Monday, November 24, 2014

Asking the Crowd: New Tools and Services

For the next two days I have the privilege of facilitating sessions at the Lutheran Educators Conference in Palm Desert, CA. One of the sessions I lead introduces new or existing technology tools that support student learning. This is a tricky session to lead since there are so many tools available and I only become aware of a subset of these tools given my current roles and responsibilities.

I was reminded over dinner last night of engaging the wisdom of the masses. Longtime friend Dennis Grice mentioned a service called EDPuzzle, which he has been studying. Essentially this service enables an educator to crop and annotate video content found online to create lessons and activities within the context of the video. It looks like an excellent tool for flipped classroom experiences.

Here I was, thinking through what new tools and services I could share, when I was reminded that I have the experiences of all my Lutheran school and education colleagues from which to draw. Certainly you as readers of this blog have some new "must share" ideas for your colleagues in California.

So how about it? What are some emerging tools and services that you find useful in the classroom? What do the good folks of the Pacific Southwest District need to see? Fee free to share your thoughts as a comment to this post.


  1. Its hard to say what is "new" - what is new to me may be old to others! But to get the convo started, here are some tools we have enjoyed this year. They are mostly iOS specific as we are an iPad school:
    - Notability - still not a better note-taking app out there
    - CamScanner - easily turns docs into PDFS - free app!
    - High School Cube - free livestream service that we stream from iPads using an iOgrapher case
    - ABCYA word clouds - best free wordcloud app
    - Aurasma - I heard a lot about this at a conference but haven't tried it yet - we still do a lot of QR codes (

  2. Awesome Kara! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I posted a few lists this morning, but they didn't go through. Maybe the site thought the 3 links in one post made it spam.

  4. Anonymous7:26 AM

    Actively Learn - use one of their texts (generally classic literature) or upload a PDF or Google doc, add questions and comments to guide student learning. Has an Edmodo app, as well.