July 1, 2013 TJ Houston

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 together a great event! (more…)

June 25, 2013 TJ Houston 4Comment

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 (reference here: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_urlencode.asp) I found that I could bring in values from different columns and insert them into a QR code.   All we are doing in…

June 11, 2013 TJ Houston

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 look at yourself,  And see what that guy has to say.   For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,  Who judgement upon you must pass.  The feller…

May 29, 2013 TJ Houston 1Comment

  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. (more…)

May 6, 2013 TJ Houston

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.   (more…)

April 23, 2013 TJ Houston 2Comment

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.  (more…)