Feb
25
2011

So, you got a Smartboard now what?

Tweet With the popularity of Smartboards in the classroom growing more and more teacheres are finding creative ways to utilize them in the classroom. Here are a few great resources for lessons as well as some training. Take a look!

Feb
21
2011

Bundling links for use in class

Tweet Wouldn’t it be nice to add a link to your syllabus at the beginning of the year that has your blog, your Diigo feed and resources that will be used throughout the year. Now you can. There are 3 services that allow you to take multiple links and media and “Bundle” them into one short link. Lets take a look.

Feb
21
2011

Quick Tip: Use Google to Create QR Codes

Tweet You may already be using Google’s URL shortening service goo.gl. Did you know you can use the same tool to create QR codes?Here’s How:

Feb
21
2011

Cramberry

Tweet Recently I was talking with my girlfriend who is studying Nuclear Medicine at the University of Findlay and she showed me all of the note cards that she creates for her classes. She goes through hundreds of note cards a week (25 Credit Hours) and she has to carry them with her wherever she goes so she can study. Me being the technologist that I am says that is a waste of tree’s, money, […]

Feb
21
2011

Google Doc’s Blocked? Check out these resources.

Tweet Recently I was told that a school would not allow access to Google Docs and they would not be moving forward with Google Apps for EDU. Why? I have no idea. The teacher was frustrated because she saw all of the educational benefits that Google Docs provided as well as the 21st century skills that our students need. I started looking around and I found a couple of tools that although they do not […]

Feb
20
2011

Google Adds EDU Apps

Tweet I guess I totally missed this announcement, but recently Google has added an EDU section to the Google Apps marketplace. I think this is going to help us in K-12 move forward with technologies by moving more of our applications to the cloud making them easier to deploy and manage.

Feb
20
2011

Leveraging Google Search

Tweet I learned quite a few things today that I didn’t know about Google search. Google is constantly changing and adding new features to all of there product lines. Today we are going to focus on a couple of cool things that will help you leverage your search results and use Google Search as a teaching tool. Let’s take a look!

Feb
20
2011

Quick Tip: 50 Ways to use Wordle’s in the classroom

Tweet Thought I would share this cool resource I found about using Wordle’s in the classroom. Also don’t forget to look at my previous post about Tagxedo tie the ideas together and let me know what you come up with. Google Doc <— Click here Thanks TJ

Feb
18
2011

Google News Timeline

Tweet While writing an article about Google Search in EDU, I stumbled upon a labs project that is called Google News Timeline.  The about page reads: “Google News Timeline is a web application that organizes search results chronologically. It allows users to view news and other data sources on a browsable, graphical timeline. Available data sources include recent and historical news, scanned newspapers and magazines, blog posts, sports scores, and information about various types of […]

Feb
18
2011

Edu Tool Spotlight: Tagxedo

Tweet Many teachers are starting to use Woordle’s in their classrooms. Today I found a tool that lets you take the Woordles that you already are creating and turn them into images that deal with the subject and content area. The best part, ITS FREE! To get started head over to http://www.tagxedo.com/ You can add your website or blog URL, a Twitter Feed, a del.icio.us url, News, Search Term,  RSS feed as well as your […]

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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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