Category Archives: 2014-15

ISTE – Day 2

Today gave me the chance to network, network, network. I was able to work the MS booth for a few hours. I didn’t know exactly what that would look like at first, but what happened was so much fun. Basically – I talked to people. About the library. About Sway. About OneNote. About  bees. Random and yet connected topics because the underlying thread was connecting about needs. It was great.

I also gave two (SRO) presentations – always a good boost to one’s morale.… Visit the author's original post

ISTE – Day 2

Today gave me the chance to network, network, network. I was able to work the MS booth for a few hours. I didn’t know exactly what that would look like at first, but what happened was so much fun. Basically – I talked to people. About the library. About Sway. About OneNote. About  bees. Random and yet connected topics because the underlying thread was connecting about needs. It was great.

I also gave two (SRO) presentations – always a good boost to one’s morale.… Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype!

One of my favorite sessions at E2 in Redmond (which, yes, I haven’t even debriefed yet…) was around the Skype in the Classroom program. This is a great resource that connects classrooms around the world with professionals: writers, scientists, politician, and anyone else who signs on to the service. Of course it’s all free and only requires a Skype account to join. I was eager to dive into trying out this program, and my first attempt was at a Mystery Skype.… Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype!

One of my favorite sessions at E2 in Redmond (which, yes, I haven’t even debriefed yet…) was around the Skype in the Classroom program. This is a great resource that connects classrooms around the world with professionals: writers, scientists, politician, and anyone else who signs on to the service. Of course it’s all free and only requires a Skype account to join. I was eager to dive into trying out this program, and my first attempt was at a Mystery Skype.… Visit the author's original post

IFTTT – Wow!

IFTT RecipesAfter some positive encouragement from The Tech Savvy cohort at NCCE I decided to give IFTTT a try. My initial thoughts were: “why didn’t I do this earlier?!”

IFTTT is a way for you create recipes for data mining. Basically, you write a script that does something every time something else happens. I know – that’s not very descriptive. Let me try to explain it this way.

Say you follow someone on Twitter who doesn’t post every single day. You read your feed but somehow miss this person’s posts.… Visit the author's original post

IFTT – Wow!

IFTT RecipesAfter some positive encourage from The Tech Savvy cohort at NCCE I decided to give IFTT a try. My initial thoughts were: “why didn’t I do this earlier?!”

IFTT is a way for you create recipes for data mining. Basically, you write a script that does something every time something else happens. I know – that’s not very descriptive. Let me try to explain it this way.

Say you follow someone on Twitter who doesn’t post every single day. You read your feed but somehow miss this person’s posts.… Visit the author's original post

Infographics + OneNote = Great student project

I started a project with 7th grade social studies to have students research the legacy of early American presidents. As a team, we collaborated on the outcomes of our unit: to have students understand how our founding fathers made lasting impacts on the nation. Students will be in teams and research a President to determine how his legacy is still here (in 2015).

Rather than write a report, students will make Infographics. I introduced the concept to them on Monday and they will spend4 days researching (using databases and finding quality websites).… Visit the author's original post

Infographics + OneNote = Great student project

I started a project with 7th grade social studies to have students research the legacy of early American presidents. As a team, we collaborated on the outcomes of our unit: to have students understand how our founding fathers made lasting impacts on the nation. Students will be in teams and research a President to determine how his legacy is still here (in 2015).

Rather than write a report, students will make Infographics. I introduced the concept to them on Monday and they will spend4 days researching (using databases and finding quality websites).… Visit the author's original post

Student Bloggers

I teamed up with a journalism class this morning to help start 22 new middle school bloggers. It was so fun to see them excited and curious about this format and already imagine the possibilities of what they could write.

We chose Edublogs as our resource, as it allows for secure class blogs and monitored posting. We sent out parent letters for permissions, and set up parents with a password so they could monitor what their students were writing.

I did the leg work to set up student accounts, linking them to school email. … Visit the author's original post

OneNote + Bing in the Classroom

The Bing in the Classroom program started a new partnership this week. In addition to providing daily lessons that work with the Bing image of the day, safe searching, and a points system that will let schools get free Surfaces, students can now learn OneNote and 21st skills – all for free.

Bing has been providing teachers with daily lessons on the Microsoft Educator network site. Teachers can download a lessons geared toward K-4, 5-8, or 9-12 classrooms. The lessons are intended to last around 10 minutes and provide a nice start-of-class activity or can be extended to let students dive deeper into the topic.… Visit the author's original post

Bing Alive!

It’s posted and I can talk about it! We are creating lessons to go with the Bing lesson of the day. The lessons go with the PowerPoint and are available in OneNote format.

My team are great educators and we have learned so much by doing this project. We are providing (at this point) two weeks worth of lessons.

The first lesson is posted here: http://www.educatornetwork.com/Resources/LearningActivities/Details/1fd8380e-01d0-4a3e-868e-906c085ac910


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Sway Your Audience with Office Sway

Tried of the same old presentation styles and format? Head over the Microsoft Office Sway and get creative. Sway takes away the bells and whistles (and all those special effects that kids just love) and creates an environment that makes content the star of the show.

The simple format starts the creator off with a blank canvas to add images, video, text, and ideas. Build a presentation to show as you speak (think Ted Talk format) or a stand-alone message that your audience can browse on their own.… Visit the author's original post

Embedding YouTube videos into PowerPoint – Thank you TubeChop!

I always loved the PowerPoint feature that let me embed YouTube videos into a presentation. That way I wouldn’t have to leave an IE window open during my presentation, fumble with ALT-TAB keystrokes, and then get back to my presentation. Too much! But I noticed a few years ago that the embedding got harder and harder, to the point that it just didn’t work.

So I’m super excited that I tested out TubeChop - and it worked! TubeChop is better known for taking YouTube videos and only streaming the clip you want to show.… Visit the author's original post

Making Surveys in Excel

There are many “free” sites out there for creating a survey for your class, but I struggle with these sites controlling how much I can access the data that students create. So when I met with a colleague to plan a vocabulary activity for her science class, I wanted to provide her with a site that will let her create a survey that she controls. As usual, I turn to OneDrive.

Among the many features I love in OneDrive, the Excel survey tool is my favorite and most often used.… Visit the author's original post