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Updates 2016-05-03

posted by Chris Wherley

Illinois Education Technology Conference (IETC) Conference Presentation Proposal

November 17 and 18, 2016 in Springfield
Free Registration if selected to present. I would be glad to co-present (be your support person).
If you have any questions, let me know.


The Techy Coach Blog

The Techy Coach Blog - Google Forms - Create your own mad libs or choose your own adventure stories.
The Techy Coach Blog - Google Maps - Plot the locations and travels in a story or lesson.


Kahoot!


Career and Technical Education (ILCTE)

Helpful links cover areas such as: Agriculture Business, Marketing, & Computer Education Family & Consumer Sciences Health Science Technology Miscellaneous School Counseling Resources Technology & Engineering Education

Is there something you would like to learn together on this summer? Let me know.


Updates 2016-04-27

posted Apr 27, 2016, 12:40 PM by Chris Wherley

Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area

or

As an example of the questions that are asked during a Twitter chat, here are the questions from the #5thchat's April 26th chat.

International Space Station
I came across this resource for following the International Space Station. The post was from a teacher, David Warlick, saying he had the quote, "This classroom is your window to the world." on his classroom bulletin board in the 1970's.

SAMR

Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition - SAMR can be used to reflect upon how technology is utilized in the classroom.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.


Updates 2016-04-20

posted Apr 20, 2016, 11:48 AM by Chris Wherley

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Canceled April 23, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org
April 30, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp Dupage Wheaton North HS - Register Here
May 14, 8:30am-2:30pm EdCamp Illinois South MS Arlington Heights - Register Here (300 seats filled, waiting list only)

Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area

or
Example: #whatisschool chat
Here is the transcript from the #whatisschool chat from April 14 - https://www.participate.com/transcripts/whatisschool/93c5a463-048f-414c-9bb0-a5dde4315e2d

National Park Week (April 16-24)

Explore the National Parks utilizing Street View in Google Maps and the Cultural Institute

Art or Science?

Casting a Fire Ant Colony with Molten Aluminum (Cast #043) - YouTube
→ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IGJ2jMZ-gaI

What is New in Google Classroom?

Updates for April 2016

SeeSaw for K-12 Teachers/Students


I would love to work with some teachers to explore with SeeSaw Journals, Portfolios, Blogs, and/or Parent Communication.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.



Updates 2016-04-13

posted Apr 14, 2016, 8:34 AM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities
April 16, 8am-3pm StateLine EdCamp Winnebago HS - Register Here
April 23, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org to get your Free Ticket.
April 30, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp Dupage Wheaton North HS - Register Here
May 14, 8:30am-2:30pm EdCamp Illinois South MS Arlington Heights - Register Here (only 20 seats remaining!)

Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area

You do not have to have a Twitter account to follow a Twitter Chat/Hashtag.
Examples: 

Trello Boards


Great Ideas shared on this website, https://trello.com/inspiration/education, whether Trello is the tool or something else is used.

3D Printable Magnets

Magnets just got cooler.
https://youtu.be/IANBoybVApQ

SeeSaw for K-12 Teachers/Students


I would love to work with some teachers to explore with SeeSaw Journals, Portfolios, Blogs, and/or Parent Communication.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.

Updates 2016-04-06

posted Apr 6, 2016, 11:49 AM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities
April 12, 4-5:30pm at CACC Teachers Sharing with Teachers (All Subject Areas, All Grade Levels)  
April 16, 8am-3pm StateLine EdCamp Winnebago HS - Register Here
April 23, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org to get your Free Ticket.
April 30, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp Dupage Wheaton North HS - Register Here
May 14, 8:30am-2:30pm EdCamp Illinois South MS Arlington Heights - Register Here (only 20 seats remaining!)
Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area
You do not have to have a Twitter account to follow a Twitter Chat - http://www.twitter.com/hashtag/siedchat 
Southern Illinois Ed Chat tonight 8pm

Making of the Google App's Voice
https://youtu.be/qnGNfz7JiZ8

Google Drive/iOS Photos and Videos
Upload photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad to Google Drive folders.
You can create folders to organize the photos and videos on the app before uploading.
Folders can be shared with others.
https://youtu.be/2Bb6WcMOTf0

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.







Updates 2016-03-31

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:09 PM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities

April 12, 2016, 4-5:30pm at CACC Teachers Sharing with Teachers (All Subject Areas, All Grade Levels - www.learningcollaboration.net to RSVP
April 23, 2016, 8-12:30 EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org to get your Free Ticket.
Remember you don't have to have a Twitter account to follow a Twitter Chat - http://www.twitter.com/hashtag/ICEILChat Illinois Computer Educators Chat
Join ICE tonight at 8pm Central for #ICEILchat as we talk about "Coaching in Education."

