Monday, October 21, 2013

iMovie Tutorials

In the middle school today we are going to be using iMovie on the iPads to create movie trailers.  Here is a Google Drive folder with picture tutorials on how to do some of the basic maneuvers in iMovie like inserting images, choosing a theme, etc.



Monday, October 14, 2013

Using Storia with Your Students

Storia is an eReading app that some of our teachers have been using in their classes.

One of our first grade teachers at White River started using this app last year.  This is what she has to say about using it with her students:

Storia is a great app from Scholastic that is a free and links to your book club account. There's many features on it and it's easy to use.  Plus you get 5 free books for downloading the app. In my 1st grade classroom, I set up one classroom bookshelf for students to choose from.  You can set up bookshelves for each student that allow you to track what the students are reading.

When you purchase one book, or use your book club points, it is available on all of your devices that sync together. Stories have different features, from beginning readers that have a read to me option to chapter books.  Other stories come with options such as, vocabulary questions, highlighting, vocabulary explanations, and so on.

It is a very engaging app that the students love to use.

November's 30 Minute Tech Workshops

If you are a HSD Staff member, please sign up for any of the 30 minute Tech Workshops for November.

Google Read & Write (November 5th 3:30-4)
Come to this session to learn how to use new features in Google Docs that help students take notes, create vocabulary lists and have text read back to them.

Teaching Digital Citizenship Using Common Sense Media (November 21st 3:30-4)
Come to this session to learn more about the importance of teaching Digital Citizenship consistently, and more about using Common Sense Media in Your Classroom.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My YouTube Channel and Playlists

I often get requests for quick how-to videos from teachers in my district.  Once created, I upload all of these videos to my YouTube Channel and organize them in playlists.  If you're interested check out my YouTube Channel: HartfordK8Tech

I've also created a public playlist that is embedded on our district website that showcases student work. When teachers have videos to share I just add them to this playlist and they automatically are added to our website for parents and our community to see how and what our students are learning.

Check out my tutorial playlist:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Educreations for Sub Plans by @vielleuxcrew

Educreations is a great site and app that lets you create free videos either through your browser or your iPad.  Instead of writing out complex, detailed sub plans the next time you are going to be out, create a tutorial using Educreations.  Check out this one that Nichole made:


You can also create reference videos for topics that students may want to revisit, or better yet, have your students create videos to share with their classmates, or to demonstrate their understanding.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Common Sense Media Resources

If you are looking for ways to engage your students in learning more about internet safety and responsibility, Common Sense Media has many wonderful free resources for you to use in your classroom.  You may want to start with the Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence to get an overview of material that are available by grade level and topic.   Below are three lessons that will help you guide discussion and keep the conversation going about how to be safe and responsible using technology.  If you would like help teaching these lessons, or want to know more about using Common Sense Media in your curriculum, let me know

Grades 3-5 Lessons

Common Sense Media also has interactive lessons through their Digital Passport program, that you may want to share with your students.  You can set up your class account so you can track student progress through the lessons.  If you would like help previewing the lessons and/or setting up your class accounts, let me know.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

CILC Programs Available

CILC, the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration has many wonderful interactive lessons that you can enjoy with your students.  Our district has a number of credits available to cover the cost of the program in many cases.  If you are interested in any of these programs, or want to learn more about CILC and other opportunities, please let me know.

Click on the topic below to check out some of the interactive lessons available.  The grades correspond with our HSD Science curriculum.

Matter K, 1, 4
Motion K, 2
Force 2, 4, 5
Energy K, 1, 2, 3, 5
Heredity 2, 4
Solar System K, 1, 3, 5