phones into classroom clickers for free using Poll Everywhere.

Survey Them

Create your own sms poll at Poll Everywhere

Share the Results
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If you like technology, you will love the following freebies. Listed below are some of my best finds for CALL 2011.


Mosquito Ringtones – Don’t Ban Phones, embrace your students’ sixth sense but have them quiet their phones to your hearing frequency.

QR Code – Share anything with your students using two dimensional bar codes that can be scanned by smart devices.

Poll Everywhere – Turn cellphones into classroom clicker systems without spending a dime.

gFlash Mobile – Have your students contribute to a Google document and make flashcards that can be shared on their cell phones for free

Cameras and Scanners – Teach students to gather and store information using their smart phones and devices. The App stores on most phones have free scanner engines, and many of the new phones allow us not only to take pictures, but to make videos and send them directly to Youtube.

Eye Web Speed Reader – Turn any website into a speed reading activity. (iPhone & iPad for this app)


VocabGrabber – Create awesome word webs and really dig into meaning and context.

Top 2K – 200 corpus based vocabulary exercises based on the first 2000 words of English

COCA & Google Books – You may have heard of the corpus of contemporary American English, but have you searched the new 155 billion word Google Books Corpus?

Lextutor – Use this site to identify key words for content development.

Easy Define – Use this site to look up multiple words at the same time to develop digital glosses


Storybird – Have your students write their own picture stories

Letter to Learn by – Wow your students with this editing assignment.

The Robot – Could robots replace teachers?

Starfall – A Reading and Phonics Site everyone should know about

Khan Academy – Free Learning Free Content for Infusion



Thanks to the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Section at TESOL 2011, I now have pages of ideas that I will be blogging about over the next few months. I have not had time to review them all and blog about them yet, but here is a quick list of some of my favorite finds from this year’s conference in New Orleans.

Listening & Speaking

Talk to the Robot – Do you need someone to practice your English with? Talk to Ron Lee’s Robot. Ask it anything. Have it ask you questions. It’s kind of addicting. It could also be turned into a fun interactive writing assignment where students are asked to interact with it and describe its strengths and weaknesses as a communicator.

Reading & Vocabulary

Study Your Vocabulary – Looking to have your students study the K1 & K2 high frequency vocabulary lists? Check out Marsha Chan’s Vocabulary Quiz Home. On this site students can learn English words in context – as words are really used! There are 200 corpus based quizzes covering the first 2000 most frequently used words of English.

gFlash Mobile – If you are looking for a free and easy way for you or your students to make and share flashcards, the gFlash mobile applications might be what you are looking for. Click on the link to go to a blog post with a YouTube video showing how it works.

Eye Web Speed Reader – If you have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, and you like to read, you will enjoy this free application (search for eye web). The app allows you to surf the web and speed read the pages. The average adult reader can read at about 200 to 250 words per minute (wpm). The free version of this application allows you to read at 350 wpm. The pay version allows you to train your brain to read up to 1000 wpm.

Writing & Creativitiy – Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. According to the site, you can read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. Might make for some fun paired writing assignments.

iBrainstorm – For those of you using iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads, iBrainstorm is a multi-device collaboration tool from Universal Mind. Move your ideas from your iPhone to iPad with just a flick of the finger; have students work in groups and then share their ideas. Drag your notes on the iPad into any ordered hierarchy you want. Assign colors to give additional meaning or priority. Also, draw, erase or zoom in for tighter control and know that everything is captured for later.