Star Size Comparison: The biggest/largest known stars in the Universe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcz4vGvoxQA&sns=em

Research Tool in Google Docs and Slides

Learn more about the Research Tool available in Google Docs and Google Slides
Find it under the menus at Tools, Research


If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.

Updates 2016-03-23

posted Mar 23, 2016, 12:41 PM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities

April 12, 2016, 4-5:30pm at CACC Teachers Sharing with Teachers (All Subject Areas, All Grade Levels - www.learningcollaboration.net to RSVP
April 23, 2016, 8-12:30 EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org to get your Free Ticket.
Remember you don't have to have a Twitter account to follow a Twitter Chat - http://www.twitter.com/hashtag/mschat Middle School Chat

Google Search

Search Operators - https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2466433?hl=en Learn when to use quotes, @ or #.
Learn more about the Google Search Results Page - https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/35891?hl=en&ref_topic=3081620 This can help narrow down your results.
Something to try:
type metronome in the Google Search box

Organizing a Book List or Movie List or other Collection

Here is an article how one person organizes her book and movie list using a web-based tool called Trellohttp://www.thegeekyburrow.com/2016/03/how-i-organize-my-books-and-music-with.html
Here is an example of my Trello board for books - https://trello.com/b/JIIXxYor/books This is an example of a Public board but you can keep everything private and collaborate with others on the Trello boards.
You can also utilize other sites such as GoodReads.com

Reading Ebooks and Listening to Audiobooks from the Library

Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library are two options that may be available for checking out ebooks and audiobooks from your Public and/or School Library. Apps are available for most devices and through the web browser. 
Ebooks in OverDrive can be linked to your Amazon account for reading through your Kindle E-reader or a Kindle App.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.


Updates 2016-03-16

posted Mar 16, 2016, 6:51 AM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities

April 12, 2016 4-5:30pm at CACC Teachers Sharing with Teachers (All Subject Areas, All Grade Levels - www.learningcollaboration.net to RSVP
April 23, 2016 8-12:30 EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org to get your Free Ticket.
Remember you don't have to have a Twitter account to follow a Twitter Chat - http://www.twitter.com/hashtag/2ndchat

The Story by Kindle 

Bookmarks Bar

The Chrome Bookmarks bar follows you from device to device when your are logged into a Chromebook or the Chrome Browser on your PC or Mac.
Add your most used website shortcuts to the Bookmarks bar to have them at your ready.

Google Drive

"Shared with me" are documents that have been shared with you. You may or may not have received an email notification announcing the sharing.
"Recent" can be a convenient way of finding your documents that you recently modified.










Live from the Heart - March 23, 2016

Live Open Heart Surgery viewing coordinated by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. 
This will be the 2nd year that Mr. Hampton and High School students have participated.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.

Updates 2016-03-10

posted Mar 10, 2016, 11:58 AM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities
March 14, 2016 SpICE - Springfield Area Chapter of Illinois Computing Educators meets at Panera on South Dirksen from 4:00-5:30
April 12, 2016 will be Math Teachers Sharing with Teachers at CACC 4:00-5:30 RSVP at http://learningcollaboration.net
April 23, 2016 EdCamp217 will be hosted at Williamsville Junior High School. For more information and to get your Free Ticket go to www.edcamp217.org.

Chrome Music Lab
https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/

Follow a Twitter #hashtag or @handle without having a Twitter account
Use the following URLs as examples:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/sschat  (replace sschat with another hashtag)
https://twitter.com/wcusd15sports (replace wcusd15sports with another handle)

Word Count
https://support.google.com/docs/answer/39003?hl=en

https://support.google.com/docs/answer/39003?hl=en

PARCC Practice Testing

Daylight Savings Ends
Remember to set your alarm for 2:00 am Sunday to set your clocks forward one hour.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.

Updates 2016-03-03

posted Mar 3, 2016, 1:02 PM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities

March 8, 2016 from 4:00-5:30 pm - CACC Springfield, IL - Science Teachers Sharing with Teachers RSVP here Open to all grade levels and subject areas.
March 14, 2016 SpICE - Springfield Area Chapter of Illinois Computing Educators meets at Panera on South Dirksen from 4:00-5:30
April 12, 2016 will be Math Teachers Sharing with Teachers
April 23, 2016 EdCamp217 will be hosted at Williamsville Junior High School. For more information and to get your Free Ticket go to www.edcamp217.org.

Insert Non-YouTube Videos into Google Slides

This is a video from The Gooru sharing how to add YouTube and Non-YouTube Videos into Google Slides

Poll Everywhere

Get Started with a K-12 Basic Account
Here are some videos to introduce you to Poll Everywhere
This specific video shows the display of a Word Cloud with the responses.

Google Classroom and Google Forms

Learn from Alice Keeler how to add a Google Form to a Google Classroom assignment.

PARCC Practice Testing

Take a PARCC Practice Test, Click on Practice Tests. It is not necessary to log in.


If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.

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