Tech Tuesday: Top 10 Tech Tools For Your Break

  1. Twitter: Seriously, getting on Twitter and using it for professional purposes is the single best move you can make to improve teaching and learning.  Here are educators to follow on Twitter, a guide to educational hashtags and an introduction to twitter for newbies.
  2. Professional Communities Online –, Connected Educator Ning, Future of Education, Classroom 2.0, The Educator’s PLN
  3. Webinars: Check out ASCD’s free webinars archive, Google Apps for Education webinars, Education Week Webinars, Open Education Week Archived Webinars
  4. Google+ Communities – Google Apps for Education, Gamification in Education, Physics Education, Minecraft in Education, 20% Time
  5. Blogs & RSS Readers – Try Feedly, Flipboard, The Old Reader 
  6. Social Bookmarking and Curated Collections- Diigo (K-12 Education groups), Pintrest and ScoopIt
  7. Online Book Club – Simple as GoodReads, complex as Book Club 106, or get picky with something subject specific like Level Up Book Club
  8. Follow “Summer” Conferences online – ISTE for example. They even have their own Ning.  Of course, who needs that when you can read their Tweets? Seriously, just get on Twitter.
  9. TED-Ed & Ted Talks
  10. Learn to

iMovie Tutorial: Add Music to your iMovie!

Are you working on your book trailer in iMovie?  Use our short tutorials to help you make your project fantastic!  We’ve already shown you how to add photos to your iMovie, so this screen cast will show you how to add music to your iMovie.    Check back here, as we are going to post more screen casts soon.

Adding Music to your iMovie

You, Facebook and the World!

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As some of you may have heard, Mr. Ali, Ms. Katy and Ms. Eleni gave a presentation to LIS parents on about Facebook.  We talked about the good, the bad and the ugly of Facebook, but we narrowed in on how they can help you make informed decisions about your privacy and sharing settings.

Next year we will be talking a lot more about social media in your homeroom classes.  This year, use the resources in this post to make sure that you are sharing what you want with who you want on Facebook. As you use Facebook and other social media sites, remember these five tips from Common Sense Media:

  • Think before you post or text — a bad reputation could be just a click away. Before you press the “send” button, imagine the last person in the world that you’d want seeing what you post.
  • What goes around comes around. If you want your privacy respected, respect others’ privacy. Posting an embarrassing photo or forwarding a friend’s private text without asking can cause unintended hurt or damage to others.
  • Spread heart, not hurt. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. Stand up for those who are bullied or harassed, and let them know that you’re there for them.
  • Give and get credit. We’re all proud of what we create. Illegal downloading, digital cheating, and cutting and pasting other people’s stuff may be easy, but that doesn’t make it right. You have the responsibility to respect other people’s creative work — and the right to have your own work respected.
  • Make this a world you want to live in. Spread the good stuff. Create, share, tag, comment, and contribute to the online world in positive ways.

Resources on Facebook, Privacy and your Safety

Want help with your Facebook privacy settings?  Come see Ms. Katy in the secondary library.

Tech Tuesday: Padlet

PadletPadlet, (paper + wood + tablet, the stone ones), formally known as Wallwisher, has undergone an overhaul, an upgrade of sorts, but their missions remains the same;  “Easiest way to put something on the Internet, or as we like to say ‘write’ on the Internet.”  From creative writing, to posing thought provoking questions, initiating debates and many more uses.

Learn More About Padlet

Sample Padlets

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Tech Tuesday: Thinglink

Thinglink allows you to “create rich images with music, video, sound, text & more.
Share and discover deeper stories through images.”

Register for your ThingLink account today!

ThingLink Blogs

Great Examples: ThinglInk at Work

How are you using Thinglink in schools?