Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Google Photoscan - Another Treat:)!!

I learned about Google Photoscan from TIES this year and I LOVE LOVE IT:)!!  You are probably like me and have a TON of photos with NOT digital negatives.  I bought myself one of THESE (or something like it):
thinking that - HEY - I am going to scan ALL my negatives and ALL my photos to get these digital - HASN'T HAPPENED YET!!  Well, no worries ANY MORE!  Google has come out with an app called Google Photoscan!  All you have to do is have the PHOTO that you want to make digital.  You simply use your camera on your phone or iPad and follow the four dots on the screen to screen cast the entire photo and it's digital!! 

BRILLIANT!!!  I have used it BRIEFLY only - but the photos are TOTALLY fine!!  WAY easier and WAY less time than trying to scan old negatives and photos!

Happy Tuesday,
Mrs. I:)

Monday, December 19, 2016


I know that I have this included in my last post about TIES 2016, BUT I want to make sure you CHECK. THIS. ONE. OUT!  Mark Garrison is a technology coordinator, district tech guru in White Bear Lakes, MN.  HE is SO SO great, and his session are SO SO good!  He used to do the 50 sites in 50 minutes, but this year he did a session on Google Docs.  He compiled ALL of his favorite things about Google = check it out below:)!!!  You will NOT be disappointed by this - YAHOO FUN:P)!

Again, I always think that I totally have a handle on things and know some - but I NEVER DO!  You will NOT be disappointed with this one!

Happy Monday all
Mrs. I:)

TIES 2016 ALWAYS a Success:)!!!!

I KNOW that this is hodgepodge, but here are my notes from the TIES 2016 conference in Minnesota that I attended last week!  It was amazing as always, and my focus this year was on coding and maker space.  However, PLEASE check out the link as all the presenters have their information uploaded to the site.  They only keep it up for a month or so - so make sure you take advantage while you can!

Session I - Computer Science: Kids Can Code: bit.ly/akties16
*2007 iPod touch came out taught in classroom with set of iPod Touches
*started creating and having kids make videos and recording voices, etc
*”My Unfair Advantage” we had them and I used them
*Move from simply interacting to creating games and technology
Why can’t computer science be taught to ALL our students technology is our future
STEM problem a lot of people going into STEM field but NOT computer science
         -What is it?  How do I get students doing it? 
         -Twitter Google YouTube how are you bringing coding to                           classrooms?
Minnesota Rockstars Melanie Olson Doug Paulson Jessica Cabeen

Angie Kalthoff software engineer TED talk
 *creating, learning about how things work, coding, etc
*80% have no idea what computer science even is how do we improve this

Hour of Code C is for all few options here (Twitter feeds)

We don’t teach kids to code so everyone can be a professional coder just like we don’t teach writing for everyone to become writers.

Hadi Partov TED Talk created CODE.org check for workshops on this 
Scratch Code Savy CS First University of Northern Iowa (6 week guided course) block based programming
EDX Introduction to Computer Science at Harvard
JavaScript typing the code
Bloxels computations thinking use little cubes to build entire computer game integrate with writing
Pair programming two people sharing one device YouTube on Code.org
-driver and navigator driver touches the device navigator shares advice
Block based programming - https://studio.code.org/flappy/1
Computer Science for All Obama - #CSforALL
--VERY heavily dominated by men
Tampon Run two high school girls created it TED Talk

How does this work with Standards DASH and DOT

*Blue Bot
*Sphero 4th Grade
*Dash and Dot Wonder Pack 2nd Grade
*Wood bot 1st Grade
*Ozo bots 3rd grade code with markers
*Rasperry Pi 5th Grade

LSTA Grant check it out!!!  bit.ly/lstact

Story books Hello Ruby  - we Were Engineers
Work on Flappy code create game share on Twitter hashtag with TIES2016 -

Session II Coding and Robots in Classroom
ALL of these offer coding and work with robots for classrooms and kiddos::
Sphero use extra pieces of gutters (ask Jed), and use as tracks
-find time for this
Dash & Dot
Blue Robot
Ollie -
mBot robot kits
Ozobot -

Session III -Google Apps 45 - Mark Garrison: marksgarrison.com/googlefaves
Platform Encourages Growth Mindset
The Creativity Spectrum Nothing Something Excellence
(keep is moving and don’t be afraid to make a mistake?)
-“What’s your UNFAIR advantage!”
-centrally integrated into the 4Cs look Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Critical Thinking White Bear Lake based all on this!
-G Suite Learning to go Paperless Schoology SeeSaw app -
-turn on two factor authentication talk to Casey about it!!!

