Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An App for Everyone Workshop

Thanks to Rebecca Lallier  for turning me on to Powtoon!  Check out our ad for our upcoming workshop, An App for Everyone.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

An App for Everyone (Today's Workshop)

Our class, An App for Everyone, is today!

What that means (if you have forgotten) is that a pair of teachers will sit together for approximately 5 minutes and each person has about 2 1/2 minutes to share a particular iPad app they like and use with their students, and at the end of the 5 minutes, you'll switch seats to learn about a new app (speed dating style). 

We'll chart all the recommendations made and put together a list of "the best of the best" apps shared.  

Where: Dothan Brook Library
When: Today 2/11/13 @ 3:30

So if you've been feeling like you need more apps in your life, come join us!


One of my favorite Twitter feeds is @THISISVT.  Each week a new Vermonter takes the reigns and tweets out what is happening from their perspective in Vermont.  I love checking in on Monday morning to see who is going to be tweeting this week.   Following this feed is great way to find out about local food, services, schools, basically anything of interest that is happening in Vermont.  For teachers, this is a great way to engage your students in what is happening around the state in real time.  Or even better, nominate your class or students to tweet for @THISISVT.

So check it out this week as Meg Allison, a teacher librarian and tech specialist starts her week tweeting for @THISISVT.

This Twitter handle was set up by the State of Vermont Tourism Department.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

YouTube for Me (Today's 30 Minute Workshop)

YouTube EDU Workshop

Location: HMMS 210 Lab

An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube by Michael Wesch
(We'll view the first 5 minutes)


  • Your YouTube Account
  • Where your YouTube videos are stored
  • Like a folder for collecting and organizing YouTube videos
  • YouTube Channels you like to follow or get regular videos from

Setting up your Channel

Uploading Video

Creating Playlists

  • Playlists are like folders
  • Helps to organize videos into topic or content areas
  • You can add videos to playlists when you upload them
  • You can add found videos to playlists by clicking on ‘add to’ button below the video

Subscribing to Content

  • Find a channel you would like to subscribe to
  • Click Subscribe button
  • Now in your channel you can click on subscriptions and view videos from your subscriptions rather than having to search for them.
  • All new videos will be sent to your subscriptions page.

Sharing Playlists

  • Click on the title of the playlist you want to share>then click share
  • You can embed, email, or send the link to those you want to share with

Sharing Videos

  • click on share symbol to share a single video with others.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Digital Learning Day is Too Much Fun

At least they're using tech to mock me...

Let's Do This-Digital Learning Day 2013

Digital Learning Day is today! (February 6).  I want to encourage all of our classes to participate in this collaborative learning experience.  There are all kinds of interactive events to participate in, or you can continue doing the great work of integrating technology in your classes and write a short post on your blog, or share it with me to post on this blog.  Please let me know how I can help you prepare for this fun day!

To get started here are some resources from Edutopia: Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup

Or read these posts:
Thing Link to Create Annotated Images
Learn about WallWisher
Why I Think You Should Be On Twitter

So if you plan on participating, post your ideas on our WallWisher.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Templates in Google Drive

In your Google Drive you have access to templates that others have created, and you can share templates that you have created.

Great uses for us at HSD:
1) Create a template for a team daily schedule.  Upload it to the HSD Template gallery and now anyone that wants can use it.
2) Have a standard field trip form?  Share it to the gallery for everyone to use.
3) Create a form for students to use when taking notes and/or keeping track of their sources.
4) Better yet, have students create templates that they find helpful.

The list can go on and on.  Check out some of the public templates too.

Some of my favorites:
1) Historical Facebook Lesson

2) Essay Grading Rubric
3) Student Report

How to find the Template Gallery:
1) Go to Google Drive
2) Click on Create>From Template

4) View and use HSD and public templates

How to submit a template to the Template Gallery
1) Create your document in Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, etc.
2) In your drive, select the document>click more>submit to template gallery

Monday, February 4, 2013

School Counseling By Heart

Check out the latest publication of ASCA School Counselor magazine to see our Dothan Brook School Counselor, Rebecca Lallier featured not once, but twice for top school counseling blogs.

You can also check them out here:
School Counseling By Heart
Dothan Brook School Counseling

Friday, February 1, 2013

Interested in Code Camp at UVM this Summer?

The Tarrant Institute is interested in putting together a programming camp for students and teachers this summer in Vermont. We're still in the planning stages, and we'd like your input on what courses to make available. If you get a chance, please take our short survey and tell us what you and your students are interested in learning this summer: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8XWTZCB