Happy Tech Tip Tuesday- QR CODES

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday!

Hope you’re having a great week and remembered your boots today. This week’s tip is all about QR Codes, I really feel like the possibilities are endless and we can do some really fun and educational things with them.

QR Codes are evolving around us in so many industries and it’s a great way to get information or share it.

I have linked some resources for you to look through of ways you can put QR Codes into your classroom or building.

HERE is a General Presentation on the fundamentals of QR Codes for you to check out.

If added some additional resources links that I found for ideas of how to use them in education.

Examples of ways to use QR Codes

40 Great ways to use QR Codes in Education

QR Codes in the Classroom

Also…. I heard the list of 25 Things Turning 25 years old in 2017 his on the radio this morning on my way to work and thought I would share!  Click HERE for the whole article.

The Text Message is one of them!

On December 3, 1992, 22-year-old engineer Neil Papworth sent the first text message over a cellular network. He used a computer connected to the Vodafone GSM network to send the message to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis’s Orbitel 901 mobile phone (which was gigantic, but technically “mobile” by 1992 standards). The message read: “Merry Christmas.” Why the early Christmas greeting? Jarvis was at a Christmas party at the time.

I found some great resources and compiled them throughout the article. I didn’t create everything and give credit to all the wonderful tools that have been created by other people!

Have a great rest of your week!



Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday,

Hope you had a great break and got to spend quality time doing what you love.

Google Sites are on the 17 Things Teachers Should Try in 2017 list along with 16 other things, this article has some great ideas for you to explore and possibly implement into your classroom. The article is from the Shake Up Learning blog by Kasey Bell, she does a great job of exploring new and old technology.

I have been doing a lot of work on Google sites and thought I would get you some more resources for you to utilize.

10 Reasons to use Google Sites with your Students

  • Google Sites is easy to use and has a student-friendly interface.

  • You can set up your website within minutes without the need for any HMTL or CSS knowledge.

  • It provides highly customizable themes that you can easily apply to your site.

  • It is integrated with some other Google services like Google Calendar.

  • Google Sites has a wonderful web-based editor that allows you to easily create, edit and share your content.

  • It provides a set of collaborative features including multiple editors and commenting.

  • Inserting images, videos, and other multimedia materials is ridiculously easy.

  • It provides a modest cloud storage capacity for you to upload documents, files, attachments, and PDFs.

  • And it is FREE.

For the full article click HERE.

HERE is a great tutorial video for the new Google Sites.

Have a great day!


Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday,

I hope your week is going well and you’re wrapping some things up for a much deserved holiday break.

I wanted to pick something quick that you could explore and not have to dig deep into over break.

So HERE it is…

Pechaflickr! Can you improv a coherent presentation from images you have never seen?

Enter a tag, press play, and see how well you can communicate a coherent message illustrated by 20 random photos, each one on screen for 20 seconds. Advanced options let you change the number of images and/or the timing. HERE is the url, check it out.

I thought this would be something practical that you could incorporate into your class and can give you some great results and possibly a couple of laughs. It could be used as a pre-lesson assignment, review, or post lesson, having the students present what they know on the topic using images. The images are found from flickr, so it is a random selection, if you don’t feel comfortable with this try creating your own.

To make your own try using Google Presentation ( share with editing rights) and have the students find a picture that represents the unit you are talking about (1 picture per slide) and then randomly draw numbers to see who presents on what slide.

Here are some randoms I thought I would share!

  • Mac Knowledge!

Capturing pictures using Macbook!

Command Shift f4 (Select)

Command Shift f5 – Whole Page

  • If you liked Checker Plus for Google Calendar check out Checker Plus for Email – this is an extension for email.

  • The SDMA is launching an #iSeeMathSDMA campaign in an attempt to highlight the math all around us. Join us in tweeting a picture of math in your world. Remember to include #iSeeMathSDMA in your tweet!

Looking for some OnDemand PD check out the Education on Air sessions HERE!

Have a great break!

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday,

Hope your week is going great!

I wanted to explore Google Classroom a little more and created a class for you all to join, so you can see it from a different point of view.

