Category Archives: Blogging

Long time, No see … Right?

instructionaltechnologyteamI could come up with all kinds of reasons why I haven’t blogged in forever, but the bottom line is that I just got all kinds of crazy busy! This is my first year as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Library/Media Services in our district. I’m incredibly blessed to work with such a great group of people. Just like any new position, this meant lots of long hours and eleventy billion new¬†things to learn. It’s been busy, but fun … and apparently the blog has stayed near the very bottom of the to-do list. ūüôā

I’m not going to do anything crazy like promise to post here every other day or even weekly. But I have seriously missed sharing little tips and tricks with you. So for today, I’m back!

If you’re not already following the EMS ISD Instructional Technology team on Facebook and Twitter, you definitely should. Great things are happening around our district and we are excited to share them out. And while you’re at it, hop on over to the EMSISDITs Blog and sign up to get emails with our new posts.

And if you happen to still be reading, here’s your treat for the day. The Technology Department accepted the #MannequinChallenge today. And we TOTALLY ROCKED it!

This was SO. MUCH. FUN. and we did it in one take! Have you done the Mannequin Challenge? Add the link to your video in a comment!

A real tech tip coming soon … and it’s a good one!

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Student Driven Digital Portfolios with Seesaw

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Seesaw is an easy-to-use, free digital portfolio tool for students that may just ROCK. YOUR. CLASSROOM.

Seesaw works on all devices, including iPads, Androids, Chromebooks and on computers with Chrome or Firefox, which makes this tool¬†perfect for BYOD districts (like ours!) Students¬†can show what they know by¬†using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. They can create and submit images, drawings, and videos that record their voices while drawing simultaneously all within the app¬†or they¬†can submit work created in other creation tools on their device. It doesn’t stop there. Students have the ability to “like” or add comments on their classmates’ work as well.

Don’t worry if you only have one or two devices (including student computers!) in your classroom. Students can create/submit work into their own folders from any device – even a shared device!

Seesaw Blogs are the newest feature and quite honestly, student blogging has NEVER BEEN EASIER.¬†This is such a simple¬†way to share a selection of work from students’ Seesaw portfolios on a public class blog, giving students a broader, global audience for learning.

The following video(s) walk you through every single step needed to use Seesaw – from setting up your first class to the student’s experience as well as the teacher’s experience to blogging!

HINT: click the playlist icon in the upper left corner to move between the different videos. Or just watch them all (like I did!)

How are YOU using Seesaw? If you’re in our district, don’t forget that I’m here to help you! Just ask.

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Happy 4th Blogiversary to ME

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Happy Blogiversary to Me! After four years of blogging every single day every now and then, I’m happy to share my new site with you. I hope you’ll stick around and check out the new digs. While I will continue to post on the {new} blog, I am most excited about being able to share some of my favorite techy resources, some popular techtorials, and an easy place to post materials from my different presentations.

When I decided I wanted to do more with my site, I knew I needed to make a change. I was very comfortable with Blogger and will still recommend it to new bloggers. During Spring Break, I spent a couple of days playing with Wix, and was quite pleased with how easy it was.¬†After a lot of thought, all kinds of research, and days and days (yes, seriously) of “playing”, I decided to self-host a WordPress site. One of the perks I really liked was that I would be able to transfer over all 194 posts from my previous blog. So, if you missed any of them, you’re in luck … they’re all right here!

Based on the numbers of people who read the posts and the number of comments received, I’ve put a little David-Letterman-style Top Ten list.

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10. Touch Typing Test (everyone loves typing tests, right?)
9. Protecting Yourself Online (super important topic)
8. Email Signatures in Outlook 2010 (also here, here, here, and here)
Although Email signatures rank only #8 on the list, it is pretty much the most-often-requested topic. Seriously.
7. Online Thanksgiving Resources
6. Neo K12 Educational Videos & More (LOTS of great stuff)
5. Word Clouds (I LOVE word clouds Рthere are so many options now!)
4. Spelling City¬†(great resource … keeps getting better!)
3. Pinterest¬†(ummmm …. duh!)
2. Free eBooks for Students of All Ages¬†(No link because the offers included in this post have all expired. But, it’s obvious that teachers like FREE stuff. Just sayin’)
1. Study Ladder¬†(Seriously, this was a surprise to me. There were more than 1280 views of this post. It’s a great resource. Check it out.)

What was your favorite post? What would you like to see in the future? Click the “Leave a Comment” button below and let me know!

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