Monday, May 2, 2016

Use Scratch to Create and Animate a Bird (or any animal!)

Our 3rd graders are ornithologists at Weaver Lake -- they study birds all year long.  In the spring of every year, they put their bird knowledge to work and they design their own species of bird, including adaptations and considerations that will help it to survive in its habitat.  Students then use Scratch to draw their bird and program it to move around within its habitat and share 3 facts about itself.  This project is a great example of the ways coding can be integrated into a curricular area to extend the learning and give students the power to create something new.

Here are the steps we follow -- feel free to use them or tweak them to fit your context!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Techie Tuesday: Schoology Tips and Tricks

Welcome to Techie Tuesday!

Techie Tuesdays are designated days dedicated to sharing technology tips that you can use right away!  The information is available in person on Techie Tuesdays, as well as online and available anytime!

Goal of today's Techie Tuesday: explore Schoology and get help on any questions you might have. 

*Join our new Weaver Lake staff Schoology group, try out a test course as a student, and practice creating courses / resources in Schoology. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Techie Tuesday: Create and Share Photo Albums on your Google Site

Welcome to Techie Tuesday!

Techie Tuesdays are optional, drop-in sessions that will occur once or twice a month and are designed to provide technology tips that teachers / staff / students can use right away!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Updated: How to Create and Share a Photo Album Using Google +

This summer, Google revised the look of their Google+ photos.  This means a few changes to the way we create and share photo albums using Google + and Google Sites.

Check out the step-by-step tutorial below to see the updated procedure, and feel free to contact me with any questions!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Techie Tuesday: Favorite WVR iPad Apps

Welcome to Techie Tuesday!

Last week's Techie Tuesday featured 4 fun and educational iPad apps for learning - at school or at home! 

iPad App Speed Dating, which I first learned about from Jennie Magiera, is a fun way to share about several iPad apps in a short period of time.

In this round of iPad App Speed Dating, we spotlighted the following four iPad apps (led by Weaver Lake teachers):

Click on the images to learn more about how to use each of the apps.




Adobe Voice

Our iPad App Speed Dating featured stations for each of these apps.  Staff members spent five minutes at each app station, and rotated through to learn about each app.  Then, they had 10 minutes at the end to try out an app or ask follow-up questions.

Are you interested in trying out one (or more) of these apps in your classroom?  Let me know!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Techie Tuesday: Become a Google Search Ninja!

Welcome to Techie Tuesday!

Techie Tuesdays are designed to share technology tips that you can use right away!  The information is available in person on Techie Tuesdays, as well as online and available anytime!

Today's Techie Tuesday topic is:

-Become a Google Search Ninja!-

Goal of today's Techie Tuesday: learn tips and tricks for effeciently and effectivelly searching Google.  These tips are great for staff and students, alike!