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Spring edcampTT coming SOON!

posted May 16, 2013, 12:38 PM by Jennifer Scypinski   [ updated May 16, 2013, 12:46 PM ]

That's right - edcampTT is coming! This is a free instructional technology conference where you are in charge of your learning. 

Terrific door prizes, food, and fun!

When: Thursday, May 23rd, 3:30 - 6:00
Where: Metzger Elementary School
Who: You!

There will also be representatives from Celly and Canvas, two great FREE resources that you can use right away in your classroom. 

Find out more and register:

Google searches by reading level

posted May 15, 2013, 8:18 AM by Jennifer Scypinski   [ updated May 16, 2013, 12:46 PM ]

Google searches by reading level! Here's how...

Setting Up E-Mail Rules

posted Mar 11, 2013, 11:25 AM by Don Engstrom   [ updated Mar 11, 2013, 11:29 AM ]

Now that students have access to e-mail, they are starting to send questions or completed work to their teachers. While this is a great option for both parties, it can mean that teacher in boxes can start to get a little unwieldy. In the video tutorial below, I show you how to set up a rule using the Outlook Web App to filter all student e-mail into a new folder. You can apply this technique to other e-mail as well of course. 

Perhaps you'll want to set up a rule for the e-mail address to move those e-mails into a folder called "pearls of wisdom" or something along those lines. Don't you dare filter them to the trash.... ;-) 

Happy filtering!


Shared Folders in the Google Drive App

posted Mar 5, 2013, 9:24 AM by Don Engstrom   [ updated Mar 5, 2013, 11:19 AM ]

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With Google Drive, both the iPad app and the web based version, users can share individual documents and files with other Drive users. While this is a nice feature, the extra step of adjusting sharing settings can get old quick, especially for students who may be turning in a lot of work throughout the year. Fortunately, there is a simple way around this issue. 

It turns out that in addition to documents and files, you can also set sharing permissions on folders. The nice thing is that anything that you move into this folder will have the same sharing permissions as the folder itself. Students can set up a folder that they share with their teacher and all of the work they put in it the teacher will be able to access from their own Google Drive account. This creates a nice workflow for communicating with students. Teachers can review student submissions and make comments directly on the document (perhaps color coded so they stand out) with suggestions for revision or further work.

The video below outlines how students can set up a shared folder in the Google Drive app. The process would be similar if they are using the web based Google Drive. Feel free to share this page with your students or send them this link to view the video on their iPads.

Student Shared Folders in Drive from Don Engstrom on Vimeo.

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Hanging out

posted Mar 4, 2013, 10:34 AM by Jennifer Scypinski   [ updated Mar 11, 2013, 9:31 AM ]

Hanging out has so many benefits: 

              • helps to connect to other classrooms in and out of the district
          • allows busy parents to be a part of special events
          • facilitates special guest visits

...all without ever having to leave the comfort of your chair.

Are you wondering where I am going with all of this?  

Google Hangout.

Google Hangout is video chatting. You can video chat, face-to-face,  with up to 9 other people all at the same time. This free feature is part of Google+, which has been turned on for all TTSD staff Google Apps for Education users.

Here are some of the ways that I have used Google Hangouts recently:

  • class read-along party with two parents “hanging out” from their homes
  • attending a meeting at another building without ever leaving my chair
  • discussing an article with a team of teachers at another location and having the author of the article join us from Canada
  • attending a workshop with presenters from around the world
  • planning a collaborative project with educators from around the state

How are you going to Hangout?

Important details to note: from inside the district you must use the 8080 proxy setting and all “attendees” must have either a TTSD staff email or gmail account.

Fresh Ideas

posted Jan 25, 2013, 3:48 PM by Jennifer Scypinski

Looking for some fresh ideas for integrating technology into your teaching and learning? How about some articles for your own professional development? The
Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC) webpage has this and more. Under the Contents section of the page you’ll find a useful rubric for evaluating apps, lists of some apps that DLC classrooms are using, and the TTSD Technology Framework. Click on the Resources link for some great web tools and readings. The DLC webpage also has examples of student work and a link to the TTSD Digital Learning Collaborative: Reflecting and Learning blog. Check it out - I bet you find at least one new idea!

Citations made easy

posted Jan 25, 2013, 12:08 PM by Jennifer Scypinski   [ updated Jan 25, 2013, 3:49 PM ]

Do your students groan when they have to cite their sources? Are they doing it correctly? Are they even doing it at all? EasyBib, a free online citation and bibliography creator, is now a part of Google Apps for Education and makes citing sources soooo much easier. Check out this video to find out how to get started.

edcampTT - Mark the date on your calendars!

posted Dec 19, 2012, 10:44 AM by Jennifer Scypinski   [ updated Dec 19, 2012, 11:04 AM ]

Swag, snacks, fun, and learning!

Yup, it's edcampTT coming to you on January 29, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:30 at Alberta Rider Elementary school. Check out the edcampTT webpage to find out more!

Sharing iWork Projects from the iPad

posted Dec 19, 2012, 10:22 AM by Don Engstrom   [ updated Dec 19, 2012, 10:57 AM ]

iWork app icons
Students in our district are making some amazing presentations using Keynote on their iPad. Most have beautiful transitions from slide to slide and many also have embedded movies that the students shot on the iPad. Unfortunately, transitions and embedded movies are both lost when the student is forced to save the project as a PDF so they can share it with their teacher. Many projects are also too big to send via e-mail, eliminating another option for sharing.

Fortunately, there is an excellent option for sharing Keynote presentations (as well as Pages & Numbers files) in their native format, provided the student has a Google Drive (formerly called Google Docs) account. 

Michael Guhlin has created an excellent illustrated writeup that walks you through the entire process. At the end you will be able to open the student's project on you iPad or, if you have the latest version of iWork installed, on your computer!


posted Dec 13, 2012, 3:42 PM by Jennifer Scypinski

"What is edcampTT," you say? It is an unconference-style day of professional development delivered by YOU! You are in control of your learning. You join in discussions that you choose. You customize your own PD by suggesting, facilitating, and attending sessions about topics that interest you! 

You will have opportunities to mix with other TTSD educators, eat some yummy snacks, and win fantastic door prizes! 

When, where and other details are COMING SOON! 

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