Thursday, October 24, 2013

Some Science Links

The Next Generation Science Standards have changed the game, forcing Web 2.0 tools to keep up in the area of Science.

Just a TON of stuff has come across my social media sites lately about science (assuming because of the science standards). Here are few GREAT links that provide lesson plans/activities you may enjoy for science! = lesson plans/activities for all grade levels = GREAT interactive science simulations for students of all ages! = "How stuff works" You Tube Channel that has really neat, interesting videos on how stuff works . . . I was enthralled with some of them, and they are quick.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog of a Blog

It does seem odd that we would post the link to another Blog within our Blog, but quite honestly, this is a good one. With that said, I like the idea of using others' intellect and reflections to support the work we continue to do in the Central Community School District.

So - enjoy this link, which is titled "Technology vs. Technology Integration."

Monday, February 25, 2013

Google Drive

Google Drive to Backup your Files

 Thanks for all the comments and suggestions for our Technology Conference.  We began planning the conference in September, so we were glad to hear that for the most part it was well received. 
Kevin has been preaching the importance of backing up and many of us look at him, smile, nod our head and politely say, “good idea”.  Well, since the beginning of the school year at least 4 teachers have crashed their hard drives.  Maybe we shouldn’t be taking this so lightly.  Below are easy instructions explaining how to use Google Drive to backup your important files.

                  1.  Download and install the Google Drive application from the Drive in your email account. 
         2.  Open up the Google Drive in the application folder and sign in with email   
         3.     Drag files that you want to back up into the Drive folder
         4.     Right Click on each file and make alias
         5.    Drag the alias onto the desktop or back to it’s original location.

You will now see your files in 3 different places, the original location, in the Google Drive application, and in the Drive located in our email program.  Every time you save the Google Drive will be updated. 
By logging into Gmail and Drive you now have the ability to see your documents on any computer you are using.  The only way to edit a document is to download it on to the desktop.  When you are done editing your document upload it back to your drive.  If you have any questions stop by the tech office.
Below is a video explaining this process also.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wonder what goes on in the Tech Office?  
This diagram provides insight on the jobs of Tammy, Kevin, and Amy.
See them in the Tech Office if you have more questions! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Another Way of Bookmarking- Try Diigo!

In an age where you might be using multiple browsers (like Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer) and multiple devices, it becomes difficult to “bookmark” favorite sites within the browser for fear they will never be found again! Who knows which browser you were using and on which device you were when in when you saw the site you want to keep track of?  In addition, who has time to organize those bookmarks in a way that makes it easy to access them again? 

This is where Diigo can help!

According to Wikipedia: "Diigo (/ˈdɡ/)[1] is a social bookmarking website which allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag web-pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to someone else."

First, you will need to go to Diigo and create an account:  Sign up is easy, but make sure to pick a username that you will remember.

Diigo is a spot where you can benefit from multiple features to make your bookmarking of web sites easier and more accessible. Here’s why:

  1. LIBRARY- You can create your own library of bookmarks you want to use, save, and access at anytime from any device.  You simply do this by going to “Add” then “New Bookmark.”  Once doing that, you will be given the opportunity to change the site’s name, if there is something easier for you to remember it by.  Then click “Save.”  Now, anytime you want to access that page, you can go through your Diigo account, that nicely stores the bookmarks according to the date you saved them – another nice feature!
  2. TAGGING FEATURE – An awesome feature of using Diigo is the option to “tag” your bookmarks with whatever word is easiest to remember, For example, if I find a great web site for iPad usage, I would tag it “iPad.”  Then in the future when I’m looking for all the web sites I’ve bookmarked related to iPads, I search by the word iPad and all the sites that have been tagged this way will come up.  It’s like a sorting mechanism that makes it convenient to check the web pages I thought were important enough to bookmark.
  3. SHARED LIBRARY – You can actually “follow” people in you think may have good "Libraries", just like you do on Twitter.  Those people are called your “Network.”  And, if you follow others, you will have access to their library too, which is terrific source for teachers. Cool! 

Included here are only a few of the terrific features and benefits of using Diigo! There are MANY more you’ll certainly discover with frequent use and greater familiarity with the format. Make it a goal to create an account and give Diigo a try!

