Category: Weekly Reviews

Looking To Podcast?

What defines a podcast?

“A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.”-Link

Podcasting in the Classroom 

Podcasting is better because it allows for the freedom of the students voice. In worksheets or document it is typed which does not give a wide array of freedom as compared to a podcast where students can talk freely about whatever they want.

Podcasting as an inspiration

Podcasting helps students fulfill all of the ISTE Standards for Students. Being an empowered learner and an innovative designer means being creative and personalizing your learning path, podcasting lets one be creative and speak their mind about topics they want to talk about it are assigned to talk about. Being a good digital citizen also relates to podcasting because one can teach the ways of digital citizenship through podcasting. They can try to inspire other students to create and learn and other such things.students can become knowledge curators by teaching others through podcasting. Podcasting is a great way for information to be spread so teachings will spread like wildfire. Being a computational thinker through podcasting is easier than it sounds, one could solve problems and show students how to solve that specific problem and explain how one would get the answer that was gotten. Being a creator and communicator goes hand in hand with podcasting because creating a podcast and communicating with the audience is how one gets the message across that is meant to be received. Being a global collaborator allows you to collaborate with other podcasters and share ideas and collaborate together on projects. Podcasting helps a student fulfill the ISTE Standards for Students.

Here are a few apps to help you get started!









Few tips and helpful hints to remember if  you want to get started on podcasting

  • Be clear
  • Research beforehand on topic
  • Practice
  • Talk like you usually would
  • Discover wide range of topics

These links will provide you with advice from professional podcasters!

Nothing better than learning from experts!

Link 1: Digital Trends on How to Make a Podcast

Link 2: buzzsprout on How to Make a Podcast

Link 3: theguardian on How to Make a Successful Podcast


Podcasts can be shared in many ways such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. These apps will allow the students to connect with their teachers and friends. Students can also use share via Google Classroom such as turning in assignments.


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  1. To podcast you can use any pair of earbuds with a microphone on them. They all work very well and will get the job done. Big fancy headsets are completely unnecessary unless you want to spend a lot of money.
  2. As previously mentioned, any headphones will do, but noise canceling headphones will be very helpful so background noise does not interfere.
  3. When podcasting on the iPad one would only need the standard headphones (earbuds, over the ear headphones, etc.). Anything more would be unnecessary and a waste of money unless you want very high end equipment.

Cheap and Great Earbuds!



TweetDeck + #techteamMA=learning for everyone

CdOVf_-WwAAy1r4This week was a very fun week because there were so many interesting events going on. First there was the app reviews which was very exciting because it was my first time doing a review, especially an app. For this topic, I chose Quizlet which is an app that lets you create and sort many sets of vocabulary words into decks. From the decks, you can then create folders. With these folders containing many sets of vocabulary, it allows you to share with other classmates so everyone benefits from it. At first, I didn’t know which app to pick which stumped me for a while. At first I was considering doing a preinstalled app such as iMovie, but I wanted to do something different. I’ve been using Quizlet all throughout high school and it has help me achieved high grades and also remember dense vocabulary words and terms. Not only did I use this app for English classes throughout each year, I used the app for other classes such as AP Biology and AP World History both of which contained a intense amount of vocabulary, terms, and concepts. With Quizlet, I was able to create study sets for each chapters in the classes. For example, in AP Biology I created a set for the unit regarding photosynthesis. This help me write down the processes and steps in which the plant makes its own food and the cycle it uses for making the food. This made it easier to remember it for the test. In AP World History I used Quizlet to make concepts and relative themes to different empires and how they changed and stayed the same throughout history. With Quizlet, it allowed me to create a diverse amount of flashcard sets which helped me condense my notes to make them easier to remember. My friends also found it useful as well. With new updates, came better innovations such as study tactics including studying the set from front and back, matching the word to its definition, guessing which word when given the definition, and studying as you would on a test with multiple choice included. My first app review went well because it is something I took an interest in and have been using this app for quite some time and its uses in school. Also this week, our teacher introduced us to Blab which is like multiple video chats with people Quizlet.jpgin your list. We were introduced to other tech teams in different states and found out many things such as how different is their team from ours and when they began. It was very interesting to see how even though we have never talked to them, but were communicating to them through our knowledge of our own tech teams. We also participated in our first live twitter chat with the hashtag #techteamMA where we were met and talked with other tech teams and help desk communities around Massachusetts. For this we had to schedule our tweets to questions that were given to us ahead of time. We used TweetDeck which is an innovative way for people to schedule tweets to go through at a certain date and time. It also allowed us to arrange the deck into different columns such as @mentions, messages, a column using a certain hashtag which for us was #techteamMA. With these columns all around us, it was calm and easy to navigate through and check if anyone responded, favorite, or retweeted our tweets and also allowed us to do the same as well. With TweetDeck on our side, conversations with other tech teams was a a fun way to connect with and expand our social skills while also teaching others about our own HelpDesk team. This week I also used Storify which is a website that lets the user create stories such as for myself I had to use the website to show the full conversations that took place between Students and Educators. It is a very useful website for someone who missed the live chat can go back and read through all the tweets as if they were there!

