Tuesday, June 28, 2011

ISTE Google Forms for Teachers and Administrators

Ruston Hurley
All ISTE resources
Google Forms for Teachers and Administors

* Use google docs to gather student information or parent information

Call parents when kids are good especially when they are having a bad day. (tell the kids this)

* Use form for homework assignments.  (list student names as a choice, time stamp, how much time did you spend? and how much did you learn doing this assignment?)


iPad directions: 
Login to gmail, go to docs, choose button in right-hand corner (paper and pencil). Choose spreadsheet. Create. Go to spreadsheet view. Continue to desktop version. Then go to tools, form, create a form.

Understanding spreadsheet functions is helpful.

Self-Grading Quizzes 

Tammy Worcester has notes for self-grading quizzes.

Flubaroo-self-grading help

Ruston's Resources 

Using the iPad for Paperless

TodaysMeet Notes

Monday, June 27, 2011

ISTE Differentiating for Elementary Special Needs Students Using the iPad

JoAnn Murphy-Genter
Large Text
Voice over-Triple click to read just parts of a page
Stylus-just mobile alupen
Cases and stands
Made a folder by presentation

Apps-The key to usage is the direction from the teacher not the app itself.
Clicky Sticky-great with kids who have speech issues.  Also great for directions (prepositions), multi-step directions, science lessons, and story starters.

Cookie Doodle-follow directions (recipe), VAP skills, locomotor skills, letters and shapes, colors,

Airsketch-Present to whiteboard

Jots-Present, draw, and label

Story Kit- Pictures, creative writing, audio, has books already in it.

Sonicpics- audio and pictures (finished product will not show on the screen?) used this app to pic 3 most important historical events or figures.

Toontastics- Story creation using cartoon with animation.


Dragon Dictation- (not great for southern voice)

Verbally- speaks written text

Prolo2go- Replaces dinovoxes, can be edited, add changes to images quickly

ArtikPix- Speech Therapist love this- flash cards with words and records their voice

Intel Tools For Schools-Link

ISTE Tammy's Technology Tips Top 20

Tammy's ISTE Handouts

Top 20 Web tools

My Avatar Editor- Create avatars for students

Jam Studio- Create songs

Odosketch- Drawing in motion

iGoogle-Cool google dashboard that can be customized to your content.

Google Reader- RSS

Skitch- Screen shots


TinyURL- Shortens webaddresses with custom names

Plurk-Social media great educator resources

Bibme- Creates bibliographies online

Random name picker- Chooses names using fruit machine or typewriter
                                    (Save as a web page with your student names in it)

fur.ly Shorten multiple urls inton one

Delicious- Bookmarks


Dropbox- Snyc files between machines

Google Search
Advance Search by reading level

Qwiki- Audio/Video research tool

Wolframalpha- Better resource than Google.  It gives information rather than websites. It will do algebra.

QR codes- Resource 1 What they are and how to use them.
                  Resource 2
                  QR Generator

Tripit- Travel aid

Tammy's Google Spreadsheet Formulas

Sunday, June 26, 2011

ISTE Google Workshop for Administrators

Google Resource Page

Welcome PowerPoint

Google Search

Search Ben Franklin

Wonder Wheel

* Use Wonder Wheel to allow students to refine search skills.  This could be a computer station activity.  Student could collect links on a topic and the teacher share with the class. Then as a class rate the website resource.  Additionally, the rules could be to find links that no one else has found.  Further, the websites could be categorized for primary and secondary resources.


*Use Timeline feature to graphically show information about a topic over time. You can dig deeper to search for article by year, month, day published.

Search for "Teachers"

You can filter by color and many other topics.

Google Alert

*Use to set up notices about specific topics for classroom research.  In addition, you can set up alerts for your identity or district. Parents can set up alerts for children's name.  

Google Scholar

*Use to locate research based articles.

Google Books
* Use for research tool.

Google Blog Search
*Use to search blogs only.

Google Docs wiki

Google Mail/Calendar

Google Sites
10 Tips

Google Even More

Google Body

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Martin Institute Summer Workshop- Beyond Our Walls: Interactive Video-conferencing in the Classroom

Amy Moody
St. Agnes/St. Dominic School
National Baseball Hall of Fame Math Batter Up
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palenthology
The Amazing Dead Sea Scrolls
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Amon Carter Museum
Beautiful Biomes
St. Louis Zoo
NASA Toys in Space
Ocean Institute An Octopus is Amazing
Toledo Zoo
Cadaver Demonstration St. Louis University Medical Center
Polar Bear International Julene Reed
Tennessee Distance Learning Association
National Constitution Center
Skype for Educators
Skype in Education
Skype an Author Network
The Global Education Collaborative
PDF resource

Martin Institute Summer Workshop-STEM Resources and Mobile Learning

Julene Reed, Direct of Academic Technology, St. George's Independent School
www.whitehouse.gov video about STEM

The Changing Climate of Education Kaplan University commercial

Open the door and let the media in.

Sesame street There is an App for That! song video

App Store Essential Apps Starter Kit

Elements, Dragon Dictation, Sparkvue, Numberline, NASA, Google Earth, iP83, Math Snacks, Bump, Dashcode, iWebKit, MobilAP

Can't use the iPod/iPhone/iPad on the test ACT/SAT

Track Time
Money & Fractions
Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Algebra
Algebra Touch
Vernier video physics
Frog Dissection
iHome Educator
iLive Math Animals of Africa
iLiveMath Oceans
Project Noah

Khan Academy videos
Apps, YouTube, and iTunes U

What Know?


