Author: TJ Houston

Hey everyone, My name is TJ and I am here to help you! I am a lifelong learner that strives to help others. Work: By day I work for Panasonic as the Sales Support Rep for the Midwest Region. Play: I love all things photography, videography, and tech! Home: I have a loving wife (Ashley) and an adorable German shepherd (Jynx) You can find me on twitter @tjhouston or if you want to check out some photos, you can follow me on instagram @lumix_tjhouston! All of the views on this site are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.

Instantly create QR codes with chrome extension!

QR codes are showing up more and more not only in real life but also in classrooms all over the world. A while back I wrote about using google to create QR codes and shorten URL’s . Recently I was turned onto a new chrome extension that does the same thing but its built into the browser. Lets take a look:

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Use Google Forms to Calculate Your Mileage

I am constantly looking for ways to simplify my work-flows. If it is not easy I try to find a way to make it easy. My district re-imburses me for mileage traveled between buildings as well as to conferences. I thought of a few different ways to accomplish this easily, I could use an app to track it, I could pull data from foursquare, or I could create a google form and have a link to it on my computer, my ipad, as well as my iphone.

Apple TV in Education

This was just a thought on my way to Iste 2011 in Philly… Lets take a step back and think about how we use the interactive white board. We use it to write down our notes and save them for students to use later. We mark up worksheets, sometimes we have students engage and have them solve equations or find the pronoun in the sentence. What if every student had the whiteboard in there hand and with a click of a button they are now sharing what they are working on to everyone in the classroom.

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iChromy, Chrome like web browsing on the iPad

Today I was watching some tweets go by and one caught my eye (no not Charlie Sheen #winning) but something similar. As some of you may know I am a huge Google apps and cloud advocate. One of the things that I love is the Google Chrome web browser, I love the apps, I love the synching, I love the tabbed browsing and it is also lightning fast. Today someone shared an app that is called iChromy, a web browser similar to Google Chrome, but on the iPad! The application is not 100% the same as chrome but it is very close. Lets take a look at a few of the features.

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New Job, New Ideas, New Possibilities

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Apple Leadership Symposium in Columbus Ohio. The days events included what I would call a Keynote from Jon Corippo (@jcorippo). Jon is an Apple Distinguished Educator and he shared a lot of insight about reforming the way we think about education and he also showed some amazing work from Minarets High School students. Jon recommended some very good thoughts and ideas. I really like his way of starting out the school year.

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Easily synch PDF’s with your IOS Device

Last week while at an Apple Sys Admin seminar they showed this cool trick to add “Send to Itunes” as an option in the PDF section in OSX. This when you select “To Itunes” from the printing menu next time you sync your IOS Device (Ipad, Ipod Touch, Iphone) whatever you selected will be in PDF form and located in Ibooks.

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Creating “MailTo:” Hyperlinks in Google Docs

The whole point of cloud computing and Google Docs is to make your life easier. Recently I moved our teacher email list that was on our website to a Google Spreadsheet and used the Publish feature to make it available on our website. The issue with the spreadsheet was you were unable to click on the email address to automatically open your email program and set the To: portion in your program. Until now.

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The features you love now synched to the cloud!

As of Feb 24th Google has been offering a Microsoft office plug-in that allows you to save docs directly from Office products to your Google Docs account.This is going to help administrators that have Google Apps implemented in their respective districts. This gives us the features that we are used to in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and save everything on the cloud. Instead of teaching people how to create Google Docs from the ground up we can start with the plugin and work our way to the cloud.

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Ipad. Not just for content consumption any more

Today Apple announced the new Ipad, the Ipad 2.  Steve Jobs presented the new device on stage in San Francisco at the yerba buena center for the arts. I have been following the ipad for a while and its use in education. Until this point my view was the ipad is a content consumtion device instead of a content creation device. The new ipad changes my view. I still think that the ipad is not the best for typing but with the addition of the dual camera’s, imovie, and garage band i think it has a better chance at finding its way into school’s.

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