Friday, February 26, 2010

Quick Update

I have three of my training sessions planned and material ready to go. Feel free to look at my sessions over the Ipod touch, Flipcams, and Web 2.0: Photo Editing and Image Creation Tools.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Let it Snow!

Wow! Tuesday, my kids' daycare was cancelled and my school released at 12:30. Today, we had a late start at 10AM. The past two days have been so much fun. The boys played in the snow, slept in, and had a nice breakfast this morning.

My technology training for today was cancelled due to the late start. I am uncertain when it will be rescheduled. Now, I am working on training for the Ipod touches. My campus won 15 touches in a grant I wrote. Here are some of the neat sites I have found for IPod touch apps (in no order)

I also love that you can download editable Discovery Education videos and use Dropbox to put files on the touches. Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My House

This post is purely personal and not professional (wow, talk about alliteration)...I created an Animoto of our house. Now, when I am complaining, you can see what I am complaining about....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A few of my Favs

I have to give it to Beth Phinny from Big Spring junior high. She has the best list of websites I have EVER seen. Some are educational and some are plain fun. I have placed it on my wiki under "Do you need a website". I mean, hundreds and hundreds of sites can be found just under one tab. Also, I have added IPod Resources and a link to my buddy's Google Tools page to my wiki as well. I am preparing for my upcoming after-school sessions on IPod Touches and SMARTBoards. I am swamped.

On a personal note, working on the new house is KILLING me. I find more and more work needs to be done as I work. For example, we pulled up the carpet to find huge cracks in the floor. I removed a broken vanity out of the bathroom to find a huge hole, and a huge piece of sheet rock missing. I am getting overwhelmed more each day. I am beginning to think we will never move in....

Have a great week!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Notes from TCEA

These are my notes from TCEA. I know they are not organized or easy to follow but here you will find a lot of neat resources. There is one more site coming but won't be ready till Sunday.

http// will be ready after Sunday. This site will have hundreds of educational and fun websites. Have fun reading my notes and please share these valuable sites and ideas with others.

I need a Website Quick:
This session covers Adobe Fireworks CS4v in designing a webpage.
During the break, I spoke with a lady from Waco ISD who attended a neat Web 2.0 session beforehand; she gave me this site: (Session Resources)
We made a page in a very complicated program (Adobe Fireworks)...but we used to get some free photos.
Putting the Fun back in Learning with 21st Century Tools:
Using you can provide a classroom rich in 21st century skills. Interactives shown were the lemonade stand, Power Up, Primary Krypto, Comic Creator, ARTSEDGE (Perfect Pitch), EConEdlink, and the rest of the content providers.
Tinkerball at was a really neat interactive .
Apps for IPhone/IPod
Notes from Exhibits:
Check out under Student Activities for some cool stuff

Adding Pizzazz with Web 2.0: (also note the copyright link for teaching copyright and fair use)

I also came across and for more Web 2.0 goodies

Here is a neat page for images

Fun using for a door prize activity using the coin flipper - fun!

I overheard this site in the hall: look under Resources.

Getting Creative with Digital Images:

Using Office to teach ELA

Create your own room and Twitter hashtag (great for backchanneling)

To create a neat panoramic image, - it places the pictures where they belong. I also like Kaleidocycle...

IFlip for Videos:

Found these while waiting...distance learning pdf and and ( cool tool for Word Clouds)

Google Tools with Tammy

Print, Cut and Fold
Check out the Copyright resources under Links. Templates are in my Google docs. for fun stuff to do with PowerPoint.

Don't let Technology be Your Titanic

Take pictures of people at the door - when their picture comes up, they win a prize.
Use pictures when you tell a story.
Use the SMARTBoard as a way of taking attendance during professional development. For examples, have teachers drag their apple to the tree as they come in.
You can use the timer for time management.

Use GPS for prof dev - have an Amazing Race, a campus scavenger hunt, etc. Use it when you have a new campus open to learn the building, to get to know other depts.

