Developing all employees' capacity to embrace and adapt to evolving technology.

Welcome

Posted by ssweeney on October 15, 2015

Welcome to the Technology Integration Professional Development Resource blog.  This blog has been developed to support the development of all employees’ capacity to embrace and adapt to evolving technology.logo

Makey Makey in Middle School Science

Posted by dhollowa on April 16, 2016

Creating Inquiry with Makey Makey Circuit Boards

For Grade 8 Unit on Electricity and Magnetism the students used Makey Makey circuit boards.  This generated a great deal of excitement as well as questions about open and closed circuits as well as insulators and conductors.  The students used fruit, candy, their friends, pencil graphite, rubber hosing and other objects to test how well the material allowed electricity to flow and complete a circuit.  The students had to translate and analyze their Makey Makey boards to create electrical schematic diagrams. Students interpreted the connection of human to human as a switch, the computer as a battery, and various resistors.
I gave the students a set up chart and a task sheet to complete. This task sheet informed the students on how to set up the Makey Makey as well as which apps worked best for with the app.

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Makey Makey Set Up 

Makey Makey Task Sheet

Write for Authentic Audience with Common Sense Media

Posted by kparedes on March 9, 2016

One of my top bookmarked websites as a Technology Integration Specialist is Common Sense Media.

It is a great “go to” tool for quickly assessing whether an app, game or video is good or a safe choice to use in school.

But besides being a content tool, it can also be used as a Cybersafety teaching tool, or a curation tool.

Students can use the a variety of reviews and ratings to synthesize a Big Idea statement. They can use data collected from the website to write persuasive essays on whether or not an app is worthy of the ratings provided by Common Sense and/or their review writers.

Or students can sign up and writer their own reviews. Thus giving back to a larger community and helping parents and teachers make better decisions to what constitutes as a fun or educational app, game or website.

Writing for an authentic audience is a great way to increase motivation for our young writers and Larry Ferlazzo posted many other great resources to use to help promote writing for authentic audiences.

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Gmail Label Column Resizer Chrome Extension

Posted by rdierkes on February 24, 2016

The Gmail Label Column Resizer is a Chrome extension in the Productivity category that allows the user to adjust the width of the labels column in Gmail.

Here’s what users are saying:

4 out of 5 stars (76 responses)
Current Number of Users: 23,773

Short Helpful Instructions (< 1 page) from DotTech.org.

It can be buggy—in Chrome when you zoom in (command +) or zoom out (command -) your email can seemingly disappear. Zoom to 100% (command 0) to make sure your email shows up.

Google Apps in the Classroom

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 201655 Comments

Now that you have had time to process your learning from the Google Training, take a minute to comment on this blog post to share ideas you had during your learning for how you could use your learning in the classroom.  Try to follow the format on the example below to make them easy to glance through.

 

FORMS

6-12 – After seeing that the new forms has templates, I plan to use them as exit tickets everyday.  This will provide me with quick an easy to read and organize information about how well the students were doing with the content allowing me to inform my instruction for the next day.

 

NAME OF TOOL

grade your idea would work for – Description of what you want to do.  How it will help student learning

 

When you have finished, read through some of the ideas of your colleagues.  You are encouraged to use the REPLY button to comment on their ideas.  Help them grow or share your experience.

What resources do you use to grow your tech knowledge?

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 2016

The tool embedded below is called Answer Garden – Grow your own ideas – https://answergarden.ch/create/

 

 

Resources For Your Learning

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 2016

Accessing New Information -

  • Subscribe to RSS Feeds
  • Registering for email lists
  • Twitter Following People or #edTech
  • Joining International Society of Technology Education – http://www.iste.org/
  • Subscribe to Video Channels on YouTube – Common Craft https://www.youtube.com/user/leelefever/featured

Online Journals

  • http://teach.com/teach100
  • http://elearningfeeds.com/top-elearning-blogs/
  • https://thejournal.com/Home.aspx
  • http://www.techlearning.com/index
  • http://www.nytimes.com/pages/education/index.html
  • http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration
  • https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators
  • http://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html?intc=thed
  • http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
  • http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/

Finding New Tools

  • Award Winners
    • https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/2015-finalists-winners/
    • Scroll down to Education Section – http://www.siia.net/archive/codies/2015/winners.asp
  • Diigo
  • Chrome Web Store
  • Google Drive – Create – More Menu
  • iTunes App Store

iPads in the MSHS Classrooms

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 2016

Reviewing and Selecting Apps

  • Teachers can check out iPads for planning and app review from the library
  • Find Apps using the Apps Store
  • Read Reviews
  • Look for Award Winners
  • Use the App Review Rubric

How do I checkout iPads for my class to use?

