Earlier this year Google announced the addition of appointment slots in Google calendar. Appointment slots allow you as an educator or an administrator to have people signup for appointments with you (ie Parent Teacher Conferences) right inside your own Google calendar. Read More
Our guest blogger today is Erin Klein, author of the edu blog, Kleinspiration. She is a mother of two, a wife, and a teacher in Michigan. She enjoys exploring creative ways to integrate technology into her curriculum and sharing those ideas with others. She is the technology co-chair of the Michigan Reading Association, an A Plus Workshop Presenter, SMART Exemplar Educator, and Teaching Blog Addict Author. Most recently she was awarded the Study Blue Crystal Tiffany Apple and winner of the Really Good Stuff Classroom Blog Contest. She has her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and enjoys traveling the country to present and meeting amazing educators along the way.
Career paths are the constant buzz in high schools all over the world. We expect our students to know what they want to do right when they get to high school. Here is a resource that you can use to give students a taste of Autocad for free or use to supplement your own curriculum.
Google Voice is a service from Google that allows you to have a phone number that you can forward to any and all of your phones. The service is free and it is super easy to get started. Today we will talk about what Google Voice is and how we can use it in the classroom.
This weekend while cranking out code for a new application scott and I are working on, I discovered a new way to access my google docs. Within Cyberduck there is an option for remote access of users google docs, after further exploring it I found that you can pull your Google Docs from your online account onto your local machine.
Lets take a look on how to add your account.
Many people have talked about using Google Forms in your classroom as a way of assessment. This is especially helpful if you are going for a paperless classroom or you have a 1:1 deployment with i-Pads or mobile computers. The best part of creating your assessments in Google Forms is the ability to have the spreadsheet do all of the work for you. Lets take a look at how to have Flubaroo a script for Google spreadsheets grade your assesments for you!
There are several people out there that are talking about using QR codes in the classroom. I do not see QR codes being a fad that is going away. QR codes are everywhere. I think you will find QR codes to be a great way to share information with others, as well as a cool way to change up your lessons. Below, you will find the tools necessary to create QR codes, as well as some ideas on how to use QR codes.
This summer has been like no other summer. Usually summers are filled with cleaning computers, fixing long standing issues, and deploying projects. This summer however was jam packed with learning. As some of you may know I recently took a job as the director of technology for Huron City Schools (May 19th 2011) right out of the gate I was able to experience Iste and all of its awesomeness and great people. Part of the experience is reflecting on what you have learned and what you are going to do from here on out in your life and in your classroom. During #rscon3 Lisa Nielson (@InnovativeEdu) shared a video from Daniel Pink titled “Drive”. (You can watch it here ) in the video they talk about being defined by your “sentence”. How would people describe you? Is that what you want to be? What is your sentence? and also Was I better today than I was yesterday? These 2 questions have had me pondering for the last few days. What is my sentance? What am I striving to be?
Join.me is a free service from @logmein that allows you to connect to other peoples computers to see and control there computer screen as well as share your own screen. This is a great way to do an impromptu webinar or help out a friend or family member with computer issues. I have used this countless times to get remote access to others computers. You can walk your users through how to get them connected over the phone and be able to help them. They also have an Ipad app!
Tonight’s Edchat topic as well as @llacrosse’s article got me thinking about how we look at professional development. I have noticed that PD is mostly offered as a whole group session on certain topics. The problem with this is that a lot of time you have a mixed audience of different skill levels. Some are bored, some are content, some are overwhelmed. Why do we continue to offer PD in this way? Is the whole staff getting the most out of the PD sessions that you are offering? As the title of the post says I am going to share my thoughts and my plans for this year.
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