Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft

Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft

Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft by Andrea Jones Why Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft ? As a teacher I am always looking for new ways to engage my students. Since most of my students are always talking and obsessing about Minecraft, it was an easy choice to go that route. Just the mention of Minecraft and my students eyes light up. As a teacher that is what I want. I want my students excited about the Math…

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Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2 In Part 1 of this series, we looked at physically Projecting your MacBook via a projector or display device. Part 2 looks at using the AirPlay technology to project and Part 3 looks at three different devices or receivers that you can use with your projector or HDTV. Macs and iOS devices have the capability to project their screen onto another device in the same network using AirPlay. AirPlay relies…

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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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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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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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Why iMovie?

Why iMovie?

Why iMovie? At the 2014 TCEA conference in Texas, I presented a session called “Lights, Camera, Action! with iMovie” for the iPad Academy. I consider iMovie to be the “gateway drug” for instructional technology. I really like Apple’s iMovie to begin teachers’  journies into #EdTech for a variety of reasons.  So Why iMovie?   With so many video editing apps and programs available, what’s so important about iMovie? Simply stated, iMovie meets my 3 criteria…

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