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Want to play with my robot?

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This week I am finally going to be replacing the ancient signs that I have hung up in the faculty restrooms at BEMS and BEHS. As a lead in to the new signs, I wanted to pass along more information to get you thinking. Basically, I have a Swivl kit with an iPad available for teachers to borrow from me whenever they'd like to use it. For those of you who are questioning what a Swivl is in the first place, it is basically a robotic base for a mobile device (such as an iPad) that then follows a wireless remote/microphone. There are a plethora of different uses for it. The most popular use based on user studies from Swivl is surrounding observations since it gives the teacher an easy way to record their class to review it later on their own or to send to another faculty member for their feedback. If you would like to be inspired by their other suggested uses, just check out the slideshow that I found from Swivl. I modified the information slide to include my own text instead, but the …

Class Time: Google's Trip Builder

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Earlier this week I spent the day with a sixth grade class as they were learning how to use Google's Tour Builder for their geography project. The teacher that invited me in covered the content portion of their project while I helped by instructing the students on how to put their content into Tour Builder itself. It was a really fun collaboration! And, on the occasion that things didn't go as expected, I was able to back the teacher up and answer the students' questions.

New Option for Jeopardy in the Classroom

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As I was cruising around my Nuzzel on Friday, I noticed a new website that was generating a lot of high interest. Many have been using Jeopardy-style games in their classrooms for a while, but sometimes the creation can be a bit clunky and time intensive. But Jeopardy.rocks makes it easy to create games and gives you an easy to bookmark link to pull up on the fly (yet the link is not accessible unless you are logged in).

3D Printing Webinar with EdTechTeam Live

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Earlier this week, I tuned in to EdTechTeam Live's broadcast on YouTube about 3D printing in the classroom. Although we've had the printers in our district for a few years, it's a great overview of the process. I thought it would be beneficial if I shared it here so that you could watch it as well and see the presentation document/resources. If you have wanted to get 3D printing integrated into your classroom, watch it and then feel free to make an appointment with me to sit down and explore it more in depth together.

P.S. Huge shout out to Kern Kelley, who is from Maine, and was one of the guests on the broadcast.



Why have I been so quiet? 3D Printers are to blame, I swear.

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This post has been cross posted onto the Bonny Eagle Technology Department blog as well. Given that I've been so quiet on this blog lately, I thought it would be a good idea to share it here since this has been my focus so far this year.

Last Spring, the Technology Department came upon an opportunity to bring 3D printing into our schools through a package deal offered by MakerBot, one of the most well known 3D printer companies out there. Bonny Eagle Middle School opted to take advantage of the offer and was subsequently able to bring two MakerBot Replicators (5th Generation) as well as MakerBot Digitizer, which can scan 3D objects, into their school. The printers spent last spring in the technology department as we learned more about the best practices and support methods we could use to ensure the technology would be ready to go before implementation.

Creating a Table of Contents in Google Documents

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If you are like me and live your life with Google Drive now instead of off line options, you might find yourself getting overwhelmed by navigating Google Documents as they get longer. In that case, paying attention to your styles and creating a table of contents (and using outline view) will likely be helpful for you. If you aren't familiar with how to make it happen, check out the screencast below and I'll show you how easy it is.

Conditional Formatting with Google Sheets

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Do you often find yourself starring down a sea of numbers on a spreadsheet not really sure what it all means? For more visual folks, conditional formatting might be a great option for you and it is super easy to do. It is a tool that formats the cells in a spreadsheet based on the data in it. You can do more basic "if this is true color it that" type formatting or get more complicated with a color scale based on the distribution of the numbers. It is certainly one of my favorite features of Google Sheets! Check out my quick screencast below to learn how to use this awesome tool.