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!

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