Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tweet and Test

Sharing: A powerful strategy for extending the conversation about teaching and learning. Today, we share through twitter, blogging, Facebook, Flickr, Ning communities, wikis, Google Apps, and many more.

I followed the above tweet to view Principal Amy's video blog post on my iPhone. That didn't work, so I checked my original iPad. That time the video worked but no sound. I tried a new iPad -- didn't work at all.

So I wondered, since my students want to video blog and we use Macs in our classroom, how will this iMovie work?

I have a shortcut I use with students now: we use a Keynote template, and record in Photo Booth. We drag that into our Keynote, and save that as a movie, which I upload to Vimeo and embed in our blog. (See Book Talks )

Vimeo is a great solution  because it is usually not blocked by schools. It also allows you to choose the title frame and other security features. For iPad users, Vimeo provides HTML5 rendition so anyone on any device can view it.  In addition, you can also directly upload to your account from iMovie, a great benefit.

If YouTube is not blocked at your school, that is another option within iMovie, and connects to your Google Apps for Education account if you are a Google Apps school.

Here are my solutions:

iMovie created and uploaded to Vimeo:

If your school is a GAFE school, you can upload to Picasa as a Google Video. The quality is not as good. I exported it as a Quicktime Movie in mpeg-4 format, then uploaded it to Picasa.

Google Video

You can see the difference in quality. In addition, it doesn't seem to work on iDevices like iPads, and you cannot choose the title frame. So YouTube and Vimeo are the best choices. Remember too, that with Google Video, you only have 1GB of space in GAFE for photos and videos.

So, from a tweet from a twitter-friend, I have learned a little more about sharing with technology.

If you have any suggestions, please comment so we may all learn.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

September, 2012 Board Report

Welcome to NSD21:
Technology for 
21st Century Teaching and Learning
Staff access student data via iPads and laptops. Teachers analyze the data and determine instructional decisions and interventions. Coaches guide teachers in next steps of our overall plan.

We have only news that the ESD is working to ensure the Tribes have the information needed to make the fiber connection one that meets the standards of the K20 Network, which we need for official school business with OSPI.

Our annual technology report to maintain our e-Rate qualification is completed two weeks ahead of the due date. We use 38 Mac and 102 PC computers for staff and students; they are in constant use, especially in fifth, seventh, and eighth grades as students work with technology to learn reading, writing, math, and science.

The computer lab was up and running the first day. Our NWEA testing updates are in place. Students continue to progress with keyboarding skills and also work on reading, writing, and math during this time.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Join Us -- Extend the Conversation!

"Extend the Conversation...  Have you joined twitter? Are you lurking on the sidelines to learn from others? 

Are you retweeting? Have you started blogging? Are you participating in the Connected Educator's Month Blogging Challenge? Between tweeting and blogging, I know have many new friends and colleagues all over the world, including Denice Krebs, and my life has been energized ever since. 

Denise and I have collaborated with our classrooms and students. Whether it's blogging or Google Docs, our students have been connected, and we as teachers have reflected on how access to the Internet and technology has improved both our professional and our students' lives. 

We have created and curated a Flickr TFotoFri group ... but there's so much more to share about our stories: How do you become a connected educator -- and why? 

That's our next project: sharing our story of connection -- and how you, too, can become a digital learner, a connected educator. Thanks to Karen Fasimpaur at P2PU for encouraging and sponsoring us.  Join us this Saturday, August 18th at 10:00 AM Pacific and 1:00 PM Eastern for Connected Educator's Month to learn how you can Extend the Conversation. Denise share's a bit here: Join Us! and here are two trailers to pique your interest:  

Will you join us? 

 Cross-posted at What Else

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Monday, August 6, 2012

I want to be better

I want to be better. I know my colleagues do too. We've sat around dinner tables together sharing ideas and planning ways to improve our teaching through our many years together.

I want to be better. I saw this tweet from Will Chamberlain and thought it was so important, I retweeted it and took a snapshot of it.

