Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Integrating Technology using the Holidays for a theme

I thought I'd share some ideas of how to integrate technology into your classrooms and yet use the holidays as your theme. This time of year is crazy, the students are excited about the holidays and sometimes hard to get focused. Teachers know they need to be on their "A" game to keep their students engaged. I know if you make your lessons relevant and interactive students tend to be more engaged. Here are some suggestions for using technology along with the holiday theme for the different grade levels.

Preschool- Kindergarten- Chocolapps sas offers interactive storybooks for students to follow along with while the story is read to them. Currently they have an interactive storybook for free entitled the "Christmas Eve".

1st- 2nd Grade- http://interactivesites.weebly.com/christmas.html This is great site that has mostly math activities at varieties of levels for students to practice math facts, number concepts, place value, and many more concepts. It has a holiday theme to use so the students can help Santa, build a Snowman, or even spin a dreidel.

3rd- 4th Grade- http://www.northpole.com/ This site has interactive activities for students, teachers, and parents. The activity I'd like to highlight is the ability to write Santa a letter and students getting a response letter in return from "Santa". Teachers will have to create an account so students may access but it was rather easy to create accounts and students were issued usernames and password generated by the computer quite quickly. I recommend this activity, we need to get students writing whenever we can. This will promote students to create a letter in proper format, assist the students with formal writing structure and grammar, along with students love to receive a letter from "Santa" in response to their letter.

5th- 6th Grade- http://www.coolmath.com/ This site has a variety of math activities/games on many different math concepts. It is providing a link to holiday games and puzzles that cover science and math concepts. I explored the "Christmas Tree Game" if you are teaching electricity in science or spatial relationships in math this would be a great activity to provide background or practice on these concepts. There are a variety of games to choose from provided on the site to enhance your classroom instruction.

7th- 8th Grade- Have students create iMovie about the significance of the holidays. I'll attach directions on how to use iMovie.

9th- 10th Grade-You could use Microsoft Word or Lucid Press to get some decorative templates for letter writing. Partner with an Elementary class and have students respond to Elementary Santa letters for an activity to teach formal letter writing.

11th- 12th Grade- Create a website (informational site on different holidays) or blog where students write about their personal experiences with the holidays.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Technology Integrationist Availability

Dear Teachers,
    So the school year is under way, I think I have met with almost every third, fourth, fifth grade classes in the school district setting up Google accounts. Now that things are slowing down, I just want every teacher to realize as you are planning your curriculum and making sure you are meeting all the common core standards please feel free to utilize my services. I could help you in your planning, when you are unwrapping the standards. Don't be afraid to ask what would be some great ways to teach these standards to my students using some innovative technology tools. This is my third year of being the technology integrationist. I am still learning each and every day but my repertoire of tech uses has increased tremendously and continues to and I am willing to discover along with each of you if there's a new tool I haven't used. Here are list of tech software, tools, I am pretty familiar with and could help with instruction in your classroom.

Google Drive- Docs, Presentation, Drawing, Spreadsheets
Google Calendar
Digital Portfolios- using Google Sites
Web 2.0
Google Hangouts
iMovie- movie creation and movie editing
iPhoto- slideshows, albums, photo editing
GarageBand- doing podcast
Screen recordings
Mac Applications
Google +
iPad Applications

I am willing to help in planning, teaching, or just being an extra set hands in your classroom when you are using technology in your classrooms. I will attach my calendar so you can see when I'm available. I will also provide a link to my email so you can contact me an set up a time to get together.

Kilburn Calendar

Kilburn Email

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


One of the biggest complaints I hear about Google documents is that it doesn't look or provide enough professional looking templates like Microsoft Word. In my opinion Google has addressed this issue and solved it with the new option of adding Lucidpress to your Google Drive account. Lucidpress provides professional looking templates to use for newsletters, invitations, presentations, flyers, and more. If you haven't checked it out yet, here's your chance. Click on the link and see what Lucidpress has to offer.

You will notice that you may use your google account to sign into Lucidpress and you may give it permission to embed into your Google drive account and it will then be a choice under your create button. You will also notice when you install Lucidpress into your Google drive it will automatically create a folder with all your Lucidpress documents in it. Lucidpress has many options for sharing your finished products as well it allows the end user to share to Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. I found Lucidpress to be easy to use and my finished product looked very professional. Take a look at an invitation I quickly created for an example.
Example Invitation

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Utilizing Twitter for an Educational Feed

I have been using Twitter for quite sometime, but recently I increased my use by about 10 fold. I use to use it mostly as another social platform. I really didn't need another social platform, what I did need was a way to stay update on educational and technology trends. I found some great resources from other bloggers and tweeters to expand who I was following on my Twitter feed. I now find my Twitter feed is directed to great resources and trends happening in education and technology. I have found so many great resources and ways to use technology within the educational realm. If you would like to stay update with technology and education. Here are a list of great people/organizations to follow on Twitter.