10.12.15 - 10.16.15
Here are your updates this week:
1. The librarians and I went to the MORENet Conference last week in St. Louis. We're in the process of compiling our resources, so look for that soon. I also need to give a shout-out to Tracy Evans. During the conference, Tracy was showing me a resource on her iPad. She told me, "I'm making the choice to use it and get to know it even if it's taking me a while to do it." That's the right kind of attitude to have. She's made the conscious choice to use the device so she can get better with it and feel more confident with it. Make the conscious decision this week to use your devices in a new and perhaps uncomfortable way. It may not work out the way you want it to, and that's okay. You're learning!
2. Jeff wants you to know that you can organize your H:// drive folder however you like. If you want to reorganize it so it makes more sense to you instead of Desktop, My Documents, Favorites, etc. you can do that. That way, if you have files from your H:// drive that you use frequently, you can create a folder called Frequently Used Files and click and drag folders into it. Jeff also said be sure not to drag anything into the trash can icon, and you'll be fine moving things around.
3. If your students are learning with technology, I encourage you to post to the website about it. We want to show the community the benefits incorporating the technology has for our students. Before you post, be sure to check the list of students with no media release. It's also always a good idea to request the students' permission before you post any of their final products. That way, we model appropriate social media sharing for our kids. Let's flood the website with our learning with technology posts!
4. If you'd like to know more about your MacBook, I'll be in the library of your building next week 7:30-8 and 3:30-4. Come ask questions and learn quick tips for using your MacBook more efficiently.
As always, let me know how I can support you in our technology adventures!
Search Other Locations Using Finder
Here are some other tricks to help find your files quickly:
I recommend adding the Path Bar to Finder. It helps me know exactly where I'm at within my file system. The above link will give you instructions on how to do it.
Make Sure You're in Central Time in Calendar!
To be sure you're in the right Central Time:
1. Go to your Google Calendar
2. Click the gear in the upper right corner.
3. Choose Settings.
4. Find Time Zone.
5. If it's Central Time - Tegucigalpa, click the drop down menu to change it to Central Time.
Add Your H:// Drive to Your Favorites!
1. Click on your H:// Drive folder on your desktop.
2. Log in to the H:// Drive.
3. Open Finder.
4. In the sidebar, find and click Server 3.
5. Click Teachers$.
6. Find your folder.
7. Click and drag your folder to the sidebar under the favorites heading. You should see a blue line with white circles on the ends.
8. When you see that line, unclick. It should add your folder to your favorites.
If you'd like help setting this up, come to MacBook time next week and we'll add it to your MacBook!
Website of the Week!
Sign Up Genius!
Sign Up Genius is great for volunteers for events too! I used it with my Link Crew Leaders at Lindbergh when I needed them to sign up to participate at Freshman Transition event. You could also use it for tryouts, auditions, parent volunteers for school events, etc! It's free and simple to use!
Tech Try of the Week!
Twitter is an awesome tool for your classroom. For example, my friend Kevin (@kevinozar) who teaches ELA in MI uses Twitter as an integral part of his class and extracurricular sponsorship. He tweets resources for students, announcements, and links to curriculum connections. When he's gone for the day, he asks students to tweet their progress to him, so throughout the day, he can answer questions and see where students are struggling. He also frequently posts videos and photos of the great things his kids are doing at his school.
Twitter isn't just about posting; it's also about having a conversation! Hashtags are used to connect like topics, so by clicking a hashtag, you'll see a stream of all tweets with that hashtag. Every Thursday at 9 pm, you can chat with other Missouri Educators (@moedchat) by following #moedchat. Each week, it's moderated by a different educator with a different topic. This Thursday, chat along with other MO educators about Innovations in Assessment.
You can follow me on Twitter at @EdTechCR6, and you can follow Mr. Ford at @SuptCR6. If you tweet about great things in your classroom, use #cr6tech or #cr6best so we can see it!
If you're not sure about Twitter, your Tech Try of the Week is to read through these resources: Guide to Using Twitter in Your Teaching Practice, 60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom, and 50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom. If you love Twitter as much as I do, your Tech Try is to tweet out something awesome that is happening in your classroom using our district hashtags. I can't wait to see your tweets!
Upcoming Learning Opportunities!
Increasing Student Ownership of Learning Using Digital Portfolios, Tuesday, 10/13, 4-5 pm
EdTech & Traditional Instruction: Mixing It Up in Today's Language-Learning Classroom, Wednesday, 10/14, 3-4 pm
Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments, Thursday, 10/15, 3-4 pm
Designing Digital Media to Enhance Teaching & Learning, Monday-Tuesday, 10/26-10/27, use #istemin and #ce15