Technology IS NOT the right fit for every task!!!

G Suite Updates check this!!!
Shift z Google Drive cross file the document in two different places!!!
Shortcuts control T new tab control shift T last tabs open
Bottom left corner says EXPLORE reframes how things look might want to lay it out different then kiddos can focus on content and not look of it
Mobile Friendly can edit decks here easily

Easier Research -
Table of Contents use for cross referencing -
Find and Replace control + f

Click on Explore and it graphs your data for you!!!

Technology in the Classroom before student teaching
PechaKucha Night (20x20) you get 20 slides with 20 second a piece file publish to the web auto advance slides paste link change the 10000 to 20000 to get 20 seconds etc
Page set up can customize any size

Choose Your Own Adventure Story check our Tony Vincent on TIES site
Morning check in what you want to learn today what you need help with lunch, etc
Have students create forms create quizzes about me, or Harry Potter, etc..

Gmail tricks that will transform you way to sort and filter inbox
Lifewire has 50 most popular tips

Change your bad habits
Google Goals new year’s resolution type in what your goal is and it will find space on your calendar and add to it it will check in with you -

Google PhotoScan scan all your photos and have them digital in instants!!! Use this for student art work!!!
Chromecast a Slideshow ($25) with Google Photos sync phone to Chromecast

Get connected with someone somewhere else live stream great for collaboration hang out and chat

Drawing has application but try designing in slides

Awesome note taking app with voice recognition

1:1 Chromebooks

Twitter Emoji Inquiry some emoji @google

Session IV: Middle Schools Girls Only Coding Clubs:
Julie Brentwood Scottsdale, AZ - Rancho Solano Preparatory School -
Vowed to bring MN to AZ as they ranked low in public schools group of middle schools wanted to start a coding club

-clubs are within the school day student designed and student led
-meet once a week student led they determine mission and teacher provides materials, guidance and supervision

CPT can kids come in and plan accordingly?

Angry Birds, Flappy Birds, Scratch Code.org
Google “Sketch Up”
Just Dance Now cell phone app
“Python Turtle”
 HTM:/CSS/JavaScript “Robot Project” www.generalassenb.ly - click online and then dash
PHP Ruby

Session V: Making a Makerspace Christina Lindstrom and Charlie Beck

Definition: Makerspaces combine equipment, community and education to increase opportunities for students to interact with tools in the areas of robotics, computational thinking electronics and more -

LSTA Grant this was where they go their funding

Supplies you don’t need SPACE you need STORAGE:
Legoes                           crayons/markers             Sphero        
Cardboard                       coloring books                  Dash and Dot
Makey Makey                  puzzles                           Little Bits
squishy circuits                play doh                          Google Cardboard
Raspberry Pi                   Ozobot                           Lego Mindstorms
3D printer                      3Doodlers                      Adafruit Flora
Leap Motion                                                                         

Rationale?  Access to these tools and available to ALL students not just specific to a class!!  Engage in hands on, problem and critical thinking tools!

Wanted CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVERS - building thinkers and kids that can figure things out.  I want someone that can go in and figure it out our education systems don’t know how to teach these skills learning from failure- think through ask really good questions. Google wants kids that have real experience solving problems they don’t look for kids with high grades anymore!

Design Process State the problem, Generate ideas, select a solution, build the item, evaluate, present results

7th grade reading Sample class Used LittleBits “I am the boss, and you are working for me!  But you have to prove you’re worthy”
-build your first circuit have two minutes!
-Get to know your equipment have 5 minutes to figure out everything in the box and what it does!
-Your assignment client wants a custom door bell made you have to make it better than the ones we see out there what COULD be better what don’t you enjoy? Cardboard, piles of junk hole punches, markers, paper, etc..
-Doorbell must alert owner visitor is there, must be remote, look nice
-one set of little bits, choose 5 items from pile, make sure everyone is involved, try not to be super annoying
-make a plan, try stuff out, test it several times, get ideas from everyone in group, THINK
-10 minutes of work time about and then your client is hearing impaired, so how will you change your plans
-one more change person delivering can’t put down boxes so have to be able to interact from outside

Balance both tinkering and challenging Nurture Creative Confidence!
Retain Physical Acuity the hand informs the brain so need hands on materials
Design Challenges no right of wrong answer, just goal in mind
Design don’t tell them exactly what to do with the tools let them explore and think and figure things out
Guidelines for making students decide how best to think and work rules without it being rules (goals) 1. Speak up 2. Fail big 3. Share often 4. Expect the unexpected 5. No bad ideas 6. No experts 7. Collaborate often 8. Stumbling is important 9. Try everything twice 10. Be inspired by adversity

Recruit Diversity who is NOT using Makerspace? Make connections with teachers can we have this 2-3 times a week 8th hours?

