Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chromebooks in the Classroom Ideas

This is a site that has a ton of ideas for Chromebooks in the classroom.  Please know that not all of these sites have been vetted so if you want to use something, be sure to use the app request form.

Education Chrome App Store

Teachers, did you know that there is an Education Chrome App Store? 
The Education Store Apps are already Vetted by Google. Students cannot add these apps to their Chromebooks, but teachers can request apps to be added to specific Student Grade Levels (6-12), or School Chromebook Carts by buildings. 

How do I get there? 
First, go to the Chrome Web Store
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Second, scroll down to 'Categories' drop down and select 'Education'
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Also, you can narrow down your choices, like 'Free' or 'Runs Offline'

Keep in mind that some Apps start Free and then have paid 'Premium Features.' Some have limited trials as well. You would need to find a funding source to add 'Premium Content.' 

Browse away, give a few apps a try this year! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Do you want some new ideas for presentation templates for you or your students to choose from? Try SlideCarnival!
Make sure you are logged into your Google Account
Choose the template you want to use

File > Make a Copy and edit away!  

Your students will enjoy viewing and using the new templates! They add a few a month. Try it out.
Now you can use any emoji as an icon in Google!
And it resizes without losing quality and you can change the color.

Nothing that you have to do to get them there.  They are just there.  In teacher and student accounts. 
How? Follow these Google instructions https://twitter.com/googledocs/status/730087240156643328

Nothing that you have to do to get them there.  They are just there.  In teacher and student accounts.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Learn 360 

Have you checked out Learn 360 lately?  Here is a link that has some new titles that were added in November.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

MAPS ipad App Rubric & Form

In order to keep our students safe online, as well as ensure technology integration is purposeful, ISD77 has developed a vetting process that needs to be completed in order for apps to be installed on iPads.

Prior to submitting an app for approval, please complete the MAPS app rubric to ensure it aligns with technology and curriculum requirements for our students.

If the app scores a 28 or higher, please complete this form (posted on each schools website) for approval.  App requests will be reviewed once a month.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December 5 - 11, 2016 is Computer Science Education Week

All students at Eagle Lake Elementary School will be participating in The Hour of Code during their media time the week of December 5th and the week of December 12th. We will then be using our coding knowledge to program the various robots that we have as well.

There are so many activities available for them to learn and practice coding.  I have them linked on our Eagle Lake Media Website.  

If your students have a chance during their days, please encourage them to use some of the coding websites during these two weeks. You might even add it to your weekly newsletter.  
(Thank You.)

Here are some facts about why coding is important:

There are currently 517,393 open computing jobs nationwide.
Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.

The four facts about coding below come from: "Four Reasons Why Kids Should Code  http://www.tynker.com/blog/articles/ideas-and-tips/four-reasons-why-kids-should-learn-programming/

1. Programming is a basic literacy in the digital age.

Kids are growing up in a very different world than that of their parents. Cellphones, computers, Youtube, Netflix, and Facebook are embedded in their daily lives. Even toys are digital, and many are programmable, such as Legos and the new-generation LeapFrogs.
It is one thing to know how to use these technologies. It’s another, however, to understand the logic behind them. When learning to program, kids understand and tinker with the digital world they inhabit. Coding draws back the seeming “magic” of technology so they can truly understand the logic and science that controls this technology–a discovery that is all the more magical.
Our reliance on technology will only increase.  The students of today must be able to not only passively consume this technology, but also to understand and control it, becoming an active part of this huge digital shift.

2. Programming can change the world.

For the last several centuries, people relied on the written word to spread ideas. The ability to write was the ability to create change. Today, writing is not enough. To change behavior, it is crucial to leverage the digital medium.
We’re seeing all around us that programming is changing the world.

3. “You have an idea for then next big innovation? Great. Can you bring it to life?”

Everyone has ideas. Only a select few can make them happen. The ability to code separates those who merely have an idea from those who can make their ideas a reality.
If you want your child to be a thinker and innovator who can bring ideas to life, encourage him or her to learn how to program. Programming gives children confidence that they can be designers and builders.

4. Programming doesn’t have to be hard to learn.

I If a child programs an object to move in a certain way and then immediately sees the results she wanted, then she knows she has manipulated the code correctly. This type of instant positive reinforcement is an incredibly powerful educational tool.
Learning how to program is like learning any other language in that the skill must be practiced and tested out. Just as languages open up the ability to communicate with worlds of people, programming gives children the ability to create technologies that impact those around them. With just a computer, kids can use their programming skills to build things that could change the world.