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Wired Wednesday -Meerkat Periscope -May 13, 2015


Happy Wired Wednesday!

There are two new….very new… apps you will hear more about in the future.
These apps integrate with Twitter and allow live streaming to all the followers of that Twitter account. These programs can also create an archived link of the video.
Why would anyone use these apps?
How Periscope is already helping politicians kill the press conference
Cmdr Chris Hadfield on Twitter
The Canadian Astronaut, Cmdr Hadfield has been in space streaming live videos in real time to his million plus followers (many are students–who are also Skyping with him) AMAZING!
Of course, many celebrities are sharing their stories with their Twitter followers.
As with most new tools, the original experimental use seems trivial and a bit like “what I had for lunch”…..but then grows in meaningful ways.
How could education use these apps? A school/district Twitter account could live stream any function to their followers— PTG meetings, science labs, graduations, concerts, plays, etc… to all of those people who are following that account and unable to attend in person. Anyone managing a school/company Twitter account, using their phone/smart device, could send a video and share the event in real time. The possibilities are endless.
At any moment, a live video can be taken and shared with the world in real time…. from someone walking down the street, to a bathroom, to a classroom…. and more. It can be a very unnerving thought. It is important to know these technologies exist.
For more information- check out any of the links I shared above and below
How early adopters are using Meerkat and Periscope
What You Need to Know About Meerkat and Periscope
If you have any questions, just ask!
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Wired Wednesday April 30, 2015

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Happy Wired Wednesday,

As testing, finals, and spring fever is in full swing…. Take a look at this site for wonderful, short activities to refocus you and your students!

Perfect site for indoor recess, classroom PE…. and a 5-10 minute “get the wiggles out” quick breaks are all organized and available for you to use.

I shared this website with a good friend last week and she said, “My students had a blast! It was like they were preparing for the Olympics!”

Check it out!–

If you have any questions, just ask!

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Wired Wednesday- GIFs 4/16/15

So…. has this been you wondering where your Wired Wednesday tip was yesterday?
This week’s Wired Wednesday tip is explaining GIFs.
A GIF is a graphics interchange format— basically a picture that moves with no sound. The picture is actually a group of pictures moving very quickly…like an old flip book….GIFs are old…. but they are making a fun comeback.
A few weeks ago, a reporter emailed Google for a comment about a leaked news story and a GIF was sent back to the reporter. The reporter replied with “Very funny….but what is your official comment?” Google replied, “That was our official comment.”
I often send a GIF in a text message when words just don’t explain my message. You can find GIFs by searching an idea (for example, happy dance +gif) and clicking on images. You can download them like any other image/photo and insert them like photos. Like anything else on the internet, be aware that there are inappropriate GIFs, too.
GIFs work in various social medias–Twitter, most text messages, and in emails. But, they do not work (for now) in Facebook.
Why would someone want to add a GIF to a message? Sometimes, nothing says it better than a GIF and they do grab your attention.
And, sometimes they are just plain fun and make you do a little happy dance….
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