Google Calendar Reservations Please only reserve the iPads for the periods you will be using them.  Do not block entire days or weeks.  These are shared devices.

How do I get the app I need on them?

At least 48 hours in advance, complete the App Review Rubric

Where are the iPad carts stored?

The room that the grade level team selected.

What happens if one is damaged?

Please complete a tech request and send the device to the IT office

What happens if an iPad is lost?

Please email the IT ASAP.  We have Find My Device setup to locate missing devices.

How do I get student work off of the iPad?

We recommend uploading to Google Drive into a shared folder.  Students and teachers have unlimited storage in Google Drive through their amersol.edu.pe accounts.  It is important to test the app you wish for students to use before hand to ensure that it allows for students to export their content.

How do I distribute the iPads?

Each iPad has a number on it, please know which kids has which iPad, so if the project lasts more than one day, you know who has which device.  Also, incase one iPad is missing we know who has it last.

Who is responsible for counting the iPads?

Each teacher that uses the iPads with a class should ensure they have recollected all of them.  We have numbered the iPads to help with this.  Please also ensure that they are all plugged in and charging so that other classes are able to use them when they need to.

What additional resources do we have for use with iPads?

  • 2 class sets of styluses can be checked out from AV
  • microphones can be checked out from AV
  • Film Studio in the PAC can be checked out using Google Calendar for green screen filming

 

Developing Our Skills with Gmail

Posted by ssweeney on February 17, 2016

 

Checklist of Todos:

  • Have you setup your signature?
  • Do you know how to use labels
  • Can you manage your contacts?
  • Did you review all of the settings?
  • Are you able to organize your attachments into Google Drive?

 