Facilitators you can never have TOO many I don’t want to have ownership of it only Susie? Community Experts volunteer hours?

Community Nights have the kiddos share and explore with parents and community members

Resources look on website/presentation page to download this

Again-  sorry about the MESS - it was one again SO SO worth it:)!!
Happy Week all,
Mrs. I:)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

GoGuardian for Chromebooks

Here is Barnesville, we are iPads 1:1.  We are now fully implemented into JAMF Nation and JSS software, and have started playing with Apple Classroom.  WE ARE IN LOVE WITH IT! Well, don't get me wrong - there are glitches that we are having to work through before we ALL go live with it.  Currently I have Mrs. Askegaard at the elementary school, and Mr. Strand at the high school, using it with their classes.  However, GoGuardian offers the SAME thing for Chromebooks.  In a nutshell it basically gives you access to every student's technology device. You can see what each student is using his/her device for instantaneously. You can even see what they are doing at home if you chose to, as it generates reports for every website/app used and the time the kiddos used it. Another thing that is super awesome is you can push out a website that you want every kid to be on, but don't want them to take all day to type in the correct URL, with a single click.

 Activity timelines and live screen views are super neat.  I have a friend that uses it in the Minneapolis area and just loves it!  He is able to track immediately where kiddos are, and redirect as needed!

Happy Thursday all,
Mrs. I:)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Best of Ed Tech for 2016

THE Journal magazine, which talks about transforming education through technologies,  has once again come up with their 2016 Readers' Choice Awards.  Here is what they have picked for various categories:)!!!!

Most Valuable in You Schools:
1. Lexia Learning
2. Google Chromebooks
3. Edsby

Top 10 Favorite Technologies Currently Used:
1. All Things Apple - mostly iPads, but also MacBooks and iPhones; and all things Google, particularly Apps for Education
2. Interactive Whiteboards - particularly from SMART and Promethean
3. Lexia
4. More computers, tablets, desktops, carts
5. Renaissance, especially Star 360 and Accelerated Reading and Math
6. Google Chromebooks
7. Microsoft Office and Office 365
8. Projectors - especially EPSON's and Boxlight Mimio
9. Schoology and Edsby
10. Document cameras

Best Reading Programs:
1. Lexia Learning
2. Renaissance Learning - Accelerated Reader 360
3. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Read 180

Best Math Programs:
1. iXL Math and Renaissance Learning Accelerated Math
2. DreamBox Learning
3. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt GO Math!

Best Science Programs:
1. Discovery Education
2. Delta Education's Full Option Science System (FOSS)

Best Robotics System/Curriculum:
1. Lego Education
2. Vex Robotics
3. Wonder Workshop Dash & Do Coding Robots

Best Coding Tool/Curriculum:
1. Hour of Code
2. Tynker

Best Formative Assessment:
1. Renaissance Learning
2. Kahoot!
3. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt GO Math! and NWEA

Best Summative Assessment:
1. Renaissance Learning Star 360

Best Learning Management:
1. Google Classroom
2. Schoology
3. Edmodo

SERIOUSLY I could go ON AND ON - check out the November 2016 for the ENTIRE list.  I simply linked and wrote the ones I felt like, but there's MORE AND MORE as you know - technology is ENDLESS:)!!!

Happy Wednesday all -
Mrs. I:)

Monday, November 28, 2016

ReThink App - WOW!!!

My nephew shared this app with me - and it was SO POWERFUL that I thought I better blog about it!  Cyberbullying is happening EVERYWHERE - this is nothing new for any of us in the world of technology.  What kids have to deal with nowadays is tough to say the least.  They can't escape the mean comments and remarks made to them because they constantly have a device in their hands and immediate access to EVERYTHING.  Trisha Pabhu, a 14 year old girl from Illinois, has create a GEM!  She was SO touched by and tired of hearing about the story of Rebecca Sedwick, that she finally started doing something about it!  She created an app called ReThink!   This app is a keyboard extension that you download.  Anytime that you are using your keyboard, it tracks what you are typing as it has "hurtful" words in it's bank.  When a word comes up that is hurtful or damaging (and it CAN differentiate between "I hate Chicago," and "I hate Holly."), a little box pops up and says "Would you like to pause and ReThink before you send this?"  You have the option to clear it - but you also have the option to send it!  However - the point is that you DO ReThink about it with that message box - it's awesome!! 