I want to be better. So I spend time reading, searching, discussing, learning, taking webinars, joining groups, and trying new technologies that just might ignite that spark of personal learning for my students.  Because that's where we're headed: personalized or personal learning.

My summer time on my own is my personal learning, but it is really for my family, my classroom, my students, and my peers. It's because I want to be better.

I need to be better. I need to be ready.

Flickr CC by Henriksent  Flickr CC By humboldthead Flickr CC By haikugirloz

I know my colleagues have been learning and thinking and resting too. I hope they share their learning with others. And have you seen what’s happening at Connected Educator Month? Here are a few places you can go, courtesy of my  P2PU Connected Educator Group.  
Which one will you attend?
Common Core
Web Resources
 And here's a Classroom 20 exclusive: LiveBinder of Free Professional Development

I want to be better; I need to be ready. Here's a post on my summer learning written for my PLN.

How about you? What has your personalized learning looked like this summer?

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's August 1st and you may be *thinking* about the new year.

Did you know the Department of Education is sponsoring "Connected Educator Month?" Starting today FREE online learning events are scheduled just for you as an educator:

Look around and try something. Dare to jump in and learn. Enjoy meeting and learning with educators just like you from around the US.

Try one thing. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Photo Magic

We're all excited about our new skills with our iPad. We learned how to snap pictures, edit them, add them to and arrange and design the images in our new app Photo Collage.  Photo Collage is an easy app for creating a snapshot image of an event or learning. Then email it to Sheri for posting on the blog, or upload it to your own blog.

Look at the great representation of our Women's History Bulletin Board, created by our own Mrs. Armstrong-Montes.  These collages show the power of design on both the bulletin board and in the collages that focus on selected items of importance to Women's History Month.
Thanks, Nancy, for your vision in creating a space to honor the holidays.

We're putting our stamp on tech use at our school.  Ms. Sanger's students are using the camera on her iPads to take pictures around the school and talk about them.  Their communication skills are improving, and we are able to see how they see the world.

Think about how easy it is now to document student learning in the classroom, to share a special event, and to design a collage that interprets the important aspects of it.

Think of the speaking, writing, and content learning that can occur: choose the best image for large display and explain why; explain your four choices of images -- how do they sum up the story or article; what inspiration might be drawn from your image?

Our school newsletter needs input from you and your students --- think how easy it will be for your students to choose the images, design the collage, and explain in the email you send with the collage exactly the learning that the collage emphasizes.

Will's science collage clearly shows science happens at our school.  With a blurb about what the picture represents, this will easily become a story in our newsletter.

So follow these steps:
1. Snap photos of learning
2. Arrange them in a collage
3. Save to your Photos
4. Email to Sheri with a paragraph explaining the picture.

Share your class learning please; here's a reminder created with "Show Me" - here.

Thank you for helping us share the successes of our learning in our newsletter to the community.

iPad class three successfully demonstrated one easy way to use iPads in the classroom.

This Wednesday, March 14th is our fourth iPad class.  Click this link:  iPad Class Information, scroll down to below the chart, and read the agenda for this week. We will focus on iCloud and Dragon Dictation with a few navigation tips. Bring your questions and your own ideas and apps to share.

Advanced users:

Read and research the apps from power teacher Silvia Tolisano

And review apps in EdTechTeacher by objective: I want my students to...

App: GWhiz -- Google Apps

Eagle Apps
video for class about GWhiz

What can you share about the apps you've reviewed?  How can we implement them in the classroom?

See you Wednesday!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

iPad Session 3

iPad Class Session 3

When I want to set an iPad up for student use, what do I do?

How do I take photos and send them?

During this class we will learn to add restrictions to our iPads for student use.

We will try photographic techniques with our cameras, and review our settings, navigation, and NSD Staff apps.

For a video review, go to our iPad Class videos at Vimeo

On our NSD Staff page (log in required), see the link "iPad Class Resources" for all links and documents. The session three document: Click link on your iPad -- iPadS2aaa --and open in iBooks.

For our advanced users: Sign up for an Evernote account (free) and then click the Evernote Resources on the NSD Staff  "iPad Class Resources" page. Click the links for resources and app reviews. The "livebinder" links contain many resources, and the "Apps in Education" blog is fantastic for subject related apps.