Use Clickers to ask "What percent of our students were at risk in 08-09?" The categories can be TAKS, AEIS, Demographics, Getting to know you.

Google Earth lessons:

Educational and Useless Websites

http// Google APPs for Education

iTouch i Learn.... (look in Google Docs for powerpoints and hand-outs) Educational Graphic Resources

Monday, February 8, 2010

I am sore...

We worked on the house all weekend. My grandparents were HUGE fans of dark paneling. Well, once we pulled the paneling off, we discovered WALLPAPER! Yes, a lovely floral wallpaper straight out of the 80s. So, I spent my weekend scraping wallpaper. I am feeling like we bit off more than we can handle. The amount of work we still have remaining is a bit overwhelming. I just keep telling myself a little at a time.

I have discovered several really cool websites and I am listing them in no particular order:

1. Livebrush - It is a really cool drawing tool. The students would enjoy using it to doodle at the end of a class period or during free time.

2. Cooliris - This is a site way of sorting your photos. It looks almost like an IPhone.

3. Gickr - This site lets you create a gif animation of your photos.

4. Word It Out - It is like Wordle on steroids. It creates really neat word clouds.

5. AllMyFaves and Symbaloo - What a neat way to search? I think it is better than Google...or you can use it to access your favorite Google Tools.

Pretty short post but I have a ton to do before I leave for TCEA. Can't wait! Have a great week!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Work, work, work

That sums up my life lately. I have been extremely busy at work and home. First, we officially started working on our new house (my grandparent's old house). We completely emptied it and took the majority of the furniture to Goodwill. The rest of the stuff ended up in the dump. We have a lot of work ahead of us. As I mentioned before, my grandparents smoked. You can see exactly where everything hung on the walls. We have to paint and replace carpet. It is fun, exctiting, and overwhelming at the same time. Mark, my husband, is also sick with strep throat. So, he has been feeling horribly but still being a trooper. He has helped tremendously and been a good sport about everything. Next weekend, my brother-in-law is watching the boys the entire weekend. So, we plan on painting frantically the entire weekend.

Region 12 was successful. The teachers were excited, motivated, and left ready to try some new tools. I hope I changed the way they think about using technology, that it isn't a separate entity but a part of their teaching and curriculum.

This week, I am busy preparing for an early release day. We have some break-out sessions planned and I was partnered up to present new ideas and uses for document cameras. I have some clever ideas but I wish I could come up with more exciting ones:

1. Word Walls
Create mini thematic word walls in Word using clip art, print and lay under the document camera during writing or reading time so the students can easily see the words if needed.

2. Writing Practice
Display an essay, story, worksheet etc...Have students revise/edit, complete the worksheet, etc.
3. Scrabble
Write a word. Have students take turns adding/editing the word. Points are awarded to the side of the class that lasts the longest.

4. Fill in thinking maps

5. Spelling Practice
Use your letters to spell words; place some letters (you have secretly already pre-selected which letters) under the camera and let the kids come up and try to spell a sight word from their list.

6. What's Missing Memory Game
Place several objects under the document camera and then use the Freeze feature on your document camera and take one item away. Now unfreeze the camera and have the students guess which object is missing. This activity helps students learn to pay attention and notice details, which is a valuable skill when noticing letters, shapes of letters, and their similarities and differences.

Use the missing shape as a writing prompt – Where did the (object) go?

7. Matching
Color Match – match color objects to their color word
Alpha/Word Match – match letters or words to pictures of objects
Money Match – have a Money Amount sheet for students to count the money “into”

8. Categorize
Have two pictures beside each other of terms (vertebrate/invertebrates) Pass out cards of animals, traits, characteristics and have students place them in the right spot.

9. Ordering
Alpha Order – alphabetize letters or words
Number order – put numbers in the correct order
Bigger/Smaller – order objects by size

10. Timeline
Project a blank timeline and have students write on post-it notes to add events

Our session is this Thursday so any ideas are welcomed. Have a great week and try not to work too hard!