Jul
1
2013

#ohedchat #craftedu Meetup Reflection / Wake Up Call

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Tweet On June 29th educators from all over Ohio came to meet at COSI to discuss topics that are currently affecting education. These topics ranged from the SLO’s to OTES & OPES to technology. The event was organized by a team of educators from around Ohio including Stacy Hawthorne (@medinaTech), Jeremy Evens (@JR_evans) and Christina Hank  (@ChristinaHank) and Christina the venue at COSI was secured by  State Impact Ohio. Hats off to the group for putting […]

Jun
25
2013

Google Scripting + QR Codes = Awesomeness

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Tweet Todays post came from a comment from a reader who asked about inserting QR codes into Google Spreadsheets. There are a few things that this can be used for such as ticketing for an event, etc. Its not exactly what the reader asked for but its a step in the right direction.  Below you will see the end result of what we are doing: So after some time playing with the URL and encoding […]

Jun
11
2013

Free Mobile Device Management Made Easy With Device Link

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Tweet The following is a guest post from the team over at DeviceLink, a solutions company that released a free MDM solution that is simple and easy to use. Check it out!

Jun
11
2013

A Good Poem To Reflect On

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Tweet I must admit that I have been in a weird funk for the past few months, at work, at home and even online. A close friend and coworker shared this with me so I figured I would share it with you guys, The Guy in the Glass   When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,  And the world makes you King for a day,  Then go to the mirror and […]

May
29
2013

Quick Review: Instant Apple iBooks How-to

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Tweet   There has been many times when a tool comes out and the only documentation on the subject is found on blogposts and Youtube videos. This is a great way to learn but sometimes its best to have a nice concise go to resource that will help step through everything with you. The book Instant Apple iBooks is just that.

May
23
2013

Guest Post: Use @edshelf to Sift Through the Overwhelming Number of Technology for Teachers

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Tweet Have you ever looked through the education category of the iTunes App Store and felt both overwhelmed with all the choices and underwhelmed with those same choices? That’s how I’ve felt. Many teachers have told us the same thing too. That is one of the main frustrations we at edshelf set out to solve.

May
6
2013

Create an MP3 with Garageband

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Tweet As we search for different ways for students to validate learning objectives via technology more and more teachers are searching for technology tools that can assist in the classroom. A great way to record auditory skills such as podcasts, foreign language, instrumental, and music is a free tool installed on OSX called Garageband. This is a quick tutorial on how to create a MP3 recording using Garageband.  

Apr
30
2013

OSX Tip 5: Annotating PDF’s With Preview

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Tweet There are several great tools out there for editing PDF’s and annotating them. Many Mac users don’t know that a lot of that functionality is already built into OSX.

Apr
23
2013

Share your lunch menu with a QR Code!

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Tweet Recently my food service director went to a meeting and they started discussing QR Codes as an easy way to share  the lunch menu. We are having small magnets printed with the QR code so students can have them in their lockers so they can instantly see what is for lunch. 

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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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