Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Last Tech Tuesday of 2011-2012

Good afternoon everyone. I hope this post finds you all well. I wanted to make sure I sent out the last Tech Tuesday of the year on Tuesday.

While I will be continue to explore and catalogue awesome new sites over the summer, I will not be updating the page until the school year starts. Thanks for all of the support and kind words. It's always nice to know that the site is helping teachers.

Here are some final plugs for those interested in attending a conference or getting some Grad credit over the summer. 

The Digital Teaching Series
I'm teaching a grad class online on Project Based Learning using Web Tools. If you are interested in exploring 21st Century instruction, consider taking my course.

The summer is a great time to relax, but also get needed credit hours. Here is a great program that offers online professional development from experts.
6 Week Courses
4.5 CEUs
3 Graduate credits available

There are 6 course on a wide variety of digital topics that are worth checking out.

Michigan has it's own official Google Conference set for October 19th. Registration is open and I encourage teachers that are interested in exploring what the free tools that Google has to offer can bring to their classroom. I may be biased as a featured speaker, but trust me when I tell you that this will be a valuable conference for teachers looking to learn more about Google tools. I encourage you to sign up quickly before space runs out.

Below you will find links to topics I have covered on this site. Each link will take you to posts that contain the topic I tagged them.

I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward with working with all of you in the Fall.

Dropbox           Elementary               English               Google               Math         

Science             Smartboards            Social Media      Social Studies    Technology

I hope everyone has an awesome summer and I hope you will give some of these a try.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Tech Tuesday for May 22

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather we are having. I have some nice resources for you to check out if you have a spare moment.

The Digital Teaching Series

The summer is a great time to relaz, but also get needed credit hours. Here is a great program that offers online professional development from experts.

6 Week Courses
4.5 CEUs
3 Graduate credits available

There are 6 course on a wide variety of digital topics that are worth checking out.

Here is a great collection of apps put together by Kathy Schrock that focuses on Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. If you are always wondering where certain web-tools fall in Bloom's, this is a great place to start looking. Here is one example of Google Apps in Bloom's format.

Here is a great post on how to use Voicethread. This is a wonderful web-tool that students love to use. This post will help you get started. Here is a video that will explain Voicethread in more detail.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tech Tuesday for May 15

Happy Tech Tuesday everyone. I have some great resources to share with all of you, so let's get to it.

US Govt Educator

Here is a great blog that also has links to World History and US History. Some of the information is cross posted on the three sites, but the sites come highly recommended by Mrs. Nardone at Grosse Pointe South, so I promised her I would share with the rest of you.

It's been a while since I've been in Social Studies, but these blogs have many great resources for teachers looking to engage their students in many different ways. These blogs are worth saving on your computer to view when you have some free time. There are great ideas that might be perfect for you to use next year.

Google Scholar

Here is a great site that teachers might need as they work on advanced degrees or students could use for their research papers. Google Scholar is a search engine that allows you to search scholarly papers. Seems pretty simple because it is. The link at the top takes you to a site that explains how it works and provides a link to Google Scholar. This is just another awesome tool for teachers to add to their tool belt.

Little Alchemy

This is a little fun site that would work on your SmartBoard. It will come up blocked for students, so you will need to access it from your teacher station. Using Fire, Wind, Water and Earth, you can create 270 objects. Your job is to find all 270 different combos. I played for a little bit and it's fun. I could see this being used in Science classes across the district. Check it out.

Social Media for Administrators

Do not let the title fool you, this is really for everyone. Our district has passed new policy regarding the user of Social Media. Students are using it. Parents are using it. Businesses are using it. Schools need to be using it. These blog posts were put together by my friend George Couros. Although Canadian (kidding), he is an expert in educational technology and these posts are worth reading as we enter the Social Media age in Grosse Pointe Pubic Schools.

Give these tools a try!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tech Tuesday for May 1

Happy May Day everyone! I apologize for the long space between posts, but I've been working hard with many of the great teachers in this district on integrating technology into their lessons. I've also been putting together a Google Apps for Education resource page. Many teachers have asked about the various Google tools and I thought a page dedicated to the various Google Apps might come in handy for the district in the future. If you are a Google person, please take a moment to look at the resources for the various tools. I'm a Google Guy and I am always learning something new.

Digital Citizens 

Here is a great article on digital citizenship that teachers should take some time to read. Schools have always prided themselves with creating good citizens. The definition of "good citizen" looks very different in the digital age. How are you helping create good digital citizens in your class?

Web Tools Finder

Finding new web tools to add to your tool box can be a daunting task. There are so many out there and you are not sure if they are right for you. In this post, you will be able to see 5 sites that will help you find the perfect tool for you. This is worth bookmarking for the summer as you explore ways to integrate technology into your lessons.

Online Photo Editing Options

Mashable put together a list of 7 Free Alternatives to Picnik. Too often teachers are looking for ways to edit photos for various lessons and do not want to spend the money or the time using Photoshop. While none of these offer all of the same resources as Photoshop, they will provide what most people need in photo editing. If you are looking for more tools for students to utilize without the expense, take a look at these free alternatives for your next project.

Super Awesome Tips and Tricks for you iPad

Here is an awesome site that gives you over 40 tips and tricks with your iPad. Starting with taking a screenshot and ending with setting up restrictions, this post shares everything you need to know about your favorite tablet. You might not get all of these at once, but the page is worth saving for later.

Interactive Whiteboard Resources

Here is a list of 65 resources that will work well on your Smartboard. I did not try out every single site to see if they would play well on our computers, but there are plenty that do work and could go over well in class. Check these out and share with others when you find ones you like.

Don't forget to check out the Google Apps for Education page I created. It is full of amazing resources to help you utilize GAFE in your classroom and professional life.

- Give it a try!