For specific details on Diigo, read this PDF>  It’s details that will give you specificity on Diigo use.  This blog was really about giving you an overview and getting you started.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hashtags and Boards

As a follow up from last weeks post I thought it would be nice to share with you some hashtags for Twitter and board topics to get started on Pinterest.  It can become overwhelming when you first get started, so start small and get use to reading the posts, then you can decide if you want to continue to follow that person or find someone new.  You can always add more people as you go.   Below is a list of hashtags  that I found at a website I follow called Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

1.     #edtech  will help you find tips, updates, etc. that has to do with technology in
2.     #edchat is very similar to #edtech just a little more chatty.
3.     #web20 You can follow tweets about teacher communities, educational mash-
                  ups and social networking.
4.     #elearning is a great way to find news about online learning.
5.     #edapps/#edapp  will help you find new apps.
6.     #appsforkids  helps you find apps for elementary students.
7.     #Ipaded helps you finds resources for your Ipad.

 Now on to Pinterest, which happens to be my favorite at the time.  I can see having a classroom Pinterest account for students to add sites they have found while researching a topic, or a way for teachers to share links without having to send out links to every student. Below are some board titles to search for.

1.     “Free Technology for Educators”  It’s the Pinterest board for Educational
          Technology and Mobile Learning.  The nice thing about following this
           board is the fact that they pin every blog post.
2.     “My Future Classroom” is full of teaching ideas and other resources.
3.     “Education Blogs/Webpapges” allows you to follow different blogs and ideas
          for classroom blogs.
4.     “High School teach”, “Middle School teach” or “Elementary teach” will direct
          you to boards that are at your level.
5.     Also try typing in your subject to find boards to follow.

Hope this inspires you to get started on either of these two sites.  If you need help you can always email or stop by the Tech Office.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Social Networking for Professional Educators

Educators everywhere are taking advantage of social networking sites to create their own "Personal Learning Networks."  This practice is enhancing the availability of resources and allows educators to pursue their personal and professional passions.  It's quite exciting and often addicting, but is becoming a very important component in the professional "package" of teachers and administrators. I recommend you simply join and watch what goes on at first, but when you feel comfortable, you'll want to contribute too.

Here are some "quick tips" and short directions for the using some social networking sites for your own professional learning!

  • What is it?  Twitter is an online social networking service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages known as “tweets.”
  • How to use it? Log onto Twitter at  If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one.
  • Why does it matter? Twitter is used to announce upcoming events, share important links to valuable education resources, and make interactions among educators exciting by using the backchannels which are signified by a # sign which is called a hash tag. For example, conference, people or organizations use these hash tags to have separate conversations. Twitter encourages users to add content and consume content to in order to continue thinking about implementation & application. There is a plethora of connections and resources

  • What is it?  Pinterest is a social photo sharing/website sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more.
  • How to use it? Log onto Pinterest at  If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one, which is as simple as using a Facebook account or submitting your email address.
  • Why does it matter?  In a world with billions of resources scattered everywhere, people use Pinterest to highlight resources that may be beneficial to educators. Users “pin” things they like (like web pages or pictures), and create “Boards” that organize the thing they like (‘tis the Pinterest lingo J). If you are “following” others, each time they “pin” something important, you’ll be notified and be able to read & use at your discretion. Many educators find this a very beneficial site because it classifies web pages too.

  • What is it?  LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.
  • How to use it? Log onto Linked In at  If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one. Once logged in, go to the tab “Groups” at the top of the page, then type “education” in the search box. It will connect you with “Groups” in education.” You can also friend other professionals, upload your profile (including adding your resume) and share with others professional career interests.
  • Why does it matter?  Professional networking is important, so is staying connected. LinkedIn is a vital Web tool for connectedness, information dissemination, and networking relative to education as a profession. 

  • What is it?  Learnist makes it super easy to share what you know by curating the web. You can use videos, blogs, books, docs, images or anything on the web and find educational interests (including lessons, videos, books, etc.)
  • How to use it? Log onto www.  If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one, and currently, the only way to do that is to use your Facebook account information.
  • Why does it matter?  As this site continues to expand, it will become a reliable source. As the title indicates, it is focused on our learning- and acts like a “Pinterest” for learners.

  • What is it?  Facebook is one of the most popular social networking services.
  • How to use it? Log onto If you don’t already have an account you will need to create one. 
  • Why does it matter?  So many are already using Facebook, it’s a terrific place for members and non-members to go for information and quick communication relative to education. While there remains controversy over its overemphasis on socializing, there are still groups you can join that remain focused on professionalism and further development of education – you just have to “like” the groups in order to see the content available.  Because there are so many users, it’s easier and more convenient to make connections with people local and all over the world who could answer questions or provide professional support.