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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

The EdTech Soap Box

Welcome to EdTech Talk, our quasi-regular blog on everything EdTech - from reviews to random thoughts about the Educational Technology world. If you have a product you would like to see reviewed, simply use the form at the bottom of the page.

  1. Roundup: New Tech Tools for August

    Monday, Aug 10, 2015

    I had a wonderful time at the California Teacher's Summit at CSUMB two weeks ago. In addition to being inspired by some awesome keynotes, I was able to leave the summit with a few new tech tools (to me, at least). In addition to the write-up below, I've also added these to our big bad list of technology tools which continues to grow. 

    Included: Periscope, The Answer Pad, Asana, and SAM's Guide to Family Resources in Monterey County

  2. Beauty Over Brawn

    Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

    So I've been taking some time configuring a Moodle implementation for our induction programs here at the COE. As soon as our lovely network administrator handed me the keys to my new kingdom, I had a look inside. 

    Before me was a a panoply of options, settings, preferences, and other juicy things that could be changed, customized, and tinkered with. It was, at first, a little overwhelming, but as I settled into this new playhouse I began to see the rhyme and reason of it all.

    So with all of these choices, where to start? The course settings? Categories? User enrollment? Dropbox integration?

    No. No. No and No.

  3. Review: Airtame

    Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015

    Today we’re taking a look at Airtame, a wireless HDMI tool created by a team of Danish developers who began development as a crowd-funded IndieGoGo campaign.  The fact that they’ve actually brought a product to market is a rarity amongst these kind of crowd-funded projects that usually go under or suffer from interminable delays. 

    Airtame had its delays, too, but it now has its device (which retails for $299 but can be had for $200 as of writing) in the hands of its beta testers who are mostly people who funded the project originally or people that preordered like me. So, the first caveat is that: it’s a beta right now, so not everything works perfectly. That having been said, let’s take a closer look: