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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Twitter 4 Teachers

T4T Topic #1:  Why Use Twitter as an Educator?

Many educators are flocking to Twitter to ask for help/ideas or sharing ideas and tips.  View this video to see a glimpse of how easy it can be.

T4T Topic #2: How Do I Start?

To begin, decide how you will use the social media tool. Consider creating a:
  • PERSONAL account to keep up with friends and family
  • PROFESSIONAL account to keep up with colleagues and others in your field
  • TEACHER account to communicate with your students, their parents, and colleagues
  • CLASS account to communicate with your class, their parents, authors, experts, and other classes
  • SCHOOL account to communicate with your stakeholders
To create an account, go to https://twitter.com/signup to sign up for a new account.  Be sure to upload a photo, avatar, or logo to make it easier for your followers to recognize you.

T4T Topic #3: My First Tweet

For your first tweet, click the  button.  A COMPOSE NEW TWEET window will appear:
Using 140 characters or less, enter your thought.  Hashtags may be included with the # symbol in front of the designated phrase.  Mentions may be included with the @ symbol in front of the designated user handle.  Click TWEET to PUBLISH the tweet.


T4T Topic #4:  Who Do I Follow?

Find several fellow educators to follow at first and as you follow them, you will branch out to follow others and extend your network by keeping an eye out for who they follow or considering Twitter's suggestions to you (suggested based on who you currently follow).  Several lists of "Educators to Follow" have been published to get you started:
We Are Teachers 35 Twitter Accounts Teachers Should Follow
Edudemic's 15 Top Educators to Follow on Twitter in 2017
eSchool News 15 Innovative Twitter Accounts you Should Follow
Getting Smart's 125+ Education Twitter Accounts to Follow

T4T Topic #5: Joining in On a Chat


What happens when a group of Twitter users meet at a predetermined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed? A Twitter Chat! A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…) and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour. A Twitter chat includes a designated hashtag so members can find the chat and follow along easily. Each tweet or response to a tweet within the chat, MUST include the chat’s hashtag to ensure the tweet is grouped around the conversation topic and is easy for other chat participants to find.


NOTE TO KELLER EDUCATORS:

The T4T chats are starting October 10, 2017 in just a few weeks. Follow #kisdpd or #kisdpdchat in your Twitter feed for more information:




T4T Topic #6: Other Twitterific Tools


Lists

A list is a collected group of Twitter accounts. Users can create private or public lists or subscribe to public lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will display a stream of Tweets from only the members of the list.  To create a list:

  1. Select the profile icon in the top, right corner of the Twitter screen
  2. Select LISTS
  3. Select the CREATE A NEW LIST
  4. Enter a LIST NAME and DESCRIPTION
  5. Select PUBLIC or PRIVATE
  6. Select SAVE LIST

TweetDeck

TweetDeck allows users to view multiple timelines in one, organized window displaying multiple columns. Various advanced features are available, such as scheduling tweets, viewing and tweeting from multiple Twitter accounts, and creating collections.  Read more here.


HooteSuite

Hootsuite (iOS | Android) is a great mobile app that allows users to view multiple social media accounts, view multiple Twitter lists, schedule tweets, and more.

Find more Twitter tips and tricks on the Twitter support page

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Canva

Canva is a great tool to create photo collages to use in conjunction with webpages, learning management systems, lessons, social media, thinglinks, etc.  Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Sign up for an account here.
  2. Click the button.
  3. Select a design:

  4.  Use the tabs along the left side of the screen. The ELEMENTS tab is shown below to create a collage:
  5. Select an element. The GRID is shown below to create a collage:
  6. If applicable, select the UPLOADS tab from the left side:
  7. Drag and drop images into the placeholders as shown:
  8. When finished with the design, find the SHARE, DOWNLOAD, ORDER PRINTS, and MAKE PUBLIC options in the top, right corner of the screen:

Canva can be used for so much more than just collages.  Social media, presentations, blog graphics, Facebook covers, documents, cards, and more can all be created in Canva and helpful templates are supplied for the user needing a creative push.  Sign up for Canva here and find help articles here


Friday, August 18, 2017

Customizing Your Waffle!

Did you know that you can customize your Apps Launcher found in G Suite (also known as the "waffle")?

Watch this short video to find out how:


Monday, July 31, 2017

Strive is Here!

Eduphoria's new module, STRIVE, was launched on Tuesday, June 27th!  When Eduphoria users login, they will see a new icon:

Clicking the  button proves to be a best practice when using the Eduphoria suite, especially at the beginning of each school year.  Click the  button and complete the form provided.  Consider uploading a profile picture to assist administrators in appraising their large faculties.
Although the rollout will happen in phases, learn more about the full functionality of Strive by viewing this video:
Eduphoria's Appraise and Workshop buttons will not disappear until all modules are integrated into STRIVE.

Teachers will see a screen that displays their GOALS, EVALUATIONS, and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  By utilizing the tabs across the top, users can easily navigate between these three sections

Goals

To add a goal, simply click the PLUS SIGN and add the information related to the goal (T-TESS dimensions, action steps, completion dates, etc.).
To add evidence to the goal, click the goal and click the ADD EVIDENCE button:
Evidence can consist of:
  • A text entry
  • A file upload
  • A link
  • An Eduphoria workshop portfolio entry:

Evaluations

Click the EVALUATIONS tab at the top to see evaluations:
Click the preferred evaluation to view messages and evaluation details.  An evaluation can also be printed from this screen.

