Archive for Digital Tools

Making a Memory

Making a Memory

Years ago, my dad and I spent a weekend creating a wind chime. We sketched out a plan, and made a list of the necessary supplies. We went to the hardware store. We set up our work station in the storage room in the basement….

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Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Last week I stopped in to visit Ben Jass’s Intro to Engineering class at Webster City High School. If you’ve ever wondered what I want a model classroom to look like, this was it. His students were working independently (of each other and the teacher)…

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Slide Design: Sharing my Creation

Slide Design: Sharing my Creation

There are numerous image editing options within Google Slides. I recently utilized a few of the creative possibilities to help reinforce the message conveyed during my Sioux Central National Honor Society keynote speech: More Verb, Less Noun.  Thanks to Google images, Bitmoji, and image editing, my…

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Tech Use-Universal Constructs (4 C’s)

Tech Use-Universal Constructs (4 C’s)

As I contemplate technology, its use, its purpose, I consider technology I use daily. The access that helps me accomplish the work I must accomplish, the tools that help me create all I must create, the avenues that help me publish and share all I…

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DIY with NEH

DIY with NEH

Last Friday I got to visit the Northeast Hamilton 3rd grade class! They are starting to explore the app DIY – a place for kids to explore, make, create, design, build, draw – you get the picture. While the app is designed for parent/child use,…

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#DLDay Collection of Ideas to Inspire Ideas…

#DLDay Collection of Ideas to Inspire Ideas…

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Digital Learning Day Recap

Digital Learning Day Recap

Today on Twitter I shared some of my favorite digital resources and tools in honor of Digital Learning Day! Here’s a quick recap, along with a bit more insight than the 140 characters afforded me. 8:00am I kicked off my morning with DIY.org because a)…

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World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

World Read Aloud Day 2/24/16

Post modified from 2/15/14 On February 24, 2016 classrooms will take part in World Read Aloud Day. There are numerous ways to celebrate literacy. Author,Kate Messner, curated a list of authors willing to Skype on #WRAD16 to help educators make those connections. I have included below…

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SPOTLIGHTING STUDENTS CODING ~ SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, GUEST POST: CATHERINE HINES

SPOTLIGHTING STUDENTS CODING ~  SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, GUEST POST: CATHERINE HINES

Catherine Hines, South Hamilton’s CSD Technology Integrationist, planned, organized and implemented coding for her elementary students.  I am excited to spotlight her success with spreading the love of coding in her elementary by sharing her blogpost.    

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Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, orchestrated and supported an awesome week filled with coding for elementary students! Not only do I appreciate her use of Adobe Slate in her recap of the event, I appreciate her sharing the experience. To read about how the elementary students…

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Another View…

Another View…

Another View…consider how you can use technology to help students see the world, hear the world, discuss the world, write the world, and/or care about the world? AirPano A collection of videos capturing spaces and places around the globe. As we consider the relationship between setting…

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Connected Readers and Connected Writers #ELAchat

Connected Readers and Connected Writers #ELAchat

Tuesday evening, I guest moderated #ELAchat. The chat occurs the first and last Tuesday of each month. Friend and valued member of my PLN, Joy Kirr, invited me to lead the evening chat. The Storify of the chat can be found HERE. Educators from around…

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Post a Poem to Inspire a Pic/Pic to Inspire a Poem… #visualverse Volley

Post a Poem to Inspire a Pic/Pic to Inspire a Poem… #visualverse Volley

I first met Amy Burvall in Boston during Alan November’s BLC conference. Her passion for creation was evident. Years after we first met, I began following Amy on Instagram. Through conversation and commenting, we began discussing collaborative opportunities. I often post poetry. She posts art….

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Conversation Starter: NGram Viewer and Curiosity

Conversation Starter: NGram Viewer and Curiosity

When I was teaching, I recall seeing a tweet about Ngram Viewer. It works by the user entering phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, and then “…it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., “British English”, “English…

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Summer of Code

Summer of Code

It’s Summer of Code at our house… Phase 1 (Group) Everyone works through Course 2, Course 3, and Course 4 at Code.org to ensure that we have basic conceptual understanding of key terms and ideas. I have a teacher account and can print certificates of…

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TICL

TICL

Last week, I was fortunate to attend and present at TICL in Storm Lake, Iowa. The collaborative efforts of Northwest AEA and Prairie Lakes AEA converge to create a three day conference on Buena Vista University’s beautiful campus. I appreciated the enthusiasm of keynote Tony…

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#JJAProject Capture, Create, and Share

#JJAProject Capture, Create, and Share

Thanks to my treasured PLN, I learned of #jjaproject. During the summer months (June, July, August), share pictures to the hashtag using your favorite social media channels. I will be posting to Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to edit and add text. I plan to…

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Worth the Conversation: Screenshots of Instagram Pics/Art/Law/Money

Worth the Conversation: Screenshots of Instagram Pics/Art/Law/Money

Reporter, Jessica Contrara, published in the Washington Post’s Style Blog: This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. As a part…

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(Instagram) You’re so Vain…or Not so Much.

(Instagram) You’re so Vain…or Not so Much.

A few months ago while traveling for work, I heard a morning weatherman rationalize why he did not have @instagram. Of course, I tweeted. The weatherman is just misinformed or uninformed. His enlightenment comes from all of us revealing the benefits of connection. Valued member…

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VOXER for capturing the learning process

VOXER for capturing the learning process

If we’ve chatted recently, you probably know that I’m pretty much obsessed with Voxer. In fact, I even find myself getting annoyed with people that I have to send text messages to, because I’d much rather just Vox them. If you are unfamiliar with Voxer,…

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