Friday, December 13, 2013

Newsletter December 13, 2013

Thank you for attending the PD sessions

I want to thank all of the teachers who have been able to attend the PD sessions. I realize that schedules do not always line up that you are able to attend these sessions but I am hoping that some of the material is able to be shared with colleagues that are unable to attend. Remember that there is a nice amount of content from sessions on the West G main page under "Teacher Resources: and then clicking "PD session resources". Materials are added within a day or two of the session. These often include slides, videos, and links shared at the PD session.

Interactive Ebook for Teachers Using iPads

Paul Hamilton wrote an really fun ebook with 10 lessons that you can use with students who have iPads. It's only 99 cents. It has outlines on how to set up the lessons but also videos that show how apps he suggests are used. I recommend it because I feel that many of his ideas could be connected to other lesson activities. I put the link below so you can check it out for yourself.

FriEdTechnology Blog

There are a number of education blogs on the internet and I wanted to point you to one that I have been enjoying recently call the FriEdTechnology Blog. While it has Ed Tech in it's title, most posts are geared toward a later audience and range from helpful classroom tips to motivational articles. It's well worth taking a couple of seconds to scroll through to see if there is content that would interest you.

Chrome Web Browser Extensions

If you are new to the Chrome Web Browser because you installed it when we switched over to Google, you might not be aware that there are "extensions" that can be added into the browser that are incredibly useful to make it behave differently for teacher use. Kristin Gregory sent me a great link that I thought many teachers would benefit from checking out.

If there is anything in this newsletter or on my web site that you need help with using, please let me know. I'd love to help.

How to schedule a time to meet?

The easiest way to contact me is through email at Please let me know what you'd like to meet about, your room number, free periods, and any other info that might be helpful to me in order to prepare for our meeting. I'd love to meet with you to see if I can help facilitate any issue you might be having.