Mash It Up for Deeper Learning and Understanding

Common Core standards expect that “students will use digital media to…”. Mashup tools will help them to meet those 21st century core standards.

Carmella Doty and Renee Henderson kicked off their mash up session at the DEN PETEnC pre-conference by  talking about Notaland where you can ” mash your ideas and media together with friends in a dynamic whiteboard wiki. Using photos, videos, and other web content you can instantly create brainstorms, presentations, scrapbooks, and enjoy an interactive chat with more than 50 friends” according to the site. It is compatible with PhotoPeach which is owned by the same company, so if you already have a Photopeach account you can use that to log into Nota! It is similar to creating a digital poster in Glogster with a different way to pull in a variety of resources. Unlike Glogster you can add multiple pages similar to a Smart notebook file.

Dragontape allows you to search Youtube and create a mashup of video clips. That newly created video can then be used in a project. It is available on the web and as an app for iPad and iPhone. The segments can be dragged ( drag – on) into a sort of timeline and then mixed into a new creation. Find a dragontape demo here. Think of being able to show several segments of Youtube videos blended together for one lesson! Here is an example created by Renee Henderson.

Would a mash up be complete without mentioning GlogsterEDU? Their presentation wiki contains more information on the GlogsterEDU features.

A fun device demonstrated was the Pop Phone, available in a variety of places such as Amazon, that will plug into your smartphone and you can pull a traditional phone handset out of your bag and talk “the old fashioned way” while using your smartphone. Could stop people in their tracks!

Smashing mash up tools from Carmella and Renee!




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