Tech Tuesday

February 2016

Free For Teachers

Are you aware that a lot of companies offer free accounts for teachers but charge districts? Check out these great resources. These are just a few of them.

  • Seesaw - Student driven digital portfolios
  • Canvas - A learning management system
  • Showbie - Paperless Classroom
  • Nearpod - Teach from your phone
  • Fresh Grade - Digital Portfolios, Grade Books + Engagement

Black History Month

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Looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month? Check out NEA, Scholastic, Teacher Vision and Education World.

Here are those direct links.

NEA | Scholastic | Teacher Vision | Education World

And of course, these Pinterest Boards!

Digital Learning Day

Throughout the day on February 17, thousands of educators and millions of students will participate in Digital Learning Day through classroom activities, school-wide events, and even state-level celebrations.

You can even enter to possibly win an Apple Watch through Participate Learning by sharing your own collection of digital learning resources. In order to qualify, participants must sign up for a free account with Participate Learning. Once logged in, create a collection by:

  • adding a new resource
  • searching existing resources
  • uploading a file (any document, lesson plan or file)
  • inviting collaborators are the

It's Testing Season...

but no this post will not be about testing! It's purpose is to provide some suggestions on what you can do to Avoid Teacher Burnout which often happens during the spring semester.

Edutopia publishes some interesting articles on education. This article suggests you do 5 important things. Read the article in detail here.

  1. Maintain Your "Other" Life
  2. Be a Stakeholder When Changes Are Made
  3. Find Lessons and Opportunities in Everything
  4. Nurture Peer Connections
  5. Keep It Light

Discovery Education Update

This past week, I was able to go by the Discovery Education booth at #TCEA2016 in Austin and speak with a representative about the Discovery Education tool we have available for all teachers and students in our district.

Through the link below, is some good info from an email follow-up from our conversation. He details info on Spotlight on Strategy, Content Collections, Archived and upcoming webinars and special events, D.E. Principals and more.

You can find it here in my Google Drive folder:

30 Goals Challenge!

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Check out Shelly Terrell's 30 Goals above for small steps in transforming your teaching. She's also a great resource to follow on Twitter and through her website.

Is your classroom Learner-Centered?

Here is an great infographic on instructional methods to help you promote learner-centered in your classroom. From presentations, to Q&A sessions, to Debates, this visual will help push you along the way. Click here for larger view.
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Bring Your Classroom to Life with PBS

Welcome to PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is a free, online media-on-demand service developed for PreK-12 educators featuring interactives, images, video, audio files and more with lesson plans, background essays, and discussion questions. You can view the welcome video to see what it has to offer.

Check them out at:

Drawings, Drawings, Drawings!

Who doesn't like to win something! Well here's your chance!

First one to submit for each drawing gets an extra bonus entry. Drawings will be held the Friday before Spring Break through Random Drawing. Announcements of the winners will be via Tech Tuesday and the YAPP app.

TCEA Roundup

I saw so many wonderful things at TCEA this year. The TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition brings together campus and district-level educators to explore best practices for engaging students, increasing productivity, and innovating teaching and learning through the use of technology.

Here are just a few of my favorites.

Leslie Fisher - I've been following Leslie on twitter since the last TCEA convention and this is my second presentation of hers that I've been to. Her website is complete with all of her presentations for you to view.

Adobe Apps - this was probably one of my top two favorite presentations. I knew her before this workshop. She currently works in FBISD. She and her co-presenter shared with us many of the Adobe Apps that are available on your mobile device. Some were new to me and some I already use. Adobe Voice, one of my favorites, is perfect for all ages but especially the elementary level. Check out their presentation on Adobe Draw, Adobe Slate, Adobe Capture, Adobe Shape, Adobe Clip, and more - here.

Knowmia - I attended this one to learn more. I only knew a little about it before hand but I learned the jist of it from @YandellsPlace. She is a former middle school teacher who now teaches fifth graders. She uses Knowmia as a flip style of teaching and for those who miss class or need to review. You easily make your own videos or search thousands of already created tutorials on any subject and use these video presentations and interactive assignments to impact students both in and out of the classroom. And yes, it's FREE.

I'm going to save my absolute favorite session for the next Tech Tuesday since I'm in the process of creating something for you guys using it. Hopefully I will have it ready in the next couple of weeks.

If you'd like to take a peek at the session presentations, you can find that here.

Caution: it's a goldmine of information so it can be quite overwhelming. There are almost 600 documents/handouts.

Student Professional Learning

I'd love to come in and do a Student Professional Learning session with students. If interested, please let me know. This can be an opportunity for both you and your students to boost your "tech" knowledge.

And Finally, I'll Leave You With This...

I love what is being promoted in the edtech world.

Student Publishers.

It's time to move from students creating work for teachers to becoming publishers. Students will put in more effort if they know "the world" is looking instead of just their teacher and/or classmates. Promote Global Learning.

Happy Tuesday!