Author Archives: Tom McLaughlin

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DEN Techformation – Location based Social Networking

DEN Techformation – Location based Social Networking

I usually write about technology tools you should try in your classroom and explore with your students.  Today I am writing about a tool you should beware. Yik Yak is a location based anonymous social comment phone app. It allows you to post and see the posts of people near your location.  Recently it has


Socrative Data Mining using Google Sheets

I thought this might be a useful bit of information to post.  As part of my effective educator evaluation process in Pennsylvania I created a spreadsheet to data mine Socrative Quick Questions.  When you create a socrative quick question and finish it you are given the option of downloading an Excel sheet or saving it


Live Blogging from the PA MontBucks Unconference

Hello all!  I a live at the PA MontBucks Unconference.  We are here to discuss educational technology issues in PA.  If you don’t know what an unconference is here is the 411.  I plan to be updating this all day as I learn from my fellow teachers.  Follow us on twitter with #montbucks. We are using OneNote

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DEN Techformation: Web App Builders

I ask myself and others the question “How can we get our students to become produces?”  It was just recently published that we will have a space elevator in 10 years.  We are on the verge of major advances in all fields of science and technology.  It is imperative that our students move from consumers


Stars on Stage: March edition

Yes it is time to give thanks for all the fabulous DEN Stars.  Check out where they are over the next few weeks.  If you are presenting at a conference just fill out the  form at the link.  We will add it to this  Website and we can all support each other at the different conferences.  

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DEN Techformation: Teaching with Technology Thoughts

I began my teaching career in 1995. Over the past 18 years, I have integrated information technology into my instructional process and curriculum development. I have accomplished this by looking for technology that improved student learning and made me a more effective teacher. My guiding question when evaluating technology has been “What technology will help

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DEN Techformation: CrazyTalk

In the world today of video teaching I have often found it difficult to deal with my face out there on the computer screens of thousands of people.  I have made videos of just screen shares and my voice in the background, but sometimes there is a lot of static screen and just my voice