Interactive TAKS Study Guide

The time is here! Next week Texas High School students will take their TAKS test. While last minute cramming is never recommended, many students and parents are looking for ways to make sure that they are prepared up to the day of test. Earlier in the year I tried to access the Texas Assessment Interactive site and was sadly disappointed to see that the site was no longer supported by TEA. Well, thankfully, that has changed…at least for now! Parents and Students can select interactive or printable study guides by grade level and subject. Lessons can be done actively online …

SMARTboard Quick Tip: Engage With Art

About a year ago, I was introduced to Odosketch through a friend.  Although it has absolutely nothing to do with math, I still love to crank it up in class just to get my student’s creative juices flowing. For an art teacher, it is wonderful because on top of students being able to create incredibly rich sketches, they can also look at sketches that others have created in an animated form that to me is quite fantastic…especially considering how talented these digital artist are. In addition, sketches can be embedded in any web page, so sharing student work is even …

SMARTboard Quick Tip: Engage with Lino-It

One of the neatest tools that I’ve learned through twitter is Lino. Linoit.com is basically an electronic cork board. What I love about it is that you can store video, links, images and even documents in one interactive document. Each entry is created as a “post it”. Once the task is completed or no longer needed, users can just “peel off” each note. Canvases can be saved as private canvases or as public allowing users to post or save content that you have posted. On a SMARTboard, Linoit provides a nifty way to save and present a concept or topic …

Xtra-Normal: The Mock Interview Assignment

Two summers ago, my daughter took a speech class from a pretty innovative instructor. She was, and still is, very much so open to new ideas and she integrates a great deal of technology when she can. One of the assignments that all of our speech kids do is the mock interview. The mock interview is normally a face-to-face interview that is done between a student and a willing participant where the concept of a correct and incorrect interview are acted out. After a casual conversation between myself and my daughter’s teacher, I volunteered to create an interview that she …

Geogebra: Create Interactive Math Applets FREE

Years ago I started playing with Geogebra to create dynamic worksheets for my students to use during assignments.  Geogebra is FREE interactive mathematics software that is available 24/7 as a free download or web based applet. For those of us whose districts have not purchased Geometer’s Sketchpad, Geogebra is a viable option if not better. I love Geogebra because I can create dynamic worksheets of pretty much anything and upload for my students to use. With that said, Dear Geogebra…please give me one button that says embed because searching for how to embed was a pain and I pretty much …

Is Google Just Smart Or What?

Apparently I have been living under a mighty large rock because unlike the rest of tech world, I’ve never heard of Google Demo Slam until today. I have to admit…It’s pretty darn genius. By genius, I’m completely talking about the fact that they have literally gone to their users to have them create short video “advertisements” of google apps. I LOVE IT. Honestly, If  I had a creative bone in my body…I soooo would make one too!

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LiveBinders: The Tool Every Educator Should Know

A few years ago, I remember being in the final leg of my Master’s degree and putting together a binder that represented my years of study. I remember trying to package all of my multimedia projects onto a cd so that I could place that cd in my binder to be graded. In addition, considering that my Master’s degree was a two and a half year process, that binder was HUGE…thus HEAVY. Fastforward to now and not only is there a viable option to package an education portfolio, but one that is technologically forward and dare I say…AWESOME.

Killer Videos with Animoto

One of my favorite things to do is creating video slideshows. Before Animoto, every video that I made was created with either moviemaker or video studio pro. I’ll be the first to admit, they were a little on the boring side. Then one day, after talking to a colleague…Animoto joined my life and my video making vocabulary. Animoto allows the novice user to create interesting animated videos. What makes Animoto cool is that you load your content and Animoto does the rest. With that said…that’s not entirely true anymore because Animoto allows users to mix video with still images so …