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September 1, 2015 - Google Classroom

Getting started with Google Classroom - an extremely detailed presentation

April 14, 2015 - Google Documents - using research functions

1. open document
2. Tools > Research
3. Explore pop-out window
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4. Filter Results
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5. Preview, Insert Link, Citation features
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6. Image filter and citation options
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7. Citation footnotes are automatically created
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March 24, 2015

StoryBird - reverses visual storytelling by starting with the image and "unlocking" the story inside


March 10, 2015

Flubaroo - Google Forms add-on that grades assignments.
1. Create a Form in Google Drive. All question types can be automatically graded except for text answers.
2. Create the key by viewing your live form and answering the questions with the correct answers.
3. On the spreadsheet that accompanies your new form, go to the Add-ons menu and choose 'Get add-ons.' In the Search box, search for Flubaroo. Click the install button (you will only do this the first time you use it).
4. After all the responses have been recorded from your students, go to Add-ons and choose Flubaroo > Grade Assignment.
5. In the first screen, you will choose the grading options for each question.
6. Click continue.
7. The next screen asks you to choose the row that is the row with the correct answers. This was the answer key that you created earlier when you answered the questions correctly. Choose that row. Click continue to grade your assignment.
8. The students' scores are recorded in a new tab in the same spreadsheet that was created when you made your form.
9. EDUcool!

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Google Form - Flubaroo Demo


February 17 & March 3, 2015 - Padlet

January 27 - February 3, 2015 - Sharing digital stories

The easiest way to share digital stories (or anything from the iPad for that matter) is to save projects to the camera roll and upload them from there to whatever app you want to use, in this case, iMovie and/or Google Drive. From there, you can share them on a blog, Youtube channel, Twitter, wiki, FastDirect, etc.

Digital Storytelling resources
iMovie Basics for the iPad - video tutorial

January 20, 2015 - iMovie Trailers

Plan a Better iMovie Trailer
iMovie Movie Trailers Across the Content Areas
10 Video Projects Every Teacher Should Try

October 21, 2014 - January 13, 2015

iPad app exploration based on participant choice.

October 14, 2014

We Are Never Alone - by Krissy Venosdale

Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Olympics - Join the fun!

#eduhangout - Educators who would love to connect with your and your students using Google Hangouts

Mystery Skype or GHO Connections - Educators who would love to connect their classroom with yours!

Skype in the Classroom - ideas and resources

Communicate & Connect - Lots of resources for getting connected!

October 7, 2014

Google Chrome Apps available from Chrome Web Store:

goo.gl URL Shortener - creates a QR code at the same time

Turn Off the Lights - darkens everything around a video including ads, etc.

Lucid Press - Similar to Publisher

September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014 - Google Classroom


Complete the assignment you received in your "Terrific Teachers" Google Classroom Class

Introduction to Google Classroom by Greg Kulowiec - check out the excellent 12-minute video

August 26 & September 2, 2014 - Using GAFE Gmail by Classroom & Class Lists

July 22, 2014 - Introduction to the iPad

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I. Explore iPads
II. Discuss app philosophy - creation vs consumption (can also use the QR Code reader and scan image below)
III. Explore installed apps and uses
IV. Complete first App Smash Challenge, below
V. Q & A

App Smash Challenge:
1. Take a pic
2. Locate pic in Photos
3. Using a photo editing app, label the photo
4. Save the edited image to Photos
5. Share your image by Air Dropping it to someone in the room (after finding image in Photos, tap on the Air Drop icon and share)
6. Sign into your Google Drive account and upload image to your account
7. Congratulations!

May 20, 2014

App Smash Challenge

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Today's challenge -
1. Create a collage (or use a collage you created and saved to your camera roll)
2. Use the collage as a Tellagami background
3. Create a Gami (using Tellagami)
4. Use your voice to briefly explain your collage
5. Click on the 'share' button to save it (it will be saved to your cameral roll)
6. Please share your creation with us!

May 13, 2014

Introduction to iPads

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Today's challenge:
1. Take a pic
2. Locate pic in Photos
3. Using a photo editing app (like Skitch) label the photo
4. Save the edited image to Photos
5. Share your image!
6. Congratulations!

May 6, 2014

Google+ Hangouts

How Do I Hangout With the Cool Kids? - MOREnet Presentation by Manuel Herrera and Rob Lamb

Google Hangouts for Teachers - Lots of resources and directions

April 15, 22, & 29, 2014 - Google Drive

Google Form Presentation

Civil War 5th Grade Web Hunt

Google Form demonstration

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Let's 'flip' Tech Tuesday by watching the one minute Google Drive Introduction video below:


For more information on Google Drive, check out the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) page on this wiki.

April 8, 2014

According to their website, "Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."

I would add that educators are embracing the power of Pinterest to organize their learning spaces, curate content, find great lesson planning resources, discover how other are using tech tools to enhance learning, and finding inspiration from fellow educators.

Tutorial (9 minutes)

March 25 and April 1, 2014

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"Evernote is a way to get organized. It is a great, free resource that allows you to easily capture information using whatever device or operating system you use. It then makes this information accessible and searchable from anywhere. Their tagline: “Remember Everything.” It is a digital notebook that allows you to take text notes, clip web pages, upload images and files, and much more."

Check out Evernote wiki page for the most up-to-date info on this continually improving and updating app.

March 4 & 11, 2014

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This week we will begin discussing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and how you can begin developing or adding to yours.

We'll begin talking about Twitter since many educators believe it's the most valuable tool when it comes to connecting with other educators and locating resources.

I've updated the wiki page Twitter for Teachers with all sorts of resources from 'why Twitter' to 'how to's'. So, please join us to find out how to make Twitter an integral part of your learning landscape.

February 18 & 25, 2014

Content Curation and social bookmarking, continued. This week we will explore Diigo.

It would be helpful if you created a Diigo account before our session, but please attend, even if you do not have an account.

In addition, you will want to set up Diigolet. I prefer Diigolet to the Diigo toolbar. According to the website, Diigolet is not as feature-rich as the Diigo toolbar, but it can be set-up by simple drag-and-drop - no download or installation needed, and it works for all major browsers. If you are using Chrome, there is a Diigo extension (app) that can be downloaded, as well.

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Diigo bookmarklet and toolbar in Firefox. I don't recommend toolbar.

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Diigolet and extension in Chrome

Diigo using Safari

Check out the Diigo Video Library to find lots of tutorials and tips.

Remember, tagging is key to the usefulness of most web tools, and especially applies to bookmarking and content curation. A tag is a filter for Internet content. You need to choose tags that work for you. Useful features - highlighting webpages, sticky notes, and social.

How to videos:
- use the Diigo highlighting tool
- create a sticky note
- creating or joining groups Just created a group called SMMA-School, in case you wanted to share some bookmarks with each other
- Join the SMMA School Diigo Teacher Group, if you are interested in exploring how social bookmarking works and/or sharing your bookmarks with SMMA staff.

February 11, 2014

No Tech Tuesday because I am learning at #METC14. Follow the hashtag or follow me on Twitter @debbiefuco . Can't wait to share what I learn with you!

February 4, 2014

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Content Curation & Social Bookmarking

January 14 & 28, 2014

Wiki Development: videos show 'how to'
- How to add a page to your wiki and add that page to the navigation bar
- How to add a link to a wiki page
-How to add an image to a wiki page
- How to add a document to a wiki page

- Wikispace: Wiki Tours - choose a tutorial from the drop down box