Science House Videos

Discovery Education


AAA Math
inkling interactive textbooks
Ted Talk Future of textbooks- Al Gore's book
eBooks California e-Textbook
Voice Memos
Doodle Buddy
Sonic Pics
Story Kits
Bubble Ball
Blackboard Mobile
Proscope Mobile
Poll Everywhere
Google Docs Forms
Genius Scan
Google Goggles
Geotagging and Geolocation
QR Code Reader

Martin Institute Summer Institute- Student Panel

Devin Snipes Fairly High School Memphis City Schools
Bailey Sanderson Marshall County
Kanha Mishra PDS/MUS
Ashley Ewen Arlington Elementary

This is a paraphrase transcript of the student panel.

Describe typical classroom environment that you have experienced as a student.
Devin discusses pen and paper type of school with little technology.  The school
Ashley discusses laptops in the room, posters on the walls, and teacher (student) assistant desk.
Kanha each classroom has a motivating environment that is uplifting to the students.

Technology in the home:
Bailey: Three macbooks, iphones, ipod touches, ipads, wii
Devin: ipad, ipod touches, iphones, computers
Ashley: ipad, iphones, ipod touches
Kanha: hp laptop, ipod touch

Compare the home environment with the classroom environment.
Devin: The technology department is ridiculous.  A room full of computer collecting dust, computers running windows 2000.  They need updates and he can't keep
Kanha: Our school as has a lot of technology.  Each 5 and 6 grade students
Bailey: We have the technology but the teachers do not use it.  Smart  Our wifi doesn't work all the time.
Ashley: A lot less technology and the laptops that  they do have but they do not use it.  They do have a flex cam and a projector.

How do you use your home technology for classroom assignments or curriculum?
Devin: Teachers blog weekly but still use pen and paper test.
Bailey: You can't bring in your technology.  You have to bring in printed documents.
Kanha:  The laptop that he is assigned is carried between home and school. Teachers create webbased content to review
Ashley:  Exampro, Study Island, Spelling City

How did you learn the technology skills that you have?
Devin:  Exposed by family then self taught once his interest was sparked.

Bailey: Most of the teachers do not know how to integrate technology or use it.

What type of activities motivate you to learn other than technology?
Bailey:  The teacher is the key to motivation.  Group work
Kanha:  Dances, songs, poems, and projects
Devin: Group work interaction with other students

Do you play with technology to use the tools that are available?
Bailey: No
Devin:  Yes, I use technology

Do you think your classroom experience is preparing you for the workforce?
Devin: Yes and no I would develop more software
Bailey: I want to be a teacher so what I watch my teachers do and that influence what I aspire to be.
Kanha:  The little things that the teachers show can out do technology.  There is often not enough information out there.  Teachers provide more.

How can teachers improve what they do in the classroom?
Devin:  Teachers should bring in their own equipment. Allow students to use cell phones.
Kanha:  Competition between other schools.  Have science and social studies all year long not only one semester.
Bailey: Competition between schools is great idea. Teachers use the technology that they have.
Ashley: Teachers need to get to know the students personally to individualize learning and understanding how to teach them.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Martin Institute Summer Workshop-Tom Barrett's Workshops

Below are my note's from Tom Barrett's workshops on PLN and Google


Google custom search

Interesting ways to use interactive whiteboard in the classroom

Making ideas happen
Scott Belsky
Share ideas
Class blog

Real audience

Get started
Build a base

Google forms
Google maps
Maths maps on his blog
Find shapes angles
James in he giant peach-escape route for James write a story
5 places 5 paragraphs
Visual stimulus for writing
Storybook earth

Google search
Custom search
Googled squared
Image licensing
Advanced search labeled for reuse


50 may edit view a spreadsheet, doc, or drawing
10 edit presentation

Use spreadsheets first label work areas

Bonus round
Google moderator
Wave tube
Google chrome
Site: web address + space then keyword
Pin tab
Google dictionary
Chrome to phone

Martin Institute Summer Workshop-Chemistry for All Grades Making Use of the Free Resources from the American Chemical Society

Below you will find my notes from the presentation by Rosalyn Croce and Analice Sowell both teachers at MUS and members of the American Chemical Society
The American Chemical Society provides great resources that are free or cheap for educators and students.

Celebrating chemistry magazine
        -Magazine that provides articles and lessons for teachers and students
        -free to download

Water Wire Activity- follow directions in the magazine
Use juices energy drinks
Use epsom salt or rock salt
The Buzz about Electrolytes another activity similar to Water Wire
Don't use LED lights

Most chemistry consumable supplies can either be purchase from Radio Shack or Kroger

Special effects blood


Inquiry in action book downloadable for free

Downloadable lessons with multimedia resources

Wonder science activities are located there
 Subscription around $20
Cd of back editions for $25

Opportunities for students and teachers:
Chemistry Olympiad and local high school exams
(AP Chemistry and First Year chemistry students)
ACS Project SEED
(summer research for undergrad)

Great activities to promote chemistry
Genie in a bottle
Elephant toothpaste
Colorful lather printing
Frustration bottles
Burning dollar
Chromatography via kool-aid
Flame tests
UT Memphis has resources for purchase in their General Ed building
Dihydrogen monooxide-H20