Instructional Technology

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Cool Tools for Schools

If you haven't heard of Haiku Deck, you can see it action and learn about some cool tools that I absolutely adore all at the same time. Haiku Deck makes presentations simple and beautiful. Use Haiku on desktops, tablets and/or phones. Once you create it, share it online through Facebook, Twitter, Email, Copy link, HTML, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Wordpress. Even export it to a PDF or Powerpoint. Totally wicked!


Try it now! >>> https://www.haikudeck.com/p/9yteIifv3I/cool-tools

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Teach An Hour Of Code

Next week is Computer Science Education Week. To celebrate it in the classrooms, our district along with districts all over the world are asking that teachers expose your students to coding for at least one hour. I've researched website links and apps and compiled them in to the symbaloo below. Apps are apple based but can also be found in the Google Play Store. The resources range from Pre-k through high school. Just browse through them and find one that will suite your hour of code. Website links are to the left and apps are to the right. There is even a link to an activity to teach coding with paper.


Happy Coding! <---- Click this

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View this 2 minute clip about the Hour of Code. Hopefully you signed up when Dr. Arteaga first mentioned it. Early registers were eligible for prizes. One school per state won a class set of computers ( list of school prize winners).


If you haven't signed your class up yet, go here and get ready for next week. One Hour! That's all it takes to join the movement.

The Hour of Code - WORLDWIDE

Let's Flip!

Thinking about flipping your class but not quite sure how to do that.


I challenge you to start small and build yourself up. Just flip ONE lesson, just ONE.


From now till Christmas break, just try it. You'll be amazed at the results and how much your classroom dynamics change on just that one lesson. Pick a skill that students are having a hard time comprehending. Make a video of yourself teaching it OR find a video of another teacher teaching it. Many resources out there of already flipped lessons. Check out Knowmia or Khan Academy. These next few videos from the good guys at eduptopia (one of my favorite educational resources) shows you three things:



Rethinking Space & Time - 2:08

Overcoming Common Hurdles - 4:39

Is Flipping for Everyone - 2:51

The Flipped Class: Rethinking Space & Time
The Flipped Class: Overcoming Common Hurdles
The Flipped Class: Is Flipping for Everyone?

BrainPOP Educators

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Did you know that there is a page dedicated to help teachers use BrainPOP? It's called BrainPOP Educators. Here you can find so many helpful resources including:


  • Teaching Resources
  • Lesson Ideas for both BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.
  • Lesson Plans
  • Webinars and Videos
  • Printables
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Curriculum Calendar
  • Mobile Apps
  • Interactive Whiteboard Support Material
  • Fun Resources
  • Student Projects
  • and more



You can also use the Academic Selector to choose the Standard, the Subject and the Grade and BrainPOP will give you a handy list like this:

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Be sure to check out their Game Up section. BrainPOP is participating in the Hour of Code initiative as well.