How do you evaluate apps for education?  Here's Tony Vincent's take: Evaluate Apps. A rubric is provided -- open in iBooks on your iPad. Explore, learn, and share with us.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Untethered iPad Projection

Is it true? Is there an easy way to project your iPad onto the screen without being tethered to a VGA cable?

Yes!  If your projector is connected to a Mac.  Most of us have a Mac in the classroom; if you do, here's how:

Connect your Mac to your projector.

On your Mac, install and open the $14.99 app "Reflection" from (see your Tech Director).

On your iPad, select AirPlay and choose that Mac computer (it will show up in your options.)

Watch this video to see how:


If you are in charge of creating professional development technology videos, you can also use SnagIt (Windows and Mac) to record a screencast of the iPad process, which is how I created this video.

Now, if you use your iPad to share with your students, you now have a way to do so without being tethered to your iPad through the VGA cable!

What do you think?

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

iPad Session 2: Set, Nav, App, Explore

Last week, we set up our iPads and learned how to navigate with gestures, pinches, and taps.

We did not finish Mail Settings, Safari, and iBook, so here's the info to learn. Remember to pause the vid as needed to practice on your own.

Vimeo Version

In Session 2, our focus is on setting restrictions for student use, access to our Staff, Tech, and Opportunity pages as iPad icons, and finishing with the basics of camera and photos.

Vimeo Version

Are you ready? You've come so far!  Let's keep learning.....

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Google For Educators

Experts share "Google for Educators." This is a great read for how teachers use Google Apps for Education.

Click here to read,
  Google Apps Google Docs Google Groups
"Google For Educators in the Classroom."
 Google in Education Manage events, resources, meetings with Google Calendar 

Our students understand and apply the power of Google Apps. I wonder now, "How has Google Apps empowered the teachers at your school?"

 As a small school, each teacher wears so many hats and has so little time to for completing all that is required and expected. Google Apps helps with that by allowing us to add input in a shared document:
* this means that everyone can stay in their own area and still contribute.
* this means you can help someone else get their work completed, which needs your input, in a few easy clicks
* this means you spend less time in meetings and more time on your work
* this means we can honor each others' job and time by contributing and collaborating through a link to a document
* this means we can create a powerful network of communication and collaboration through the tools at our fingertips.

A few examples:
I teach classes all day once reading starts at 9:00. That is my number one priority. I also am the Association President, the Technology Director, and a member of the Parent Education Committee.

My room is at the west end of the building. Many times I need to ask a simple question or get input for any one of those "hats." I can simply enter a query into Google Chat so people can respond easily in their free moments. More could be accomplished with that tool alone.

Getting feedback from a Google document or Google form quickly provides the information needed to complete tasks required. I couldn't do everything I need to do without these tools.

The Tech Committee uses a shared document to meet -- our conversation and decisions are documented, all while meeting "in the cloud" as the team member has time during the day/week. It doesn't interfere with all the teaching duties and take time from class preparation.

Tech questions get answered through a Google Form. (log in required -- but here's a sample: )

Planning assemblies, creating an assignment sheet for sick students, organizing a recognition, sharing data: all can be done on a shared document accessible from any internet-connected computer or iPad.

A request by the school board for a newsletter about our students and classrooms could be populated easily with a paragraph from teachers in a Google form. (login required)

Scheduling is easy through the Staff Events calendar (see agenda in Staff Page ). Our math and reading specialists add their meetings and visits so everyone is prepared for the visit, which is vital to their jobs. (Calendar login required, but here's the public calendar: NSD)

The Opportunity Room receives information from teachers through a Google form.

Parents know about our class lessons in our blog.

All of these are a seamless integration of our Google Apps account.

Google Apps will save you time and will help us do more with the time we have. 

So, I thank our staff for opening their Chrome browser (Ms Kimble or Ms Edwards will make sure you have it) and logging in to their account!

We are learning to work smarter and do more for our students with GAFE: Google Apps for Education.

