I learned SO MUCH today! A few highlights:
I learned how to use html code from sites like thecutestblogontheblock on a Weebly instead of Blogger (thank Traci Piltz for that one!).
I learned from a student in Kim Lane's class that you can screencast a Chromebook to your projector using Reflector (or something like it) and a Chrome Extension called Air Parrot.
From some of Kim's other students, I learned at least 3 different ways to add a background image to a Google Calendar.
I learned from one of Kami Palm's kids how to use the Quick Add feature in Calendar to create repeating events that terminate on a specific day (say June 3, for example!).
I found out that this year's Tech Cadre, themed "Cirque de Cadre," is going to be TONS of fun! Organized by Shaundel Krumheuer, Courtney Cox, Charlene Ingraham, Traci Piltz and Shelly Stanton - the dates are set and plans are in the works!
Cortney Falcon and I found out that AirParrot (mentioned above) actually costs $5, but that students can add a different Extension called Googlecast if you have Reflector 2 (a $15 upgrade from Reflector).
I learned about a REALLY cool gamified classroom management tool from Mark Berg! It's called Classcraft and those 6th graders are going to LOVE IT!
It was confirmed today that the staff at Orchard is amazingly wonderful and patient and kind and ready to make the Gear Up Lab the community training space it was designed to be!
AND I found out that BPS teachers, including Diane Brown, Jamie Hofferber Nixdorf, Hillary Harris Gnerer, and others will be starting STEM Saturdays, where 3-6 graders can come experiment, create, and learn about things like flight. So awesome!
If you didn't know it already, there are some truly incredible things happening all across this public school district of ours - it's awesome, and I'm proud to be part of it!!
I am a proud teacher in Billings Public Schools, home to over 16,000 students and 3,500 staff members. Students in Billings are creating and collaborating like never before thanks to the technology to which they have access, and their teachers are providing them with opportunities that will make them incredible community leaders one day soon!