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Mar
12
2012

Cyber Monday March 12 2012

Cyber-Monday

Tweet So every Monday I meet with my elementary teachers and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.

Feb
25
2012

Do you have an ET or IT department?

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Tweet I think its time we torch our current IT departments. That is a very scary statement for someone who is by title the Director of IT at a school district. But I do not lose sleep at night because I see myself as a director of ET! I look around at the current models of computer technology support and it makes me a little bit upset.

Feb
21
2012

Adobe Education Exchange

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Tweet I was recently at #oetc12 the edtech conference in Ohio and I was introduced to Adobe’s new products focusing on education. Adobe is making great strides in the education community by offering entry level certifications as well as curating content to be used in the classroom. Lets take a look at the free resource sharing site from Adobe, the Adobe Education Exchange.

Feb
21
2012

Cyber Monday Feb 21 2012

Cyber-Monday

Tweet So every Monday I meet with my elementary teachers and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.

Jan
29
2012

Social “Stumbling” in the classroom

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Tweet With more and more “stumbling” sites like Pinterest and Stumbleupon  gaining popularity I figured I would create a quick post with my thoughts and some ideas for use in the classroom. Please let me know how you use them in your classroom or if you have ideas on how they could be used.

Jan
4
2012

Using Apple TV as Digital Signage

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Tweet When I was at a conference a few weeks ago I saw a very novel idea, the venue where the conference was being held was using Apple TV’s as digital signage for their building. It looked great and it was cheap! Below you will find a guide on the workflow I use as well as how we use it in our buildings.

Aug
17
2011

Free Autocad resources that are actually fun!

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Tweet 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.

Jul
26
2011

IEP’s are for Teachers too. Planning your PD.

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Tweet 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 […]

Jul
12
2011

20 Apps in 20 Minutes.

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Tweet In this webinar we (@llacrosse and I) will overview 20 apps in 20 minutes. These are the apps that were used in the classroom and found to be effective supplements to the curriculum. They were used with 5th grade science students while working with ipads for an entire school year.

Jul
5
2011

Apple opens a “Teachers” section on iTunes Appstore

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Tweet While reading through my tweets I noticed that Apple announced a “Teachers Section” on the Appstore. Some of the showcased apps include Wunderlist HD, Doceri Remote, Brainpop, Garage Band etc. You can browse the selections by navigating here.

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My name is TJ Houston.
I am the Director of Technology at Huron City Schools. I love integrating technology into the classroom and helping teachers find the way on the information super highway. Things I love: My family, My awesome Girlfriend, Technology, Education, and Photography.

I run PD sessions twice a week and run community training the first Saturday of the month. I love teaching people new things.

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