Timely Tech

Tech tips, hints and ideas for your classroom!

A new way to share ideas!

Every day there are exciting new technology tools developed that can impact the learning in your classroom. Its hard to keep up with all the changes!

I'm going to re-start the "Timely Tech" flyer this year as a way to share with you some of the ideas and tools that I come across each week.

Please take a moment each week to read through the ideas and consider whether we can find a way to integrate it into your classroom instruction.

I know we all get a ton of emails every day. Let this flyer be a "fun email"! Let these technology ideas get you excited about the possibilities for teaching your students in new and fun formats!

Let's work together to plan something engaging and interactive for your students! Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time to meet.

Featured Tech Tool: Notegraphy

Notegraphy is a new tool that lets you turn quotes into great-looking notes that you can share. Students can take their writing (no matter what style -- Poetry, Essay, Exit Ticket, etc) and turn it into a beautiful note. The Lifehacker website called Notegraphy "the Instagram of Words for the Writer in You."

Notegraphy is great because:

  • There are no limits to the amount of text that can be entered
  • There are lots of themes to choose from, but not a lot of options for changing those themes (so students don't get bogged down with design)
  • Students can have fun making their final product look pretty while you still get to assess what is most important: Their writing.

This tool is FREE and is available through its website or through an iOS app. So you could have students use this in a computer lab, on LSHS iPods, or even ask them to download it to their personal devices to use with BYOD.

Click on the pictures below to see a couple examples that I created, using the words of the great philosopher, Kid President!

Introducing Notegraphy

Featured Tech Tool: Jing

Have you ever had a moment where you've said "If only I could capture whats on my screen right now and share it"? Well, Jing can do that for you!

Jing captures anything you see on your computer screen, as an image or short video, and lets you share it instantly.

  • You can download Jing to your teacher computer and immediately begin using it.
  • Use the crosshairs to select the part of the screen you want to capture
  • Draw arrows and boxes, or add text to the capture to point out important info

You can paste a picture into a handout for your students. Or you can get a screenshot of a student's work to send to their parents. There are lots of ways to use Jing and other screencapture tools!

And its the right price -- FREE!

Windows 7 Tip of the Week -- Searching for files

It’s easy to search the C drive by using the Start button’s search box but how do you search for things on the H, S or W drives?

  1. Click on the folder icon near the Start button.
  2. On the left, click the drop-down arrow next to “Computer” to show all of your drives.
  3. Select the drive you want and, if you would like, select a folder inside the drive to narrow your search.
  4. Then use the search box in the top right of the window. Search for a word in the title of the document you are looking for.

Yes, that search box has been there since we switched to Windows 7 this summer and no, you probably never noticed it there. It was hiding in plain sight!

News & Updates

  • FISD Tech Facilitators have a Pinterest page. It has a TON of ideas, tech tools, apps, etc. Its a great place to look for new ideas, so check it out! Tech Tators Pinterest Board

  • Let's work together to plan something engaging and interactive for your students. Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time to meet. Several teachers and planning groups are already doing this. Keep an eye out for some really cool projects and activities.

Contact me to start planning your next activity!