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
Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

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. 

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

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?

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

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.

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.