Tuesday’s Tech Tips 9/22/2015

Tuesday’s Tech Tips 9/22/2015

Click HERE to open in new tab.   Excerpts from the Tech Tips Want to Use Technology & Don’t Know Where to Start? No Worries!!! Veteran teachers all across the state have done the heavy lifting for us by creating TASA’s awesome collection of resources in iTunes U. Courses are collections of resources using instructional technology aligned to TEKS standards. The resources are best viewed on an iPad or iPhone, but many can be used on…

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PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015

PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015

PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015 PDF Reader Premium is free today. PDF apps are important to current #EdTech work flows because they still follow a paper based paradigm in some ways. Apps like this one help students take digital worksheets or other handouts and annotate them, add images and mark ups, and more. This one is good because it is reliable, supports a variety of features, and is intuitively easy to…

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Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox

Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox

Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox This is a fun way to create simple review materials for your students to play in class or for homework. We will be using the Quiz Game Master site and then hosting our “quiz” in a public folder in Dropbox for students to access. It works well, is simple, and costs nothing!!! http://cybertrain.info/quizman/qmcreate.html Quiz Game Master is one of many sites on the…

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Projecting Your MacBook or iPad

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 1   Teachers have a variety of options for connecting their MacBook to a projector depending on the type of projector and network environment. The simplest and most reliable method is to connect directly to the projector via an adapter or “dongle” that plugs into your MacBook. Current MacBooks support adapters that connect to the mini display port or thunderbolt port (pictured below). Depending on your projector, you would…

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3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for #EdTech Venturing into the world of using Minecraft in your classroom can be a little murky if you are new to the game. Using Minecraft can help you leverage game based learning to increase cooperation, problem solving, critical thinking, and much, much more. There are 3 basic versions or “flavors” of  the game that most people use in teaching; Minecraft, Minecraft PE, and Minecraft Edu. Knowing some basics about these…

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Project Based Learning is More Than Just #EdTech

Project Based Learning is More Than Just #EdTech

I was touring our campuses today during summer camp and stumbled across a group of middle school students working on their catapult projects. Speaking with these students reminded me that Project Based Learning has been around for quite a while and it involves much more than just #EdTech. These students were actively involved the prototype model of PBL, improving their designs to make their catapults shoot further. This was your typical “dad made” type of…

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Stopping to Take a Moment…

Stopping to Take a Moment…

Some days are tough. It’s important to be able step outside of oneself at any given moment to reflect on the impact that we may be making on those around us. At the end of the day, it’s the relationships in our lives, with our family, colleagues, friends, and students that matter.  

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Make Cute Custom Icons in OS X

Make Cute Custom Icons in OS X

Custom Icons You Can Make in OS X “How do I make cute, custom icons for web shortcuts or folders on my MacBook?” This question actually comes up quite a bit. Though it is a simple process, it does require that you do certain steps in order. In this video tutorial, we create an image which is then saved as the new icon for a URL shortcut to Teachers Pay Teachers. This method can be applied to…

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K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand NameRecognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand NameRecognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future   Recent summaries predicting changes in education have emphasised the need for schools, mostly higher ed, to market and develop brand name recognition to keep recruiting students. In light of how Texas seems to be going, this seems prudent for K-12 as well if they are to maintain current student ADA funding. This article is two years old, but I think…

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Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training   With all the discussion in the media lately about prejudice, racism and bias, I thought it might be good to reflect on my own biases and preconceived notions when training others. The longer I work with groups of people the easier it is to develop preconceived notions. For technology training it’s not so much about race or gender as it is age. I’ve always assumed that if you…

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