Professional Development

The PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT tab will display the registered courses, courses available (or course catalog), and portfolio.  Although all features are not currently visible, Eduphoria developers are quickly rolling out these in the coming months.




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chrome Tips

Read on to learn two quick and easy Google Chrome tips that will help you take control of your online experience...

Setting Your HomePage


  1. While in Chrome, click the button found in the top, right corner and select  SETTINGS
  2. In the APPEARANCE section, turn on SHOW HOME BUTTON
  3. Select the second option, then enter the preferred website.

Change the Download Location

  1. While in Chrome, click the  button found in the top, right corner and select SETTINGS
  2. Click ADVANCED towards the bottom
  3. Under the DOWNLOADS section, select one of the following:
  • Change the DOWNLOAD LOCATION
  • Slide the ASK WHERE TO SAVE EACH FILE BEFORE DOWNLOADING option to ON

Monday, July 10, 2017

International Patio PD is July 11!

International #patiopd Day July 11!

Below ⇓ How to organize & create a great #personalizedPD experience ON YOUR PATIO! And your “patio” can be anywhere.


This is not your usual Professional Development, but it should be. It’s on our patios. :-)
Principles of PatioPD:1. We like learning together
2. We like our families
3. Breaking bread and camaraderie enhance creativity4. Informal, personalized, low-stress professional development is useful, powerful, and energizing.
5. Sharing and learning exactly what we need honors professionals and learners
6. Learning collectively builds community right near us, while connecting us world-wide
Let’s get together on everyone’s patios to make this happen! 

HOW TO KIT:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Virtual Field Trips


The Texas Technology TEKS state that students will explore virtual environments, simulations, models, and programming languages to enhance learning.  What possible virtual environments can our students explore?  Although these are only a few to get you started, the links and resources listed below can enhance student engagement and learning.

Google Cultural Institute allows users to go inside the Eiffel Tower, view multiple world museums, explore Machu Picchu, explore National Parks, and so much more!  Read more here.



Visit Mount Everest here or view embedded here:

Courtesy of www.AirPano.com
AirPano features many other wonders such as the Taj Mahal, sites from Norway, Russia, and more.

360Cities also offers various places to visit virtually including the Church of Holy Spirit, the Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland, Tobolsk Kremlin, and much more. Explore the Balloon Fiesta 2009 below:

Balloon Fiesta 2009

Note that some resources listed can be used with Virtual Reality headsets.


The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides a virtual tour of the building.

Tour the Alamo from a classroom near you!

Enjoy live webcams at Explore.org (iOS app | Android App)

There are so many web resources to enhance the curriculum and take your students on an adventure from their classroom seats! Continue to explore and share others in the comments.

Please note that some resources listed may not be suitable for all audiences.  As always, preview the links and resources prior to using with students.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Flipgrid



If you've not noticed, students love video and photo media!  So, instead of fighting their interest in apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, educators may consider leveraging this interest in utilizing video for eduational, more meaningful purposes.  Flipgrid has made this idea so easy.  Teachers can push out video, audio, or text prompts and collect student response videos in an instant!  To sign up for a flipgrid account, click here and follow the prompts.

Once the account is created, use the ADMIN LOGIN button when logging in:
There, you will find all of the grids created:
With the free account, teachers can utilize ONE grid, however an UNLIMITED number of students, topics, and responses.  (Read more here.)  A grid code is created for students to access the grid and teachers may add a password for security purposes as well.

Once the settings are defined, TOPICS are created including text or (optional) video (no more than 90 seconds).

The topic can be shared to students via a link or embedded into a learning management system such as Canvas or Google Classroom.  Students will simply click the ADD A RESPONSE button to respond to the topic prompts.


View the Flipgrid tutorial video for more information.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Keller U Registration is Open!

We are very excited to release the 2017 Keller University Catalog!

With more than 200 courses available, this year’s Keller U will be held July 18-20 at Central High School. All courses will be open and available in Eduphoria beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6.

Click here to access the Keller University Catalog Flipbook!
(especially great for viewing on mobile devices)

or


A few helpful tips for using the Keller University Catalog Flipbook:
1.      Use the FULL SCREEN   button for easier viewing
(Press ESC to return to the default screen)
2.      Use the SEARCH   button to find specific sessions (i.e. – presenter names, session name, etc.)



If you have any questions, please contact Keller.University@kellerisd.net

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Seesaw


Seesaw - The Learning Journal is a digital portfolio solution that can be used with even the youngest of students.  Students utilize the camera feature on their device to take photos of their work. They simply tap I'm a Student, scan a QR code with the app's built-in QR code scanner and select the appropriate option.

Students can add a recorded audio file, an annotated drawing over the photo or textbox straight from the app.  In addition, saved images from the camera roll, notes with or without recorded audio, web links, and now files from Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive can be uploaded as well.
Students simply tap their name to add their item to their class journal.
Teachers can turn on a new items require approval option in their Manage Class settings window to approve all items uploaded by students.

Teachers and parents can view student work from the mobile app or the website. View this short video to see more.

Seesaw provides parents with a Seesaw Parent Access app (Available in the App Store and Google Play) to quickly view, comment, and like their student's work (if the teacher has allowed all of these features).
Parents can also turn on push notifications to instantly be notified of new uploaded work.

Pricing for additional parent features can be found here.