This blog is where I post a collection of numerous tech tips, tricks, and tools for teachers as well as other educational technology specialists. I also post articles that I have come across, along with my input, on best methods of integrating technology into the classroom as well as managing technology in schools.
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Congratulations to Eureka School District and Student Council on surpassing their fundraising goal for Fight for Life!
The amount of effort put forth by the faculty. staff, students, and this community to help the children of St. June is unparalleled! I truly grateful to be a part of this community!
Watch the Reveal Ceremonyhttp://thecube.com/event/fight4life-reveal-assembly-630466
For More information on Fight for Lifehttp://www.d140fightforlife.org/ District 140 and the Eureka community are teaming up to help support childhood cancer! Through a variety of events in March, Eureka High School's Student Council will lead all district schools in the fight for life. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Check out these Add-ins for PowerPointhttp://www.powerusersoftwares.com/#!40-of-the-best-addins-plugins-and-apps-for-Microsoft-PowerPoint-free-or-not/biauv/56b62cf80cf26832893d6eb2
Now with the updated link.
Add-ins, similar to Google's Apps for Education Add-ons, add more features to Microsoft Office products. These are usually developed by other parties rather than by Microsoft.
This is a very neat tool for teachers looking for some classroom management help in a Windows Laptop setting. This OneNote add-in allows educators to better manage their class assignments, quizzes and more.
I read this article the other day. This article has some very interesting ideas about using Social Media.
"Using social media with students allows us to share with our schools, community, and the world with transparency, immediacy, and power. You want to know what goes on in my classroom?" (Check it out on Social Media...)
What if every teacher tweeted one thing a day they did in their classroom to a school or district hashtag?
Check out the other two reasons linked in the article as well on Community and Crowd sourcing and Connecting).
This is something that I completely agree with. Educations, professionals, and ... well, just about everyone should refrain from using expletives online.
I have consistently heard from educators and other industry professionals, that respect for a presenter was instantly lost at even the occasional use of expletives. This was true for both verbal and written presentations.
Quote from the article "Don't get me wrong: I'm no saint. On the extremely rare occasions I have a go at building something then you can be sure the air will turn blue when I hit my thumb instead of the nail. Same thing happens when my computer crashes and I lose the last hour's work because I forgot to save.
But I don't do it online."
This statement does relate very well to me. The difference between using an expletive in speech vs. writing is that you have a chance to go back and edit your writing. You have the opportunity to choose your words mor…
Cons: Student/teacher annotation limited to colored pencil writing tools and simple text features.
Bottom Line: A useful tool for teachers, especially elementary teachers, looking to make worksheet workflow digital, but those looking for more comprehensive paperless solutions will need to look elsewhere.
Happy Primary Day to those of us voting today!Win the White House focuses on what it takes to become a United States President. Through the activities in the game, students learn about the Presidential election process.
This game was forwarded to me today from a co-worker. If you have not been to iCivics.org, I would definitely take a look as there are many educational games to play. iCivics.org was created in cooperation with Justice Sandra Day O'Conner.
I had the privilege of watching Sandra Day O'Conner speak at Eureka College's Campus as she received an honorary doctorate a few years back. President Ronald Reagan, an alum of Eureka College, appointed her to the U.S. Supreme Court. She voiced her dedication to teaching the nation's youth to participate in government.
Win the White House Trailer
Sandra Day O'Conner Speech at Eureka College
Badges in Professional Development
All of the aforementioned benefits can also be transferred to adult learners. Many adult learning providers use badges as a way to visually display a learner's progress and knowledge. Some of these co…
The education field is all abuzz with collecting and sending digital badges. This tool is considered an essential for those employing game-based learning activities or even in gamified lessons. This article by blogger Jon Castelhano gives some advice on providing meaninful professional development, including giving badges to teachers.
This and That Bloghttp://jcastelhanothisandthat.blogspot.com/
If you like this article, you will want to check out more of these posts here.
This is a good article about putting education technology in perspective.
"What has happened is that the existence of the technology has enabled you to reconsider some of your teaching methods."
Technology has sparked a critical change in education. When integrating technology in education, for the most part of the 20th century, the focus was on adding technology to already existing teaching practices.
“I want to get people to start from the notion that there are educational things that they want to do, or educational processes that they would like to engage with, and then - and only then - talk about the technology.”— The death of the digital native...
Technology is inspiring us to change what we are doing in our classrooms and how students are learning.
Here is an example of how technology can inspire a change in teaching practice: 1990s Tech Example: VCR usage in classrooms really star…
How it Works
Simply copy the URL (link) of the YouTube video you desire to show/share with your students and paste into the web app. You will get a brand new page to view the video without ads and other distractions.
Saw this in the news the other day about the performance of an online charter school. The popularity of online schools is growing. There is a lot of evidence showing that this growth is caused by the increasing ease of access to online courses. However, as this article notes, the performance of students in at least this online carter school, has increasingly suffered each year.
Among the advice offered in this article, teachers can: Keep details of the student's log-ins yourself, for for when a student forgets their login or password.Keep a list of spare usernames and passwords.Label each computer, laptop, and tablet with a label stating what the guest log-in details are for that device, a log-in that will give the person access to all the standard programs.
This Web 2.0 works on almost any device. If you are looking for a decent video editor for your Chromebook WeVideo has almost everything you need.
WeVideo has a similar look and operation to most other simple video editors on the market. While using it, I personally compared it to a more advanced "Windows Movie Maker." I enjoy that all of my work is instantly saved. Unlike in Windows Movie Maker, I have yet to lose a project I was working on due to a crash or forgetting to save.
Where to get WeVideo WebsiteChrome AppGoogle Play (Android) AppiTunes App
What is WeVideo?
How to use WeVideo