How has GAFE empowered your school?

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

IC iPad Session 1


A class to help us learn and teach with the iPad.

Learn and Implement Relevant Apps for Effective and Productive Teaching/Learning

Introduction to iPads, Google Apps in Education, Digital Citizenship at Nespelem School

iPads Cs-- Create, Contribute, Communicate, Connect, Consider, Collaborate &Curate

Staff need information on setting up, navigating, and using iPads for teaching and learning.

Envision a model for effective productivity and instructional strategies, to build skills in math, science, reading, writing, speaking, and listening in elementary and middle grades.

Evaluate possible administrative and instructional activities/applications including management techniques to ensure successful implementation in their own teaching setting.

Explore in each session settings, navigation, applications, and practicalities to adapt strategies for productivity and instruction in the classroom.

Find pragmatic solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation. 

Follow-up implementation with Tech Questions Form, NSD21 Blog, and FAQ document to troubleshoot and/or plan for further exploration and implementation.

Feb 22
3:00 Settings: set-up, about, wifi, notifications, wallpaper, mail, keeper
3:15 Navigation: on/off/reboot; how to swipe/pinch/text; organize apps
3:30 Application:  Safari Browser  / iBooks
3:45 Implement: Safari Browser / iBooks
4:00 Review and Follow-up

Presentation--- extra data info will be emailed

Original iPad help info

iPad navigation and app organization 

Login Required for these:
NSD Shared iPad Class Folder 
FAQ Document

Feb 29
3:00 Settings: General / Restrictions
3:15 Navigation: Organize Apps; Home Screen; NSD Staff
3:30 Application: Organize, mail, camera, photos
3:45 implementation: mail/photo; NSD Staff (Opportunity)
4:00 Review and Follow-up

Overview Video


SlideRocket Presentation

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Safer Internet Day 2/7/12

How did Nespelem School participate in Safer Internet Day ?

Our sixth grade students reviewed our school internet guidelines and re-wrote them in kid language in their Google Docs presentation to teach the fifth grade first, internet safety, and second, Google Apps.

We began teaching our TECH56 project on February 7th, Safer Internet Day. Grade six students began with Internet Safety.

We review our guidelines frequently, at least once per month. We even have flashcards to review any time. We want Safer Internet Day to be every day! We remind ourselves in class with our daily conversations to be overly positive. We practice in class how we want to be online: helpful, positive, and kind. It's not just an online expectation!

Be sure to look at the Safer Internet Day information, because online safety involves so much more. This year's theme  is "Connecting generations and educating each other, with the slogan: "Discover the digital world together... safely!"  Although we didn't share across generations, we did share across grades, and we will be sharing information with families. Check out our Net Safety Page.

How did you participate in  Safer Internet Day ?

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Digital Learning Day 2/1/12

How did Nespelem School participate in Digital Learning Day?

All our 6 7 8 classes work in Google Apps. Reading classes read online and took shared notes in a Google Doc, including key words (vocabulary and main idea), following up with questions/answers, conclusions, and generalizations all ready for class discussion and all related to the grade level expectations.

Writing class in grade eight peer reviewed novels, commenting in the shared documents on powerful writing and suggesting areas that need more clarity. 

The sixth graders worked on their Tech Project: preparing to teach our fifth graders to use Google Apps and to be digital citizens. They collaborated on a Google Doc to create a direction sheet (how-tos for Apps use, how to be digital citizen, and how to create a Valentines project). They then created their own model and Welcome Presentation to teach the fifth grade students. As all students worked, the teacher offered comments of success and suggestions for improvement based on the individual's current progress. 

Students learned about MOTT: My Own Topic Time, a project for researching a question/hypothesis in a topic of their choice. 

And from our fourth grade teacher, Ms Armstrong-Montes: "We use the document camera/computer for the Word Structure part of our Imagine It! Reading lesson.  This week were are working on adjectives, comparatives and superlatives.  We are also working on antonyms and words with the Greek root graph (biography, autobiography, photograph, mimeograph).  Later in the reading lesson students put their personal response under the document camera for the question:  What is the longest trip that you have taken?  Describe the best parts of the trip and the worst parts of the trip.  As students were reading their responses on the screen, they were able to self-correct some of the spelling and grammar errors."  

