KATE’s Mobile App Database

June 12, 2012

I am sure if you are like me, you are using this break to find more resources to use in instruction for the new school year.  Our friends at KATE in Murray State are going to help out!  They have added a Mobile App Database to their site.  You can easily search for apps by device type, grade leve, and content subject. 

And, the best part is that you can get in on the action!  Each time you submit 5 new apps to KATE’s database, your name is entered in a drawing to win an iPad or Android Tablet!!!  THANK YOU, KATE!

Have fun and good luck!

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Symbaloo

June 11, 2012

Good news for all you Symbaloo users out there!  Symbaloo has come out with an app! Click here to learn more and download. 

For those of you who are asking “Symba… What?”, let me tell you a little about Symbaloo.  It is a free web tool that allows you to bookmark your favorite websites and arrange them into tile boards that you can share or keep private. The tile boards are referred to as webmixes.

There are soooo many options in using Symbaloo.  It is perfect to direct students to sites that you want them to view.  You can even create specific content Symbaloos for subjects or individual students. 

Check here to check out one of my favorite Symbaloos! 

 


Summer Tech Conference…A Success!!!

May 28, 2012

Our 1st ever GC Summer Technology Conference was held last week at GCMS and exactly 130 staff members participated!!!  We surpassed my goal of 100 and my capacity goal of 120!  I just could not say no to those who wanted to learn!   This year, I really worked to ensure that this conference was catered towards teachers and provided what they wanted.  Graves County staff had input in the date and session topics.  Those who chose to attend created their own persoanlized session schedule.  The day of the conference, participants even had a choice in what prize they wanted to win! 

Topics ranged from new learning initiatives such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and “flipping” the classroom to instructional resources such as Google Forms and Apps. I could not have pulled this day off without help from some great teachers, one principal (thanks Mr. Madding), and the KATE staff!  These were the presenters that work hard to ensure that everyone walked away with a new resource, idea, etc from each session.  You can find the presentation materials (I have been given so far) on our district website by clicking here.

When the conference was over (after enjoying a snowcone surprise…YUM!), I asked those who attended to provide some feedback…this info is sooooo important to know how we can get better!  Btw, I created a Google Form to collect this information and provided a QR Code for convenience to scan with mobile devices.  Overall, I thought the day was successful and 98% agreed.  Maybe next year we will get that number to 100%!!!


Kickin’ it at KySTE

March 8, 2012

So happy to be in Louisville with 11 awesome teachers and administrators at KySTE! We are looking forward to learning new technology resources and coming back to share with our district.

For now, here are a few resources that I got yesterday.
http://www.classdojo.com/
http://isleoftune.com/
http://wiffiti.com/

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AppTASTIC!!!

March 5, 2012

I am so excited to announce that I have added an App page to my blog!!! This page will provide you links to apps by subject (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) or department (Speech, Preschool).  I have included each app’s name, a brief description, and price.  Click the name of the app and it will take you to the App Store to download. 

Plus, I have included links to websites that offer many great apps by age, subject, topic, etc.  Be sure to check it out!  If you know of a great app that is not on a list, please email it to me!!!  The App page is a work in progress!

Sooooo, I’m thinking about hosting an iPad app training for the Graves County district.  Would you be interested?  Leave a comment…I appreciate your feedback!


I LOVE Khan Academy!

January 20, 2012

Have you ever wished you could find another way to explain a science concept to a struggling student?  Or, wished you could send students home with a video of the steps in a math problem you taught that day?  Khan Academy just might make your wishes come true!  Khan Academy’s website explains it best… With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 276 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. 

ATTENTION 3rd GRADE TEACHERS!!!!  Khan Academy has 20 videos on the first 2 units of Singapore Math!  Just type “Singapore” in the search box to find these.

Check out how Khan Academy got started (this is pretty neat) in this video.  I think it is very interesting that the founder, Sal Khan, believes that teachers should “flip” their classrooms by asking students to “learn” the concept at home through video and then practice it at school with the teacher.  Anyone up for the challenge???


Pearl Harbor…

December 8, 2011

Yesterday marked the 70th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.  I know this is a day late but I just ran across this resource from National Geographic Education.  It is an AMAZING interactive map and timeline with audio and images that walks users through the entire attack.  Even if you do not teach history, check it out.  Then, share it with Social Studies teachers at your school!