NJED Disaster Relief: Educators Helping other Educators

From Jeff Bradbury of teachercast.net:

Dear Friends,

The last few days have seen some of the most heartbreaking photos and videos coming out of the state of New Jersey. Even days after the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy, over 1 million New Jersey residents are still without running water or power.

Today, I am announcing, along with other great educators across the state the #NJED Hurricane Sandy Supply Relief program.

This program demonstrates the positive power of Social Media and it’s effectiveness in helping those during their time of need. School Districts affected by Sandy can simply fill out the form on the website listing supplies they need in order to get back on their feet.

School Districts, business, or individuals looking to donate can contact those in need directly to provide assistance.

I am writing to you to ask for two things:

1. Would you please help us and spread the word of this event by linking our #NJED Badge to your website or blog

2. Please consider helping us promote this cause on your various social media channels.

Thank you for your time and consideration for this great cause.

We are also looking into creating a place for donations to be made for school districts/students in need. If you could help us create such a place, this would be much appreciated.

For more information: #NJED Disaster Relief Hompage:

#njed home page

Staying Connected with @TeacherCast

With the month of August in the rear view mirror, so too is Connected Educator Month.  Over the past several weeks, countless educators have expressed great appreciation and enthusiasm for the new teaching connections they have made as well as the new learning resources they have acquired.  With the new school year now upon us, the goal is to incorporate those innovative pedagogical ideas into our current teaching practice.To continue to grow as an educator however, it is important to stay connected.  Not only is it essential to nurture current teaching contacts but it is also important to continue to build your PLN (Personal Learning Network).  Doing so can be difficult for some educators however.  To aid in this process, a wide selection of resources in various formats in a central location is needed.  Consequently, a website educators must try that offers these services and much more is TeacherCast.  TeacherCast is the brainchild of Jeffrey Bradbury, a music teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Jeff’s passion for connecting educators and sharing educational resources is clearly evident through his ongoing work with TeacherCast.  In fact, the underlying principle of TeacherCast is to build ‘a place for teachers to help other teachers’.  With a reach of over 400,000 followers and growing, the collaborative nature of TeacherCast is truly motivating and engaging.

Jeff’s enthusiastic support for his teaching colleagues does not end with just the TeacherCast website, however.  Jeff has recently added TeacherCast University, an educational consulting service for teachers who are looking to expand their teaching practice with a more hands-on approach.  Jeff is a frequent workshop presenter at Edcamps, TeachMeets and other educational conferences with the workshop topics ranging from technology integration to learning about Web 2.0 tools.  Virtual workshops are also available for those looking for a more cost-efficient way of benefiting from Jeff’s expertise.  The goal for each workshop is to provide engaging and relevant material whereby each attending colleague leaves with something new to add to their teaching methodology.  TeacherCast University provides additional professional development opportunities as well such as conference keynote presentations and technology integration consults.  For those teachers who are unable to attend a TeacherCast University workshop, Jeff also shares his expertise through highly engaging webinars.  Below is the first TeacherCast webinar on Sandvox, an easy to use website creation tool for Mac.

TeacherCast offers a wealth of information on various educational topics.  Below is a brief summary of some of the excellent features TeacherCast provides:

1.  TeacherCast Mobile App – Simply put, the TeacherCast iPhone/iPad app is “education at your fingertips”!  This free, time-saving app easily allows educators to stay informed about the most current pedagogical practices, technologies, educational trends and much more.  In fact, students can benefit from theTeacherCast Mobile App too by accessing a myriad of popular web tools and applications such as KidBlog.  It is evident that this app is designed to be “the one app educators can use everyday.”  Click here to download the TeacherCast mobile app.

2.  App Reviews – These very popular teacher-tested app reviews are a definite educational treasure for teachers!  TeacherCast‘s dedicated app reviewers, current classroom teachers themselves, recommend the best educational apps and suggest possible classroom activities for each.  Click here to sample one of dozens of app reviews TeacherCast offers.

3.  LiveBinder Gallery – A wide array of educational resources are shared by educators from around the world in this nicely organized LiveBinder Gallery.  Clickhere to view the more than 15,000 LiveBinder resources!

4.  TeacherCast TV – A library of educational videos are available ranging from tutorials on the latest technologies to keynote presentations.  To sample one of the many screencast tutorials, refer to the video below.

5.  Career Center – Looking for a job?  The TeacherCast Career Center offers a central meeting place for both employers and employees to connect.  To further assist prospective teachers, a search engine is available to help narrow down your choices.

6.  TeacherCast Pinboard – A collection of educational links organized by topic that every educator will find very helpful.  Links range from information about upcoming professional development opportunities to blogging tips.

Without a doubt, TeacherCast makes the task of staying connected very easy!

This is the first in a 3 part series about the benefits of staying connected withTeacherCast.  Next week’s post will focus on the TeacherCast Podcasting Network – a network of very informative and highly engaging presentations featuring respected educators who share their knowledge and expertise on the most pertinent topics affecting education today.


This post has been cross posted, see original post here




Cyber Monday! Oct 1 2012

So now that school is back in session we have gotten back into the swing of things! So every Monday I meet with my  teachers and the various buildings 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.


Connecting your Apple TV to Your VGA Projector (With Sound)

@llacrosse and I have been racking our brains on how to connect the Apple TV to the projector. Last year we used Apple’s HDMI to DVI cable but that did not provide sound. We also tried using some of the airplaying software that I have covered in the passed but it was very buggy. Last weekend she DM’d me with a possible solution and I am happy to report that it works pretty solid in the classroom.


OSX Tip: 2 Using preview to resize images

Like the previous post (link) we discussed how powerful Preview is in OSX. In todays tip we will resize images using Preview. Preview has become a very powerful tool it allows you to resize images, crop, annotate, remove backgrounds etc. As you find more and more of these useful features of Preview you will find yourself opening tools like Photoshop less and less. Lets take a look at resizing images in Preview.


OSX Tip: 1 Using preview to remove backgrounds

As OSX progresses I have noticed the built in functionality is getting better and better. For the next few posts I will be highlighting built in features of OSX that not may people know about. This little tips and tricks will help you  simplify your workflows and make you more productive! For years I have used Photoshop to remove backgrounds on images so they are translucent / clear. Instead of opening up Photoshop, here is a quick and easy way to remove backgrounds from images in OSX.