Insomnia strikes and I happened to get up early on Saturday morning and jumped onto Twitter — just in time for #CatholicEdChat. What a wonderful way to begin the weekend. I appreciate the leadership of Nancy Caramanico, Barb Gilman and Nick Senger for getting this […]
From David Truss
For the month of March,
a group of educators and lifelong learners will be picking a
“Tweet of the day”
and Re-Tweeting it with the tag: #gr8t
There are a number of reasons why you might want to participate:
• To share what you value about twitter.
• To see what others value about twitter.
• To celebrate the power and wisdom of your Personal Learning Network.
• To find interesting people to follow on Twitter.
• To commit to trying out twitter for a month.
Your new tweet shows up on the Gr8Tweets wiki and on twitter searches for others to see and share.
Feel free to follow Gr8tweets on Twitter and Gr8tweets will follow you back, (this part is totally optional).
Even if you aren’t on twitter or you don’t want to participate, be sure to check out the Gr8Tweets wiki and see some of the reasons why so many educators are finding Twitter a valuable tool!
Twitter is one of the ways I stay connected to my Personal Learning Network (PLN). Besides the obvious twitter clients like Twirl, these are the lastest twitter toys I have found useful: Twitter search – http://search.twitter.com/ This search tool is essential if you want to […]
A cry for help came out on Twitter this morning from cliotech asking how to convert PowerPoint files to *.jpg. I responded explaining JPG is one of the file extension options available when you choose “save as” – – but Jennifer twittered back that wasn’t available. So, I used my trusty Jing screenshot to snap an image of my PowerPoint version and sent a copy of the image to her using Twitpic. Finally – Jennifer checked with her IT department and found out that PowerPoint wasn’t properly installed on her computer – voila – problem solved.
Sometimes a picture tells it better than a written explanation. But more importantly, I realized how easy it is to have your own virtual tech support team with your twitter network.
I know about the PowerPoint conversion because I use it all the time with my students. I use this feature when I want students to make a simple image but don’t want spend time teaching them how to do it in Photoshop. For example, my MS students set the PowerPoint screen size to 5×7 and made postcards for our Postcard Geography project with simple Word Art and images. When you use “save as jpg” in PowerPoint, you have the option to save the current slide or each slide as a separate image. I also use “save as jpg” when uploading PowerPoint slides to VoiceThread so the background designs stay intact.
Anyway, I love my PLN with Twitter and was glad I could help today … because I know tommorrow – I’m going to be the one asking, “Does anyone know how to …..”.
One year ago I began blogging at edtech VISION. Previous to that I had only blogged for my Masters of Educational Technology about my Action Research Project for Pepperdine University and occasional posts at Classroom 2.0. Anyone who knows me will understand that a one-year […]