April 04, 2016

10 Must-Shares from the Ever-Inspiring Hawaii #GAFEsummit --- YES!


See #10 below to learn about BitMojis.

BOOM!  --- Here's myYES! list of 10 Must-Shares from the 2016 Hawaii GAFE Summit held in March at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I hope you find something new that you'd like to try right away. 

1. SoundTrap for Education - "Make music and podcasts online. A collaborative tool for the modern classroom." Looks so easy to set up, and it works with Google Classroom! (You can add the app to Chrome.)

2. Daring Greatly, an inspiring book about courage I purchased for our faculty. Recommended by #leytonpride principal (and GTANY friend) +Jason Markey.
3. YTTM.tv.

4. Constitute.
5. HSTRY. (You can add app to Chrome)
6. A Polaroid sticker printer! Snap came out last year, and already the new Snap+ is on the scene. Read about it HERE. So great to see an old-school company find success in an interesting new way! I love my sticker that +Tanya Avrith (also a GTANY buddy) made for me!

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7. Flat, a collaborative music notation app. (you can connect with Google and add the app to Chrome)
8. Learning to BREATHE, a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents.

9. The Phoenix Coding Academy, for high school students.
"Phoenix Coding Academy will focus on computer coding and technology in an inquiry-based environment that values student curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, engagement and relevance. Students will learn software development, including game design, web and app  development, networking, information security, engineering, automation and other skills in an innovative and creative setting. Technology will be integrated into a full high school curricula, and students will select career pathways.  Partnerships with the local tech industry will afford  opportunities for guest instructors, internships and industry exploration, while  preparing a more diverse future workforce for the high-demand jobs within the technology sector." PCA website
Google is an Advisory Council Partner of the Academy, and Google education evangelist +Jaime Casap is helping to build this specialized school within the Phoenix Union High School system. The school opens with a Freshman class in August 2016. I can't wait to see how the school develops. Read more about the Academy HERE.

10. +Molly Schroeder  won the Demo Slam with her 3-minute BitMoji demo. BitMoji is a web-based app, and is now a Chrome extension that's available in Gmail! (BTW Snapchat just bought the mobile app, so expect lots of BitMoji action by Snapchatters).

I was so impressed by how much detail I could add to my BitMoji avatar (even face wrinkles!). What sealed the deal? I could add a flower to my hair, just as I do in real life. So cool!

Add the BitMoji extension to your Gmail and you have a whole array of BitMojis emotions to add to your emails. Like this:
You gotta check out the in-your-face choices, like this one:
Get the idea that I'm charged up about BitMojis? Ummm, ... YES!

Stay tuned for my next blog post: a more in-depth look at this FUN tool. Mahalo, Molly, for the inspiration!

And that, folks, should be enough of a teaser to get you started exploring one or more of these gems.

Have fun! (and let me know how it goes)

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P. S. A big MAHALO to the EdTech Team 
for organizing a learningful GAFE Summit. Per usual, fantastic job. I'm already looking forward to next year!