This is directly from the ReThink website:  "Research has found that with ReThink, adolescents change their mind 93% of the time and decide not to post an offensive message on social media."  That is AMAZING!   I am TOTALLY going to talk to our administration about THIS one and push it to ALL our kiddos - WORTH IT!!!

Share with one with EVERYONE you know!  Install this baby on YOUR phone, your KIDDOS' phones, EVERYONE should have this gem!!!  WAY TO DO TRISHA!!  Here is a link to some of the things that she is doing and the videos and TEDTalk that she gave - ENJOY:)!!


Happy Monday all
Mrs. I:)

Thursday, November 17, 2016


When I first took this job - the ONE thing that I was excited about was the flexibility and the NOT having to be accountable for little ones and their "stuff."  I mean everything from parent complaints, to manners, to tying shoes, to cleaning desks - everything!  However, as I sit here subbing today, as they were short because our football team and coaches are headed to play at US Bank Stadium - WHOOP WHOOP! - I realized that I DO indeed miss kiddos and the classroom!  I have had the chance to sit and chat with these kiddos and really am enjoying myself.  Too often in the role I play I am putting out fires and "punishing" kiddos for things they shouldn't be doing on their iPads - often missing the things they are doing that are super GREAT on them! 

I miss kids like THIS - he JUST emailed me this and asked me to please remove these apps as they are taking up storage and he doesn't need them anymore.  HOWEVER - it's the comments he has on the sides that KILL ME and make me miss the kids:)!!

I SERIOUSLY started laughing out loud when he sent me this - kids are kids - regardless of what many say about these 21st Century Learners.  They are demanding and entitled, yes, but they are STILL kiddos!!

Happy Weekend all - off to US BANK today to cheer on our football team at state - GO TROJANS!!
Mrs. I:)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Interactive Websites - TEACHERS' DREAM:)!!!

  I have been browsing for some good websites and ideas for math since that is our curriculum that is up for review and I came across THIS GEM!!!!  I don't know if you have seen this already, but I found this site called Interactive Sites for Education - and IT IS AWESOME!!!  It has already compiled interactive sites and games for you to use with your students and it's in ONE place and there are SO SO many there:)!!  BAD NEWS = you can't use most of them on iPads, as they are mostly flash based.  GOOD NEWS = you can ALWAYS take your kiddos into the media center or computer lab and still use these with them - YAHOO:)!!  Here is a quick snapshot of what's available:

SERIOUSLY - check this one out - it's WORTH THE TIME:)!
Happy Monday all,
Mrs. I:)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I Know It - Math Practice Website

Mrs. Tonsfeldt, a third grade teacher here, shared this website with me to check out.  We are currently in the process of implementing a new math curriculum and supplements that we may need.  She discovered I Know It - a math based website for practice of various skills.  This website is COMPLETELY FREE NOW, as it's in beta form and incomplete, but it's SUPER easy for kids to use and SUPER clean and laid out right.  CHECK IT OUT!!

Here are a few screenshots from the site to get an idea of the simplicity of it:

 Have a great Wednesday all,
Mrs. I:)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Microsoft Word Practice

Mrs. Askegaard, a fifth grade teacher here, asked me to see if I could find some resources to teach Microsoft Word and word processing.  This is ONE skill that I really feel kids are in DESPERATE need of, and we don't do a great job here.  We have a class that students have to take at some point in grades 9-12, but they can take it any of those four years - so really, when they are seniors, they take a class on Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, when they SHOULD be taking it before so they can USE those skills all through high school (again, just MY opinion here).  We have tried to add things here, as years ago we cut a business teacher, so this is the option that Mr. Askegaard, our business teacher, can teach, as he also has other classes that need to be offered.  So until then, we are trying to find more ways to incorporate keyboarding and Microsoft Word into grades and classes.  Fifth Grade doing more will help, which is why Mrs. Askegaard is looking for some things. 
Here is what I have found so far:

St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium has some really great resources on this page.  These are free and available to anyone to enhance his/her skills.

