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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SMART Notebook Express
  Click Here to get to SMART Notebook Express to go to a webpage to create simple Notebooks files.  You can do this on your Chromebook or a device that doesn't have Notebook software.  You can also run Notebook files that you have already created.  You could create simple files on your Chromebook at home or anywhere or run them from your Chromebook with the touchscreen. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

School Dude

Click HERE to get the School Dude login directions.  This is where you get directions to fill out the form to get IT and Maintenance help.  

The direct link to the SchoolDude website is : https://goo.gl/irXN3u.

Google Forms Basics

Today's Post comes from a blog that I follow by Alice Keeler.    It shows how to make a Google Form in 7 steps. I use Google Forms to quiz students who have read the Maud Hart Lovelace books.  I also use them to have the students vote for their favorite book characters that students made for the Makerspace Book Character competition in the library.

Google has updated Google forms and it is so easy for students to use and also easy to interpret the information that you can get from the forms.  It would be cool to have students create some forms of their own to collect information.  See the easy infograph below to learn how to use the new Google Forms.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MakerSpace Helpers

Today, the tech tip is simply to ask you to share this with your students.  

We had 4th and 5th grade helpers in the media center today to organize Legos into colors.  We put them into containers hoping that this will help our builders at the Lego wall  create awesome projects. Would you please share the video and pictures with your class to remind them to try to keep the Legos organized. Anything they don't use should be put away.  Thank you.

-Ms. Weckwerth, Mrs. Buesing, and this week's MakerSpace Helpers.

These orange pieces help to take the Legos apart.  Please put them back in these holders when you are finished with them.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

          This post explains  how to wirelessly transfer files between your iPhone, iPad and Mac using AirDrop. I had used this from one phone to another, and then thought it might be a great way to transfer pictures from student ipads to a computer.  It worked really well.  I thought you might like to use it as well either in your personal life or in your classroom.  The following video explains it so well.  I hope you enjoy this Tech Tip.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Chrome Extension to block inappropriate videos on YouTube
This extension will block the recommended videos that show up after a video ends, and also on the side of the screen.  

This is easy to add to your Google Chrome Browser.  Just follow these directions.

Click on the three dots in the upper right hand corner of your browser and drag down to the "More Tools" and then left over to "Extensions".

Scroll all of the way to the bottom of the "Extensions" page, and click on 
"Get More Extensions".

Do a search on this Chrome Web Store page for DF Youtube (DF stands for Distraction Free).

When you see the extension called DF Youtube Click 

I tried it, and it works awesome.   (I had an inappropriate video show up on the side after an internet safety video I was using with 1st grade this fall.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

To Change The Amount of Time Before Your Computer Goes To Sleep

>System Preferences
>Energy Saver

>Adjust settings to your preference

Using Sub Accounts

Please direct your guest teacher to use the Sub Account set up on your computer.  If you do not see that option, or you cannot log in using sub as the username and password, put in a helpdesk ticket to have that added.
You should drag your Notebook files, into the SHARED folder when you are logged in to your computer as yourself, so a guest can access them while logged in under the Sub Account.

OR you can create  your files in the sub account and they will find them when they access the sub account on your computer.
You can also set up your Internet browser with bookmarks and links for the guest teacher to use.

(Note:  Computers have been set to fall asleep after a certain amount of time.  Subs have been locked out of computers without teacher credentials.  Please DO NOT share your teacher log in information with subs.  See the other blog post for directions on how to adjust the sleep time.)

How can a sub access what they need?  If a sub needs to find files you’ve left for them in the SHARED folder:

Sub Login
  • sub login = sub, sub
    • To access sub documents:
    • Go to GO on your top menu
    • Go to >COMPUTER
    • Double click the hard drive icon
    • Go to USERS> SHARED
    • Choose the SHARED folder
    • Drag out whatever they need for the day.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Learn How to Use Seesaw: The Learning Journal Overview
(Mary Michels uses this as a portfolio.  We will have a 10 minute meeting this Tuesday, October 18, 2016 on how to set it up and use it with your students.)

Seesaw — the learning journal that empowers students and engages parents. Download at: http://seesaw.me

Teachers can setup a class and start using Seesaw in less than 60 seconds to:

Students (as young as 5!) can independently create, capture, and store artifacts of learning in their private learning journal.

Parents (after teacher approval) get notified of new items, giving them a glimpse of their child’s day and an opportunity to support learning at home.

Whether you are 1:1 or just have a single device in your class, Seesaw seamlessly organizes digital and physical work in one place.


Designed for K and up to Use Independently
∙ Gives students ownership of their own space to create & record what they learn
∙ Simple QR code login, student-friendly camera, teacher approval of new items, private journals make Seesaw safe for students to use independently.

Encourage Reflection
- Students can add text and voice recordings to journal items to reflect, explain, and develop their academic voice.

Add All Types of Student Work 
∙ Use our suite of creative tools to create photos, videos, or drawings
∙ Kid-friendly camera only takes a photo when subject is in focus and camera is steady! 
∙ Add directly from many popular content creation apps (Shadow Puppet Edu, PicCollage, Storybook Creator, Explain Everything, iMovie, Skitch, and more)

Engage Parents with Student-Driven Updates 
∙ Simple and secure invitation: Send home a personalized handout that only gives access to their child’s journal
∙ Reach *all* your parents: Short, visual updates actually get seen, and cross language and technology barriers 
∙ Seesaw supports SMS, Email, iPhone and Android parent notifications
∙ Give parents information between conferences and reduce the need for lengthy newsletters
∙ Teachers are always in control: Nothing is automatically shared without your approval

Collect and Organize Digital and Physical Work in One Place
∙ View entire class feed or sort by individual student 
∙ Great for parent-teacher conferences, assessments, or student self-reflection 
∙ Access student content anywhere, anytime from iOS app or on the web

Private and Secure Cloud Storage 
∙ Student content/information is private, secure, and never shared with 3rd parties.
∙ Seesaw has taken the Student Privacy Pledge 

Teacher Resource Center 
∙ Getting started tips, professional development resources, FAQ
∙ More than 30 Common Core aligned activity ideas
∙ Personalized customer support if you need help