Adventures in Technology
News, Tips, and Tricks From Instructional Technology
Su's Schedule for the Weeks of January 25th and February 1st
Tuesday, January 26-Flex
Wednesday, January 27-Bluebonnet
Thursday, January 28-Forest Vista
Friday, January 29-Bridlewood
February 1-5--TCEA Conference, Austin
Please email me if you would like to set up an appointment!
What is Flex Time??? Flex time allows me to meet your unique needs-I go where the request is. If you'd like to take advantage of some of my Flex Time please email me!
Click here to see the whole schedule for the third nine weeks.
Check Out These Technology Tips and Tricks!
Student Newspaper Using Google Drive Template
Teach Your Monster to Read
LISD Student Filmfest
ePortfolio Tips and Tricks
- The LISD ePortfolio site has some great tutorials located under the "Technology Resources" tab.
- When you are ready to have your students share their site with you have them share it using a Google Form you create. If you need help creating a form and sending it to your students please let me know and I'd be happy to help you.
- You can link any ePortfolio sites students might have created in the past to this new LISD template; I'd be happy to show students how.
- It is best to create an ePortfolio folder and store all the artifacts in the folder. If the sharing permissions are set correctly on the folder any artifact put in the folder will be visible to anyone looking at the ePortfolio.
- You can upload artifacts using both the Mac and the iPad. Visit the LISD ePortfolio site to learn how.
- Tutorial videos are located within each student's ePortfolio under the "Tips and Tricks" tab.
- When using the iPad to upload an image the image must be on the iPad camera. Additionally, pictures that have been edited consistently go in right side up. So before you upload that picture open it and edit it. Crop it just a little or rotate it all the way around so it's right side up again and then save your editing.
Everyone is somewhere on their ePortfolio learning curve, me included. I'd be happy to meet you where you are and help you along the way. I'm still learning too so if I don't know, we will learn together!
Apps for Learning
Students use the matching game to race against themselves to learn their math facts.
Use the Quizlet App to play a form of "Headbanz" and learn math facts.
ABC Magnetic Letters-Lite
Use magnetic letters to make words.
ABC-Magnetic Alphabet Lite App
Resources for Student eLibraries
- Many of you have heard of the App and Website EPIC! But if you're like me you just filed it away to look at "later" and perhaps it slipped your mind. I recently took another look at this site and it is really good. EPIC! is an ebook subscription service that offers thousands of high quality books from well known publishers. Audiobooks and Read-to-Me titles are also offered. EPIC! can be used through their website; be sure to create an Educator account to take advantage of the free educator subscription. Place the EPIC! link on your Tizmo's page for easy student access. You can also download the EPIC! app on the iPad; this works especially well on shared iPads.
- Do you have kids who are crazy for animals? WE are TEACHERS has some excellent nonfiction downloadable material in the "Animal Studies". You can always visit the site download and print the material, but another option is to access the site on an iPad. When you go to download the "printable" if you tap in the upper right hand corner of the file when it opens "Open in iBooks" will pop up. Once opened in iBooks it will appear on your iBooks bookcase. These printables are available for the K-2 and the 3-5 group. These printables would be great to use with the Comprehension Toolkit lessons or just to have more reading material in your ebook library.
Want to try one of these or something else out but unsure how to do it or want an extra set of hands? I'll help!
Ways I Can Serve You
Need ideas for integrating technology? Have a lesson idea and need a thinking partner? Want to ramp up the engagement on a lesson that just isn't quite right? Let me help you integrate technology and find the right tool for the learning you want your students to accomplish!
Have some technology tools but can't picture how you could use them? Can't envision exactly how that technology embedded lesson would go? Ready to try some technology on your own but would like an extra set of hands and some support? Let me model teach or co-teach a lesson! Think of it as job-embedded professional development. See how the technology tool can enhance the learning process and then meet with me to explore other ways you could use this tool.
Tool Nuts and Bolts
Heard of a new instructional technology tool but don't have the time to figure it out? Thought you knew how to use a tool but now you're stuck? Contact me, I can help! I can demo and teach the ins and outs of a tool. I can provide tutorials and support videos and documents so you can be successful.