Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Bloggers and Websites at HSD

I just wanted to call attention to a few new bloggers and websites at HSD. These teachers recently created their blogs or website recently and have really done a great job of consistently posting about their students hard at work.  If you have a minute, check them out.

Bishop's Braniacs Blog

Preschool Rocks

A Joyful Kindergarten

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Remind 101

Remind 101 is a free service that allows teachers to send free text message reminders to their students and parents.  Setting up an account is easy and takes less than 5 minutes.  Once you set up your account, you send your class phone number and class code to parents and students that are interested in receiving text message reminders from you.  Some teachers in our district have started using this service as a way to send homework assignments, reminders about permissions slips or field trips, or really anything you may want to communicate home.

If you would like help getting started, just let me know.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Common Core ELA Standards with Technology by Grade Level from @wilsonjess

Jessica Wilson, a tech integrationist at CSSU, developed a great resource that highlights how tech is integrated into the ELA Common Core Standards by grade level.

Link to the Google Doc

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Rebecca Lallier used Voki with her students last year to create future self avatars as part of their career unit.  Voki was so impressed they interviewed her!  Check out this link to read the full interview: Voki Inteview with Rebecca Lallier

Monday, November 4, 2013

Google Read and Write

Today's 30 minute workshop in the library @HMMS

I've been playing around this week with the browser extension Google Read & Write.  This has many adaptive tools that are great for all our students, and I've even really enjoyed them.  Once installed, when you open a Google Doc you can use multi-colored highlighters, have the text read aloud, access a standard or picture dictionary, create vocabulary lists, and some other great features.  This tool is easy to use with large icons that help you understand the different features.  And as they live at the top of your document, they are easily accessible.  This is a great tool for helping students access information by using the fact finder, or picture dictionary.  It also encourages students to interact with their reading by using the highlighting and note tools.  Students can also have their work, or documents teachers share with them read back to them, further providing access to students that may struggle with text.  Check it out, and if you need help or have questions, let me know.