Friday, August 31, 2012

Smart Board Quick Refresher Links -

How to use your new Smartboard Tool Tray

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

QR Code Update

QR Codes are fast becomming a way for students to integrate their day to day learning with realtime technology. Special Services teachers are also finding QR Codes make the connection with their kids. Free 4 Teachers is a fantastic site that has won many awards and is kept up to date. Here is a picture of some of Mrs.B's fourth graders enjoying a QR code driven lesson.

Friday, March 2, 2012

QR Code Update- Quick Mark Rocks!

Looking for a way to make QR codes easily? Quick Mark is amazing. This app allows you to make a QR Code and import it.  Quick Mark QR Code Generator Look up at the top menu and click on Create a QR Code. Jeanne, Kim and Jessica will be giving a Lunch and Learn update on tech tools highlighted at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference 2012. Take a look at an earlier post by clicking the HOME button at the bottom of this page for more ideas for using QR codes.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

March 14th Accelerated Reader with Lynn G.

Wondering about some of the benefits of using AR with your kids? Come join Lynn G. as she shares some of the ways of using Accelerated Reader in your classroom.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Audacity and Photostory

Why use Audacity? Why use Photostory?

Quick Slide Share on Audacity and Photostory to recap the Lunch and Learn.

Take a look at the above link and the link below so that you can go back and review should you want to use the programs. The best way to make Audacity a part of your class is to have the kids use it. When you are in the lab or classroom, explain a little and let the kids explore with the program by giving them a small project to start out with.

  • Record student assessments or presentations.

  • Record student performances, celebrations, and other events (including guest speakers).

  • Record student interviews (such as oral histories, documentaries, reinactments, and "mockumentaries").

  • Record course content (for just-in-time, on-demand learning).

  • Record spoken language for English Language Development, Language Arts, or Foreign Language.

  • Record exerpts from text books, novels, or poetry for language arts.

  • Record weekly announcements, assignments, or "week in review" segments (including sub plans).

  • Record multi-track soundtracks for Movie Maker projects.

  • Record narrations for presentations (even PowerPoint).

  • Record content for student radio stations or podcasts.

  • Record instructions (or How-To's) for certain lessons.

  • Record a field trip and bring it into the classroom... or more classrooms.

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    Upcoming Schedule of Lunch and Learns.....

    2012 Lunch and Learn Menu
    Wednesday’s 12:10 - 12:50
    LRC unless otherwise noted...
    February 8th -   Digital Portfolios for Kids & Student Software
    February 15th - Jill C Presents...Learn How To Use Audacity and Photostory - software on computers
    March 7th  -  Lynn G.  Presents....How to Get the Most out of Using AR With Your Class -  
    March 14th - Make an iMovie with the Mac
    April 4th -  CR - QR Codes - 
    School Building Scavenger Hunt with the LRC iPod Touches 
    May 9th -   Teacher Choice
    May 16th - Teacher Choice
    Thanks  for attending!

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    What's on the Menu today?

    Hope your Lunch and Learn menu is in a prominent place in your classroom or office. Remember if you cannot make a session be sure to return here to the blog to find out a bit of what you might have missed. We are all so busy these days. The most popular sessions will be revisited on video links by the end of the school year. Look out for a chance to vote for your favorite Lunch and Learn and offer ideas for future sessions!

    Curious About ICURIO?

    ICURIOWelcome to ICURIO! 
    Essential concepts learned. Help every student learn. Align digital content to the specific needs of all learners with icurio, keeping students from falling behind or helping them catch up if needed--or better yet, get ahead. Using icurio, students can grasp new concepts more effectively and deepen understanding. This is what you will find on their quick start pdf file found here and on your handouts today.
    "Ok....Give me the gist of it...what is it going to do for me and my kids?"
    ICURIO will be an even better and more concise way for you to set up and plan lessons and have kids make better use of the internet and resources valuable to your kids. Check out the links if you cannot make todays Lunch and Learn.

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Best of the Best Tech in 2011

    As we enter 2012 we take a moment to look back on just what worked in technology for 2011? One benefit of looking back and finding the very best sites and technology is that it has been tried before. We know what works and what doesn't. Access to the technology reviewed is always a part of the tech puzzle. Can't use what you don't have. So let's take a look at what we do have access to and how it can help our kids learn.

    10 Internet Technologies Teachers Want to Know More About 

    Free Resources for Educators 
     January 18th Lunch and Learn - Webdoc

    What can we do?
    How do we integrate technology on a weekly basis without feeling snowed under?
           Start out small one new idea by Spring break one more by the end of the year. You may want to get your jumpstart with your buddy class. Here are a few tools you might consider…
    •                        Flip video camera book talk/trailer
    •                        Puppet show covering a short story kids write together then flip video record
    •                        Record kids giving a current event news report using your Elmo
    •                        Wordle – what buddies have in common
    •                        Glogster interactive poster focusing on a science topic with a video.                                       We are currently looking into a free trial and possible subscription. 
    •                        Edmoto – schedule a lesson with Jeanne, Lynn, Kim or Sue to learn about  Edmoto