Recognition For Our Ambition

Cb1Se8GVIAEMN4RLast week was an interesting week. It was the first the time I did a screencast. A screencast is an innovative way for people to show or cast their screen from the iPad to a Mac. The process works in way so that people can show the work they are doing while they explain what they are doing simultaneously. There are many apps to screencasts, I used Airserver because it is very easy way to cast the screen. For video, I used QuickTime because it allows for screen capture and recording while also voice recording as well. QuickTime also allows to export in different websites such as iMovie. Recording my screencast was a fairly simply process but actually talking was the nervous part. Many people do not like to hear their voice in a recording so I was pretty nervous about that part! My screencast was on how to import images from the photos app built in on the iPad to Google Drive. Although this was a simple process, not many people know about it. It took a few tries to record and find the right tone to save the final recording. To edit my video, I used iMovie. iMovie is a great application to edit, export, import, and make interesting and modern video effects and movies. I was used to making videos for iMovie because I have used it for classes in previous years such as AP World History last year, our group used iMovie to make a news cast. It was very easy and fun to use because it allowed us to simulate an actual news room! Editing in iMovie was simple and stress-free while it allowed me to put in different transitions for different segments of the video such as fading out from my cover slide to the video itself. After editing it was straight forward from there because iMovie allows to export into other media such as YouTube which was helpful! After I exported the screencast to YouTube, to submit we had to embed our YouTube video which is different from copying the link because embedding the video turns it into an HTML format from which it allows us to post on our blog. I enjoyed my first screencast and look forward to doing many more! This week was also excitiCb1Pre1WAAA9zjcng because Channel 5 was featuring our HelpDesk community in their educational section! This was very exciting because being recognize by was popular TV station is an honor that I am proud to a part of. They asked us many questions about our roles in the HelpDesk how we help students. Last week a teacher needed help with her airplay and the airplay was not connecting to her MacBook. My partner and I went down to her classroom to assess the problem and solve it.  The interesting point was that her iPad had no problems connecting to airplay while the MacBook could not.  We tried many things such as taking her MacBook off the Wi-Fi and reconnecting it back. This did resolve the problem but we tried restarting her laptop which did work as well. We then took a different approach to it by seeing if her apps were fully updated which they were but we figured out that her iOS system was out of date so we needed to updated to the current one. The update would take about 25 min which was a problem because our class was ending soon. I knew there were HelpDesk students in the next period so I went down and put a note detailing the problem and how the laptop was updating, this showed the initiative I took by letting the other students know about the problem so we could fix it soon as possible. The week was very exciting and acquiring of a lot of information and I look ahead for many more!

New Week. New Beginnings!

On my first week at Help Desk I was excited because it was my first time doing it. I was ecstatic to help people on my first day and in the future. My first problem I tackled was when a student came in and said that her iPad was not connecting to the school Wi-Fi and her Wi-Fi at home too. Using what Ms. Scheffer taught about addressing that type of problem, I immediately knew what to do. I asked for the iPad and showed the student what I was about to do. I went near the IT room and connected to ComOut which is another internet domain in our school. By connecting to that internet domain it allowed her to connect to the school Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi at home. Solving the student’s problem was satisfying because now she could use her iPad for her classes now without having to worry about not connecting to the internet. I took the initiative when Ms. Deacon called the office but I was with another student so I missed the call. I decided to call her back and introduced myself and by calling her back I showed that I did not want to disappoint anyone by not reaching out to them. Another example of when I offered excellent customer service is when Ms. Scheffer tasked me with helping Ms. Abbott whom was a former Spanish teacher of mine. The problem was that her projector was showing in different colors rather than the regular colors it is supposed to show. At first I tried resetting the color view back to its original settings but it did not work. This left me stumped as I tried it even again hoping it would work again but alas it did not. So I went to the source where the projector’s VG cable was connected into the apple TV. I noticed that the brand that connected the projector to the apple TV was not an apple brand. I switched the cable to the apple brand cable and surely enough it worked! Getting the problem solved felt pretty beneficial to me and the customer because I learned how to overcome a difficult problem to which I tried more than one solution to help fix it. Fixing the problem also gave me a confidence boost to which I really needed! For one of the problems I could not fix was when one of my Helpdesk partner’s posts were not displaying on his blog. Through trial and error, we tried many things such as deleting new categories and making new ones, trying it on a different device rather than the Macs, and even googling the problem could not provide us with a solution. However, when Ms. Scheffer helped him, the problem was that he needed to use a different email! I learned that sometimes the hardest problems have the the simplest solutions. For next week I plan to tackle every problem by trying everything rather than to google it because trying a wide array of solutions will give me knowledge of what to work on and improve the quality of the service!

Customer Service: Apple and Microsoft


Microsoft had an interesting customer service. When I first walked in I was greeted by the employee there. However the greeting was not what I expected. The employee greeted me with “Hey what’s up?”. I found this interesting but it might only have been pertaining to that one employee that said it. As I searched around looking another employee came up to me and asked if I was looking for anything specific which I replied that I was just looking around to which they replied that if I needed anything or had any questions that they could help me with. I found it interesting how Microsoft had a booth set up right outside their store which is a good marketing strategy so when people walk around they can notice the both and try out their products without going outside. The service was nice as they explained what each product was and what would be the best for the customer.



When I first walked into Apple I was greeting by the employee which asked how I was and if I was searching for anything specific. I also told him I was looking around and he replied with the same that the Microsoft employee did. Apple was more formal in the way they greeted customers by having always one person stand close to the front of the doors to help people that had an interest in their products. As I looked around I noticed it was busy considering how many people buy their products. They were always helping the customer such as explains new features of the new iPad Pro to a customer or helping the customer reach a conclusion on what kind of product they wanted to buy. It was all about understanding what the customer wanted and to help them select the best product for them.