How did your school participate in Digital Learning Day ?

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Technology 101

Love this intro to technology by Maria.Anderson:

The Secret Technology Club
View more PowerPoint from Maria Andersen

Every one can learn something from this...

What did you learn?

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Digital Footprints: Plan your path wisely

What you post is your footprint…a path back to you…prepare your path wisely.

overload google with good stuff
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Tech Report January 2012

Welcome to NSD21:
Technology for 
21st Century Learners

Computer Lab
  • NWEA Testing: The midterm NWEA MAPS testing of all students is up and running, going smoothly. Mrs. Kimble and Mrs. Brueske monitor and maintain all the data, letting teachers know when it is available for teacher analysis.
  • IPad Training: All staff with iPads will be provided the opportunity for training on the use of the iPads for teaching and learning.
  • Computer Issues: All computer issues are easily handled by our helpdesk system with Adam at the ESD and Jenny at NSD.
  • Online Grading: The fifth through eighth grade classes now participate in online-grading for student and family access. 

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Ipad: Classroom Ready

You have an iPad... Now what?

My iPad is classroom ready -- the first screen displays all the productivity, lesson, and instruction apps I may need in an instant.

For an explanation video, click here:

My Home Screen: Classroom Ready


  • iBooks with lessons, research, info
  • neuAnnotate with annotated pdfs of my own or downloaded from Safari; easily remixed lessons with graphics and my directions for students
  • Cal -- my Google Apps calendar to access Staff Events and Sub Days quickly
  • Notes: native app Notes and Bamboo Paper to use with my Incipio stylus pen -- quick links, notes, etc.
  • G-Whizz! Access to all my things Google: docs, tasks, calendar, reader, talk, etc.
  • NSD Staff: access to all the quick links for forms, calendar, etc.
  • Evernote: access to my webclips, notes, audio
  • Mail: send/receive
  • Twitter: Share PD research, events, etc.
  • iGoogle -- access to all NSD info
  • Explain Everything -- create posters, videos to share lessons; fantastic app
  • Zite - current events in education, science, math, etc.


How do I place my NSD Staff on the home page?  In Safari on your iPad, go to the page you want on your homescreen, in this case

Click on the arrow as shown and choose "Add to Home Screen"

A window will pop up to name the page, like the one below for the Opportunity Slip. Name it, then click Add.

The page will load as an icon on one of your pages. If you want to move it, hold down on the icon until it begins to shake (don't click the X, you'll delete it). Grab hold of it and swipe it to the page you want.

Now, what's on your homescreen?

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gooru: A Teacher/Student Resource

Good News!

We've been invited to try the beta Gooru Learning: a new platform to find and use or to create and develop quality, interactive, standards-based learning units.  Hundreds already exist in math and science for grades 5, 6, 7, and 8.

How do you access it?

Login to your Google Apps in the staff or student domain.  In the top menu bar, click on the "More" link and go to "Gooru."

Below is a visual in iGoogle to showing you Gooru and our other Google Apps Add-ons, such as Engrade Gradebook and Planbookedu.

Green: How to Get There
Orange: Services
Purple: Gooru
Click image to enlarge.

After clicking "Gooru" the page in the image below appears. Click the pencil in the right margin to take notes. Type your science or math topic in the search bar to discover lessons and links.  You can also create your own. I'm starting one called "Google Apps and Internet Safety." It's a project-based unit for our grade six students to train our fifth grade students in the use of Google Apps while applying Internet Safety and our Guidelines. It is unfinished at this time; I just started it today.

Take a look at our new Google App Add-on, Gooru, including the Gooru Student Info. Find a topic in math and science and use the resources/lessons.  Add some of your own. Make them public so others can add and use also.

Check back here and leave a comment about your recommendations for Gooru lessons.

Think about it.  What are you studying in math and science now? Need a video or hand out? See if Gooru can help.

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