Bytes by Bethany

"In order to blaze a trail, you must first step off the path."

Quoted from Ginny Ogden's (@GinnyOgden98) retweet from Ginger Lewman (@GingerLewman)

Prize to first person who can help me give full credit to the person who said this.


Join me in the LMC on September 3rd at 7:30 am for Time to Talk Tech.

Motivation for Teachers

Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic is a web 2.0 tool.

This simple and free tool allows you to create a video recording of your screen to upload and share on a teacher web page, wiki. blog, etc.. This is an easy way to create a tutorial from your own computer screen. You can also record your presentation or class lecture. When you visit sites that have tutorials on how to use their software, you are looking at a screen cast. Audio is not necessary for the screen casts but may be beneficial, depending upon the tutorial. There is a built in Microphone on our laptop. Let me know if you need help enabling it.


Click here for a Playlist of How to's to help you get started. Remember you can upload your Screen casts to your Google Drive with has Unlimited Space.

Current Events with Students

You may watch CNN or other news stations to stay in the know about current events. You may even have students working with current events as well. CNN has a section for Student news.

What is Student news?

" CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes. It is produced by the journalists at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion website are available free of charge throughout the school year."

Please preview each program before showing students, as you are the best judge of the appropriateness of its news content for your specific class.

PL Resources Symbaloo

Charlotte-Mecklenbburg Schools have created this Symbaloo of resources for Personalized Learning. Each Symbol will take you to a resource. Take 20 minutes and explore and learn. There are so many resources here.

Check it out here.


On a side note, Symbaloo is similar to Portaportal, but with more a visual presence. It is a free tool and you can access it from any computer.

Move It!

Google Chrome has so many extensions you can add. After our Student Shadow experience last year, we observed how much our students sit through out the day. "Add the Move It extension to your browser, set the notification interval, and your screen will present you with a random brain break and exercise to complete. Once you complete it, hit done and the next will arrive after the designated interval elapses again."

You can find the extension in the Chrome store or click here to add it to Chrome.