Free online photo editing tool – Pixlr

Check out pixlr.com. This is a free photo editor that is online, so you don’t need to install anything on your computer to use it. It has a similar look and feel as photoshop. here is a video which shows the interface:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmWGCnop2iA]

eLearning vs. mLearning

As I am writing a book chapter on mobile learning I thought I would discuss an interesting topic that has come up in my research: what is the difference between mLearning and eLearning since both mobile devices and computers can access materials and content through the internet? From what I have found thus far, there are a few differences that separate the two:

1. On the go access – mobile phones can be accessed anywhere when you actually need the information. For instance, if you need the ingredients for a recipe at the grocery store you could look them up

2. Immediate access/responses – You can text someone and get an immediate response

3. Portability – You can take mobile devices anywhere as they fit into your pocket or purse

4. No boot time – mobile phones and other portable devices such as ipods simply just turn on, they do not boot up like computers or laptops/netbooks

Google Docs

What are google docs? This is a question i hear a lot. I also hear, how can I implement these into my school district? Well, first of all, i suggest you check out this great video explaining what google docs is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA

Then, the next question most schools are concerned with deal with security. Rest assured google has implemented this into many many school districts already. Here just a few of the ways they make it secure:

1. give each kid a temporary (fake) email address made up by the teacher

2. the teacher can control who can edit/modify etc the documents and also see who has edited what (just in case some students post inappropriate things)

3. If the school is very concerned about security, google allows them to install google documents on their own servers, meaning the school has total control and can put it on a local intranet that is not accessible to anyone outside of the schools network.

Welcome!

Welcome to Ray Pastore’s technology blog. The purpose of this blog will be to introduce both corporate and academic (K-16) practitioners to various technologies that I teach my students how to use in my classes. I will also just talk about some cool technologies as I explore and learn how to use them myself.