Tuesday Tech Thoughts

Beth Rihtar-- Instructional Tech Coach, Park Ridge, Illinois

Engage your students with OSMO!

Here at Field, we have two OSMO sets that you can check out for your classroom. These are a really neat interactive tool with activities for words, tangrams, physics, and drawing. Check out OSMO's site for a demo video on how they work, and then send me an email if you'd like some training on these devices. Lastly, here's a form you can submit if you'd like to request these devices for your classroom. I'd suggest incorporating them as part of learning centers. I've ordered the Numbers extension, but as it was just released, we haven't gotten them yet. I'll let you know when we do!
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Sender's remorse?

Just last week, I started composing an email to a group of teachers, and accidentally hit send before I was done... I forgot about the great "Undo Send" option that GMail has. If you ever send an email and then have sender's regret, by enabling this feature, you can just "unsend" the email.


In your GMail, go to the gearwheel in the upper right, and then find Enable Undo Send. I'd recommend bumping the time up to 30 seconds. (My old lady reflexes aren't what they used to be!). Remember, whenever you change your settings in GMail, go to the bottom of the page, and "save changes".

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Cool teachers to check out!

In my personal learning network (PLN), I like to look at a wide variety of teachers, coaches, ed gurus, etc. One person that I particularly like is Sylvia Duckworth, who does MANY things, but has a great reputation for illustrating educational quotes, ideas, presentations, etc. This pic is hers, based on some tips from Kasey Bell, who runs Shake Up Learning. While I don't always agree with everything that's on the sites I check out, there's often things I can take away from them.. and benefit from seeing things from another perspective. Check out their sites!
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Join our D64 21st Century Learning Google+ Community!

Make sure you have a G+ set up.. this is a great way to communicate with others and grow your PLN!

Beth Rihtar

Job-embedded professional development; talks to teachers about tech integration, best practices, efficiency, 4Cs; bassist for the Northwest Symphony Orchestra; teacher of 20 years.