January 31, 2012 TJ Houston

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. (more…)

January 29, 2012 TJ Houston 3Comment

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. (more…)

January 4, 2012 TJ Houston 21Comment

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. (more…)

November 15, 2011 TJ Houston

It has been super busy with fall sports coming to an end, end of the quarter for my staff and students as well the 4 classes that I am taking also coming to an end. (Note to self, dont take 16 credit hours with a full time job and a part time job (sports photography) ). Its been a stressful but rewarding start to our year and my first year as a technology coordinator. I have a lot of great plans for the upcoming months so stay tuned. (more…)

October 24, 2011 TJ Houston

One of the difficulties of setting up your Gmail account on your IOS device is the lack of push support when setup as a Gmail account. As some of you may know you can setup your Gmail account as an Exchange account, (directions here) which I recommend doing. Now that you have your exchange account you need to setup your multiple Google calendars. (more…)

October 19, 2011 TJ Houston 2Comment

One thing that I really like about Windows XP was the ability to add a menu item when you right clicked to open a terminal window. Now in OSX 10.7 (Lion) you can enable that feature as well. This will save time when navigating to certain files in the filesystem via the terminal. Now all you have to do is right click on the folder and click “New Terminal at Folder” (more…)

October 12, 2011 TJ Houston 5Comment

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.  (more…)

August 21, 2011 TJ Houston 1Comment

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…

August 17, 2011 TJ Houston

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. (more…)

August 13, 2011 TJ Houston 11Comment

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. (more…)