Teachers Pay Teachers is always an AMAZING site to use - some of the ideas have to be bought, but some are also free.  Here are some I liked and was willing to buy:

Applied Educational Systems also created some online tutorials and lessons that help students better understand Microsoft Word and keyboarding.  

Those are just a TASTE of things available for you.  The idea that she really wanted was for kids to have to type and USE the formatting options, as well as taking an already created document and fixing and editing it.  Hopefully these will work for her - I thought they looked good!

Happy Monday all
Mrs. I:)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Frustrations Today:)!

I understand the ever changing world of technology, it's what I do daily.  I hear the complaints daily, I get the concerns, and I put out fires EVERY day, but here are a few things that I am frustrated about TODAY:) -

1. Tech Support - EVERYONE should have the ability to escalate cases - Can they PLEASE know what they are doing.  I am calling them because I NEED HELP!  I have already Googled, call someone I know and YouTubed a possible answer because I am that way.  So when I call tech support, I have TRIED things that most wouldn't know what to do - because they forget about Google and YouTube, or maybe don't have connections in the field.  However, PLEASE don't put me on the phone with someone that DOESN'T know what they are doing.  I want my case escalated right away, and I tell them that, don't waste 20 minutes of MY time walking me through things I have ALREADY TRIED - UGH!!

2. New Products - SUPPORT THEM - Casey JUST put up new Smart Televisions.  They are NOT Smart Product, but they work with SmartNotebook as our teachers have invested a TON of time in their Notebook files, so we want to make sure everything is compatible.  However, once they were installed (three total) ONE of them doesn't have touch recognition - it DID last night, so why not today?  Well, Casey calls tech support to solve the problem and the person he talks to has NO idea why it's not working and can't even offer a solution.  However, he calls back and then gets a person that can help a little but not completely.  If you are going to offer new products, you BETTER have people that have the answers and support for them as well.

3. Apple Manager - We have JAMF here as our MDM to manage our iPads.  One of the reasons we CHOSE this was the ability to use Apple Classroom where teachers can control student iPads on an even smaller scale.  When you go to Apple Manager, which is where I have to upload our files, they offer templates that are pretty basic - I input data, upload the files and it SHOULD work.  The problem is, they aren't.  Again, I have sat on the phone with Apple walking through this and it's NOT WORKING!  So I will once again call them and see what's going on; but today I need a mental break from THAT.  They say I am missing buttons on the Apple Manager page, but not sure why?  UGH - frustrations galore today!

OK I AM DONE!  THANK YOU FOR THE VENT!  I will try again tomorrow - as you can see I have been trying to put out a forest fire with a few plastic pails here - EPIC FAIL! 
Maybe tomorrow.......

Have a great night all
Mrs. I:)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


One of the BEST things one can do as a teacher is continue his/her education.  Whether it's reading professional books, attending conferences, or conversing with others, learning should continue to take place.  I really feel that is teachers quit learning, what's in it for the students.  What better way to become BETTER than to keep learning TOGETHER!!!  TED Talks are SUPER amazing, and a great way to motivate, learn, and help instill a passion and love again that might be faded a bit:)!!  This site lists the 50 Most Inspiring TED Talks for Teachers, but here are some GREAT ones (some ONE that list) that I feel you may want to check out:

TED Talks – Ideas Worth Spreading
Education talks WORTH looking a 

What I’ve Learned from My Autistic Brothers (5 minutes):

The Beauty of Being a Misfit (13 minutes):

Changing Education Paradigms (12 minutes):

Don’t Eat the Marshmallow (6 minutes):

How Great Leaders Inspire Action (18 minutes):

The Puzzle of Motivation (18 minutes):

Tales of Creativity and Play (27 minutes):

Every Kid Needs a Champion (8 minutes):

A Free Digital Library (20 minutes):

How to Escape Education’s Death Valley (19 minutes):

Kids, Take Charge (9 minutes):

The Call to Learn (18 minutes):

Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe (12 minutes):

How to Raise Successful Kids – Without Over-parenting (14 minutes):

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (21 minutes):

The Power of Introverts (19 minutes):

The Happy Secret to Better Work (12 minutes):

How to Make Stress Your Friend (14 minutes):

 Sorry about the weird format. I just copy and pasted them from a document that I created for our CPT.  Teachers here are going to pick 3-4 of them to watch and discuss in their PLCs on Friday!

Happy Wednesday all - YOU MADE IT TO MIDWEEK - YAHOO!
Mrs. I;)