Monday, June 13, 2016

Posting Multiple Grades on Infinite Campus

In one of the recent releases from Infinite Campus, they gave us the ability to post multiple grades from different tasks and sections at the same time. It's especially timely given the end of the school year is almost here! For those of you who are working in a blended or standards-based classroom, you'll definitely want to check this out.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Archive Your Google Drive

If, for one reason or another, you are leaving Bonny Eagle this summer, your access to your school issued Google Drive will eventually go away. For seniors, this typically happens in October. If that applies you to, you are likely panicking about what to do with your files. Although you can change the permissions/ownership for the folders, I find that it really doesn't trickle down to other files and folders. For that reason, I recommend downloading a ZIP folder of everything. This screencast will walk you through the process of putting everything into one folder and then downloading the folder onto your computer. You can then unzip the folder and upload it into your personal Google account to get back up and running.

Friday, May 20, 2016

3D Printing Inspiration for Math

So many of the projects that I've been working on lately have been off in the universe outside of my blogsite. I think that's likely pretty common this time of year as we start to wind down for summer and many start to focus on file retention, etc. rather than digging deeper. Or some are looking to do project development with me getting ready for this fall.

One of the projects that has been keeping me busy are the new Makerbot 3D printers and 3D scanner that we recently received, which are going to be placed in Bonny Eagle Middle School this fall. As I work with folks in technology to iron out the details and look for our best practices, I have also been gathering ideas for how this awesome technology could be used in all of our classrooms to dig deeper.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Follow up to Save Your Bookmarks!

I had a teacher reach out to me over the weekend for a more reliable way to backup their Google Chrome bookmarks just in case the syncing doesn't work or there are problems. The most common problem happens if you aren't using multiple profiles/persons. In some instances, once you create a "person", logging into a Chrome browser that does not have a person already may result in your existing bookmarks disappearing (such as if you create the "person" on your school computer and then try to repeat the same process on your home computer).

Friday, May 6, 2016

Save your bookmarks!

Typically the mad rush to back everything up happens every four years under MLTI. As we know, the timeline got expedited a bit more this year and everyone is making a mad dash. In an effort to help you not lose anything in this transition, I wanted to continue on with my tutorials on how to save your data by looking at how to sync or backup your bookmarks. If you missed out on the first chapter about backing up your files, go check that out here.

And now onto your bookmarks!


Free iBooks from PBS for K-8


This morning I found myself being sucked back into the Twitter world clicking away at tons of awesome resources that are being shared from around the country (and world). It's such a great way to catch up on little bit that I might have missed for new and cool tools for educational technologies. One such link brought me to a new set of iBooks from PBS designed to enhance technology in the classroom through "subject-targeted iBooks includes curriculum-based videos, lesson plans, and more."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Creating Inspiration Boards on Pinterest

Last Friday I attended the Tech & Learning Live conference in Newton, Massachusetts, to be inspired by a plethora of other technology-minded educators. One of the hot topics was revolving around maker spaces and 3D printing. With the middle school purchasing at least 1, if not 2, printers for next year, both have been ongoing thoughts for me as well.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Backing up your MLTI Device to Google Drive

With the end of the year in sight, many people have been coming to me wanting to backup their MLTI device. Whether you are at the middle school and facing the MLTI changes or are planning to leave the district this summer, it's important to ensure you have your data before turning in your device. Should you be at the middle school, I do know that your device will be wiped before being returned to Apple (as would any device being turned in if you are leaving us), so any data that lingers on your device will be gone.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Polling in Google Classroom Live!

Last week, Google announced polling for Google Classroom! There are many ways that you can use this feature in your classroom such as exit tickets, self monitoring, student discussions, and lesson feedback which you can learn more about over on Google's blog. You will see a prompt the next time you log in to Classroom that will show you where to access it once you create a question type post.


Never stop learning. Susie from SimmonsClassroom.com