ThingLink & Mentor Mob: Nice Integration Feature

Last week I learned that the folks at ThingLink and MentorMob had done some work together to integrate their tools, making it possible to embed a MentorMob playlist directly into a ThingLink graphic. After experimenting a bit I decided to remix some of the content I’ve been using for years to teach digital citizenship and the result is the creation of Avatar Adventure. For me, the exciting part about designing this learning activity was being able to create something that other people could understand and use. And yes, I certainly learned a lot as I was designing the activity.

Of course, once I got going I included several other free web 2.0 tools to create the whole package. These are the tools I used, wordled.

Avatar Adventures: An Interactive Learning Opportunity

I created an interactive learning experience designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to focus on digital citizenship while engaging in constructive play. I hope many will enjoy using it, contributing to it and interacting with it.

Many thanks to those who have already contributed content!

Avatar Adventures
You can embed this interactive graphic into your own site. Scroll over the top left side of the graphic and click the embed icon.

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10 Minute Tech Tools on Pinterest

A few years ago I decided to wind up the school year by offering busy teachers the opportunity to collaborate with me to learn to use a powerful tech tool in 10 minutes or less. I must admit the idea was appealing to many teachers at that very busy time of the year, and it actually generated a lot of interest. After all, who doesn’t have 10 minutes to learn to use a new tool?

Recently some interest has been generated in those 10 Minute Tech Tools so I decided to create a Pinterest board of resources. All I had to do was scan my blog and use my Pinterest bookmarklet to pin the posts that fit the bill. Voila! Pinterest was an extremely efficient tool for this task.

If you are interested in Free 10 Minute Tech Tools, please view the board on Pinterest. If you know of some free and useful 10 minute Tech Tools, please consider sharing through the Google Form at the bottom of the page via Twitter or email. Remember to include your name and a link so I can give you credit. I will pin suggestions that fit the criteria to the Pinterest board in the hopes of building a useful resource for busy teachers.

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Top 10 Tech Tools: An Interactive Graphic

With so many free and user friendly tech tools available for teachers, it’s hard to know where to begin to put together a list of the best tools for teaching and learning so I decided to take a look at my own resources to determine which tools I use the most. Rather than posting another running list of tools, features and uses, I decided to present the information visually, through an interactive ThingLink graphic. I used the new colored nubbins available to make it easier for visitors to explore areas of interest more efficiently. 

Scroll over the image and click on the colored nubbins to explore this intertwined collection of resources. As you explore the graphic please consider contributing your own content to share examples of ways to use these tools in education.


Cast your vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 on the Learning in the Social Workplace blog, by Jane Hart.

21st Century Research & Information Fluency on Scoop.It is a free and user friendly content curation service that allows users to collect information about a topic of interest and display it as an attractive visual magazine. The handy bookmarklet allows users to add content to a magazine with the click of a button while browsing the web. Users can follow others with similar interests and rescoop posts from one person’s magazine to their own. also generates suggestions that match your interest. This is an efficient way to share content. 

I recently started a new collection dedicated to the topic of 21st Century Research and Information Fluency. Below you will find an embedded preview of the magazine. Click the link below the preview to visit the actual magazine.

Wallwisher Senbazuru – A New and Improved Digital Wall

Wallwisher is a free and user friendly online tool that allows users to create a digital wall of multimedia sticky notes. In addition to text, the notes can include images, links and videos. Create a wall, then invite others to add stickies.

In early June Wallwisher released a new and improved version of the tools, known as Wallwisher Senbazuru – the best version of Wallwisher ever. This version is quicker, slicker and now has full iPad support. Here are some reasons I am very fond of using WallWisher to build digital word walls for teaching and learning:

  1. Build a collaborative wall without logging in.
  2. Add images, video and links to the wall.
  3. Create one place for resources, available 24/7.
  4. Give students a voice and a place to express themselves using a variety of multimedia.
  5. Embed a WallWisher wall into a wiki, blog or website.
  6. Enjoy Wallwisher Yubi for the iPad.
A Great Example for Building Vocabulary through Digital Word Walls, created by Mr. Ferrell and Mr. Burk 

Here is an example of an embedded wall I created to provide students and teachers with tech support when creating a Google Presentation. I’m sharing this sample to illustrate how nicely Wallwisher displays embedded video. Feel free to double click on the wall to add your own comment, idea or resource.

Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom:
Tom Barrett has created a collaborative presentation to illustrate Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom. Please view this slideshow to get some great ideas of ways teachers are using this cool tool and consider contributing your own idea to the slideshow.

Try Wallwisher for yourself at

Vokis in the Classroom

Summer is a time for constructive play. You might want to have a bit of fun and try creating a talking avatar with My Voki. Once you see how easy it is to create one, you have the rest of the summer to figure out how to use them in your teaching.

Using Vokis with Students:

  • Record a welcome message for incoming students and embed it into your blog, wiki or website.
  • Kick off a contest of some sort, the winner can win the opportunity to create and publish a Voki.
  • Teach students how to communicate efficiently through oral messages or talking text.
  • Use voki’s to build and reinforce vocabulary.
  • Use Voki’s in your projects, allowing students the option to communicate a message through a Voki instead of typing bullet points. again

Please press the play button to hear a message.
Watch the voki’s eyes follow your mouse.

Try it for yourself at voki.comVisit the My Voki  website to view lesson plans submitted by teachers and create your own Voki.