Note: You should see an additional email from me about joining my Google Class. ( Read After this EMAIL)

If you are not already set up in Google Classroom go to this link – Google Classroom

  • On the bottom right-hand corner, here is an option to sign in as a Student or a Teacher – select TEACHER. It will log you in as it is associated with your Google account already.

Once logged in it will give you a dashboard, if you have classes they will show up already if not there is a PLUS sign up by your username in the top right-hand corner. Go here and you can Join Class or Create Class.

To Join The Class

  • Option 1- Click on the email that I sent ( Similar time) this will get you right into the class. ( THIS works well if you have everyone’s email linked together such as… all_staff or you have a group with your class set up already.) Otherwise, this is a lot of work to individually invite each student to your class and time consuming.
  • Option 2- On your DASHBOARD click the + and Join Class, type in w2wbiq as the class code. This should send you right to our class page.

I have posted a question there for you to play with, you can answer and respond to others, just know that everyone in the class can see.

Blog Post’s/ Articles-

Differentiation with Google Classroom

Google Classroom the Why and How  

Have a great day and let me know if there is anything I can help with!


Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday,

Hope you have some great things planned for the rest of the week! I have been working with some of our staff on flipping classrooms, student recordings and other recordings so thought I would send out some information for everyone.

I like to utilize Screencastify because it works well on Chromebooks. It is an extension you will need to add. HERE is the link to the extension to add to your Chrome browser.

I found a video on Screencastify and Google Sides that gives you step by step instructions of how to utilize the Screencastify extension.  HERE it is.

Ways to utilize this into your classroom

  1. Record your presentations while presenting in class so students could go back and view or if they are absent.

  2. Have students record themselves presenting their presentations or topics.

  3. Record morning message if you are going to be absent. (Sub Plans)

  4. Make Lesson Recap Videos ( students & Teachers)

  5. News Cast

  6. Moving Paper or Digital Manipulatives

  7. Whiteboard explainer

  8. Audio Assignments

  9. Verbal Feedback – Record feedback for students

  10. Instructional Videos

HERE is my go at Screencastify for some updates on Google Forms, check it out. It’s very user-friendly and easy to use.  This video is not perfect by any means and I recorded 10 before I was okay with the actual video but it is a great tool and definitely worth learning more about.

Have a great holiday break!


Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday,

It’s hard to believe we are already in the middle of November, it never seizes to amaze me how time flies.

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tools & updates that might be helpful for you.

Extensions to check out:

TabCloud allows tabbed browsing addicts to easily save and import their open tabs across desktops.

Google Docs Quick Create adds a simple menu to your browser bar to quickly create new Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, and Drawings for Google Drive.

Screencastify is the easiest way to Record, Edit, Annotate, Store, and Share video screen recordings. Record a specific tab, or your whole desktop at the click of a button.

Hashtags to Check out:

#MWGS– This is for the Midwest Google Summit happening right now, there are some amazing ideas and knowledge to gain from this hashtag, Even if you don’t get to it while the conference is going I recommend going back through them as they are archived.

#Googleform – Check this out if you are looking for great ways to implement forms in your classroom or learn about new features.

GSuite Updates to check out: ( Google updated their name)

Google Docs now offers columns – go to Format than Column.

Google Forms offers pictures for multiple choice selection as well as self-grading quizzes built with-in.

Google Sites  New layout/Designs are coming around the end of November. They have updated the Sites to make them more user-friendly and visually appealing. COMING SOON!

Have a great day!



Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Keep

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday,

Google Keep is a tool that I use on a daily basis and helps keep me organized. It could be considered a digital Post-it but in my opinion, can do so much, and is never left stuck at  my desk when I need it.

Here are some of the reasons why it is great and can be utilized in so many ways;

  1. Collaborate with others on to-do lists

  2. Organize Life

  3. Notes can be transferred to a Google Doc with one click

  4. Quick and easy

  5. Can access notes from multiple devices

  6. Reminders

  7. Voice and picture note

  8. Color Coded

Try it out! HERE is an article with some more information.

Here is a link for you to log in and gain access. Enjoy!

Here are some #HASHTAGS to check out! Link for more – HERE.

#GoogleMath – Applying Technology into the Math Classroom

#edtech – Applying technology into the classroom

#teacherhumor – For when you need a good laugh

Have a great day and don’t forget to #vote!