1. I am working toward my recertification of being a Google Educator. In my studying and review for the test, I was introduced to a new tool from Google called the Science Journal. Check out the website! This turns a student's mobile device into a data collection tool. Since Google started allowing some apps designed for android phones to run on a Chromebook we are currently exploring to see if this is an app we can put on the laptops students use. In the meantime, check it out to brainstorm how you could use this really cool tool from Google. Below is some data I collected. I was measuring the sound intensity of the school. The readings under 30 were taken in the hall. The 33 reading is a normal kindergarten classroom while the 44 was a preschool class. The 52 reading was taken in the gym.
2. Have you ever closed a tab out while browsing that you did not mean to close? It can get really frustrating! Well, Chrome can save the day for you. If you are using Chrome push the following keys at the same time: Ctrl+Shift+T. And once the tab is opened, Chrome even saves your browsing history so that you can go backwards from the reopened tab to the site you were on previously.
3. I have had several people tell me that they like the STEAM ideas. Some of you are doing these with your own children. I think that is amazing! Here is one that you may like, let the students build with the candy corn that looks like pumpkins. I am going to do this with my own grandsons! Have fun!
4. As promised, here is another Halloween digital breakout! It’s Halloween in Spookyville and the mayor has decided that Halloween will be canceled this year. He has locked away all of the candy in town so no one can trick or treat! You must solve clues to open the box of candy before time runs out! Do you have what it takes to save Halloween?
Remember, your ITRT can bring in a physical breakout to your classroom as well. We are currently scheduling Jamestown!
5. Friday at the Movies--The Evolution of Search
How did Google evolve?
Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools, located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus, I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
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I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler