Friday, December 22, 2017

Getting Started with OneNote

For the past year I have been at a Microsoft School.  One of my jobs is teaching students and teachers how to use OneNote.  OneNote is the digital binder system that we use.  It can be difficult when you have many teachers who are at different technology levels.  I always like to provide something for the teachers to do on their own after they leave the pd.  I found this post by a fellow tech coach named Stephanie Elliot with 8 tasks to help you use OneNote.

Click on the image below to be brought to Stephanie's post.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Online planning just got easier

I have talked before about different websites that have online planbooks, but I just came across another site and I love it!  The first reason I love it is the it's FREE!  Plus, it's very simple to use, looks appealing and makes it very easy to adjust plans and move them in case of events like snow days or sick days and lastly allows you to copy over plans from previous years.  Did I mention that it's free?!?  To me, it reminds me of PlanbookEdu, but the premium features you have to pay for with them are free with this site.  What is this site you ask?  It's called Planboard.

Honestly, the best thing that you can do is to play around with it yourself, but just so you know a few things about it let me share some for you. 

  • Set your rotation schedule from daily up to six day cycles
  • Create a timetable (that is color coded) for the various classes that you teach and the sections of each
  • Lesson templates can be set up so that every time you go to type in a lesson a template is already there for you to fill out
  • You can easily collaborate with colleagues to share plans
  • It is easy to add in off days for school holidays and vacations
  • You can easily shift plans forward a day for things like snow days.  Nothing gets lost, everything just moves a day forward
  • Attach documents from your computer or Google Drive
  • Copy some or all of your plans over to the following year
  • Attach standards
What do you like to use for your planning?  Do you think you'll check out Planboard? 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Individual student feedback in Google Forms

Google is always listening to feedback from teachers on how we can better use their tools in our classrooms.  One change Google had made is the addition of individual feedback in Google Forms.

Once you are in a Google Form, click on Responses and the Individual.  When on an individual's responses you can grade questions and assign points.  Under the answer, there will be something that says Add individual feedback.  Enter your feedback and click save.  Be sure to click save once more before you exit and you can then proceed to e-mail scores and feedback to the students.

How do you provide feedback to your students? 

Monday, November 13, 2017

An online classroom preloaded with videos, worksheets and activities

If it hasn't been totally obvious so far, I love using technology in my classroom.  I especially love sites and programs that allow my students to work independently as I can customize learning more and students can work at their own pace.  I recently learned about and think that it fits the bill of how I want my classroom to run.  I can engage my students with videos, quizzes, worksheets, and activities all online!

There are also videos and instruction for you as the teacher.  You can learn more about incorporating technology in the classroom or brush up on content material (great if you are teaching something new!).  Plus you are able to find worksheets and classroom activities that you can use offline.   Take a look at the video below to get an overview of what can do for you as a teacher.

Be an Effective Teacher |'s Teacher Plan 

 I suggest checking it out if you are curious about what it's like. is also offering my readers 20% their first month if you join via this link.  If you aren't ready to join, try out the free trial to get a sense of what it's like.

Do you think this is something that would be helpful to you? 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Top 5 posts of August

Happy Beginning of the School Year!  I hope your year is starting off well.  If you are looking for some tech tips, check out the top 5 posts of August.  If there is a tech tip that you need for your classroom leave me a comment and I will be happy to write a post about it.

  1. Augmented Reality in the Science Classroom
  2. A new way to make slide shows - PhotoPeach
  3. Digital Exit Tickets
  4. Spotlight to search your Mac
  5. how to use GradeCam

Monday, August 21, 2017

A new way to make slide shows - PhotoPeach

I recently found out about PhotoPeach so I figured I would test it out and wanted to share my experience with you.  PhotoPeach allows you to take images and turn them into a slide show.  You can also include captions and quizzes in your slideshows as well.

The basic steps include uploading your images, rearranging them in the order you want, adding a title, setting a speed, adding optionally adding descriptions and music.
Descriptions are captions for each of the slides. You can go in and edit these afterwards to change what they say or choose to have the caption centered or at the bottom of the image.

Captions can be quizzes - a little sound appears when there is a question associated with an image.  The viewer have several seconds to answer the question and then they are presented with the right answer.  As the teacher you don't see a record of the students answers, but it can be a nice review.  I especially like the idea of having students come up with these questions and making these slide shows on their own and then sharing them out with the class.

Once you are done you can share  it on Facebook, MySpace (do people still use this?), Wwitter, via e-mail or grab the embed code to put on your website or learning management system.  You can set your slide shows to be unlisted, public or by invitation only.  There is another option to download, but that is a paid option.  Other paid options include using more than 30 pictures in your slide show, set transitions between photos,