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05 Feb 2015
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Curating and Creating with Care

I am often crippled by my need for perfection and to share what I feel is a thorough, complete, and exhaustive resource. For some reason, I also decided to dive very deep down the Lego Rabbit Hole and staged all of my slides with Lego MiniFigures as well.

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Why the Need for Curating and Creating with Care?

I have to say that this session is definitely a long time in the making. And I really wanted to address the need for such a session and a resource:

  • Increased Access to Content: While students’ have a wide array of access to devices, it becomes very easy to simply nab or screenshot an image without even thinking about citations or appropriate use.
  • Increase in Digital Assignments: Furthermore, more and more student assignments and projects are transitioning from analog to digital and with that more student authored content is floating around online. With the flux of student creations and better ways to gather digital creations, there becomes an even greater need to teach students to protect their work with Creative Commons licensing.
  • Fire Hose of Content: With the rapid amount of content being uploaded and shared via the global edusphere and beyond, there is a need for “trusted curation” to battle the fire hose of content. With curation comes a need to discuss best practices to preserve other’s work online as it is reposted, repinned, retweeted, relisted, rescooped, and relinked.

Creative Commons: It’s Not Just a License: It is a Lifestyle!

As I created my own images for this session, I wanted to make sure that as they were shared, there was some way to easily attribute these original creations back to me. After a brief Twitter Chat with The Daring Librarian (@Gwyneth Jones), I decided to Creative Commons all of the images and then upload them to Flickr.

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And BTW, if you have not visited the Daring Librarian’s site… it is most epic indeed and she also has an affinity for Legos. 😉

Curating and Creating with Care Lego Quotables

So… here they are…TechChef4u Lego Quotables

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Curating and Creating with Care Research and Resources

As many of these images are based on research I gleaned while preparing for the session, I have also created a Listly with all of the resources and research that I used.

Curating and Creating with Care TCEA 2015

And many thanks to my fellow iVenger Debbie Smith (@dsmitheisd) for snapping a pic of me during my session as I was delivering my flare for curation and custom creations!


If you are interested in the other 4 sessions I presented at TCEA 2015, check out my conference resources here!


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26 Feb 2013
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Sharing Comes Full Circle

A few days ago, I received an email from Jeanne Reed:

“Congratulations on delivering a phenomenal iTunes course! I think I am your biggest fan, at least on the West coast! You always inspire me to learn more and try to share more. I seriously can’t wait to read your blog when you update it because it has been incredibly valuable to me. I’m trying to help teachers in my district to integrate technology in the classroom especially with our new iPads. My latest adventure was trying to help introduce Comic Life to teachers.”


She went on to request to use and revamp the iPad product rubric I shared in a previous post. As I did not personally create the rubric, I wanted to double-check with the teacher who did, Nicole Greathouse, to request permission. She had no qualms with the resource being shared and revised, so I left Jeanne with one condition…
… whatever you create with it, please shoot me a copy.
I would love to see it and share it with my teachers and readers…


In the meantime, Jeanne went on to divvy out a stellar digital professional development resource (that she gave me permission to share with my teachers and readers): a Keynote and video presentation highlighting Comic Life and featuring a few TechChef4u creations. Please enjoy and please remember that sharing online does make a difference and it does come full circle!

Comic Life Classroom Collage Created with Fotor Web App

Creative Commons: When discussing sharing, I only feel it proper to discuss Creative Commons. If you are interested in licensing your work for sharing online, consider visiting Creative Commons. Creative Commons breaks down in to 3 categories (modification, commercial use, and attribution).

  • Modification: Do you want others to be able to modify your work? This is truly a personal choice and is not as clear cut as yes or no. Creative Commons offers a third option – to allow modification of the work as long as others also share it and use the same license.
  • Commercial Use: Do you want to allow commercial use of your work? I typically say no as I do not want what I share on my blog or social networks to be possibly used for financial gain by another entity.
  • Attribution: As many of you are teachers, you realize how time-consuming the resources we share online are to create. While you don’t mind others sharing your work, I am assuming you would at least like credit for it. 😉 This section of Creative Commons allows users to title the work, add a url the work needs to be sourced to, and even give additional credit to the original source.

Creative Commons your Creations!


From there, Creative Commons provides a custom license that can be embedded on a site or copied and pasted and used as a footer on a document. Hope this crash course in Creative Commons licensing helped and hopefully motivated others to share and share alike. This is even a good habit to teach our students when publishing their own work.


Comic Life Keynote Video: Jeanne also shared a Comic Life Classroom Video Presentation of the Keynote using the Explain Everything app.

Atlanta Area: If you are in the Atlanta area, I will be presenting at Tech Forum Atlanta this Friday March 1st, 2013. Check out the program!

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03 Feb 2012
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Hot Apps 4 HOTS: From iCeption to iSBN

"Hot Apps 4 HOTS" road to iBooks

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 19 – “Hot Apps 4 HOTS: From iCeption to ISBN“. In this episode we discuss our journey to the iBookStore and some tips for self-publishing. We answered questions and gave more information on the following topics.

    1. iCeption: Our Inspiration for the Book
    2. Why we chose product-based FREE apps?
    3. What type of research and preparation went into the book?
    4. Why we chose a cooking theme?
    5. Where we got a template?
    6. The evolution of the book and what events led us to change our course
    7. Info on How to get an ISBN
    8. Info on Creative Commons Licensing
    9. What resources the book contains for presenters and educators?
    10. Who Reviewed our book?
    11. Who designed the cover art?
    12. How do you handle spacing in Pages/ePubs?
    13. ePub Checker
    14. Getting ePubs on a device without publishing to iBooks
    15. iTunes Connect Online Application & Free Books Account
    16. The iBooks Review Process


Here are some other articles on self-publishing that we found useful:

  1. eHow: How to Publish Content on Apple iBooks
  2. Creating ePub files with Pages
  3. Apps in Education: ePub – Publishing your own books for the iPad
  4. Dragos Roua: How to Self-Publish On Amazon, Kindle, and iBookstore


Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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Many thanks to all of you who have rated and reviewed the iBook on your site or in the iBookStore.

Customer Rating(s): “HOT! by *MuSiC*:) Devoured this inspiring treat! Loved the detailed directions using these amazing free apps. Thank you for writing and sharing it with the world!”

District Comments: “I already sent this out to all the facilitators and my staff on my campuses yesterday. I saw your tweet the night before and had already downloaded it and read it! You are a ROCKSTAR! This is awesome! I love it, I love the step by step directions for the teachers in as well as it being all free apps! Ideas were just spinning in my head. My coordinator replied back how wonderful it was as well as the rest of the facilitators! Do you ever sleep? Oh my goodness you do a lot. I am thankful you do because I have learned so much from all your sites and everything. I also shared your site at our last Tenor meeting last month with surrounding school districts! Thanks for all your awesomeness!:-)” – Donita O’Hair (Technology Integration Facilitator  – Frisco ISD)

“Free Technology for Teachers” featured Hot Apps 4 HOTS

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