Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Disposing of Electronics

Emerging EdTech had an interest post about how to dispose of all the old electronic devices in our lives.  It's extremely important for students to know how to properly recycle/dispose of these devices, so the videos and activities are geared towards middle grade students.  Although, it's beneficial for anyone.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Online Resources

I've always been a huge fan of Kathy Schrock. She really does have some of the best resources available for teachers. Emerging EdTech gives her the credit she deserves in the article titled, "Education Technology Though Leader Interview-Kathy Schrock."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Online Safety

Edudemic provided a list of ways to keep yourself safe online.  It's a great reminder for anyone but especially students learning to use the internet.  They also provide a link to Google's Chart for online safety.  This would be a great poster in any classroom.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Google Drive in the Classroom

TeachTought released a video on their blog titled, A Tutorial for Google Drive in the Classroom.  It shows some of the ways Google Apps can be used in the classroom for collaboration, teacher-student feedback, and parent communication.  As a district, Denver Public Schools are pushing the use of Google Apps, and this tutorial informs teachers on how can be used effectively.

Free iPad Apps

Who doesn't love free stuff?  Educational Technology and Mobile Learning announced the release of 5 Free Educational Apps you would typically have to pay for.  The catch is it's only for today so act quickly!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Best Ways to Use Tech

Emerging EdTech released their list of the best ways to engage students using educational technology.  In the article, "10 of the Most Engaging Uses of Instructional Technology," their list and explanations include:
1) Interactive Collaboration
2) Gathering Feedback from Students
3) Embedding Questions in Video
4) Active Learning -- where students are learning by working through a problem/project
5) Social Learning --  students learning form one another
6) Using Tech to Help to Ensure Engagement with Digital Content -- discussion forums
7) Student Created Presentations
8) Project Based Learning
9) Digital Makerspaces
10) Flipping your Classroom

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interactive White Boards

We have Promethean Boards in every other classroom at our school, so I thought the post from Emerging EdTech would benefit many of our teachers.  It's titled, "10 Creative Ways to Use Interactive White Boards in the Classroom," and lists many different ways to use your board including:
-Google Earth
-Team Competitions
-Teach students basic sound, image, and video editing
-Spelling Competitions
-Take a Virtual Tour
-Record Students
-Download Flash Videos and Applications
-Recap of a Field Trip

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Teacher Professional Development

TeachThought recently posted an article about teacher professional development.  It's titled:

Teacher University: Free Online Education for Fall 2014

It's truly a great avenue for teachers to find ways to perfect their practice on their time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Build Websites with Weebly

Many of our teachers build free websites using Weebly.  It's a user-friendly way to share information on the web.  Free Technology for Teachers posted an article with a video showing beginners how to use Weebly effectively.  It's a great tool for easy website creation!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Character Education

Edutopia posted an article about teaching students how to become innovators.  As a child, I often didn't push myself because of my fear of mistakes.  It's an issue we need to keep in mind as educators and parents.  How do we create a culture where our students feel comfortable enough to be creative and innovative.  Edutopia's article, "Nurturing the Innovator's Mindset in the Classroom,"lists and explains 5 attributes required for innovation.  They call them the Galileo's Innovator's Mindset:

  • Visionary

  • Courageous
  • Collaborative
  • Determined
  • Reflective

  • Read more from Edutopia's article to find strategies for teaching innovation.

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    PBS Learning

    PBS Learning is a fantastic website for students and teachers.  You can search for activities, videos, lessons, and games that are standards based in multiple content areas.  It's very easy to find lessons according to grade level and content area as well.

    Friday, September 12, 2014


    One of our goal's this year is to teach our students about perseverance (or Grit, as our district is calling it).  Edudemic posted:

    8 Uplifting Quotes for Discouraged Students

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    9/11 Lessons

    Today is an extremely difficult and tragic day in American history.  It's hard to believe many of our students weren't even alive on this day 13 years ago, and I'm willing to bet almost all of them have little memory of the event.  Edudemic posted lesson plans and resources to teach students about September 11.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Free Google Webinars (10/7)

    Through Richard Byrnes's site, Free Technology for Teachers, I found out about free Google webinars provided by Simple K12.  On the Simple K12, they explain, you learn..

    "• amazing Google Search strategies you didn't know exist."

    "• how to support online collaboration with Google Hangouts."

    "• time-saving tips to make daily tasks (like grading) more efficient."

    The webinars are all afternoon on Wednesday, Oct 7th.  See you there!

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    EdTech Vocabulary

    Edudemic posted an article about EdTech Vocabulary.  It's titled:

    Brush Up on Your EdTech Vocabluary with this Cheat Sheet

    As you can imagine, it's a cheat sheet for all the new key phrases in emerging educational technology.  It's an extremely helpful visual aid.

    Monday, September 8, 2014


    Richard Byrne's Free Tech 4 Teachers had a post about a month ago explaining why comics can be a great way to get to know your students.  The post is titled:

    Get to Know Your Students Through Comics

    Its lists a few websites to use for comic creations (Comic Master, StoryboardThat, Make Beliefs).  Are there any other great comic creation websites?

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Google Spreadsheets --> Google Docs

    Google has done it, again. According to Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers, users can convert Google Spreadsheet cells into a Google Document.  It's done through a Google Spreadsheet add-on called Save As Doc. Once you highlight cells in a spreadsheet, you can use Save As Doc to convert the information into a Google Document.  Learn more about this and other Google add-ons through Richard Byrne's blog, Free Technology for Teachers.

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Google's New Educational Blog

    Google has released a new blog titled, "Google For Education."  Since our district is moving to using Google more frequently, their new blog is a great way to stay up to date with everything happening with Google and how it can be used in an educational setting.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Free PowToon Accounts

    According to Free Technology for Teachers, PowToon is now giving away 50,000 classroom accounts for free.  PowToon is a great way to create animated videos and presentations online.  Read more about the free accounts here.