Thursday, December 19, 2013

MentorMob

It has been on my to do list since ISTE in June to try MentorMob. I attended a session where Gwyneth Jones, the Daring Librarian, just raved about it. Several workshops I have on my calendar in the next few months really speak to this tool.

In my first librarian job I inherited a truly "old school" library. Among the many things that I had to weed through were several filing cabinets of vertical files. Folders and folders of newspaper and magazine articles that had been cut from publications for years. As a librarian, I valued the knowledge in those filing cabinets, but as a library user of the 21st-century I knew the format was all wrong for today's kids. MentorMob is one of the many tools a librarian can use to create that same concept of curating a collection of information on a specific topic or theme. MentorMob calls these collections playlists.

With MentorMob you can create your own playlists or browse ones created by other users. Playlists can include web sites, videos, files, articles, and many more pieces of multimedia that speak to our digital natives. Librarians and teachers can create playlists for units of study or students could create them to demonstrate comprehension or as an ePortfolio. The finished playlist can be linked, embedded or shared via social media. Lots of potential here!

Check out a MentorMob I created on Flipped Learning:



Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Present.me

In the Flipped Classroom and BYOD/BYOT environment, one is always looking for resources. Here is a great piece of free software to create a video presentation called Present.me.

Visit their web site and create an account. Free accounts limit the number of videos you can make to 10 per month, but that is plenty of videos to try it out before deciding to purchase the software for more access. Users can share a slideshow, narrate that slideshow with just audio, or narrate the slide show with a webcam video next to the slidedeck. Check out my example below:




If you wanted to embed a video in your class web site, you could do what I have done here.

 Or if you are in a BYOT/BYOD environment you could create a video and share it with your students with a QR code. Put the qr code in your presentation, on a bulletin board, or on a handout.


 I tested this out and discovered the QR code will only access the web cam video if you have the video/slides combination, but works great with just a slidedeck with audio narration.

For both of these examples I simply pulled in presentations from my Google Drive, but you can also upload files from your computer.

Lots of possibilities with this one!