What more could you learn?  Learn them all in an hour and twenty minutes

Category Skill to Learn Time
Working with the Inbox Read Email 0:00:17
Working with the Inbox Reply to Email 0:00:31
Working with the Inbox Reply to a Single Message in a Conversation 0:00:31
Working with the Inbox Changing the Subject Line when Replying to or Forwarding Email 0:00:38
Working with the Inbox Forward Email 0:00:23
Working with the Inbox Print Email 0:00:14
Working with the Inbox Delete Email 0:00:24
Working with the Inbox Mark Email as Read or Unread 0:00:35
Working with the Inbox Introduction to the Inbox 0:01:27
Working with the Inbox Inbox tabs and category labels 0:01:52
Working with the Inbox Archive Email 0:00:25
Working with the Inbox Report spam Email 0:00:28
Working with the Inbox View and save email attachments with Drive 0:01:32
Working with the Inbox Sharing Drive Files as Links and Attachments 0:03:10
Working with the Inbox Star Email 0:00:16
Working with the Inbox Mark Email as Important or Not Important 0:00:24
Organizing Email with Labels Create a new Label or nested Label 0:00:30
Organizing Email with Labels Label Email 0:00:19
Organizing Email with Labels Introduction to Labels 0:00:33
Organizing Email with Labels Change the color of a Label 0:00:19
Searching for Email Search for email by attachment size 0:01:05
Searching for Email Search for emails by date range 0:00:17
Searching for Email Introduction to search 0:00:14
Searching for Email Search for Unread email 0:00:18
Searching for Email Search for Starred email 0:00:13
Searching for Email Using Advanced Search 0:00:22
Searching for Email Search for emails by keyword 0:00:29
Searching for Email Search for emails from a specific person 0:00:24
Searching for Email Search for emails with attachments 0:00:31
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Introduction to Email 0:00:15
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Compose a new Email 0:00:52
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Using CC and BCC for additional recipients 0:01:28
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Change formatting of Email text 0:00:36
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Insert attachments to Email 0:00:18
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Discard a draft Email 0:00:21
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Send Email 0:00:15
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Resizing the Compose Window in Gmail 0:01:31
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Enable Undo Send 0:00:46
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Using Undo Send 0:00:37
Changing Settings Enable keyboard shortcuts 0:00:34
Changing Settings Add a different Email address to send mail from 0:00:35
Changing Settings Import a POP3 Email account into Gmail 0:00:40
Changing Settings Create an Email signature 0:00:31
Changing Settings Introduction to settings 0:01:13
Changing Settings Enabling/Disabling Conversation View 0:00:43
Changing Settings Enable chat and Email desktop notifications 0:00:35
Changing Settings Set an automatic vacation response 0:00:51
Changing Settings Enable offline Gmail 0:00:35
Managing Inbox with Filters Introduction to filters 0:00:24
Managing Inbox with Filters Create a new filter 0:00:57
Managing Inbox with Filters Modify a filter 0:00:16
Managing Inbox with Filters Delete a filter 0:00:16
Extra features with Labs Introduction to Labs 0:00:25
Extra features with Labs Enable and use Canned Responses 0:00:36
Introduction to Contacts What is Google Contacts? 0:00:22
Introduction to Contacts Introduction to Contacts interface 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Import contacts from another application 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Export contacts to another application 0:00:22
Working with Contacts Create a new contact 0:00:40
Working with Contacts Delete a contact 0:00:15
Working with Contacts Add contacts to a contact group 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Delete contacts from a contact group 0:00:13
Introduction to Tasks What is Google Tasks? 0:00:15
Introduction to Tasks Introduction to Tasks interface 0:00:23
Working with Tasks Create a new Task 0:00:15
Working with Tasks Complete a Task 0:00:12
Working with Tasks Create new Task lists 0:00:16
Working with Tasks Move a Task to another Task list 0:00:08
Working with Tasks Add an Email to a Task 0:00:20
Working with Tasks How to add a due date to a Task 0:00:12
Using Chat Hangouts Introduction to using Hangouts 0:00:36
Using Chat Hangouts Access Hangouts from Gmail 0:02:13
Using Chat Hangouts Control who can send you a Hangout request 0:00:49
Using Chat Hangouts Invite someone to Hangout – Gmail 0:00:28
Using Chat Hangouts Invite multiple people to Hangout – Gmail 0:00:40
Using Chat Hangouts Send an image or video 0:01:30
Using Chat Hangouts Send or receive an emoji 0:02:03
Using Chat Hangouts Turn Hangout history on or off 0:01:18
Using Chat Hangouts Delete a Hangout 0:00:41
Using Chat Hangouts Block or unblock a person 0:01:16
Using Chat Hangouts Archive a Hangout 0:00:37
Using Chat Hangouts Send or receive a text message 0:00:46
Using Video Hangouts Using group text chat in a video Hangout 0:01:22
Using Video Hangouts Ignore another participant 0:00:43
Using Video Hangouts Adjust bandwidth usage 0:00:54
Using Video Hangouts Change the active video 0:01:30
Using Video Hangouts Share your screen 0:00:59
Using Video Hangouts Capture the Hangout 0:00:59
Using Video Hangouts Share a YouTube video 0:01:08
Using Video Hangouts Add additional Hangout apps 0:00:44
Using Video Hangouts Introduction to video Hangouts 0:00:20
Using Video Hangouts Getting set up for a video Hangout 0:00:35
Using Video Hangouts Invite a person to a video Hangout 0:00:51
Using Video Hangouts Add more people to a video Hangout 0:00:54
Using Video Hangouts Add a phone call to a Hangout 0:01:28
Using Video Hangouts Mute or unmute yourself 0:00:49
Using Video Hangouts Mute another participant 0:00:24
Using Video Hangouts Disable or enable your Camera 0:00:51
Introduction to Hangouts What is Google Hangouts? 0:01:06
Introduction to Hangouts Introduction to the Hangouts interfaces 0:03:18

Google for Education

Posted by ccuadros on January 6, 2016

This training taught us the best strategies for integrating Google in the classroom. We learned about:

GOOGLE + is a supportive personal learning network (PLN) of people you can learn from.

GOOGLE GROUPS, where you can chat and send messages to groups.

GOOGLE SITE is a page you own where you can display information to your visitors.

GOOGLE KEEP NOTE/IMAGES, it is a virtual notes application within the Google. It allows you to add collaborators to your notes.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM, is perfect for copying and sharing docs with your class. You can also use it to distribute and collect assignments effortlessly.

 

All these can help us have a (mostly)paperless classroom.