5 Fab Ways to Animate Your EduLife!

This article was published in NEA Today Magazine - pages 18-20 - and also posted on the NEA Today Website 

5 Fab Ways to Animate Your EduLife!   
Begin BitmojiSavvy SignageFresh FeedbackSocial SharingCool Communication Have you fallen in love with Bitmoji yet? This fun FREE app has been around for a few years and now can be easily used to transform and animate your professional life and classroom. For those new to this app, 

Bitmoji is an emoji or avatar that you can customize to look just like you (or in my case a younger skinnier version of me!) which is then automatically inserted into all kinds of colorful cartoons. You can use Bitmoji stickers as your Twitter avatar, on Snapchat stories, within Seesaw and Google Apps for Education, rubrics, within Gmail, on your blog, or for classroom or library signage.  It’s also a fun way to add spice to you texting life with friends and family -- and there are at least four fab ways you can animate your edulife and use in the classroom! 


Text Me ART

Sometimes you just need Art in your life, on your wall, and now on
your phone. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a great service for you.

"The Museum has just unveiled a novel twist on the picture of the day: Smartphone users merely text “send me” plus a word or two of what they want to 572-51 and the Museum’s servers spit out a related image from the institution’s 35,000 pieces of art."- NY Daily News

Text 572-51 with the words “send me” followed by a keyword, a color, or even an emoji and you’ll receive a related artwork image and caption via text message.

It's not perfect, though. Sometimes you have to try different words to get something close to what you want.

And there's no nudity - not that I think the gallery is prudish, I can just imagine the awkward conversations with parents of teenagers.

"The nude form has been part of artistic creation since the earliest cave paintings. But people who text “send me nudes” or “send me nude woman” receive …

8 Practical Tips for the Care and Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User

(This is a mirror post to the NEA Today Magazine article online and on  Pages 18-19,  under a shorter title - why did they change my title? I thought it was charming! They also only used one of my graphics, don't worry, I'll cry later- silent slow tears on my pillow)

In technology (and in life!), sometimes you’re the teacher and sometimes you’re the student - and it’s completely normal to always be a bit of both. One day, you help a colleague learn the joys of the copy and paste keyboard shortcut, and the next day you’re learning how to create and edit a YouTube video or a Gabsee 3D animated Avatar!

So, whether you’re teaching or learning, or a bit of both, here are a few practical tips to make it a little easier for the reluctant tech user.  

1. Make it Personal
Teaching technology in isolation never works. But teaching tech with a personal twist works most every time.  When a reluctant tech user learns how to do something with technology centered around a subject or topic abo…

Got Gabsee? 3D Augmented Reality Avatar

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Got the Gabsee App?
I just got Gabsee and I love it! Gabsee is like an animated 3D version of Bitmoji but with an Augmented Reality twist. 

Some are saying it's the "Bitmoji of the future — and illustrates a more personalized path forward for AR." -The Verge 
I say that it's a whole lot of fun, and I can see using it for program advocacy, as well as book and library promotion. 

Please take 36 seconds to watch this amuse bouche iMovie intro to Gabsee that I created in a hotel room in Nashville - just in case Gabsee or Instagram was blocked in the school that was hosting the awesome #MNPSLibHack conference, (and guess what? It was! Whew!) Good thing I never rely on the Interwebs when keynoting & presenting! Then we'll get down to virtual brass tacks.

Oh, and I have a little mini-rant below about how, yet again -- I'm a little late to the Gabsee party, and it's OK! Read it below if ya'll want, b…